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.
-- New-to-me books read in 2011 (as opposed to re-reads) --
Little Dee vol 2
Little Dee vol 3
The Black Stallion (yes, I know, I should have read it with Black Beauty)
Ravens in the Library: Magic in the Bard's Name, with a pre-finished commentary here
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
Fang Bangers: An Erotic Anthology of Fangs, Claws, Sex and Love
Must Love Hellhounds
Dark and Stormy Knights
Tortall and Other Lands
River Marked (2/28 - it arrived a day early)
Questionable Content, vol 1
How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf
Skinwalker, A Jane Yellowrock Novel
Running with the Pack
"Skyblaze" Adventures in the Liaden Universe #17
Kings of the North
Do Not Sniff the Bees, Two Lumps book 6
The Initiate Brother
City of Pearl
An Artificial Night
After Hours: Tales from Ur-Bar
Ghost Ship (e-ARC)
-- Books abandoned rather than completed in 2011 --
Sing the Four Quarters, by Tanya Huff
-- Books Still in Progress --
These are books that I haven't totally given up on, I've just... put them aside... for now. And gee, look at how many of them are non-fiction!
The Brand Within
If You Don't Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails
Swords and Dark Magic
Wise Man's Fear
Heroes in Training