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review 2017-11-11 18:57
Fuzzy Nation ★★★★☆
Fuzzy Nation [Unabridged] - Wil Wheaton,John Scalzi

 

I’ve never read the original story, and I am disappointed because I was under the impression that the two books were packaged together, based on the foreword and the reviews placed highest on the Audible website, but apparently they’ve now split the two books and must be purchased separately.

 

Still, I enjoyed the Scalzi reboot very much on its own, without reference to the 1963 version. This is what those goofy ewoks should have been. Figuring out what’s going on with the main character, Jack Holloway, and his motivations kept me engaged with the plot, which is a little heavier on the legal intrigue than I usually care for, and I sincerely appreciate that Scalzi includes a strong, smart, independent female character who, 

in spite of having had a past romantic relationship with the MC, does not serve as a love-interest or in any way feature as a sexual object for him or the reader.

(spoiler show)

 

Audiobook, via Audible. Wil Wheaton provides a fantastic performance for the readings. Although he doesn’t attempt a lot of unique “voices” for the different characters, he reads with spirit, humor, and excellent pacing, and I’m never in any doubt as to which character is speaking.  

 

I read this book for The 16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 12: December 23rd: Book themes for Saturnalia:  The god Saturn has a planet named after him; read any work of science fiction that takes place in space.  –OR– Read a book celebrating free speech. –OR–  A book revolving around a very large party, or ball, or festival, –OR– a book with a mask or masks on the cover.  –OR– a story where roles are reversed. I do have a ruling from the game overlords that an extraterrestrial setting counts as “in space”.

 

ALSO: This book would have fit a couple of other hard-to-capture squares:

  • Square 4 Thanksgiving Day (Books with a theme of coming together to help a community or family in need)
    Because a small group of people – Holloway, Isabel, Sullivan, and eventually that other guy that hates Holloway – go to considerable risk and against their own personal interests to see that the Fuzzies are recognized as sapient beings, protected from genocide, and are given control of their own planet
    (spoiler show)
    .
  • Square 7 International Human Rights Day (any story revolving around the rights of others either being defended or abused)
    Because the Fuzzies are a previously unrecognized race of sapient beings whose rights to their own planetary resources are being trampled by the company that is mining there
    (spoiler show)

 

Previous Updates:

11/10/17 4%

11/10/17 61%

 

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text 2017-11-11 01:46
Fuzzy Nation - 61%
Fuzzy Nation [Unabridged] - Wil Wheaton,John Scalzi

I love, love, love Wil Wheaton's performance in reading the audio. If I could have all my audiobooks read by Wil Wheaton, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, and Jayne Entwistle, I might double my book consumption. 

 

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text 2017-11-10 14:46
Fuzzy Nation - 4%
Fuzzy Nation [Unabridged] - Wil Wheaton,John Scalzi

Well this is fun. How can you not like a protagonist who talks to his dog like he's a real person and trains him to detonate explosives by jumping on the remote button?

 

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text 2017-11-10 12:58
16 Festive Tasks: Sq 12 Dec 23rd: Saturnalia
Fuzzy Nation [Unabridged] - Wil Wheaton,John Scalzi

Saturnalia, the ancient Roman festival in honour of the god Saturn, comes to an end. 

Book themes for Saturnalia:  The god Saturn has a planet named after him; read any work of science fiction that takes place in space.  –OR– Read a book celebrating free speech. –OR–  A book revolving around a very large party, or ball, or festival, –OR– a book with a mask or masks on the cover.  –OR– a story where roles are reversed.

 

Reading Fuzzy Nation for Saturnalia, because it is an update/reimagining of a classic Sci-Fi story.

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text 2017-10-16 22:57
Reading progress update: I've listened 461 out of 461 minutes.
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas (Audible Audio) - Wil Wheaton,John Scalzi

My head hurts from trying not to cry over this book while listening to it at work, even though I already knew what would happen. Pff.

 

The idea that

the actors and their characters would have such a deep connection

(spoiler show)

still bugs me, though.

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