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Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas | [John Scalzi]

Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.
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Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship’s Xenobiology laboratory. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expended on avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives.

©2012 John Scalzi (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 06-07-12
    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 06-07-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Galaxy Quest meets Scalzi"

    Scalzi doesn't disappoint and Wheaton is brilliant. When the crew of a starship realizes it's at the mercy of science fiction writers from the past you get a great audible listen!

    50 of 62 people found this review helpful
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    T. Pell Irving, TX USA 06-06-12
    T. Pell Irving, TX USA 06-06-12 Member Since 2008

    Proud to be a geek

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    "A philosophy-fillled, meta-packed, sci-fi fun fest"
    What did you like best about Redshirts? What did you like least?

    I love Scalzi's take on the cliched disposable 'Red Shirt' ensign phenomenon. I don't know a single person who watches Star Trek and hasn't said that they'd NEVER volunteer for an away mission if they weren't one of the big stars. So Scalzi makes this the central story to his plot, and also manages to poke fun at other related topics such as Trek philosophy, time travel 'rules', actors, Comic Cons, 'scifi science' and alien silliness (Ice Sharks? Really!?!) And, while Redshirts never takes itself too seriously, it still manages to present thought provoking dilemmas for it's intrepid heroes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Redshirts?

    I think I'll leave out my favorite moment, so as not to give away the plot too early. My second favorite moment was the time travel sequence.


    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I have listened to several Wheaton-narrated performances by Cline, Scalzi and Wheaton, and this is another solid listen. Wil Wheaton is absolutely the most appropriate reader for this book, given the subject matter. He did a great job. The only thing that I found distracting was the use of, "he said," "she said," "Dahl said," etc, after almost every spoken line. While not Wheaton's fault, it was terribly distracting and even a bit irritating after time. I hope Mr. Scalzi invests in a thesaurus for his next book. The word "said" ends in a hard stop that is quite noticeable when repeated several times in a short time-frame. It really kills the flow of the dialog.


    Was Redshirts worth the listening time?

    Absolutely. I highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of scifi, especially Star Trek geeks like myself. I think that it was very cleverly done and will be sure to make any Trek fan roll with laughter.


    40 of 50 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Whittier, CA 06-06-12
    Dave Whittier, CA 06-06-12

    I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out.

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    "Death by Away Team - Pure Scalzi!"

    ???Is it just me???or is everyone on this ship monumentally f-ed up about away teams???? asks one of the Redshirts early on in John Scalzi???s ???Redshirts.??? It sets-up pretty much everything you???d hope for and expect from a new Scalzi book. It???s funny, geeky, exciting, and it gets emotional and heartfelt in the most surprising places. But what???s really unique about this one is how Meta it gets. Scalzi plays with his narrative like a phaser set to disintegrate and aims it at all the tropes, poor logic, and shoddy science that badly made genre TV, film, and fiction have conjured.

    There???s a lot of characters, and as a result, some of them feel a little more cookie-cutter than I???d prefer. In particular, the protagonist doesn???t stand out as much as some of the others he???s written. The constant dialogue tags, the characters voices, etc. (However, the way this story???s setup, it can certainly be argued that that is the point.)

    And even if that's not a persuasive argument, Scalzi has a lot of fun playing with the theme of characters being ???Under the Influence of the Narrative??? or creating scenarios where they advise each other to "STAY OFF THE BRIDGE! AVOID THE NARRATIVE!??? I have little doubt that much of it will become shorthand for all sorts of creative types in the future. Through it all ??? Scalzi throws down a challenge to not only live long and prosper, but to stop wasting time - to take advantage of your life and really live, and to do something worthwhile.

    Wil Wheaton once again does a very strong job with the narration ??? and really, who else would you pick to narrate this book but the once and future Wesley Crusher. It???s great to hear him reading another Scalzi book.

    For Star Trek and genre fans, for creative types, for anyone who has ever watched a SF TV or film and wanted to throw something at the screen because it all suddenly stopped making sense - this is really worth checking out.

