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Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas (MP3 Audio)
Redshirts A Novel with Three Codas - MP3 Audio
Author: John Scalzi
On 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.
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ISBN-13: 9781491514382
ISBN-10: 1491514388
Publication Date: 4/29/2014
Edition: Unabridged
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Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Book Type: MP3 CD
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Redshirts is Scalzis homage to classic the Star Trek television series, where nameless extras, usually wearing red shirts, were routinely sacrificed on the altar of silly plot lines. You can imagine Scalzi thinking, as he watched one of these old shows, Wait a minute. Dont these guys realize that beaming down to a planet with the captain means their untimely death? And then running with the story of how a group of underlings deal with the absurdity that seems destined to come their way.

It winds up being an odd book. I liked it, I did. But the whole novel portion really does feel like a television show, light on the depth and quick to find a hackneyed solution to the problem posed at the start. Scalzi added three codas at the end which explore (relatively quickly) the ramifications of the core novel from the perspectives of other bit players in the narrative. And, interestingly, since these arent part of the television episode part of the book, they feel much deeper and connect much better to me, the reader.

Kind of proving that the core novel really *is* supposed to be mostly gloss and sillyness.

If youre in the mood for goofy, quick novels this is a good one.

A grudging 5 of 5 stars.
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