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Mistress of the Waves [Kindle Edition]

George Phillies
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Orphaned Amanda Kirasdotr is a sailor on the lost planet Goddard. When she rescues a visiting starfarer from drowning, her reward is a trip into orbit. Now she wants to go there again, not easy when the hottest ship on Goddard has three masts and a full set of sails.

The shadowy Brotherhood of the Bell realizes that Amanda wants to bring that most dreaded of all menaces, change, to Goddard. They'll do absolutely anything to stop her.

Amanda begins with her wits, her determination, and her dory Northstar. She's up against typhoons, pirates, assassins, financial bubbles, starfarer ultratech, and the mythical giant ship-eating squid. Can she beat them all to find the path to her dream?


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  • File Size: 600 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: George Phillies Books (November 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J4NLWI
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mistress of the Waves August 14, 2012
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On the face of it, the planet Goddard is a primitive idyll - but there are snakes in this paradise, as Amanda is about to discover. Her life is changed forever when she saves a visitor from another world and is rewarded with a trip in his starship, seeing her world from outer space. Amanda resolves to start building her own starship, despite the fact that she knows almost nothing about anything, beyond sailing her dory (small boat) on the seas near her home island.

Goddard is the end product of a very carefully-planned sociological experiment. Unlike other worlds in SF, where there is a repressive religious system intended to keep the human race primitive forever (like David Weber's Safehold books), Goddard is carefully structured to make the development of advanced technology very difficult. There are limitations to their tech that are not obvious until one tries to break out of the straightjacket, some extremely cunning. This does have a downside for the bad guys in this story; their ability to act directly appears to be very limited.

In many ways, MOTW is well designed to serve as a YA book; interesting and educational. The story follows Amanda as she starts pushing the limits, just to see how far she can go. Along the way, the reader learns much about primitive societies and the fundamental underpinnings of economics, commerce and investing, as well as the underlying rational behind censorship - it's all about power. One particular example harks back to the dot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like an alternate universe David Weber novel February 3, 2013
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Disclaimer first - I've been an acquaintance of George for over 30 years, but I have no financial interest in his book.

I've heard it said that there are 7 basic plots for works of fiction. if so, the millions of books that have been written are clear proof that there are a multitude of ways of telling those stories without being boring and repetitive.

The plot of Mistress of the Waves can be summed up as "An immortal woman pits herself against the long dead creators of a technologically stagnant society." That is also the plot of the Safehold books by David Weber. The two books are quite different, but fans of Safehold may find Mistress of the Waves to be entertaining as well.

While Safehold's designers used religion to keep society in check, the unknown designers of Goddard (the home planet of Amanda, the protagonist of Mistress of the Waves) used economics as their primary tool. Economic based science fiction is fairly rare, and usually comes packaged with politics I personally find unrealistic. I find the economics of Goddard believable, and the politics endurable.

One of the classic problems of the science fiction author is providing the reader with the information they need to understand and enjoy the book without boring the reader. I personally have a scale which runs from using Jo Walton's term 'encluing' for cases where it is well done, to 'infodumping' for more obvious cases as is commonly used in Weber's fiction, all the way to 'As you know Bob' for cases where two characters sit around recounting what they already know. George does a slightly above average job here, but it helps if you are genuinely interested in trading and microeconomics. He doesn't have the massive infodumps that largely turned me off to the most recent Safehold.
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4.0 out of 5 stars George is a good writer of a good book January 11, 2013
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This is the first book by a friend that I have finished and enjoyed. I have put down or panned 6 so far. But let me set the scale here. This is not the top of the line superpro award winning type of book. It is a good story well told. In a sense, having the competence to not push the book to ultra-exciting levels is wisdom. Having the gall to write a story that is good enough and nicely done is wonderful. The story flows well. The characters are done well. You will care for the main character. I like it better than the Grantville Second Chance Bird series.

Now George is known for Libertarian politics. And the nice thing is that there really is not much of that here. Maybe none. Yes, the economics of a business under the interesting lack-of-much-government is presented, but not as a forum for any agenda.

Of the now 6 books by friends that did not make it, one set was much like a legal brief, one ranted, one promised much at the beginning and did not ever address that tension point, and one was too close to an old D&D campaign that I had run in. I forgot the sins of the other one. George simply did not make any errors, he just told a story.

I would be interested in reading either a sequel or more stories from George. But put this against a top writer like Bujold or Pratchett or Flint or ... and I will finish them first. But up against top fanfic like Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality? Well I would read the latest HPMoR post first, because it would only be a chapter in an increasingly long story, and feel called to George's latest all the while I was reading it. I like drama, and this book is better than McCaffrey in that, but Drama was never her strong suit.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok read
Interesting story but I must say it didn't grab me and not let me go. Well told story and I did like the characters enough to finish the book.
Published 3 months ago by T. Michels
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical, grounded story, but still fun.
George Phillies succeeded in doing something that rarely works out well, a story built around economic realities. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Cedarlila
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting Impatiently for the rest of the books!
A really good read, I recommend it highly. Several new to me twists on how to control the level of development on a planet, Have never seen a story that used these methods before... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Thomas A. Lamparty
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Educational: Fun!
At one level, this is an entertaining, exciting, evocative story, with a YA appeal, about a young woman coping in a science fiction future that also has many resemblances to an... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Silas Sparkhammer
4.0 out of 5 stars Mistress of the Waves
Amanda Kirasdotr is an orphan, still at school and supplementing her livelihood by fishing, on the planet Goddard. Read more
Published 21 months ago by dani zweig
2.0 out of 5 stars Sci fi
I usually like sci-fi books but this just could not keep my interest. I guess I was expecting a lot more excitement and did not get it.
Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A different science fiction book
A well written story about a very different world. I only wish it was the first of a long series.
Published 23 months ago by James Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Excellent writing. I was engrossed from start to finish. Would love to read more about the planet history and the rest of the star system that relates to the planet. Read more
Published 23 months ago by IsOdK
5.0 out of 5 stars A Creative Story
Amanda Kirasdotr is a young sailor on a planet set in the age of sail. She rescues a visiting space man from drowning; this sets into the motion the twist of advance tech humans... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Sparta
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth The Price
This was an interesting book about one person in a deliberately engineered society. Amanda becomes a major, important business owner while maintaining that her endeavors not... Read more
Published on January 6, 2013 by KLH
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