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Starship Repair and Society Manners Starship engineer Anailu Xindar dreamed of owning her own ship, but she didn't find the courage to actually go for it until she was forced out of her safe, comfortable job. She goes shopping for a cheap, practical freighter, but she ends up buying a rare, beautiful, but crippled luxury ship. Getting it into space will take more than her Starship Repair and Society MannersStarship engineer Anailu Xindar dreamed of owning her own ship, but she didn't find the courage to actually go for it until she was forced out of her safe, comfortable job. She goes shopping for a cheap, practical freighter, but she ends up buying a rare, beautiful, but crippled luxury ship. Getting it into space will take more than her technical skills. She'll have to go way outside her comfort zone to brave the dangers of safaris, formal dinners, a rude professor, and worst of all, a fashion designer. She may even have to make some friends... and enemies. "The Sculpted Ship" is set on the outskirts of an interstellar empire where FTL travel is commonplace but intelligent robots are rare and expensive. Though the Iris Empire has stood for a thousand years, a talented individual can find plenty of opportunity. But the nobility of this empire guards its privileges jealously....

Title : the sculpted ship
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ISBN : 33014328
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Number of Pages : 291 Pages
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the sculpted ship Reviews

  • D E
    2019-02-26 03:13

    Interesting characters, and world building that provides just the right amount of background for an interstellar empire. I read this book all day until I'd finished the whole thing.This book is about a newly minted captain who has just bought herself a new ship, trying to get it up and running, and a few friends an allies she makes along the way. I found the story to be an interesting exploration of life in a sci fi universe. Both the captain and the ship have a few mysteries about them. There's clearly more to come in this series, though happily, readers are not left with a cliffhanger at the end of the novel.This isn't a book of fast paced action, if you're looking for that kind of thing. This story has more of a slow burn to it.I enjoyed this novel very much, and will certainly be looking for any sequel.

  • Clint
    2019-03-09 06:25

    I did not enjoy this book. I would only give one star, but there was enough there that I did finish it; hence two stars. Synopsis: an engineer, Anailu Xindar a young female with gray skin and gray hair of mysterious origins (she might be alien, it's a mystery for another novel), resigns from her job and seeks to buy her own cargo ship. Based upon a childhood fascination, a practical woman does an impractical thing and buys a beautiful Dove Class luxury yacht that someone, for some mysterious reason has retrofitted into a cargo ship. The big problem is there are missing parts from the Dove that without those parts, the Dove can not travel interplanetary. Captain Xindar buys it anyway and enters the planet side world of cargo moving. Along the way, she deals with taking etiquette lessons and outfits herself to make money in the arena of planet side cargo delivery and safari charters. In her spare time, she seeks the mysterious missing parts and makes friends along the way. The Dove has many mysterious extra functions and quirks, some of which are answered in this novel and some which are probably answered in a future novel. The Good: reading this I was often finding echoes of the world Jack Vance built for his Demon Princes series, mostly from the character names and place settings. K.M. O'Brien has a good handle on how starships work in his universe. World building is ambiguous, there is a bureaucratic Empire that we get a slight taste of, full of noble houses that do what they want with very little punitive measures to keep them in check, and there are a number of known sentient species that are never seen; however, there is one chapter with a jarring POV shift that lets the reader know that there is a mysterious alien race out there with an interest in Anailu, or her ship, or both. The Bad: the plot is slight. Captain Xindar takes etiquette lessons, outfits her Ship as best she can, and meets people along the way. That is most of the plot. It lacks conflict. I never felt she was in great danger. She has one encounter with a lecherous Noble. She takes care of him, but makes an enemy. The noble is not seen for the rest of the book, the reader gets a hint that the noble will haunt her later (probably in a future installment). There are two more "dangerous" moments. In one, Anailu impersonates a Pirate Queen to rescue two androids that have evolved into sentient beings. In another, she tries to heist the parts she needs for the Dove, fails; however, in a few POV shifted chapters, the reader is introduced to a crack espionage team that acquire the parts for her, putting her in no danger. The POV shift is in the last few chapters. The new characters come out of no where, the only development given to them is one of them thinks the other has a nice ass (I'm not even joking). We get the sense, we will see more of them in future installments. The Ugly: the writing is terri-bad. A hot mess of missing words, extra words and egregious use of "I'm gonna tell you, not show you". Honestly, it reads like a good start on a first, rough, draft. Had the author enlisted an editor, the book could have shined. That's the ugliest part. There are gleams of a good, entertaining story here, but the time for editing was not taken. Read if: like me, you want to experience and support rising authors. You like Jack Vance and light science fiction. Do Not Read If: poor writing gives you migraines.

