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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition edition (June 5 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765316994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765316998
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.7 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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I liked this book but consider it a bit of a missed opportunity. On the one hand, it was a fairly non-serious take on a beloved sci-fi genre. On the other hand, being a huge fan of the Trek and similar, it was also predictable and I felt I was too far above the materials to pull a lot of enjoyment out of it. Also, I'm not sure what is going on in that third act. Seems out of place. Not a ba read, but if you are looking for a deep space opera look elsewhere.
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By jrs on June 20 2014
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I really loved this book up until the codas. They just didn't work for me. Not that they are inherintly bad, they just didn't fit with the story imho. But it is still a terrifically fun book to read. I got many good chuckles out of it and recommend it to Star Trek fans or anyone who likes a good spoof. It's the kind satire only a true fan can write; nasty, but loving.

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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Feb. 22 2014
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Ah, redshirts. Any geek worth their salt knows about them -- random extras on "Star Trek" who die in almost every episode.

But what if the redshirts knew that their fates were coming, and tried to stop it by whatever means necessary? That's the idea behind "Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas," John Scalzi's affectionate lampooning of sci-fi TV. It's a light, fluffy novel that touches on some philosophical ideas, but nothing too serious.

In the 23rd century, Ensign Andrew Dahl is assigned to the Universal Union flagship Intrepid. It's a dream job for a xenobiologist, except that some of his new shipmates are acting a little strange.

And soon he finds out why: the Intrepid has an incredibly high mortality rate. The captain, science officer, engineer, doctor and the handsome if dim Lieutenant Kerensky are never permanently injured, but low-ranking officers inevitably die messy, violent deaths. There's also a magic "box" that generates the answer to impossible problems.

The widower of one "redshirt" has already figured out the answer -- a bizarre answer that calls into question the nature of reality itself. And with Dahl scheduled for an away mission, he and his fellow endangered officers will have to take drastic steps: go back in time to a parallel world, and find a way of stopping their problems in the 21st century.

"Redshirts" is a fun idea for a story -- what if the disposable extras became aware of their doomedness, and tried to prevent it? There's a lot of metafictional twists and some contemplation of what reality is, but it never gets too heavy. It's a pleasantly light sci-fi story.
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By Carly Atkinson on Dec 19 2013
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Scalzi is brilliant! My boss suggested this book and, man, she was right on the money. I couldn't put it down. A must-read, for sure.
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I read the reviews before buying. I had to read this as a "Trekkie" came away loving it. Good blend of comedy, existentialism and joie de vie that made me read it all in one sitting. Thanks.
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Redshirts started off as a comedy with a lot of potential - a brilliant sendup of Star Trek that looked like it would only get better by the page. Unfortunately, Scalzi went off on a sharp tangent and instead headed off into the final frontier of bizarre philosophy. By the end, the whole thing has devolved from comedy to melodrama to bad melodrama. On the plus side, I do have to admit that it is well-written bad melodrama.
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By MartinH on July 2 2013
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Ah to be a red shirt... This is a short one but a good one. It was well written and had be laughing out loud, the real kind not that phony 'lol' stuff. It has made me want to look at what else John Scalzi's written.
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By Len on June 23 2013
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Can't be too specific as it would give too much off the story away but for me it reads a little like fantasy and I'm more into hard-science type Sci-Fi. It does hold together remarkably well in the long run.
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