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Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi

Audio Edition.    Dead Tree Edition.

Finished Oct 2017. Final score: 4 / 5.

Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

Reason for reading:

This book won an award. The premise sounded amusing, and the audiobook is narrated by Wil Wheaton.

Knowledge before reading:

I enjoyed Lock In, which was also narrated by Wil Wheaton. I knew the book had something to do with the Star Trek underlings.

TLDR:

This was a different yet enjoyable style of Star Trek.

Dan's Full Review:

I dove in to this book thinking it'd be about the the underlings taking over the Enterprise. I was wrong. Very wrong.

There are plenty of stories where the characters are "trapped in a story". However, this one had quite an interesting take on it. It took a few turns with each iteration getting more interesting. The self-reflecting commentary was nice.

At the end there was a series of essays. This was the worst part of the book. I was actually pleading the book to end because each successive essay was decreasing my enjoyment and overall opinion of the book.

My recommendation: It is a good book. Worth reading. Abandon ship once the real story ends and the essays begin.





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