I bought this because it was on-sale and the premise sounded interesting, however I wish I had known about the language so I felt I should pass this on. In general it seems ok but as I've gotten about a third of the way into it I've realized that I can't abide the cursing. It seems gratuitous rather than appropriate within the context of the story.
As always, John Scalzi delivers a great book and Wil Wheaton reads it very well.
I would say that the the last two Codas are a bit of an anti-climax, somewhat long-winded and don't really add to the book. I still consider this to be a five-star book, but it you get to the codas and feel like skipping them, you won't miss anything important.
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.
An enjoyable bit of silliness. It must be something in the red dye that makes all security & other personnel wearing red shirts leave all sense & logic in the closet with their non-red clothes.
Wil Wheaton is an enthusiastic narrator, but doesn't differentiate between characters with voice changes hence my 3 star rating.
The book takes an interesting turn about mid-way through.
I have always enjoyed seeing the reference to the "Red Shirt" picked up by other TV series, books & movies. Thanks John Scalzi for reinforcing the legend of the "Red Shirt".
Star Trek has had an unbelievable influence on inventions, attitudes and entertainment.
I really enjoyed this book - John Scalzi is a funny writer; Wil Wheaton is a great narrator. HOWEVER, the first half an hour or so is unbelievably stilted when read aloud. It's a lot of "he said," then "she said," then "he said" ad nauseum. I think when reading print, my eyes skip over those things and it's not a big problem. In audio, it's as if it's all I could hear. The first part, consequently, is irritating and confusing. Past that, it's a well written story that is ultimately about choices and consequences - thought I didn't realize it for awhile, because it is also very light and funny.
Really good take on the obvious STAR TREK lesser role players always getting killled on an away team mission. Very well written, with some good twists and turns. The only Sci Fi writer apart from Harry Harrison and Eric Frank Russell to write such humour.
I had put this off until it was nominated for a Hugo, thinking it would be a light read but not high merit. I was wrong. The first 75% of the book is an entertaining pastiche on the tropes of Star Trek, and how someone might react if their life were like the characters in worst of Star Trek episodes. I laughed out loud several times, and couldn't resist telling my wife about parts. Then the three codas did something I didn't expect -- showed the longer term impact of the story on 3 people, with a depth that made me care. I'm coming to think that Scalzi has a skill specifically for showing us the power of different points of view on the same event. In a year of good novels, this one got my vote for the Hugo.
Are you the type of geek who asks themselves "Why is the commander of a starship assaulting a enemy ship? Wouldn't that be a job for the security detail?"? If yes, this book is right up your alley.
Sarcasm is one of the major languages today, and Scalzi is both fluent and skilled in it, while Wheaton's crisp, wry delivery gives it that perfect zing.
Loved it, keep em coming.
I want to make clear that I had no issue with the book itself, nor with the voice acting. Wil Wheaton has a perfect voice to provide for Scalzi's biting wit. The story itself was well-paced and fun, throwing things together in ways that caused me to chuckle several times at unexpected turns. So... voice acting is top notch, story is top notch... loved it.
My main point of criticism comes from... I suppose, Scalzi's writing style. For most audio books, I've been able to train myself out of hearing a lot of the "he intoned... she stated... he exclaimed" phrases that are necessary in a book without voices, but not necessary when it's being read to you. But this book... There are numerous times that I just about gave up due to the number of conversations that utilize "he said" and "she said".
Enjoyed the heck out of this novel. Loved the idea/concept, and I suppose the execution could have had another level of depth, but I enjoyed it greatly all the same. I suppose the lack of depth might have bothered me if this was a 500 page book, and not half that. I listened to the audiobook, which Wil Wheaton did an excellent job with.
As for the 3 codas, they were all excellent, and I agree with a remark from an Amazon reviewer: not only are the 3 codas better than the novel itself, but they get progressively better, with the 3rd the best, and most touching. If, like me, you are ignorant of what a "coda" is outside of the music world, it is most easily described as a side story or short story that didn't fit into the main novel. Each of these is also from the point-of-view of a non-main character. If you are a Dresden Files fan, think "Side Jobs".
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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.