House of Steel: The Honorverse Companion

House of Steel The Honorverse Companion About Mission of Honor in the Honor Harrington series Weber combines realistic engaging characters with intelligent technological projection and a deep understanding of military bureaucracy in th

  • Title: House of Steel: The Honorverse Companion
  • Author: David Weber BuNine
  • ISBN: 9781451638936
  • Page: 262
  • Format: Paperback
  • About Mission of Honor, 12 in the Honor Harrington series Weber combines realistic, engaging characters with intelligent technological projection and a deep understanding of military bureaucracy in the long awaited 12th Honor Harrington novel Fans of this venerable space opera will rejoice to see Honor back in action Publishers Weekly This latest Honor Harrington noveAbout Mission of Honor, 12 in the Honor Harrington series Weber combines realistic, engaging characters with intelligent technological projection and a deep understanding of military bureaucracy in the long awaited 12th Honor Harrington novel Fans of this venerable space opera will rejoice to see Honor back in action Publishers Weekly This latest Honor Harrington novel brings the saga to another crucial turning point Readers may feel confident that they will be Honored many times and enjoy it every time BooklistAbout David Weber and the Honor Harrington series .everything you could want in a heroine.excellent plenty of action Science Fiction Age Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant Anne McCaffrey Compelling combat combined with engaging characters for a great space opera adventure Locus Weber combines realistic, engaging characters with intelligent technological projection.Fans of this venerable space opera will rejoice Publishers Weekly

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    1. Okay I will admit I read this in entirely the wrong order so I guess this is a rather unfair review. However in my defence I have read companions to books which have actually opened up a book series/world and driven me to wanting to read more. Well in the case of this companion it utterly swamped me. I guess I should start from the beginning, I have know of the Honor Harrington series and the universe it has around it - I didnt realise how detailed it was or how much time and effort various peop [...]

    2. An Honorverse Companion revolving around the Honor Harrington military science fiction series. My TakeIt's gotta have a "5" if only for the amount of work the BuNine have put into this. House of Steel provides a tremendous amount of back history on how the People's Republic of Haven descended into the mess its in while the majority of the book is a history, a look at cultural development, wars, and an analysis of the different parts of space of Manticoran and Grayson governments (the Manticoran [...]

    3. This is for hardcore fans only. You know who you are and I probably shouldn't have to recommend this to you. The rest of you should go check out other stuff I've reviewed or maybe go try On Basilisk Station if you never have.The novella included in here is a bit odd by Weber standards, it's more a series of illustrative incidents spread over decades than a straight narrative and it contains virtually no infodumps (since of course the other several hundred pages are nothing but, I guess he didn't [...]

    4. This book is a companion book to the Honorverse series. It has a treasure trove of facts about the Star Kingdom of Manticore, including the history of the Star Kingdom, descriptions of key planets, details of technology, illustrations and much more. It also has the Novella "I Will Build My House Of Steel" which tells the tale of King Rodger III and how his daughter Queen Elizabeth III came into power at such an early age and the reason for her hatred of the People's Republic of Haven. A good rea [...]

    5. This is one of those challenging reviews to write. House of Steel is a mash-up of a couple different ideas, which means assessing it as a whole is more difficult than one might initially assume. This book consists essentially of three sections: a narrative story, an encyclopedia and an essay. One is okay, the other is rather dull and the last is exceptional. The House of Steel is a short story by David Weber profiling the career of King Roger III as a young naval officer and king as he pushes th [...]

    6. The short story at the start of this book, I Will Build My House of Steel, focuses on Roger Winton's reign and the results of his actions after Elizabeth took the throne. I thoroughly enjoyed it because it finally gave background to the royal family of Manticore, and explained some of the hints to Elizabeth's background that appear in the main series books. It wasn't a long piece of work by any means, but it seemed to cover every major moment that I could think I wanted while giving an overview [...]

    7. I liked most of the book, even though most of it outside of the mini-novel around King Roger III was only a short summary of things that had more or less been told already in some of the 20-ish novels and 5 Anthologies already published or on 5th Empire and similar pages on the internet.Also it's a bit disappointing that they would cut apart the companion into three separate books for Manticore/Grayson (this one), Haven and probably the rest of it?And of course for the publication date May 2013 [...]

    8. This book gets 4 stars because it's the companion to my favourite ever book series (so far).It is, however, a strange book, and should not be read until at least you've read up to Mission of Honor in the honorverse series. Start with On Basilisk Station, you won't regret it.The book is split into two parts. The first is a novella about the life of King Roger III (prior to On Basilisk Station a number of years) set over a period covering most of his life through a series of dialogues. As a stand [...]

