Sci-Fi Month Review- Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi – A great follow on to the series

Zoe's Tale (Old Man's War, #4)Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wondered where Scalzi was going to go with this installment of the Old Mans War series and lo and behold he cheekily sells us the previous book The Last Colony all over again. But far from being short changed its actually a great idea.
As i said this book is pretty much the same as The Last Colony, but retold completely from Zoe’s perspective.
So basically you read the whole book knowing exactly where its going but the added detail and gaps filled, along with the new perspective make this a great addition . It can’t be easy retelling a previous book through another character , but Scalzi manages to do it somehow without it getting boring at all. He also writes a teenage girl worryingly well.
Zoe was a favorite character of a lot of readers of the series and great to see the author take up a tough challenge in fleshing the character out so much.
This book also brings a new level of emotion to the series and gives more background to other species than the others.
All in all this series just keeps giving

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About Paul Walsh

I'm a big fan of fantasy and scifi, which would make up most of my reading but will branch out often enough. Favourite authors vary over time but generally include Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Conn Iggulden, Robert Harris, Karen Maitlan, Kate Mosse, Anne Rice, Philip K Dick, Ray Bradbury. John Scalzi, Mark Lawrence, Pat Rothfuss and a host of others. I'm not the harshest reviewer but will note down a few words on all books I read.
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