The format was hard to follow, bouncing around from topic to topic then back, I would have less out of order commentary.
I may listen to another version of this book at a later date to see if I can take in the entire work better.
If this version was better laid out it would stand alone well.
When you think the book is done it starts back up in a random place then goes back through most of what you already heard but with new commentary. It was confusing and unfocused. In my opinion it did not capture the spirit of the original.
It was a fun and interesting story, the premise starts like a star trek conversation you might have had with one of your friends in high school. "Hey so what's with always having an expendable crew man"? Then you get to see a story from their perspective that becomesso much more. "I laughed, I cried, it moved me." The banter of the characters in the face of an absurd existence was priceless. Lots of fun all round.
The only books you can compare to John Scalzi books are John Scalzi books. His writing is fresh and unique. I would compare Red Shirts in fun value to 'Agent to the Stars'.
Will Wheaton has a unique way of giving a character a life and personality of their own without really making voices for them, you just know who is who by how each voice feels. He is perfect in his emotion and presence. You feel the joy, fun, and even pain of each character.
It was a read you won't want to put down till the end, and then only to wipe your eyes in sadness that there is no more story to enjoy.
John Scalzi is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors and with the Will Wheaton team up its going to be a hit each time.
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