… an effortless and entertaining tale. Scalzi’s knack for genuine characters, stress-induced situations, straightforward prose, and terrific storytelling skills are on great display here. Zoe’s Tale is another winner from John Scalzi, whether you’ve been following the Old Man’s War Universe, are being introduced to them for the first time here, and regardless of your age.
The review notes that readers here on the Whatever might note similarities to my own family, i.e., that the Boutin-Perry family unit holds Mary Sue-ish qualities for the folks used to me talking about my own little clan. I suppose it’s true, although I don’t know how far it should be taken. I’m not a 90-year old space veteran, my wife’s not Ex-Special Forces, and my daughter’s not a sarcastic teen (yet). But I suppose that to the extent that I base characters on those around me, I wouldn’t be the first: just check out Haldeman or Heinlein for that.
Just in case you missed it over there in the Whateverettes, Steve Bainbridge has a nice ZT review as well. Bainbridge along with Glenn Reynolds and Eugene Volokh was one of the first promoters of my fiction, so I’m always pleased when/if the latest book passes his sniff test.