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Weber, David
book-date: 1993
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(Tall) Hardcover
David B. Mattingly
VG+ or better

I particularly recommend this book: one of my 2 favorites by Weber - and one that hooked me on him and got me to buy his books new as soon as they came out (almost unheard-of for a "on the cheap" collector for over 40 years.)

Baen Books "First hardcover printing March 2000" (paperback was 1993.) Cover by David Mattingly, 371 pages, $5.99 cover price (on front & back covesr.) Condition is VG+ or better: tight and almost square; age-tanning is mild and uniform (this is one of the HC reprints with lesser quality paper - you won't be able to find better.) Light overall rubbing - more noticeable on the (mostly blank) back cover (tmay not show in scans.) No stamps, marks, or writing.

The Honor of the Queen - second in Weber's "Honor Harrington" series. It's hard to give peace a chance when the other side regards war as the neccessary prelude to conquest, and a sneak attack as the best means to that end. That's why the Kingdom of Manticore needs allies against the so-called "Republic" of Haven - and the planet Grayson is in just the right strategic place to make a very good ally indeed. But Her Majesty's Foreign Office had overlooked a "minor cultural difference" when they chose Honor Harrington to carry the flag: women on the planet Grayson are without rank or rights; Honor's very presence is an intolerable affront to every male on the planet. At first Honor doesn't take it personally; where she comes from gender discrimination is barely a historical memory, right up there in significance with fear of the left-handed. But in time such treatment as she receives from the Graysonites does become wearing, and Honor would withdraw if she could - but then Grayson's fratricidal sister planet attacks without warning and she must stay and prevail, not just for Honor's honor, but for her sovereign's... for the Honor of the Queen.

Weber doesn't paint the Havenites as uniformly blackhearted or bad - there are men of honor and ability on each side, along with fools and blackguards, too. One of the best action sequences involves a quick-thinking Havenite captain fighting to preserve the lives of his men and escape - when their ship is taken over by fanatics.

I find Weber's books to be compulsively readable, and he has been a consistent exception to the rule that "sequels are bad" - coming up with new directions to go that are worth exploring. Weber is firmly in the military-SF camp, but I like the thinking that he brings to matters of organization - while writing action or "Space Opera." The first 5 books in this series were paperback originals (1993-95.) Starting with #6 in 1996, all subsequent books came out in hardcover first, and apparently there was enough clamor or demand for hardcovers of the first 5 that Baen did hardcover reprints, with #1 and #4 in 1999, #2 in 2000, #5 in 2001, and finally #3 in 2002. While I might have preferred a more lavish production with cloth boards and a dustjacket, these "printed-cover" hardcovers will certainly stand up much better to multiple readings than your average paperbacks - and Weber is definitely worth re-reading. I bought my copies new as soon as they came out, and didn't see copies linger very long on the bookstore shelves - I don't think the print run was big enough for the eventual demand. I consider the titles reprinted in hardcover to be Weber at his finest - and I'll be happy to sell as many nice copies as I can find.

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