First though, I'm just going to wonder in writing how people even manage to find my LJ. I wrote about the Sims Online sex scandal a few years ago, and the guy who broke the story found it. I rambled about raw milk conspiracy theorists, and a few of them appeared and started talking about it. I jokingly compared Zoe's Tale to Twilight and John Scalzi links to my post on his del.icio.us account. I don't know how they found me. I don't figure my LJ makes that big of a ripple in the ocean of the internet, but apparently it makes one large enough that sometimes people notice. That's pretty cool. An author who wrote a book I like read something I wrote, and posted it on his blog. If you find this, Mr. Scalzi, I hope I didn't offend you.

It would be a shame if I did, because I liked Zoe's Tale. It was interesting to hear a military science fiction story (even if this was light on the military and more about the dangers of space colonies) from the perspective of a teenage girl. I found myself liking Zoe immediately, but there were a few moments where I wanted to strangle her. I realized that these were the moments where she was behaving like a teenage girl. For the most part, I empathized with her completely. There were parts of it where I got a little teary-eyed, and it wasn't where you would think. I appreciate that the parts of the book where war affected the characters were sad. War is sad, and I'm glad it was depicted that way. I haven't read too much military science fiction, so I don't know if it's common for the genre or not, but I liked that about this book. I'd really be hard pressed to call this military science fiction really, so I'll just call it Zoe's Tale. I really enjoyed it.

Of course, it could be that I HAD to say something nice, considering the author knows about this journal!
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