    9. The first 180 pages is a novella with vignettes in the life of Roger Winton, first as a naval officer and heir to the throne, and then as King Roger III of Manticore. I enjoyed the story, but was disappointed with the ending which overlapped (and, I believe quoted verbatim) a previously published material. (view spoiler)[ First, Roger's death as given in "Queen's Gambit" in Worlds of Honor and then the Operation Buttercup attack on Barnett in Ashes of Victory. I wasn't expecting history to chang [...]

    10. (Note: If you don't want some cursing and blasphemy mixed in with your reviews, sail on past this one, folks.)I'm generally of the opinion that if David Weber has to choose between a politics scene or a military scene, he should go with the military one. And this book has done nothing to sway that opinion. The "nonfiction" portion of it was, overall, meh. I was okay with learning more about the canon of the Honorverse, but not too excited.It's the story (novella-length, I should think) that came [...]

    11. House of SteelBy David Weber and BuNinePublisher: BaenPublished In: Riverdale, NY, USA Date: 2013Pgs: 565REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERSSummary:This is a compendium of errata on the Honorverse including a short novel chronicling the rise of King Roger and his reign.Genre:fiction, science fiction, space, militariaWhy this book:I have a deep love for David Weber’s writing. I’ve, also, always been fascinated by the Honor Harrington books though I’ve never cracked the spine of one. I’ve been mor [...]

    12. House of Steel is the first Honorverse companion out of three planned, it has a short novel about King Roger's reign and the start of the buildup of the Manticoran Navy, information about Manticore and Grayson, quite a few schematics, a presentation of the BuNine group who is the back-office so to speak of the series technically and answers to a few questions by DW; a must for any Honorverse fan, the e-arc is available to buy now, the hc will be published in MayVolume 2 (House of Lies) will cove [...]

    13. The bulk of this book is a compendium of the technical and historical minutia pertaining to the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the Graysons. It covers their political, historical, astrographical and military details as well as brief bios of their most important figures. There is also an excellent discussion on how to build, and use, a science fiction space navy. In fact, this might have been my favorite part of the book had their not been a new novella penned by David Weber in the beginning third [...]

    14. I think this is a weak offering by Weber. Don't get me wrong - I love the Honorverse. Books one to six were the perfect blend of pulp and lightness. After the sixth book things start to go terribly wrong, but pleasant memories allow me to patina nostalgia over the latest books. "House of Steel", however, typifies for me how these books have gone off the rails; I think Weber reveals here a that not only may he actually believe his own hype, but he also possesses his fair share of avarice. "House [...]

    15. I LOVE David Weber. He is my favorite living science fiction author. I have read everyone of his books but I am a bit disappointed in this latest submission. As the honor Harrington universe has expanded Weber has become more involved with the political weather than the military aspects of his civilization.I am a recovering politician, and Weber does a better job than most modern authors in presenting political reality. The problem is he has too many characters. Besides, I have trouble getting i [...]

    16. The ultimate guide and companion to the New York Times best-selling Honor Harrington series.A new short Honorverse novel, plus a compendium of tech, specs, and history to accompany the blockbuster series. An all-new David Weber Honorverse short novel, I Will Build a House of Steel, chronicling the early days of the Manticoran Star Kingdom and the reign of King Roger. Have you ever finished the latest Honor Harrington novel from David Weber and wished you could linger in Weber’s Honorverse jus [...]

    17. As usual, David and the BuNine delivers a great product that manages to fill a lot of gaps that I, for one, didn't realized existed, mainly how Manticore managed to get the MDM, the SD-P or the LAC lines in service in such a short period of time. It also shows us a little more of Beth's character, wich I for one love. The story's very short too, wich is great when you're going over things that have already been covered in previous books; just a glimpse at Beth, as I said, and another one at Roge [...]

    18. A fantastic return to form by Mr Webber.Divided in two, the book's first half is a prequel which deals with the life and legacy of Roger Winton; the King who a Royal Navy that could defend Manticore against Haven. It's a tale obviously close to David Webber's heart and he makes a tale of corresponding passion. The resulting story of politics and interpersonal relationships (which can be weak topics) is fantastic, is moving and is as highly polished as his work gets. The technical background of a [...]

