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on 12 August 2017
Not as good as some of Scalzi's work. This book is a little too self-knowing, and get's a little too clever for its own good.
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on 5 August 2017
Funny and entertaining, wasn't expecting it to get as confusing as it did but still an enjoyable book. Only complaint was the constant repetition of the word "said" which gets very grating during dialogue sections, if other words had been used on occasion it would have flowed much better.
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on 16 March 2017
If you enjoy Star Trek, read this!

Self aware fun, with a bit of self conscious brooding at the end... I think the author must have had the idea or the book, wrote it and then realised it needs an ending...and it's a good one...just a bit odd, is all.
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on 5 September 2017
Absolutely Superb. John Scalzi has managed to create another great novel. The loophole abuses and lampshades about bad writing tropes in sci fi were all quite well thought out and pretty funny too
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on 14 June 2017
Lots of fun.
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on 3 September 2017
pretty childish, quite disappointing - I expected better.
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on 2 May 2017
Everything one would want in a book. Witty satire of the highest order while dealing with reality, love, life death and sex.
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on 14 July 2017
This is a great read, not just for sci-fi fans. Great story.
This is now my favourite John Scalzi book
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Scalzi has written some great sci-fi such as Old Man's War, however he has misfired a little on this curious mix of parody, comedy and pathos.

Essentially we have a crew of a space ship who have come to realise that they always end up getting offed whilst the senior officers lead a charmed life. Just like Star Trek whom Scalzi has some clearly disparaging ideas about. The thread of the story is the bit part players trying to work out why this is happening and to somehow stop it. I won't say too much more or it will give the game away.

What somewhat spoils this is the fact that to start with Scalzi is writing a comedy, then it turns into a parody eventually becoming a little confusing and a lot serious. It's a bit like the newer Terry Pratchett stories where the initial part of the book is good fun but tapers off towards the end. I just wish that if a book starts off this way it would continue rather than becoming ever more schizophrenic.

Effectively we have a mix of Star Trek and Galaxy Quest with some of Jasper Fford's Thursday Next chucked in for good measure. It's not all bad but it could have been great.
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on 5 August 2016
Have you ever wondered if you are actually in a giant computer game and that all the stuff around you only exists when you are present and loads as you walk into the room? Fog on the motorway? That’s the servers buffering. If you are the type of person that likes to ponder these ludicrous possibilities then John Scalzi’s ‘Redshirts’ is for you as it combines Star Trek with fourth wall breaking shenanigans.

When the new crew arrive on the UUC Intrepid they are ecstatic as it is the flag ship of the fleet, but they soon begin to realise that something is off. The established crew seem to hide whenever the Captain is about and anyone on the away team wearing a Redshirt appears to die. Statistically speaking not that many crew should die; if nothing else the Captain would have been stripped of responsibility as he is too dangerous. Can the new recruits figure out what is going on before it is too late? After all, they are wearing red …

‘Redshirts’ starts off as being a fun book just because it is a parody of Star Trek. Played straight it asked a simple question – why did Kirk’s crew put up with him? If the book had been on this level alone it would have been immensely entertaining, but Scalzi goes further. He takes the anything is possible in the world of Star Trek and questions the very existence of the characters’ lives. The book soon takes on an existential twist as our heroes seek to save themselves. If that was not enough the book goes further and further into the rabbit hole.

Scalzi handles some of the complex ideas he has well and entertains the reader throughout by having amusing characters. The book does bog down a little in the final third, but manages to redeem itself at the end. Any fan of Trek or science fiction will like the book, but be prepared for a slightly more complicated journey than you may have expected on arrival.
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