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On Basilisk Station by David Weber

On Basilisk Station (original 1993; edition 1998)

by David Weber

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Title:On Basilisk Station
Authors:David Weber
Info:London : Earthlight, 2000, c1998.
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On Basilisk Station by David Weber (1993)

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Supposedly CS Forster set in space, this novel is more Mercedes Lackey. Honor Harrington is the new captain of an old warship. Within a few paragraphs of meeting her we're told she has a psychic connection with her alien cat, is beautiful and looks far younger than her age, graduated top of her class and is oh so much more sensible than any of her commanding officers. From then on, she's the bestest captain ever. All the good characters love and admire her, and all the bad characters hate her for being so smart and messing up their fiendish plans. There are a few paragraphs that aren't lavishing praise on Honor or showing how evil her enemies are. These paragraphs are meaningless infodumps. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
On Basilisk Station introduces Honor Harrington as she assumes command of the Royal Manticoran Navy's light cruiser HMS Fearless. The story is set 1900 years after mankind has left earth for other planets and centers on the Kingdom of Manticore and pressures from other star empires jealous of Manticore's wealth. The Manticoran system is prime cosmic real estate and attractive to others. Specifically the People's Republic of Haven, who are an expansive empire looking for additional conquests to keep their economy from imploding. Honor and her crew find themselves assigned to Basilisk Station, a star system that is the junction for several wormholes. Once at Basilisk, Honor finds the station and the system it protects, including the aboriginal world Medusa, run by a civilian Manticoran commissioner, in utter chaos.

There is much that is interesting in this book, including its first-rate execution of space opera adventure. Admittedly, in the first few chapters, things are slow moving. The author tries to give you too much unfamiliar information so at times you feel confused. But once things get rolling, you will really enjoy the story. The story development is well done, the level of detail is rich and the battle and action sequences are well described. Development is good for a number of characters, many of whom are also present in the following books of the Honor Harrington series. On Basilisk Station is a fast-paced naval story with political and military science fiction backdrop. If you enjoy naval stories or military science fiction, you might enjoy this one. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
Honor's hit bottom -- and there's nowhere to go but up. The best of the epic space battles to the death, Honor's an officer we'd all love to follow.

There's a part of me that feels like On Basilisk Station is the utter best out of the entire Honorverse series, and that may be because I adore when a good universe is set up and worked within. I love the Honorverse, the death rides, the fantastic crews...but On Basilisk Station has it all: Honor overcoming terrible odds, somehow making everything work out by the skin of her teeth. I think it's the purest of the bunch, and I LOVE it.

I'm plowing on with the series. Again. I'd kind of vowed to not re-read this for a while until I'd gotten a few more books off my to-read list, which has reached a length that would take me years to catch up with. But here I am, reading it again, because my father let a tidbit from one of the new books drop. Wish me luck.
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  lyrrael | Oct 17, 2015 |
A military SF book with Weber at his best. A novelette and several short stories in "True Bolo" tradition with a wistful but appropriate ending. For the real Bolo buffs, there is an appendix that shows its evolution from a smart battle tank to a truly autonomous, with very humanistic characteristics, battle wagon on tracks. ( )
  jamespurcell | Sep 21, 2015 |
Flawed, but entertaining.

Honor Harrington, newly-promoted Captain in the Queen’s Royal Manticoran Navy, has taken command of her first space cruiser, Fearless, and she is elated. She's worked for this moment for years. Unfortunately, an enemy has seen to it that she and her ship is deployed to Basilisk Station and its planet, Medusa, a low-status assignment that basically entails acting as customs agents. Morale is low. Morale creeps lower when the higher ranking officer in the system, Admiral Young, takes his ship home for refitting, leaving Honor and her ship alone to police the entire system with their light cruiser that has been retrofitted and had armaments taken from it. The worst part is the neighboring system of Haven is planning on invading Manticore and taking over Medusa by way of the wormhole junction terminus at Basilisk Station. It's enough to make one pull one's hair out!

This is a pretty good sci fi novel. There are aliens, on Medusa, fights between spaceships, political goings on, battles between Marines and aliens, spies, plots, etc. Through it all, Honor keeps her cool and does everything perfectly. And that's one of my problems with the book. She's too perfect. One could not be any more perfect than she is. She knows the exact right things to say at the exact right times and the exact right things to do at the exact right times and she toys with the lives of her crew, which costs the lives of over 100 of her crew members, by playing guessing games with a Haven warship captain, assuming he'll do this and do that, which of course he does. And so she defeats him, at great cost to herself and her crew. She has a temper too, but only once does she display it and it's in private, after her parents have been threatened by the richest tyrant in the system. Another thing that bugged me about this novel was her exec. He resented Honor, but Weber beat this to freakin' death! They didn't develop the right relationship. There wasn't mutual trust. He wasn't working with her. What was wrong with him? Why didn't he meet her halfway? OMG. Over and over again. I wanted to kill the guy, or Honor, or both. And you knew he would come around and they would become best buds, which is exactly what happened halfway through the book. Duh! Weber, come on! And then there were the long, drawn out discussions of technical details, which I could have done without, and so could tons of other people if you go by the other reviews out there. One occurred during a tense action scene. An eight page discussion of FTL travel interrupted this action sequence at the most inopportune time and you just have to wonder what the hell the author was thinking when he wrote that. Oh well.

Even with all of my bitching, I enjoyed the book. There was a lot of mystery, a lot of intrigue, a lot of action, and it was nice to see a primary female SF protagonist who was in command because of her brains, not because she was hot. The inner monologue was sometimes overlong, but it was also good to see Honor step through her options as she thought through things. And of course, she saved Manticore from Haven and was rewarded for it, so that was a nice ending. This is the first book in a series and I'll probably read more. I have one other book in it, although it's not the next one. I'd like to read the next one next, so maybe I'll just go ahead and get that. If you like good, entertaining sci fi, I'd say I'd have to recommend this one. ( )
  scottcholstad | Jun 14, 2015 |
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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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Having made him look the fool, she's been exiled to Basilisk Station in disgrace and set up for ruin by a superior who hates her. Her demoralized crew blames her for their ship's humiliating posting to an out-of-the-way picket station. The aborigines of the system's only habitable planet are smoking homicide-inducing hallucinogens. Parliament isn't sure it wants to keep the place; the major local industry is smuggling; the merchant cartels want her head; the star-conquering, so-called "Republic" of Haven is Up To Something; and Honor Harrington has a single, over-age light cruiser and an armament that doesn't work to police the entire star system.… (more)

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