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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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    Steve Gildersleeve St. Paul, MN 07-02-12
    Steve Gildersleeve St. Paul, MN 07-02-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining and Worth the Credit"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandru United States 07-02-12
    Alexandru United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2014
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    "An "Out of the Box" Sci-Fi Story"
    What made the experience of listening to Redshirts the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Redshirts to and why?

    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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer GULF SHORES, AL, United States 07-02-12
    Amazon Customer GULF SHORES, AL, United States 07-02-12

    library lady jane

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    "meta meta meta science fiction fun"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine M. Hosch Covington, LA USA 07-02-12
    Katherine M. Hosch Covington, LA USA 07-02-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Self (self (self (self (referential )))"
    If you could sum up Redshirts in three words, what would they be?

    Delightful, amusing, mind-bending


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Redshirts?

    Meeting Jenkins, aka The Yeti, was a great moment.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The confrontation with the people in the 21st century was my favorite scene.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Just when you think it is safe to be an extra ...


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Cape Coral, FL, United States 07-02-12
    Mark Cape Coral, FL, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Story on the old Star Trek joke"

    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.

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    Sam Portland, OR, United States 07-02-12
    Sam Portland, OR, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wheaton brings to life an excellently crafted tale"

    This is turning into the killer duo. Scalzi crafts an excellent story, Wheaton pulls of a exceptional performance. Keep em coming!

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    Bill Centennial, CO, United States 07-02-12
    Bill Centennial, CO, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2011

    Bill

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    "Entertaining listen if you can suspend disbelief"

    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!

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    Smith's Rock 07-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Complete waste of time."

    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.

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    Ariel 07-02-12
    Ariel 07-02-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Read"
    What made the experience of listening to Redshirts the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Redshirts to and why?

    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'.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Allan Zieser Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 07-02-12
    Allan Zieser Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2011

    I am a writer and a photographer, I enjoy playing the drums and exercising in my off hours.

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    What did you love best about Redshirts?

    The thing I loved best about Redshirts is how it takes the story of the most killed characters in the science fiction genera and brings them to life. This is the story of the characters you never hear about but see in every episode. The narration is excellent and I loved the comedic parts of the story overall.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved all the characters, I felt really attached to them, they were really believable in the way that they acted in the story.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    Wil does an amazing job of not just reading, but putting the emotions into what he reads. He is able to convey the emotions of each character and it is easy to tell what character is speaking based solely upon the way that he portrays each of them.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think the ending was the best, in the way that it tied the entire story together in three parts.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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