• Title: Fuzzy Nation
  • Author: John Scalzi
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Fuzzy Nation Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesn t care to talk about Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorp s headquarters on planet light years from the corporation s headquarters on Earth Jack is con
    Jack Holloway works alone, for reasons he doesn t care to talk about Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorp s headquarters on planet, 178 light years from the corporation s headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, 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 collapseJack Holloway works alone, for reasons he doesn t care to talk about Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorp s headquarters on planet, 178 light years from the corporation s headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, 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 widely known.

    One Reply to “Fuzzy Nation”

    1. All this week, I'm reading Fuzzy Nation for the audio book. Once again, I am overwhelmed with gratitude that I get to read a wonderful book, written by a wonderful author, and I get paid to do it.

    2. John Scalzi has accomplished that rarest of achievements, not only modernizing an idea and freshening it for a new generational audience, but also making it better. This wonderful book should be made into a film and directed by a collaboration of Joe Dante and Adam Sandler.In an editorial note, Scalzi describes writing Fuzzy Nation as a “reboot” of the classic 1962 science fiction novel Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper. Scalzi explains that as great a work as Piper had, it was clearly dated fro [...]

    3. Friendsis here is a Fuzzy**:**The tiny guy not the grunge rocker dudeFuzzies are like intelligent, bi-pedal cats the size of a raccoonwhich makes them just about as saturated in adorable and cuddle-worthiness as you can get. They are like ewoks only cute, smart, endearing, pleasant to be around, brave, noble, plot-enhancing and 100% non-assclowny:Fuzzy Nation is a wonderfully successful reboot of H. Beam Piper’s popular, 1962 classic, Little Fuzzy. With deep respect for Piper’s original, whi [...]

    4. On Zara XXIII, disbarred lawyer and current mineral prospector Jack Holloway finds an unimaginably valuable seam of sunstones, one that will make him unbelievably rich. Shortly thereafter, Holloway meets some of the world's native life, catlike creatures he names Fuzzys. Unfortunately, the Fuzzys appear to be sentient, putting Jack's, and ZaraCorp's, claim on the trillion credit sunstone seam in jeopardy. What's a prospector to do?The Scalz does it again. Fuzzy Nation is a hilarious re-imagingin [...]

    5. I never read the original story Scalzi drew inspiration from (H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy).Despite the fact that I read this blind, I really enjoyed the book. It had all the pleasantly nostalgic feel of a classic golden-age sci-fi story, but without the ponderous description and opaque language that tends to make some of those older stories less than easy reading.

    6. I have never read a John Scalzi novel before, but I certainly don't think this will be my last. Fuzzy Nation is apparently a "reboot" of an earlier science fiction classic, although that's a novel with which I am unfamiliar (so I can't offer any comparisons to how Scalzi's reimagining of the novel measures up to the original). What I can say is that Scalzi's novel is both humorous and thought-provoking.Fuzzy Nation is set in a future where mankind has successfully managed deep space exploration [...]

    7. Fuzzy Nation, a retelling of H. Beam Piper's classic Little Fuzzy, is a quick and fairly easy read, but one that I thoroughly enjoyed. I would sit down, and fifty pages would fly by faster than it seemed they possibly could. Here is not dense narrative prose. This is straightforward, moves along well, and is often funny and always entertaining. Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.In t [...]

    8. I am giving this one five stars because it was funny, very entertaining and all in all an excellent read!If you do not normally read science fiction do not be put off because that is a very minor part of it. Okay so there are space ships and a few non human creatures but basically the story is about the awful things we can do to the environment in order to make money and how sometimes a few people come forward to fight the fight and maybe even win.Jack is an unlikely hero but a very likeable one [...]

    9. This was delightful. It made me chuckle a lot but it also made me very sad. I think its an excellent commentary on what we would do as a race if we ever travel amongst the stars. As a general point, I don't know how I feel about book reboots. I hate the film industry for doing nothing but pointless reboots and I'd hate for books to follow suit. That said I havent read Little Fuzzy, the orginal version of this book that Scalzi updated. Thoughts? Are there very many book reboots out there? Do they [...]

