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Half Share (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper #2)

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SIX MONTHS IN THE DEEP DARK. FOUR VERY DIFFERENT WOMEN. ONE MAN DISCOVERS WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A SPACER. It's a time of change on the Lois McKendrick. Sarah Krugg joins the mess deck and Ishmael Wang moves to the environmental section. Just after getting accustomed to life aboard a solar clipper, Ishmael must learn a whole new set of skills, face his own fears and doubts, ...more
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James
Jul 28, 2011 James rated it liked it
I see that people seem to like this book more than the previous book, but I can't help but disagree. That's not to say that it is a bad book, not by a long shot. But it is lacking something that the first book seemed to have... I don't know what that might be though.

The problems that I found with it were;

1. It felt rushed. Now I know the first book wasn't a epic length book by any sort of judgement, but this book just felt really short and really crammed.

2. I think that the book lost some of it
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Steven
Mar 10, 2012 Steven rated it it was ok
After thoroughly enjoying Quarter Share I jumped right into Half Share. But I'm sorry to say it was a bit of a disappointment. It starts out well with Ish moving to a new department and once again being a fish out of water. There's also a couple of good scenes where a new crew member comes aboard, and he gets some insight by seeing someone else go through what he had in the first book. But Half Share doesn't really do much with all of that. Around half way through the story meanders off into a ...more
Jessica
Apr 23, 2011 Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, 2011
First book was really engaging, but this one read like a Horatio Hornblower letter to Penthouse and didn't grab me at all.
Molly
Aug 04, 2012 Molly rated it did not like it
In book #2 of this series, no one stops being a supergenius, they just get smarter, except when they spend thousands of dollars on ONE OUTFIT and an extra shirt. But see the outfit makes every woman alive wants to screw the 18 year old Hero, who is revealed to be a Casanova with a deep, meaningful love for all women, especially older women, and he heals many a heart by the end of the book when he isn't sitting and crying with his shipmates about how they can't have sex because They Just Don't DO ...more
Krystal
Aug 18, 2014 Krystal rated it liked it
As much as I loved the first of this series, this book wasn't as amazing in my opinion. Still great, and I enjoyed all the parts with our character finding his place among the crew ... however, in this book, we are introduced to much more (particularly near the end) "finding himself" elements. Now, I'm mostly fine with these, but I found that too many of these moments were entirely sexual. I don't have anything against that sort of thing in my books, quite the contrary, but I really felt that ...more
Ryan
Jan 04, 2010 Ryan rated it really liked it
Volume 2 of the story of Ishmael Wang features him getting a promotion, transferring to a new department, and becoming a bit of a mentor to one of his coworkers. As in the first book, not exactly the kind of stuff you would usually associate with either "space opera" or "science fiction", but rather just a damn good story in a space operaesque setting.
At the same time, one of the things that Lowell does here is balance the scales of Wang's meteoric rise by having him make some mistakes, especia
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Colleen
Jul 24, 2011 Colleen rated it really liked it
Half Share takes up where Quarter Share left off, with Ishmael Wang transferring over to the environmental engineering section and a new woman coming on board to take his place in the galley. No, the new woman is not the romantic interest, thankfully. The emotional development that started in the first book blossoms in this book under the tag-team sisterly love of three very different women. These ladies bolster his confidence as a crew hand, take him out as a group for real clothes, then turn ...more
Jeff
May 27, 2011 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Half Share" is the second of Nathan Lowell's "Solar Clipper" stories, all of which are based on the beloved character of Ishmael Horatio Wang. Ishmael is one of those rare literary characters that connects with the reader on a level that transcends the boundaries of real and unreal. The more you read of "Ish", the more you know about him as a person, until you almost feel you know him as you do a cherished friend.

In "Quarter Share" you met Ishmael, the lost young man, learning to cope with the
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Andreas
Feb 12, 2014 Andreas rated it it was ok
The second book in the series picks up exactly where Quarter Share left off. Ishmael transfers from the galley to environmental. He also starts to come to terms with women and relationships with such.

