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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, and try to balance love and loss in the depths of space Both Ish and Sarah must learn to live by the mantra, Trust Lois For Sarah, there is the hope of escaping a horrifying past For Ish, he must discover what type of man he wants to become and learn the consequences of his choices Return with the crew of the SC Lois McKendrick, as you set sail in the next installment of the Trader Tales of the Solar Clipper Series All your favorites return: Ish, Pip, Cookie, Brill, Diane, and Big Bad Bev You might even discover some new friends as you travel among the stars BOOKS IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE SOLAR CLIPPER Trader Tales Quarter Share Half Share Full Share Double Share Captain's Share Owner's Share* Shaman Tales South Coast Cape Grace* *Forthcoming

10 thoughts on “Half Share (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, Book 2)

  1. Hiu Gregg Hiu Gregg says:

    Okay, so I read and loved the first book of this series because it was a fun, slice-of-life tale about a genuinely nice and smart kid who hit a lucky streak. It had some slight male gaze issues, and the protagonist won a lot, but I was willing to overlook that sorta stuff in a feel-good novel.

    But apparently this kind of story just doesn't scale. This second book, after about 30% of normalness (which is the only reason I'm not 1-starring this) becomes a self-masturbatory, poke-your-own-eyes-out, trash fire. It is an atrocity of bullshit proportions. It's like watching 20 minutes of an otherwise decent movie, and then the main actor whips off his trousers and starts furiously wanking for the next hour while whispering his own name.

    The smart kid with a lucky streak from book 1 becomes a sex god who knows the inner workings of all women — who all swoon and sigh at the sight of his 18 year old ass in expensive jeans. And this wonderful little parcel of male-gazed casual sexism is wrapped up in a pretty little bow of slut-shaming. Because a woman wanting sex is bad, don't you know? Our protagonist — wise beyond his years and of unquestionable virtue — turns down this desperate hussy seconds before marching off to get his dick wet with someone he finds more worthy of his genitalia. (No, he's not slutty, how dare you suggest that! It's a completely different when it's the man who wants sex.)

    I'm all for wish fulfilment stories, but this is a bridge, a chasm, and a couple of helicopter rides too far. At some point we learn that the main character lost his virginity at 14. He proudly boasts of this to the super-hot superior officer he's about to fuck. Wow, said officer says in return. But inexplicably, she doesn't follow that up with, you know that's a crime, don't you?

    You're good, all the women in the story constantly say to our golden Casanova. Over and over again. You can almost hear the author trying to convince himself that he hasn't shat the bed with this series, all while he spunks his knickers at his own supposed cleverness.

    Fucking hell. Isn't it possible to just have a NICE series with NICE characters doing everyday things, without bullshit like this coming into things? Why do we have to turn a found family into a soulless orgy of Nice Guy pseudo-philosopical wankery?

    This is the biggest disappointment since the entire year of 2016.

  2. Molly Molly says:

    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 That on that particular Noble, Proud Ship. I mean seriously. This book is like a soap opera with a spaceship incidentally attached.

  3. Steven Steven says:

    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 bizarre romance novel plot that takes up essentially the rest of the book. Ish suddenly gleans some kind of profound knowledge into the inner workings of women's minds, and the women around him become simpletons mesmerized by his denim coated butt. At this point I haven't decided whether or not to buy the third book.

  4. Jessica Jessica says:

    First book was really engaging, but this one read like a Horatio Hornblower letter to Penthouse and didn't grab me at all.

  5. John John says:

    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 crisis for the protagonist to overcome, and still make it interesting. The author pulled it off in the first volume, but largely fails in this one.

    I might check out the next book in the series, but this one was disappointing enough that I might not.

  6. Krystal Krystal says:

    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 the book is gearing up towards having the romances be a much bigger element in the series as opposed to the trading/crew elements that I enjoyed so much in the first book. We'll see how the stories continue, but I will be continuing with greater caution into book 3. This story was still interesting and worth reading, I think, just be warned that towards the end, the feel of the book is much different from the first.

  7. Ryan Ryan says:

    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, especially in his personal life, which was nice - he was starting to feel like he was too perfect of a character at times, so it's good to see he's just as flawed as the rest of us.

  8. Dan Dan says:

    2018 re-read: Each book in this series is better that it's predecessor. All are excellent. 2020 re-read, the characters in this series are, for the most part, the kind of folks you'd want to hang out with often, hence the re-reads.

  9. Lizzie Lizzie says:

    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 book, the 2nd in the series. It was disappointing. The story concentrated on his hands off attraction to his female shipmates who help him obtain a makeover during which his shipmates and the shop ladies all have hot flashes and our main character is self-absorbed in showing off his abs and ass. They take him to a bar and have an acquaintance who is a guaranteed homerun show up although our main character is interested in a different ship's officer who takes him home instead. We also get to see what pretty much reads as a wet dream of Ish's desire for his 3 female shipmates. I seriously wondered if the story was plotted by a 16 year old.

    While Ish was presented in the first book at being around 18 years old, he seemed younger and more naive in the first book. In this 2nd book, instead of concentrating on trade and the worlds to which the ship travels, we have the story of Ish strutting his stuff successfully. While at least he appreciates strong, intelligent women, and a bit of romance or sex in science fiction is ok with me, this was 2/3rds of the book plot.The writing mechanics were similar to the first, but the story and Ish's character development was such an abrupt turn from the first book I was shocked. This book is so contrary to my expectations I am unsure of how to rate it.

    With the direction this 2nd book has gone, I won't be buying the rest of the series. The first book had put this on my priority list; this 2nd book took the series off my to read list.

  10. Colleen Colleen says:

    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 him loose at a port-side party with all his new found confidence and good looks. It comes as no surprise that he makes his mark among the other ships' hands, but really, his technique was very, very good.

    While Ish is learning to believe in himself, he is also sharing the good will and good work with some of his more emotionally fragile ship-mates. The new galley cook is one person who needs to find her own space, and Ish's boss in the environmental sector is another. And Ish and his buddy Pip continue to work on making money through their small side-trades at various ports of call.

    Along with all of the emotional maturation in this book are some hysterical practical jokes as well as some exclamations that are worthy of the comic Two Lumps. Personally, my favorite one is Sweet Mother of Mohair! - an inaccurate but hilarious statement made by a crew member upon seeing another crew's locker stuffed completely full of yarn.

    This time, I don't recommend this book for children or even young adults. Children won't understand it and young adults might possibly be bored, too. A lot of Half Share is devoted to dealing with emotional confusion, hurt feelings, and relationships that have sexual coloring but are not full of the actual deeds themselves. A guy with female friends is, literally, a novel idea.