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House of Steel (Honor Harrington Universe Book 1) (English Edition)
 
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House of Steel (Honor Harrington Universe Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

David Weber

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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 just a bit longer?  Now you can with this treasure trove of tech, specs, and insights on David Weber’s mega best‑selling Honor Harrington series.  Orbital characteristic of key planets, regimental order of the Royal Navy, backstory on the history and drama of the Star Kingdom’s birth and early days—you’ll find it all here, thoughtfully arranged by the Bureau 9 Weber research group, and overseen by David Weber himself.

At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).

Biographie de l'auteur

With over seven million copies of his books in print and seventeen titles on the New York Times bestseller list, David Weber is the science fiction publishing phenomenon of the new millennium. In the hugely-popular Honor Harrington series, the spirit of C.S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower and Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander lives on—into the galactic future. Books in the Honor Harrington and Honoverse series have appeared on fourteen best seller lists, including those of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA Today. While Weber is best known for his spirited, modern-minded space operas, he is also the creator of the Oath of Swords fantasy series and the Dahak saga, a science fiction and fantasy hybrid. Weber is has also engaged in a steady stream of bestselling collaborations including his Starfire Series with Steve White, which produced the New York Times bestseller The Shiva Option among others. Weber’s collaboration with alternate history master Eric Flint led to the bestselling 1634: The Baltic War, and his planetary adventure novels with military science fiction ace and multiple national best-seller John Ringo includes the blockbusters March to the Stars and We Few. Finally, Weber’s teaming with Linda Evans produced the bestselling Multiverse series. David Weber makes his home in South Carolina with his wife and children.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 9608 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 576 pages
  • Utilisation simultanée de l'appareil : Illimité
  • Editeur : Baen Books (16 décembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00CDZ7N8W
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31 internautes sur 32 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Short novel is full of background, lots of technical data... 22 avril 2013
Par K. O'Neil - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Let's start with I love just about everything David Weber has written. All the Harrington books are on my re-read list (and very few books make that list). That said this is a very specialized book and probably the drawings and diagrams are best viewed on something larger than a Kindle Paperwhite.

Be warned! This is NOT the first book in the Honorverse that should be read! It's got a lot of background that only really makes sense if you are already familiar with Honor Harrington and what's happened to Manticore since it's founding! And I love the article "Jayne's Intelligence Review." For those who aren't familiar with Jayne's it's the bible of fighting ships published every year since 1898 (and other things military). And this quote from a future Jayne's is... delicious!

This book needs a larger color format because it has many, many illustrations and technical drawings. On my Paperwhite they leave a bit to be desired but they're viewable. Like all Baen books this one is not restricted in any way and the color illustrations are glorious using the Kindle reader on my Mac... well worth browsing through!!!

The short novel is, like most Honorverse writings, very, very interesting and fills in a lot of background! But, be warned, Honor herself doesn't appear, this is mostly about King Roger, Queen Elizabeth's father, his death and how Elizabeth came to hate the Peeps so very, very much! There's a LOT of background about weapons, tactics and other technical stuff in the first 36% of this book.

But the rest of it is a feast of background and facts about The Star Empire of Manticore and The Protectorate of Grayson. Everything from how the systems were discovered and settled to their astrography and how their militaries are set up right down to the uniforms and rank insignia in all their branches. Ever wondered what a skin suit looks like??? Again, I'd recommend that if you're reading this on electronic media that the novel and all the technical data is great on a Paperwhite (although for some reason I couldn't change the font from a sans serif to a serif one -- which I find much easier to read) but the drawings, rank insignia, uniforms, etc. are much better on a larger COLOR screen! As is the cover!

All in all I found the short novel not the most engaging of Weber's writings but fascinating -- and it answered some questions.

If you've read all the Honorverse books I think you'll find this one very interesting... and the title, The Honorverse COMPANION very true!!!
33 internautes sur 35 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Table of Contents 28 avril 2013
Par Christopher Weuve - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
[NOTE: I am one of the BuNine authors, but it forces me to rate the item, even though all I want to do is tell you what's in it. So of course I gave it five stars -- but I didn't name the review "the best book in the history of mankind."]

So what's in _House of Steel_ you ask? Here's the abbreviated table of contents:

I Will Build My House of Steel
The Honorverse Companion (circa 1912 PD)
-- Letter from the Editor
-- The Star Empire of Manticore
-- The Protectorate of Grayson
-- Afterword

"I Will Build My House of Steel" is a 50k-ish word novella tells the story of Roger Winton's buildup, several decades before the start of the series.

"The Honoverse Companion" is mostly in-universe, except for the Afterword, and includes a lot of information on the history, people, government, and military of both manticore and Grayson.

The Afterword includes a FAQ and an essay called "Building a Navy in the Honorverse," as well as author bios.

A FINAL THOUGHT: I see a lot of reviews of this book that fit the pattern of the reviewer writing a negative review because the book wasn't what they expected it to be, and it wasn't their thing. Perhaps rather than writing a negative review in such circumstances, you could instead resolve next time to read the front or back cover before making your purchase. The contents of this book were hardly disguised, and if you were surprised by the nature of the book, it's because you weren't paying attention.
10 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 An Honorverse Fix 19 mai 2013
Par Michael E. Murray - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
For an Honorverse junkie like me this is nothing but great. I enjoyed the novella, the background history, personnel biographies, and fleet information immensely. The details enrich the Honorverse even more, and it provides a sort of reference book I can go back to when reading one of the novels. My only complaint is that the color plates had no Marine uniforms. Come on Mr. Weber, you know we Marines always have the best dress uniforms!
5 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Buy a Physical Copy 5 août 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Excellent book with everything a fan of the Honor Harrington series loves. Unfortunately the digital edition has trouble with the technical drawings, they are not high enough resolution so when you try to zoom in they just turn to mush. On many of the drawings you cannot even read the ship class even when zoomed out to normal view and zooming in just further obliterates any writing or notes in the drawings.

80% of the book is written and the content itself is very good.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 King Roger III 30 juin 2013
Par Arthur W. Jordin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
House of Steel (2013) is a SF collection in the Honorverse series. It contains a new novella, facts about the universe of Honor Harrington, and color illustrations of flags, ribbons, and uniforms.

"I Will Build My House of Steel" by David Weber relates the life and influence of King Roger III of Manticore from 1844 PD to 1914 PD. It starts with a letter on the need to build ships of the wall and ends with the initial defeat of the People's Republic of Haven at Trevor's Star. It spans a period from Roger's service as Executive Officer on the HMS Wolverine to twenty-one years after his death.

Roger was the driving force behind the buildup of the Royal Manticoran Navy. Without him, Haven would have defeated Manticore. This story tells how he made the RMN more powerful than the Solar League Navy. Naturally, he didn't do it without help.

The Honorverse Companion covers the history of Manticore from the launching of the first STL vessel toward the star system in 775 PD to the aftermath of the retaking of Trevor's Star in 1921 PD. It also includes similar information about Grayson.

Is this the last Honorverse work? No, for the Mesan Alignment is still active. The next installment in this sequence -- Beginnings -- is due soon. Also, a young adult novel about Stephanie and Climbs Quickly -- Treecat Wars -- is also coming shortly thereafter.

Highly recommended for Weber fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of star empires, RMN technical data, and a bit of romance. Read and enjoy!

-Arthur W. Jordin
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