Re: Weber - Yes, he is a good writer and the battles are especially good. So, for that matter, is the political intrigue. But he's excessively wordy when Harrington gets introspective (which is quite often). And he never fails to remind the reader that she drinks cocoa and not coffee. Of course, he has sold lots and lots of books, and gives a lot away for free, so take my criticism for what it's worth.
Does Harrington ever battle against a female villain? I realize that there are female antagonists (Admiral Hemphill, for example) as well as pawns (Peep officers), but though four books I've not yet encountered a female villain. It stands to reason that if women are as capable as men that they will be found among the villains as well as among the heroes.
Criticism? I see no criticism. Honor has a lot to think about. Much of this will connect up, over the time line.
Honor drinks cocoa. And practices coup de vitesse
. And is proficient with the M1911. Some of these things are casting shadows. Some are merely personalty; Let's be about it.
And tree cats eat celery, as you will hear more than once. One cannot assume a reader is a reader of the entire line. Things must be repeated. Also (but not necessarily here), David is often planting seeds. He told me, many years ago, that he had the plot line essentially laid out, before he wrote the first book.
You will find female villains amongst the Havenite elite. And female idiots amongst the Manticoran elite. But The Salamander, as a line officer, will usually, at this stage of her career, meet her uniformed counterparts.
Keep going. We love our Honor.
You have now done BASILISK STATION, HONOR OF THE QUEEN, SHORT VICTORIOUS WAR and FIELD OF DISHONOR, yes? You ain't seen intrigue, yet.