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)
I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.
This book is a reboot of a classic novel (this is explained in the introduction by John Scalzi), and it's pretty damned good. If you've read any of Scalzi's other novels, and you enjoyed them, you'll enjoy this too. It's witty, smart, well paced, etc. Wil Wheaton is excellent (again) as the narrator. But wait there's more! After you're done with the John Scalzi novel, then the original novel begins. My initial thought was, I just heard this story, but that's not the case. The very general plot of the book, "a prospector discovers a fuzzy animal in his shack" is the same. After that, the stories are their own, both enjoyable, well written, and narrated perfectly. If you don't enjoy both novels, chances are you don't speak English, in which case what the hell are you doing reading this?
Absolutely, Narrator does a fantastic job. The book is funny and spellbinding.
Good guy is an ex-lawyer turned surveyor who distributes justice with a quick tongue and sly wit.
Very honest and interesting, tho after hearing the first part it is very difficult to try and listen to the 2nd part (the original book). Mostly because the first part is just so good! Hard to live up to I guess
Any time Holloway pisses someone off
Alien yet familiar in the best kind of way
If you liked Ready Player One this will have this will have a similar underdog appeal, and the same great performer! The difference is you 80s freaks and gamers won't have any of those nostalgia connections.
First Scalzi. I was a little hesitant when I heard in the author notes that this was a remake or take off from a previous book. Having not read the original, I have no complaints. The story seemed fresh to me...
Wil Wheaton did a great job here as he did with Ready Player One (pretty sure that was Wil) in fact some of the character names were similar enough to send your mind on little dead ends trying to remember the connections.
Possible that someone would make this into a movie, but it might be short on action and a good chase scene...
Recommend this for all age groups. When I finished I had a big smile on my face. Totally enjoyed and will read again in the future. This book is up with my favourites.
I have always loved reading, helping people to find a passion for these amazing books lead me to work in a local bookstore.
The story of this novel offers great food for thought, how would humans deal with the discovery of a new intelligent species, how would corporate interests weigh when placed on the scales against the sanctity of a species right to grow in their own world?
This book provides an excellent opportunity to think about these questions and Scalzi's hero leaves you with an impression of truly weighing these questions for himself in the novel without ever simply spelling it out, this balance keeps the book from devolving into simple preaching about the expansion of a more powerful culture into the territory of a less powerful one.
I would also suggest reading Old Man's War by Scalzi.
I would reccomend this story to a friend because it is very true to the feeling and spirit of the original which has been one of my favorites of all times.
It was very memorable when you learned more about the motives behind the actions of the characters.
I love the different personalities Will was able to bring to the characters through his use of inflection and tone.
I listen while I commute and I force myself to wait until my next commute to continue. This one I found myself wanting to find a reason to take a drive just so I could continue.
This story is good, interesting, and well read - with the exception of the obtrusive "he said" "she said" after many lines of rapid fire dialog. However, it is a fundamentally new take on a very loose framework of the original. The character of key characters and of the fuzzy creatures themselves is changed. It is an entirely different story.
can't say without spoiler
fit the story very well
I laughed a couple of times
"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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