    10. A quick, fun, humorous story about ecology, sustainable living, and ethics. A snarky unfortunate contractor, Jack Holloway, who’s down on his luck, accidentally struck gold which then sets in motion a series of events that pit him against Zaracorp, a powerful entity that more or less owns the planet and is looking to exploit Holloway’s discovery. In short, they want him out of the way, permanently, but he wouldn’t give in so easily. What follow are hilarious exchanges of corporate speak an [...]

    11. An adorable and fuzzy read :). It took me a while to warm up to the writing so that it read fluently. Its a short book and covers one thing, getting the fuzzies recognized as 'people'. This way the mining of the planet would stop and not emptied out. You follow Jack and his dog. There is an animal factor to this plot along with the fuzzies that makes it all cute.Its entertaining and funny with adventure :) Safe the fuzzies!3.5 stars~

    12. Simply awesome! This book really wasn't what I was expecting and I have to say I enjoyed it far more than I thought I would. I really liked the main characters and I have to say that Carl is one of my all time favourite characters! :) Jack is hilarious and complex and flawed and very real. I immediately enjoyed his attitude towards authority and found his banter with anyone who tried to enforce rules on him very amusing. The extensive cast of characters that Jack meets and encounters throughout [...]

    13. This was pure awesomness!!! HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!! Perfect for your first science fiction book or first John Scalzi book!

    14. I really liked this. I haven't read Piper's novel or forgot it if I ever did, so I can't make any comparisons. Typical of Scalzi, it was a quick, well told tale full of great characters. The hero of the story is wonderful. He's quite the rascal. This is a space opera, has an exotic clime, & a fairly obvious plot. If you're looking for SF entertainment, you'll find it here. No great revelations or enduring wisdom, but a hell of a lot of fun.Update: in March 2017, I finally got around to readi [...]

    15. Little Fuzzy is one of those books that has been recommending to me since I joined, so it's been going on for a while. I occasionally look at it but then look at when it was written and decide against it. Some things don't age well and I really had the impression I was going to be reading a story with Ewoks in it. Then I find out it's been remade, by Scalzi no less. OK, so now it's a must-read. Which I did in a day. And it wasn't what I thought it would be. It was much, much better and certainl [...]

    16. This was my introduction to John Scalzi’s work, and my first sci-fi of the year, and it was a lot of fun! Strange planets, cute creatures, corporate shenanigans, and not a single iota of romance. And a lovable dog companion!

    17. Fuzzy Nation is an interesting concept. Scalzi's book has the same characters, and is basically the same novel as Little Fuzzy, H. Beam Piper's award winning novel, just re-imagined and retold. Think of it as Little Fuzzy 2.0I have read Little Fuzzy and its sequels, including the well done book by William Tuning. Its interesting that Scalzi did not do a sequel or another book with similar aliens and similar events, but with his own characters.Scalzi, I would guess, if asked would state that his [...]

    18. [4.5 Stars] This one was pretty brilliant! Hilarious, witty, emotional, and even a little bit cheesy (both the good and bad kind of cheese), Fuzzy Nation will literally give you all of the fuzzy feelings, make you fist pump, and of course squeal in delight. I think I particularly loved how smart out main protagonist is. Sure he bugs you, but his dog is adorable so that makes up for it (mostly). This one was really close to a five star rating, like so freaking close, but something about the chees [...]

    19. I admit I've never read any of Mr. Piper's works but now I've got a real hankering to do so. I loved this story. It had everything. Furries, exploitation, edge-of-the-seat legal drama, and one hell of a tinseltown ending. I was almost swearing to myself that I was reading a Heinlein novel that was updated to modern standards until I realized, for the tenth time, that I was reading one of my favorite modern authors, Mr. John Scalzi, and I subsequently face-palmed myself. This was a quick and easy [...]

    20. So, the neighbor's cat looks up at me and meows. "What? You want in my house?" I ask, looking into his yellow eyes which are fixed on me, compelling me to interact with him.He looks 'hopefully' into my eyes."You think if you stare at me, I'm gonna get all mushy and gooey and let you enjoy some of this delicious cooked chicken I just bought, and what I plan to put on my plate as soon as I open this door?" His lower jaw trembles as a pathetic mew stutters from his lips. He winds his black and whit [...]

