Books and more books....I hardly listen to music anymore.
Soooo, I saw this book come up in my recommendations for over a year now. I read the synopsis and for whatever reason I just kept passing on it. Recently just finished the "Old Man's War" series and Redshirts and wanted to get another Scalzi book, hopefully narrated by Mr. Wheaton. This was the only one I haven't read so I bit the bullet, if you will. This was a great story! Even though it was based on a previous work, I really, really enjoyed it. It was funny, exciting, and kept me listening for hours at a time. As always, Wil was phenomenal. Thank you, John S. and Wil W.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
Right from the start this book pulls you in and has you laughing and knowing that Jack is a rebel with just the right amount of heart (I kept picturing Malcom from Firefly). I had this in my library for some time, I bought it on sale and haven't read it because the name sounds stupid. But now I'm kicking myself for waiting so long because it was awesome. I laughed my butt off and I cried at work, my co-workers kept asking me what was wrong, allergies of course. Anybody who enjoys a good animal/creature story and sci-fi this is a nice blend of both. But not so much sci-fi that anybody can read this book whether they like it or not. I love how the fuzzy teased Carl the dog, it had me in stitches. I have not read the original book Little Fuzzies, and in no way do you need to read that book first or even at all to enjoy this story. Will Wheaton is an excellent narrator, I defiantly will listen to any of his work again.
Excellent story. Excellent performance. It is as though Mr. Scalzi wrote the dialogue specifically for Mr. Wheaton's unique style. Well done and thank you.
Wil Wheaton's reading of this story was amazing. He brought life to every character and, specifically, to the Fuzzies (even though it's in the final few chapters).
I haven't read many books that made me laugh out loud, shout in triumph, and tear up all in the space of 7 hours. Wheaton's narration is top notch, and the characters are classic Scalzi fare: clever, witty, likeable, and relateable. Buy this book.
A really well written and read book. The book is timeless and is an excellent rewrite of an older book. Not a thriller or suspenseful, but just a really fun story of a planet and a prospector.
Avid reader all of my life! Favorite author: Stephen King. Favorite book: Hyperion.
Jack Holloway is a prospector/surveryor on a distant planet that is being mined for minerals, etc. by a larger interstellar corporation. He stumbles across an immensely rich mother-lode of "sunstones" that are extremely valuable. And so begins this "science-fictiony" tale of something along the same themes of Pocahontas or Avatar: that of the evil outsiders that are set on plundering an environment and destroying the habitats of the native peoples.
Jack Holloway befriends these native peoples whom he refers to as "cat-things". Through his interactions with the "cat-things" and other misadventures he has with his corporate employers, Jack eventually becomes the time-worn trope of "knight in shining armor" who helps to save the "cat-things" and their planet.
Is the story entertaining? Sure, but then so are the Three Stooges. Entertaining, but not very enlightening. Scalzi relies heavily on contrived "after-the-fact" legal situations and case law (fictional of course) for the plot that seems to be...well...contrived just for the particular situation that the protagonist is encountering at the given moment. Of course, the entire plot, the situations, the characters all seem highly contrived to re-tell the oft-told tale of the benevolent outsider who sees the evil his fellow outsiders are doing to a native people, and then helps those native peoples because they are unable to help themselves. I suppose it's a tale to make one feel warm and fuzzy.
Wil Wheaton, as ever, does a fantastic job in narration.
The novel's enjoyable enough.
If you know John Scalzi, you know what to expect from him. This will not disappoint. Get over whatever misgivings you may have about your time and schedule, just listen to Wil Wheaton deliver this potent story to you.