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On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

David Weber
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On Basilisk Station (or "HH1" as it's known to the faithful) is the first installment in David Weber's cult hit Honor Harrington series, which has charmed the socks off schoolgirls and sailors alike. Honor--the heroine of this fast-paced, addictive space opera--is a polished, plucky bulldog of a naval officer, part Horatio Hornblower, part Miles Vorkosigan, part Captain Janeway, and with a razor-clawed telepathic cat thrown over her shoulder for good measure.

The series' kickoff puts a giddy Commander Harrington at the helm of her first serious starship, the HMS Fearless. But her excitement quickly fades--political maneuvering by top brass in the Manticoran navy has left her light cruiser outfitted with a half-baked experimental weapons system. Against all odds (just the way Honor likes it), she still manages a clever coup in tactical war games, a feat that earns her accolades--and enemies. The politicians she's offended banish her to a galactic backwater, Basilisk Station. But that outpost soon proves to be a powder keg, and it's up to Harrington and the Fearless crew to thwart the aggressive plans of the Haven Republic. A perfect mix of military SF and high adventure--if you enjoy your tour, re-up with HH2, The Honor of the Queen. --Paul Hughes

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YA-Move over gutsy female detectives-here's a daring woman spaceship commander waiting to claim a place in readers' hearts. Honor Harrington is sent in disgrace to the forlorn outpost of Basilisk Station, where military authorities hope she will be forgotten about. Instead, with her woefully under-armed vessel, the Fearless, she executes incredible flying manuevers in an attempt to stop foreign takeover of a major space station.
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  • Editeur : Baen Books; Édition : 1 (21 décembre 2012)
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La série "Honor Harrington" de David Weber décrit des aventures militaires, dont l'héroïne est la jeune femme qui donne son nom à la série: elle est officier naval commandant un croiseur spatial léger. Elle est un peu tête brûlée, un peu en bisbille avec son commandement, et elle va se trouver prise dans un début de guerre auquel elle devra faire face toute seule parce qu'elle se trouve dans un endroit isolé, une affectation quasi-disciplinaire: Basilisk Station. La jeune femme n'a pas froid aux yeux, elle a du caractère, elle est ingénieuse et intrépide, prompte à bluffer où à jouer sa tactique "à l'intuition" sur des paris plus ou moins réussis. Honor est en outre flanquée d'un chat empathe extra-terrestre à 6 pattes avec des griffes affutées comme des rasoirs et très lié à elle (par un lien empathique et presque télépathique).

David Weber dit avoir été admiratif et inspiré par la série Capitaine Hornblower, tome 1 de CS Forester, un classique de la littérature navale britannique, situé à l'époque de la marine à voile. Il se trouve que je suis également un fan de Hornblower. Je n'ai pas été déçu, David Weber ayant effectivement transposé les aventures de Hornblower dans l'espace avec des contraintes tactiques similaires (mêmes les initiales sont identiques "Horatio Hornblower" = "Honor Harrington" = "HH").

L'auteur invente un "bouclier" de vaisseau cohéorent, dérivé de la propulsion (the impeller).
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Un pillier de la sf militaire 26 juin 2014
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Premier tome d'une longue saga, On Basilisk Station fait débuter la carrière d'Honor Harrington à la tête d'un croiseur léger hors d'âge. C'est avec ce vaisseau, un équipage initialement hostile et un manque de moyens criant qu'elle fait face avec brillo a une machination ourdie par la République Populaire de Havre, puissance expansioniste et en partie basée sur l'URSS. Combats spatiaux et "spatio-politique" dans un contexte crédible, autant sur le plan technique que des puissances engagés, le livre est tout simplement indispensable pour tout fan de sci fi militaire.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 excellent 13 juin 2014
Par thomas98
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A very good book with a nice and realistic story. The technologies used in the space battleship are explained.
A great book to start the serie!!!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 basilic 15 mai 2014
Par montoya
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basilic et honnor harrington en anglais c'est aussi savoureux qu'en français avec c'est vrai une certaine touche dans les dialogues qui sonnent mieux
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Kicks off a truly magnificent series - read this one first 16 novembre 2006
Par Marshall Lord - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"On Basilisk Station" is the first book in a truly wonderful space opera series about a space navy set three thousand years in the future and featuring David Weber's best fictional heroine, "Honor Harrington." The books are best read in sequence and I strongly recommend that you start with this one.

