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Redshirts

Scalzi, John

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Redshirts
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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.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765316998
0765316994
Branch Call Number: SF SCALZI 2012
Characteristics: 317 p. ;,22 cm

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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.

Jul 04, 2013
  • BrickBook rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

What a fun book; I'm sure I missed a lot of the references, but I got enough to feel like in-group.

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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.

JCLBrianB thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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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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