Jeffrey Bluhm, February 22, 2014 (view all comments by Jeffrey Bluhm)
Clever tale about the experience of being one of the poor bastards fated to wear a red shirt in a Star Trek-like universe. I was disappointed that it wasn't as funny as the reviews had led me to believe, certainly not a par with, for example, Douglas Adams. However, the plot is clever, the characters are engaging, and there is humor, just more tongue-in-cheek than laugh-out-loud. The three codas at the end, told in first, second, and third person, from the perspective of various minor characters from the main story, was an unexpected and nice surprise (though not for you after reading this review, sorry).
pandora, December 10, 2013 (view all comments by pandora)
Hilarious and affectionate send up of the original Star Trek series that surprises with both entertaining twists and genuinely touching moments. John Scalzi is not only a gifted writer but he creates delightful characters you look forward to spending time with. A perfect Christmas gift for the geek in your life!
Nancy McClure, January 15, 2013 (view all comments by Nancy McClure)
Delightful to read. It has both characters to care about and meta-commentary on the world of creating speculative fiction. Not just for Star Trek fans (I never liked its statism) but it helps if you've experienced some SF stories in some media.
Celtland, January 8, 2013 (view all comments by Celtland)
Redshirts is an outstanding book. Not only is it funny (laugh out loud funny in places), but the three codas are more thoughtful and make up the perfect ending. You don't have to be a sci-fi geek/junky to enjoy it, either. I normally read epic fantasy. (It's not a big jump from fantasy to sci-fi. However, after being used to 800-1000 page books, I love that I can read a complete story in 300-400 pages and still come away knowing my money was well spent.) John Scalzi is a master. I won some of his books in a Tor giveaway a couple years ago and became an instant fan. I've recommended Redshirts to all of my friends. It's a great read!
Virtually snowbound, January 4, 2013 (view all comments by Virtually snowbound)
Who hasn't thought that the characters in sci-fi movies who wear the red shirts should notice that they're expendable and are usually the first to be eaten by outlandish alien animals, incinerated in intergalactic battles or simply sucked into the endlessness of space? This book is about what happens when they do notice and what it means. Quick moving, funny and even heartwarming, "Redshirts" is a great read.
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by Billie Bloebaum,
I don't reread books often; I just don't have the time. But this is one book that will get reread annually, if not more often. While the bulk of Redshirts is a comedic romp that gleefully skewers the conventions of sci-fi television, the three codas at the end provide depth and poignancy to what has gone before.
by Billie Bloebaum
by Jordan G.,
If you're seeking formulaic and uninteresting fan fiction, then this is not the book for you. But if you're looking for adventure, romance, and death-by-ice sharks, then John Scalzi's your man. Ensign Andrew Dahl is assigned to the Intrepid, a laudable starship with a nasty reputation for death and chaos. Low-ranking officers are always, always the first to die on away missions. The bizarre and surprising truth behind all the flagellations and vaporizations defies time and reality, and Scalzi uses first-, second-, and third-person narration to stunning effect. It'll be on your Top 5 list, too. Pinky swear.
by Jordan G.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"In a world where junior starship officers inevitably and dramatically die on planetside missions — a problem any Star Trek fan will be familiar with — ensign Andrew Dahl joins the crew of the Universal Union ship Intrepid, the pride of the fleet, and quickly realizes his life is at risk. As Dahl's fellow officers drop like flies and backstab each other to escape away duty, he decides to figure out exactly what's going on. The first third of the book is a darkly comic romp, skewering common plot holes and lazy genre conventions while making the reader eager for the ingenious reason for the 'coincidental' deaths. Sadly, and all too soon, Scalzi reveals an explanation that neither surprises nor satisfies. The rest of the book is increasingly strange and unfunny as Dahl breaks the fourth wall to demand answers. Scalzi explores life among the doomed redshirts with ingeniously morbid glee, but that's not enough to save the story from collapsing in on itself. Agent: Ethan Ellenberg, Ethan Ellenberg Agency. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
by Joe Hill, New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box,
“John Scalzi sets his imagination to STUN and scores a direct hit. Read on and prosper.”
by Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind,
“I can honestly say I can't think of another book that ever made me laugh this much. Ever.”
by Lev Grossman, New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians,
“Scalzi takes apart the whole Star Trek universe and puts it back together far more plausibly — and a lot funnier too.”
by Booklist, starred review,
“A real joy to read....It's hard to imagine a reader who wouldn't enjoy this one.”
From the bestselling, award-winning author of Old Man's War, a novel that answers the question: What happens when all the expendable ensigns on the exploring starship start comparing notes?
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