A hilarious, ingenious, and thought-provoking story, with well paced plot and believable characters. Frankly amazing as an homage to classic scifi and makes fun in all the right places. I listened all the way through on a long bus ride and never got bored--thanks due to the engaging narration of Wheaton.
The basis of the story is doubtless one that many have thought of: what if somewhere all the people in this TV show are real? What if there's an alternate universe where all this is actually happening? Through mindbending logic and the mysterious physics-defying power of "The Narrative" Scalzi answers those questions from the eyes of a small band of extras doomed to what we call the redshirt curse. Don't worry-- the characters are as baffled as you will be.
Scalzi's style of parody is fun, frank, and really, really funny-- and all for the unconditional love of cheesy science fiction.
Like others have said good book but almost terrible to listen to. Too much he said she said, it just doesn't translate well to the audio book format....... And then he said.....
This was laugh out loud funny!
If you have always laughed at the ridiculousness of Star Trek and related shows, this is a story that you can point at and say, "that is exactly why I could never get into watching those shows," as the world these characters are in gets ever more developed, bizarre, but altogether enveloping.
If you have always enjoyed watching Star Trek, then you will love this book even more! You can see facets of many of the crew from the original Enterprise. Every time you compare the story to some half remembered scene from a sci-fi rerun, you will be slapping you knee, stomping your feet, or laughing so hard that your kids will pretend not to know you, and strangers will look worried as the hurry in the opposite direction.
Also, the fact that Will Wheaton narrates this story with his steady, slightly sardonic tone, added a cherry on top for me.
If you don't really care about science fiction one way or another... Well, I pity you. Have an opinion for once and get off the fence.
Love or hate the genre, this book really has something for everyone!
Wasn't sure what to expect from this book but I'm sure happy I downloaded it! It's great take on the ridiculous nature of sci-fi tv shows with a surprisingly genius plot mixed in that you won't see coming.
READ this book
I enjoy the intrepid's adventures through space and the redshirt's perspective on the travels of the crew.
The first chapter started this book off to a great start!
In a universe where the color of your shirt is a matter of life or death.
Coda 1: Great start to the novel. Chapter 1 was just phenomenal. Wil Wheaton did a great job reading this portion of the book. The only issue I had was the dialogue text that was read through the story. I am sure this book would be much better if I had actually read the book instead of listening to it. If you enjoy scripted "he said, she said" novels, then this is the book for you. Wil, I respect and enjoy everything you do as an artist, performer, producer, etc. The one thing that I had trouble with while listening to the story was the lack of inflection between characters. The scripted dialogue was read as if everyone had the same voice. I loved your work with Ready Player One, however I think some novels need a variety of voices in order to maintain organization and entice the listener to be attentive. This is one of those novels.
Coda 2 and 3: These portions of the book ended up being someone boring. I know they were short and used to sum up the lives of the real world players, however it seemed like a slow ending to a good book.
It really needed to end before the final 3 chapters. It had an ending and then for some reason he just kept going. It's like the publisher had a minimum number of words.
The whole premise of the book is both hilarious, and a visit to comfortable territory. You could almost anticipate what was coming next, but it was never quite what you expected.
All of the allusions to classic space opera.
My favorite scene was in the afterword as everyone's lives just started to make some kind of sense.
My only complaint is that Wil Wheaton's performance was, while enjoyable and hilarious, a touch monotone. There were some multi-character scenes where it was difficult to keep track of who was talking at times.
It seems like it's very difficult to write a humorous sci-fi novel (I'm not a big fan of Douglas Adams), but Scalzi has pulled it off with Red Shirts. Like his other Sci fi comedy, Androids Dream, this one is fun and clever and features a refreshingly ingenious protagonist.