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.
The universe rearranges itself to accomodate your picture of reality.
Yes, it was funny and I love star trek.
I wouldn't have anything to add
Yes, this one was just as enjoyable
can't think of one.
Yes, made the miles fly by.
Pretty much like them all.
Made the miles fly; easy entertainment for me. Some hard core SciFi folks may find it offensive but I enjoyed it.
Wil Wheton was great. He was very expressive and had more then a few voices. There are only a few people who are really good at reading books and he is one of them.
I listen while commuting and part of my drive is I-5 through down town Seattle during rush hour right at the begining so everybody is still going fast but there is bumber to bumber cars. I was at the part about the "magic box". I almost crashed my car. My eyes were watering and I was rocking with laughter. I couldn't focus on anything. Even after I turned it off I kept thinking of the lines and cracking up.
This book starts out as a stupid cartoon, and that is intentional. It is funny and bizarre, and wonderfully read by Wheaton, who was absolutely the right choice for this. Using the cartoon as a hook, Scalzi gets down to his usual business of writing about serious existentialism in a fun way. Super book!
I purchased this because of the recent deaths in my life of loved ones (both human and animal) thinking i needed a light hearted action comedy along the lines of Douglas Adams. The first 3/4's of the book did not disappoint... then, in the the mode of the highest aspirations of Science Fiction, the novel moved to a higher plane, meta on top of meta, and my amusement and escapist fantasy turned into serious self reflection that was as deep as it was unexpected.
Well played Mr. Scalzi.
Somewhere between good to pretty good.
The three codas.
The last scene.
The last scene.
I've gone through a number of Scalzi books and they generally have been fun but more of what you would consider light reading. On that scale, Redshirts begins at the level of a comic book. If you like a lot of he said, then she said, then he said, then she asked, then he said, the she said... You get the point. If you survive that then the story does in fact get a lot better, and a little more complex, to something a little bit deeper. Not too deep, mind, you, but still refreshing that this short book doesn't just rely on the joke that people are avoiding the Narrative.
I absolutely loved this book. I can't recommend it enough.
If you're a star trek fan you'll absolutely adore it. It plays with the ideas we're all thinking about those poor redshirts, and while it gets a bit meta, it's just so pleasing to me.
It's like nerd brain candy!!
The humor of the story
yes, I've enjoyed many of his books
Begining of the book had a lot of short line dialog that became dificult to listen to with all the "He said"s thrown in. The story was a little lacking and it seemed like the last part was tacked on just to make the book long enough. Not Scalzi's best...
Great story as always from Mr Scalzi... I didn't see the twist coming... When I got to it I actually laughed out loud. Also, Wil Wheaton is in my opinion the best reader out there. I listen to book just because he is the performer.
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