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3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  1,142 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
The sci-fi comedy classic that fans will flip over!

From the bestselling author of Jed the Dead--here is the out-of-this-world comedy that introduced "Flip-A-Mation" (animated flip art inside each book) and the most lovable aliens in the universe...

The Quozl knew they'd love the third planet from the sun. But it never occurred to them that anyone lived there...

Includes "Fl
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published December 12th 1991 by Severn House (first published May 1989)
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James Steele
May 10, 2011 James Steele rated it it was ok
Divide it into three parts for easy reference: the landing, the encounter, and integration. The events in landing and encounter are interesting enough. Foster does a wonderful job creating this alien race, complete with their grooming, social and sexual practices. All quite appropriate to establishing their mindset. It’s a great work of society-building.

Ignoring the climax, integration contains the most realistic method of introducing an alien race to the world. Would we really go to government
Mar 27, 2012 Jason rated it really liked it
I first read Quozl as a youth and it quickly became a favorite and often read book. So much so that it was destroyed through constant reading. I found a cherry hardcover copy in a used book store and blazed through the book in a day. Very entertaining and a fascinating commentary on the human condition through the eyes of alien colonists.
Jeremy Schwartz
Interesting but naïve

The alien Quozl that Foster created are fascinating. Their culture, philosophy, social hierarchy are unique and very fun to read about. Even their ponderously slow method of space travel and colonization is interesting which allows for a proper introduction into who the Qouzl are as a race. It is only when they begin to interact with humans on a grander scale do I lose interest in the narrative. The transition from hidden secretive race to media sensation is too rapid and u
B.T. Lyons
Mar 29, 2013 B.T. Lyons rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books of all time. Sadly the cover art does not do the depth of this book justice, as it weaves a complex society into its integration on Earth with great skill and poise that belies the "cartoony" art. This is definitely a case of "do not judge the book by its cover". The characters are exceptionally well developed, as is the growing interrelationship between the Quozl and Earthlings, and the dangers such interactions can pose. Grab this one for a fast and entertaining read y ...more
Gave the book only 3 stars simply because I have a dim memory that I liked it and there has always been this fuzzy memory in the back of my mind that pops up from time to time about the story. My have to re-read it some day to find out why. (Read while in Jr. High school, I think...)
Joana Felício
Dec 03, 2014 Joana Felício rated it really liked it
Shelves: wishlist

I got this ebook from Netgalley in return of an honest review.

I need to start by saying that I barely read any books set in space, or with alien characters, so I am not an expert on this matter, but I think I can honestly say this is probably one of the best developed out there right now.
The Quozl culture, their costumes, their identity as inteligent beings, their way of living. It felt as if nothing was left out. Everythin
Zeb Kantrowitz
Oct 14, 2014 Zeb Kantrowitz rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read
Those readers who are familiar with Foster’s ‘Flinx and Pip’ adventures are sure to find this book worthy of those stories. Imagine yourself on an interstellar colonization trip to an unknown planet. You spend five generations getting there, and when you finally land, you are not the only sentient race on the planet. Though you are more advanced technologically, the other race has overwhelming numbers and is divided into warring tribal societies.

It is decided by your High Council that it would b
Jeff Soyer
Nov 03, 2014 Jeff Soyer rated it really liked it
Finally! 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
Maria Beltrami
The alien invasion at the time of the talk shows. The Quozl are cute aliens, a cross between a cat and a rabbit, lovers of piercing, the bright colors and jewelery, peaceful after a sublimated and ritualized bloody past. At their arrive on Earth, they discove only at the last moment that it is an inhabited planet, which is why they hidden in a place difficult to reach for some fifty years, while all will settle. But one day the inevitable happens: a young human and a young Quozl meet and make fr ...more
Aug 17, 2009 Kevin rated it it was ok
Shelves: juvenilia
ADF frequently goes the "comedic" route, but it never works for me. He has a knack for pleasing prose, really he does, but he's fatally bland, and his attempts at humor and horror fall flat. Space opera is his forte; I may knock something like "The Tar-Aiym Krang" or "Icerigger", but if you want a rousing silly scifi adventure they're go-to books. But he aims too low when he goes for broad accessibility, and this, at best, is what he comes up with: bunny rabbit aliens.
There is a not-bad satirica
It's interesting that the original cover of this book (seen here) makes it look like a ridiculous farce while it's actually quite a decent first contact story. It has some humorous moments but it's not a comedy at all. The Quozl come to Earth looking for a new home and are surprised to find it already inhabited by an intelligent species. They manage to live undetected for 50 years but eventually the day comes when they are discovered.

