Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of leth...more
Simply said, I loved this book.
If you want me to go into more detail, I can. But that's the heart of the matter.
I don't do spoilers. So instead, let me say this: This book was fun. It was clever. It was geeky.
But most of all, it made me laugh. I'm not just saying it was funny. I'm saying I actually laughed out loud in the restaurant where I was reading it. Then later at the coffee shop. Then later still when I was reading it at home, even though I was alone in the house. Even though that's wha...more
Thanks for nothing, Scalzi!
Anyhow, in the distant future the starship Intrepid explores
the galaxy with a crew led by a bold captain and his logical science officer. A group of newly assigned crew members quickly notice that odd and bizarre things happen when...more
Rating: 3.5* of five
The Publisher Says: Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship "Intrepid," flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It's a prestige posting, and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship's Xenobiology laboratory. Life couldn't be better...until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact that (1) every Aw...more
Anyone who's watched more than two or three episodes of Star Trek knows that it's always the extra, or redshirt, that di...more
I value other aspects of a novel plenty. I love a complex plot, great character...more
This book is 230 pages of over-the-top, exponentiating meta-physical fun, and three codas of "wait, what are the philosophical consequences of all that meta-ness?" It lampshades Star Trek, inverts Galaxy Quest and thematically parallels Bill Willingham's Down the Mysterly River, while still distinctly maintaining John Scalzi's own voice.
Update: I saw John Scalzi speak last night on his book tour, and it was a...more
I saw this book reviewed back when it first showed up and I read enough "blah" reviews that I decided I didn't want to put time or money into it. But recently I've had it recommended and seen some "rave reviews" about it so, I decided to give it a try. It's sort of an odd read as it almost travels in an descending arc. At firs...more
The plot is simple. If you're on the away team and you aren't one of the senior crew, you will die. So what does the crew, who realizes this, start to do to cope? They go varying degrees of insane, it turns out. The veteran redshirts have an en...more
Parody can be a hard sell when you’re a fan of the source material.
Take, for example, the works of Lev Grossman. Many fantasy fans take umbrage with his intentional riffing on the tropes of epic and children’s fantasy. Harry Potter afficianados often accuse him of hating on Hogwarts. It doesn’t so much matter if his criticisms of the genre are right, incisive, or interesting. These fans are primarily concerned with whether his jokes come from a place of l...more
This is far from the worst book that I've ever read, but I'm pretty certain that it's the most disappointing. Part of this no doubt stems from Julia Sherred's glowing review linked above and the disappointment is therefore more a reflection of my own expectations than the book itself.
Redshirts certainly starts out as an interesting read, and Scalzi plays with questi...more
Audio book: This is the second audio book I've listened to that is Narrated by Wil Wheaton (The other being Ready Player One). I really enjoy him as a narrator, especially for a book like this. I couldn't think of a more perfect reader for a Star Trek Parody book.
On the Intrepid, going on an away mission is a terrifying ordeal to the rank and file crewmen. The bridge officers (mostly) do fine, but it seems like somebody is always dying. And nobody cares. The ship takes high risk missions, that's all. The main characters, a stubbornly ragt...more
How can I possibly describe my experience with "Redshirts"? I've finished it a couple of minutes ago (aft...more
I thought that one day, some SF writer would take quantum probability to the ultimate extreme and come up with a book such as Redshirts and win the Locus Award. Though this is never the explanation for the strange goings-on in John Scalzi's latest, I have held on to the idea as a kind of hard SF basis for what clearly is not a hard SF book. You see, i was trying my best to like this book.
It's a quick read embellished with Scalzi's accessible prose and dialogue. My ears rung from all the loud dia...more
Ever since I read Ready Player One, I've been questing for that quintessential science-fiction novel in order to appease my inner-geek. Redshirts, with its numerous pokes at Star Trekand space opera in general, comes pretty damn close to perfect.
For those of you who aren't Trekkies, redshirts refer to those characters in the original Star Trek TV shows who were so minor that they didn't have names. Basically, they were cannon fodder. Ga...more
The title of John Scalzi's new novel, Redshirts', is as irresistible as the premise. For those not familiar with the term 'redshirt' the first chapter serves as a quick introduction. On his first away mission, a young ensign is unprepared and overwhelmed. Trapped on a rock and surrounded by 'landworms', he fires into the dirt, driving the voracious predators into a frenzy and then deci...more
“We've already established whoever is writing us is an asshole.”
What could I possibly write that hasn't already been written about Scalzi and his double major award winning science fiction novella with three codas? I think I took exactly what was intended from it; lightly thought provoking entertainment in a science fiction setting that plays with the nature of TV tropes and the craft of storytelling. The fact that it won BOTH major SF awards is baffling to me however, either it was a very ligh...more
The main story runs for about three-quarters of the book, followed by essentially three short stories (titled Coda I: First Person, Coda II: Second Person, and Coda III: Third Person, also written as such) which function as the epilogue of sorts.
I'd recommend this book for just about anybody in the mood for a humorous book, whether they are a science fiction reader...more
I definitely would've given this book 4 stars for the story - it was inventive, creative, funny and very meta. Also, I can't remember ever reading a book that had a first-person, second-person and third-person narrative. It was definitely an unco...more
NOTE: This review is for the Audible.com audio edition narrated by Wil Wheaton.
I love Scalzi's take on the cliched disposable 'Red Shirt' ensign phenomenon. As even the casual Star Trek viewer will tell you, you NEVER volunteer for an away mission if you're not a main character. On the UU's flagship, the Intrepid, the ensigns and other secondary crew members have learned this as well. While the premise is based on the perils of the 'redshirt eff...more
I'm a big fan of spoofs and parodies. One of my favorite movies is GalaxyQuest (a parody of Star Trek), another is Hot Fuzz (a parody of action movies). Redshirts is pitch perfect in its meta deconstruction of Star Trek. The premise is hilarious, the plot turns unexpectedly, and it payoffs nicely. Finally, it's such a quick read at 300 pages that anyone who has watched Star Trek and even people who haven't and j...more
I would've liked a few physical descriptio...more
|Beyond Reality: REDSHIRTS: finished reading (*SPOILERS*||21||57||Oct 21, 2013 04:40PM|
|Beyond Reality: REDSHIRTS: roll call and initial impressions (*NO SPOILERS*)||19||52||Sep 30, 2013 09:33AM|
|If I liked Redshirts, what Scalzi should I read next?||11||126||Aug 28, 2013 06:34PM|
|Literally Geeky: * Redshirts Discussion||5||11||Aug 28, 2013 01:46AM|
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