There are no words to describe how much I loved this book. The story itself was both funny and heartwarming, I rooted for the characters and the last few sentences were so beautiful I found myself crying, even though this was a laugh-out-loud book over all. I particularly enjoyed the three codas at the end, those were stories that I wanted to hear and this way they were told without disturbing the continuity of the main story.
I also enjoyed Wil Wheaton's performance. I think he does justice to all of Scalzi's books, even enhances them, but for this book, he was the best choice. If you know him a little, or rather what he is most famous for, you should understand why. Also the book is co-dedicated to him, so him reading it was very fitting.
Yes, it was definitely read by the right person, Wil Wheaton was absolutely great! It had everything I though it should, many Red Shirts dodging things that shouldn't happen, the "mystery box" etc. Just a great fun read. The second and third codex were a little slow and hard to follow at times, but it made sense in the end. Love it when a book ends well.
Yes, Fuzzy Nation and Ready Player One. Both good books and he is an excellent narrator.
Laughed so hard at times!!!
If you ever watched Star Trek, this is a must read. Such a great "behind the scenes" spoof!!!
Wheaton is a great narrator (check out Ready Player One, too). And Scalzi is a lot of fun. He has some great ideas, good dialogue, and unexpected plot twists; if you like his other books, you'll like this one. This is not deep, weighty science fiction but I wasn't in the mood for that and I wasn't disappointed.
This was really a book where I just wanted to see how everything unfolded. While the story was a bit nonsensical, it was written in a way that made listening to it enjoyable. The lighthearted and tongue-in-cheek prose made listening without a smile on your face impossible.
This book was similar the author's Agent to the Stars novel. If you liked that book, there's a good chance you'd enjoy Redshirts.
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Do you like Scalzi's other works? Did you particularly enjoy The Android's Dream? Otherwise, do you like sci-fi television, classic and modern?
In Redshirts, Scalzi gives us a loving metafictional critique of the paradigm of classic science fiction television, the show from which the title was drawn, but which will remain nameless here. He also provides a framework for reconsidering the show and others of its ilk-- you may never watch your favorite episodes in the same way again.
If you're like me, you like crossover participation in your sci-fi-- actor, writer, and character hopping, the stripping of costumes and makeup to participate in other storylines, and the like. Wil Wheaton's rendition of this story is yet another metafictional element, and he does a fantastic job of bringing Scalzi's words to our ears.
This work is many-layered, but even if you just want a fun, well-imagined romp through alternate and interweaving dimensions and realities, as well as characters that you actually grow to care about deeply, no matter how brief their "page"-time is, you'll enjoy Redshirts.
Delightful, amusing, mind-bending
Meeting Jenkins, aka The Yeti, was a great moment.
The confrontation with the people in the 21st century was my favorite scene.
Just when you think it is safe to be an extra ...
I really enjoyed Scalzi's take on the joke about Red Shirts fate on the original Star Trek crew. The main story is humors and entertaining. The Codas then add a depth to the characters that take the book to a new level. Wil Wheaton brings the characters to life and is a great choice to narrate the book.
This is turning into the killer duo. Scalzi crafts an excellent story, Wheaton pulls of a exceptional performance. Keep em coming!
I enjoyed the Scalzi/Wheaton pairing on Fuzzy Nation, and I love the Star Trek universerse, so I thought I'd give this a try. The book begins with the feel of a satirical farce, then morphs slightly into a sci-fi adventure that is self-aware that it is a farce. Scalzi leaves you wondering about the how's and why's of his universe, and focuses on the story instead. So if you can let go if your need to understand, you will share some of the same belly laughs I enjoyed. I got a few of those 'WTH is so funny' stares at the gym listening to this one.
But then the three codas (epilogues) begin, and Scalzi's tone becomes more serious. The codas are excellent, poignant short stories in their own right and are actually the best part of the book. Scalzi's writing skill is on display there, and he delivers a satisfying conclusion.
Overall, definately worth the credit!
Wow. Overly complex, characters that one doesn't give a grip about, and in the end, just plain silly. I have enjoyed multiple other Scalzi works, but this one is a real clinker.