Something was wrong. No one on the Sequencer had been able to tell him exactly what it might be, but he could sense it. Very unscientific, he reprimanded himself.
–Alan Dean Foster - Quozl - c.1989 - pg1
Because of that cover I think I expected more of a comedy book. Maybe not Pratchett-esque, but something with that general style. Quozl didn’t provide that. The basic plot concerns a race of rabbit-like aliens as they arrive at their new home. Their homeworld is over populated, so every now and then they send out colonisation space ships to find new planets. These ships have no contact with home, and there are no second chances, they must colonise where ever they arrive or perish. Those on board the Sequencer have finally arrived, the third planet from the sun in this system is their destination, Shiraz, as they have named it, is to be their new home. They never expected it to be inhabited. Because their Shiraz is our Earth.
But they have no real choice. There is no other option, they must land, and because of their history and psychology they are unwilling to even attempt to wage war, they would lose their civilised selves in blood lust and violence. As the Quozl were in their long distant past. So they decide to land and establish a secret burrow. Eventually, in perhaps 200 years, when they are sufficiently established they will reveal themselves to the humans. But things don’t go to plan, a young Quozl, breaks the law and meets with a young human. And so this is really a novel about First Contact.
It is a fairly solid piece of entertainment. Nothing terribly bad about it, but then again, nothing spectacularly good. The Quozl come off much better than the humans, they afterall are so advanced that they know that all problems are rooted in hormones and sexual frustration, unlike the humans. Maybe that is the comic side of this book? Because it does seem to listed under the humour tag in a number of places. Personally I didn’t even crack a smile, so I wouldn’t label it as such. It is however light entertainment, and it pretty much does its job.