  • Jeff Miller
    2019-03-15 05:26

    A very enjoyable SF story. A women engineer finds that she can't sign a new contract at her current job on a starship and is encouraged to seek her own ship as a pilot and owner. Most of the first half of the novel involves first finding a ship and then how to maintain her and to pick up business. There is something about the ship she bought that is a mystery concerning the price she was able to buy it for and how it was purposely gutted. The second half 0f the novel starts to move into conflict and how she was going to deal with it This is not an action novel or space opera. Just a solid story which you see evolving and hopefully moving on into a sequel.Once again I am amazed at finding another indie treasure.

  • Sammy Khilling
    2019-03-17 01:22

    Very good book.When I got through the first thing I did was look for sequel. I wished all the books I purchased were this good .SAM Kbilling

  • Libby Seligman
    2019-03-02 02:16

    Can't wait for the sequel!Loved the book so I gave it five stars. The story was fresh, very different than anything I have read for a long time. Loved the main character, all the interactions, the secondary characters, everything! My sister loved it as well. Really looking forward to what the future will bring to Captain Xindar. I am sure it will be fascinating as the author has set up so many hints of exciting things to come. It is going to be a very hard wait for the next one!

  • Mrgana Wyze
    2019-03-16 06:31

    I love space operaloved the characters and their drive and motivation. Great yarn, intriguing mystery. I want a sequel and I want it now! And, pretty please, can I have that ship?

  • Rob
    2019-03-15 02:25

    Great story!!!One of the kind of stories that you hate to put down,action ,suspense,intrigue,and a lot of interesting story line! O'Brien writes like the best!! the story of the starship engineer who finds her ship and how special it is and the trials she goes through to get it running correctly seem very realistic and believable,which makes you hate to put it down!! I'm going looking for part two right now and hope I don't have to wait!

  • nancy ward
    2019-03-11 06:22

    Wonderful storytellerI usually don't like military fiction but this book captured me. I desperately want there to be a sequel and I wish I could read it now. Please tell me Anailu has more to her story. What a great imagination this author has. Bravo!

  • D.F. Haley
    2019-03-16 02:21

    What a sweet little book this is! The writing was a bit uneven, and the editing was rough, but the story itself was great and the characters were cohesive, fun and interesting.The book is clearly intended to be the first of a series, but it works well as a stand-alone. We see the journey of a young woman who has paid her dues working as a starship mechanic and has saved enough during her career to pursue her dream of owning her own star ship. We follow her as she finds her dream ship, and proceeds to build a foundation for success through the people she meets and the incremental support that they provide to help her achieve her goals. Everything proceeds in a matter-of-fact composed manner, built upon the essential "goodness" of the main character.My expectations were low for the book, but I was quickly surprised by how appealing the primary character became. She is naive, yet upbeat and determined. I kept wondering when the boom would fall. Would this become a tale of innocence destroyed? Would major challenges drive our heroine to despair? Would she have to constantly overcome great odds on the way to success? Instead it was a bit of a travelogue of little obstacles gradually overcome and a pleasant string of successes that result. There is no great drama, nor major conflict resolved. But a string of helpful friends and serendipitous events produce a pleasant and light read. The only hiccup in the story was an extended "technical" description of a heist that occurs on behalf of the heroine. We briefly meet a team of operatives who infiltrate a military installation and steal packages through spoofing an automated set of systems. We see every step of the way, but there is little drama or suspense in the heist. We don't get to know these characters, so it is difficult to care much about their travails despite the operation's risks. This sequence could have been omitted entirely without harming the overall story.The stage is now set for a larger conflict to come in the future. Or not. But I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book as a lighthearted and appealing tale. It was fun! Hope for a sequel soon.

