Books by John Scalzi. Then later at the coffee shop. View all 34 comments. Want to Read saving…. However, whilst being vaguely nationalistic in tone, Garibaldi and his men are not widely considered as having been protofascist.
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What we have, while we're here, are choices and opportunities. And no choice, no opportunity, comes without a cost. And yet, for all the longface puritanism that sounds like I'm feeling, it's less hair shirt than rib-tickler that got me here.
Good one, little dude. Over the years, certain crew members have even learned to semi-successfully game the system in order to survive. Because what else can you do but succumb to the Narrative, no matter how poorly written and unfair it is? There was something about its constantly shifting style and message that suits my easily distractible nature - I guess it was the constant oscillation between smart satire, slapstick comedy, eye rolling 'meta', sappy sentimentality and unexpected infusion of searching for the meaning of life and self-discovery.
All together it creates an interesting combination that at times flows smoothly and at times teeters on the verge of losing its footing just a bit. But overall it worked. It worked even despite the honestly, quite unnecessary three 'codas' stuck onto the ending if the book as though their only function was to pad the word count just a little bit.
I wish they were left out, and the ending - just the way it was, abrupt and unexpected and yet completely necessary given the internal logic of the narrative - was left to stand on its own. But even with the extra padding, the story worked. When it's done, whatever you want to be will be up to you and only you. It will happen away from the eyes of any audience and from the hand of any writer. You will be your own man.
I had fun reading it, and now I'm trying to decide which Scalzi book I want to try next. And no, I'll never ever again will be able to look at any TV show without imagining the implications of the script governing the lives of real people. View all 17 comments. Jun 23, J. Sutton rated it liked it.
Not only that, they realize that every episodic confrontation of their ship requires that a low-ranking crew member namely them be killed. They do what they can to avoid the captain and the other bridge crew, but they know their days aboard the Intrepid are numbered.
With a bit of research, they learn they are in a similar position to characters in a television show, Star Trek, which aired about years earlier.
The real question becomes: Can they assert control over their lives or does the unseen script completely control their destiny? Redshirts started out entertaining, but how far could Scalzi take the premise?
As it turns out, quite a distance. Three codas worth of distance. Most of the material up to the first coda was enjoyable. That in itself is an accomplishment. I was more than ready for it to be over. View all 5 comments. Aug 09, Brent rated it it was amazing Shelves: Consider it a pre-coda if you will. Why are reviews all over the map on this one? Because this story is like an ice-cream cone. A triple scoop ice-cream cone, to be specific, one that presents a series of three distinct flavors that change as you work your way through it.
It begins as a pre Review 2. It begins as a pretty funny, genre-aware, semi-parody of old school Star Trek. Because I grew up on the reruns of the original series, this flavor works really well for me. Slowly though, the flavor transitions into a more serious, meta-narrative quest reminiscent of the The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. I tend to avoid sentimental stories and so maybe my threshold was low, but I found the last two codas to be very emotionally moving.
It was in the glorious aftermath of these codas that I wrote my first review. So I hope this straightens some things out Commence Review 1. It is difficult to write characters that you can laugh at and care about at the same time. Getting the comedic distance right is tricky, but Scalzi nails it here. Thought number 2 The book is sort of billed as a Star Trek parody but its really not.
Because as fun as they might be, parodies really have no life of their own, like a parasite they rely on the original work for their vitality and relevance.
But this story stands on its own, it takes turns being funny, intriguing, and at least to me, emotional moving. I'm not sure what else I could ask for. View all 4 comments. Dec 18, Robin Bridge Four rated it really liked it Shelves: John Scalzi is the Amazon daily deal today 11Feb17 here I really liked this one.
If you liked Star Trek and Galaxy Quest it might be right up your alley. This hit all my Sci-Fi fangirl hot buttons making fun of all the tropes from those early Sci-Fi t.
