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Quozl Hardcover – December 12, 1991

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YA-- Those who have read Michael Renney's Klaatu Borada Nicto and other words of wisdom from invading, superior lifeforms have some ideas of what an alien invasion would be like. Foster's notions are not typical. His invasion force is fearful and benign, possibly even cuddly. The Quozl are here to settle and not to conquer . . . maybe. Foster handles the collision of cultures, the inevitable, uniquely. The government and the military with its tanks and rockets never really get a chance to be involved: the media handles it all. Foster gives readers much food for thought as he causes them to see a number of possibilities. Could the government cover up that which has appeared on prime- time TV? What could a race of violence-cured, fecund, rabbit-like beings teach us? What does American culture look like to a culture which has outgrown its need for violence? Science fiction is fun; it is the fun of speculation. So is this book.
- George F. Hawkins, Episcopal High School, Bellaire, TX
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd (December 12, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727842773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727842770
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,602,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on August 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
I fail to see why so many other reviewers here are treating Quozl as a failed comedy. It's nothing of the sort. It's a quietly serious and well-written little story that, if you catch it while in the right mood, may stick with you for some time. Foster is a very versatile writer and his enthusiasm for breathless, sprightly adventure fantasy sometimes obscures his ability to write in a more thoughtful mode, but, like most of his less popular books, Quozl will touch more than amuse. I liked it a lot.
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Format: Kindle Edition
If you are tired of stories in which aliens look like lizards and are intent on killing as many humans as possible, Quozl is for you. The Open Road edition of Alan Dean Foster's 1989 novel contains a brief biography of Foster and several pictures of the talented author.

Quozlene has become overpopulated due to the ravenous sexual appetites of the Quozl. Population was once controlled by war but, in more civilized times, peaceful but desperate Quozl have joined settlement ships that voyage to the stars in the hope of finding a habitable planet. It is a one-way trip; failure means death.

Looks-at-Charts is a scout on a ship that is reaching its destination, the planet they have named Shiraz, after a six generation journey. Shiraz turns out to be inhabited by a population at war and so, of course, you can guess what planet that is. The Quozl burrow into the hills of Idaho, confident that they will remain undiscovered. First contact does not go well for the Quozl, who are unprepared for the wholly uncivilized greeting they receive. Second contact is a vast improvement, although only one human and one Quozl know about it. Contacts continue and are eventually expanded, although the existence of the Quozl is concealed from the world at large for most of the novel. About two-thirds of the way into the novel, the story takes an amusing turn.

Creating aliens and alien environments is Alan Dean Foster's strength. He gives the Quozl a richly imagined culture. For example, ritual challenges combine a form of martial arts dance (draw blood, you lose) with verbal jousting; eloquent insults contribute to a winning performance. Social encounters demand extravagant forms of politeness and self-effacement at risk of losing status.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Good news: Open Road Media is releasing a Kindle edition of Quozl, by Alan Dean Foster (Amazon link). Quozl is a lighthearted science fiction tale of a race of alien “rabbits” who land on Earth, go into hiding, and finally reveal themselves. Adults and young adults will enjoy this pleasant novel of first contact (both of the humans, and the Quozl) and how the Quozl are finally introduced to humanity at large.

The planet of Quozlene is overpopulated. A multi-generational interstellar ship is programmed for Earth. Unbeknownst to the Quozl, Earth already has an intelligent (well, somewhat) species occupying it. The Quozl land in a nearly deserted area of a national forest, burrow into the ground, and hope they won’t be discovered for hundreds of years.

The Quozl are rabbit like, in many ways including — you guessed it — their sexual appetite. This is mentioned, but not elaborated upon, throughout the story. Hence, I consider the book appropriate for teenagers. The aliens forbid anyone to leave the underground burrow. One curious, young Quazl sneaks out — and first contact is made with a young boy.

What makes Quozl such a satisfying book is the way Alan Dean Foster as developed an entire history and culture for the aliens, yet doesn’t let it bog-down the story. All of the characters, human and alien, are fleshed out (furred out?) and you wind-up caring for all of them. The author also deftly handles a story that covers many years.

Quozl is a nice diversion from all of the heavy, militaristic science fiction being produced these days. I enjoyed it, and I think that you will, too. My hope is that in the distant future, when humans finally do encounter aliens, that the meeting will be as pleasant as the one in this enjoyable story.

Please note: On the advance copy of the Kindle edition sent me by the publisher, there are no interior illustrations. I believe that will be the case with the final version.
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Format: Hardcover
First the good: This is one of the best books I have ever read! It is cute, funny and written in a way that will appeal to children as well as fun-at-heart grown ups.

I HATE epics - I have no time for them - but this is a book that covers decades but doesn't get bogged down. An Epic that doesn't read like an epic.

Now the bad, and for me it was bad indeed. The book ain't perfect. There are a few small places it drags and one or two that seem to me to be rushed in as an after-thought. These can be forgiven though.

On the other hand...

Mr. Foster came up with a great concept, wonderful plot, amazing characters and ... after taking the reader through them he then - in my opinion - hangs it all on a meathook in the final chapter! I won't give away the ending except to say that *I* hated it to the point of actually RIPPING OUT the last several pages and letting the book sit there on my shelf for a few months to let the memory dim. Since then I have read it many times and went away feeling lighter in soul for it.

A feel good book that is worth the price 10X over, though I advice to stop a few pages before the end. :)
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