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This story, about a rogue with a golden heart who suddenly finds both his fortunes and role reversed overnight, is equal parts courtroom drama and light sitcom. Aside from the setting- a vaguely described backwater jungle planet, and the newly discovered alien which resembles Spielberg’s Mogwai, there isn’t an awful lot of Science Fiction in the novel. Hollywood could substitute a remarkably intelligent species of primate from a faraway jungle and film the movie on the cheap. Nonetheless, the witty dialog and legal twists are entertaining enough to hold the reader’s attention through to the end. There’s a fair amount of wish fulfillment as Scalzi sets up the pins of his unlikable villain characters, only to knock them all down in the end with their deserved comeuppances. One personal pet peeve was the overuse of the dialog denoting words “He/She said”. I would have found it less distracting and more descriptive if the verb choice was more varied. This is most noticeable during rapid exchanges, and when experiencing the story in audiobook form. Wil Wheaton, incidentally, does a terrific job narrating and his performance absolutely drips with snark. Overall, I enjoyed the story quite a bit, but would recommend Scalzi’s “Old Man’s War” series to those seeking thicker SF concepts, or “Redshirts” to those who want a good laugh at the genre’s many clichés.
This was a good book to listen to in the car, because I was never lost and I could usually guess accurately what was going to happen next so it didn't bother me to turn it off at the end of my commute and return to it the next day. That being said, it was a cute book, well written with interesting if rather cliched characters. I just wish that it had done something even remotely unexpected. Everything plays out exactly how you expect it is going to. Wheaton's narration was enthusiastic, he did a good job. Overall good but not exceptional.
I read speculative fiction, YA, mysteries, entertaining nonfiction, & occasionally, heavier literature. I want it well written & literate.
Yes, because it is a fabulous roller coaster ride. Exciting and funny, this book begins with an apparently morally bankrupt character trying to weasel out of responsibility for an environmental disaster he has caused. By the books end you are cheering for him. Making that journey had me sitting up until three in the morning, listening in the dark.
Jack Holloway, the main character is a sleaze bag. A wisecracking disbarred lawyer, who teaches his dog to detonate explosives. Will he do the right thing in the end? Read it and find out.
Wheaton is a fine, interesting reader. I was particularly struck by his voicing of the alien creature, Papa. It was much, much better than the narrator's voice inside my head, and added so much to the story.
Many times I laughed out loud. Once I cried.
This book is based on a sixties novel, "Little Fuzzy". I was surprised when I went looking how to spell a character name to learn fans of the original novel seem to really hate this book. Not having read it, I have no way to compare. Perhaps Mr. Scalzi sacrifices some of the depth of the original for an exciting read? Maybe listening to a talented reader bring it to life makes it more than it would be in print? I only know I really, really enjoyed listening to it, as I did the other two Scalzi novels I have listened to., and I have just added another to my library.
The Scalzi/Wheaton combination is a can't miss. I'm not sure I could have enjoyed this anymore than I did. Only gripe is I wish this had been longer because I didn't want it to end.
One of the most entertaining and clever audio books I've ever heard!
Unique story line.
All of it was spot on!
I would recommend it only to a very few of my friends that like this form on dialogue. It is not sci fi enough and it should state that this is court date. Most lawyer types I know don't like sci fi. Most sci fi don't like to spend time in court but want to deal with blusters.
The dialogue is more tiresome. He over uses adjectives and the he said she said. It was a little too much in red shirts in a court case it just makes me want to stop listening.
Wheaton is the only reason I listened all the way, he is able to make the tiresome he siad she said and long court sessions bearable.
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The core idea is great, I would keep that without mentioning tech at all, but where needed.
I had not read Little Fuzzy, so I didn't have a basis for comparison. This was a good science fiction book, especially as far as the story of the Fuzzies developed, gradually showing their real nature and abilities. I enjoyed the courtroom drama aspect of the story - something not usually found in science fiction. Like others, I thought the book continued in part 2 and, nearing the end of part 1, couldn't figure where the story would go...until I realized that part 2 was the original - Little Fuzzy. I started listening to that one and saw how great the differences were in the 2 books, so I've put that one off for later. My thought is that whichever book you've read first, the other will not fare well in comparison.
This is good old fashioned sci if
I liked the interactions between the main character and the Fuzzies
He talks good
Turns into a court room drama in the end, but I love first contact stories, this is a good one.
I haven't read the print version, but I think the audio version may be better. Wil Wheaton's narration was great and really added to to story.
The opening scene was probably my favourite. It was unexpected, funny, and quickly pulled me in..
Honestly, I didn't expect much from this book. The description made it sound like an interesting but tacky story. But I was completely mistaken. It's well written, funny and thought provoking. I would definitely read it again.
This is a very contemporary new version by John Scalzi of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic 'Little Fuzzy'. In both versions possibly sapient creatures are discovered on an alien planet that humans are exploiting through mining.
A wonderful feature with the Scalzi audiobook is that a reading by Peter Ganim of the original 'Little Fuzzy' is included as a bonus. I listened to this original story first and am glad I did. It is a very good story and Ganim does an excellent reading, using a variety of character voices.
I decided to listen to Scalzi's version straight after Piper's original and at first was unsure if that was a wise decision. Initially I was struck by the change of tone in the new version; the characters spoke and acted like they were in a contemporary US sitcom. But as I continued to listen I came to appreciate just how cleverly and creatively Scalzi had adapted the basic story for today's readers. Wil Wheaton does a more conventional reading (narrating the story rather than producing a series of differing voices) but this is perfectly suited to Scalzi's take on the Fuzzy tale.
I finished the audiobook(s) feeling admiration for both versions of the story, and for the performances by the readers.