Scalzi, John, 1969- (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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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.
Authors: Scalzi, John, 1969-
Statement of Responsibility: John Scalzi
Title: Redshirts
Publisher: New York :, Tor,, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 317 p. ; 22 cm.
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Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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!

Report This 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!

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This Jun 20, 2013
  • 0Charlie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Although it started as I expected, as a play on the Star Trek TV series, I was pleasantly surprised with the depth and alternate directions the writer explored. It was freaky when the story ended on page 231, with another 80 pages still showing in the book!! Very cool and recommended.

Report This May 21, 2013
  • FarimirJCL rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Redshirts was a thoroughly "engaging" read, with interesting characters, snappy dialogue, and a plot that "transported" from comedic to thought-provoking at will. If you are a fan of Star Trek, or science-fiction in general, do yourself a favor and check this one out! The three codas at the end of the novel take a little bit to warm up to, but add another nice dimension to the story.

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Report This May 21, 2013
  • FarimirJCL rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

FarimirJCL thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


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Report This 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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Report This 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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Report This 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.”

Report This 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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John Scalzi and Wil Wheaton Perform a "Redshirts" Reading

At Scalzi's "Redshirts" book signing in Burbank, CA. He and special guest Wheaton read a short set in the "Redshirts" universe.

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