Scalzi, John, 1969-

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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
Branch Call Number: SCI-FI S
Characteristics: 317 p. ; 22 cm.


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Mar 24, 2015
  • Chapel_Hill_KenMc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A very clever and insightful farce that answers the question...what do those red-shirted characters on "Star Trek" do when they're not being cannon fodder?

Feb 21, 2015
  • DavidGervais rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Spoiler alert: the comments below give away enough information to spoil the process of discovery as you get into the book.
I'm glad I didn't read the comments before I started the book.

Feb 04, 2015
  • BiblioVPL rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Fun sci-fi romp. Reminds me of Galaxy Quest.

Jan 19, 2015
  • MaxineML rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I was all set to give this just 3 stars as I was reading it. I enjoyed this book, it amused me, it was patently ridiculous, but I enjoyed it nevertheless.

However, the three coda's at the end? Those are what made this a 4 star book. They take this ridiculous story and turn it into something human and relatable and real. It takes a good writer to give you a character you can empathize with in a short story, and Scalzi managed to do that, with panache, with these three codas.

An excellent and very enjoyable book.

Feel free to pair it with a watching of Galaxy Quest, Free Enterprise, or, perhaps, even Spaceballs ;)

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!

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Feb 21, 2015
  • DavidGervais rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

DavidGervais thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

May 21, 2013
  • JCLBrianB rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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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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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