Secretary of the Economy Walter Frankel presents the latest grim economic projections, blaming the naval budget. Admiral Amos Parnell retorts that the fleet is required to hold on to recently acquired star systems, and blames the bleak economic situation on the increases in the Basic Living Stipend instead. Frankel responds that the BLS increases are the only thing keeping the mob in check. Neither man is willing to budge, and both concede that additional income is required and, per the DuQuesne Plan the source of this income should be new conquests.
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Shelves: cats , sci-fi-space-opera I feel it necessary to admit a few things before starting this review proper. I liked them. Okay, I really liked LT. I also saw the Peck movie. I have only read one Hornblower novel. I I feel it necessary to admit a few things before starting this review proper. I felt one was okay, and other was :yawn:. This has made me frightened to read the Sharpe novels. I want to like them beause I like the movies.
Why am I telling you this? Because On Basilisk Station is Hornblower in space. Can I use that word here? Weber is up-front about his inspiration material. Look at the dedication to the book. I love up-front advertising. It is also extremely honest because some of the themes are from Hornblower at least from the movies. You have the really intelligent officer trying to work with a somewhat resentful crew who come around in the end. Some of the references to the names are blatantly obvious Honor as a first name.
Of course, Horatio was rather obvious as well. But Weber makes it more. Instead of making Honor a Hornblower with boobs, Weber makes her a believable woman. And she is a woman, not a girl. We could see her thinking her way though the decisions she made. This made her more human than Hornblower, more sympathetic, and more real. Weber also gives us a more plausible reason for her intelligence.
Though she is young looking, she is really around what we would call her 40s. Too often in books with a chosen woman, the other women are made to look bad for example, Anita Blake or Blood and Chocolate. Here, Weber does for women exactly what he did for the male characters. You have good and bad ones. Though the bad guys are really guys. You also have Young, a male officer who is worthless.
No one sex is made to look bad. I loved that. I loved the interactions between Honor and Estelle or any of the female crew for that matter. No girl talk, all business. I love Weber for this.
I felt the inclusion of a treecat, while a cool sounding animal, made Honor too special, or meaning of the animal was too obvious. A bit heavy handed. I must give Weber credit. Honor is stronger because of her home planet, so her strength and treecat are not unusual for where she comes from. I did think that Weber did a wonderful job with supporting characters, in particular with McKeon.
The last few chapters, the major space battle, were thrilling.
On Basilisk Station