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Pros

John scalzi's redshirts is a fun and clever book. The main character, a faceless redshirt, is constantly injured but always recovers. Scalzi does a good job of bringing the generic, disposable redshirts to life.

The codas are very nearly perfect as explorations of the multifaceted ramifications of that conceit. The final three little vignettes, called codas, are probably more of the philosophical science fiction. If you don't know what a coda is, you need to ...  Read More

The premise is that the protagonists are ensigns onboard the starship intrepid, which is a transparent stand-in for the starship enterprise. Ensign andrew dahl is a former alien seminary student.

Redshirts is like a tos fan, reverent of the show, but also poking much fun at the series. John scalzi uses it as a jumping-off point into metafiction.



Cons

The story ends abruptly en media res and abruptly transits to an egregious foray into stream-of-consciousness metafiction. Third person wedges in an unearned, unneeded, out of complete left-field sappy love story.

Everyone one of his stories is, charitably, derivative at best. The setting in essentially a thinly-veiled starship enterprise. Don't jilt me out of $'s to indulge your intellectual curiosity.

The narrative of the intrepid is a cobbled together wreck of trope and one-dimensional characters. This is my first john scalzi read, and while i was disappointed, i don't intend to write him off just yet.

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There is a certain experimental quality to the structure of the novel which is also very interesting.


I needn't have worried, however -- redshirts is a hilarious read, one that deconstructs one of the biggest running jokes of sta...  Read More


The redshirts are disposable joke started in the sixties and was so ubiquitous that they actually made two episodes of star tre...  Read More


Imprinted on the front of this red shirt is an approximation of a famous star something television show logo with the words “re...  Read More


The four protagonists are a bit interchangeable with the exception of dahl and duvalle.

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Redshirts is half star trek parody and half metacommentary on the nature of reality.

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As the new crew of the starship intrepid - the flagship of the universal union - makes their way onboard, they soon realize tha...  Read More


Also, the science onboard the ship is nonsensical as well.

Competitiveness


But, for me, it changed from a 4-star good book to a 5-star excellent book through coda 1-3.

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Anyone who grew up watching Star Trek series and lots of science fiction knows how it works. Being a red shirt isn't the best j...  Read More


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    I thought i knew what this book would be from the title.


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    Imprinted on the front of this red shirt is an approximation of a famous star something television show logo with the words “red shirt: i might not make it.


    Posted by a reviewer on Amazon

    In other words, scalzi isn’t just explaining why the expendables expire, he’s writing rigorous (if scientifically soft) science fiction.


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    The story is based on the idea of red shirts from star trek.


    Posted by a reviewer on Amazon

    It doesn't play in a star trek universe, instead, the story follows the starship intrepid.


    Posted by a reviewer on Amazon

    Just like the original star trek series, the new crewmen, wearing red shirts for low rank, frequently die off in away missions.


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    They do not add much more to the story.


    Posted by a reviewer on Amazon

    Others might also enjoy it but will miss some of the references.

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