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)
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.
I laughed, I cried, I threw up in my mouth a little bit (there were a few icky bits). I always enjoy pokes at corporate greed and John Scalzi uses a pretty big stick in this story, The protagonist, Jack Holloway, is a selfish, arrogant, greedy S.O.B. - or is he? He manages to at the very least annoy and at worst to drive to homicide everyone he encounters; he says and does things many of us would like to say and do, but don't because we're chicken (or maybe too responsible or nice - nah, we're chicken) The other characters are interesting and Karl and the Fuzzies are adorable. When the story wasn't making me laugh out loud - literally - a bit embarrassing on public transit, by the way, it was making me unspeakably sad or violently enraged. Wil Wheaton brought the characters to life, using just the right inflections and injecting just the right quality and intensity of emotion for each character in each situation. His delivery was understated and he never overdid it. It was easy to distinguish between characters throughout the book. I LOVE this audiobook and definitely recommend it!
My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos.
I like Scalzi's books. I'm not sure what kind of license he had with this remake so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. This book was interesting but predictable. The court room stuff at the end should have been the home run run but it sorta fell in to "you're seen it before' predictability. I like I'll listen to the original next.
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 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
The is one of the best - up in the top 10%
When Papa was testifying, it brought tears to my eyes
The back story about the inception of the book was interesting. Wil brought the right amount of indignation and disrepect for authority...
made me laugh out loud more than once. This story is hilarious and Wil Wheaton's narration makes it even better. Topical and relevant as reinterpreted - with loving attention- to today's exploitations. Sadly of course, if this were taking place in DRC it wouldn't be very funny.
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.
"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.
"As delightful as the original"
I remember being so busy reading the original Little Fuzzy that I missed a train. This was just as enjoyable.
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