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Redshirts: Chapters 1-4 Kindle Edition

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Length: 52 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 1416 KB
  • Print Length: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (April 10, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 10, 2012
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007NJPO2A
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John Scalzi writes books, which, considering where you're reading this, makes perfect sense. He's best known for writing science fiction, including the New York Times bestseller "Redshirts," which won the Hugo Award for Best Novel. He also writes non-fiction, on subjects ranging from personal finance to astronomy to film, was the Creative Consultant for the Stargate: Universe television series. He enjoys pie, as should all right thinking people. You can get to his blog by typing the word "Whatever" into Google. No, seriously, try it.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. Trasler on April 17, 2012
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Scalzi is evil, there's no other word for it. Yes, I was excited to read Redshirts, and I will be buying it as soon as it's available. But, unable to resists torturing readers, he released this sample way in advance, meaning I read it voraciously and was left wanting more. And now I have to wait. Damn you, Scalzi!

Ok, the review - you know what you're getting with Scalzi, if you've read any of his books before. His characterisation is bang on, his stories are unpredictable but drag you in and grip you, and his prose is so easy on the eye and flowing that you suddenly find the dinner has burned, the cat hasn't been fed in a week and what the hell it's DARK now?

Bring on the rest of the book, I'm ready.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mathachew on July 31, 2012
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This is a good tease to what I hoped would be a fun story. However, Redshirts was a major disappointment. Some of the best parts of the book are in this preview, which accounts for nearly 25% of the book's primary story. That's no typo, Redshirts is short and the last 25% are the three codas, which contains more character depth than the story itself. This preview was entertaining, but lacks Scalzi's usual charm.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Y. Scott VINE VOICE on September 5, 2013
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I finished chapter 4 and now I have to buy a whole book in order to know what's going on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter D. Fortin on November 2, 2013
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I really like John Scalzi's other works, but this one didn't do much for me. It wasn't all that funny, and seemed kind of juvenile in scope. Read Old Man's war for a great book. Not so bad that I didn't finish, but not so good as to recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on September 24, 2013
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I don't think it deserves all the hate, at least not based on what I have read so far. I plan on buying the full version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diana Dial on September 4, 2013
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This Hugo winning book is the type that will make you smile while reading and people around you will ask "what is that book about?" You will have a blast trying to explain it. Loved that I could sample the book before I purchased.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 13, 2012
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You ever notice how in the original Star Trek series everyone important to running the ship beams down to a planet? The Captain, Chief Engineer, Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Science Officer all go exploring. Of course, the people who die are the unknown red shirts. Galaxy Quest contained a parody of this observation.

Instead of the United Federation of Plants and the Enterprise, this book sample has the Universal Union (dub U) and the Intrepid. The people aboard the ship have definitely noticed that bridge crew tend to survive away missions while the other team members get eaten, dissolved or meet their end in some other grisly fashion. These four chapters follow some new members of the Intrepid. Very quickly the new crew members discover that they are replacing people who have died as a result of away missions. And that the old hands aboard ship have learned to stay away from away missions.

This is a well written and edited sample of a larger book to come. John Scalzi has written Old Man's War, The Last Colony, Fuzzy Nation and other books. I will definitely buy this book when it comes out. Maybe not an e version, but I will buy it.
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I was disappointed in this book. It was like Skalzi was mailing it in to get the check. The codas at the end were like a last ditch effort to salvage a half hearted start that almost made it, but in the end fizzled as well.
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