I'm an aspiring author, a lawyer, a sci-fi fan, a father, and a harsh critic of pretty much everything. I enjoy audiobooks because I read very slowly, and audiobooks allow me to consume novels at a rate that would be impossible for me to achieve with printed text.
John Scalzi has a reputation for writing funny sci-fi, but while I find his books interesting and fun, I have never found them actually be laugh-out-loud funny. Granted, his premises are quite humorous... and I did crack a smile now and then... but I wanted more.
Part of the problem is that the movie Galaxy Quest covered the same ground with the character "Guy" being the self-aware redshirt. But when Galaxy Quest did it, it was far more hilarious.
That being said, I still strongly recommend this story. It is unquestionably fun, and far more thoughtful and interesting than I'd expected. It wasn't the novel I thought it was going to be, but it was a very good little tale.
Also Wil Wheaton does a fantastic job narrating, as always.
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Esse livro tem um humor bastante ácido e lida com a interessante ideia de uma narrativa que brinca com a realidade e a ficção. Tem personagens interessantes e bem construídos, mesmo quando eles não são - por motivos da própria história - o que me leva a crer que nada foi colocado sem motivo na história, um ponto muito positivo.
Mais do que isso, existem hilárias situações semelhantes aos acontecimentos de diversos episódios de qualquer uma de suas séries de ficção científica favoritas, apesar de Star Trek ser o mais homenageado. Esse é um livro com um conceito muito sólido que é bem aproveitado, apesar do final ser um pouco esperado.
Poderia comparar ao Guia do Mochileiro das Galáxias, visto que tem certa inspiração, especialmente pela temática e pela presença do humor, mas a escrita de Scalzi está muito aquém da de Adams.
Logo no início do livro, quando um personagem percebe que sua morte iminente vai trazer uma quantidade enorme de drama à vida do capitão da nave. Estabelece bem o clima pelo qual o livro vai percorrer, introduzindo um conceito chave de forma sutil.
O grande problema desse livro é o fato da escrita de Scalzi não ter nada de especial. É o tipo de livro que poderia, facilmente, virar um filme sem qualquer perda. Isso, na minha opinião, é um problema sério, pois o livro perde muitos momentos em que poderia se entregar à poética e acabou apenas se atendo aos processos de contar uma história, o que se torna bastante repetitivo. Uma pena, pois a história é muito interessante, imagino que o autor pode refinar seu texto nas próximas obras.
Não posso reclamar da performance do Wil Wheaton, mas eu gostaria de algumas vozes diferentes, aconteceu algumas vezes de me perder em quem estava falando. No entato, em defesa do intérprete, o texto não ajudou tanto assim.
I have liked almost everything else Scalzi has written. This book however is self indulgent in the extreme. In essence, it postulates that the writers of things create their own worlds. In other words, Scalzi is God of the Story about little Gods that write a story in which the poor Red Shirts have little freedom. Blech.
Furthermore, the book jst sort of wanders around after the great truth is revealed. It's a fairly short story that has filler tacked on the end.
At least Wil Wheaton does his usual excellent job.
Written another space opera.
There is a lot of story after the main thread wraps up. Most of that could be removed,
He is particularly good at portraying a snarky attitude. Loved him on ready player 1 as well.
It changes the way you watch scifi television. All of a sudden, you notice oddities in the script writing.
Ok story ... but not great. Worth the download. Nice having Wil Weaton read this, though!
I love the duo of Scalzi and Wheaton. There are a few parts of the story that bored me, but the concept is really fun. Worth a listen if you don't expect anything enlightening or serious. I enjoyed the characters without being terribly invested. I will always choose Scalzi, even though Sci-Fi isn't my favorite genre. Agent to the Stars was better, but this wasn't bad. Worth the credit.
This book was well written and entertaining to say the least. If your mind didn't question how ridiculous Indiana Jones was, then this is the book for you. It is full of dry, sophisticated humor mixed with a dose of the crude variety.
Wheaton did a great job of conveying the general mood of the book, but he doesn't distinguish between characters very well. I would be listening to a line from a character, and then realize that it wasnt said character because of the content of what was said. That was a big problem for me, but i got use to it eventually.a
The important thing is to not think about how unrealistic it is. Just enjoy it and laugh!
Recent graduate of U.S. Foreign Service. Prefer audiobooks to most television fare. Board game enthusiast (not video or role-play).
I waded through 30 minutes of this palaver before giving up. It might be usefully compared to an adolescent stand-up routine on open-mike night. Save your credits and move on.
I enjoyed the novel, but I cannot say that I looked forward to the next stretch that I was going to listen to. His best novel of all time (for me) was "Old Mans War". It is worth a listen if your que is low.
Will Wheaton, great narration. Not Scalzi's best work, but pretty good, I enjoyed it, though not as much as "Old Man's War." Did not like the "he said" after every line of dialogue, though. That's amaturish, for a writer, and Scalzi is a pretty good writer. But that's one of the first things they teach you in fiction writing, just let the dialogue flow, and throw in the he said, they said, very sparingly. That said, really liked the story, was different, and I look forward to more from this interesting, and plucky author!
When they go back to earth, Just like in the old Star Trek episodes.
Yes and how, he is a very good reader, and excellent actor.
When they were able to save one of the charactors from the past.I am being deliberatly vague here.
Good book worth the listen!