Sculptor and costumer
Scalzi bring s a nice sense of humor to the table in this reboot of H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy books. It is deep, but does not get too deep.
humor and handling of the characters.
Wil is a great narrator and I enjoy listening to him read the story.
This has a brevity to it that the originals did not have. You do not get lead down the road of getting to know the Fuzzy's and their human protectors as well in this reboot.
* Note the book is only about 7 hours long with the original book also being included at it's own 7 hours.
I quite enjoyed Fuzzy Nation as the plot was unexpected and enjoyable. I wish Scalzi would have included about 1/3rd more content toward scene setting and character development as the book was good but could have been great. The lead character is interesting and flawed, deserving a more in-depth character study. This isn't to say it was bad, just that the great story deserved a more detailed telling.
If you enjoy Sci-Fi it's a solid read and worth a credit but not on my A-list. Probably should be a 3.75 star book.
Story-wise, Scalzi regenerates a older story and makes it relevant, but the story's age still shows through. If you enjoy Scalzi's style and voice, there is still definitely something to enjoy here. But the accomplished reading by Wheaton makes this well worth your time if you're into sci-fi of any kind.
The inclusion of the original story, for free, pushes this into a solid 4 for me because I love more free content. Now if only Wheaton had read that one too...
John Scalzi has joined my elite list of top science fiction authors as he has apparently done with so many others. I started with Agent to the Stars and, after listening to Fuzzy Nation, am ready to indulge in his multi-book series. Reviews count, credits cost. Scalzi has had over 1,000 people submit reviews per book, and his ratings are higher than 4.5 out of 5 -- that should tell you something. It was Wil Wheaton's fabulous narration abilities that brought me to Scalzi. It is Scalzi's writing that has made me a fan. If you love science fiction and are looking for a good book, you need look no further. As a bonus, you will actually receive two books.
Fuzzy Nation downloads in two parts. Part I, narrated by Wil Wheaton, was Mr. Scalzi's Fuzzy Nation -- his rewritten update of the classic, Little Fuzzy, written by H. Beam Pipper. Part II is the original Little Fuzzy, narrated by Peter Ganim. I don't need to tell you the story, just get the book. There is humour, suspense, twists and turns, courtroom drama, an adorable "sentient" alien species, and just downright good story telling. I enjoyed being able to compare the two versions. Did I have a favorite? They were both good, but I'm giving the edge to the dog.
I really enjoyed this reboot of an interesting story. Normally I would shy away from this type of technique. But I think Scalzi was as cautious and careful writing it as I was considering listening to it.
Its interesting to have both books to listen to. I was nervous listening to Pipers book afterwards because having read it as a teen i thought it was different. But its incredible how Scalzi really provided something unique and valuable based on the premise the fuzzys.
The trends of the two times are clear: the 60's scifi had an element of preservation and even a bid of wild west (complete with distinctly "good guy, bad guy persona's). I could almost picture Charlton Heston as the protagonist.
Scalzi's book was more contemporary of course including "casual cursing" as part and parcel of the dialogue. He's examines the theme of "a bad man" able to do "a good thing".
There is a bit of "save the whales" message. But mostly its sci-fi Erin Brokovich, story full of a few twists and surprises. And a harder edge.
The protagonist turns out to be less selfish that he is originally portrayed. Nice character developement
Wil Wheaton does a good job. He doesn't try to modify his voice pitch for every character (male or female) like so many other narrators. Instead he saves it for when its most important -- but I won't spoil it.
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
a short and nice book, actually its 2 books, but i haven't read the 2nd one... but this book is good have a listen.
A nice story. Well told. Unfortunately, I saw the plot twist coming at the speed of a Luis Tiant blooper ball. Still, it was a fun read.
Haven't read the print version but the audio was great.
The overall plot compares itself to the movie Avatar which portrays a corporation sacrificing an alien species to gain wealth.
Wil Wheaton's performance was excellent.
A huge surprise was finding the original story, "Little Fuzzy" added at the end of Fuzzy Nation.