May 4th, 2002, 09:19 AM
Lord of the Wild Hunt
I've seen this name pop up on Amazon a couple of times but I'm not sure he's ever been mentioned here. Has anyone read books of his?
May 4th, 2002, 10:22 AM
\m/ BEER \m/
I think for the most part, he writes Military Fantasy and Military Science Fiction, most notably the Honor Harrington series. I haven't read them myself, not really a Military SFF fan.
May 4th, 2002, 11:19 AM
Mith - he's mentioned a lot in the Sf forum. Am a recent convert to him (as the favourite space opera thread shows!)
Has written some Fantasy - The Apocalypse Troll is about the only one that springs to mind, though its more about the end of the world as we know it and a superwoman than trolls, elves and dwarves. (Didn't really rate it - don't think I finished it!)
Oath of Swords is another more traditional fantasy - but haven't read it.
May 4th, 2002, 03:37 PM
Lost in a large book
I guess I'm kind of a fan of David Weber. I've read many of his books. I don't know quite what it is about them I like, they are all rather 'light' space opera, at least at the surface. But whenever I read one of his book, I almost always have a hard time putting it down. His books are page-turners.
He often switch point-of-view between the good guys and the bad guys, giving us a view of the action from both camps. It's something I haven't seen done very much by other authors, but he carries it out well.
He has some special thing for religous maniacs and teorists. Many of his books features one such group, be it fanatic aliens dedicated to wipe out all orther sentient life in the galacy or misguided humans. He portrays the way of thinking of these maniacs really well, I think. The way they absolve themself of all guilt for their actions because they are doing 'gods work' ect. Nevertheless, it can be a bit
repetitive to read about again and again in so many of his books.
Hobbit mentioned 'The Apocalypse Troll' but it's pure science fiction. As far as I know, David Weber has only written two fantasy books: 'Oath of Swords' and 'The War Gods Own.'
They, too, feels somewhat 'light' in reading. They stars a somewhat interesting original race, though. The 'hradani' was manipulated and altered by some dark gods and a bunch of wizards in some long ago great war, to be soldiers on the 'dark' side. As a consequence, the hradani have decided they haven't got much use for gods and wizards of any kind, and they don't trust them. So when some war god wants the main character as his 'righteous champion' he doesn't exactly leap to be a hero, as most traditonal fantasy characters.
If you want to check him out, his publisher, Baen, has a free online library where you can download a good number of David Weber's books for free (4 or 5 titles I think, including the two fantasy books). The free library can be found at http://www.baen.com/library/ .
May 4th, 2002, 10:19 PM
Thank you Nicba - as you can tell I obviously remember the book well!
The hrdani were what I (vaguely!) remember as sort of supermen/women. Thinking more I seem to remember it was trying hard to be amusing - sort of like David Brin's The Practice Effect, but it didn't work for me.
I'll shut up there - all I will say is that i have only just been able to get into Weber's Honor Harrington series, but i have really enjoyed them (once I've got used to the cat!)
February 25th, 2003, 02:22 PM
How are the David Weber books?
February 25th, 2003, 09:40 PM
He is best known for his Honour books and they are pretty good military S/f that get more and more political as the series progresses 10 novels or more with 4 or 5 books of short storys featuring works by the other baen top authors set in the Honour universe.
I prefer the Dahak books mutineers moon and its sequals and the stand alone's Path of Fury and the Troll book very good he has also writen a few fantasy
May 8th, 2004, 12:51 PM
East Indian NASCAR dad
I know he's more known for his sci-fi (Honor Harrington), but he's just released "Oath of Swords", the third book in his fantasy series. It is a pleasant, easy to read fantasy along the lines of a David Eddings, although there are some grittier, bloodier portions that Eddings usually glosses over.
I'd read the first 13 chapters of "Oath of Swords" on Baen a long time ago and wasn't impressed, but I bought the book anyway because it came with a CD that has most of David Weber's books on it, along with a number of books as well.
May 9th, 2004, 03:48 PM
Just a bit of clarification: The third book in his War God Series is Wind Rider's Oath(May 2004). The first book is Oath of Swords and second is War God's Own.
May 9th, 2004, 06:43 PM
East Indian NASCAR dad
Sorry about that. Reekar is absolutely right. I guess I just got my "Oaths" mixed up. Anyway, the rest of the post about the CD that comes iwith the book is correct. Just one thing about the CD, though, is that in order to use it and read the books on it, you have to be online. For those with broadband, that isn't much of a problem, but for those with dial-up, it could be a potential headache.
May 11th, 2004, 10:09 AM
I've read the first two in his War God Series and enjoyed them as the simple easy reads they are. I've also read a few of his Honor Harrington novels which are pretty good. I put it down after reading two in a row and finding that too much for some reason which I forget... but I'll work my way through it in between other stuff.
I was going to ask if people have read other stuff of his but this would probably be better off in the scifi thread.
I've got to say it seems as if some of those baen authors really pump the books out.
May 3rd, 2005, 02:37 PM
Honor Harrington series by David Weber
Hi guys. Can someone please tell me what order i am suppose to read the Honor Harrington series by David Weber? I went to the book store and there were so many of them i did not know where to begin. Also, whats the general opinion on this series? Worth the read? Thanks guys!
May 6th, 2005, 02:17 PM
Building brave new worlds
I thik here you can find the answer.
Originally Posted by Arith
May 7th, 2005, 02:48 PM
Absolutely worth reading. The main protaganist starts to lose her edge by the time you get to the later ones. However, her opponents really start to pick up even if one or two of them are too clever by half.
Originally Posted by Arith
October 9th, 2009, 09:12 PM
\m/ BEER \m/
About a year ago, I read Worlds of Weber which I enjoyed as a primer for the man's fictional worlds. I'm about 1/3 of the way into Off Armageddon Reef, the first book in his Safehold series and I like it quite a bit. It's a medieval fantasy couched in a science fiction milieu )with the impetus of the story being the extermination and then resettlement of the human race on a distant planet.
Weber tends to infodump things, but I don't find that to be a problem in this book. It works and is readable. I like the book enough at this point that I've added books 2 and 3 to my wishlist.
(I expect suciul to chime in soon )
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