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)
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This is my first 5 star listen in my 16 years as an audible listener. This story was like the perfect meal. It was well balanced, charming, not too sweet, not too heavy but still had substance; it was fun but not stupid with the perfect narrator. It was and is completely satisfying.
I enjoyed it so much I made my daughter (aged 40+) listen to it and she was just as charmed. I will listen to it again on my next long drive and enjoy again and I can't listen to many things twice.
I listened to part of the second half which was the original story and while it had all the same ingredients, it was just not the same caliber and I couldn't finish it. It was, however, interesting how the same information presented differently could make such disparate impressions.
I have recommended this book to several friends! This book really gets you in the head of the main character, in a way that you can witness the hilarious internal dialogue that goes on in our heads already unnoticed.
The 'I can't put it down' ness of the story.
Yes. Very Yes.
Scalzi's "reboot" was nicely done, and Wil Wheaton does a great job. The original version was a nice addition, although the narrator for that story was robotic at times.
The universe rearranges itself to accomodate your picture of reality.
I really liked this story. It was fun and the humor was right up my alley.
I have listened to several Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi's other books. I have enjoyed every one of them. The stories are hilarious and Wil does a great job as narrator.
I've listened to both Fuzzy Nation and Little Fuzzy (the original story) and they are both great books with very different paths to the end. I found Fuzzy Nation to be a little more realistic in terms of today's society, but I am sure in another fifty years there might be room for an even more updated book and we'll have the Fuzzy Solution or something like that. Anyhow, listen to both. They are equally good.
My only disappointment is the rest of the Fuzzy series are not available in audible formats.
Reboots/Reimaginings are common these days in film, but this is the first time I've seen it done with a book. This is a revision of H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy. It is fascinating to see what Scalzi thought needed to change and what stayed the same.
I missed this in the description, but the book is in two parts. But it turns out the Scalzi version is the first part, and the Piper version is the second part. Was a surprise to me.
There are two readers, and Wheaton's version of Scalzi is excellent. I'm not sure who did the Piper version, but it was very strange. Holloway's voice is almost annoying.
Listening to the old one is reminiscent of an episode of Mad Men, except every character doesn't have despicable morals. But they do all smoke and drink any chance they get and women play a small role in the book.
Overall the Scalzi version is the quality you'd expect from him - high. Wheaton is an excellent reader. The Piper version is good, but the reader leaves something to be desired. Together they are a study in culture and time.
An update of an older work from a much-loved series. The situation and characters are stock-issue: a rapacious company, an insubordinate contractor, strong-minded former girl friend, cute aliens. Minor characters are more interesting. Plotting is serviceable. Although the genre is sci-fi, the overtones are 1950s American detective fiction/courtroom drama. Perry Mason meets fuzzy aliens. Scalzi draws you into the drama, and the last 1/3 of the book is superb...I almost ran my car to empty, because I did not want to interrupt the story.
anti-hero, clever, and modern
The Dexter series, because of anti-hero themes,
Blade runner because of a number of parallel plot points
Wil is a very solid and dramatic reader who doesn't waste time with ridiculous over-the-top falsettos or other bizarre character voices. He puts emphasis on the character rather than himself.
While I didn't due to other demands on my time, It certainly would have held my interest well enough to listen to it in a single sitting.
This was my third Scalzi/Wheaton book (Red Shirts and Agent to the stars were the others....highly reccomend both, especially Red Shirts)
Yes. Good character development. Witty writing kept it interesting.
Won't give it away
Very strong naration. Great inflection.
wont give it away
I really enjoyed the rewrite by John Scalzi. The added humor, the character changes and modification of the story line appealed to me. In comparison, the original seemed flat and uninteresting.
Wil Wheaton is now one of my favorite narrators!
"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.
"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).
"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.
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