    19. This is, quite literally, a book of two parts. The first 257 pages are the short novel "I Will Build My House of Steel" which details the reign of King Roger III, the father of Queen Elizabeth who features in the main books of the Honorverse, and details his attempt to build up the Royal Manticoran Navy in the face of increasing aggression from the People's Republic of Haven. It's an enjoyable story and it's nice to see characters mentioned in passing in later books, or who we see much later in [...]

    20. The story is pretty good; in fact I think it avoids a lot of tweeness that has crept into some of Weber's later books. But I have to take issue with calling this "The Honorverse Companion." At best it's volume I, because it only covers Manticore and Grayson. There is a lot of information here but it is by no means a complete universe reference book. Additionally, there is no index, so if you want to avoid lots of flipping through the book trying to find that one thing, you'd probably prefer an e [...]

    21. This work is in (at least) three parts. We start with an interesting story, in which we learn more about the Star Kingdom's royal family and the preparations for war with Haven. There was a good bit of name dropping for naval officers we know from the "present day". Next comes a mix of general history of Manticore (and then Grayson), into which is mixed details about the naval vessels in use during the wars with Haven. Personally, I found the history more interesting than the ships themselves. T [...]

    22. the eARC is now available for purchase on Baen's website. Glad the wait if finally over.--Added 2/17--Now that I've had a chance to sit down and read the whole thing, I must say I'm disappointed. I was really hoping there would be a lot more story and less technical information. I miss the bad old days of Honor on the bridge of a plucky but determined undersized ship going up against an overpowering opponent and just barely winning. The series these days seems to be devoted almost entirely to po [...]

    23. The book includes :The story "I Will Build My House of Steel" by David Weber color illustrationsand the "Honorverse Companion 1921 PD"The Star Empire of ManticoreIntroductionAstrographyHistoryGovernmentPeopleNonhuman Sentient SpeciesThe Royal Manticoran NavyThe Royal Manticoran Marine CorpsThe Royal Manticoran ArmyThe Protectorate of GraysonIntroductionAstrographyHistoryGovernmentPeopleThe Grayson Space NavyThe Grayson ArmyAfterwordBuilding a Navy in the HonorverseFrequently Asked QuestionsAbout [...]

    24. Only for the true Weber completist. This is a short, dull, novel that reads like a transcript of 20-year-old C-Span budget debates. It is all politics and fighting over naval budget requests and the history of the Kingdom of Manticore that leads up to the Honor Harrington series. This is followed by an enormous amount of technical specifications on made-up space navies and background on the history and economics of the Haven Sector. The only good thing I can say about it is that it made me want [...]

    25. Great companion piece to the series proper, this book opens with a short story, "I Will Build My House Of Steel", based around Roger III, King of the Star Kingdom of Manticore (Elizabeth's deceased father in the main timeline). The story follows his career in the Navy, then his career as a politician when he takes on his Royal responsibilities.The rest of the book is basically a reference work with information on the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the Protectorate of Grayson, with details of thei [...]

    26. A great companion to have around while re-reading the Honorverse. The short story lays the ground work for much of what the Manticoran Navy's stands for in the rest of the series. The encyclopedia portions tie together much of the hard science into an easily referenced format for a better understanding of the items read about in the books. Think of it as a giant "How It's Made" episode from Discovery Channel about all things Honorverse. Can't wait to see what BuNine and Weber have in store for f [...]

    27. The short story included at the beginning of this compendium is so long it's almost a novella (which, naturally, I love) -- and it touches on so many strands of Manticoran history as it comes up throughout the Honor Harrington series, in a cutesy referential way, it couldn't be more apt.I'm not a HUGE military nerd, so the endless production line info about different types of ships wasn't the most interesting thing. But there's great tidbits for all sorts of Honor Harrington fans throughout.

    28. Full Disclosure: This is the only book by David Weberthat I have read.A man and his family work to convince politicians to prepare for a foreseen threat.A story that is more political commentary than novel caused me to be uninspired to peruse the additional material. The large jumps in time between chapters necessitated some re-reading and math to fully understand the time frame.This book contains alcohol use, smoking, and swearing.

    29. This book contains a novella about the start of the war with the People's Republic of Haven, and technical details about the military forces, ship's specifications, uniforms and rank, and characters of the different star systems involved in the Honorverse books. It also has illustrations of the rank and uniforms of the various armed forces.The technical information, while exhaustive and impressively compiled, isn't what I look for in a book, so my main interest was in the novella. However, peopl [...]

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