I think MacGyver was the first show I loved from my childhood, that when I went back to it with my new adult eyes I saw all the problems with it and so we made a drinking game out of it. For every out of date piece of technology, MacGyvered solution and stock footage a. I never made it through a single episode without getting drunk.
This book makes total fun of the fact that Redshirts or side crew are just fodder for the Sci-Fi killing machine to die in horrible and sometimes ridiculous ways. But then he tripped and one of the land worms ate his face and he died anyway. They have a great chemistry and the banter between them is a lot of fun. As a girl I especially loved Duvall as she gets to break free of some of the normal gender roles that used to be assigned to woman in a Sci-Fi series view spoiler [she actually gets to have a fling without much emotional attachment to it, because girls can do that too hide spoiler ].
But most of the story is shown to us through the eyes of Dahl who notices that things are not okay on this new ship he is on and people seem to be dying left and right on Away Teams. But even when you know what is going on how do you keep yourself from dying? What is really happening and how do they fix it???? Well for that you will need to read the book…. After the main story there are 3 codas. The shift in the story is dramatic at this point.
It is almost like picking out a slightly different book and I have no idea how to talk about them without spoiling so click at your own risk. I kinda liked seeing this perspective after the fact even though it is a huge shift from the tone of the original story. But the way the writer works through it was very interesting and funny at times. Yes, you're an inconsequential worm in the grand scope of history. But you're an inconsequential worm who makes shit up for a living, which means that you don't have to lift heavy boxes or ask people if they want fries with that.
Grow up and get back to work. Well it was interesting to see what happened to him after the fact it was a bit slow but interesting to see how the swap worked on the other end. Coda 3 — This was probably my favorite Coda since it is a little bit of a romantic tale and the beginning of a love story. I really liked how it was presented and it actually made me feel worse for Jenkins. But my head got a little caught up in the quandary of it since the writer and Jenkins ended up being the dopplegangers.
I wondered if he felt like his love life was that tragic and that is why Jenkins wife had to die or was that the kind of love he had always longed for and romanticized in his head. Or did it really have nothing to do with it other than chance. I did love the very end of this coda though as it was so full of possibility and hope.
View all 12 comments. Jul 05, Kevin Kuhn rated it liked it. On one hand, it was funny but not hilarious. It was also short with the main story being about pages. So, I guess I went into this hoping for many belly laughs, instead I found myself snickering often. On the other hand, I read it quickly, and I enjoyed it, and it was fun. Did I go in with too high of expectations? Does every novel have to groundbreaking or incredibly witty or mind blowing?
Nope, the reality is that this is a fun, fast read. The rest of the novel follows Dahl and several other characters investigating this phenomenon and for their own self-preservation, trying to stop it. Scalzi got the idea for this story when he was working for Star Gate: Universe as a Creative Consultant. Anyway, I think most serious sci-fi fans will not be able to help being intrigued and entertained by this book. Three and a half stars, for this funny, fast read, with my rating possibly tainted by high expectations.
Apr 08, Darth J rated it really liked it. If you know about Scalzi and his relationship with readers then you already know why I would want to read something by him. To keep it short, I found this book to be mostly clever and entertaining.
Also, have this meme in memory of our late Blueshirt: Dec 23, Scott rated it it was ok Shelves: This is a novel built on a great idea — imagine if all the disposable non-core-cast characters constantly killed for dramatic effect in sci-fi TV shows realised what was happening to them and rebelled against it, doing their damnedest to avoid going on missions with important, non-expendable crewmembers, trying to get transferred off the ship, etc.
From this great idea comes a thin, ailing novel desperate for a big bowl of Description of which there is little and an emergency transfusion of Interesting Characters of which there are few.
The lack of scene setting and description of the locations and objects in the story really got to me. I read the whole book with no real idea at all of what the central stage for the story — a large spaceship — looked like. My guess is that Scalzi assumed his readers would be such big fans of the shows he is satirising that they would do all the work themselves, slotting in The Enterprise or Galactica as needed.
