The story behind this book is almost as interesting as the one in it. It essentially started as a piece of personal fan fiction based on a beloved sci-fi novel which the author liked so much that he went and got permission from the various rights-holders to publish it. And for fanfic, it’s really good.
In general, I’m a fan of Scalzi’s work. I enjoyed his Old Man’s War series, I read his blog religiously, I read the film column he had for a couple years, I read the random short stories he sometimes pops up with on Tor.com, etc. I think he’s a good writer with a knack for finding a good story. His stuff is always good fun for light-reading days.
And Fuzzy Nation is no exception. It’s probably as good as the original (which I read when Scalzi announced the publication of his own Fuzzy book and linked to the original on Project Gutenberg), though I don’t like Scalzi’s twist at the end which felt way too deus-ex-machina to me.
But that one nitpick aside, Fuzzy Nation is very entertaining and easy to read. I would highly suggest it as a nice pick-me-up during the upcoming dog days of summer. You could probably read the whole thing in an afternoon on the beach and you’d feel pretty good about it.