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Baen inks deal with Amazon, makes major changes to Webscriptions and Free Library
December 9, 2012 | 11:22 pm

Toni Weisskopf has posted a series of messages to the Baen Bar indicating major changes in the offing for the Baen Ebooks (nee Webscriptions) store. Baen is finally on the verge of getting its titles placed directly into Amazon (and is negotiating with others such as Barnes & Noble, etc.) The problem is, that comes with pesky contractual obligations. The changes amount to the following: “Old” bundles containing books that have already been published will no longer be available for bundle-priced purchase. (Already-purchased ones should still be available for download, though it is possible some books may...

E-Book Review: Echoes of Honor (Honor Harrington #8)
June 26, 2012 | 8:15 pm

EoH_6It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but I still mean to get the whole series reviewed so it’s time I got around to another one. As with prior reviews in the series, in each review I’ll include spoilers for previous books or stories but not spoil the ending of the current one. (Too much, anyway.) Remember that if you should want to read this or other books in the series based on my reviews, all the books up through Mission of Honor are available as free e-books via the Fifth Imperium Baen CD site, from...

E-Book Review: In Enemy Hands (Honor Harrington #7)
November 24, 2011 | 4:15 pm

IEH_6As I mentioned in my review of Honor Among Enemies, with In Enemy Hands the Honorverse series changes from a pure space navy series to something more politically-based. While there are still plenty of naval battles in the offing, at times the space combat takes a distinct back seat to all the political maneuvering. I suspect that this is why a number of readers seem to feel it “jumped the shark” at this point—they started reading it because they liked space battles, and suddenly it turned into something very different. This book begins a phase of the series expressly...

E-book review: Of treecats and grapeshot (Honor Harrington short stories)
October 23, 2011 | 1:27 am

changerNext up, chronologically, in the Honorverse are a pair of short stories. Although they have nothing to do with each other, they both cover events that become important in the next book. And they both involve events of great change to their respective worlds—one not violently, but the other very much so. Previously: Introduction Treecat Trilogy A Beautiful Friendship Young Honor and Elizabeth Prince Michael rescues and Honor dances On Basilisk Station The Honor of the Queen...

E-Book Review: Honor Among Enemies (Honor Harrington #6)
October 21, 2011 | 12:58 pm

HAE_6As I continue my series of Honor Harrington reviews, in the hope of eventually reviewing the entire almost-completely-free e-book series from start to finish, I notice some news from David Weber has popped up lately: Weber and an unnamed CGI/3D movie studio are in the process of finalizing negotiations over the movie rights (Baen Bar link; free registration required) to the Honorverse series. Weber is very optimistic over the studio’s intentions to be as faithful to the books as possible (especially since they’re also fans of the series), and has been doing a lot of consultation with them on how best...

E-book Review: Flag in Exile (Honor Harrington #5)
October 17, 2011 | 12:29 am

flaginexilePreviously: Introduction Treecat Trilogy A Beautiful Friendship Young Honor and Elizabeth Prince Michael rescues and Honor dances On Basilisk Station The Honor of the Queen The Short Victorious War Irresponsible captain, itinerant noble Field of Dishonor Continuing my review of Honor Harrington stories and novels in chronological order: Flag in Exile by David...

E-book review: Field of Dishonor (Honor Harrington #4)
February 27, 2011 | 9:18 pm

field_of_dishonorPreviously: Introduction Treecat Trilogy Young Honor and Elizabeth Prince Michael rescues and Honor dances On Basilisk Station The Honor of the Queen The Short Victorious War Irresponsible captain, itinerant noble Continuing my review of Honor Harrington stories and novels in chronological order: Field of Dishonor by David Weber I’ll be honest. When it came time to reread the entire Honor Harrington series thus far, this book (and the next one, Flag in Exile) was the big one I was dreading encountering again. My recollections of it were vague, but I remembered it as being something of a low point in the series—loads of angst on the one hand, cartoony villains on...

E-book review: Irresponsible captain, itinerant noble (Honor Harrington stories)
January 30, 2011 | 2:02 pm

more_than_honorPreviously: Introduction Treecat Trilogy Young Honor and Elizabeth Prince Michael rescues and Honor dances On Basilisk Station The Honor of the Queen The Short Victorious War Continuing my review of Honor Harrington stories and novels in chronological order: “A Ship Named Francis” by John Ringo & Victor Mitchell (The Service of the Sword anthology) “A Grand Tour” by David Drake (More than Honor anthology) Does John Ringo...

E-book review: The Short Victorious War (Honor Harrington #3)
January 25, 2011 | 10:25 pm

shortvictoriousPreviously: Introduction Treecat Trilogy Young Honor and Elizabeth Prince Michael rescues and Honor dances On Basilisk Station The Honor of the Queen Continuing my review of Honor Harrington stories and novels in chronological order: The Short Victorious War by David Weber Just prior to writing this, I finally finished my whirlwind re-readthrough of the entire series, including the 3 novels I had not yet gotten around...

