- File Size: 1138 KB
- Print Length: 304 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (May 10, 2011)
- Publication Date: May 10, 2011
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004OA63YO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,619 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
Good if you're looking for: plot twists, political intrigue, long complicated plans you don't see at first all coming together in the end, and courtroom drama
Bad if you're looking for: Combat/battles, honor & glory, a powerful/epic underlying meaning, some unique take on first contact
This is a book you can read in a few hours even if you're a slow reader. It has a very long comprehensive ending not typical of most books these days, almost to the point of being disney-esque (happy ever after and all that). If you're desperate for more old man's war, this ain't it and you need to look elsewhere.
The book is a quick feel good story that is probably best for a young teen audience that haven't been exposed to a lot of sci-fi. The limited pages/material prevents creation of rich characters like those in multi-book arcs, so you're stuck with stereotypes like brainy scientist chick, loveable rogue main character, and arrogant corporate boss. The complicated plot gives away too much too soon via obvious clues if you've read tons of stories (the clues kind of stick out like sore thumbs... you find yourself stopping for a minute to say "That's odd, why did the author include that observation in the story? Oh, duh, it's an obvious clue he's beating me over the head with."
All being said, I don't regret the hours spent reading this story. It was a good one for the amount of time I had to invest, and Scalzi's writing is good considering the tale he was spinning. Given the book's length, it's probably perfect for a read during a flight.Read more ›
My own connection to the original franchise is minimal, I've heard it mentioned a few places and read the last volume a long time ago. I don't feel that it's a betrayal to revive it again, and am not as critical as if it were, say, another butchering of the Foundation Universe. I don't much like the practice of taking over abandoned genre sand-boxes, and it's hard to fight the impression that Scalzi is doing this as a way of provoking more discussion and a sense of newness over his writing while at the same time is explicitly becoming less original.
All that aside, what emerges from the story is quite generic, even if it were rebranded enough to have no relation to the original series I'd still feel safe calling it heavily derivative. There's dynamics of colonization, alien contact, a bit of corporate intrigue, and a protracted high-impact legal battle. The story isn't terrible, but it doesn't do very much with any of these elements, or do more than slightly warm over the stock SF narrative of past decades.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
John Scalzi is entertaining and unpredictable as always. This is a fun read filled his characteristic witty insults, self-deprecation and dry humor.Published 6 days ago by E. Nutter
Fuzzy scifi drama. At times I knew where it's headed but couldn't wait to see how it would get there. Filled with relevant, rye, inventive legalese. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Leonid Mandel
I enjoyed the I could tell pretty much what the outcome would be. But I enjoyed the way the story unrolled, and it was interesting that the main character was not... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Nancy J. Gilbert
I can honestly say I enjoyed this book as much as ANY book I've read in my 45 years. $9 is an inexpensive price to pay (at a local bookstore not Amazon) to have so many hours of... Read morePublished 20 days ago by TC
very good, lovable fuzzies give the book a real feeling of caring for beings other than human beings. Save the species!Published 1 month ago by Vicki In Crete
The best courtroom novel I have ever read. Oh, it also has a very nice dog in it who likes to blow s*** up.Published 1 month ago by Lincoln Narcelio Thomaz Noronha
Fuzzy Nation, by author John Scalzi, is an interesting study about humankind's assumed knowledge base on what to expect from intelligent life encountered on other worlds. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Richard New