Redshirts relates to the Star Trek environment but takes it further and looks at the Redshirt type character and what happens before and after what takes place on the TV show.
Has elements from the movie Stranger Than Fiction, but also classic Sci-Fi elements
Wil Wheaton is a great narrator and brings the characters to life, he was equally good in Fuzzy Nation, also by John Scalzi
Yes, I actually listened to this on a long car ride and continued listening after I got home
Fun to watch this universe as you learn more about it
I am a bilingual high school teacher. I mostly read non-fiction, especially history, but I am also a sucker for science-fiction and fantasy novels.
Redshirts is about an ensign and his friends on the starship Intrepid that seems bizarrely affected at times by illogical and deadly events. Everyone on the ship is afraid to participate in away missions and does their best to avoid the captain and four other high-ranking officers for fear that, like so many other low-ranking crew members, they will end up dead. When Andrew Dahl starts asking questions about why this ship is a death trap for many people and yet others seem invincible, it just keeps getting weirder and weirder. Ultimately, the final explanation is something no one involved can believe is really the truth behind what is wrong with the Intrepid.
This book was excellent! Though not long, it had a really unique and interesting story idea wrapped up in a lot of humour any Star Trek fan could appreciate and the shorter length didn't hurt its ability to tell an engaging and complex story at all. It got a little more "meta" than I would have liked at the very end, but for the most part it avoided that potential pitfall despite the (sort of) fourth-wall-breaking theme. Overall I really enjoyed it and the three "codas" (epilogues) more than made up for the out of place denouement. They were truly excellent - whatever you do, don't skip them!
Wil Wheaton does an excellent job narrating this. I admit I almost cried at one part at the very end of the last coda because he was so good at really performing the material. Although I am a Next Generation fan and I admit the former Wesley Crusher narrating was a draw for me, I wasn't sure if I would like his narrating style. I was completely wrong - he is very talented and deserves all five stars.
This book is hilariously sarcastic, poking fun at an classic show. Any fan of sarcasm will love it!!
I did enjoy this book. It reminded me of galaxy quest. The only problem with the book is that it stated out fun, but towards the end it felt forced. As if we really needed a "proper" explanation for the random happenings in this book. If you don't want to think, start the book and don't finish.
No, but only because I almost never reread a book. I'm too anxious to get on with a new one.
The unusual plot and felt the reader was quite good
Is only one I've read
Would recommend to others, especially science fiction fans in general and Star Trek fans specifically. Quite intriguing if one likes time travel paradoxes.
Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
The story was so great and campy and funny and then Whill Wheaton from star trek reading it was very ironic.
It combined all my favorite sci-fi shows and made fun of them.
Listen to the story, even Neil Gaiman would agree with this author/narrator combo is suberb. Although, and this has nothing to do with author or reader but I do see the point of the previous crtique about the he said he said he said driving me nuts. Whil Wheaton was reading what was wriiten which I am sure from Star Trek is very important lest you start cussing in Vulcan. and for the authors part if you were reading it to yourself you would want that to keep straight who said what. It's just probably when its read aloud you can skip that.
Actually it did make me laugh and cry. More laughing.
I am so glad I joined Audible. I bought John Scalzzi Fuzzy Nation at a buy one get one sale and I think he is great. I would have missed out on a lot of wonderful books if not for Audible .
As a Start Trek fan the concept was intriguing. Scalzi makes it fun by inserting references to other classic sci-fi as well.
A very good listen though not Scalzi's best work. I would recommend Fuzzy Nation and Android's Dream and Agent To The Stars ahead of this book, but if you have listened to those and enjoyed them then you will probably like this title as well. It starts out strong and continues to be interesting throughout, though the quality of the plot can vary from the middle to the end. The characters voices, their dialogue can be monotonous at times (there is quite a bit of exclamatory profanity). Still if you liked Scalzi's other books you should like this one as well and it is an interesting story.
Yes, I have already. It is a great mixture of geek nostalgia and pure sci-fi adventure.
probably just Dahl. He was the main character and usually the easiest one to identify with.
I know im in the minority here, but im one of the few people who is not a Wil Wheaton fan. I feel like he is a little too exuberant. That's probably part of his charm to others, but personally i feel like he reads a bit too fast and a bit too monotone as a result. However, about two hours into the book I quit noticing and became completely enveloped in the story. By the end, I thought Wheaton had made a very respectable performance and I might give other books that I had avoided because he narrated them an extra consideration now.
This was my first Scalzi novel, but definitely not my last,
Conceptually strong, very interesting premise, and the story takes some interesting turns. Sadly, the writer just isn't up to all of that coolness. Every large dialog exchange is poorly written and painful to listen too. The production and writing of this book felt very rushed.
Rewrite all of the dialog sections.
Yes, but only because I've listened to him do some other great stuff.
Yes, because it would deal with dialog transitions much more smoothly.
This could have been a great book. Sadly I cannot recommend it unless the concept is enough to carry you through to the end.
Andrew Dahl's time in the bar with his bartending "friend". I thought it was a very poignant moment.
Wil Wheaton is one of the best out there, in my opinion. I like his style so much that I have sought out his performances directly regardless of the author and subject matter.
I have listened to other Scalzi books after getting Fuzzy Nation. I liked his style, mostly, except for his "he said, she said" moments. This book was a great story idea and an excellent nod to the science fiction series of old.