Despite the futuristic setting, there are strong parallels with Nelson's navy, particularly during the first few books in the series. The assumed technology in the first five Honor Harrington stories imposes constraints on space navy officers similar to those which the technology of fighting sail imposed on wet navy officers two hundred years ago. And the galactic situation in the first eleven novels contains strong similarities to the strategic and political situation in European history at the time of the French revolutionary and Napoleonic wars.

This seems to be quite deliberate: a number of thinly veiled (and amusing) hints in the books indicate that they are to some extent a tribute to C.S. Forester, while the main heroine of the books, Honor Harrington, appears to be a mix of Admiral Horatio Nelson and C.S. Forester's character "Horatio Hornblower."

As we go through the series the pressure of conflict spurs technological advance and the introduction of new weapos and ship types so that the parallels with Nelson's navy are gradually repaced by similarities with later periods: and after a huge battle in book eeven, "At All Costs" which has parallels with Trafagar, the "Nelson v. Napoleon in space" plot is gradually succeeded by an entirely different storyline with new allies and enemies.

In this first book of the series, the newly promoted Commander Honor Harrington takes up her first command of a significant fleet unit, the old light cruiser "H.M.S. Fearless" which has just been rebuilt with a very unusual armament.

Honor Harrington comes from a middle-class family with no naval tradition - both her parents are medical professionals, ust as Nelson's and Hornblower's fathers were - and has worked her way up the officer ranks of the navy of the Star Kingdom of Manticore on pure ability with no influential family friends to support her. At times it seems that her only friend in the navy is her "Treecat" Nimitz.

Treecats are six-legged creatures similar in size and shape to terran cats, who are fully telepathic among themselves and empaths with humans - e.g. they can read a human's emotions and sometimes form a unique bond with a specific human within which the exchange of emotions is two-way. Some people make the mistake of assuming that Nimitz is just Honor's pet cat: it will become clear during the series just how much more than that he is.

After a short spell with the fleet, HMS Fearless is assigned to Basilisk station. The senior officer on the station turns out to be an enemy of Honor's going back to their time at Naval academy, and promptly takes his ship back home for repairs leaving her with orders to look after the Basilisk system and the completely inadequate force of one light cruiser with which to do so.

As if that were not bad enough, a powerful and unfriendly neighbouring star nation, the "People's Republic of Haven" is casting greedy eyes at Basilisk and looking for an opportunity to grab the system.

This is a really clever story with wonderful and believable characters, brilliantly described space battles, and a well crafted set of explanations of how the tactical situations which the characters find themselves in relate both to the technology their ships use and the political dynamics which set up the conflicts they find themselves in. Because this is the first book of the series Dave Weber has to devote a fair amount of time to explaining the how faster than light travel and space weapons work in the series, but the explanations are reasonably interesting, internally consistent, and not too hard to follow.

Many people read Weber for the space battles, and this book scores very highly here. In some of the later books of the series when describing major fleet battles, Dave Weber somtimes writes a bit too much like the wargame designer he once was, but he is superb when describing single-ship or small unit actions and never better than in "On Basilisk Station."

If you like this book, you can go on to the rest of the series. At the time of writing there are 21 full length novels (with number 22 due shortly), five short story collections and a companion book in the "Honorverse" as the fictional galaxy in which these stories are set is sometimes known. At the time of updating this review in March 2014 the main series which tells the story of Honor Harrington herself currently runs to thirteen novels; in order these are

On Basilisk Station
The Honor of the Queen
The Short Victorious War
Field of Dishonour
Flag in Exile
Honor among Enemies
In Enemy Hands
Echoes of Honor
Ashes of Victory
War of Honor
At All Costs
Mission of Honor
A Rising Thunder

