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 purchased this book several months ago and then somehow forgot about. I am so happy that I was looking through my library and found it. This was a wonderful listen. Fuzzy Nation is ultimately a story about Jack Holloway, a disbarred attorney who now works as an independent prospector for ZaraCorp on the planet Zarathustra. Jack’s discovery of the mother lode of all mother lodes and his nearly concurrent “discovery” of some small, extremely cute, cat-like creatures, which may or may not be sentient and that he calls the “Fuzzies,” sets the stage for the story.
While the coincidences abound and I am certain that some will see this tale as too simplistic—the bad guys are indeed very bad and have few (really no) redeeming qualities and the good guys are generally pretty good with some minor flaws thrown in—I found it to be a good tale well told. The story had enough twists and turns with an odd yet interesting legal overlay to make it a compelling listen..
Absolutely, because I want to remember this book forever!
I don't know about a book, but Dances With Wolves after the main character went back to white society to advocate for a Nation. Maybe Avatar the movie also is somewhat similar.
Jack Holloway is definitely my favorite . He starts off being selfish and a jerk, and it's hard to think what he's up to. It's obvious he's got a plan and as the book unfolds its hard not to love the terd. Lol!
Ill say equal moments when an innocent person is mourned by two people at different times in the story. It moved me deeply.
I can see why this book won awards and would be an awesome movie. It's a story that all society can learn from.
This was a fun and easy listen. The story is pretty straightforward... not a lot of surprises... but the characters are good and the writing style is nice. The narrator is good as well.
The reading by Wil Wheaton breathed more life into this book, than I ever could have by reading it in print. It was a pitch perfect performance, and he did all the characters justice. His timing was perfect in delivering the humor as well. Bravo!
You just gotta love Karl and Papa, but you are forced to respect Jack in the end. Why? I'm not going to drop a spoiler!
Kudos to H. Beam Piper for the original classic, but John Scalzi hit it out of the park with this re-write. You don't realize how much, until you listen to the original that is included in the download.
I am so grateful that the Piper Estate saw fit to let John Scalzi publish his book.
Southern IT guy that is a christian and loves scifi. I hated all the reading in school, found out later in life that I love being read to.
I got this book because of Wil Wheatons reads of Ready Player One and Red Shirts (other great books). I loved this story and highly suggest reading this. It is a short read and has this recording also has the original Fuzzy story so you get a 2fer.
I could hardly stop listening even when I could tell there were some dark events coming. This book reminded me of the favourite science fiction stories of my youth with the "cowboy" on an alien planet trying to eke out a living and not get killed by various nasties that lurk in the shadows. There are cute aliens, a love interest, bad guys, cool spaceships and Wil Wheaton narrating. Top notch for me, very easy to listen to and easy to follow.
Hello there, I listen at least 8 hours a day. If you would like me to review your book please send me a copy. Warning I review FAIRLY!
The book truly made you fall in love with the Fuzzies, while enjoying the rapid development of the lead. For the length of the book its amazing how well the character development took place.
Also being that this is a rewrite and the original is included, it was wonderful to hear the different takes on the same story.
Fuzzy Nation is very hard to compare to other books. It is pretty unique in many ways. I can say if you enjoy "buddy" books, or those that involve alien life that is truly different, then odds are you will enjoy this one.
After listening to Wheaton's performance in Ready Player One, I was impressed he was able to keep the same great performance going in a much shorter much different novel. I hope to hear many more book read by Wil Wheaton!
I did listen to this book in one sitting. Being that it was less than 8 hours long and kept a frantic pace throughout the entire book, it is very easy to get lost in.
Some may miss that this book, though it has 2 parts, is actually the same book twice over. However the book was rewritten, and there are many differences between the two. I personally recommend you listen to the older version of the book first, which would be part 2.
I was very surprised at the difference between the two books, they had many things in common, but were greatly different, yet in the end told the same story. It is truly rare to find this sort of thing, and its an experience well worth having.
Avid audiobook addict!
Totally unrealistic dialogue. Laughable descriptions of "business negotiations". Wil Wheaton is probably the most annoying narrator possible.
Fun. Engaging. Enjoyable.
It's kind of a lighter, more fun version of "Speaker for the Dead" in that similar issues are at the core.
Wil just nails the delivery that John Scalzi must have intended.
I laughed a lot.
Get this book. You'll enjoy it a lot.
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