    46 of 59 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer severna park, MD, United States 04-05-13
    Amazon Customer severna park, MD, United States 04-05-13 Member Since 2011

    I'm actually a day old tart, filled with maple custard. Perhaps, this reads as a rational introduction to others, and you are deliberately misreading it, because, come on, maple custard.

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    ""Really Funny!" She said."

    Scalzi still uses 'said' for nearly every exchange of dialogue, which will drive some people really nuts. It's the elephant in the living room for this book. If you don't zero in on it, you might never notice.

    Personally, I LOVED the comedy, speed, and pitch of the banter. The first five hours are a huge laugh, with some earnest drama and important life lessons sprinkled in, from first to last. The star trek references are so very classic. And the dramatic pauses and high school theater way the officers make exchanges, then automatically switch to normal speech when not on point. So funny!

    This was my first book with this author, and it had me moving happily on to Android's Dream, Agent to the Stars, Fuzzy Nation, and the Old Man's War series. A great find! Fixation on the word 'said' or no.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 11-28-12
    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2009
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    "For the Trekkie inside you."

    Ever wonder what life would be like on the Star ship Enterprise as a Red shirt? Well this book gives you that spin on the classic (Star Trek TV show)/ generic sci-fi TV show. Well here’s your chance to see what life is like from a Red Shirts perspective. Follow along as they try and make sense of this crazy world where things don’t always make sense. I especially enjoyed the reading by Wil Wheaton who played the role of Wesley Crusher in Star Trek Next Generation.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Russell Keswick, ON, Canada 06-21-12
    Russell Keswick, ON, Canada 06-21-12
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    "I'm Glad This Universe has a Scalzi"

    I've always really liked Scalzi books and this latest one is a fine addition to an impressive body of work. The main story is a lot of fun and occasionally provokes some deep thinking. It ended too quickly and I wondered what the heck could John do with three Codas - I wanted more of the main characters. But, leaving the reader wanting more isn't a bad thing for any author. The Codas actually turned out quite well and interweaved into the story with some new characters in a different time and place. I actually got choked up at the last spoken sentence of the final coda.

    Wil Wheaton gives a magnificent performance and I hope he and Scalzi will team up again in the future.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Ethan M. Cambridge, MA 06-08-12
    Ethan M. Cambridge, MA 06-08-12 Member Since 2000

    On Audible since the late 1990s, mostly science fiction, fantasy, history & science. I rarely review 1-2 star books that I can't get through

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    "Clever fun, though not as clever as it wants to be"

    Scalzi's work has been heading in this direction for a long time - fun, funny science fiction adventures that are full of lots of references to classic science fiction and aimed squarely at fans who are in on the joke. This is the next logical step, one that asks, in a number of ways, "what if (mediocre) science fiction was real?" The movie Galaxy Quest is the right cultural touchpoint here.

    Redshirts delivers on the premise with some real humor, and some fun plots, but Scalzi is not quite enough of a writer to make the self-references mean much beyond providing clever plot twists and good jokes. The character development is light, and, though the reason for this is justified in the book, it doesn't actually make up for the fact that the characters are all fairly boring. Similarly, many of the most interesting aspects of the self-referential plot are left unexplored, as the book veers more to adventure in the last part of the novel.

    Wil Wheaton, while obviously a brilliant pick in terms of adding to the meta-science fiction fun, is actually less successful as a reader here than he is on other novels. Part of that is that there is a lot of dialogue, and Wheaton doesn't do voices, so there is a lot of "he said" "she said" among similarly-named characters that makes things confusing. Not horrible, but not optimal.

    Though it may sound like I didn't like the book, I actually found it a lot of fun, more, in fact, than I would have expected from the sum if its parts (thus, four stars for the overall rating). But, among Scalzi's work, this book is much more Agent to the Stars than Old Man's War - fun, amusing, but ultimately very light.

    29 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 12-18-13
    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 12-18-13

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    "A Fun Little Meta Story"

    There is a lot to like about Redshirts and Scalzi creates an interesting meta-universe that gives a backstory to the disposable extras the filled many an episode of Star Trek. The book pokes fun at a storied television franchise and goes from silly to absurd as the junior crew members do what they can to avoid going on away missions. One inside joke after another keeps things entertaining and the tale goes from simple to complex as it unfolds.

