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Books: Half Share 
14th-Jul-2011 06:34 pm
Read Irresponsibly
Ok, so you know how I was so pleased with Quarter Share on Sunday? And how I said it was a clean, simple, and straightforward book? Repeat that same review, except remove anything about this not having emotional entanglements or romantic interests, and scrub the clean part, too.

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) --

January
Little Dee vol 2
Little Dee vol 3
Unusual Suspects
Harvest Moon
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
Truthseeker

February
Dark and Stormy Knights
Tortall and Other Lands
River Marked (2/28 - it arrived a day early)

March
Questionable Content, vol 1
How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf
Lifeblood
Magic Bites
Skinwalker, A Jane Yellowrock Novel
Running with the Pack
Magic Burns
Blood Cross

April
"Skyblaze" Adventures in the Liaden Universe #17
Kings of the North
Goblin Tales
Do Not Sniff the Bees, Two Lumps book 6
Magic Strikes
Magic Bleeds
Mercy Blade
The Initiate Brother

May
Angelology
City of Pearl
An Artificial Night
Late Eclipses

June
After Hours: Tales from Ur-Bar
Magic Slays
Ghost Ship (e-ARC)
Warbreaker

July
Quarter Share
Half Share

-- Books abandoned rather than completed in 2011 --

February
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
Gamestorming
If You Don't Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails
Swords and Dark Magic
Battlestations
Wise Man's Fear
Heroes in Training
Comments 
15th-Jul-2011 12:28 am (UTC)
The Share Series is on my stack of books to read.

If you'd like to know more about the author, Nathan Lowell, Doc knows him through Twitter and through Balticon. Has talked with him several times over the past two years. I've also met him, but I haven't talked much with him.

He's also done all of the Share Series, all six books, as serial podcasts. You can find the first one, Quarter Share, here: http://www.podiobooks.com/title/quarter-share
15th-Jul-2011 01:23 am (UTC)
I'm really enjoying them, but I'm going to pause after Full Share so that I don't get indigestion from reading too many, too fast. Besides, I have a big stack of birthday books to work through, and more coming on Sunday.

Thanks for the tip on the podcasts. Unfortunately, I find most audiobooks more annoying than enjoyable because they are sooooo slooooow.
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