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There are so many people who don't care for this book and I can understand. The book is largely fun and silly. The actual plot of the book does a fabulous job of lovingly sending up Star Trek (especially TOS). I love Star Trek and have loved it ever since I was a small child. Some of the in-jokes had me laughing out loud, which is not something I often do. When it comes to the codas, that is where a lot of the dissent starts. People who liked the tone of the first part of the book are put off by the nature of the the three codas (first, second and third person respectively). They might think that they are unnecessary. But I don't think the story works as well without them.
One thing that was a little annoying about the book was, well, all the dialog attributions. "She said,", "he said", "Dahl said", etc. After a while it became a little tedious, especially when there were a lot of different characters talking at the same time.
Scalzi has such a fresh voice and his humor is both witty and timely. He pulls you in to the story and demands your attention.
Wil is just THE best reader around. He is like listening to a favorite friend spin yarns.
A fun story whether you are a Trekker or not.
ROFL funny for all space-opera addicts, particularly Star Trek fans. The guy in the red shirts dies horribly on away missions, does he?
A wonderful spoof, but with a rollicking plot.
He has outdone himself, clearly enjoyed the material.
Grinned contantly, laughed out loud frequently. Really brightened up a bad day I was having.
Between the rigid "he said" dialog, and the narrator's unwillingness to differentiate character voices (I had no idea one of the characters was female until the book used a gender pronoun) it was just grating to listen to.
Redshirts has just won the 2013 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. It is also nominated for the Hugo Award which will be announced at the World Science Fiction Convention at the end of August.
Does that mean the story is good? Probably.
Yes, it made me think of some of the inconsistency that many Sci-fi & Fantasy book have and was somewhat humorous in point these things out.
It inspired me to examine the stories I listen to, so I don't get suck in the problem that this book points out.
Had trouble keeping my attention on this the whole time I was listening to it.
If you're a fan of Star Trek, Babylon 5, Firefely, etc., this is a great book for you.
Anything in the Star Trek series, but it's closer in kind to Galaxy Quest.
Krazinsky. You can hear what a jerk the guy is from Wheaton's performance, and you really get the personality of the character.
I laughed quite a bit, and there were some very poignant moments that had me tearing up for sure.
Wil Wheaton has become my favourite performer for audiobooks. He led me to Ready Player One, and now to Redshirts. I'm twice as likely to pick up a book he is the reader on than any other audiobook.
Great genre-subversion story, and very funny. If you don't like meta-meta-fiction then this is not the book for you. The narration was very entertaining; what Wheaton lacks in distinction between voices, he more than makes up for with enthusiasm and tone that matches the material perfectly. Another reviewer said his penchant for dropping the "he said" and "she said" to the point of distractedness and at first it bothered me too but I got over it. The codas are a little too long but mostly funny.