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...
a great story with all the exstras, action,adventure, romance and very funny in sci fi setting. If you like Heinline, and connie willis you like this. VERY worth your time cash or credit
Quirky, Funny, Facinating
I brought him along because the Laws of Physics change around him! What better explanation for having a guy in a box?
Ensign Dawes was spot on for Wheaton.
The husband and wife "reunion" was a nice touch.
Great listen, the story couldn't help but make you laugh, even though it brought back all the painful memories of the ill fated Red Shirts from the Enterprise. Great book!
This was a novel with humor and humanity. It also had several creative touches, and a fine narrator in Wil Wheaton. If you are tired of the pompousness and ultra-seriousness of recent sci-fi and fantasy movies, this is a beautiful change of pace.
Well, since it was my first one, its was the best one.
Its like Star Trek meets Being John Malkovich
Loved the fact it was narrated by Wheaton, perfect cast.
The point when I realized the book wasn't quite over, and I had 3 more codas to listen to.
I'm not sure if you'd really appreciate this story as much if you were not familiar with Star Trek (particularly the original series). I think Wil is a great match for this writer, and possibly can bring much to his performance being associated with Star Trek.
The story itself is quite good, however there are some codas that I think would make more sense in the written version. It was strange getting to the "end" of the story and then having 2 more hours of "story". I was not as big a fan of the codas as the main story.
Overall it was an easy going story, and quite humorous. It managed to combine several stereotypical sci-fi oddities in a fun way.
I'd recommend it certainly. Anyone who's familiar with Star Trek TV or Battlestar Gallactica or other TV Scifi will get a kick out of it. And hearing Will Wheaton is a real treat. But...
The front of the book is padded. It takes too long to get to the gist of the story. And there is much too much padding at the end with a strange "coda."
The book isn't so much a novel as a novella. And would have been only around 5 hours without the padding.
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