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)
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
When you download you'll get Fuzzy Nation AND Little Fuzzy. Little Fuzzy was the original book and Fuzzy Nation is an update and a rewrite.
The two books have different strengths and weaknesses. Fuzzy Nation was mostly plot driven, with character development only for the central character. The writing style was a little thin, but the plot carried me along so I didn't mind.
I loved the fuzzy animals, and the book kept me well entertained. The one thing that absolutely drove me crazy about it was the overuse of "said". When you are reading you can skip over that, but when it is being read to you it is like a hammer rapping on your skull. XXX, said A. YYY, said B. Oh, said A. Yes, said B.
Little Fuzzy is much more richly written and character driven, but less captivating. I admit to writing this review while only half way thru Little Fuzzy - I'm not completely sure I'm going to finish it.
If you like your sci fi mix with comedy like the greats Douglas Adams and Robert Asprin then this book is for you. I loved it. I wish I could find more books that can deliver the mix of sci fi and comedy like the greats. I will be listening to his other books now and see how they turned out.
Wil Wheaton did a good job on the reading and making the comedy come across in the way it was intended.
A business professional with a voracious reading habit. My favorites are crime dramas and sci-fi/fantasy, but the occasional romance or history read is great too.
This is one of the best stories I have read on Audible.com. I had never read Little Fuzzy. I can see why H. Beam Piper's family allowed this book to be published.
Jack Holloway, he isn't what you expect.
Wil Wheaton is fantastic!! I am a big fan of his acting and now he just re-enforced my enjoyment of his talents. John Scalzi has done a great job! I am a fan now.
Not wanting to provide any spoilers, but the security tape after the cabin burned down.
If you want a very good story with mild twists and turns, some laughs and heart string pulling, this is the story for you. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the bonus of having the original story makes it just that much better.
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