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)
this book ended up being the introduction to scalzi for me so it harbours a warm feeling in my comedic alien lawyer heart.
Well, the story was very rich and complex, but a lot of the plot points became obvious and thus a lot of the dialog tends to come across as verbose. So on a second read the issue would become unbearable. Having said that, it is an engaging storyline.
The plot points were very good. If the dialog pulled back a. Little bit it wand didn't spell everything out for me, it would have been incredibly good.
I haven't listened to other books, but I would. The plots are rich.
Spoiler?!! When hallway first met the fuzzier.
The dialog is noticeable verbose and spells out everything in too much detail. However the reason for this seems that the legalise might come across too complex. Good story.
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
Good story telling with a few nice morals thrown in. Very enjoyable. Adding it to my list of 5 ratings (I don't give too many 5s).
I bought this audiobook from Audible's Deal of the Day. I usually do not listen to or read this genre, but the book description was intriguing and I love the narrator. I am so thrilled that I did. It was a very entertaining, captivating book. Humor, heartbreak, good men, bad men, and fuzzies....what more do you need?!
Fuzzy Nation was like a science fiction fairy tale with the requisite happy ending. It will go on my list of 2nd listens.Great story, great narration, great fun!
Love listening to books and walking. Connected to Audible at least 6 hours a day.
I love stories with twists and giving it to the bad guy. If I only had a spaceship.
Say something about yourself!
An enjoyable story well told. However, Scalzi has a writing quirk that drives me nuts. It seems that every other sentence is followed by "Sullivan said" or "Evelyn said" or "Holloway said.." Interestingly, I had the same objections (magnified 10 fold) to Scalzi's "Redshirt." But in that book, the bad writing was intentional and served a purpose in the plot. In this book it's just plain annoying.. It occurs where no attribution is needed because it's obvious which character is speaking. It occurs where alternative phrases would serve better, e.g., "he mused" or "she blurted out" or any of a thousand other words. It just makes it all sound so sophomoric. Too bad because it's an excellent story despite that irritating quirk and other than that, Scalzi tells it well. I really did enjoy the book. Wil Wheaton's narration is adequate although he does speak a bit too rapidly and, except for the voice of the alien, does not try to provide different voices for the various characters. But I don't know that one can fault him for that. It's just another style. .
Yes, already have. It's entertaining and well performed by Wil Wheaton.
The protagonist was delightfully abrasive.
I listened to Red Shirts, which I also enjoyed very much. Fuzzy Nation had a tighter plot than Red Shirts, and Wheaton was the perfect reader for it. In case it's important to anyone, Fuzzy Nation is suitable for age 10+ (though younger kids might lose some nuances), whereas Red Shirts might be for an older (15+) crowd.
"Further proof that size doesn't matter."
Well, maybe not. But it definitely should be made into a movie.
"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.
"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).
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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