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Quarter Share (Trader's Tales From The Golden Age Of The Solar Clipper) (Volume 1) Paperback – August 9, 2013
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The protagonist falls into his new life as one of two possible options when he is left an orphan on a company world with no support. His willingness to work hard and learn could be a lesson for all of us. We get to learn about his new life at the same time he does and I for one found it as interesting as he does.
The characters are well drawn and very believable. The minutiae regarding day to day life, duties and trading theory are surprisingly engrossing. These characters are people I would enjoy working and living with. I plan to continue the relationship by purchasing the next book in the series, Half Share.
Sometimes, Nathan Lowell leaves me wondering why nobody else ever thought of doing some of the incredibly simple things that can make such a world of difference in Ishmael's life, and particularly in that of the people around him. But then I get into a conversation about it with other readers on the author's Facebook page, and we, sometimes with a bit of help from Mr. Lowell to steer us in the right direction, always come up with some pretty good ideas about why things were the way they were before Mr. Wang came along. Every time we do, we discover new depths to a story nobody (maybe not even its writer) ever suspected of having so many depths to discover.
If you haven't read any of Mr. Lowell's work yet, now is a good time to start!
Quarter Share is the basis for this vivid world and all of it's amazingness. It sets us up to see just how a young man navigates a world that's new to him, but will eventually become his calling. Ish makes true friends, finds a family, and asks an important question or two.
To read my review on every book in the series, check out my full review at adrielwiggins.com/solar-clipper.
As he states, he's writing about ordinary people. This isn't about martial prowess, it's about interpersonal skills, taking opportunities and learning. It's as much soap opera as space opera. It should be boring. And it isn't.
And, Lowell writes dialog ... tons and tons of dialog. But, he does it well, and it's a pleasure to read.
I have come back to write this review, having finished Lowell's published work and, as the series progresses, his maturation as an author is evident. The plotting becomes more crisp, there is (a little) more suspense, and as a whole, the whole books acquire more polish.
I think my only real quibble here is that I don't think his economics works - the values of cargos vs. the cost of ships, vs. shipping charges don't add up for me (this becomes evident towards the end of the series, and into the following one) , but I can suspend disbelief there, as I am kept pleasantly entertained.
But what really took me in was the feel of a 'fng', aboard his first ship. It took me back to my first command. So much so that I told me older son, a retired squid btw, that the guy who wrote this, either WAS a sailor or knew a bunch of sailors.
I'm glad I was right, and Dr Lowell, thanks for your service.
All that aside, I am off to buy the next book.