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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Jonathan 11-05-13
    Jonathan 11-05-13
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    "Would make for a great Star Trek episode"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yeah, I would have the narrator quit reading the "he said" or "she said" parts. It got very annoying.


    Would you recommend Redshirts to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, as it is an enjoyable sci-fi romp


    Would you be willing to try another one of Wil Wheaton’s performances?

    Probably not, unless it was a book I was truly interested in.


    Do you think Redshirts needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I know its blasphemous in this day and age, but not everything should have sequels.


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    David Orlando, FL, United States 10-31-13
    David Orlando, FL, United States 10-31-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Hysterical and Witty!"
    What made the experience of listening to Redshirts the most enjoyable?

    I listen to a fair number of audiobook. This was #43 in 2013. It is also the 2nd Scalzi book I have listened to. I LOVED every part of this book. The style and "narrative" made me laugh out loud numerous times. It was fast paced, easy to follow, engaging, extremely funny, and very clever. I don't usually go for funny or satire in my reading/listening choices, however this is one of THE best books I have read/listened to all year. To really address the question as to what was most enjoyable, well the writing, the humor, the meta absurdist existentialism of it, Wil Wheaton's performance. I guess the only thing I did not like was that there was not more to enjoy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Really I don't know if I had a favorite character. I think everyone struck me in their own purpose (as the author points out at the end of the "narrative". There weren't any bad characters... I don't really get the people who trash the characters. I think they are very believable and endearing in their attempt to escape "the narrative".


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    First off that Wil Wheaton does a book like this is just REALLY enjoyable. Someone from Star Trek (not to mention his other movies, Penny Arcade, and occasional Big Bang appearance) reading this just adds an entirely extra layer of cleverness to it. Wil is not as great with different character voices as other narrators (James Marsters or Christian Rummel for example), but really I would rather have had Wheaton read this over anyone else. His inflections, excitement, exacerbation all are superb. His performance really added a lot to the writing (not to discount the writing itself, it stands on its own), it just adds to it, like a great wine with a steak, or frosting on cake, or crazed killer robots on a space station!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I REALLY enjoyed the book. It was fun on many levels. First it was light, quick, fast paced, and enjoyable. Secondly it was very creative with pointing out flaws in bad science fiction and showing what happens between those moments. I like sci fi, but a lot of times I can't help but wonder why would you do that... this pokes fun at that while offering a glimpse of the consequences of "bad sci fi writing". As I mentioned above, I do A LOT of audiobooks a year and this is one of the best and most enjoyable I've experienced all year. Thank you John and thank you Wil!


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    Katya A new york 10-23-13
    Katya A new york 10-23-13
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    "Bedtime story for a Trekkie"

    I'm a big fan of Scalzi's writing style and i know enough Star Trek Mythos to appreciate sharp ironic humor of the story. But some of the joke were little too 'on the nose' and no low-hanging fruit was left uncollected. Still, the story was very entertaining, narration by Wil Wheaton was great, like always, and i would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a light beach read. If they read other novels by Jon Scalzi, that is. Not the best novel by him but better than most other Star Trek fanfic.

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    Jessica LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 10-23-13
    Jessica LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2014

    I enjoy reading many books genres. But I love listening to fantasy books.

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    "Thought it would just be a sci-fi spoof"

    I was delighted with this book. I would have been delighted had it been just a spoof on the sci-fi genre. But it was so much deeper. I loved the multiple views and the "meta" character. And it had a deep message to boot. Will Wheaton was a great narrator too.

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    Amazon Customer Somerville, MA, United States 10-13-13
    Amazon Customer Somerville, MA, United States 10-13-13 Member Since 2014

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Everyone knows the one with the red shirt dies."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would definitely recommend this book to a fellow Trekkie. It is a very clever, funny and at moments heartwarming story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jenkins. He figures everything out.


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

    I have listened to one other book narrated by Wil Wheaton. I thought this was better, despite some awkward writing.


    Did Redshirts inspire you to do anything?

    Watch some old Star Trek!


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    David Greenberg 10-11-13 Member Since 2009
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    "sarcasm sarcasm sarcasm"

    The story reads like a bunch of nerds flaming late night at a Con, with fixed sentence structure. If you don't like Star Trek cliche's, the entire story is worthless.
    The narrator communicates the sarcasm, but fails to provide a different "voice" for each character.
    It was worth the $2.95 sale price. I wouldn't pay full price or use an audible credit.

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    Annette 10-06-13
    Annette 10-06-13
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    "This is the most ridiculous story I've ever read"
    Would you try another book from John Scalzi and/or Wil Wheaton?

    Never - it would be cruel and unusual punishment.


    Has Redshirts turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None. The whole book was a giant Zzzzzzzz.


    Any additional comments?

    I downloaded this book because of it's ratings...swear to god it was the most painful read I've encountered all year.

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    J. Kirsch Bay Area, CA 10-06-13
    J. Kirsch Bay Area, CA 10-06-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Wheaton was perfect narrator!"
    If you could sum up Redshirts in three words, what would they be?

    ironic hilarious re-readable


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Redshirts?

    "eveloutionarilly questionable rotating teeth"


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    His enthusiasm and sarcasm played through the characters perfectly!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh - more than once!


    Any additional comments?

    Could not love this book more. I started it over as soon as I finished and it's even funnier the second time around. Completely brilliant!

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    David Chesapeake, VA, United States 10-03-13
    David Chesapeake, VA, United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting story -- kind of left me flat though.."

    First, I will say that I've become a huge fan of Scalzi/Wheaton and love the combination...especially Agent to the Stars. I sampled "Redshirts" and it sounded interesting so I went for it. I can't say I was disappointed, not really. It was very clever and in parts very entertaining... but for me the ending just sort of unraveled. There are others that absolutely loved the story, me -- not so much. Parts of it were a bit raunchy for me (not a kids book!!) but the Star Trek spin off was intriguing, especially as you are trying to figure out what was going on.

    Certainly not the best choice on Audible in my opinion but if you really like off beat science fiction and are a fan of Scalzi and particularly Wil Wheaton, I don't think you will be disappointed with this story. Fuzzy Nation and Agent to the Stars are much better in my opinion, but... this is not bad. Wheaton was great, as usual.

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    Catherine SPRINGVILLE, IA, United States 09-29-13
    Catherine SPRINGVILLE, IA, United States 09-29-13 Member Since 2007

    dogwalker

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    "Twisty and Turny!"

    When I first started to listen to this book, I was ready to turn it back in. There is a ton of he said she said then he said. It drove me nuts. It was hard to tell the characters apart because the narrator did not try to sound like different characters. BUT there is a method to the madness. I ended up really enjoying the book. The story line makes several unexpected and, at times, unbelievabble turns. But again there is a reason for the that. At first glance it is just boring, then goes to weird,then stranger and then I did not want it too end. Enjoy!

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