In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesn't care to talk about. On the distant planet Zarathustra, Jack is content as an independent contractor for ZaraCorp, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, that's not up for discussion.
Then, in the wake of an accidental cliff collapse, Jack discovers a seam of unimaginably valuable jewels, to which he manages to lay legal claim just as ZaraCorp is cancelling their contract with him for his part in causing the collapse. Briefly in the catbird seat, legally speaking, Jack pressures ZaraCorp into recognizing his claim, and cuts them in as partners to help extract the wealth.
But there's another wrinkle to ZaraCorp's relationship with the planet Zarathustra. Their entire legal right to exploit the verdant Earth-like planet, the basis of the wealth they derive from extracting its resources, is based on being able to certify to the authorities on Earth that Zarathustra is home to no sentient species. Then a small furry biped - trusting, appealing, and ridiculously cute - shows up at Jack's outback home. Followed by its family. As it dawns on Jack that despite their stature, these are people, he begins to suspect that ZaraCorp's claim to a planet's worth of wealth is very flimsy indeed and that ZaraCorp may stop at nothing to eliminate the fuzzys before their existence becomes more widely known.
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“[Scalzi’s] style and skill make it a highly entertaining read. It succeeds both as a new novel from a talented writer and as a tribute and gateway to Piper’s work.” (Wired)
"It’s a wonderful book.... [T]he way that Scalzi puts that wonderful novel of Piper’s into a fresher context is cynically lovely.... Year’s best? Yeah, one of them." (The San Diego Union-Tribune)
“A perfectly executed plot clicks its way to a stunning courtroom showdown in a cathartic finish that will thrill Fuzzy fans old and new.” (Publishers Weekly)
John Scalzi teams up with his friend Wil Wheaton again to deliver Fuzzy Nation, an entertaining short story set on a distant planet. Although this is a modern re-write of an older story it is still obvious that the original story is from a simpler time. Wheaton does his usual solid job as a narrator. He reads well but he doesn't do a lot of voices so his performances are slightly limited compared to some of the other narrators.
This is a classic tale of a corporation exploiting resources for profit and destroying the environment until a new life form is discovered - the "Fuzzies". There is an ensuing legal battle to protect the home world of the "Fuzzies" as scientists and lawyers square off with differing opinions. The moral compass of certain characters waver as vast sums of money are weighed against the protection of this newly discovered species. Scalzi injects his usual humor into the story and 7 hours felt about right for this one.
Although predictable at times if you are looking for a short, light sci-fi story then Fuzzy Nation will serve you well. Not quite a 4 star tale for me and I would have given it 3.5 stars if allowed.
i really enjoyed this book but when i went to share with a friend the original story from h beam piper was missing somehow audible reached into my computer and stole the original story from me i dont know how they did this but i paid for it and its gone they wont give a good explanation for this so if you are buying this it is now only the new version not both complete books other than the fact that my book was stolen from me this was an excellent story wil wheaton is as good as ever and jon scalzi is his usual brilliant self
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
This book is filled with warm and fuzzy characters, bad characters and the main character is gray. I am a sucker for books with dogs in them. I am a sucker for books with complicated characters. I am a sucker for books with twists. I am now a sucker for John Scalzi and Wil Wheaton. This combo has to be the best going. I didn't think anybody could top Card and Rudnicki, but this just might.
The main character is a pain in everybody's butt and you never really know his true motivations. Most people put up with him because of his dog Carl, who everybody loves, including the Fuzzies. This book is full of wit and sarcastic humor (my favorite). Wheaton does not have a Rudnicki or Lee type voice and he does not do a whole lot of different character voices. Through his talent as an actor and his understanding of the written word, he makes this book come alive.
The first half of this book is Fuzzy Nation and the second half is Little Fuzzy by Piper. This rating is for Fuzzy Nation only. I enjoyed Little Fuzzy, but no where near as much as Nation. After listening to Nation, I would have wanted to listen to LF anyway, so it was great to have it included. I look at LF as bonus material.
If you like Marley and Me or Agent to The Stars, you will like this also.
