John A Lee III "jal3" (San Antonio, TX) Wrote:
This is the second collection of shorts built around the "Honorverse" of David Weber. In this one, Honor Harrington does not appear at all but that doesn't stop it from being a good read. It consists of 3 short fiction stories and 1 "background" essay.
"A Beautiful Friendship" is by Weber. It details the story of Stephanie Harrington, Honor's ancestor, and her place as the first human to be adopted by a treecat. It is a good adventure story of an intelligent but headstrong young girl on a frontier planet. The genes that will eventually be passed on to Honor are present and visible.
"A Grand Tour" is the work of David Drake. It tells the story of an aristocratic scholar form Manticore who learns of an act of piracy by a Havenite ship. Since he has a reserve naval commission, he takes matters into his own hands using, of all things, a light cruiser won in a poker came. It comes across much more believably than it sounds.
"A Whiff of Grapeshot" is from S. M. Stirling. It takes place entirely on Haven and tells the story of the suppression of the Leveler revolt alluded to in some of the Honor Harrington stories.
"The Universe of Honor Harrington" is the background essay from Weber. In it, he details humanities march to the stars, describes the technology that makes it possible and looks at the political systems of Manticore and some of the other polities encountered in his series. It is well worth the read for fans.
This is an excellent little volume.
This is a prequel that talks about the founding of and several key historical events in the Honor Universe.
More Than Honor is a collection of short stories set in David Weber's Honorverse, or the universe of Weber's Honor Harrington series. This book contains three short stories and one essay, none of which are about Harrington herself, but provide lots of background information enhancing the reader's understanding of the Honerverse.
The first story, Weber's A Beautiful Friendship, recounts the first contact between humans and treecats, and how the relationshihp between the two species developed. We learn much from this story about the 'cats and their culture.
David Drake checks in with the next story, A Grand Tour, about Hakyon Nessler, who encounters some disreputable naval officers committing an act of piracy, and how he takes matters into his own hands in dealing with them.
S.M. Stirling delivers the third story, A Whiff of Grapeshot, set on Haven. This story is about Esther McQueen, the head of the military, and the suppression of the Leveller Revolt.
The essay, The Universe of Honor Harrington, is written by Weber himself. Weber gives us a condensed history of the Honorverse, with some added insight into the technology and science of the the Honor Harrington universe, as well as the history and the political landscapes of the star nations within that universe.
If you're looking for an Honor Harrington story, you'll want to skip this book, but if you would like to deepen your understanding of the Honorverse, then More Than Honor is an oustanding read.
The stories are not predictable - which is nice, and has a lot of naval action, martial arts, romance, etc all tied in.
Something to satisfy all tastes.
Normally, I do not care to read short stories. I find that as soon as I get interested in the story -- it is over. But this one was interesting. Especially, the first story written by David Weber. It is concerning the first meeting between Honor Harrington and her treecat.
3 novellas in Honor Harrington universe by Weber, David Drake & S.M. Stirling.
A terrific addition to the Honor series.
In just a few short years, David Weber has shot to the forefront of science fiction with his top-selling novels of Honor Harrington, the toughest, smartest starship captain in the galaxy. Now two more military SF world beaters join him in Honor's universe, bringing their own celebrated skills in this homage to Honor Harrington.