I’m not doing too well on updating this when I actually finish reading something. I finished reading Shadow of Saganami (Science Fiction 745 pages) by David Weber on Sunday, 25 July. I am only just now posting my review if that gives any indication as to what kind of week it’s been.
As I’ve noticed with all of the other Honor Harrington books I’ve read, the story was very in-depth and thorough. There are a lot of books in this series, though, and they tend to come pretty far apart. This is one of those series were I would very much like to have the time to sit down and read through all the books all at once in a big marathon. I doubt I’ll have that kind of time anywhere in the near future, however.
Since the books are so far apart and there are so many different characters and important moving pieces, sometimes it’s hard to keep track of all of them.
I do realize there is a character glossary in the back of the book, but the truth is that I am one of those readers who will move page by page through the book and not stop for outside distractions like checking which government or navy the current scene pertains to. It felt almost like the readers were being expected to keep track of who all these people are, where they’re located, and who they’ve been associating with.
It’s an extremely complicated storyline and I never once went to the character list to figure out who some of the people were. I figured that if I just kept reading, things would clear up. For the most part, I was right.
Overall, it’s a good installment in the Honorverse.