Yes. Wil Wheaton does an excellent job giving voice to the characters and pacing the story well.
Maybe. It felt like the book could benefit some from a Thesaurus and a harsher editor. While the plot moved along fine, his sentence structure and vocabulary remained low and repetitive to the point of annoyance. Lines like "he quietly entered the quite alley" just hearken me back to what I used to write in Junior High. Ultimately, its tolerable, but it is something I wish could be improved.
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Star Trek meets Stranger Than Fiction: Star Trek redshirts seek compromise with show writers to escape their imminently written deaths
Ultimately, I found the book just okay. I enjoy the Star Trek universe, and thought that despite being simply a combination of 2 basic plot lines with only average writing the book had a decent pace and was fun to read. Personally I would recommend books like Daemon, Ready Player One, or Reamde to the geek looking for a modern SciFi adventure but if you have exhausted those top shelf options this is certainly worth the time to listen through.
Every single absurdity about the show - the ones I remembered as well as the ones I didn't even remember - was addressed. I kept going "yes! yes!" But of course in a nice way. We love Star Trek, after all.
This book may or may not be interesting for people not familiar with / fans of Star Trek. I couldn't say.
Not sure about the Coda yet... Still mulling that over.
Very witty - loved the sarcasm and creative thinking that went in to the storylines. Basic conversational prose conventions were a little annoying at times, but overall it was entertaining and well worth the credit.
the fact that Mr. Wheaton does not do different voices for the characters (beyond very slightly pitching his voice on occasion). Really, you do - though it may not be imaginable at the beginning when (phonetically) "Dall" and "Duvall" are talking to each-other.
The story, on the other hand -- dang those three codas were enjoyable. Just, dang.
The universe rearranges itself to accomodate your picture of reality.
Yes, it was funny and I love star trek.
I wouldn't have anything to add
Yes, this one was just as enjoyable
can't think of one.
Yes, made the miles fly by.
Pretty much like them all.
Made the miles fly; easy entertainment for me. Some hard core SciFi folks may find it offensive but I enjoyed it.
Wil Wheton was great. He was very expressive and had more then a few voices. There are only a few people who are really good at reading books and he is one of them.
I listen while commuting and part of my drive is I-5 through down town Seattle during rush hour right at the begining so everybody is still going fast but there is bumber to bumber cars. I was at the part about the "magic box". I almost crashed my car. My eyes were watering and I was rocking with laughter. I couldn't focus on anything. Even after I turned it off I kept thinking of the lines and cracking up.
This book starts out as a stupid cartoon, and that is intentional. It is funny and bizarre, and wonderfully read by Wheaton, who was absolutely the right choice for this. Using the cartoon as a hook, Scalzi gets down to his usual business of writing about serious existentialism in a fun way. Super book!
I purchased this because of the recent deaths in my life of loved ones (both human and animal) thinking i needed a light hearted action comedy along the lines of Douglas Adams. The first 3/4's of the book did not disappoint... then, in the the mode of the highest aspirations of Science Fiction, the novel moved to a higher plane, meta on top of meta, and my amusement and escapist fantasy turned into serious self reflection that was as deep as it was unexpected.
Well played Mr. Scalzi.