Category Archives: Reviews

Where the Ships Die

I have just finished “Where the Ships Die“, by William C. Dietz. It was a bit interesting, but not something I would recommend, unless You don’t have anything else to do…

The book has some interesting scenes that could be used in a traveller setting, but put together, the story sucks and is full of logical holes, big enough to fly a death-star through… 🙁

The story is about an 18 Year old boy, that ends up as slave labour in a starship scrap-heap (Where the Ships Die). He is saved by his sister and by Timon and Pumbaa. Very strange… 😉

With Full Honors

With Full Honors, by Donald E. McQuinn is not a book about Honor Harrington. It is a book about a soldier in an empire of 12 star-systems. The empire has some old traditions that regulated the fightings, but apart from such strange things is was quite a good book.

The soldiers of the empire is only used to control internal riots. There is no outside threat. In traveller terms, the situation could be something what the early Sword Worlds might have been…

There is a second part. Maybe I’ll read it.

The Price of the Stars

I have just read The Price of the Stars by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald. This is book one in the mageworld series.

This book is more travelleresque than Honor Harrington.
It is about a renegade princess that gets a starship from her father, to find her mothers assassins.

The plot was quit good anyway, and the evil mageworlders could have been the Zhodani…

There was an interesting “jump-system” in this book. No 100 diameters rule, but instead the starship has to have a certain velocity to be able to jump.

I will absolutely read at least another book in this series. Lets see what I say after the next one…

Flag in Exile, by David Weber

Flag in Exile is the third book by David Weber about Honor Harrington that I have read.

After reading two previous books, everything becomes quite predictable. Honor is still an expert in everything, and a tactical genius, and her ‘cat bleeks and Honor talks with a cool soprano voice and everybody else frowns.

I liked the first book about Honor Harrington that I read; On Basilisk Station.
The second book; Field of Dishonor was interesting, but more soap-opera, than space opera. This third book, became predictable and boring.

In Traveller terms Manticore is a gov-C world. It always make me think of the Sex-Pistols song “God save the Queen“. Grayson is a gov-D world. I would say that the type-B government of Haven seems a lot nicer than the planets that Honor fights for…

But Honor always wins, and she is so smart and she has always the right skills, because she has grown up at a Hi-G world. She is so good at everything that she wins duels over sportsmen when the sportsmen can use a weapon of their choice. (Just as likely as I would beat Tiger Woods in golf.)

The reason that I started reading these books was because there was so much talk about Honor Harrington at the TML. I wanted to know what this was, and if I had missed something. Now I know. I will not read any more Honor Harrington books! 🙁