I really enjoyed Scalzi's take on the joke about Red Shirts fate on the original Star Trek crew. The main story is humors and entertaining. The Codas then add a depth to the characters that take the book to a new level. Wil Wheaton brings the characters to life and is a great choice to narrate the book.
This is turning into the killer duo. Scalzi crafts an excellent story, Wheaton pulls of a exceptional performance. Keep em coming!
I enjoyed the Scalzi/Wheaton pairing on Fuzzy Nation, and I love the Star Trek universerse, so I thought I'd give this a try. The book begins with the feel of a satirical farce, then morphs slightly into a sci-fi adventure that is self-aware that it is a farce. Scalzi leaves you wondering about the how's and why's of his universe, and focuses on the story instead. So if you can let go if your need to understand, you will share some of the same belly laughs I enjoyed. I got a few of those 'WTH is so funny' stares at the gym listening to this one.
But then the three codas (epilogues) begin, and Scalzi's tone becomes more serious. The codas are excellent, poignant short stories in their own right and are actually the best part of the book. Scalzi's writing skill is on display there, and he delivers a satisfying conclusion.
Overall, definately worth the credit!
Wow. Overly complex, characters that one doesn't give a grip about, and in the end, just plain silly. I have enjoyed multiple other Scalzi works, but this one is a real clinker.
It was a fun and interesting story, the premise starts like a star trek conversation you might have had with one of your friends in high school. "Hey so what's with always having an expendable crew man"? Then you get to see a story from their perspective that becomesso much more. "I laughed, I cried, it moved me." The banter of the characters in the face of an absurd existence was priceless. Lots of fun all round.
The only books you can compare to John Scalzi books are John Scalzi books. His writing is fresh and unique. I would compare Red Shirts in fun value to 'Agent to the Stars'.
Will Wheaton has a unique way of giving a character a life and personality of their own without really making voices for them, you just know who is who by how each voice feels. He is perfect in his emotion and presence. You feel the joy, fun, and even pain of each character.
It was a read you won't want to put down till the end, and then only to wipe your eyes in sadness that there is no more story to enjoy.
John Scalzi is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors and with the Will Wheaton team up its going to be a hit each time.
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The thing I loved best about Redshirts is how it takes the story of the most killed characters in the science fiction genera and brings them to life. This is the story of the characters you never hear about but see in every episode. The narration is excellent and I loved the comedic parts of the story overall.
I loved all the characters, I felt really attached to them, they were really believable in the way that they acted in the story.
Wil does an amazing job of not just reading, but putting the emotions into what he reads. He is able to convey the emotions of each character and it is easy to tell what character is speaking based solely upon the way that he portrays each of them.
I think the ending was the best, in the way that it tied the entire story together in three parts.
Wheaton is probably my favorite narrator, period. And, the fact that he was Crusher does give an added "meta" bonus to this particular story.
Its great for the genre and a fun guilty pleasure.
Fictional characters that come to life to meet their creator? The idea is not that strong, but the story is nice. It's good that Wil Weaton narrated it. I hope he keeps narrating audiobooks, because he's does this well.
A fun ride. I kept laughing loud enough to be heard outside the house. I kept getting surprised by the humor.
Very well written. John Scalzi is my new favorite author. I've been recommending this book to everyone who will listen to me.
I enjoyed all the characters. Wil Wheaton is a very talented reader/actor. He makes the books come alive!
Wanted to listen too all in one sitting but decided I didn't want it to be over quickly. LOVED IT
I enjoyed the first half of the book much more than the rest. The main character recognizing the strangeness of the situation. I especially enjoyed the fun dramatic irony for the listener, somewhat knowing what to expect, and still being pleasantly surprised by the dramatic .
The second half of the story (not counting the codas) felt more and more like author-indulgent fan fiction as it progressed. That isn't necessarily bad, but it didn't have Scalzi's normal depth of characters (likely owing to the novel's length).I don't know what more I can say without spoiling the ending, but I do think the first half of the novel made it overall worthwhile. Two of the three codas seemed like stream of consciousness ramblings, while the other was quite passable.
It felt a bit short to me, especially considering that I didn't enjoy two of the codas. Would be a fairly easy recommendation if it's on sale, or for a Scalzi/Wheaton/Trek fan that's going to buy it anyway.