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The Exasperating Case of David Weber, or The Slow Death of the Honorverse
Available now from Kindle Stores, and a snip at $2.99 (or equivalent).

"Let's Not Be About It"

Twenty-two years ago David Weber created the Honorverse, and in the last ten he has broken it.
In 663 paragraphs, comprising 3,314 lines, 36,932 words, and 196,403 characters,
including a ToC and a bibliography,
an increasingly despairing fan looks hard at how he did both,
considering 'Un/Economies of Scale', 'Prose and Cons', and 'Dropping the Ball', as well as 'The Virtues of Editing'.

Not for the faint-hearted.
[The links below are to the Kindle Store, but all books are available in all Kindle Stores.]

For me a fic and a non-fic response to canon often happen in tandem. Forward Momentum happened alongside the Bujold essays in Of Sex and Faerie, and Lady Knight Volant alongside the Genre Fiction Sightline on Reading ... Protector of the Small. I also have lurking on my Mac a half-finished continuation of The Lord of the Rings, called The Choices of Mayor Samwise, that happened alongside Tolkien's Triumph. And so alongside Honor Among Thieves there is The Exasperating Case of David Weber.

The Honorverse has some real strengths and glories -- Weber isn't a best-seller for nothing -- but over the last decade the pace of the main-series plot would put a glacier to shame, and even while the effort he puts into it decreases, more and more of that effort has gone into collaborative work and historical adventures. And then there is Weber's notoriously unedited prose, dictated at a reported 200 wpm and splattered with similes colder than space, hotter than a nova, and every bit as indigestible as battle steel. Somebody had to call him on it all, and I have.

The essay was written as much in sorrow as in irritation, and both apply. Rudyard Kipling wrote of treating "triumph and disaster [...] just the same", but Weber has managed to make his triumph and disaster the same, and those things that were the Honorverse's glories have become its bane.

I've priced it as low as the Kindle Select Programme allows, $2.99, though there is some variation between Kindle Stores depending on local sales taxes, exchange rates, and the Mystery that is the Inner Workings of Amazon. Do please star and review, on Amazon or Goodreads -- it really does help -- and offer a warm welcome to the first (so far as I know) critical monograph on the Honorverse.


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