The five short story collections set in the same universe, not all of which feature Honor Harrington herself, are

Worlds of Honor
Worlds of Honor II: More than Honor
Worlds of Honor III: Changer of Worlds
Worlds of Honor IV: The Service of the Sword
Worlds of Hono V: In Fire Forged

There are three spin-off series: the first begins with "Crown of Slaves" (with Eric Flint) which is a story of espionage and intrigue featuring a number of characters first introduced in earlier Honor Harrington books or short stories, the sequels to this are "Torch of Freedom" and "Cauldron of Ghosts (Crown of Slaves)" which is due for publiscation shortly.

The second spin-off series begins with "The Shadow of Saganami" which at first appears to be a kind of "next generation" novel featuring a number of younger officers in the navies of Manticore and her ally Grayson. This concentrates on the events in an area of the galaxy known as the Talbot Quadrant and two sequels, "Storm from the Shadows" and "Shadow of Freedom" are also set there.

There is also a prequel series set five hundred years earler and aimed mainly at young adults, featuring Honor Harrington's ancestor Stephanie Harrington, who as a preteen girl became was the first human to be adopted by a Sphinx Treecat. This series, known as the "Star Kingdom" series, is about how Treecats came to be recognised as an intelligent species and currently consists of

"A beautiful friendship"
"Fire Season"
"Treecat wars"

For amusement, if you want to try to look for the parallels to nations and individuals from the French revolutionary period and the Hornblower books, one possible translation would be:

People's Republic of Haven = Revolutionary France
Star Kingdom of Manticore = Great Britain
Gryphon = Scotland

Prime Minister Alan Summervale = Pitt the Younger
Hamish Alexander, later Earl White Haven = Admiral Edward Pellew
Honor Harrington, = Horatio Hornblower
Alistair McKeon = William Bush

Crown loyalists and Centrists = Tory supporters of Pitt
Conservative Association = hardline High Tories
New Kiev Liberals = Whig Oligarchists
Progressives and traditional liberals = Whig radicals

Anderman Empire = Kingdom of Prussia
Silesia = Poland

At the time of the early books like "On Basilisk Station" I saw parallels between the relationship between the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the Solarian League and that between Great Britain and the infant United States of America. The Solarian League is a trading nation which is some distance away (other side of the Atlantic) from the main protagonists in the war between Manticore and Haven (Britain and France), is annoyed with both sides because of trade restrictions, and is also a major market for genetic slaves (the slave trade). However, these parallels fall apart in the more recent books.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A series you may like 21 février 2001
Par Andrew X. Lias - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Rather than review this particular book, I thought that I'd give a capsul review of the series, as a whole. Given that, if you do like this one, you're in for a long haul, I thought that this would be fair.
First of all, the Harrington series stands at the intersection of two genres: space opera and military SF. Space Opera is a style of story with interstellar vistas, larger than life characters and situations, and (typically, and especially in this case) more than a dash of melodrama. Military SF is a sub-genre of science fiction that concentrates its focus on the details of high-tech conflict -- think Tom Clancy in space. The first warning is that if either of these styles of fiction turn you off, you probably won't like these books.
The writing style of Mr. Weber is servicable for the type of story he's telling. He's very good at writing action sequences, and providing you villains to hate, and jerking a tear or two, and at compelling you to keep turning the pages of his stories. His work, however, does not constitute high art. It's not what I would call low-brow, either, but I think that it is fair to describe it as relatively unsophisticated. In particular, he writes characters that are, on the whole, somewhat flat, often substituting emotional charge for true characterization. If you want more than that out of a book, these aren't for you, either.
I should note that the books are deliberately written to echo the Horatio Hornblower stories and that there are many clever parallels between the future kingdoms of the novels and the historical conflict between France and the allied nations during the Napoleonic era. History a literature buffs may get a kick out of this, but it should be noted that it isn't an exceptionally sophisticated set of parallels. It's more of a light spice for those who like such things.
What you can expect is a very fun and action oriented set of stories. One co-worker aptly described them as "airplane books" (that is, books that are good to read during a long flight), and I'm inclined to agree. For them, they've been a slightly guilty pleasure, but a pleasure all the same. If you want something that is manifestly enjoyable and unchallenging, or if you simply hungry for something to fill your reading time, I can't think of many series which would fit the bill quite so well. They aren't high art but they do a good job of being everything that they are intended to be.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Success is its own Punishment 28 avril 2005
Par John A Lee III - Publié sur Amazon.com
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What happens when you are given command of a ship that has been "gutted" in a naval experiment and are sent out to wargame against the big boys? Furthermore, what happens when you use your new system to take them all by surprise, ONCE, and then get demolished each time after that because everyone is now ready for the trick? Just to make matters worse, you embarass the admiral who came up with the one time gimmick. The answer is that you get sent off to a post no one wants where you will be out of sight and out of mind. That's what happens to Honor.

