By: John Scalzi
In interest of disclosure, I was sent a review copy of this book by Tor, the publisher. I’ll try my best to keep that out of the review. I won’t make any such claims about my author-love of John Scalzi. Got it? Free book, no sway. Author-love, sway.
Fuzzy Nation is, as Scalzi says, a “reboot” of Piper’s Little Fuzzy. I’ve never read the original by Piper, so I can’t really speak to whether Fuzzy Nation takes a huge detour from the original or not, nor can I compare the two. What I can tell you though is that it is a terrific story. The plot cruises along and Scalzi does a wonderful job of hiding the motivations and important plot twists from the reader until they are absolutely necessary. The writing, typical to Scalzi, is short on elaborate description and long on action and dialogue. Neither of those, in my opinion, is a bad thing. It lends to a book that reads quickly, and keeps the reader turning pages, and, also is what has gotten the name John Scalzi associated with the term “Bestselling”.
Having not read the original, I don’t know how much credit to give to Scalzi for the story itself. Whether a majority of it came from Piper, or, from Scalzi, it was good. A classical morality sci-fi tale about finding sentient life on a otherwise non-sentient planet and the reactions of those who would rather it stayed a non-sentient planet.
I think that, if you’re read the original, you really should read this “reboot”. Really, even if you haven’t, you should read it anyways! Another great novel from John Scalzi!
P.S. The original, “Little Fuzzy”, is available for free at Amazon for Kindle.
ADDED: Fuzzy Nation also has it’s own Power Ballad Rock Song by Paul and Storm.