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text 2017-08-30 18:02
Reading progress update: I've listened 438 out of 438 minutes.
Fuzzy Nation - Wil Wheaton,John Scalzi

Finished!

 

Maybe 3 stars? It wasn't bad, but it telegraphed most events way in advance, so that I spent most of my time waiting for things to happen that I already knew were going to happen. Also, Scalzi's dialogue tag problem was really noticeable this time around. I don't know if it's just sinking into my consciousness more or if it really was more of an issue in this book than it was in the others by him that I've read.

 

Wil Wheaton's narration was similar. Not bad, but...okay. Very easy and enjoyable to listen to, but almost entirely "Wil Wheaton reading the book." Almost zero attempt at different voices for different characters. The only exception came near the end. He handled that voice well, even though it was probably exhausting.

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text 2017-08-30 16:46
Reading progress update: I've listened 395 out of 438 minutes.
Fuzzy Nation - Wil Wheaton,John Scalzi

I really like this judge, although I find it hard to believe that one of ZaraCorp's lawyers has never been in a position to learn what she's currently telling them.

 

Now that I'm over my initial surprise at the developments with the Fuzzys, I'm bummed about what it took for the Fuzzys to get humans to take them seriously.

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text 2017-08-29 21:53
Reading progress update: I've listened 318 out of 438 minutes.
Fuzzy Nation - Wil Wheaton,John Scalzi

I could predict most of Fuzzy Nation's plot points well before they happened. The stuff that's happening right now doesn't exactly surprise me, I just hadn't expected it to be on-page. Silly of me, considering

the violent on-page dog death in The Android's Dream. (Holloway's dog is fine. In this case, it's the Fuzzys.)

(spoiler show)
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text 2017-08-28 23:46
Reading progress update: I've listened 248 out of 438 minutes.
Fuzzy Nation - Wil Wheaton,John Scalzi

If I were Isabel, I'd have dumped Holloway too, and I'd probably have gone a step further and avoided ever speaking to him again unless my work required me to do so. This trial is laying out Holloway's past betrayal of Isabel really nicely, to the point that I kind of hate him right now.

 

On an unrelated note, I just figured out that Isabel is Kenyan. I can't remember if this was ever mentioned in the text. I had to google the origin of her last name (Wangai).

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text 2017-08-28 20:52
Reading progress update: I've listened 223 out of 438 minutes.
Fuzzy Nation - Wil Wheaton,John Scalzi

"'It'll make me look like an asshole,' Holloway said.

'Everyone thinks you're an asshole anyway, Holloway,' Aubrey said. 'No offense.'

'None taken,' Holloway said."

 

No one really likes Jack Holloway, except his dog (who likes everyone, so I'm not sure that really counts). Here's hoping he has enough of a conscience not to go through with Aubrey's plan, though.

 

This quote also illustrates one of the things about Scalzi's writing that irks me a little: his repeated use of "he/she said" dialogue tags. I wonder how many times the word "said" is used in this book?

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