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)
A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!
I have loved the Little Fuzzies for years. This retelling is great. It isn't the same story by any means, but is well done. Best of all, it is funny! John Scalzi is great, and I love his books. This is much more believable than the original in my opinion.
Wil Wheaton does a wonderful job narrating this book. I've listened to a couple of others he's done, and I'm impressed. Knowing that he is the narrator always makes me more inclined to purchase a book.
The original book Little Fuzzy is included, so you can listen to both. Now, will John Scalzi rewrite some of the Little Fuzzy sequels? Puuuuuleeeeease?
I enjoyed both the narration and the story in the first part of the book containing the renewed original novel. So for that this was a worthy listen with the one drawback that it was to short. The original novel I didn't bother listening to since I felt I already got the story.
The main characters with and personality, and and of course the little fuzzy's. I would love to meet those characters again in another book.
Fuzzy Nation was enjoyable and a pleasure to listen too. Little Fuzzy, the book on which it was based, was included as bonus material. Although it introduced the important question of "What is sentient?" (I suspect this is why John Scalzi liked it so much). It was kind of dry for me; I thought Fuzzy Nation was much better.
Graphic designer and University professor. I love comics and to be always learning something new!
Loved the way the author re-wrote the story, has an amazing performance... You won't regret it!
I am getting more book from this author right now!
It was a very pleasant surprise to finish the first file, and start the next file only to have Little Fuzzy by H Beam Piper included. Wil Wheaton's performance of Fuzzy Nation was spectacular as always.
Scalzi takes characters that we all remember and puts a new spin on them. Great Science Fiction and I think H Beam Piper would have enjoyed this story
Of course, the original Little Fuzzy but with more grit and body.
I've heard Wheaton narrate before. He does a great job on Fuzzy Nation.
People are people no matter how small.
Enjoyable read, bear in mind that Scalzi's retooling of Little Fuzzy is only the first part of this book. Part II is the original story by Piper.
Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.
With a honorable no-nonsense protagonist and cute furry (well, fuzzy) creatures, what's not to love?
I really enjoyed John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy as well as Wil Wheaton's reading. However, I have to echo another reviewer's comments about the overuse of "said." There are so many creative ways to help a reader (or listener) follow dialog flow that I can't get it. John Scalzi get's five stars for story creativity, but three for style and language mechanics.
Including the original was a great idea. I can see why Scalzi thought it could use a facelift, but I really enjoyed both the story and the reading, anyway.
I found this novel to be a compelling story, I had difficulty interrupting it to perform my normally scheduled duties. Mr. Scalzi showed himself to be skilled at making his scenario and characters believable and creating the necessary twists and turns so that one both cared about the characters and could not predict what was going to happen next.
Wil Wheaton did his usual terrific job of relating the story.
The book really ends at Part One. The book did not need Part Two. Part One was funny, entertaining, and well-performed. Part Two was so disappointing, I had to stop listening after an hour. It's worth it to buy this audio just to have Part One.
Let the Wookiee win.
The contrast between the two stories is utterly amazing. John did an amazing job rewriting Little Fuzzy and I was thrilled listening to it and trying to work out what everyones angle was.
Wil Wheaton is an incredible reader and I'll happily buy something on his narration alone.
There was one part but it's been a while since I listened to it.
Both books are fantastic sci-fi, but in this instance, I think Scalzi's reworking makes it better than the original.
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