    Be warned that there is also a lot to dislike about Redshirts. The characters aren’t very deep and the story is more about the running joke than it is about the characters. You will also quickly grow tired of hearing “he said/she said” in the dialogue.

    As a self-proclaimed geek and former actor on a Star Trek series, Wil Wheaton is a natural fit as the narrator here. I have enjoyed other books read by Wil but I didn’t feel like this was one of his better readings. He doesn’t do a lot of voices so it can be hard at the beginning to keep track of all of the various characters; however, Wil is still adequate and it is the story itself that will either keep you entertained or drive you away. If you are a SciFi fan capable of having fun at the expense of a beloved television series then this book is for you.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Las Cruces, NM, United States 12-05-13
    Gary Las Cruces, NM, United States 12-05-13 Member Since 2001

    Letting the rest of the world go by

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    "Made us Laugh out Loud"

    This book accomplishes what very few other sci-fi books can do. It makes you laugh out loud. It's not the most original story, but it will make you laugh out loud because of the dialogue and situations, and you will be interested in the story's main arc.

    A perfect book for a car trip with a fellow listener. The sci-fi is fun and the ending is worth the read, and the book will make you laugh out loud!

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    K. Eckert 07-29-13
    K. Eckert 07-29-13

    Devourer of all books fantasy

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    "Very funny parody novel"

    This is the second Scalzi book that I have read. The first was Fuzzy Nation which I enjoyed immensely. This book was also very enjoyable; it was funny and clever. Although I kind of wish it has ended before we got to the Codas. Still it was an entertaining read.

    I read this on audiobook and really really enjoyed it. It's read by Will Wheaton, who does an excellent job reading audiobooks.

    In the future the Intrepid is the flagship of the Universal Union and it is an honor to be assigned to it. So thinks Ensign Andrew Dahl until he starts to notice strange things...like the strange way the officers talk at times, like the high body count on away missions, and like how he does and says things he normally wouldn’t on away missions.... When Dahl and his friends start looking into things more deeply they find that things on the Intrepid are very very wrong.

    This is a hard book to review without spoilers, but I will try my best. Let’s just say it’s a very tongue in cheek type of funny story. It’s full of mystery, gorey sci-fi action scenes, strange coincidences, and a bit of time travel.

    The characters are all quirky and interesting. Although this isn’t a character driven story, they are there mainly to unravel the mystery of Intrepid.

    The whole craziness around time travel and predestined fates gets a bit confusing towards the end of the book, but Scalzi approaches it all with a sense of humor that makes it more believable.

    My only complaint is that I kind of wished the book would have stopped before it got to the Codas, I think they detracted from the story. The three Codas basically tell the impact of the Intrepid’s story on three characters that get involved from our time and world. They were kind of interesting, but didn’t add to the story a whole lot.

    In the end exactly how and why things happened how they did on the Intrepid was a bit ambiguous and confusing, but it was still pretty hilarious.

    Overall this was an entertaining read. If you enjoy parodies and over-the-top humorous science fiction you will enjoy this book. It was pretty hilarious and entertaining to read. The story didn’t always make complete sense and was a bit ambiguous at times, but Scalzi kind of makes fun of this so it works for this book. Recommended if you are a fan of humorous sci-fi or if you are a fan of Scalzi’s previous books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • MR
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    "What's not to like?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Redshirts to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the dead-tree version but I've read an awful lot of Scalzi and I end up feeling ever-so-slightly disappointed sometimes at the end of his books. Still not managed to finish Fuzzy Nation and I really want to...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Ghost in the Machine... or was he the narrator? I'm not sure as I got all twisted up in the narrative.


    Which character – as performed by Wil Wheaton – was your favourite?

    I guess the hero was the best. Though they were all pretty entertaining.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Like trying to eat Spaghetti with your ears!


