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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.
Funny, thought provoking, and sad... all at the same time. I loved the ending, for each story. This is a nice one off that doesn't leave you wanting for more, but in a good way. It wraps everything up neatly at the end and leaves you satisfied.
Will does a fantastic job as the reader.
Great story-enough so, you wish the story wasnt so short or that there was a sequel.
Only reason O didnt give a perfect was because the author used "he said/she said" way too often. Either leave out the obvious statement that that person was talking, or use a more creative line.
Other than that small point, great listen.
Take Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, and the movie Galaxy Quest. throw in references from Star Wars, Dune and The Six Million Dollar Man, and you've got Redshirts a pretty funny, and touching story.
I like Scalzi and Wheaton is the perfect narrator for this book, but the story crafting was a complete failure. The book gets lost in meta-tangents. The funny, realistic dialogue is great in the first two thirds of this book and then completely jumps the shark, leaves the main characters behind and gets very self indulgent to writers and their craft. The only redeeming quality is Wil Wheaton's performance. I wish it had ended after about five hours, but I never would have bought it if it was that short. For me, it wasn't worth the credit.
Star Trek Riff
'The Andriod's Dream' was flawless, and this could have been the same except for the codas at the end that just messed up both the flow and feel of the book. If they'd been redacted and say, more meat added to the middle of the story, I would've loved this book.
Seriously. Those codas at the end suck.