The lack of descriptive text made every location in the story feeling like a series of shiny white rooms with no distinguishing features- spaceflight as designed by Steve Jobs. Combined with a tendency for all the characters to sound the same Redshirts is a largely colourless novel. At this point the story shifts location, along with tone, and gets way too meta for me, losing most of what had made it interesting. The last section of the story, a series of codas, also really jarred with me.
What had been in large part a light comedic story is finished with some maudlin, sadly meaningful postscripts that seemed like a last-ditch attempt to make the story more worthy. Overall, this book was a bit of a bummer. If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The interview was heavily focused on my ability to write within the constraints of their authorial voice and existing publications - as stringent as working for any publication with a house style.
That's not quite, I admi If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. That's not quite, I admit, the same thing as writing tie-in novels - but the attitude of IP holders to how licensed authors should write I experienced seems very much to be more like writing for a journal or newspaper than writing fiction - the job I applied for would very much have been technical or copy-writing about subjects that were fictional.
View all 8 comments. Oct 23, Yodamom rated it really liked it Shelves: What would happen if they were real, and if they figured out their odds of death? Funny, smart, wickedly twisted and just fun. View all 3 comments. I started out thinking this would be a 4 star read. As it opens playing on the cliches of science fiction TV specifically Star Trek it is funny. In places it's hilarious.
I saw this book reviewed back when it first showed up and I read enough "blah" reviews that I decided I didn't want to put time or money into it. But recently I've had it recommended and seen some "rave reviews" about it so, I decided to give it a try. It's sort of an odd read as it almost travels in an descending arc.
At firs I started out thinking this would be a 4 star read. At first it's funny. You read the cliches you get the inside jokes and you laugh. You get about a third of the way through the book and the book's outlook, direction and premise change. It takes on a semi-serious tone and then goes for almost a completely serious tone with a "weirdness" factor. To say much more than that is to give spoilers but I will say that by the time you get to the "Codas" it's pretty much moved from a funny tongue in cheek science fiction "take-off" to a sad yawner.
I've read books by Scalzi that are great so I had hope for this and after the "great reviews" I was looking forward to it. I think now I may return it to Audible. Too bad as it's a good idea and had it not started trying to take itself seriously it could have been many times better than it is. View all 10 comments. Scalzi is a top science fiction writer but occasionally, see my review of Agent to the Stars, he takes a more humorous view of the genre. This book falls into that category. To properly appreciate this yarn, you should have at least a passing acquaintance with the original TV series, Star Trek.
The Second Generation and its successors including the series of movies are not as directly in his sights. Somehow, by attack, plague, enchantment, etc. View all 6 comments. Mar 27, Evelina AvalinahsBooks rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Recommended to Evelina AvalinahsBooks by: And let's admit, Scalzi is a pretty well-known writer, having received many awards the Hugo Award for Best Novel for this one being among them , as well as having worked as a consultant to the TV series Stargate Universe, if any of you are familiar with that show.
And yet, despite all the fame I nearly wrote famousity, what?? And you know what? You can read the full review on my blog complete with images and book buy links. So what is this book about? Let me write up a quick synopsis for you: Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to a prestigious post on the flagship Intrepid, a spaceship of the Universal Union since , and he is thrilled, until he realizes that: The captain orders away missions quite often, and the crew do their best to That might be because EVERY away mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; 3.
And, at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed. As trying to find out what's going on is almost equatable to staying alive, Andrew sets out to do just that, and what he finds out about the ship is as crazy and unbelievable as it is true.
If you're still unclear about what a redshirt stands for and what their approximate chances of survival are, I present to you this handy image: I totally found this image online.
Sorry for not crediting through lack of knowing who to credit. So, let me start the review. We can sum up my reading experience to this: There was definitely more than one time that I laughed out loud, whether home alone or with people around. My boyfriend still knows what I'm referring to when I say that. Don't make it lame! Suffice to say without spoiling too much, is that the theories the low-rank crew develops about what's going on on their ship are Damaging to the 4th wall.
