John Scalzi has become one of my favorite authors, and this book is simply a joy. Don't skip the three "Codas" at the end of the novel, as they really are riveting! The novel itself had me laughing and chuckling all the way, but please don't think this is just a comedy. It is a really thoughtful insight into the Sci-Fi genre, Star Trek, TV, and human nature. I loved the character development and thoroughly enjoyed Scalzi's writing.
That having been said, I almost wish that I had read this book rather than having listened to it. I tolerated Wil Wheaton's machine-gun narration in "Fuzzy Nation," but he was even more annoying with this one. They must not have paid him by the hour, judging from the way he seems to rush through everything. And the way he has of reading the "he said" and "she said" elements of each paragraph really got on my nerves. He reads the parts that you try to tune out with as much, if not more, emphasis than the actual dialog. It really made it hard to lose myself in the story. Will Wheaton really doesn't have a bad voice, but his delivery makes me constantly think the characters REALLY needed to go to the bathroom. I know that Will Wheaton and John Scalzi are friends, but I wish Mr. Wheaton would just slow down. HOWEVER, he did do a magnificent job on the three "Codas." Those were not written in the same style and they suited his narration style much better. I actually got a chill down my back at the end of the third Coda!
Wil Wheaton always reads well - in this case there's no exception. Added in that he is the ultimate redshirt makes this one of my favorites this year.
The star trek reference to redshirts
The characters meeting the Actors for the first time
pretty much, yes
Being Redshirt Bad
Fuzzy Nation, Android's Dream, Agent to the Stars. I have not read anyone else that can make good Science fiction comedy like Scalzi does.
Too many to name. When a "Main Character" died in a very non-meaningful manner. The Codas at the end really connected the whole story to reality very well.
This book started out well. I enjoyed and was engaged with the concept but then the meta kept folding back on itself and in the end, I think it went too far. The bright spot was Wil Wheaten did a great job of reading.
I had not heard of John Scalzi until I came across Audible's release of Old Man's War. I thoroughly enjoyed that book and I have continued to buy some (but not all) of his later books upon occasion. Many are light and a welcome change from some of the grimmer history books I often read and that was the rationale for this purchase (that and another Audible 25% off sale).
This is not his best book, but I found the plot to be relatively interesting and innovative although not terribly surprising. About 1/4 of the way through the book I decided that I knew at least part of what was going on and, as it turned out, I was (sort of) right in my assumptions. This is not a hard science science-fiction book so if you don't try to take things too literally it is entertaining enough. Scalzi has a genius for finding the comical in almost any situation and this book is no exception. The book's main strength, and the source of the humor, is the interaction between the characters and, of course, the group dialogue.
As a warning the language in the book is often really hard (more so than I remember from his other books) and some readers might be offended. Having served in the military when I was younger I can say that the language used in this book is not atypical of what you would hear between soldiers of probably any generation, but readers might want to know about that before starting the book.
I personally did not find the Codas to be worth the trouble of listening and, half way through the first, decided not to waste my time. So many books to read, so little time, so many Audible sales.
Anyone who grow up with cable TV.
The first hour with great, then every other word was F&@$ this and that, and humor followed in the same direction. This is one of the few book I did not finish. I stop at 1 hour, 45 minutes. It was not fun anymore.
He brought the characters alive.
Great idea for a story.
the whole thing
How can I get these hours of my life back and why did I finish it in the first place???
The book is divided into 3 seperate yet connected stories. The first 3rd of the book is great. However, the last two are utter crap. Barely related to the 1st third of the book, it goes off the deep-end with the meta. Honestly the book should of ended a third of the way through.
That the initial premise wasn't enough to keep the story going so he turned it into a long-form meta exercise.
Wil Wheaton was by far the best part of this book.
Disappointed. Like finding out your daughter lost her virginity at 14 disappointment.
I wish I could return this book.
Geek, Gamer who hates wasting credits.
This a quirky book well read and fun. But all that said it a not for everyone. I recommend this to Star Trek type geek (like me) or people to like books that explore ides of braking the wall be between the writer and the character. There is something interesting about the idea of a class of people who seem to exist only to be kill trying to change their role.
If this was read by a one of the regular audible professionals, this would have gotten a straight 4 stars from me. The story is interesting and I like the story telling style of the author but the narrator really dropped the ball.
Different narrator would have been a good thing