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Half Share (Solar Clipper Trader Tales)Half Share by Nathan Lowell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked it, but not as much as the first one. There was a little non-graphic sex thrown in, but other than that the book was remarkably similar to the first one. That made it not exactly boring, but a little uneventful.

The only new major character, Sarah, could have been explored more. Her story was hinted at, but around mid-book she just drifted into the background and all but disappeared.

I still enjoyed the book and chances are high that in a few books along my TBR pile I will get the next book in the series. The characters are all very likeable and I would like to find out what becomes of them.

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The Summer Without MenThe Summer Without Men by Siri Hustvedt
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Quarter Share (Solar Clipper Trader Tales)Quarter Share by Nathan Lowell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book and I already bought and downloaded Half Share, the second book in the series.

Short, fast paced, light reading. Call the hero Ishmael, really! And his middle name is Horatio. The author had me at the hero's names. I read all the Horation Hornblower novels as a teenager and loved them to pieces. I have re-read them many times over the years and still think they are among the best adventure novels I have ever read.

This books sticks to the feel of those books (minus the Napoleonic wars) and transplants the seafaring folk into space. But space is only a background setting for the actual plot here -- the life and coming of age of a young man on a ship, how he settles into his new life of duty and faces the challenges he's being confronted with.

The various main characters are charming and vivid, the humour is light hearted and all in all it's a feel-good book that I found hard to put down.

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Feb. 17th, 2011 08:38 pm
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The War of the WorldsThe War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have seen the movie with Tom Cruise, so I was cross-referencing the book against that while reading. Didn't want to, but it just kept running in the background. A fairly slow pace in the beginning, it picked up nicely towards the end. It felt emotionally distant, I had a hard time sympathising with the main character. The description of the aliens was great, reminded me a little of Lovecraft. There was a lot of descriptions of who was going where, which made it feel a little like a Geography lesson of the Greater London area at times. It didn't captivate me, but all things considered it wasn't bad.


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