This was a 4 star read most of the way through but the last 1
Matthew Bourns
I was given this book to review by NetGalley. This book while branded a comedy science fiction story is more dry than some of his other books. There are funny moments but for the most part it is a science fiction story of aliens hiding on earth. The story glosses over the tech that allows the Quozl to expand into space and live underground, while expanding on their social structure just enough to get an idea of how it is organized and how they got to this point in their evolution. The story is m ...more
Feb 13, 2014 Riana rated it it was ok
A colony of highly evolved aliens are flying around space in search of an inhabitable planet to start their new settlement. Earth appeared a dream come true, everything a planet should be – until they discovered the violent locals. These libertine vagabonds from the far-away planet Quozl decide to settle on Earth nevertheless and have to plan every move with great care and secrecy. After all, encouters witht earthlings are believed to be fatal...

This tale seems to span across several dozens of y
Ross Armstrong
I received an ebook copy from Netgalley for an honest review.

Reading the blurb on this title, I thought it could be a fun little tale. I have read other works by Foster and he has written a large number of movie and TV tie-ins as well.

Unfortunately, this does not work well. The basic premise of a rabbit-like alien species sent out to colonize from an overpopulated homeworld and arriving on Earth during WW II should have been a cute story. I think my problem with the book is that it comes off as
David Caldwell
Apr 23, 2011 David Caldwell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty sure I read this when I was much younger,but don't really remember it so going to give it another try.Here is hoping it was merely time that made it forget it and not the quality of the book.
I really tried to like this book. Unfortunately in the long run, I couldn't not say I did. The book is obviously marketed as humorous, but it isn't really that funny. In fact most of the time it is hard to decide if Mr. Foster is trying to make a joke or a point.The beginning of the book is extremel
En conjunto me resultó interesante por la construcción social de la raza alienígena y ciertos detalles sobre la raza humana, pero no mucho más que eso. El comienzo es bastante lento, hacia el medio toma fuerza y da gusto pero el final otra vez te deja como con sabor a poco o a fuera de lugar. Si bien los Quozl y su cultura son interesantes y presentan algunas particularidades llamativas sobre los cuales el lector se puede quedar pensando, a mí me resultó muy difícil tomarles cariño al punto de i ...more
Elizabeth Grieve
Jan 29, 2015 Elizabeth Grieve rated it liked it
A light and enjoyable tale, although a little unsatisfying in parts. The descriptions of the Quozl species, their culture and habits, is good, very detailed, but I'm glad I didn't see the pics shown on the cover here on Goodreads - I prefer to use my imagination, and not to read this as a picture book.

It would have been improved by more information about the integration of the Quozl with humans, apart from the main character. The 'coming out' of the aliens seemed a bit rushed, and there are tant
Vaughn Ohlman
Jun 02, 2014 Vaughn Ohlman rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I enjoyed Quozl. Which is ironic considering that I agree with the various faults listed in the various reviews. It is slow. It isn't deep. It doesn't make you roll in the aisles with laughter.

It is, instead, nice and lightly funny.

I, myself, found the philosophic bits the most amusing, in a quiet contradictory way. One hopes that the author doesn't think that any of the Quozl philosophy makes any sense or hangs together in any way. A dramatically non-violent people with blood spattered pictures
Oct 31, 2014 Ilona added it
Shelves: science-fiction
Complimentary Review Copy Provided by Publisher Through NetGalley DNF! I love Alan Dean Foster and have become a great fan of his Pip & Flinx series as well as his Humanx Commonwealth series but this was a load of drivel. It showed non of his talent that shines through on the Humanx Commonwealth stories and I'm afraid the elaborate rituals and exchanges were too much for me and I stopped reading. I have a nasty feeling that this is a re-release of one of his earlier stories and not a new ...more
Lynnda Ell
Jul 06, 2010 Lynnda Ell rated it liked it
A post on Query Shark reminded me of QUOZL so I decided to reread it. The book has been in my library since 1991. I think I've read it three times. Each time, I read it from a different perspective. I read it as an emerging writer, this time.

