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A Rising Thunder

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Terrific, complex and a series that I still enjoy.

Terrific, complex and a series that I still enjoy.

posted by naslund on March 6, 2012

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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Even the most die hard fan (and I am one) has to have some reser

Even the most die hard fan (and I am one) has to have some reservations about the latest Honor Harrington novel - exposition passages are lazy, and the ending owes more to the ability of a software word count app than an authors intent.
As any reader of series fiction ...
Even the most die hard fan (and I am one) has to have some reservations about the latest Honor Harrington novel - exposition passages are lazy, and the ending owes more to the ability of a software word count app than an authors intent.
As any reader of series fiction knows there is the inevitable need to cover some backstory in any new addition to an authors canon-unfortunately Weber chooses to lift entire scenes verbatim from earlier works rather than do some heavier lifting and move the story forward from the viewpoints of a current cast of characters that now numbers in the hundreds. "Cut and Paste" functions are handy in any word processor program, but I wish Weber had used those pages to give some characters not otherwise heard from a chance to do the background brief.
The ending is abrupt. As in I have 2676 characters left for this review abrupt. Clearly driven by word count this is the weakest ending of any Honorverse work.
My recommendation is a two parter-if you are a Honorverse junkie, go ahead and buy it as nothing I say is going to stop you, but if you can hold off for another year or so wait.

posted by Sysafus on March 7, 2012

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  • Posted March 7, 2012

    Even the most die hard fan (and I am one) has to have some reser

    Even the most die hard fan (and I am one) has to have some reservations about the latest Honor Harrington novel - exposition passages are lazy, and the ending owes more to the ability of a software word count app than an authors intent.
    As any reader of series fiction knows there is the inevitable need to cover some backstory in any new addition to an authors canon-unfortunately Weber chooses to lift entire scenes verbatim from earlier works rather than do some heavier lifting and move the story forward from the viewpoints of a current cast of characters that now numbers in the hundreds. "Cut and Paste" functions are handy in any word processor program, but I wish Weber had used those pages to give some characters not otherwise heard from a chance to do the background brief.
    The ending is abrupt. As in I have 2676 characters left for this review abrupt. Clearly driven by word count this is the weakest ending of any Honorverse work.
    My recommendation is a two parter-if you are a Honorverse junkie, go ahead and buy it as nothing I say is going to stop you, but if you can hold off for another year or so wait.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2012

    This is essentially the same story he's told over and over again

    This is essentially the same story he's told over and over again, though he's gotten better at it over time, and we're talking maybe 30 years or more. The value here is not the plot line. The value is in the telling of it. If I wanted a unique storyline I'd absolutely go somewhere else. But this is a pleasant, rendering of an expected story. I'll get the CD and listen to it for the next time I drive to Ohio.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2012

    I wish they would release these kinds of filler books in paperba

    I wish they would release these kinds of filler books in paperback so we would know when a significant book in the series was available.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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