More like, tearing it down. Or completely demolishing it. Said part of the story has many references to the Star Trek Enterprise. I didn't like them being voiced that much. Not sure I liked the 4th wall being broken at all. But don't get me wrong. The book is still unbelievably funny at this point. Not in this book! This part can be otherwise referred to as The Codas. To be honest, this is where the actual story ends and we get to tie up loose ends through the POVs of secondary I'd say even tertiary characters.
We don't follow the main characters anymore. I guess from Phase 2 and Phase 3 being like this, you'd probably think I didn't like the book. You'd be wrong though! Funny enough, but the first part and the humor still completely makes up for the breach of the 4th wall, as well as The Codas.
To be fair, most fans DO think The Codas were too dampening and philosophical to belong in this book. But you can choose not to read them, I guess they don't add much to the story anyway.
Apart from that though, it was an extremely enjoyable read, especially if you're looking for something to make you laugh. To sum it up, Redshirts is a sci-fi novel bordering on parody that will make you laugh out loud. If you dislike scientific terms in sci-fi, you're more likely to find them made fun of in this one. If you've ever seen a single episode of Star Trek or at least know the general fan culture, you'll find that this book will bite at the ideas that make up that show and shows like that in general.
This is a great vacation from hard sci-fi and simply from tough or serious books. Do give it a go, even if you don't normally read a lot of sci-fi stories! Apr 15, Terence rated it liked it.
The Universal Union's flagship the Intrepid is a deadly place to be. Every time they go on an away mission someone dies. The captain, chief science officer, and Lieutenant Kerensky always manage to survive though.
Ensign Andrew Dahl, who just joined the Intrepid, has learned about the away mission mortality rate up close and personal. He's watched other members of the Intrepid avoid away missions as though their life depended on it. Dahl is sure something is wrong and he intends to find out what The Universal Union's flagship the Intrepid is a deadly place to be. Dahl is sure something is wrong and he intends to find out what that is and how to stop it. Redshirts is a thinly veiled parody of the original Star Trek series.
The story gives voice to the plight of those nameless redshirts who were slaughtered on seemingly every away mission. Unfortunately that premise is the best part of Redshirts. After the deadly away missions have been established, the story seems to run out of ideas quickly. There is little in terms of descriptions and the story is heavy in dialogue.
I felt like Scalzi wanted to beat me to death with the word said. I don't know that I've ever read a story this short with so many uses of the word said. Redshirts simply became uninteresting too quickly and didn't manage to come up with a worthwhile ending. Jul 10, seak rated it liked it Shelves: I've been kind of on a Scalzi kick lately. I guess I've needed some light sci-fi without too much brain interaction. And I don't say that as a bad thing.
I know so many times "light" and "fun" come off in the pejorative, but I rarely mean it that way. Honestly, I think that's the high watermark of fiction.
I'm not trying to learn anything, although I always do. I'm not trying to to do anything but enjoy my free time. I value other aspects of a novel plenty.
I love a complex plot, great character I've been kind of on a Scalzi kick lately. I love a complex plot, great characters, beautiful prose. But the most important thing to me is fun. How wrapped up I am in a book is the most important aspect. Obviously many things contribute to that including plot, characters, prose, etc.
However, a lack of any of these is also possible. Redshirts is just that. It's a story that keeps you turning pages, or in the case of this audiobook, that keeps you in your car longer than necessary. It's far from perfect, in fact I had plenty of problems with the narrative and they mainly fall in the codas, but I'll get to it.
The way Redshirts is laid out, it is a main story followed by three codas at the end called First Person, Second Person, and Third Person.
