Review: On Basilisk Station

On Basilisk Station begins the story of Honor Harrington, whose tale can be traced through multiple books. Honor Harrington is a member of the Royal Manticoran Navy, the space navy that is. In fact, she is one of their best and brightest, although in this book she is a low ranking officer who has been exiled to an end-of-career station because she couldn’t make a new weapon work better than it was able to in exercises.

When she arrives, her whole crew is sulking and her immediate superior decides to hand her total responsibility for a situation that calls for five ships, while she only has one. Honor Harrington, however, does not know the meaning of the expression “can’t” and she insists on carrying out her orders. This must-be-done attitude whips her crew into shape and sends them scurrying all over the system to cover their responsibilities without a full complement of ships.

Despite the handicap, they do such a great job that they discover a problem no one knew about. A BIG problem. With one ship and more work than five ships could do, how will they solve the problem? Only Honor knows. And I’m not telling.

Note: This review was written in 1999 for a soon-to-be defunct website.

Books I’ve Read: 8-13

This post gives books 1-7 that I’ve read. I’ve read some more since then.

A Short History of the Early Church by Harry R. Boer is a good short reference to the early church. The weird thing is the Greek philosophy in the book, which says that God can’t suffer. Apparently this guy thinks the Greek gods weren’t god? Don’t know. It’s possible the elite believed one thing and the general people another. The stuff that I knew about was accurate in the book.

Christine Wenger’s The Cowboy Way is a romance book I read. I expected it to be a continuation of another book, but it wasn’t. I have a theory on that and romance books. I’ll get back to that later.

Judy Duarte wrote Hailey’s Hero which I’ve also read. I liked it, but not enough to read it again.

I also read A Father, Again by Mary J. Forbes. It’s a very sweet story.

I also read Forgotten Son by Linda Warren. It’s a continuation of a story, but it’s been a long time since the last one. And it set up the next one, but that one’s probably going to be a long time coming.

Right now I am finishing a book I have re-read many, many times. At least 10. It’s by David Weber. On Basilisk Station is the first in the Honor Harrington series which has made Weber a best selling author. I recommended the book to my son and thought I should re-read it to check and make sure he could read it. It’s better this time, even though I know what’s coming. I actually remember when I first bought the book. I’d read it in the bookstore and decided to buy it. I got the book and read it at home. Then I called the publisher. Chapter 27, the pivotal chapter, the most heart-stopping, throat full chapter, was missing from my book. They sent me another and I sent this one back. –So if you read it before and thought it was missing something, maybe it was.

That’s one history book, one sci fi, and four romance novels. They’re fast reads, and easy. Sometimes I get in the mood for happy endings and romance novels always provide that. You can’t count on that with sci fi. Don’t look to Greg Bear or David Feintuch to give you happy endings.