Review: Fuzzies and Other People by H. Beam Piper

Well, Happy Readers, if you read my review of Fuzzy Sapiens not long ago in which I lamented the need to give only two stars, I have good news. The third book is much much better. I can genuinely recommend this one, and thus the whole series.

I plan to read several more H. Beam Piper short stories, since I’m in that head-space at the moment. I will most likely combine them into a single review post… but who knows, all two of you may get multiple stuffs!

In the mean time, here’s my review of the book at hand, and a nice Michael Whelan cover for it too! Look at those little guys! Aren’t they just so stinkin’ cute!?

Goodreads Blurb:

There were still so many things Fuzzies had to learn.

…that’s the final line of H.Beam Piper’s classic Fuzzy Sapiens, where the story broke off twenty years ago [55 years now]. Following Piper’s tragic suicide in 1964, there were persistent rumors that he had written a sequel to Fuzzy Sapiens, a third Fuzzy novel; some of his friends had been told about it, a few had even read parts of it. But the manuscript itself remained lost until it was discovered in a trunk in a basement in Pennsylvania.

Now, at last, return to Piper’s Zarathrustra. It’s been twenty years for us – but only three months since Jack Holloway found and befriended a small golden-furred being…three short months that have changed both their lives…

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And now my review…

Fuzzies and Other People (Fuzzy Sapiens #3)Fuzzies and Other People by H. Beam Piper
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The third book in the Fuzzy Sapiens series is actually better than the second, but not quite as good as the first. What makes it somewhat better is the fact that much of it takes place ‘in the wild’ were a heretofore unknown band of Fuzzies are living and surviving. You get to see things from a non-human native viewpoint that avoids the anachronistic foibles of the second book. It has a much faster pace, and is much less mired with theoretical cocktail hour discussions. Cocktails and cigarettes are still the old go-to scene filler and transition mechanism though.

The story picks up immediately after Fuzzy Sapiens ends. It resolves the fate of the major bad guy and the criminals from that book, but that is treated as more of a side plot. The major story is of the band of ‘Wild’ Fuzzies lead by Wise One in the newly established Fuzzy Sanctuary. It shows you how they survive on a daily basis. It also shows how their lives are greatly improved by their interactions and relationships with humans.

Overall, this was a good capstone to the series. I know there are other divergent series books out there. If you’ve never read the story of H. Beam Piper’s life and the history of this series, I recommend you do so. It’s quite intriguing if a bit sad. The other works by Piper are also something I highly recommend anyone who enjoys Little Fuzzy should check into. Most of them are in the public domain and can be found for free on Project Gutenberg and Amazon. I plan to find and read all of his other works that I have not read already.

So, on that note, I rate this book at three stars and call it a Satisfying Read.

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