Fun, geeky, surprising
I laughed and I cried, both in good measure. I'm a Star Trek geek, and hearing Wil Wheaton deliver the self-deprecating sci-fi references and everyday-tone reactions to absurd situations was especially hilarious. I was smiling and laughing out loud throughout.
But like any good sci-fi, this book has depth and drama beyond its goofy premise. Scalzi understands the importance of the audience genuinely caring about his characters, becoming invested in their lives... the whole thing is pretty meta that way.
If you're a fan of sci-fi TV, get this. It's right up your alley.
This is a wonderful story where things start where you expect but then get weirder and cooler and crazier and more fun as the story goes on. Just about when you think you have it all nailed, Scalzi tweaks it just a little further.
Wil Wheaton does an excellent job (although not quite as good as Ready Player One) and besides; who better to narrate the story of a newly-minted Ensign assigned to the flagship of the fleet than ... someone who's played a newly-minted Ensign assigned to the flagship of the fleet.
This book does a nice job of switching perspectives to tell a story from the perspective of those who are mere plot devices in popular science fiction. The action is intentionally overplayed, which contributes well to the overall environment being built. The three codas were also interesting and fun to experience. The ending of the book was also very enjoyable, and completely surprising in the context of the genre.
Wil does an excellent job narrating this book. He adds depth to the characters and makes them come to life.
The ending of the book was very touching and very well done.
While I know there are some Star Trek fans out there who might avoid the audio book version of this due to a dislike of Wil Wheaton, he actually does a fantastic job reading the book. Still, if you are one of those people who simply can't stand the idea of listing to a book read by Wil Wheaton, then I would recommend buying the book or eBook version as the story is quite enjoyable.
The story is told from the point of view of the redshirts. The term redshirt comes from Star Trek as a reference to the extra members of the away team that would often get killed off. The redshirts notice that away missions are exceedingly dangerous so go out of their way not to be on away missions. One hermit of a redshirt has a bizarre theory for the reason for the strangeness which he calls the narrative. Examination of this theory leads to a plan that can save them from a deadly fate.
The book is quite humorous. Dispute the humor, there is a lot of thought-provoking insight in the story. While the story may seem to be about science-fiction extras, it is really a tale about bad writing and finding a meaning to life. It is one of those books that will have you thinking about it long after you have finished reading it.
While the humor and insight is extremely enjoyable, the main crux of the story revolves around a major plot-hole. As one of the underlying themes of this book is the plot devices used in bad science-fiction, it is easy to overlook the hole. Unfortunately, this plot hole breaks even the consistence that the bad writing held and as a result managed to take me out of the story universe at the key point of the story. It is the reason I am only giving the story 4 stars. I will not go into details as I am sure most people will not notice the error and therefore will enjoy the book more.
If you are a fan of science fiction, you will enjoy this book. While it focuses on the poorer aspects of the genre, it does so in an enjoyable way.
One of the better audios I've listened to in quite some time. I thought it was wonderful that this was at the same time both a humorous parody of "all things Trek" and a mildly though provoking piece of fiction.
This book hooked me from the start. I'm still trying to visualize "Ice Sharks".
Wil Wheaton really brings Andy Dahl to life. I relished the irony that this character was perilously close to the Trek character that Wil portrayed for years. I found myself wondering if Wil enjoyed the "poking fun" that the story did of the “bad writing” of the scifi show described in the book.
Yup. I laughed so hard at this book that I knocked my coffee over. And I was at work when this happened, so you can imagine the hullabaloo that caused. I don't want to give any spoilers, but if you're a Star Trek nerd like I am, then you're going to love this book. Walk into it with that lighthearted attitude you use to watch the original Star Trek.
The characters were fun -- even if I was just waiting for them to get melted somehow. I loved the dialog, the debates, and the premise. The performance was excellent!
I'd hoped for more with all the reviews. Wil did a great job reading it. It was anti-climactic. Kept hoping for something better to happen.
There are no words to describe how much I loved this book. The story itself was both funny and heartwarming, I rooted for the characters and the last few sentences were so beautiful I found myself crying, even though this was a laugh-out-loud book over all. I particularly enjoyed the three codas at the end, those were stories that I wanted to hear and this way they were told without disturbing the continuity of the main story.
I also enjoyed Wil Wheaton's performance. I think he does justice to all of Scalzi's books, even enhances them, but for this book, he was the best choice. If you know him a little, or rather what he is most famous for, you should understand why. Also the book is co-dedicated to him, so him reading it was very fitting.
Yes, it was definitely read by the right person, Wil Wheaton was absolutely great! It had everything I though it should, many Red Shirts dodging things that shouldn't happen, the "mystery box" etc. Just a great fun read. The second and third codex were a little slow and hard to follow at times, but it made sense in the end. Love it when a book ends well.
Yes, Fuzzy Nation and Ready Player One. Both good books and he is an excellent narrator.
Laughed so hard at times!!!
If you ever watched Star Trek, this is a must read. Such a great "behind the scenes" spoof!!!
Wheaton is a great narrator (check out Ready Player One, too). And Scalzi is a lot of fun. He has some great ideas, good dialogue, and unexpected plot twists; if you like his other books, you'll like this one. This is not deep, weighty science fiction but I wasn't in the mood for that and I wasn't disappointed.