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Redshirts by John Scalzi
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Jun 25, 12

bookshelves: speculative-fiction, read-2012
Recommended for: Adam Heine
Read on June 23, 2012

Fast-paced, funny, and definitely meta. The actual novel portion was interesting, but I feel as if there was too much skipping along on the surface. The story zipped along and I liked the main characters, but I didn't feel very invested in the actual characters. Part of it was that it seemed too self-referential. However, I did like the loose, easy-breezy, and accessible style that marks all of Scalzi's fiction. I loved the ending of the actual story. Laughed out loud. I read it again just for the pleasure of it.

When I hit the three codas (and I love how the first coda was in first person, the second coda in second person, and the third coda in third person - super clever), that was when I was pulled into the story. The people felt REAL and TRUE and I was moved - especially by a letter in the third coda. Tears. This is where Scalzi is at his best. He is best when he is intimate and lovely in the sense of getting deep into a person's true feelings. I can't really explain it better than that.

Of course, I realize that the codas wouldn't pack the emotional whallup that it does without the novel in the first place, so I suppose in that sense, the first part was good. But the codas are where Scalzi really shines.

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Adam Heine I've heard of this one (mostly from Scalzi himself, but still). I've never read any of his stuff, but this certainly seems like a good place to start.

I wonder if I should get the Wil Wheaton audio version though :-)


Virginia Oooh! That would be FUN! I LOVE Wil. I do enjoy Scalzi - he is hilarious in general. I don't know if it showcases him at his best (that would be the Old Man's War series, but it is funny. I think there are 5 sample chapters for free at Tor.com so you can check it out there and see if you want more. YMMV on this one since it is a very polarizing book.


Chris Adam wrote: "I've heard of this one (mostly from Scalzi himself, but still). I've never read any of his stuff, but this certainly seems like a good place to start.

I wonder if I should get the Wil Wheaton audi..."


Yes, I totally recommend the audio book! Wil Wheaton is an awesome narrator!


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