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.
©2011 John Scalzi (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
“[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)
Addicted to audible. One the best things that happened to me
I listened to this thriller because I have some kind of affection to sci-fi and the ratings were high. The narrator really drew me in immediately with a very passionate voice and the story started building up. It took great twists and turns almost I lived it. The nice thing is that it turned into a legal thriller; I guess I learned a lot there.
I is worth your credit if you enjoy happy endings
I definitely would, The performances made me feel like I had experienced the story myself.
Scalzi has a great ability to get you invested in a set of characters, and then play your emotions. There were times when I was glad I didn't have anyone around me because I was yelling with excitement (and hatred toward certain characters) at the development of the plot. This story (both the Scalzi re-spin and the original) really did a great job of entertaining.
I've listened to Wil Wheaton's performances before, If I see him billed ad the narrator, the book is automatically on my wish list. Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi are buddies, as Scalzi tells us in the introduction, and when they work together, I definitely want to hear it.
Yes. There were a few. I won't ruin the story for anyone, but like I said earlier, I was literally yelling as I listened, sometimes out of joy for some characters, and sometimes out of hatred toward others. This is just a great book, both of the stories are great. The climax and resolution of both left me emotionally satisfied.
I had added Little Fuzzy (the original story that Scalzi based his upon) to my wish list about 2 hours into the story, and was happy to learn that it was bundled with this download. Don't buy the other one by itself, it's included in this download! So this is a two-for, definitely worth my credit! A+++ will be listening to again.
I can't say it was better than print as i read this book so long ago, but it was really great to hear Wil Wheaton.
I've listened to this story dozens of times without tiring of it. Yes, the dialogue tags can be grating, but I hardly notice them any more. It's a great story of the little guy beating the heartless and greedy corporations and we need more of these.
Better if you drive a lot. I also enjoy holding a book and sitting in my chair to read.
Little Fuzzy, which was twinned with Fuzzy Nation.
No. well read.
I wouldn't...I prefer books.
It seems Scalzi made this book to be an audio book.
I love less than stereotypically morally "perfect" characters. That combined with being out of there element, in this case a lawyer turned prospector.
Scalzi gave a consise history of of this book and of his modernizing a classic story. Will Wheaton is far from my favorite narrator but he did this well he kept the characters distinct and moved at a palletable speed at least a "B+" performance.
Maybe "You can put all your eggs in this Fuzzy basket"?
Well Wil Wheaton was fantastic as narrator AMAZING!
fyi (He is from Star Trek The Next Generation as Wesley Crusher.)
It is just a fun, interesting and a very very personal ride through a possible situation on an alien planet in the future.
While it's not really a comedy per say it sure is funny in parts. :)
I am usually a serious sci fi person however I took a punt on this and was not disappointed.
Wesley Crusher is a very 'warm' reader you just like to listen to his voice.
yep sure was!
The actors who stared in TNG are very talented Wil is just one example of this.
This was an a very good story with good narrators. I think it is one of the better stories I have listened to but not the best.
The narrator was very good at conveying the different characters and emotions. Wil Wheaton was better then the second narrator at differentiating between characters.
I wish I had listened to the original first before hearing the updated version. Both stories were good and it was interesting to compare the two.
"Good straight forward science fiction"
I've never read the original (or, to be honest, heard of it). However this was an easy listen with a satisfying progression through the story. Good science fiction - not overplaying the technology or differences between our time and theirs. A story which tells itself straight - and well read by Wil Wheaton. Made me laugh in a few places too - and I wish the characters could be in further stories (generally a good indicator of a story enjoyed).
"Uncomplicated, cheerful sci fi - overall fun"
A engaging sci fi with a satisfyingly anti-corporate message and an overall upbeat mood although there was the odd bit that I found quite moving. Wil Wheaton is a great narrator - just right for the tone of book. And the fuzzies themselves are rather charming.
This book has a bit of everything, it made happy, sad and laugh. I really could ask for more from a book.
"Engaging super story"
Narration superb Great story rocks along touroughly enjoyed Would love to read a follow up to see how the characters evolved
"Straight five stars"
Scalzi only has four characters in his armoury, but boy they are great characters.
I love the way he inserts clever situations into a twisting plot, that retains momentum throughout.
This is an action story, courtroom drama and moral tale all rolled into one comedic novel.
Listen, enjoy, become a fan.
"A brilliantly Furtastic Novel"
A great reboot of the original Little Furry; it's understandable why the Piper estate agreed to John Scalzi's updated version. Excellently narrated by Wil Wheaton - as always - drawing us into this very well balanced book, with its subtle use of technology. Enabling us to follow the storyline of Furry discovery without being overwhelmed to the point of suffocation by future technologies.
Stop reading me drivelling on about how great yet another John Scalzi's novel is and read it. You'll not only thank me but want a Furry to boot!
Who wouldn't love a Furry
"Lovely retelling of a classic."
My only issue, the reuse of "He said" gets really obvious. Otherwise it was a great reworking of a classic story from the 60s.
Wasn't sure what to expect but took a risk with recommendations from Reddit. I flew through this book. Kept my attention 100% of the time and I was sad it was over. Wil Wheaton was perfect as usual. One of my top 10 books.
"Scalzi is an absolute must read"
This is an absolute fantastic read.Wil Wheaton is an exceptional narrator who brings John Scalzi's brilliant novel to life.I dare you not to fall in love with the Fuzzies.
"Funny and entertaining"
Easy read that's entertaining. It is reminiscent of it's 1962 heritage in a good way. It's got a charm rarely found in a lot of modern sci-fi - it's optimistic. I was surprised by the friendly (cuddly) aliens which was very funny and riveted by the interweaving resolution of the final court room drama. I found it very refreshing set against the slew of boring post/apocalyptic zombie/virus stories flooding the market. Enjoyable read, very well narrated by Will Wheaton (who I'm becoming a fan of for sci-fi books).
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