Redshirts

A Novel with Three Codas

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Published June 11, 2013 by Brilliance Audio.

ISBN:
978-1-4692-9827-6
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4 stars (39 reviews)

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, with the chance to serve on "Away Missions" alongside the starship's famous senior officers.

Life couldn't be better...until Andrew begins to realize that 1) every Away Mission involves a lethal confrontation with alien forces, 2) the ship's senior officers always survive these confrontations, and 3) sadly, at least one low-ranking crew member is invariably killed. Unsurprisingly, the savvier crew members below decks avoid Away Missions at all costs.

Then Andrew stumbles on information that transforms his and his colleagues' understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is...and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives. Redshirts by John Scalzi is the winner of the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

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Inesperado

5 stars

Ya en el prólogo te dicen que esto parece una parodia de Star Trek, y que siéndolo, también es otra cosa. Y así es.

En mi segunda novela de este autor he vuelto a disfrutar de ciencia ficción mezclada con comedia. Los diálogos son otra vez rápidos y llenos de humor sin descanso, pero la historia evoluciona hacia algo más interesante que una Space Soap Opera al uso.

No quiero meter spoilers pero esta cosa de acabar la historia y tener todavía un buen tramo por leer en este caso funciona muy bien y los últimos tres capítulos no son relleno y realmente cierran la historia de manera genial.

Review of 'Redshirts' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

So. Much. Fun! I've owned the audio for who-knows-how long, but only was inspired to read it now because it was picked for a group read in one of my virtual book groups. Thanks—I needed that! If you need a fun, silly, undemanding pick-me-up, too, give it a try!

P.S. Wil Wheaton is a wonderful narrator.

Review of 'Redshirts' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

More like 3.5 stars for me.

Redshirts starts fairly strong, detailing the story of a bunch of new Ensigns on the starship Intrepid. It doesn't take long for them to notice that something is off on this ship, because Ensigns have an incredibly high fatality rate on Away Missions. They start to investigate and find out how this comes about, which in turn turns this book into probably the most meta book I have ever read. In fact, it turns so meta that everything after the explanation falls a bit flat for me.

However, the book is saved by the three codas at the end of the book, which are less satire and more serious. The last coda in particular was very touching.

The writing was enjoyable, and so I will have to check out more of Mr. Scalzi's work.

Review of 'Redshirts' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This was a pretty fun book. I don't usually like meta (I once made the mistake of reading John Barth and the schtick wore thin pretty quickly). Scalzi has a deft touch and wrote a really entertaining book. Like Galaxy Quest is the best Star Trek movie, this is probably the best Star Trek book.

Review of 'Redshirts' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I did receive this book free from a Goodreads giveaway.

This is a really clever and funny tale. It's self aware of what it is and makes no qualms about it.

It's a little bit of Galaxy Quest and a little bit of Stranger than Fiction, and acknowledges that.

Fans of science fiction and sci-fi television shows will definitely get a kick out of this book. The characters are all here. From the over-confident captain to the nervous lieutenants and ensigns.

The humor hits at just the right points. Not all of the Codas worked well for me, but they did the job well of tying up all the loose ends (something not all sci-fi shows do).

Great work Scalzi!

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