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Fuzzy Nation

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

A fun read anyone will love

I read a good bit of science fiction. Lots of it, I don't end up recommending to others. Why? Sometimes sci-fi demands a specific taste. With Fuzzy Nation, I can say that it is a book that has a broad range of folks who will enjoy it.

Science fiction can get lo...
I read a good bit of science fiction. Lots of it, I don't end up recommending to others. Why? Sometimes sci-fi demands a specific taste. With Fuzzy Nation, I can say that it is a book that has a broad range of folks who will enjoy it.

Science fiction can get lost in the "science" aspect at times and ignore the reasons you set out to read a story in the first place. Fuzzy Nation does a great job of telling a story and asking questions that couldn't be asked otherwise.

Don't mistake this review as me saying it is too heavy. It is a fun book that literally had me laughing out loud (not lol . . . I mean REALLY laughing) at the one liners delivered by the imperfect hero of the book. Get Fuzzy Nation. You won't regret it.

posted by 3322509 on May 10, 2011

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8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Good Entertaining Scifi

John Scalzi has set a very high bar for himself. While I've never read the H. Beam Piper book upon which "Fuzzy Nation" is based, I've read a lot of John Scalzi, and his other tremendous work which form the basis of my opinion on his latest short novel.

Make no mista...
John Scalzi has set a very high bar for himself. While I've never read the H. Beam Piper book upon which "Fuzzy Nation" is based, I've read a lot of John Scalzi, and his other tremendous work which form the basis of my opinion on his latest short novel.

Make no mistake; ANYTHING from Scalzi is better than 90% of what's being produced today. The story of the discovery of a new alien species is deliberately light-weight, fun and funny. The fuzzys, small cat-like beings who have a mysterious intelligence about them, are wonderfully written. Scalzi's at his absolute best in piecing together interactions between fuzzys and humans and fuzzys amongst themselves.

It's a given that Scalzi's stories will be well-written, have solid characters, good science, and great dialogue. His "Old Man's War" series combine all of that with a deep multi-layered plot which, in total, delivers the best science fiction being written today. "Fuzzy Nation", however, falls short of the standard he's set for himself. The characters, with a few exceptions, aren't as vibrant, the plot is more predictable, and the multi-layered threads of the story are thinner.

Scalzi always writes very smooth and witty dialogue. The protagonist, Jack Halloway, is purposefully only sort of likable. Every interaction he has is laced with snide, biting dialogue - funny in spurts, but frustratingly unrelenting throughout.

It becomes clear, early on in "Fuzzy Nation", who wears white hats and who wears black. The baddies are too clichéd. I'm usually pretty dense when it comes to predicting plot routes and destinations, but they're fairly obvious here.

Despite those shortcomings, I highly recommend this book and am considering having my 6th grader read it as well. It¿s a short simple story, with clear themes of good v. bad, smart environmentalism, with a story arc that concludes satisfactorily (if not unexpectedly). If you consider Scalzi's "Old Man's War" as movie-grade entertainment with large scale, cross-universe, sweeping scifi themes, then consider "Fuzzy Nation" as a high quality TV Movie or Mini Series.

posted by JGolomb on December 8, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

    Stormpatch

    Leaves to find a more active mate.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2011

    not recommended - save your money

    What is it that so many movies, TV shows and now books are re-treads of earlier works? Do the writers lack the imagination and creativity to do something new? Are the publishers simply so cowardly that they will only select books that are already proven money-makers?

    Whatever the reason, this is a terrible way to sell science fiction.

    I've always loved H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy stories and I read this book with the hopes that someone was attempting to take up where Piper left off. I was wrong! This book is nothing but a rip-off, - an inferior rip-off at that.

    Save your money and get a copy of the original Little Fuzzy instead.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2011

    Had high hopes

    But alas, I found it to be boring in the end.

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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