I absolutely loved this story and the narration. The problem for me was the vulgarity. It was like sharp bits of bone and gristle it the meat of the best "Double Double" from In and Out. It wasn't as if the author gratuitously used vulgarity throughout. It was used at the proper times and in the proper way for each character. It's just that it felt like bits of offal in the pot roast, for me.
No offense to Will Wheaton but it didn't help that I was picturing Wesley Crusher saying those words. It's not as bad as seeing Hannah Montana mostly naked on a wreaking ball, mind you, but somewhat.
I know my teenage children would love the book but I can't recommend it to them.
Those that are desensitized to vulgarity, or even enjoy it will love this book, if they are fans of the Star Trek universe.
I would have the author and editor go back through the book and look for every single line of monologue, dialogue, or general conversation and change "he said/she said" because those phrases were heavily overused throughout the book. There were times during conversations between characters that I felt like I was being inundated with "said". I was so overwhelmed by the volume of "he said/she said" that I would be genuinely relieved and elated when I would hear "he asked/she quipped". This is where the writing really lacked polish; with so much content being spoken between characters, the author really needed to find and utilize other phrases to keep the narrative flowing. I almost turned the book off in the second or third chapter because the "he said/she said" had become so grating to me, it was spoiling my enjoyment of the book. This is just a personal issue, it may not bother anyone else nearly as much as it did me.
Yes, the book as a whole was an entertaining examination of the Red Shirt trope. I was intrigued to find out how everything was going to be explained in the end; ultimately I was not disappointed.
Wil Wheaton did a very good job bringing the characters to life and conveying their emotions at times of high stress and mortal danger. He also did well in modulating his voice throughout the narrative to denote sarcasm and incredulousness at situations and events that would be difficult for rationale individuals to place themselves in.
I think this would be an entertaining short film or small web series. I'm not sure if the examination and treatment of the Red Shirt trope here is enough to flush out a really good film.
Ignoring the "he said/she said" repetitiveness, I found this book to be fairly entertaining. Worth the read if you're not as sensitive to little nit picky things as I am.
Redshirts is a gripping story with a very interesting plot that gets you hooked from the start if you're able to ignore Will Wheaton's narration.
He does an ok job with one voice only and relies on; he said she said. This gets annoying whenever there is a dialogue of short sentences between characters and especially in the beginning.
But if you persevere you'll learn to ignore it and consider it a minor nuance.
This was very entertaining. Funny and clever. Anyone who knows Star Trek will enjoy this book. The story develops and takes several twists and turns. Will Weaton does a great job voicing the characters. I'd listen to it again and probably will.
I really enjoyed the story, and it made me laugh out loud at several points. My one complaint would be the overuse of the word said. Especially at the bar scene between Dahl and Duvall. The constant "Dahl said, Duvall said, Dahl said, Duval said" really grated on my ears. A minor issue in an otherwise great book.
The characters are too much of a caricature of character genotypes. The rich are super rich, the reticent are unreachable and the loud are super obnoxious. The story arc was also too disjointed to hold my attention. Serious editorial attention could have saved this book. The concept was intriguing.
Absolutely loved it! As a classic Trek fan (I'm 33 so I watched the reruns) I joked about the red shirts on the shows, but this story about red shirts took every joke and made a very cool sci-fi story. There was a very little struggle in one of the first couple chapters, but after that very short time I was hooked and wanted to learn more. Some favorite moments: Learning about "The Box", most scenes involving Jenkins, and the last 3 chapters which really did a good job of explaining what happens to the people after the main characters return home. I am trying to be a bit cryptic as to not give the story away. Also, Wil nailed it again as the narrator! I haven't heard a single thing I haven't liked from him. And come on, THIS WAS SO PERFECT FOR HIM!!
I went into this book expecting something silly and thats what i got for the most part. it had some really funny moments and took some turns that really cought me. what i liked the most was the way it ended. if you asked me half way thru how it would end i would not have guessed it. it added so much more to the story and made it a little touching. i suggest this book for anyone who likes a good meta story
The dialog was irritating at first but I was told by another reader to go with it. It does pay off. I may be an unsophisticated sentimentalist, but I really enjoyed all 3 of the codas. Not a CLASSIC but a fun read.
Other than the fact that the author says '*insert character* said' way too often (I mean seriously, there are other ways to indicate a specific person is speaking...) this novel is an amusing read. Anyone who enjoys sci-fi shows, particularly Star Trek, should like it. Wil Wheaton does an excellent job with the narration, conveying the humor and emotion of the scenes.