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Books: A Beautiful Friendship 
27th-Oct-2011 09:14 pm
Read Irresponsibly
David Weber has moved the very successful "Honorverse" one step back in history and one step down the bookshelves, to present the story of young frontier-settler Stephanie Harrington and her discovery of the sentient race that she names "treecats" as a YA book. A Beautiful Friendship melds and expands on two previous Weber short stories, one about Stephanie bonding to Climbs Swiftly (soon named "Lionheart" by the humans) and the other about Scott MacDallan and his treecat buddy Swift Striker, I mean "Fisher."

This is a sweet, one-level book that goes through the three stages of new friendship rather quickly. The curiosity and first meeting are well-explored, as are the reservations about contact from the treecat perspective. The first test of friendship and the danger that brings them together are a bit hasty through the action sequence, but not too bad. The alternating gloss-over and deep dives about human politics and personal interactions in the second half made for a bumpy and uneven reading experience for me. I admit to flipping past some sections only to have to go back because suddenly the plot reappeared.

This is definitely a YA book for the younger emotions and advanced readers. It has adventure and excitement - treecats and hang gliding! - and none of those stupid romance issues that adult books drag around for no good reasons. ::grin::

And I'm on page 136 of Mastiff now. It's time for bed.


-- New-to-me books read in 2011 (as opposed to re-reads) --

January
Little Dee vol 2
Little Dee vol 3
Unusual Suspects
Harvest Moon
The Black Stallion (yes, I know, I should have read it with Black Beauty)
Ravens in the Library: Magic in the Bard's Name, with a pre-finished commentary here
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
Fang Bangers: An Erotic Anthology of Fangs, Claws, Sex and Love
Must Love Hellhounds
Truthseeker

February
Dark and Stormy Knights
Tortall and Other Lands
River Marked (2/28 - it arrived a day early)

March
Questionable Content, vol 1
How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf
Lifeblood
Magic Bites
Skinwalker, A Jane Yellowrock Novel
Running with the Pack
Magic Burns
Blood Cross

April
"Skyblaze" Adventures in the Liaden Universe #17
Kings of the North
Goblin Tales
Do Not Sniff the Bees, Two Lumps book 6
Magic Strikes
Magic Bleeds
Mercy Blade
The Initiate Brother

May
Angelology
City of Pearl
An Artificial Night
Late Eclipses

June
After Hours: Tales from Ur-Bar
Magic Slays
Ghost Ship (e-ARC)
Warbreaker

July
Quarter Share
Half Share
Full Share
"Intelligent Design" (short story in the Liaden Universe, published online at Baen)
Heroes in Training
Serenity: Better Days
Serenity: Those Left Behind
Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale
Tiger's Curse
Calamities of Nature, vol 1
Troubled Waters
Wolfsbane and Mistletoe
In Fury Born

August
Naked City
Unnatural Issue
Home Improvement: Undead Edition
Summers at Castle Auburn
"Kin Ties" (short story in the Liaden Universe, found here)
Flying Blind
Archangel
Hunger Games
The Shape-Changer's Wife
A Matter of Magic

September
One Salt Sea
"Guaranteed Delivery" (short story of the Liaden Universe, found here)
Wayfinder
Double Share as an audiobook from PodioBooks.Com
Cast in Ruin

October
Captain's Share (as an audio book)
Land of Painted Caves
Owner's Share (as an audio book)
Beauty and the Werewolf
A Beautiful Friendship

-- Books abandoned rather than completed in 2011 --

February
Sing the Four Quarters, by Tanya Huff

August
Fuzzy Nation, by John Scalzi

October
Gamestorming (gave it to a co-worker)

-- Books Still in Progress --
These are books that I haven't totally given up on, I've just... put them aside... for now.
The Brand Within
If You Don't Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails
Swords and Dark Magic
Battlestations
Wise Man's Fear
Down These Strange Streets
Comments 
28th-Oct-2011 01:18 am (UTC)
Hmm. I've read both of the stories, is it worth reading? I'm not sure from your review :)
28th-Oct-2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
Um... Well, yeah, if you want a totally predictable story that is exactly what you expected to read, and you like the Weber style, it's a nice easy read with warm and fuzzy treecat moments.
29th-Oct-2011 03:01 am (UTC)
Ah. It's a bad day book. Thanks!
29th-Oct-2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's a rainy day book. The kids and the treecats win, and the bad guy gets the snot scared out of him (but nobody dies). It's a great book for a no-investment, I want warm and fuzzy ending dammit, day.
28th-Oct-2011 02:09 am (UTC)
I've been wondering if I should read those. Perhaps after kris longknife.
28th-Oct-2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
Kris Longknife is on my list... Let me know what you think.
28th-Oct-2011 08:57 pm (UTC)
Sure thing. Tonight is me, longknife, and flexerall. We can do a book swap next week?
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