Review: Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper (Kindle)

Little Fuzzy
Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sweet story, has some harder and more grown up aspects, involving the humans and contrasts the innocence of the Fuzzy population, with the grittier and mercenary aspects of humanity in space. I loved how the ‘Fuzzies’ get the best out of the humans and few characters in this are really hateable, they’re all just trying to find the best solution. I’ve marked it 3/5 as it’s a great story but, for modern tastes, a little too talky in places and some may find it a bit slow moving. But if you’re willing to give the cute but fearless little creatures a chance, you’ll be won over as rapidly as the humans who take them in. I hear there are sequels, which I hope to dig out too.

I read this on my Kindle. It’s not a hugely long book but a decent length to get into. The sort of sci-fi ‘for young adults’ (i.e. it’s swearing and sex free) but there’s no talking down to anyone here. It’s a serious discussion, mostly, about what makes a ‘sapient’ being and there’s a very real danger of these gorgeous little creatures/humanoids being turned into fur stoles for Terran ladies!

So, recommended if you want a gratifying yet comforting science fiction story. It’s not Alien, but it is a good read.

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