I have done over a hundred reviews and rarely do I give anything Five Stars, so that tells you how much I loved this story.
The best thing about this selection is that it includes H. Beam Piper's original story with John Scalzi's updated treatment. Scalzi didn't just modernize the classic story - he used the basic premise and some character names but followed his own creative path in character development and plot. It turned different enough to be enjoyable on its own merits. The original still shines, despite some anachronistic sexism, obsolete technology, and lots of cigarettes.
The narrators enhanced the differences between the stories. Wil Wheaton narrated Fuzzy Nation with only limited attempts at character voices, so the dialogue needed "_____ said" after every quote for clarity. This got annoying after a while. Peter Ganim narrates Little Fuzzy with voices, making the dialogue was truer to the text, though the strong ethnic accents of some characters was also a little distracting.
Little Fuzzy was already a classic by the time I started reading SF as a teen, but its juvenile-sounding title kept me from reading it. It took John Scalzi's rewrite to convince me to give it a try as an audiobook, and I'm so glad I did.
Fuzzy Nation and Little Fuzzy are one of my best audio experiences this year. I like both stories and the narration was excellent.
In this audio book you get to compare Scalzi's telling of the story with Piper's original story. Although I like Scalzi his story is more light weight and almost a cliche compared to the original. Story is 4 for Scalzi and 5 for Piper. My ratings are reversed for the naration.
Wil Wheaton is an excellent narrator but I think little was added to the story or intro by having excellent narration. Perhaps the emotional impact is improved by the narration, that is the one thing Scalzi heightened and improved upon the original and Wil really brought it out.
Toward the end of both stories ??? yes.
I like Scalzi but Piper's Little Fuzzy is better and a 5 star classic. Your mileage may vary.
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 is a fun, quick read and one of my kids' favorites even though it is not a children's book (there is some swearing that will offend some, and a violent scene probably not appropriate for really young ones), but my kids were 11 and 17 at the time and both just loved it.
I loved the reluctant hero of the main character Jack, and especially his relationship with is dog Carl. I also loved the anti-corporate, yet not bludgeoning you over the head, message (which is fairly common in sci-fi anyway).
The only reason I gave the story 4 stars is because it is a little simplistic for adult fiction and I will agree that Scalzi overuses "says" to the point that it is sometimes distracting if there's a lot of quick back and forth between characters.
And then there's Wil. I can't love his narration of this story enough. Wil just knows how to read Scalzi's work perfectly. I can hear in his voice his own amusement or sadness at what he's reading and I think his cadence is perfect for it.
This is a fun book and I especially recommend it in audio form!
Loved it ! ( and I'm not a fan of sci-fi). Who can resist the Fuzzies?! Plenty of action,but be prepared for a few tears, too. Wil Wheaton +John Scalzi = Excellence.
The inclusion of the story which it was a reboot of, and which I paid for when I purchased the combination of these two stories in one package. You know the package I bought not the half of it that you so graciously now allow me to access, but both books.
Little Fuzzy. Which I was able to compare this book to when I purchase them both together in February of 2013. Now the file for Little Fuzzy is gone from my library on my kindle and in my Audible Manager. Still waiting for an explanation Audible.
Solid performance by Wil Wheaton in Fuzzy Nation. I can't really recall the performance in Little Fuzzy because Audible or Amazon stole from the file back before I could finish listening to it.
Seriously what the hell Audible. I used a credit to purchase a dual audio book Piper's Little Fuzzy, and Scalzi's reboot. I want my Little Fuzzy audio book back, or a really good explanation as to why you removed files from my hard drives or libraries after I had purchased them. I bought one thing and you changed the deal after the fact. Very displeased with this result.
"Not Epic but so enjoyable"
Great fun listen, really enjoyed every minute of it - well read by Wil Wheaton and fast, interesting story.
"Charming Wil Wheaton"
A light, entertaining listen charmingly narrated by Wil Wheaton. Wil does a great job with this story and you can hear how much fun he is having with it. I had a smile on my face throughout and if you are familiar with him as an actor you will imagine him in the star role! It's a relatively short book at 7 hours listening time, however it's a good story and well written. Definitely worth the 7 hours of my time. I wasn't sure about another novel narrated by Wil Wheaton, however this performance has decided it for me and so I'll be downloading "Ready Player One" next!
