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Fuzzy Nation (edition 2012)

by John Scalzi

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Title:Fuzzy Nation
Authors:John Scalzi
Info:Tor Science Fiction (2012), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
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Wonderful! ( )
  Half-elf28 | Jun 1, 2016 |
This is the first Scalzi I've read and I loved it. I loved the protagonist and his friends (fuzzy ones included) and it was a masterfully told David vs. Goliath sort of tale. Great snappy dialog and just the right amount of twists and turns. Even though I could see where it was leading, I did not mind in the least being led there. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
This was a lot of fun quick read. Fuzzy Nation was a great reinterpretation of an old story and it captured the feel of a golden or silver age sci-fi with the snarky, intelligent and heroic main charature who ends up three steps in front of everyone and 'saves the day.' ( )
  FarmerNick | Aug 31, 2015 |
Fuzzy Nation is an enjoyable, often hilarious, quick read. Following Jack Halloway, a surveyor searching for natural resources on a distant planet, the novel begins as Jack has his dog detonate explosives along a cliff, finding the largest sunstone seam discovered on the planet to date. As well as dealing with irritating company officials, company thugs, and his ex-- a biologist on planet, Jack’s home has become home to ‘fuzzys’, a new species that he has discovered… or rather, that have discovered him. The family of small, cat-like creatures are remarkably intelligent (Papa fuzzy succeeds in wandering into the kitchen and making sandwiches after watching Jack do the same once before), and may in fact be sentient life-- a fact that the company will do anything to prevent being discovered, as it would halt planetary exploitation. Jack is a fun protagonist. He clearly has bags full of issues and is not always a nice person, his motives are murky to say the least and it is impossible for the reader to know what he will do next (let alone anyone around him). At the same time, he truly cares for (and anthropomorphizes) his dog Carl, he genuinely likes the Fuzzies, and despite the fact that he is working hundreds of miles from civilization, he is incredibly smart (having previously worked as a lawyer in one of the largest corporations and on both remarkable and controversial cases).

A genuinely fun, somewhat heart-warming, fast read. I highly recommend this to fans of science fiction. In some ways this is the most basic premise of the movie Avatar (company on foreign planet getting materials) but done very well. ( )
  Ailinel | May 2, 2015 |
Jack Holloway is a contractor with the large company which exploits other planets for their resources, so long as the planet is unoccupied by a sentient species.

One day Jack returns to his cabin only to find a cute fuzzy critter visiting. After a few days, cute fuzzy critters brings his family to hang out.

Now the question becomes whether the Fuzzies are sentient or merely smart animals. The reader has Jack's dog Carl to compare and contrast.

Of course, the corporation will brook no shenanigans in its endeavor to strip the planet and and become even richer. But they are outmaneuvered by both Holloway and the Fuzzies.

Written with his usual charming snark, Scalzi writes an adventure story featuring angry lawyers, angry CEO's, helpful lawyers, and cute fuzzy creatures (including Carl) while taking down greed, bureaucracy and stupidity. ( )
  AuntieClio | Jan 24, 2015 |
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Jack Holloway, prospecting on Zara XXIII for ZaraCorp, finds an immensely valuable stream of sunstone. But when he forwards footage of the planet's catlike, native "fuzzies" to a biologist friend --who believes the "fuzzies" are sentient--hired company thugs, murder, and arson soon follow to protect ZaraCorp's mining interests.… (more)

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