I was not familiar with the original "Little Fuzzy" story that inspired the new Fuzzy Nation, nor with author John Scalzi. What a happy experience it has been to discover not just one, but two books that I enjoy and another author to explore further.
While the initial premise and the main character's name are the same, the two stories are different and each is enjoyable in its own way. Once I finished Fuzzy Nation, I was a little concerned that Little Fuzzy might not be as interesting because it was written back in the 60's. Even though the characters in Little Fuzzy had communication devices with image screens, they were still taking movies and developing film, which gave me a chuckle. No worries; it was more innocent and idealistic but still holds your interest all the way through.
The Fuzzies are fascinating little creatures that force humans to search for a definition of what it means to be sapient. Are they just cute, intelligent animals or are they people who should remain free to evolve and determine their own future? Each book ends with a glimpse into a possible future for how the Fuzzies and humans will adapt to living on the same planet. I hope Scalzi will write a sequel to Fuzzy Nation one day and show us what life is like there a few decades or centuries later.
It was a faithful adaptation of H. Beam Pipers "Little Fuzzy". In the forward, Scalzi talks about how he was trying to re-write Little fuzzy with more modern sensibilities. He succeeded. And in many ways, I expect this version to stand the test of time as well as the original. Wil Wheaton is a fantastic narrator.
The dog. Without ruining anything, the dog.
He (Wil Wheaton) brought life into the characters, even to the point that there was no doubt who was speaking as who. His voice as the narrator was fantastic, and that of the main character was good enough to make you sympathise with him.
Well done John Scalzi. I am not a fan of most work put out in a universe from a dead creator, (Sorry Brandon), but this was done well. It does not attempt to be the original story, but reuses so many of the same elements is such a different way that still pays tribute. I would recommend this to anyone who wanted an introduction to Scalzi and his work.
Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
We all know that one of the first things humans will do when they are finally able to master space travel is to find planets with valuable resources to pillage and profit from - face it - those who can afford to explore are usually driven by power & greed - "We've found it, now it's time to conquer & occupy!"
Even though the plot of this story was predictable, I still found it interesting. I was thoroughly enchanted with the little fuzzies and the one last decent human in the universe who had to choose between immense personal wealth and standing up for the little guys and their rights to exist peacefully.
There's a bonus if you buy this one because Part 2 is actually the original version - no need to buy both to see which one is better - it's a two-fer!!
Good plot twists, fast-paced and lovable alien-creatures. Highly entertaining book. Likewise Scalzi could have written a thriller about economy, exploitation and environment. Yet he focused on entertainment which makes the book an easy read but with very real truths behind the fictional story.
The narration itself is good, however, be prepared that the story is truly read to you, therefore you hear many, many "he said" and "she said."
I didn't listen to the original by Piper. Maybe at another time but it makes no sense to me hearing the story - even in a variation - in immediate succession.
I am a bit ambivalent about the almost total re-working of the Fuzzy’s and Jack Holloway’s story…personal jury is still out on that. Having said that, however, I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the narration.
I liked it. Hope John Scalzi is planning a sequel.
I read along as I listened. Hearing the
Someone like Harrison Ford for Holloway. If made into a series, I would like to see some of the characters from the original Fuzzy novels. Using CGI, it would be possible to have the Fuzzies played by some of the actors from current movies and TV shows.
The author gave Papa Fuzzy words to express its curiosity, intelligence, thoughtfulness, anger and grief that were strong and poignant. Papa’s speeches in the court room and during its final confrontations caused tears to come to my eyes and a chill to run down my spine. Very well narrated! Kudos and stars!!
Great update of a classic Sci-fi novel. Wheaton's narration really brings the characters to life. Highly recommend.
I read this book based on a recommendation, and midway through it, I thought to myself, "Is this that author who wrote the Old Man's War space novels?" He is an entertaining story teller, but holy smokes he needs to use a thesaurus when tempted to write the word, "said". It becomes distracting to listen to the word "said" repeated over and over again. There are other words like: "Replied", "Queried", "Asked", "Quipped", "Jibed", "Wondered aloud", "Laughed", "Growled", "Whispered", that came to me as I listened to the narrator. I felt bad for him having to read the word "said" over and over. If it were me reading it, I would have taken license to change the word myself. Anyway, it was a great story, and written with a sense fun that Scalzi's fans will appreciate.
This was a real bargain in that you got two books for the price of one. John Scalzi revitalized updated version and the original by H. Beam Piper. This gives you a real chance to compare and contrast the differences between the two. The new version is not just a carbon copy of the original but rather it uses it as a baseline for the overall feel of the world and its inhabitants. The inhabitants you might ask are small Ewok like creatures called Fuzzy’s that live on a world that is run by a massive corporation whose sole motivation is profit. There are laws set in place to protect any world that has sentient life, but that would bring all mining on the planet to a halt. But like many laws there is a long drawn out legal process to prove a life form sentient. Until the law declares the Fuzzy’s sentient ZaraCorp is free to treat them as a nuisance animal.
I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out.
Fuzzy Nations's a classic SF story about sentience, cultural exploitation, conserving our resources, humanity, and most of all - fun.
I thoroughly enjoy reading Scalzi's books, but wasn't sure at all what I thought about rebooting SF/F fiction. Scalzi won me over easily, though, and I was surprised by how emotional this one got for me at the end, in no small part due to Wil Wheaton's reading.
It's also incredibly cool that this is not one book but two - Fuzzy Nation is a reboot of H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy, and that book is the second audio file. Classy idea, and it's fun to compare and contrast the differences between the two.
Easily worth the credit I spent on it!
You really envision yourself in the setting of this story; the characters (especially the lead and the fuzzies!) are great. The relationship with the lead character and his "animal" companions had me laughing out loud. Scalzi also goes beyond humor though to build a compelling and emotional story. Excellent book!
the first appearance of the Fuzzy (...then I realized I don't have a cat, and cats don't usually stand on two legs)