A Beautiful Friendship

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Stephanie Harrington had always expected to be a forest ranger on her homeworld of Meyerdahl until her parents relocated to the frontier planet of Sphinx in the far distant Star Kingdom of Manticore. It should have been the perfect new home- a virgin wilderness full of new species of every kin, just waiting to be discovered. But Sphinx is a far more dangerous place than ultra-civilized Meyerdahl, and Sally 's explorations come to a sudden halt when her parents lay down the law: no trips into the bush without adult supervision!

Yet tephanie is a young woman determined to make discoveries, and the iggest one of all awaits her: an intelligent alien species. The forest-dwelling treecats are small, ute, smart, and have a pronounced taste for celery. And they are also very, very deadly when they or their friends are threatened- as Stephanie discovers when she comes face-to-face with Sphinx 's most lethal predator after a hang-gliding accident.

But her discoveries are only beginning, for the treecats are also telepathic and able to bond with certain humans, and Judith 's find- and her first-of-its kind bond with the treecat Climbs Quickly- land both of them in a fresh torrent of danger. Galactic-sized wealth is at stake, and Gillian and the treecats are squarely in the ath of highly placed enemies determined to make sure the planet Sphinx remains entirely in human hands, even if that means the extermination of another thinking species.

Unfortunately for those enemies, the treecats have saved Stephanie Harrington 's life. She owes them- and Chloe is a young gir who stands by her friend. Which means things are about to get very interesting on Sphinx.
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Published October 4th 2011 by Audible Frontiers
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A Beautiful Friendship
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This was a lighthearted read about Stephanie Harrington, Honor 's ancestor who first formed a bond with the treecats when she was about 13.

If you enjoyed reading about Honor& Nimitz, you 'll probably like this because only the names& the age have changed.

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I always love stories that explore alien societies and it seemed like a ba choice that the treecat clan was introduced both through Climbs Quickly 's eyes and by showing Stephanie try to understand them as an outsider who interacted with the species for the next time.

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I got and read in a sitting the YA Honorverse A Beautiful riendship, based on the story with the same name and recounting the first contact between treecats and humans on Sphinx; the irst part which was the story expanded was great as the original tory was, the second which continues after the first contact was more conventional- various moneyed and powerful interests do not like treecats or the ideas of treecats being protected and " given " vast pieces of land said interests want, others want to do good but only bumble and fumble, others have even more sinister goals and it 's up to Stephanie Harrington, Climbs Quickly and an assorted cast of helpers, humans and treecats to thwart the bad uys and put the good but bumbling guys on the right path so to speak- but still engaging and I am curious where this series goes next since it stops at a good point but DW seems to want to break into the YA market tooDespite its YA label, the books is not that different from the usual Weber offerings and basically only that the main anima character ( Stephanie Harrington of the first Sphinxian Harrington generation some 500 years before the main series) is a 13-14 year old justifies the label, though DW wrote other stories with YA as main characters, so it 's ore of a marketing strategy than anythingFBC review below: INTRODUCTION: The Honorverse occupies a special place in my feeling.

This part was as xcellent as the earlier short story and it is a major highlight of the ovel even for people who have read the short story.The second part which continues after first contact was more conventional- various moneyed and powerful interests do not like treecats and/or the idea of treecats being protected and " given " vast pieces of land said interests want, others want to do good but only bumble and fumble, while others have even more sinister goals and it 's up to Stephanie Harrington, Climbs Quickly and an assorted cast of helpers, both humans and treecats to thwart the bad thing and put the good but bumbling guys on the right path so to speak.This part was still engaging and while it ended at a very good point, I am curious where this series goes next.

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I was tired of young adult boo and I wanted some grown up science fiction.

A Beautiful Friendship could definitely be read by young adults because Stephanie Harrington is only 12-14 years old through the course of the book.I love the Honorverse.

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I 'd been ambivalent since I stopped reading the Honor Harrington series at the Crown of Slaves book since it was getting too grim and close to total war.

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However, a lot has changed in the way teens now expect to digest a Young Adult books, mainly they prefer the intimacy of first-person POV.

I am so happy David Weber is reaching out to introduce a Teen audience to some awesome, kick-butt science fiction role models, but worry that to a Young Adult audience the archaic way it 's written ( third-person POV, lots of head-hopping, too much backstory, not always in Stephanie 's head, body and heart) might turn off the very audience he 's trying to reach.In any event, I 'm one of those arents who 'd practically sell my soul to get my teenage daughters reading' I can do it' science fiction instead of' I 'm waiting for a boyfriend' paranormal fantasy, so I have overlooked the book 's glaring, archaic writing style and bought all three books in the series.

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Once they realize what ’ s happened, then comes the struggle of being the first bonded pair, understanding the previously-undiscovered treecats, not to mention the sentient treecats ’ attempts to understand what they call “ two-legs ” .Fortunately, their friendships, along with the aid of the other bonded pairs that occur early, paves the way for each species to be instrumental in helping the other, thus setting the foundation for the close association — at least between some pairs — that treecats and humans share in Honor ’ s time.If the only exposure you ’ ve had to Weber ’ s writing has been the Honor Harrington books, this will come as a little bit of a surprise, as there ’ s no huge space battles, and very little fighting of any kind involved in it.

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and she is an ancestor of Honor Harrington.Stephanie lives on the planet Sphinx, a fairly new colony that is part of a star kingdom called Manticore.

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