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)
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Scalzi has written an amazing update of this story. I tried listening to the original, "Little Fuzzy", and was unable to get over the stereotypes that were there. Scalzi has made the story modern while keeping the essence of the original. From Carl's first appearance to Halloway's final words, I truly enjoyed hearing the story in Wil Wheaton's voice. Wheaton did an excellent job with the characters, ascribing a different voice to each of them, giving the listener true enjoyment. The only negative was that chapter breaks seemed to have a "pregnant" pause. I recommend this to anyone who truly enjoys science fiction.
Yes. Good characters, classic sci-fi story. Excellent performance.
Jack Holloway (Protagonist). Sort of an anti-hero, but good guy.
The intro makes it clear that this is a re-imagining of a classic novel.
Wheaton is improving as an audio performer & does well at conveying emotion.
Yes, but it would be a spoiler.
Any fan of classic Sci-fi will like this & the second half is the original story, which though written for the 60s, is still a great listen & different enough from Fuzzy Nation that they didn't seem redundant.
Enjoy the adventure
If you want to wag your tail while listening to a fairly good book, Fuzzy Nation will fit the bill. Purist don't like that this rewrite of a classic, but I enjoyed the update. Much more action and less philosphical discussions. Includes one of my favorite themes, little people standing up to the big, evil corportation.
By pure accident, I listened to the original book first, and I'm glad I did! It was fantastic; one of those books I couldn't wait to hear more of! The new version... not bad, I guess. There were plenty of interesting bits, but the main character didn't do much to make himself likable.
Only a deaf person could enjoy the terrible performance of awful dialog in this mess.
Fuzzy Nation has definitely turned me off on this author. The dialog was so badly written that it was painful to listen to. Can't imagine wanting to go through that torture again...
Wil reads everything in a single voice. No vocal differentiation between characters. The good audible book narrators give each character a different voice, so it is clear who is talking, without having to resort to
The story was OK, but the dialog was so stilted and peppered with
I enjoy listening to Mr. Scalzi's previous works, but I have to admit that after the first hour or so of this particular piece, I was singularly uninterested in finishing the audiobook. Artistic license and a ho-hum performance detract from what is actually a pretty good story. Maybe it's just me, but I wasn't really feeling it.
Scalzi wrote another good book. I laughed, cried, got mad at idiot characters and just had a good time listening to this book. I enjoy all the Scalzi books I have listened to. he's a great story teller. Wil Wheaton did a good job of narrating also, He and John Scalzi were a good pair of readers in this book.
If I could change one this I would delete part 1 of this book. The second part is the original book Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper.
The author turned the main character, Jack Holloway, into a dishonest sneaky corporate flunky. In the original Jack was a strong honest character whom one felt was behaving out of true compassion and concern for the Fuzzies. Nothing can save this rewrite. I suggest just reading the original.
I think the author could have written a different book and left the classic alone.
I would go see a movie based on "Little Fuzzy." However I highly doubt I would see one based on Scalzi's version.
I highly praise the original book by H. Beam Piper, which is the second part of this book. The only reason to buy this book is for the second part.
I really enjoyed Wil Wheaton's performance of this story. He did a fantastic job of conveying emotion as he voiced each character. The one thing that I didn't enjoy was the author's overuse of the word 'said', as in:
"Hey, let's go to the store", Johnny said.
"Sure, I would like to go to the store", Harvey said.
"OK, let's go to the store together!" Johnny said.
"That sounds like a plan!" Harvey said.
"We might want to take some umbrellas in case it rains", Johnny said.
"That's not a bad idea at all", Harvey said.
"I think I remember seeing my umbrella in the back seat of your car", Johnny said.
"No, I just cleaned out the car yesterday and didn't see it there", Harvey said.
"Liar", Johnny said.
"Am not", Harvey said.
"Are too", Johnny said.
Well, you get the idea. Having to hear the word 'said' repeated ad nauseam over the course of *any* conversation in this book was a distraction that took my out of the story. I really wish the author had a book of synonyms handy while writing this book. Words and phrases such as replied, questioned, interjected, interrupted, wondered aloud, stated, inquired, etc. would've been great. Or, hey, perhaps an intelligent reader would intuitively know who was speaking during a conversation without the need to remind readers of who was speaking and the end of *every sentence*.
Bottom line: if you believe that you can get through this book without letting the word 'said' bother you after you've heard it seventeen hundred and thirty eight times (a guesstimate) then you will enjoy this book immensely.
Law students seeking a bit of relief during their studies might read this tale which exercises legal dialog and court proceedings etiquette in solving the adventurous problems of a "scooby-do" like character with a nice dog and "fuzzy" alien friends.
No, no possibility of literature coming from this lawyer.
Help! Couldn't finish it.
"Another brilliant book.."
I only found John Scalzi last year and think his writing and books are brilliant. This is no exception. A re-write of a book from the sixties, which you get free and I'm still working my way through, called Little Fuzzy. Fuzzy Nation is compelling, funny and tragic - I actually got a tear in my eye. Will Wheaton is exceptional as the narrator. Can't recommend highly enough and you don't have to be a sci-fi fan to enjoy this.
"Caught by surprise."
I was unaware of H Beam Piper's book that inspired this delightful surprise read. I had no expectations and was caught from the first by its convoluted and almost sneaky charm. Little fuzzies are adorable (I want to meet one) but I have to say that John Scalzi has caught the humanesque essence of dogness without anthropomorphicism (is that a real word?? LOL) and I was immediately sucked in (no, dogs are not the primary focus of the story, Carl was the bait on the hook for me). I was also tangled in the surprise twists and turns in the plot which resolved very satisfactorily. I was sorry to reach the end. A good deal of the pleasure was enhanced by the narrator. Some narrators have such vocal ability that its almost like listening to a whole cast of actors, Will Wheaton managed this without without changing his voice much yet neverthless was able to create distinct and separate qualities to the individual characters in the story so there was no confusion as to who was "talking". I really enjoyed both the style of writing, the words constructing this story and the way it was told. Very highly recommended. I already look forward to hearing it again!
A good book doesn't necessarily make a good audiobook. Fuzzy Nation however is perfect. Fantastic narration by Wil Wheaton. You can tell he has given a lot of thought beforehand but he's also one of those people who just has a pleasant voice you enjoy listening to. I found Fuzzy Nation fun, involving with plenty of hooks to keep me interested. As a bonus the original Little Fuzzy is thrown in which is the icing on the cake.
"An Excellent Reworking"
I love John Scalzi; I'd waited a while for his latest work and I wasn't disappointed. Scalzi always tells a great story and is witty when doing so.
This is a massive complement from me but he reminds me of the great Douglas Adams. Please live a long and productive life Mr Scalzi.
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