As in the first book, there is no imminent danger and there are no action scenes. Mr. Lowell has a knack for making ordinary pursuits interesting, but his dialogue flirts with cheesiness rather too often. The second half of the book is a departure. In no time flat, Ishmael goes from normal uncertain
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dameolga
Jul 11, 2012 dameolga rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Continuing in the same vein as Quarter Share, the first part of Half Share is solely about Ishmael's duties aboard the Lois McKendrick as he moves up from mess deck worker to his position in the Environmental Division. We meet a new character, Sarah, who comes aboard the ship to replace Ish in the galley, and learn a little about her rough past. Of course, Ish and Pip also continue to work on their trading business, though the focus becomes less about these two friends and more about Ishmael and ...more
Paulette Jaxton
Half Share by Nathan Lowell is the continuation of the story of Ishmael Wang, a young man forced into the merchant space service during the Golden Age of the Solar Clippers. In this installment Ish is moving up in rank and moving away from the cozy confines of the galley, and his comfortable friendship with Pip and Cookie, into the environmental section. There, in the dank underbelly of the Lois McKendrick, stale air and dirty water mix with new found camaraderie and suppressed passions to keep ...more
Lizzie
May 17, 2016 Lizzie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the first book and promoted it to friends as a good start to a series that I thought young teenagers would enjoy. A boy, recently orphaned, making his way in the world by joining a trading ship crew and using his brains along with his shipmates flare for trading helping themselves and their crewmates become more successful. It was a solid story with interesting lessons in economics and succeeding in the job. I was looking forward to the rest of the series. I then bought this ...more
Mikael Kuoppala
Jul 19, 2016 Mikael Kuoppala rated it it was ok
The tale of Ishmael Horatio Wang continues in the second installment of the six-part space trade saga. In "Quarter Share" we saw Ishmael prove himself a wonder child aboard the small freighter SC Lois McKendrick. Now he has studied and progressed from a deckhand into an actual crew member, and it's time for a re-evaluation of identity, it seems.

I found "Quarter Share" well written but a bit fluffy, and the Mary Sue -grade perfectness of the protagonist was really getting to me. "Half Share" is s
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Emily
Oct 07, 2011 Emily rated it it was ok
Ishmael heals a battered woman with crochet therapy, while flying through more standardized tests and shopping couture blue jeans.

Lowell delivers more very-pleasant-to-listen-to tales, conveying the tedium of ship crew life without lapsing into tediousness.

If there wasn't so much hooting about the co-op's raking in profits trading their luxury goods, I wouldn't need to discuss this, but the economy of this world is really a fantasy. The business of the crocheted shawls is a solid example (assumi
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Heather Anne
Nov 20, 2011 Heather Anne rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and the whole series because I liked following the life journey of Ishmael Wong, who goes aboard a spaceship as crew, after the sudden death of his mother forces him to leave his home due to finances and the constraints of a company planet.

While this is technically science fiction, it has the feel of books like: Goodbye, Mr. Chips or Trustee from the Toolroom. This is a story about growing up, entering the working world and solving problems. There is little plot and while the
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James
Sep 10, 2014 James rated it really liked it
This was another feel-good story from Nathan Lowell. Not much happens, but that was kind of nice for a change. There's some aspects of the story developing that I have to force myself to overlook, though. There's a growing number of scenes that demonstrate one of the biggest problems in The Name of the Wind; namely, an author who is in love with his own main character. I am suppressing inward cringes whenever he sweet talks another magnificent woman with his "quick wit". The response, "damn, you ...more
John
Jul 25, 2014 John rated it it was ok
I liked the first book quite a bit, but this one has some issues. It's OK right up to where the protagonist changes departments (which is fairly early in the book) at which point it becomes "the tale of how Marty Stu discovers he has a magic butt and acquires a platonic harem."

At one point in the story, he literally changes the lives of at least three women simply by stripping to his briefs in front of them.

It's a challenge to write fiction in which there isn't a clearly defined antagonist or cr
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Dan
Jan 04, 2011 Dan rated it it was ok
Maybe two stars is too harsh, but in comparison to "Quarter Share" this one fell short. Although written in the same great conversational style, it didn't really grab me. It was more emotional and romantic, and dare I say "adult" than the first one, which was fine, but maybe just not what I wanted to read. Still looking forward to the next one, as Lowell has created a unique little world here that I don't really want to leave just yet.
Doug
Oct 01, 2009 Doug rated it it was amazing
Ishmael Wang continues to thrive in the deep dark in this fun sequel to Nathan Lowell's Quarter Share. No longer confined to the galley, the enterprising spacer takes us along for a fun ride with crewmates Pip, Beverly, and Brill.

