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Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas (edition 2012)

by John Scalzi, Scalzi

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Title:Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas
Authors:John Scalzi
Other authors:Scalzi
Info:Tor Books (2012), Hardcover, 320 pages
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I wish I could give this book eight stars. If you have ever been a fan of any sci fi tv show ever, you need to read this book. It was very funny and a quick read (maybe only because I didn't want to put it down). Basically, years in the future, one ship is reliving a bad sci fi tv show's life span. Plots are the same, the characters are the same, and the death toll is the same. Those who are potentially doing the dying decide to see if they can do something about it. ( )
1 vote bookwormteri | Mar 30, 2016 |
Redshirts falls short of what I'm use to read from John Scalzi. It was disappointing, but still the book managed to be a bit entertaining. As far as thee codas go, I couldn't connect to the first two, making the last worth reading.

So, mixed feelings about this book. ( )
  Gerardo.Delgadillo | Mar 29, 2016 |
Hey it was pretty good and I liked the concept. Kind of funny too. My daughter liked even better than "Old Man's War" which I'm reading now. But for me it was a little light on the "make sense" scale. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
2.5 stars. A quick read, no horrific writing flaws, and a reasonably interesting concept. The characters are underdeveloped, but that's kindof the point: these are all characters invented to be extras of varying significance in a second- (or third-) rate sci-fi show. (In other words, the premise is a Star-Trekkified variant of the film Stranger Than Fiction.) Can these poor schmucks change their fate if they set out to do so?

Well, of course they can--or, at least, the important ones can survive long enough to do so. There's something very meta and strange about the fact that even as these characters bemoan their expendability as "real" characters whose lives are made up for a TV show, they are also the central characters of a book being written about them. The rules aren't that dissimilar: the book needs native action and excitement and a sacrificial death or two to motivate the remaining characters, just like the show does. The difference is that the characters become aware of the show and try to change it, but aren't aware of the book that is about their becoming aware of the show and trying to change it.

So there's an unspoken futility underlying the whole endeavor, but I don't think that was supposed to be the point. Although, truth be told, I'm not really sure there was supposed to be a point at all. Mostly this is just a humorously critical spoof of sci-fi shows that utilize nonsensical "science" and are ridiculously cavalier with the lives of nonessential cast members. As such, it's somewhat amusing, but not particularly meaningful. ( )
  BraveNewBks | Mar 10, 2016 |
Rarely is a novel funny enough to make me laugh out loud. Redshirts did!

Scalzi creates the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid in 2456. A team of new ensigns arrive to replace crew that have been killed on Away Missions. Ensigns Andrew Dahl, Maia Duvall, Jimmy Hanson, Finn, and Hester quickly come to realize something is wrong aboard the Intrepid. While a large number of crew die on Away Missions, new crew members die at an even more alarming rate. As the team of ensigns dig to discover what could be happening and driving the mortality rate, they find a clue in the historical television show Star Trek. The conclusions they reach seem ridiculous, their plan to solve the situation absurd, and the running-gags deride tropes from both Science Fiction novels and television shows. Scalzi has written a tour de force of humourous SciFi within a Space Opera framework. ( )
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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.
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"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 . . .
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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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