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Saturday, September 27, 2008

At All Costs

Weber, David. At All Costs. An Honor Harrington novel, but not my favorite. In fact, my least favorite in this series of 11 books.

I don't mind the fact that Weber's books are long, but if he had discarded the entire section on the love triangle and the babies, I would have been much happier. Hamish, Earl of White Haven and wife Emily are two of the least developed characters in a cast of thousands (give or take a few and throughout the entire series). Honor's relationship with Hamish has seemed pretty thin from the beginning, but recent developments are not of interest to me.

I went back to see my review of War of Honor , the book previous to this one, and found that I didn't comment on the Honor/Hamish/Emily situation, but remember that I wasn't much impressed with it. I liked the Shadow of Saganami which is connected to the series, but doesn't feature Honor Harrington, I enjoyed In Fury Born (not connected to the H.H. novels),and I like his new series Off Armageddon Reef and By Schism Rent Asunder, but my fondness for the Honorverse is fading, as the last two novels in this series have been a bit disappointing.

I have no intention of abandoning Weber, but maybe this particular series has played itself out. Will I read the next one? Of course.

Fiction. Science Fiction/Space Opera.


  1. Sounds like exactly what my son would say: "Wasn't the greatest of his books, but I'll keep reading them." Have you read anything by Timothy Zahn? He's another of my son's favorites.

  2. Eleven book series? Wow, that's a bit too long for me. I have too many other series on the go! I second Timothy Zahn, though. He wrote the best novels based on Star Wars... I haven't read anything else though.

  3. bookfool - No, I haven't read anything by Zahn, but I'm adding him to my list!

    Kailana - Webber is prolific. Almost unbelievably so when his books are all so long. I'm going to have to try Zahn. Two recommendations already!