Lowell's sci-fi coming of age story is a great follow-up to the first "Share" outing. Seeing our protagonist moving up from barista to full-fledged crewmen is great. Ishmael also starts to sew his oats as any young adult traveling the galaxy might. Great fun.
Jill Tharp
Jun 30, 2016 Jill Tharp rated it it was amazing
Another great read. It is amazing how you can picture this life in space.
Benjamin
Nov 02, 2016 Benjamin rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Well . . . that escalated quickly. In the previous book of the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper series, I found the plot to be engaging and well-paced, despite the naïveté of the main protagonist. Ishmael Wang seemed to be a bit lacking in his romantic knowledge, sometimes oblivious of obvious euphemisms. For a kid of only 18 who really only spent time with his mother, I can understand how he might not know these things. It was the one thing I found a little unbelievable in Quarter Share, but boy ...more
AE
Nov 13, 2016 AE rated it did not like it
what on earth just happened..... is this seriously the second book?
Samuel Lubell
Oct 14, 2016 Samuel Lubell rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf
I listened to the audio version of this. I found the viewpoint character to be very engaging and likable as were the crewmates. But this book became a soap opera in talking about the women he befriends on the crew. Aside from getting clothes from a fancy designer, very little happens other than the interpersonal dynamics.
Melissa Hayden
The beginning makes you nervous with Ish, for what might be the reason the Captain wants to see him. Then when he walks into the meeting to see all the senior staff there! You are pulled in wondering what has gone wrong.

We start right where Quarter Share ended. It seems the series will follow right through with Ish each step of the way with his life, as he quickly grows with the crew.

Our boys move up the ladder, well, mostly. Pip is still in the mess hall, but he has acquired a status for his tr
...more
Casey
Oct 07, 2016 Casey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As good as the first one!

Sometimes a series starts strong and fizzles. Not so here! I'm making friends for life to join Podkayne, Lazarus, Mike, and others who live in my heart.
Joe Young
May 26, 2011 Joe Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ishmael Horatio Wang and his partner, Pip Carstairs are called before the Captain and find themselves standing with First Mate Mr. Maxwell, Chief Engineer, Mr. Kelley and Cargo Master, Mr. Cotton. They are apprehensive, believing that they are going to have to answer for an incident involving one of their Coop Booth Manager's, fighting at the market. They are much relieved and pleased to find they were called in to be complemented and offered promotions for the good jobs they have done during ...more
Patrick
Nov 09, 2012 Patrick rated it it was ok
As in Quarter Share, this book lacks anything in the way traditional plotting. It has a plot, but if you want action, then this isn't the place to look. Character driven with activities and people that rarely speak to anything but to the better side of human nature. Two bits of darkness creep in. Ishmael Wang's, our protagonist, replacement in the galley has suffered under the hands of her husband. She has escaped him, and within a few chapters has turned a corner.

The other bit of the pessimisti
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Kim
Mar 06, 2013 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I really liked the first book which inspired me to purchase and download this one from the big A store. It wasn't bad but was both more farcical and in other ways more realistic than the first. There was still a cute cast of characters, although I would like them to be a little more unique to themselves as they have a slight tendency to blend. There is still a nice narrative of "sailing" through the shipping lanes of space and the day to day occurrences on a large vessel. It is still a likable ...more
Estara
Sep 15, 2012 Estara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2012
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Timo Multamäki
Sep 14, 2016 Timo Multamäki rated it liked it
Not as good as the first, but still certainly worth the time spent. I'm now halfway to 3rd book and it has improved considerably, again.

I think that this "Half share" was overly long for the content. It had repetition on many areas where it could have been avoided by adding a bit more variation on where to concentrate. Even if a dish to eat might be interesting to a few times, it hardly qualifies as THE topic of a chapter...
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Nathan Lowell has been a writer for more than forty years, and first entered the literary world by podcasting his novels. His sci-fi series, The Golden Age of the Solar Clipper grew from his long time fascination with space opera and his own experiences shipboard in the United States Coast Guard. Unlike most works which focus on a larger-than-life hero (prophesized savior, charismatic captain, or ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Golden Age of the Solar Clipper (6 books)
  • Quarter Share (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, #1)
  • Full Share (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, #3)
  • Double Share (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, #4)
  • Captain's Share (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, #5)
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