I’m a sucker for a good Narrator and a book sale. I came to own a copy of John Scalzi’s FUZZY NATION because Wil Wheaton reads it and it was on sale. I figure you can’t go wrong, and let’s just say I love when I’m right!
My favorite part about this quick read was that every time I thought it was being predictable, it wasn’t. Several times, I’d roll my eyes and think I knew exactly what was going to happen. Every time I was wrong. So I guess I love when I’m wrong too. FUZZY NATION was a based on a story by H. Beam Piper’s Little Fuzzy. While I never read the original story I’m now inclined to seek it out. Scalzi’s book has this old school sci-fi feel without the over description that tends to make me shy from them. I enjoyed the courtroom drama aspects. In all honesty, any book that makes me choke up, laugh out loud, and cringe gets a pass. So many feels in this book. I have to give prompts to Wil Wheaton who did an incredible job breathing life into this book. I never doubted his abilities.
Long time LibraryThing member. Love to read a variety of books, usually more than one at a time.
Sometime in the future, when humans are mining and exploiting other worlds, we meet a surveyor, Jack Holloway, who may have had Indiana Jones in his ancestry. He has made what he thinks is the discovery of a lifetime in sunstones, a most precious and valuable resource, but his discoveries have only just begun.
This is a story which has been rewritten by Scalzi in order to update it. I have never read the original, but I enjoyed this one tremendously! It has humor, action, and a main character who is a lovable rogue and slightly unreadable to those around him. The planet, world and future are understandable, so we do not need to spend a lot of time learning how it works. Will Wheaton does a great job as the narrator.
Ok, minor quibble for a good story but Wil's narration and I'm sure printed format, would have overcome the convention of identifying who said what. If a reader/listener isn't smart enough to distinguish the speaker then I worry for our development beyond "Run Spot Run" and "Fun with Dick and Jane".
The story was "a warm fuzzy". Enjoy!
I loved Old Man's War a lot. I have enjoyed many Scalzi novels since, and really dug Android's Dream. But Fuzzy Nation takes the medal of first prize. The blend of technology, animals and sentience, humor, and court room drama makes for a fabulous ride. This story is awesome, and I was entertained the whole way through. Nice work!
I didn't know anything about the original book. the story synopsis sounded interesting. And the reviews were promising. I wouldn't call this a you just can't stop listening to, but I'm more of a person who likes Thrillers. As heartwarming stories go this was pretty good
Already a fan of both Scalzi and Wheaton, but this was a special pairing. Absolutely loved this story, and Wheaton's voice lends itself perfectly to a sarcastic, snide antihero with a good heart such as this book features. What a great combination.
I hate to mention it in case you haven't noticed, but it will bug you now: "blah blah blah, someone said." Over and over again with little variation. It's the kind of thing I could ignore if I were reading, but when listened to it grates.
Enjoyable storyline, a nice lite sci-fi escape. Nothing hugely new here though.
Wil Wheaton's portrayal of Scalzi's fast-talking, sarcastic surveyor is spot on. I've listened to this one 3 times through, and would highly recommend it.