Writing styles have changed in the ensuing twenty years. The story was slow and while the plot covered about 100 years, it didn't get very far. I came away recognizing how cynical Alan Dean Foster sees our culture. We may be as naive as he portrays humani
Mar 18, 2008 Barry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was somewhat interesting because it looked at aliens on Earth from the aliens perspective. There are a few parts of this book I remember even though it's been a long time and some of the ideas presented. The scarcety of resources on a colony ship traveling between stars and the draconian coping mechanisms come to mind. It was definitely targetted for the mass market and the writing isn't very complex, but I think the Sci-fi genre has shifted to a more sophisticated reader in the nearl ...more
Sep 16, 2015 Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quozl, not your average Easter Bunnies

Oh Joy!!! A new favourite author to read. I realize that he has been writing for years but I just discovered him and this stand alone sci-fi book is a great introduction to his writing. The idea of large intelligent alien rabbits landing from outer space was so intriguing that I had to download it immediately. It opens up with a large, long dose of the Quozl and their culture and beliefs. Very well done. Complete in depth world building. I wish that he wrote
Arthur Gibson
Dec 12, 2010 Arthur Gibson rated it liked it
This was a book my mother picked up for me. She thought it looked neat. I have to admit it was a different kind of read. Some of the aspects of the book took me by suprise (the sex for example). But the author did a brilliant job of taking the habits and `personalities` of rabbits and turning them into walking, talking sentients. The plot was amusing and I enjoyed the book. Not the best work by Mr. Foster, but worth reading and definite fun. ...more
Jessica McReaderpants
This book had a very slow start for me. Once you added the human element it got better. I did want to smash the sister into small particles as she is a total selfish bitch, Mr Foster seems to have a dim view of females (a theme I have noticed in all his books) This book was interesting but it lacked the spark that made the Flinx series magical. ( think this is pre Flinx anyway) Will not be re-reading this book.
Lucy Takeda
Aug 20, 2016 Lucy Takeda rated it liked it
This novel is a mix is silliness and somewhat deep philosophical discussions. A group of rabbit like creatures leave their planet on a ship on a one way trip to our planet, not realizing humans are already here. The majority of the novel is about the complicated interactions between the Quozl and humans. The Quozl plan to hide out for centuries; however, some teenage types destroy that plan! I enjoy Foster's humorous take on politicians, Hollywood types, and reporters.
Written from the Aliens viewpoint, who think that they are only the sentient lifeform in the universe. They see it as their responibility to explore and populate the universe, so when one of the ships arrives at their chosen planet, they are extremely surprised to find that it is already populated.

I would consider this to be more a narration than a novel.
Jan 30, 2017 Darren rated it liked it
I'm not sure if this book just didn't age well (it's almost 20 years old now) or the plot just ran out of gas but it didn't live up to the potential of the set-up in the first 1/3 to 1/2 of the book.

That said it had some amazing world-building with the Quozl and did a great job of making them very different without being unrecognizable.
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REVIEW: QUOZL by Alan Dean Foster

An intricately-envisioned world unfolds before us, both the home world of Quozlene, with its highly developed culture and immense overpopulation; and the world of one of the generation ships, one sent each year, hunting for planets identified as potentially habitable. One such ship heads for the third planet orbiting a star in the Milky Way--Earth.
Andrew Rose
Mar 19, 2015 Andrew Rose rated it it was amazing
I think I read this book first when I was 13 and thought it was hilarious. I was worried when I re-read it as an adult that it wouldn't hold up but it did. I wouldn't recommend the book to someone that young normally but it didn't scar me in anyway. It was funny with great characterization and thought-provoking.
Eduardo Torres
Jun 03, 2012 Eduardo Torres rated it liked it
Quozl is one of my favorite subgenres (humor sci fi). This one was memorable and creative. Especially liked the evolutionary character traits of the Quozl. Makes one think how different humans would be if we had evolved from animals different than primates. Fun read.
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Bestselling science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster was born in New York City in 1946, but raised mainly in California. He received a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA in 1968, and a M.F.A. in 1969. Foster lives in Arizona with his wife, but he enjoys traveling because it gives him opportunities to meet new people and explore new places and cultures. This interest is carried over to his writing, ...more
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