I recently read On Basilisk Station, Lost Fleet: Dauntless, and The Dreaming Void. While all 3 books were interesting and long….
On Basilisk Station was slow and there was very little action until the very end of the book. Honor Harrington is a fine character and commander, the science sounds good, not outlandish or crazy. The plot was solid and direct, very little surprise and not predictable. The story is presented from Honor’s point of view and much of the book deals with human interaction of her crew and those on Basilisk Station and the adjoining planet. It was dry.
Lost Fleet: Dauntless had a good pace and the reader is dropped right into some action that sweeps the reader along with Black Jack and the fleet. This novel was a very good mix of science, human interaction, space battles, tension between commanders and crews. Black Jack is a strong character that is pushed into command of the fleet by the enemy and circumstance. He is constantly working against preconceived ideas of who he is and what he is capable of doing.
The Dreaming Void has multiple story lines that weave together a complex tale of 2 groups of people. They live on 2 different sides of the Void. There is a lot of bioengineering and uploading and downloading of people to powerful computer systems. Both tales are well done and end with smartly crafted cliff hangers. I am looking forward to reading the 2nd and 3rd books in this trilogy. The science is The Dreaming Void sounds solid, there isn’t any crazy weird things happening and I have to admit that bioengineering brings some very cool and interesting questions to bear. There is a lot of gratuitous and not detailed sex in this novel, it eventually plays a part.
So far, my favorite storyline is Lost Fleet. I am particularly interested in seeing what Black Jack is going to do next. I will also finish The Void Trilogy. I will not be moving on to the next book in the Honor Harrington series.