Its a fun story that parodies what fans of Star Trek TOS know about the Redshirts. I was not a fan of the ending but its still worth the time for a fun ride.
It uses what you know about the Trek universe to just give you a view that you've thought about on your own, to have a few laughs at their expense.
Everything but the conclusion was very enjoyable.
I would recommend this book for Scalzi's sense of humor and especially to addicted Trekkers
The narration almost spoils the story in that there's no attempt to differentiate the characters and the "he said" after every line almost led me to rip the ear buds out of my head
Read the hardback, I said. Scalzi is clever and has a warped sense of humor, I said
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
Another great work by John Scalzi. He makes his adventures so much fun and his characters are very liable and ‘Redshirts’ are no exception. Well written and entertaining with enough adventure and wackiness to keep you interested throughout. Highly recommended for the sci-fi lover.
Story line was well written and kept me interested in what was next. Many twists and turns to the main line and after all said I did not want to put it down
Wil Weaton kept interest in the next step in solving what was happening to everyone and allowed the story to keep pace with events
He was the story and the ending
You never know what stage we are playing on in our real lives
The reader should try and figure out what is happening in next chapter before listening to it. Surprises abound in this audio book
I am a fiber artist and teacher. I love moderate action, plot twists, diverse characters and much romance.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of this fun little sci-fi/California Dreaming novel, especially as I had to laugh at myself for taking so long to "get it." The ending has a typical sci-fi "but that's not possible/that just isn't how it would work" kind of ending that sent my husband and I into typical sci-fi circular argument land: "But that's the whole point of the book!" "But it wouldn't work that way!" The Codas seemed to drag on a bit windily in my opinion, and I liked the narrator of Scalzi's Human Division better, though this one was fine. It surely passed the time on the drive to Seattle, but I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it had been a bit more sparing in the Codas.
What did I like best? What was there not to like is more of an accurate question. To be honest, I don't know that I had a favorite part once it started getting into the meat of the story, but if I was forced to pick, I'd say when... how to say this without spoilers... They had a plan to fix things and they went to go do it. That was probably the most fun.
I love the narration. He's got a fabulous voice for narration and he reads in an entertaining way. I can't tell you how many audio books I've listened to have been ruined by the wrong narrator.
This book touched me in a way not a lot of books do. I don't know how or why, but for me it was an experience I'll remember fondly.
Not much sauce in this. It was so flimsy that I quit half way through. It initially appears a Star Trek knock off and gets much worse as the book progresses. I like Star Trek, but I'll not bother with another book by this author.
Wonderful depiction of an insightful peek into the"reality " behind the scenes of the happenings on a starship. Makes perfect sense to a long time fan. Wheaton's performance is incredible adding to the pleasure of this story. Laugh out loud funny with twists and turns that delight.
Geeky, photography-loving stitcher. Hobbits, zombies, space cowboys, agents, avengers, & clones are welcome in my post-apocalyptic dystopia.
The dialogue was excessively punctuated by "he said", "she said". This was especially annoying when listening to the audiobook.
I was also a bit thrown by the change in tone in the Codas. This section of the book was very different from the rest of the story; a marked shift from the dialogue driven, action-based plot. I understand that this was a very deliberate choice on the part of the author, and once I had adjusted, found this section very enjoyable. I ultimately wish, though, that some of the same kind of character development that we find in the Codas could have been present in the rest of the story.
I very much enjoyed the pacing and humor in this story. I found the "meta" review of writing and overall critique of modern storytelling via TV very interesting.
I thought that Mr. Wheaton was a very good choice for this story...first for the obvious connection that he has to the Star Trek universe, but also for his overall reading performance. He injected sincerity and enthusiasm into his narrative. He understood the underlying tone of lighthearted sarcasm in the writing. He also carried off the more emotional parts, particularly in the Codas, very nicely.
Absolutely. Interesting story concept. Fun characters. Nice reading. I am very interested in reading more by Mr. Scalzi.
I am a big fan of Wil Wheaton as a narrator (like in Ready Player One), and he again does a great job with this book. For anyone who is a fan of Star Trek or any sci-fi spaceship show, this is a great jab at the tropes of the TV genre.