The storyline was excellent and, having read the book it was based on, I was pleased with how well John Scalzi adapted his story.
The part when Fuzzy spoke was done so well by the narrator that I could almost see him stood there.
The fact that John Scalzi wrote the story before asking H Beam Piper's estate if he could publish it. I also liked the fact that the narrator and author were friends so I knew the narration was done the way the author would have wanted.
It made me laugh and cry and gasp aloud and I was very emotionally involved throughout.
"Feel good book"
I have not read this book or its progenitor, which is good since I had preconceived ideas. So no wonder I loved this book from the go. Wil Wheaton's narration style fits Scalzi's books perfectly - it's an easy going, enjoyable listen. Scalzi doesn't write descriptions, just great dialogues and story - I think this is a perfect format for audiobook.
All in all it's a nice story full of twists and humor, and for me the addition of original book 'Little Fuzzy' by H. Beam Piper was a great bonus.
"I love Scalzi's SciFi works"
As already said in the title, I love Scalzi's SciFi works. So was it also with Fuzzy nation. It was very well thought through, very lively and immaginable. It gave a lot to thing about also afterwards. Yes, on many occasions probability seemed overruled, but it was still very much enjoyable. After all, isn't playing with What Ifs the idea of books?
After I finished Fuzzy nation and started Piper's Little fuzzy, every time I managed to listen to only about 10-15 minutes and then fell asleep. Even when awake, my mind start to wander around. It is interesting though, but not as much as Scalzi's part.
The most interesting part in listening both versions is to see, how a new author can change it. In this case Scalzi gave a much better feeling and substance to the same idea and made it work for me. So I have to say, that I loved it a lot.
This book is punchy, well told and has a lovely anti-corperate message. It's got a good structure to it and moves on at a brisk pace. The characters are very likable as well. I can't really fault it...
"Another brilliant book.."
I only found John Scalzi last year and think his writing and books are brilliant. This is no exception. A re-write of a book from the sixties, which you get free and I'm still working my way through, called Little Fuzzy. Fuzzy Nation is compelling, funny and tragic - I actually got a tear in my eye. Will Wheaton is exceptional as the narrator. Can't recommend highly enough and you don't have to be a sci-fi fan to enjoy this.
"Caught by surprise."
I was unaware of H Beam Piper's book that inspired this delightful surprise read. I had no expectations and was caught from the first by its convoluted and almost sneaky charm. Little fuzzies are adorable (I want to meet one) but I have to say that John Scalzi has caught the humanesque essence of dogness without anthropomorphicism (is that a real word?? LOL) and I was immediately sucked in (no, dogs are not the primary focus of the story, Carl was the bait on the hook for me). I was also tangled in the surprise twists and turns in the plot which resolved very satisfactorily. I was sorry to reach the end. A good deal of the pleasure was enhanced by the narrator. Some narrators have such vocal ability that its almost like listening to a whole cast of actors, Will Wheaton managed this without without changing his voice much yet neverthless was able to create distinct and separate qualities to the individual characters in the story so there was no confusion as to who was "talking". I really enjoyed both the style of writing, the words constructing this story and the way it was told. Very highly recommended. I already look forward to hearing it again!
A good book doesn't necessarily make a good audiobook. Fuzzy Nation however is perfect. Fantastic narration by Wil Wheaton. You can tell he has given a lot of thought beforehand but he's also one of those people who just has a pleasant voice you enjoy listening to. I found Fuzzy Nation fun, involving with plenty of hooks to keep me interested. As a bonus the original Little Fuzzy is thrown in which is the icing on the cake.
"An Excellent Reworking"
I love John Scalzi; I'd waited a while for his latest work and I wasn't disappointed. Scalzi always tells a great story and is witty when doing so.
This is a massive complement from me but he reminds me of the great Douglas Adams. Please live a long and productive life Mr Scalzi.
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