    21. First: I like John Scalzi's stuff. This isn't me impugning him as a writer.Second: I hated this book. I didn't just dislike it. I only finished it so I wouldn't have someone say, "Well, if you'd finished it you'd be allowed to have an opinion. It got better. You didn't finish so you don't know what you're talking about etc." I finished it. The ideas are good ones. The people in the story are awful. They're argumentative, unlikable, bitchy, always at each other's throat literally as well as figur [...]

    22. How is it that this book has been out for 4 years and I'm just now reading it? I remember when it came out thinking that it was an homage to H. Beam Piper's novel (which it is), and that I'd need to have read that one to get this one. That's not the case; after doing a little more looking, I saw that this is a reboot of the original, rather than a sequel. Scalzi explains all of this very well in his introduction. Well, today was a good day for it, so that worked out; I needed a good distraction. [...]

    23. Once upon a time, there was a man named H. Beam Piper, and he wrote a series of books that began with Little Fuzzy, a tale of space-going humans who have to learn to live on a world with an adorably cute, yet sentient, species. While I haven't read these books, my research tells me that they're the type of fun, optimistic science fiction that is so emblematic of the early 60s. They dealt not only with the issues of human expansion into space, but with what it means to be an intelligent, sentient [...]

    24. Warning: I am not spoiler-tagging the whole review, but the quote at the bottom could be considered a slight spoiler, bearing in mind that this is a retelling of a 50-year-old sci-fi classic.So, I finally got around to reading my signed copy of John Scalzi's rewrite of Little Fuzzy. Go read that review. I'll wait.In the Author's Note, Scalzi says:Fuzzy Nation is a reimagining of the story and events in Little Fuzzy, the 1962 Hugo-nominated novel by H. Beam Piper. Specifically, Fuzzy Nation appro [...]

    25. I was thoroughly skeptical. I'm a big fan of the original Little Fuzzy, having first read it as a teenager and many times since. In fact, it was one of the first books I tried as an ebook when I got my iphone, so I was aware that it was out of copyright. So when I saw that Scalzi had written this book, a "reboot" of the original, I just didn't get it. Sure, the original was kind of old fashioned, but it was still cute and the environmental and moral themes were still just as valid. What the heck [...]

    26. I liked this book better than Old Man's War, but only marginally so. I feel like Scalzi's goal is to create a "worst case scenario" and then proceed to figure out how his characters can work their way through it. This process is formulaic and less than organic, and leaves me feeling like I'm reading a person's "what if" diary. Scalzi doesn't rely on character development to tell his story, and by doing so I can't help but feel apathetic towards these peoples' plight. I felt more sympathy for the [...]

    27. In the beginning I wasn't sure about the main character Jack, but as the story progressed he really grew on me and I liked him more and more.The story is very captivating and thought provoking at the same time. I was wondering what I would have done more than once and can't say I always liked my answer.As usual the audiobook was well read and a pleasure to listen to.

    28. Trigger warnings: Attempted murder, cruelty and murder of cute fluffy sentient cat-like creatures, I think that's all??Okay, I loved EVERYTHING about this book. I'd seen it doing the rounds of Booktube a year or so ago, and always had it sitting in the back of my mind to investigate some day. Better late than never? This is basically equal parts legal thriller and sci-fi ridiculousness. It's hilarious and fun and feelsy. It's full of wonderful characters and entertaining writing and a fascinatin [...]

    29. This should be on every summer "must read" list. It's an homage to a classic, while also being an astute commentary on our own times. It's witty, funny, heart-warming, and a bit heart-breaking at times. I'd say that's quite a feat! Read this book!

    30. Originally reviewed on: thebooksmugglers/2011/07/bJack Holloway has always been the best at one thing: looking out for himself. With his latest contract with formidable intergalactic juggernaut ZaraCorp as a prospector on a class III planet hundreds of light years away from Earth, Jack and his trusty dog Carl (whom Jack has taught to detonate explosives) survey the planet for the next big mineral deposit to be explored and exploited for copious amounts of profit. When Jack accidentally blows up [...]

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