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)
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.
Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
yes it was entertaiming story. This book is two books in one the updated version and the original the book was bases on. So it was kind of like listening twice.
it would be spoiler moment so i won't say but the whole book is entertaining and not too long
Whil Wheaton was the perfect match. Heis who I would imagine the actor who would play that character. Kind of cocky with just the right amount of sensitivity and vulnerability.
This movie is literally for cat people.
great sci fi book with perfect choice for narrator
Software Designer & Armchair Philosopher
I listened to the old book first; I liked that one a lot. I was dubious about listening to the new one because it said in the preface that it was something like "more suitable for contemporary readers." Who knows what that would mean--super green, extra post modern, uber gender neutral. You never know..
But I'm happy to report that I got into it and ended up enjoying it--had to shake off my ideas about the characters from the original, especially the main character--pretty different. I'd say the new one had a more satisfying ending than the original, too.
In terms of performances, Scalzi read the original. His narrator voice is a little.. annoying? pretentious? Not sure, but it took getting used to. I liked his cowboy interpretation for the main character--kind of missed it in the new version with Wheaton.
Wheaton was consistently himself. I recently listened to Ready Player One--I thought he was perfect for that. This one, maybe not so much, but that, too, may have been due to the influence of hearing Scalzi first on the original.
Anyways, it was a fun listen, which is really all I look for in my audiobooks. :)
Sculptor and costumer
Scalzi bring s a nice sense of humor to the table in this reboot of H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy books. It is deep, but does not get too deep.
humor and handling of the characters.
Wil is a great narrator and I enjoy listening to him read the story.
This has a brevity to it that the originals did not have. You do not get lead down the road of getting to know the Fuzzy's and their human protectors as well in this reboot.
* Note the book is only about 7 hours long with the original book also being included at it's own 7 hours.
I quite enjoyed Fuzzy Nation as the plot was unexpected and enjoyable. I wish Scalzi would have included about 1/3rd more content toward scene setting and character development as the book was good but could have been great. The lead character is interesting and flawed, deserving a more in-depth character study. This isn't to say it was bad, just that the great story deserved a more detailed telling.
If you enjoy Sci-Fi it's a solid read and worth a credit but not on my A-list. Probably should be a 3.75 star book.
Story-wise, Scalzi regenerates a older story and makes it relevant, but the story's age still shows through. If you enjoy Scalzi's style and voice, there is still definitely something to enjoy here. But the accomplished reading by Wheaton makes this well worth your time if you're into sci-fi of any kind.
The inclusion of the original story, for free, pushes this into a solid 4 for me because I love more free content. Now if only Wheaton had read that one too...
John Scalzi has joined my elite list of top science fiction authors as he has apparently done with so many others. I started with Agent to the Stars and, after listening to Fuzzy Nation, am ready to indulge in his multi-book series. Reviews count, credits cost. Scalzi has had over 1,000 people submit reviews per book, and his ratings are higher than 4.5 out of 5 -- that should tell you something. It was Wil Wheaton's fabulous narration abilities that brought me to Scalzi. It is Scalzi's writing that has made me a fan. If you love science fiction and are looking for a good book, you need look no further. As a bonus, you will actually receive two books.
Fuzzy Nation downloads in two parts. Part I, narrated by Wil Wheaton, was Mr. Scalzi's Fuzzy Nation -- his rewritten update of the classic, Little Fuzzy, written by H. Beam Pipper. Part II is the original Little Fuzzy, narrated by Peter Ganim. I don't need to tell you the story, just get the book. There is humour, suspense, twists and turns, courtroom drama, an adorable "sentient" alien species, and just downright good story telling. I enjoyed being able to compare the two versions. Did I have a favorite? They were both good, but I'm giving the edge to the dog.
"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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