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Redshirts by John Scalzi

Redshirts (edition 2012)

by John Scalzi

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Authors:John Scalzi
Info:Gollancz (2012), Paperback, 320 pages
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Tags:science fiction, 2012

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Redshirts by John Scalzi

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I just didn't get this book. I don't know why, everyone else seems to love it - won the Hugo in 2013, all the reviews seem to be very positive.

It was suppose to be funny I guess, a satire on the old Star Trek shows, I found it stale and difficult to read. The plot was predictable, the characters thinly drawn. Oh well - maybe his next novel.... ( )
  bhuesers | Mar 29, 2017 |
Sinceramente, no sé qué puntuación darle.
Me ha gustado (de hecho, la nota sería un 3'5), pero no me ha entusiasmado. ( )
  Owdormer | Feb 26, 2017 |
John Scalzi's Hugo winning novel begins conventionally enough. Ensign John Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union flagship Intrepid. It is a prestigious assignment. But Dahl and his fellow newbies soon discover that things just aren't quite right. Crew hide when senior officers come looking for personnel to join away teams. The away missions always end in tragedy with the untimely death,or disfigurement of a 'redshirt'. But said senior officers survive unscathed. What the ......? Dahl and his colleagues try to find out why this is so, and when they do, embark on a mission to change the universe (or at least their universe).

Guaranteed to bring tears to the eyes of puppies. ( )
  orkydd | Feb 2, 2017 |
Redshirts was a very fast read, light and funny, but with some depth mixed in here and there also. It was an especially nice change of pace after my last couple of books which were slower reads for me. It probably helped that I loved the original Star Trek series, because I was able to appreciate the parody aspect. Reading this book actually made me want to pull out my TOS Blu-ray discs, and it’s the first time in months that I’ve had the slightest urge to even turn on my TV. So far I’m resisting the urge, though! I don’t know if I’d say Star Trek familiarity is a must for appreciating this book, but I do think it would help a lot, especially if you normally like your plots to make sense.

The story is entertaining and the characters are written well, but the plot is pretty crazy. I don’t think the plot was ever intended to make sense; it was just supposed to be fun. In that, it surely succeeded. Despite the plot silliness, the characters themselves really weren’t too difficult to take seriously and even the story didn’t often feel too over-the-top. I liked the characters and cared what happened to them. I’m having trouble explaining my reaction to this book because it somehow felt both silly and not silly at the same time.

Because of my mixed “silly/not-silly” reaction, I went through most of the book undecided about whether the author was going to stick with the crazy plot explanation he appeared to be working toward from the beginning or if he was going to give it a more serious, believable twist. I kept half-expecting Scalzi to come up with an explanation that made actual sense, even while suspecting that wouldn’t happen.

This was my first time reading anything by Scalzi and I think it gave me a good taste of what he’s capable of. It wasn’t just the humor that appealed to me, but the way he made me care about the characters and the way he depicted the friendships between them. I definitely plan to try more of his books at some point in the future. The main reasons I didn’t rate this higher are: 1) I do prefer plots that make sense and 2) it was just so, so short that I was left wanting a little more meat. It was still a very enjoyable read and I’m glad I finally tried it. ( )
2 vote YouKneeK | Jan 22, 2017 |
The main story was good fun but then it went off track a bit with the first couple of "codas" - the final "coda" pulled it back though and added another dimension to the story. ( )
  rlangston | Jan 18, 2017 |
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Redshirts is dedicated to the following:

To Will Wheaton, whom I heart with all the hearty heartiness a heart can heart;

To Mykal Burns, my friend since the TRS-80 days at the Glendora Public Library;

And to Joe Mallozzi and Brad Wright, who took me to space with them.
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From the top of the large boulder he sat on, Ensign Tom Davis looked across the expanse of the cave toward Captain Lucius Abernathy, Science Officer Q'eeng and Chief Engineer Paul West perched on a second, larger boulder, and thought, Well, this sucks.
"Someone who knows that no matter what, you don't deal upward on the chain of command," Dahl said. The crewman grinned.
"I don't think luck had much to do with it."
"That's it? 'The Box'?" Dahl said.

"If it makes you feel better to think it's an experimental quantum-based computer with advanced inductive artificial intelligence capacity, whose design origins comes to us from an advanced but extinct race of warrior-engineers, then you can think about it that way," Collins said.

"Is that actually what it is?" Dahl asked.

"Sure," Collins said . . .
“In other words, crew deaths are a feature, not a bug,” Cassaway said, dryly.
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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 even more thrilled to be assigned to the ship's xenobiology laboratory, 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 officers, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations, and (3) sadly, at least one low-ranked crew member is invariably killed.

Unsurprisingly, the savvier members 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 own lives.

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Enjoying his assignment with the xenobiology lab on board the prestigious Intrepid, ensign Andrew Dahl worries about casualties suffered by low-ranking officers during away missions before making a shocking discovery about the starship's actual purpose.… (more)

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