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Quarter Share (Trader's Tales from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper Book 1) by [Lowell, Nathan]
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Quarter Share (Trader's Tales from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper Book 1) Kindle Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews
Book 1 of 6 in Trader's Tales from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper (6 Book Series)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3726 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AMO7VM4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #141,852 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most emphatically five stars. It really makes a change to read a book that is not all about people being nasty to each other. I found the story was still gripping and I really wanted to know what happened next so I bought the next book in the series - and the next - and then I ended up with the whole series of six and read them in quick succession. I managed to lose a lot of sleep whilst reading these books because I simply could not put them down and I was sitting up in bed until the small hours, glued to my Kindle.
Without wishing to spoil the ending of the final book, I was left quite bereft when I finished it. I wanted to know what happened next to Ishmael - and to some of the characters he had met along the way. I hope to discover a seventh book has been added soon.
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I enjoyed this book. Read the mixed reviews and it depends what you are after. This is not space opera, wars, battles, intrigue etc. Just a nice story about a young man being forced to start a new life with new friends.
It very much concentrates on life on board, daily tasks and what to do and trade when they reach each port. Gentle.
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Nice plot but the hero is just too perfect to be true and he soon gets boring.
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Really enjoyed both the characters and the storyline. Disappointed when I got to the end, can't wait to read the next book
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I came across Ravenwood by accident. I enjoyed the book and read the other two that followed. They were easy reading with a continuing story.

I decided I would try the author's other work, namely starting with Quarter Share.

Oh what a mistake.

It is a long, and incredibly boring tale of a young teenager who is orphaned and signs on as a galley attendant on a freighter. He is very smart and intelligent and soon finds his place on board ship. The description of the vessel and it's working are minimal and it could be anything from a tea clipper, through 20th century containerships to 25th centaury space freighter; which it is!!
He makes friends with Pip, another galley attendant and they soon realise they have a penchant for a little private trading on their own. The buy and sell at the various flea markets they visit at the ship's ports of call.

The "Hero", Ishmail, get into a very plutonic relationship with 3 amazonesque crew members; Diane, Bev and Brill, but only scores with members of other freighters when in port.

I have read the first 2 books and it is just one never-ending list of what they are buying, what they are selling, and how much profit they are making.

Boring!!!

I will not bother to buy the rest of the series as I am not that brain dead.

It is a pity somebody did not tell the author how bad they were. He could have saved himself a lot of time and trouble and written something with a story
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While in search of authors new to me I noticed this one coming up. It’s a rather different approach to science fiction in that it’s really a coming of age story that just happens to be set in the distant future. The futuristic setting provides the framework of the story rather than being the focus. It is a very gentle story, and I found it surprisingly engaging. If you are looking to set your phasers on maximum then you’ll have to set a course elsewhere because this is about a young man making his way in the world or rather galaxy. It is about encountering problems and overcoming them, about making friends and relationships in a new environment. Looking for a direction in life when the one you had always imagined for yourself is ripped away from you unexpectedly.

It’s a warm story and the author clearly has a lot in the way of human empathy. The narration feels right bringing the feel of almost classical fiction to the reader. Personally I like my battles and a good dose of “the engines canna take it” but this story kept me engaged. There is a good amount of detail that has gone into the way that this future universe works and how the trading ships operate which comes through. The characters also have a genuine feel to them.

Even given the premise I have to say I don’t think it’s perfect. I found it a little strange that virtually everyone that Ish, the lead in our story, came directly into contact with was actually genuinely nice. It’s hard to imagine hard-working crews of deep space freighters being quite so friendly across the board. You’d expect at least some kind of harder element to show up. I also have a bit of a beef about the length of the book. Something like an hour of this one is dedicated to a free introduction to the next in the series.
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By John M. Ford TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 July 2011
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Ish ("Call Me Ishmael--No kidding.") Wang is living an uneventful, late adolescent life with his college professor mother on a planet owned and controlled by a single company. Ish's mother dies suddenly in a crash, most of her estate is liquidated to cover damage to the crop field she crashed into, and Ish must leave the planet because he can't afford to live there anymore. You can almost see him shaking his fist angrily at the sky and cursing the author.

Motivated to change his circumstances, Ish signs on to a space freighter for entry-level wages and a "quarter share" of each trip's profit. Ish impresses everyone by studying for all four half-share rating exams at once, motivating one of his less ambitious shipmates, organizing a private trading cooperative, and inventing a new way to use ship sewage to grow mushrooms. He also works out, learns to cook, and is utterly oblivious to several female crewmates' romantic interest in him. Sometimes you want to shake your fist at him angrily.

There isn't much excitement in this story, just the slow, steady progress of Ish and his friends as they learn about the ship, their jobs, and each other. One of them gets mugged and loses some money. They are always worried that their private trading plans--for leather belts and such--won't turn a profit. But things always work out. And they are overly-intimidated by the ship's senior officers, who go out of their way to help and mentor them. The readers see the half-hidden smiles behind the officers' hands that Ish and company apparently fail to understand.

Comparisons to Robert Heinlein's juveniles are obvious and appropriate, particularly to
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