I guess I should start by saying many thanks for writing what is not only a terrific genre story. But also, as I've stated before on this forum. I discovered your Book on the New Release section of my local borders. At the time I was heavily into reading to distract myself from the problems that I had in life. I found myself picking up your book from the New Release Section, read the synopsis, found myself intrigued and bought it blindly.
After reading it cover to cover, all I can say is, Best Blind Buy Ever. This book touched me very personally, and I saw so much of myself (and my own childhood) in Oskar. At times it was painful to read, but mainly it was gratifying to read a character that I connected too instantly. It is safe to say that I fell hopelessly in love with these characters and I grew too care and became attached to them. I felt that not only were these characters personal to you, but they became personal to me as well.
So skip to the end...I would just like to say many thanks for writing what is not only a damn good genre story, but also thanks for writing something so haunting, touching, and personal.
Thanks John...you quickly became one of my favourite new Authors and can't wait to read Human Harbour and Little Star next