David Weber himself contributes three never-before-published excursions into Honor's world, among them the story of how she first discovered her own inner strength and courage; and a chapter in the history of the telepathic treecats, who form a bond with their chosen human that can only be severed by death. Roland Green, author of the Starcruiser Shenandoah series and the Peace Company series, delivers a hardhitting tale of conflict between Manticore and the People's Republic of Haven. Linda Evans, co-author of Time Scout, explores life with the treecats before Honor came. And Jane Lindskold, author of Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls, tells how Honor's Queen, Elizabeth III, had to learn the hard way what monarchy was all about.
©1999 David M. Weber, Linda Evans, Jane Lindskold, Roland J. Green (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
This is a collection of five short stories all set in David Weber's Honorverse. If you aren't already familiar with the Honorverse, this probably isn't the place to start. The best place to start would probably be with the first full-length novel in the series, "On Basilisk Station." I will review the stories individually:
"THE STRAY" by Linda Evans
This tells the stories of two treecats and their people. The main thrust of the story involves a stray treecat that shows up at a human home asking for help. The main helpers in the story turn out to be Dr. Scott MacDallan and his treecat, Fisher. The story of how Scott and Fisher met is told in flashback. I like this story quite well: 4 stars.
"WHAT PRICE DREAMS" by David Weber
This tells the story of a young treecat who wants to adopt a human. The title of the story relates to an analysis of what he will stand to gain AND lose if he does so. Quite good: 4 stars.
"QUEEN'S GAMBIT" by Jane Linskold
I didn't like this story. The king of Manticore is assassinated. The story revolves around the investigation of his murder and the consequences to the conspirators. I thought both were ludicrously unlikely. Imagine (or remember) the investigation around the assassination of the American President. FBI, CIA, Secret Service, special investigators, the Attorney General, thousands of law enforcement people would be involved. In this story, you have not the leader of a single country but the leader of three planets, and the investigation is carried out by the new queen's boyfriend and a semi-retired palace guard. Give me a break. I don't want to provide spoilers or I could go on at length. Also, I hated the ending. Anyway, I read some reviews on Amazon and some people liked it, so you might want to try it. My score: 2 stars.
"THE HARD WAY HOME" by David Weber
This is my favorite story in the collection. It involves a young Honor when she is the executive officer of a ship, and it introduces us to Susan Hibson as a teenager. In most Honorverse stories, the dangers come from other people and politics. In this one, nature is the bad guy. Insight into true heroism. I give it 5 stars.
"DECK LOAD STRIKE" by Roland J. Green
I first read this anthology several years ago, and in coming back to it on Audible, I had absolutely no recollection of this particular story, although I remembered the main plot points of all the other stories. In reading through reviews on Amazon, no one seemed to like this story, so I've chosen not to listen to it at this time. No review.
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
Second book of HHU Anthologies
A flashback to the first years treecat and human contact, back to Stephanie Harrington time.
The story was written by Linda Evans, it's worth listening
__________________________What Price Dreams?__________________________
This was written by the master.
Again we see the story of adoption. The first Monarch who was ever adopted by treecat was Princess Adrienne.
The story tells about adoption and events which led to formation of Copper Wall Battalion,the Elite group which had responsibility of guarding Manticoran Monarchs.
The assassination story of King of Manticore, the father of Current Queen
________________________The Hard Way Home_____________________________
Natural Disaster On Griffin, this story tells about rescue mission.
__________________________Deck Load Strike______________________________
Don't read it, Don't waste your time and nerves
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Changer of Worlds :Worlds of Honor Anthologies book 3
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This series World of Honor is only for those people who have read all the books in the Honor series. This series is a collection of short stories which act as a fill in of more detail of items mentioned in the main series. Such as telling how and why the Royal family obtain their tree cats. I enjoy the stories about the tree cats so I enjoyed the first group of stories in this book. I also enjoyed the story of Honor as a Lt Commander and her helping in the rescue of the victims of the avalanche. I am hooked on the Honor series so I grab at all books that provide more information about the world of Honor.
This is a good book, for the people who have already listened to the honor series by David Weber. It fills in spots and gaps that were not fully covered in the series.
Eclectic is a verb
Some of the stories had a good plotline, and worked well inside the Honorverse.
There were lots of Treecats. Fortunately, I like treecats.
good to horrible
Any person auditioning for a part in reading any of the future Honor stories must be able to say "bleek" (which is the treecat equivalent to "smurf") without sounding like you're trying to strangle said treecat to death with a herring. Some of the narration made me cringe every time they tried to speak treecat.
The story was ok ... barely, but the naration was teeth grindingly, nails on the chalkboard bad. Nearly the whole tale was read in a way over the top dramatic breathy voice that seems perpetually on the verge of tears. Just thinking about it so I can describe it is making me cringe. I think I will be staying away from anything written by Linda Evans or narrated by Kevin Collins.
The other stories are all good, entertaining, fun, etc. They are pretty much what you would hope for and expect from the universe that gave us Honor Harrington. I would say "Get the book but be prepared with the fast forward button."
The first Story by Linda Evens and narrated by Kevin Collins is a double no-no. There may be a good story hidden inside, but the repetition of phrases (emaciated tree-cat) over and over again, reference to nautical terms (rather than space terms or as in the case of the Russian doctor and fisherman, something appropriate) makes the story jarring and not easy listening. Add to this the choice of Kevin T Collins as a narrator who seems to be reading to a children's audience. Based on the first story i am reluctant to read on. Being a great Honerverse Fan, i will though and will review all 4 titles.
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