  • Ananda
    2019-03-20 08:12

    This was not a good book, but it had hints of originality and freshness that I can't ignore.First, the writing is often clunky. It's hard to see any rhyme or reason between the various elements of mundane commercial spaceship ownership that the author chooses to lavishly describe, and the ones she gives barely a sentence. The author doesn't do transitions within a chapter well; you'll go abruptly from immersive to narrative voice.Second, the plot is pretty clear for the first 70% of the book or so, and then becomes impenetrable. New viewpoint characters get introduced when the book is 2/3 over, because the new plot developments require them. And I had a lot of trouble following what was happening once the hacker character got introduced, although I was definitely reading faster than usual trying to get to the end.Third, most of the characters are pretty stereotypical, although the main character is interesting (and she's why I finished the book). But there's the over-the-top fashion designer artiste, the rich heiress with a heart of gold, etc. In general, all of the sequences that didn't involve the main character were pretty dull and hard to care about.And yet and yet and yet... there's a lot of freshness and originality here. I liked some of the technological bits, like the machine that can apply makeup and do haircuts rapidly (of course an advanced society would have something like that, but you don't usually see it sketched, even in SF series by and about women). The worldbuilding around the bureaucratic Imperial superstate is realistic without being didactic. The sequence with the etiquette lessons was promising and I wish the author had been more explicit about the etiquette of her future society. There was just a sort of charm to (most of) this book that compelled me to finish. And it's also a gentle and mannerly book, reminding me a bit of Nathan Lowell's Star Clipper series (Lowell has many of the same problems that this author does), at least until the last quarter or so. Recommended for my wife, but maybe not for anyone else I know.

  • Summer
    2019-03-15 01:18

    The premise behind this story was decently conveyed. The world building was solid, with enough detail in some areas to really satisfy. There were about five places that had difficulties in editing, sentence errors that just stopped you flat. There were a few spots that just had a word duplicated or left out - but easy enough to work through.Our heroine's personality was shown as solid and reliable, but she took chances that seemed out of character. Allowing her background and personality a bit more wildness would have resolved some of that dissonance. Story line challenges had a tendency to jump, rather than being discovered, explored and then understood. Solutions were gotten a bit easily, with less justification for our heroine's choices than always seemed reasonable. I would have liked a bit more depth to the relationships she developed with her support characters. All that being said, I enjoyed the characters, the world and Anailu's predicament, solutions and learning process. There was a bit of humor shown in how some of the situations progressed and a sense of solid work and character behind her successes.The ending seemed to come a bit suddenly, but the author's touches of complexity and her sense of detail wrapped things up in a satisfying manner.I'd love to read more of Anailu's story, there was plenty of material and mysteries left to explore and I can't wait to see where it goes next.I paid for this book and plan to buy the next in the series. Honestly, that's the highest praise I can give!!

  • Ken Golkin
    2019-03-10 01:38

    The Sculpted Ship was just a fun read, or in my case I listented to it, still fun This is a book about a young flight engineer who when faced with a conflict with a galictic monopoly takes fate into her own hands and goes out as an indpendent. This is a gutsy move for anyone. She is somewhat innocent of the ways of the world, make that galaxy, but has the good fortune of meeting some hightly ethical people who treat her fairly and mentor her. The Sculpted Ship certainly sets the stage for sequals to come with out going into mind numbing detail not relevant to moving the story along. One thing I really likeed is that the main character and many of the other leadership characters are woman. Something not as rare in SF now as it once was. I thought it interesting that even in this far future world, the relative rarity of female starship captains, espeically in in the military, surfaces. I guess that's because I have two daughters, one of which is an engineer and even today has been a first and several times only. So should you happen to be or have in your family a young lady with dreams of flying to the stars, this would be a great book for them. Not that it isn't good for everyone else, ficitonal woman leaders in STEM fields are as rare as they are in real life.

  • Kilian Metcalf
    2019-03-25 02:31

    When Anailu Xindar is forced from her job, she almost has enough money to go on her own as a starship captain. She has the skills, knowledge, and certification—all she needs is a ship. Haunting the used ship yards, she is stunned to find a Dove class luxury liner she can just afford. Missing several key components, the ship is not yet ready for interstellar flight, but it will do for local trips to earn her the money she needs to outfit it for space.Anailu's adventures as she scrapes together the money to buy the parts she needs leads her from smuggler's dens, to dinners with high society, and perhaps the most dangerous—the salons of high fashion for a new uniform. Along the way, she picks up a couple of sentient robots and a few parts that lead her closer to interstellar flight.There are questions that are not answered, especially dealing with Anailu's origins, that leave room for a sequel without being cliffhangers. I look forward to the next book.

  • Ryan
    2019-03-22 02:39

    This book starts off interesting enough but quickly gets a bit half hazard. Just too much happens that distracts from the real story of a young woman trying to make her way toward the stars. Has an entire large segment about her playing a VR Simulation and rising in rank for example. The parts where she is learning the ropes of the high-class transport business are mostly good. Her personal life segments, on the other hand, suffer from to many YA moments for me. Go into this knowing it's slow pace and written primarily for a teenage girl audience.

