Redshirts

Softcover, 317 pages

Published Jan. 14, 2013 by Tor Books.

ISBN:
978-0-7653-3479-4
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4 stars (272 reviews)

THEY WERE EXPENDABLE . . . UNTIL THEY STARTED COMPARING NOTES

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Union since the year 2456. It's a prestige posting, with the chance to serve on "Away Missions" alongside the starship's famous senior officers.

Life couldn't be better . . . until Andrew begins to realize 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) sadly, at least one low-ranking crew member is invariably killed.

Unsurprisingly, the crew belowdecks avoid Away Missions at all costs. 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 …

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Inesperado

5 stars

Ya en el prólogo te dicen que esto parece una parodia de Star Trek, y que siéndolo, también es otra cosa. Y así es.

En mi segunda novela de este autor he vuelto a disfrutar de ciencia ficción mezclada con comedia. Los diálogos son otra vez rápidos y llenos de humor sin descanso, pero la historia evoluciona hacia algo más interesante que una Space Soap Opera al uso.

No quiero meter spoilers pero esta cosa de acabar la historia y tener todavía un buen tramo por leer en este caso funciona muy bien y los últimos tres capítulos no son relleno y realmente cierran la historia de manera genial.

Redshirts

4 stars

Pirandello meets Star Trek. Scalzi takes an interesting premise and has a great deal of fun with it as the "below decks" crew of a starship in the future start to wonder why so many of them suffer horrible deaths while the bridge crew remain unscathed. The crewmen and -women decide to investigate, and the ensuing romp gives Scalzi plenty of opportunity for humor. A fun read with some poignant moments as the plot develops.

Scalzi brings the snark

4 stars

I felt the need for a little Scalzi snark and this is the snarkiest of his novels. It delivered on that in spades along with the entertainment. I inhaled this in one sitting, and there were definite snorts and giggles as I went through it. Yes, its only 4 stars on the top line but that's because a reader needs to be in on the joke. You have to be into Star Trek etc for any of this to make sense. Quality Scalzi, can recommend.

Review of 'Redshirts' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Interesting premise well executed but loses a star because it needed one more proof read (there are a couple of really jarring errors where the wrong character is said to be speaking for example), and honestly I'm not sure all three Codas were entirely warrented. All in all though it was an enjoyable read, I would thoroughly recommend it to Sci-Fi fans, especially those who enjoy a touch of the meta.

Lasers get you killed... Who knew, am I right, clones ? (oops, wrong franchise)

4 stars

Might seem like a harsh review, but I just want to be concise. The plot seems obvious rather quickly, and the story stays hilarious right through the end.

I was weirded out by the second part/ending. I think I got a bit bored by the pseudo-blog gimmick.

Excellent either way, and I'm not a star trek fan, like at all !

Borgovian land worms!

4 stars

John Scalzi's dialog crackles with quick banter that makes his books worth reading:

Corey looked down and furrowed his brow. "Where are my pants?" he said. "We took them from you," Dahl said. "Why?" Corey said. "Because we need to talk to you," Dahl said. "You could do that without taking my pants," Corey said. "In a perfect world, yes," Dahl said.

-- John Scalzi, "Redshirts"

The only other Scalzi book I've read, Kiaju Preservation Society, let me down on plot—even when you remove the expected suspension of disbelief required of all sci-fi.

Fortunately, this book's plot holds up throughout the narrative.

The plot falls right out from the title. Think back to season one of "Star Trek: The Next Generation"—when the show was terrible. Think about all the nameless crew members who died on away missions. All those people had lives and families and worries. And their sad fate …

Review of 'Redshirts' on 'Storygraph'

4 stars

I almost put this book down within the first few chapters because the characters were so one-dimensional... then the plot got going and I stayed up until 3am because I needed to know what would happen. This book definitely appeals to a very specific nerdy audience and I'm glad I've watched enough Star Trek to get the lampooning. I probably won't read it again but it was a fun ride nonetheless.

Review of 'Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I'd rate this a 4.5 if I could. It was fun, made me laugh, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It got a bit too meta for my taste at a couple points, but hit one of my points I was thinking about throughout the back half.

It's fun, melds hard sci-fi with more pulpy stuff, and like Galaxy Quest, I recommend it for anyone who is familiar with and loves Star Trek.

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