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)
One of the most entertaining and clever audio books I've ever heard!
Unique story line.
All of it was spot on!
I would recommend it only to a very few of my friends that like this form on dialogue. It is not sci fi enough and it should state that this is court date. Most lawyer types I know don't like sci fi. Most sci fi don't like to spend time in court but want to deal with blusters.
The dialogue is more tiresome. He over uses adjectives and the he said she said. It was a little too much in red shirts in a court case it just makes me want to stop listening.
Wheaton is the only reason I listened all the way, he is able to make the tiresome he siad she said and long court sessions bearable.
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The core idea is great, I would keep that without mentioning tech at all, but where needed.
I had not read Little Fuzzy, so I didn't have a basis for comparison. This was a good science fiction book, especially as far as the story of the Fuzzies developed, gradually showing their real nature and abilities. I enjoyed the courtroom drama aspect of the story - something not usually found in science fiction. Like others, I thought the book continued in part 2 and, nearing the end of part 1, couldn't figure where the story would go...until I realized that part 2 was the original - Little Fuzzy. I started listening to that one and saw how great the differences were in the 2 books, so I've put that one off for later. My thought is that whichever book you've read first, the other will not fare well in comparison.
This is good old fashioned sci if
I liked the interactions between the main character and the Fuzzies
He talks good
Turns into a court room drama in the end, but I love first contact stories, this is a good one.
I haven't read the print version, but I think the audio version may be better. Wil Wheaton's narration was great and really added to to story.
The opening scene was probably my favourite. It was unexpected, funny, and quickly pulled me in..
Honestly, I didn't expect much from this book. The description made it sound like an interesting but tacky story. But I was completely mistaken. It's well written, funny and thought provoking. I would definitely read it again.
This is a very contemporary new version by John Scalzi of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic 'Little Fuzzy'. In both versions possibly sapient creatures are discovered on an alien planet that humans are exploiting through mining.
A wonderful feature with the Scalzi audiobook is that a reading by Peter Ganim of the original 'Little Fuzzy' is included as a bonus. I listened to this original story first and am glad I did. It is a very good story and Ganim does an excellent reading, using a variety of character voices.
I decided to listen to Scalzi's version straight after Piper's original and at first was unsure if that was a wise decision. Initially I was struck by the change of tone in the new version; the characters spoke and acted like they were in a contemporary US sitcom. But as I continued to listen I came to appreciate just how cleverly and creatively Scalzi had adapted the basic story for today's readers. Wil Wheaton does a more conventional reading (narrating the story rather than producing a series of differing voices) but this is perfectly suited to Scalzi's take on the Fuzzy tale.
I finished the audiobook(s) feeling admiration for both versions of the story, and for the performances by the readers.
"This is my review of Fuzzy Nation," Luke said. "A very interesting book with a few flaws."
"What flaws?" the reader said.
"Nothing much," Luke said.
"Then...?" the reader said.
"They say 'said' too much." Luke said. "It feels like an hour of the recording could have been saved if the sentences were slightly longer and people 'said' less."
The reading by Wil Wheaton was amazing, he really carried the roles he needed to play, and was able to vary the tone and sound of his voice to allow for each new character to feel different. No overacting, no silly tricks, this is a great reading.
The source material, however, made even this reading slightly annoying. It might just be my personal preference, but the sheer amount of people saying things as read in this book was staggering. People would say a word, and then you'd hear "he said." After three hours of this you start getting really tired of this.
Still, the story was fairly compelling, and the main character, while a rapscallion and a liar comes off as personable and has his heart in the right place, even if his motives are self-centred at times.
Perhaps the book itself allows you to gloss over the "he said/she said" stumbling block, but for me the recording's greatest downfall was this slight annoyance that is like a pebble in my shoe as I walk through this fascinating world.
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I never read the Little Fuzzy, the original, but I really liked the rewrite of Fuzzy Nation. Great fast fun and classic sci fi. If I could bleep out the occasional swearing, I would use this audiobook as a bedtime story for any young adult to start them getting into science fiction. The story is well balance and entertaining for any kid that has an Attention Deficit Disorder. Fuzzy Nation sort of reminds me of Ender's Game, but with a lot more dialogue between the characters. The innocent of those cute fuzzy talking animals and the trial in the courtroom, makes Fuzzy Nation a recommended read for the tween demographic for science fiction.
Although the performance was excellent, I would not recommend this to friends. I'd encourage them to read the original books by Piper.
It fell short of the story telling of Piper.
I do not think it needs a follow-up book. I think the originals need to be made into audio books.
Over all, I was very disappointed in the story itself. H. Beam Piper wrote a bit of magic with his series, and this just left me feeling flat. If there was a money back guarantee, I'd be asking for my money back. I'd recommend the original books.
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