Honor's task is virtually impossible and her enemies want her to fail. She dissapoints them in that she succeeds magnificnetly. Along the way, she becomes a naval hero in the tradition of Horatio Hornblower.

Weber does a great job adapting the institutions of the Royal Navy from the Napoleonic wars into space opera. This is true in terms of politics and culture as well as in strategy and tactics. In its context, it is believable and fun.

No one should expect a lesson in physics. That is not what this story is about. Instead, it is about, courage, leadership and, yes, Honor. It is a fun read and I am looking forward to the reset of the series.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Ahhh memories 22 novembre 1999
Par "figaro1010@yahoo.com" - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
I thought I'd write a review for what I remember as the best series I've read in science fiction. I have pretty much read most of all the greats here. The books itself is not as good as Card's Ender's Game, but the series as a whole is much better. I have to go back and reread the series from time to time just to make sure I don't forget anything, or pick up something I missed before. Pretty much anything this guy writes I buy because its all great. No other series has given me as much pleasure to read. As a college student with a strickly limited budget I must conserve my money and only buy the basic essentials. These books are some of those essentials. BUY THE BOOK, if you disagree you know where to find me. Have a nice day
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Military SF for the technology-minded readers 22 novembre 2002
Par A. Ryan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Disclaimer: I am a reader who heavily prefers her SF to focus on humans over hardware(this is simply a reflection of my status as an impoverished low-techie who can't afford good stuff in this universe, either, and so would rather not pine for otherworldly stuff in her reading). I have come to understand in the last few years that a third broadly generalized type of SF fan exists, who loves the military/space battle aspect of SF -- which I am also not, due to ignorance of military matters in this century. So, you are now well-equipped to see where my point of view is coming from in my rating here.
On Basilisk Station is the first in the Honor Harrington series, of which I have currently read three. Honor is a newly promoted captain, beautiful, athletic and talented, whose first posting on the ship HMS Fearless at the disreputable Basilisk Station is a punishment for causing a high-ranking officer to lose face. The punishment is really in the impossible situation, in which the Fearless is to be responsible for singlehandedly guarding the entire system there, where there should be several such ships to do that job. In a nutshell, Honor rises to the challenge and makes the best of a bad situation by some innovative patrol scheduling. Her deft handling of other tricky problems and unexpectedly saving the Manticoran fleet from losing a war gains her honor and respect among her crew and her far-off superiors.
I have heard the Honor Harrington series compared to other SF series dealing with space battles, but the reason I picked up On Basilisk Station is that Weber's books were often recommended for those who like Bujold's Vorkosigan novels. Not likely. The main character (Honor Harrington) is far too perfect on every level (except, naturally, that she has a negative self-image)to be believable or sympathetic, unlike Miles Vorkosigan. The author really has created a superwoman version of the typical male SF superhero, which is exactly the kind of thing that loses me. The battle scenes are good, the world-building is interesting and well-thought-out; but the characters are a bit stereotyped and/or unexplored.
If you really like military- and hardware-oriented SF, this is just the book for you. But as a fan of character-driven fiction, I just could not muster the necessary enthusiasm, especially when my expectations were falsely raised by comparisons with some of my favorite authors.
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