  • NAY Young
    2019-03-07 03:15

    Fans of the Liaden series by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller will probably love this. Uplifting space opera and coming-of-age tale for our geeky engineer heroine with a mysterious friend Naomi and robot besties in the Snow sisters. Next book may have a love interest (but honestly, the sister-mance is so good you don't need it). Lots of little Star Wars (called Aether Wars) and MMORPG fan-girl/boying too. I look forward to finding out the full mystery and destiny of The Silver Queen and her crew in subsequent books.

  • Whare
    2019-03-06 05:18

    This is the second time Ive read this and I enjoyed it just as much as the first time.I hope Mr O'Brien writes a follow up as 12 months has passed.The heroine is very attractive (literally) and the mind boggles at the possible scenario of a continuation of this series. A rogue space fleet, intrigue within the halls of power, a continued expose of hidden ship ability and development of our heroine ... just so much to look forward to.Thank you Mr O'Brien

  • Anna
    2019-03-25 01:37

    Loved it. It was one of this newer genre of sci fi books which really focuses on day to day operations and interpersonal relationships more than action, similar to the quarter share books, and a long way to a small angry planet. Honestly from the basic plot I should have found it incredibly boring but instead I couldn't put it down. The characters and world were interesting and engaging and there was just enough hint of some exciting mysteries to explore

  • Rehcra
    2019-02-24 07:41

    A Good read. This book curbs the typical Science Fiction action a good deal but is all the better for it. If you liked the parts of the Privateers Tales where they buy and fix up their ships you'll love this book. This book has action it just isn't all guns blazing and incorporates non violent action as a better alternative. I'll definitely pick up the sequel

  • Jabulile Dayton
    2019-03-15 09:28

    This book reminded me of a 1970's Sci-Fi book, slow-moving and ponderous...and I want to be honest that I only read a few chapters before I lost the momentum to continue - is it fair to base a review on that? I'm not sure. What I think was missing to me was an interesting, dynamic, complicated, passionate protagonist, someone who I could invest in and cheer for. Other than being perceived as younger than her actual age, this character's biggest issue seemed to be lacking a personality.

  • Jo Bass
    2019-03-21 06:28

    Good plot, too much tellThe sculpted ship has a good plot and some interesting characters. However, the narration drags because it is exactly that: narration. The action drags as the characters move through it. There is little opportunity to engage emotionally even though there are plot nodes that would allow more character development.

  • Joy
    2019-03-09 09:16

    Clearly the beginning of a series, since only the initial problems have been cleared up in THE SCULPTED SHIP. We follow his likeable heroine as she chooses her special spaceship, establishes herself professionally, and wins friends. I enjoyed very much the author's approach, which depends on his characters to win with a finely crafted plan rather than by shoot-out.

  • Adele
    2019-03-05 06:20

    Unexpectedly enjoyable. I stumbled on this book totally by accident. It unfolds at a constant slow pace but entertaining enough to keep me invested. Gentle world building with indirect yet vivid descriptions. Recommended!

  • Sandy Conley
    2019-03-05 06:30

    Avery good story it kept my interest from page to page.We all have dreams that we work towards achieving this is a story about a quest for that long held dream. The challenges that were met and the difficulties encountered make for page turner.

  • Kris Erickson
    2019-02-26 05:33

    Great new author, interesting plot, quality writingSo glad I discovered this author. The Sculpted Ship is a well paced read with good character development. Although the premise is not new to the genre, the p!ot and storyline are engaging and well worth a read.

  • Helen
    2019-03-26 02:40

    I really wanted to like this book. In fact, I was rather enjoying the set up - but the mystery and world building was terrible and really turned me off :(

  • Jeff Miller
    2019-02-27 05:40

    I really enjoyed this book, it was an easy going book that flowed well, the only reason I did not give it 5 stars was it ended too soon

    2019-03-24 08:26

    Cant wait for the next oneGreat start to a brilliant series hope the next one will be as good .Just proves that good sci fi does not need to be violent .

  • Reimer
    2019-03-23 06:12

    Great bookI enjoyed reading this very much and hope there are many more books in the series. The build up is slow but steady and I am eager to continue the story.

  • Barry
    2019-02-27 03:18

    Engrossing tale of the rebuilding of a special airship. Interesting except for one necessar area which was kinda boring to me

  • David
    2019-03-02 08:21

    Good startNice story, good characters. Lots of hooks to continue the adventures. Looking forward to seeing more of this space opera.