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Most Helpful Favorable Review

14 out of 15 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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9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Not up to the original

This book is a revisiting of the H. Beam Piper novel Little Fuzzy. It is inferior to that book. In the original book the Zarathrustra Corp was much more real. It had people trying to convince themselves that the fuzzies were not people, not just greedily killing them of...
This book is a revisiting of the H. Beam Piper novel Little Fuzzy. It is inferior to that book. In the original book the Zarathrustra Corp was much more real. It had people trying to convince themselves that the fuzzies were not people, not just greedily killing them off. Corporations frequently do evil by blinding themselves first(think the recent mortgage bubble), they almost never go beyond that. Secondly, the protaganist was much more likable in the Piper story, and more believable as well. Mr. Scalzi is writing for a more cynical time, but it does not improve the story.

posted by Hayne on May 12, 2011

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  • Posted December 8, 2011

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    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 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.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2014

    Ok Reading

    Entertaining but not a must finish now book.

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  • Posted August 8, 2014

    Why is it necessary to rewrite a beautifully written story? But

    Why is it necessary to rewrite a beautifully written story? But, having decided that it is, at least keep up the quality!

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

    An ok read.

    This book is ok except for some stretches in believable concepts, e.g.: a primitive aborigine who uses spears and flint blades learning to read and speak an alien language from a computer it found in a forest. Also, the original Piper stories were more detailed. This one seemed to try to cram the first 2 Piper books into 1. Overall, not a bad tribute. But I was hoping for better. The originals are one of my favorite series that I've read numerous times and it's hard to live up to high expectations.

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

    First impresion needs improvement

    This was my first book by this author and I guess I was hoping for more. The book was interesting, but we barely read about the interactions between the Fuzys and Isabel. Instead were focusing mainly on an admited ahole for entertainment. It was good, but I was left wanting more (and not in a good way)!

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