These poor characters. They're afraid of "Away Missions" because someone ALWAYS dies. Hilarious.
I enjoyed this far more than I had anticipated. Scalzi writes great dialogue and clearly understands the sci-fi television industry. The story stands as a really fun parody of the 'redshirt' concept in sci-fi, but also is a honest story about people trying to find out what their lives really mean in the greater universe. Wil Wheaton is a wonderful narrator for Scalzi's material.
Anyone who has been a science fiction (space opera and Star Trek specificlly, but any science fiction fan will do) fan will appriciate this book. The author uses well worn science fiction plots and devices in fresh ways. He is able to similtaneously pay omage and poke fun at the genere. While making you laugh out loud, he also manages to pose some thought provoking questions. The book is read by Will Wheaton, which is very fitting indeed, and he does a great job with the material. The author does overuse the common so-and-so said way to much in his dialogue. It probably would not be noticed in the written version, but it is a bit distracting in the audio version. Other than that small critique I give it an unabashed recommendation!
Towards the bottom unfortunately. This book is the worst combination of Douglas Adams and a Next Gen parody. This was my second Scalzi book and if possible was even worse than the other one I read. Scalzi is as insufferably full of himself, as usual, and the book is drowning in meta ideas that he thinks are more clever than they actually are. Wil Wheaton does a heroic job to save the tired genre parody retread. I guess Wil Wheaton was the obvious choice to read this book being a former TNG cast member but I wish he would vet his projects better.
Absolutely! Wil Wheaton did a great job. I think his performance was better than the book deserved. While I think this is a superior performance to the other book Wil Wheaton narrated I'm more likely to go back and listen to Ready Player One.
I loved this story. Funny, quirky and written in real world language. I am glad that I listened to Fuzzy Nation first as advised by another reviewer. It was a good one to get used to style of John Scalzi.
Wil Wheaton's narration suited the style of the book, the characters and the themes so well. It sounded like he was really enjoying the roles as much as I was enjoying listening to him. I am now searching on other books Wil has narrated.
I am hanging out for my next John Scalzi book. I have enjoyed Red Shirts and Fuzzy nation immensely.
Scalzi's sense of humour is always enjoyable. The premise of the story is really interesting since for the first time we get to see the lives of all those redshirts on the ship.
Biggest problem for me is that it started loosing steam 3/4 of the way in. The ending feels a bit like a left turn without reason. The codas also seemed slow and gave the book a different tone which wasn't even close to how the book started.
I listen and read books for entertainment. Just the joy of getting lost in that world provides an outlet from day to day stress.
This story makes me want to go back at rewatch all the past Star Trek episodes. The wit is hilarious and the plot totally crazy. The whole premise of the book will keep you in stitches as the story develops. Also, it highlights just how bad televised entertainment truely is.
Doll was my favorite although I enjoyed Duvall's character just as much. Both their wit and comebacks to the different situations that they encounter.
When Fitz dies and his last words are "this is ridiculous." Gotta love it.
To go back to where no man has gone before..
I bought this audiobook because of the premise and Wil Wheaton as narrator.
Love the idea of the redshirt dilemma and the potential for lots of craziness. Wil Wheaton's narration is excellent. He read Ready Player One too and did an awesome job. I wonder if his STNG experience made this a fun for him to read.
The Star Trek "redshirt" was always the guy I felt the most pity for. He didn't want to be in that hostile environment with any of the title characters because guess who is expendable? Scalzi wrote this from the perspective of the "Redshirt" and the horror with which they faced every day aboard their space craft. Andrew Dahl assumes a new assignement and learns that something is not quite right about this ship. Away teams are extrmely hazardous, unless you are one of the main players on the ship. He decides to do something about it.
Well, the story was good and I did enjoy it. But the writing was so sloppy and had the most distracting element, especially since I was listening to it. Scalzi has a HUGE problem writing dialogue. Everything was he said/she said/ he said again/ she said again. I want to go get the book just to see what a page of dialogue looks like. I mean, the back and forth might be 6 sentences of 4 or 5 words and it is he said/she said the whole way. And there are only 2 people talking so don't you think I might be able to figure out who said what just from context? Geez it was distracting. Other than that, I did enjoy the story.
The thing that pulled this up the 3 stars were the codas. Scalzi takes the last 3 chapters to bring closure the rifts created by his meta science. The writing actually gets much better. It is as if when he gets serious for a minute that the writing style changes almost enough to make you think it might be a different writer. I am not sure if this is enough for me to check out his other stuff. His fans love him but if this one grated on me then what will an earlier work be like?
Even for those who aren't familiar with Star Trek, this massively funny work is accessible and easy to enjoy. Wil Wheaton's narration is superb and adds a delightful meta nature to the audio book.
Maybe I just went into this expecting the wrong thing, but this just didn't work for me at all.I figured it would be a light hearted take on Star Trek, from a different perspective. Not the most original idea in the world perhaps and fairly disposable, but that could have been fun. Scalzi's funny enough to have made that work.
Instead its got pretensions of... I don't even know what... its got pretensions of something, quickly managing to crawl up its own butt in the most obvious and stupid way I can think of. It concludes with a with something that read to me a lot like the author chastising other writers for not caring more about their work. Which might have gone over better if, you know, this whole exercise hadn't been so tedious.
I'm probably making it sound worse than it really is, Wheaton is charming and it's not like it's terribly long. I just felt like at seven hours long, it was twice as long as it should have been.