Scalzi, John

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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 thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship's Xenobiology laboratory.Life couldn't be better... until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact 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) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expendedon avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission. 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. Redshirts is the winner of the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0765316994
Characteristics: 317 p. ;,22 cm.


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Jan 19, 2015
  • MaxineML rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I was all set to give this just 3 stars as I was reading it. I enjoyed this book, it amused me, it was patently ridiculous, but I enjoyed it nevertheless.

However, the three coda's at the end? Those are what made this a 4 star book. They take this ridiculous story and turn it into something human and relatable and real. It takes a good writer to give you a character you can empathize with in a short story, and Scalzi managed to do that, with panache, with these three codas.

An excellent and very enjoyable book.

Feel free to pair it with a watching of Galaxy Quest, Free Enterprise, or, perhaps, even Spaceballs ;)

Jul 16, 2014
  • Harmanc rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A fun, easy read. The characters are engaging, the writing flows well, and the plot twists make you think. There are quite a few jokes for Star Trek fans, but any sci fi fan will enjoy this novel.

May 01, 2014
  • hgibbins rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Once again Mr. Scalzi has readers chuckling along with his work. This story is a great take off on the bad science fiction television shows, and the reason behind them.

Apr 17, 2014
  • billmacrotarian rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

John Scalzi is most noted for his Old Man’s War series but Red Shirts is a stand alone novel not related to that fine series. Red Shirts starts out as a space opera but delves into the creative process. To write about its themes is to provide plot spoilers. Red Shirts is well worth reading on several levels.

Dec 19, 2013
  • andreareads rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I was having so much fun reading about the adventures of the crew of the starship Intrepid. Then that ends, leaving three codas that turn the story into a more serious, realistic writing exercise. I felt I'd been switched from one sort of book to another, and I liked the goofy romp a lot better than the closing reflections.

Dec 06, 2013
  • Kaffrun rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A great read! You will never watch Star Trek the same again...but not in a bad way.

Dec 01, 2013
  • SB2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Loved this Sci-Fi romp by John Scalzi. By turns laugh-out-loud funny, clever and touching. The last three chapters or "coda" really make the novel. I will be looking out for more of his books!

Nov 25, 2013
  • KateHillier rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Entertaining and maddening in all the right ways. Blasted through this in a morning - loved the meta direction it went to and how that played out. The characters all seemed very real and a lot of times the dialogue reminded me of how my friends and I sound when we hang out together.

It didn't ring so much as a Star Trek parody to me but just a fun sci-fi comedy novel. Really enjoyed myself!

Oct 26, 2013
  • qnelvis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very fun read. The afterwards seemed a bit unnecessary, but not unwelcome. For any sci-fi geek heading out for summer vacation, I'd totally recommend packing this and Rob Reid's "Year Zero" and you wont be disappointed.

Aug 26, 2013
  • mexicanadiense rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The book was amusing, though not the kind of laugh-out-loud funny promised by the blurbs on the cover. I probably would have found it more striking had it not been that some of these themes were already so successfully exploited in the film Galaxy Quest (1999) and elsewhere.

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Dec 19, 2013
  • andreareads rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

“Things are always exploding around him . . . Not a good sign for a chief engineer.”

Dec 19, 2013
  • andreareads rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

You’ll notice that the Intrepid’s inertial dampeners don’t work as well in crisis situations . . . The ship could do hairpin turns and loop-de-loops any other time and you’d never notice. But whenever there’s a dramatic event, there goes your footing.


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May 21, 2013
  • JCLBrianB rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 19, 2012
  • sbn_kc rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The first third is a novel that spoofs StarTrek with a twist. The last third is supposed communications between several authors and screenwriters. Do yourself a favor, and stop when the story is done.


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Dec 19, 2013
  • andreareads rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: some swearing and crude language, appropriate in context

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