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Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi
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May 17, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: sci-fi
Read from May 15 to 16, 2011 — I own a copy

I've been a fan of Scalzi since reading Old Man's War. His stories are not remarkably deep, but are enjoyable and funny, and usually with some interesting ideas thrown in.

Fuzzy Nation was a bit of a disappointment though. It was enjoyable, but it was short and, well, fluffy. There were bits of humor, but nothing very interesting about the story that was being told. And much of the already short text was consumed by legal proceedings which made the protagonist out to be very capable and smart but seemed like a little bit of a copout. Of course when you are writing fiction and setting your world in the future with a political and economic structure completely of your making, you can have laws which will allow your character to save the day. You can then make these laws seem really obscure, and then have everyone else express chagrin and amazement that the protagonist was able to use them to achieve such remarkable ends.

The book was amusing, but only took about 4 hours to read and much of the plot felt like a copout.
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