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.
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I suppose that we will attempt to dominate extra-planetary life much as the Europeans conquered the "New World." What a depressing thought. We don't stray from our DNA, do we?
Fuzzy Nation is sci-fi right up my alley. I am not a devotee of the genre; I read it every now and then when something strikes my fancy and really prefer it to be rather tame on the graphic violence (because it is really hard to simply skim over those paragraphs when you listen on audio). So, what I have read so far by Scalzi has been perfect.
Thank you, John for choosing to update a well told tale and thank you Wil for the excellent narration.
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 young-executive with a voracious appetite for great stories. I read and listen constantly, and am very proud of my book collection.
John Scalzi's version is a wonderfully simple book with plenty of excitement and the classic moral dilemma of doing the right thing for others versus the right thing for one's bank account. In the midst of this far off court room drama find a disgruntled girlfriend, a likable cat like humanoid, and a Han Solo type who stands to gain a huge fortune by selling out.
This story is fun, and it made me feel good. I think the technology is believable: it does not sound so far fetched, and perhaps one day our ancestors will struggle with some of the questions this book poses. There is a little bit for everyone here.
Crank it up to 3x's as it is easy listening.
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!!
H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy is one of my favorite books to re-read. That said I would like to highly recommend Fuzzy Nation, John Scalzis reimagining of the Fuzzy novels. The characters are well fleshed out, the storyline twists just enough from the original to keep you wondering what will happen next, and Wil Wheaton did an excellent job reading the story.
The only negative is that the word "said" was used way to often to denote dialogue.
I'm actually a day old tart, filled with maple custard. Perhaps, this reads as a rational introduction to others, and you are deliberately misreading it, because, come on, maple custard.
This was an engaging remake of the old story.
There were some changes to make Jack Holloway work better with Scalzi's writing style. Scalzi still uses 'he/she/they said' to express every change in dialogue, which can get annoying, if you zero in on it. I didn't really notice it that often, and it wasn't as obvious as in his Old Man's War series.
Throughout the book Scalzi is careful to use Holloway's actions and words to describe his character. You aren't force fed his every thought, which is both a huge relief, but since Holloway is so manipulatively devious, it leaves enough mystery to unfolding events to create doubts on how the space opera plays out.
The little Davids trying to stick it to the industrial corporate Goliath is a delight, and one that will be easy for a lot of today's readers to empathize with.
This audio recording is actually two novels. Part 2 is the original SF novel written by H. Beam Piper(written in 1962) and is a worthwhile piece of science fiction with excellent narration of the Holloway character. The attempt by John Scalzi to produce a followup novel on the characters of the original is a sad failure. About one-half the novel is really dialogue about legal wranglings and wise-cracking from John Holloway with his last name perhaps being a reflection of his character. It has the negative combination of predictability of outcome, improbability of action, and sentimentality.
I wonder if many of the postive reviews may have been for the clever and prescient novel by Piper.