Redshirts

Redshirts

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765316998
0765316994
Branch Call Number: FICTION Sca
Description: 317 pages ; 22 cm

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Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid. It's a prestige posting, and Andrew is thrilled...until he begins to pick up on the fact that every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces, and at least one low-ranked crew m... Read More »


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Tony_Jeffers
Nov 18, 2020

Suppose that whenever an insignificant fictional character gets killed off in a movie or TV show a real person somewhere really dies! I enjoyed the Twilight Zone, Star Trekky style mystery very much. Though it has it's amusing moments it is not at all farcical. In the movie version when the image of the USS Enterprise is displayed I hope they think of using the Enterprise trumpet music. If you enjoy the mystery you'll be pleased with the surprise ending.
I didn't find the CODAS at the book's end appealing and in fact was disappointed by them. The story seemed to be wrapping up but I could see there was more at the end so I was disappointed when I discovered a large part of the end of the book was taken up by these codas instead of more novel or a preview of a sequel or other novel so that is why I gave the book a 4 1/2 star rating. Also the use of the F-word and unnecessary sexual discussions are likely keeping it off school library shelves.

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Herbivore_Reader
Aug 12, 2020

Amusing, but ultimately unsatisfying. I suspect there are other great novels for Star Trek fans that would work on more levels.

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cac27701
Jul 28, 2020

I have to agree with the low ratings. The book is just ok even for ST fans. If you're going to try to twist the belief of the readers in this manner, it has to make more creative sense in the end.

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janetheostrich
Jul 20, 2020

I very much enjoyed this book. It tapped into my life-long love of Star Trek (TNG) and took an amusing perspective on the typical plots and tropes. There were a few slow spots but overall this was an engaging and enjoyable read.

OPL_JacobL Apr 10, 2020

A humorous sci-fi novel about a "Star Trek" like world in which the security officers, AKA "Redshirts", start to notice that anytime someone from their ranks goes on an away mission, that person ends up dead. Then, metaphysical hilarity ensues.

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apnonimus
Feb 07, 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed the first 3/4 of this book. The last quarter was a bit hard to get through; cool premise but drawn out, however heartfelt.

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janajensen
Jan 10, 2020

This somewhat cleverly subtle parody of Star Trek TV scripts was ruined by the unnecessary frequent use of the f-word and crass references to sex acts in might have been attempts at juvenile comedy. I could not finish the book.

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VCarvalho
Dec 16, 2019

Remember when Star Trek didnt suck balls?? Remember? I do.

This is a love letter to classic Trek and all Star Trek fans (before the abomination known as Discovery).

Amazing characters, laugh out loud funny scenes and moments, a parody to end all parodies. Any cool Star Trek fans should read this.

Its like the movie Galaxy Quest but in book format.

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7626dee
Dec 31, 2018

I have to agree, 2/3 of the novel was interesting, ending chapters were simply awful and I am ashamed of Scalzi for publishing a book with such a nonsensical ending, he usually does so much better.

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chazbufe
Oct 08, 2018

This won a Hugo primarily because of its subject matter (Star Trek). The first two-thirds of the book are very funny (probably as funny as the film "Galaxy Quest"), but the last third, an entirely unnecessary epilogue, is a meandering mess.

Scalzi's two other comic novels, "Fuzzy Nation" and "Agent to the Stars," are better books.

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C_Bara
Jul 26, 2016

In one hand I have a restraining order, and in the other I have a Taser. Which would you like to meet first?

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C_Bara
Jul 26, 2016

"We've already established whoever is writing us is an asshole"

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andreareads
Dec 19, 2013

“Things are always exploding around him . . . Not a good sign for a chief engineer.”

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andreareads
Dec 19, 2013

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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PimaLib_KatherineB May 06, 2015

Hilarious story that goes in depth into the lives of the poor "Redshirt" crew members. Readers who are familiar with Star Trek can guess what happens!

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sbn_kc
Aug 19, 2012

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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JCLBrianB May 21, 2013

JCLBrianB thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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andreareads
Dec 19, 2013

Coarse Language: some swearing and crude language, appropriate in context

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