Always looking for a great series/author to follow.
Interesting take on an old Star Trek observation, fast paced, loose tie up of story lines in the end so no great dessert but still a nice meal.
However, if you DO get the meaning of the title, you will find this book to be deliciously cheap thrill. These are the voyages of the starship Intrepid. A fun read.
John's books are a bit short for me I like longer books. His writing style is so exceptional, wonderful and different I'm always shocked by how much I love how funny and different his stories are. So thank you John for your quirky crazy characters...
A book spoofing Star Trek narrated by Wil Wheaton; the fix was in. That said it was disappointing. In its defense I should have paid more attention to the "A novel with three Codas" Part but even then it was not well done.
Its generally against my nature to rip a book in an online review (as if I have any other forum to review a book). Multiple people worked very hard to put this book, or any book together, and I will not have worked very hard to trash it online. That said people have a right to know what they are spending their money on. I gave it three because Wil Wheaton does a good job and the idea was interesting enough that I finished the book. (Although of the 50+ book in my library I have only given up on three, and only one was fiction)
The story in the first coda is starts off interesting and darkly humorous. Unfortunately as we get into the characters trying to solve their "Red Shirt" dilemma, the plot its carried by weakly developed characters. In the end the conclusion has far too many convenient coincidences to be compelling. Since the characters are good enough to carry the plot, it really starts to fall apart here and never recovers.
In my humble opinion the author would have been better suited ditching the second two story lines and working harder at the character development and dialog in the first. Using this to further explore the fate versus free will theme might have ended with a better book. I suspect that strategy might have avoided his personal motivation for writing the book, but who he is writing for anyway?
The only interesting and fun character is the author in the second coda, but this is relatively short and uninspiring. Looking back much if not all of the the first two codas are really about this characters inner struggle to write better. Ironic considering the book itself is poorly written.
The third Coda brings us back a little to the fate versus free will theme in a strange sort of love story, but at this point I stopped caring about any of the characters so It was unmoving.
That's the big stuff now a couple of Pet Peeves but significant enough to mention: The dialog was weak. Not to mention "he said"and "she said" come after almost every line, which is mundane in written form and positively disruptive and annoying in audio book format.
Multiple characters kept using the phrase "it's metta". Not understanding this I was forced to look up the word and now I'm fairly certain the characters were using it wrong. That an Author used it and it got by multiple editors makes me believe I'm misspelling the word or I need a better online dictionary, but any way you slice its a bad phrase for multiple common characters.
If you are looking for a good star trek spoof go and rent "Galaxy Quest" from Net Flix. If you are an aspiring writer this book may interesting because it does explore some unique territory in story writing, even if in my opinion, it does it poorly. Disappointing as it felt like there was a lot of untapped potential in the story and the characters.
It's not just that there was a hilarious story spoofing Star Trek. It's that the tale broke the fourth wall in so many creative ways, again and again.