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 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 1,000 years, a talented individual can find plenty of opportunity. But the nobility of this empire guards its privileges jealously.
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Decent, as far as it goes...
Tightly written, a good premise... but it sounded like it was written for teenagers, rather than adults. Also, it took an awful long time to get going. Halfway through and I was still wondering what the story was about, apart from buying a ship. In fact, it felt like the first 200 pages of a 600-page novel - we hadn't really had the adventure yet.
Decent performance by Ms Eby, though I have to say, not all the males need to sound like jovial teddy bears. Maybe just read the words next time, instead of acting the parts?