Book of the Week: Empire of Man (March Upcountry Omnibus 1).

David Weber and John Ringo’s* Empire of Man military science fiction series was great fun: if you’ve never read it, Empire of Man (Books 1 & 2) and Throne of Stars (Books 3 & 4) have been collected for your amusement.  Worth your time to peruse, if you haven’t.  Although I imagine that Weber / Ringo fans are not exactly under-represented among my own readers…

*I originally wrote that as ‘David Ringo.’  Which is not a slam, I swear.

I like the Weber Rule, and will be incorporating it.

To wit: “Any con which disinvites a guest for any reason other than demonstrated misbehavior on that guest’s part (such misbehavior to include threats of violence but not simply threats to someone else’s complacency) will go on to our list (“Oh, we have a little list! We have a little list!”) of conventions at which we will be forever missed.” Not that nearly as many people would care about my decision to not attend; but I suspect that more than a few con committees might be worried about David Weber’s decision, and you never know. Maybe this stance of mine will be actually meaningful, some day.

But whether or not it ever does become meaningful, this is what I am going to.

Book of the Week: Uncompromising Honor.

David Weber’s Uncompromising Honor* — the first new Honor Harrington novel starring Honor herself — is only available as an eARC, but it’s the Book of the Week anyway. I know that a lot of you don’t like eARCs as much as I do, but the brutal truth of it is that the print version of the book isn’t going to be coming out until October. Which is why I dropped everything and got the eARC the moment it came out.  Your call, folks.

And so, adieu to Vanguard. Geary vs Harrington… no. Don’t be absurd, Moe. They’d never fight each other and the rest of the galaxy would fall all over itself to surrender before the two teamed up. Continue reading Book of the Week: Uncompromising Honor.

Gonna be a bumper Autumn 2018 book crop for @BaenBooks.

We’re getting a short story collection (Target Rich Environment) from Larry Correia in September, a new Honor Harrington (Uncompromising Honor) from David Weber in October, and a new series in the Black Tides Rising universe (The Valley of the Shadow) from John Ringo and Mike Massa in November. Plus I could have sworn that a new Heirs of Alexandria book was coming down the pike, but maybe not. These three from Baen are going to be worth it, right there. It’s been years since we had an actual Honor Harrington Honor Harrington novel. Can’t wait!


In the (e-)Mail: the ARC of ‘A Call to Arms.’

ARC being ‘Advance Reader Copy’ and ‘A Call to Arms‘ being David Weber’s latest Honorverse novel (Manticore Ascendant series).  Alas, Baen Publishing still doesn’t think that I’m worth buttering up with free books, so I had to shell out fifteen bucks for a before-it’s-published.  Heh. ‘Had.’  As if I didn’t cheerfully drop the cash to read the books months before it came out in print.  Baen’s probably being smart in not sending me free books…

In the e-book: David Weber’s “The Sword of the South.”

Advance Reader’s Copy: Baen Books realized that there are quite a few people out there ready to shell out fifteen bucks to get their hands on the e-book version of an anticipated book, several months early. And not quibble about the fact that the final proofreading hasn’t been done yet; because, you know, several months early. I’m honestly surprised more publishers don’t do something like this, although I suppose that they have some ostensibly good reason for it. Or at least that they think that they do.

Anyway, The Sword of the South is the latest book in David Weber’s high fantasy series, and I’m quite fond of it.  You can even pick up the first book in the series (Oath of Swords) for free.  By all means: check them out.

Just finished “Fire Season”…

…which, truth be told, I’m reading despite the fact that Fire Season (The Star Kingdom) is Young Adult: it’s perfectly well-written, but I’m not entirely convinced that science fiction YA is the way to go to hook new readers.  When I was a teenager I was reading the hard stuff… still, it’s part of David Weber’s Honorverse, so there you go.

More interesting, in its way, is that it looks like Baen Books‘ new arrangement with Amazon works out to: ten bucks for ‘hardcover;’ seven bucks for ‘softcover;’ and no change in ARC availability/price.  Obviously, I’m going to miss the old six/four buck model; but this looks sustainable, and it’s still a good deal more reasonable than the other publishers’ God-we-hate-ebooks-and-want-them-to-die-in-a-grease-fire pricing model.  Which may change, if Amazon can show them numbers showing the advantages of pricing your e-books to reflect the fact that you don’t have to actually print them out to sell them.

Moe Lane

Book of the Week: Out of the Dark.

Out of the Dark won’t be out for a couple of months, but it looks promising: alien invasion meets… well, it’s the Balkans and the word ‘predators’ is used, so we can just assume vampires/werewolves. Yeah, yeah, I’m a sucker for that sort of thing – but it’s David Weber, so there.

And we say Dasvidania to Android Karenina.