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Quarter Share (Trader's Tales from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
It very much concentrates on life on board, daily tasks and what to do and trade when they reach each port. Gentle.
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.
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
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.Read more ›
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 ...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great read about a young guy learning to make his way in space.
I wouldn't actually classify this book as a space opera though. Read more
I note that some other reviews critisise this novel for being too slow paced. There are plenty of stories with explosions and shoot-outs, in fact they're ten-a-penny. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Wallis
A good character build, really intrigued me this was a page turner for despite the absence of any plot. Read morePublished 5 months ago by JohnC
This is the start of a well crafted series. Our hero's journey is interesting and believable. The characters are nicely done. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Peter MJ Davies
A beginning of a story as our young protagonist gets his first job as a junior ship-hand and learns the ropes. Read morePublished 8 months ago by mark hirst
As another reviewer mentioned, the plot and characterisation is about as deep as a puddle. Stereotypes abound, all the women below middle-age (and some older) are controlled by... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ben
Probably the best teller of tales I have come across for some time. Shameless avid fanboy of his audio books and also of the written material too.Published 13 months ago by Adrian
This is the first time I've read a science fiction book that doesn't feature mysterious aliens or ferocious space battles. Read morePublished 15 months ago by SteveBex
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