The main story is an exciting mystery where the characters realize someone dies off each time there's a mission. It had me until the end when I just couldn't suspend disbelief anymore. Addressed in the spoiler: I thought the idea of the officers of the ship going into a trance and acting dramatic during key moments was great, but when I find out there are actors playing the part from a distant past not of the same timeline, it lost me.
I could believe that this show was hush hush, mysteriously made and they somehow made videos of the actual ship Intrepid and crew. When in reality it's actors playing the same part who are the exact same person just of a different timeline, kinda, and who acted the same scenes I could never put it together in my mind how that could work.
I know, it's science fiction, it's explained in that it's unexplainable. I'll admit that my own expectations being dashed didn't help. Sometimes a joke that is funny on paper just isn't quite so funny spoken aloud.
Tis a fact of life I continually relearn. Then come the codas. First Person was okay. It was an odd continuation of the story that kind of makes sense. Second Person is just an annoying way to read anything. Please no one write second person ever again. Who is "you" when it's both the narrative and the protagonist using it?
Third Person was also unnecessary. I couldn't shake the feeling that Scalzi got to the end of the main story, realized it was the dreaded novella length unsellable instead of a full novel and started to explore some side issues and threw them onto the end. Wil Wheaton I'm not making any friends with this, but I had a hard time with Wheaton's narrating in this one.
He's obviously perfect for the job, he's a Star Trek star and his personality on The Big Bang Theory, Twitter, you name it, is as snarky as it gets. Perfect for a book about the redshirts that die off every episode. The only problem is he doesn't really do voices. He changes his voice when people are slurring words or yelling, but not by character. I've grown a bit spoiled by this probably, but I really need that now to tell characters apart.
I rely on it and when it's not there, it's tough. Luckily, here there are not too many characters, but I continued to confuse people throughout the entire book and that doesn't happen normally. Otherwise, sans dialogue, Wheaton's incredible. Halfway through reading this, my mind hadn't changed. After reading the codas nothing's changing. However, the thing I'm actually quite happy about with Redshirts winning a Hugo is for the same idea I started this review explaining.
I'm glad Redshirts won because I think entertainment is a great reason to win an award. I know the voting process for the Hugos has its own problems and it comes down much of the time to the author having a loyal following, but I'm still glad a book like this can win an award at all. I hope more do. View all 18 comments. Dec 18, Choko rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is for every person who at any time has been enamored with Star Trek or Blake's 7, or any show of the ilk, and has a tendency to overthink them: Also, for authors with writing block, but I am not entirely sure it would help them in actuality.
The book brings up most of the questions we ask ourselves when something happens in our favorite space operas that made no sens to us And comes up with similar answers - it makes no sense, but who really cares, it is science fiction after all!
I read this in one breath, but it is very short: I also noticed that the author and I have something something for Tina Fey: But as a lifelong fan of all space shows ever made what I truly appreciate is that all the crazy mixing of the shows, the actors, and my real life that was going on in my head, all of which I thought were symptoms of some dissasociative mental illness, are obviously normal and didn't happen only to me!!!
Yay, I am relatively normal! Thank you guys for helping me discover this book and embrace my new found normalcy! I am eternally grateful!
As a big fan of Star Trek in almost all of its incarnations, I thought for sure I would adore this audio book, especially since it was narrated by Wil Wheaton. I was partially right. I did adore Wil Wheaton's narration.
The only problem I had with it were the "he saids" and "she saids". There was one of these tags after nearly every single sentence of dialogue. I guess this really isn't Wheaton's fault, but maybe he could have de-emphasized the tags a bit?
The story itself was As a big fan of Star Trek in almost all of its incarnations, I thought for sure I would adore this audio book, especially since it was narrated by Wil Wheaton. The story itself was a bit of a letdown. Yes, it was funny, laugh out loud funny at some points , but the story didn't hold together for me. I found it to be a wee bit silly. Oddly though, I loved the 3 codas at the end.
Enough so that I will definitely be seeking out John Scalzi's other works.
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