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth a listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • henrik
    Roskilde, Denmark
    5/20/13
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    "Enjoyable story, masterfull narration"

    While the story is more than ok, Wil Wheaton does a superb job telling it. I enjoyed this very much, allthough the book itself falls short sometimes. The premise for this book is funny and clever, but it could do with some editing. It is far to long and drawn out at some points, but unlike many other reviewers, the "he said, she said" etc style of writning didnt bother me. To me, it feels like it is written as a script, and fits the book very well.
    Bottom line; If Wil Wheaton had'nt narrated this, I might not have enjoyed it so much. As it is, I recommend this to all science fiction fans, and trekkies in particular.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Banchory, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "This was not so bad after all"

    I downloaded this in a hurry - looking for some reasonable SF and tried this. I noticed someone mentioned the excess 'he said - she said' and I soon found the dialogue was really not suitable for listening. When you read dialogue heavy fiction - the he said - etc. bit is kind of filtered out, but on audiobook, however decent the reader is, and Wheaton is pretty good, the said bit gets really tedious. I nearly aborted this listen after 1/2 hour, but I was on a long journey, so kept going. In the end it was a pleasant light listen, with some clever twists. I will probably not bother with another Scalzi, but the experience was not bad. I tend to like the more cerebral SF, but am running out of authors! Help!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neil Cooper
    Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "A good short story"

    I am a big fan of John Scalzi, having loved Old Man’s War, and this short story didn’t disappoint me in the slightest. I found it funny and witty, with his mick taking of various sci-fi series and the concepts raised interesting and good.

    It only gets four stars due to what has already been said. When I initially read the other reviews I didn’t think that the “he said/ she said” would be as bad as described. If anything, it’s worse!!! It doesn’t ruin what is a very good ‘read’ but is still extremely annoying and causes this book to miss out on the five stars rating for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    4/7/13
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    "Fantastic Fun"

    A brilliant light hearted bit of sci-fi. Good fun and a joy to listen too. A must for all scifi referencing geeks

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    london, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "Pretty Good"

    I'm a big Scalzi fan and, whilst this book has his customary wit and is very well written, it covers ground that has been very thoroughly explored by other writers, tv shows etc. It's still a good book and the codas are excelent (if rather long) but it feels less inventive than Scalzi's other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allan
    Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "What a great idea"

    As a Trekkie these many years, I approached this book thinking why has nobody come up with this idea before.



    Viewing the space opera from the "cannon fodder's" perspective is surprisingly enlightening. These people have a life beyond their 2 minutes of fame and their gradual realisation that "something is very wrong with their universe" is entertaining and moderately suspenseful.



    At first I found the presentation of the dialogue stilted i.e. He said she said etc then I realised the author was writing dialogue for a TV show.



    The codas work well to tidy up the loose ends in a satisfying manner.



    All in all a good listen and very different to my usual selections. I will endeavour to boldly go again

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    Basingstoke, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "A fun listen for Star Trek fans"

    This is a brilliant parody novel made all the better by Wesley Crusher (sorry Will) doing a brilliant job of reading the story.

    The main story riffs on some of the most prevalent tropes of the genre by making some of the minor characters or redshrits on the crew of an Enterprise style ship aware that they are in someone else's story. The writer has a lot of fun with this before getting down to the elements of the main plot and it works really well

    There are 2 sections to the novel, the main story and a really great set of "what happened next" stories covering some of the minor character and elements from the main plot. Its really nice to get some closure on these stories



    To make one small complaint, the writer needs to work on their "he said/she said", it gets a little distracting especially when read out loud

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C. P. Halliday
    Gloucester, UK
    11/23/12
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    "Funny, irreverent and deliciously subversive"

    This, as a character in a movie I particularly love might have said, is a slice of fried gold. Not only is this a wonderfully entertaining story, but it's read by Wil Wheaton, who does a remarkable job of bringing the characters to life and giving them personalities you can't help but like. If you ever watched an episode of Star Trek (just one - you don't have to be a fan), this one's for you. Do yourself a favour and check it out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oliver
    RUGELEY, United Kingdom
    11/20/12
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    "Wesley Crusher what has thou don est?"

    Had to stop listening as the word said was not edited out of the narrators copy. It appeared so many times in the first few minutes it gave me a nose bleed. Disappointed but to all those budding audio book stars introduce the character once and use vocal range to distinguish who is talking don't just say "said John" "said Andy" after every utterance even after one word AGGHHH! make it stop Will Wheaton.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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