I have liked almost everything else Scalzi has written. This book however is self indulgent in the extreme. In essence, it postulates that the writers of things create their own worlds. In other words, Scalzi is God of the Story about little Gods that write a story in which the poor Red Shirts have little freedom. Blech.
Furthermore, the book jst sort of wanders around after the great truth is revealed. It's a fairly short story that has filler tacked on the end.
At least Wil Wheaton does his usual excellent job.
Written another space opera.
There is a lot of story after the main thread wraps up. Most of that could be removed,
He is particularly good at portraying a snarky attitude. Loved him on ready player 1 as well.
It changes the way you watch scifi television. All of a sudden, you notice oddities in the script writing.
Ok story ... but not great. Worth the download. Nice having Wil Weaton read this, though!
I love the duo of Scalzi and Wheaton. There are a few parts of the story that bored me, but the concept is really fun. Worth a listen if you don't expect anything enlightening or serious. I enjoyed the characters without being terribly invested. I will always choose Scalzi, even though Sci-Fi isn't my favorite genre. Agent to the Stars was better, but this wasn't bad. Worth the credit.
This book was well written and entertaining to say the least. If your mind didn't question how ridiculous Indiana Jones was, then this is the book for you. It is full of dry, sophisticated humor mixed with a dose of the crude variety.
Wheaton did a great job of conveying the general mood of the book, but he doesn't distinguish between characters very well. I would be listening to a line from a character, and then realize that it wasnt said character because of the content of what was said. That was a big problem for me, but i got use to it eventually.a
The important thing is to not think about how unrealistic it is. Just enjoy it and laugh!
Aires male -- often butts head against reality
I waded through 30 minutes of this palaver before giving up. It might be usefully compared to an adolescent stand-up routine on open-mike night. Save your credits and move on.
I enjoyed the novel, but I cannot say that I looked forward to the next stretch that I was going to listen to. His best novel of all time (for me) was "Old Mans War". It is worth a listen if your que is low.
Will Wheaton, great narration. Not Scalzi's best work, but pretty good, I enjoyed it, though not as much as "Old Man's War." Did not like the "he said" after every line of dialogue, though. That's amaturish, for a writer, and Scalzi is a pretty good writer. But that's one of the first things they teach you in fiction writing, just let the dialogue flow, and throw in the he said, they said, very sparingly. That said, really liked the story, was different, and I look forward to more from this interesting, and plucky author!
When they go back to earth, Just like in the old Star Trek episodes.
Yes and how, he is a very good reader, and excellent actor.
When they were able to save one of the charactors from the past.I am being deliberatly vague here.
Good book worth the listen!
Just a guy, You know.
I enjoyed the premise of this funny book, the science fiction, the characters and the conclusion. However, I was tempted more than once to just turn it off and put it away because of the sheer amount of '...he said's at the end of every sentence of dialogue. If it wasn't for Will Wheaton's enjoyable narration, I probably would have.
If you want an original funny scifi novel, and you suspect that this one will bother you, try Robert Rankin's Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocolypse.
The story was ok from a sci fi point of view and cleaverly written but not what I was expecting as an avid Trek Fan from the 60's, I certainly expected red shirts to die in this novel and they did but to be "written off" so to speak from a 20th century writter as the premise for the book did not sit well with me
Only those non die hard Trek Fans, i may be wrong since i read so many good reviews about the book (and the reason I listened in the first place), it just did not sit well with me and this was my first Scalzi novel
PG-13 rated Ensign Wesley Crusher
No the story is not well written enough for this, no way would i want to see 20th century writers fill the story line for a psuedo star trek universe
As many people wrote the book is well written and cleaver but if your looking for trek-esk sci fi adventure this book is not for you.....and I could of done without the codas...