E-book review: The Honor of the Queen (Honor Harrington #2)
January 17, 2011 | 8:15 am

honor-of-queenPreviously: Introduction Treecat Trilogy Young Honor and Elizabeth Prince Michael rescues and Honor dances On Basilisk Station Continuing my review of Honor Harrington stories and novels in chronological order: The Honor of the Queen by David Weber The second novel in the Honor Harrington trilogy commences a tradition of giving every alternate Honor Harrington book a title that puns on the name of its protagonist. Where the first book set the stage, the second one kicks...

E-book review: On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington #1)
January 9, 2011 | 8:19 pm

OBS_6 Previously: Introduction Treecat Trilogy Young Honor and Elizabeth Prince Michael rescues and Honor dances Continuing my review of Honor Harrington stories and novels in chronological order: On Basilisk Station by David Weber This first-written novel in the Honor Harrington series, which introduces the character to those who did not read the prequels first, is easily one of the best novels in the series. Part of the reason for this is that it does not rely on any...

E-book review: Prince Michael rescues and Honor dances (Honor Harrington prequels)
January 7, 2011 | 4:45 am

fireforgedPreviously: Introduction Treecat Trilogy Young Honor and Elizabeth Continuing my review of Honor Harrington stories and novels in chronological order: The final three prequel stories to the Honor Harrington novels, chronologically speaking, cover the last ten years before the first novel kicks off. Two of these—”Promised Land” and “Ruthless,” both written by Jane Lindskold—concern themselves with Prince Michael, brother of Queen Elizabeth, who was introduced in the story “Queen’s Gambit.” The third—”Let’s Dance” by Weber—depicts Honor just prior to the events of the novel, taking a controversial action that could end her career before it even begins. (Well, theoretically, anyway. The fact that an umpteen-book series...

E-book review: Young Honor and Elizabeth (Honor Harrington prequels)
January 3, 2011 | 2:09 pm

Previously: Introduction Treecat Trilogy The next three prequel stories move into the “present-day” era of the Honor Harrington setting. In the “Post Diaspora” calendar of the Honorverse setting, they range from 1880 to 1890. The first novel, On Basilisk Station, is set in 1900. There is nothing in particular about these stories that would necessitate reading them before the novels, but nothing in them really spoils the novel story either. A few events brought up in later books are alluded to here, but they’re also covered in those...

E-book review: Treecat trilogy (Honor Harrington prequels)
January 1, 2011 | 10:15 am

Worlds_of_Honor_6 Previously: Introduction After writing a number of novels in the Honor Harrington series, David Weber and other writers he invited to participate started writing stories that fit between or before the novels, issued in anthology collections that came out every couple of years. Since I’m rereading the series in chronological order, I’m going to start my reviews by looking at the short stories and novellas that are set before the first novel. In any long series in which some books are written out of chronological order, the question arises: What is...

How to add all the free Baen CD e-books to your iTunes library
October 25, 2010 | 8:15 am

clawsthatcatchcd-small[1] There are at least two dozen Baen free e-book CDs on Joe Buckley’s Fifth Imperium Baen CD repository, which represents a wealth of free SF and fantasy e-books available for reading in iBooks (or your other EPUB-reading app or device of choice). The problem is, they’re each located in their own separate directories on each disk, and dragging them individually into iTunes could be quite an undertaking. Plus, there are so many duplicates, and a lot of the CDs don’t even have the books in EPUB format yet! How do you deal with that? Here’s how I did...

Baen’s free Cryoburn CDROM includes (almost all of) Bujold’s Vorkosigan series
October 24, 2010 | 4:00 pm

Cryoburn-coverUpdate: I've been informed that one Vorkosigan novel, Memory, is not included on the CD, probably because it was not included in any omnibus. I've updated the article accordingly. Baen has published another book with a promotional CDROM pack-in, and (as with all the others) the CDROM is available for free download from the Fifth Imperium Baen CD repository. In either case, the contents are free to share and upload, but cannot be sold. The book is Cryoburn, the latest Miles Vorkosigan novel, and is worthy of mention for a couple of major reasons. One reason is that it includes (in multiple...

Cheap Reads: Legacy of the Aldenata series by John Ringo
April 25, 2010 | 8:29 pm

eyeofstorm One of the great boons to cheap reading matter are the Baen freebie CDs. These promotional CDs are bound into first-edition first-printing hardcovers of select Baen books, or given out at industry meetings and conventions, and contain literally dozens of Baen e-books each. And best of all, they come with a permissive license that allows free distribution of the CD and its contents, meaning that Joe Buckley at The Fifth Imperium is permitted to host them all for free browsing and downloading. There is sufficient free reading here to keep anyone occupied for weeks, but today I’m...

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