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Redshirts: Chapters 1-4 [Kindle Edition]

John Scalzi
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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Book Description

THEY WERE EXPENDABLE . . . UNTIL THEY STARTED COMPARING NOTES

A free preview of Redshirts, the astonishing new science-fiction yarn from John Scalzi.

"Redshirts is (a) ruin-your-underwear funny, (b) a mind-bender sure to Philip K. Dick you over, and (c) absurdly rich in ideas and feeling. John Scalzi sets his imagination to STUN and scores a direct hit. Read on and prosper." - Joe Hill, New York Times-bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It's a prestige posting, with the chance to serve on "Away Missions" alongside the starship's famous senior officers.

Life couldn't be better . . . until Andrew begins to realize that (1) every Away Mission involves a lethal confrontation with alien forces, (2) the ship's senior officers always survive these confrontations, and (3) sadly, at least one low-ranking crew member is invariably killed. Unsurprisingly, the savvier crew members belowdecks avoid Away Missions at all costs.

Then Andrew stumbles on information that transforms his and his colleagues' understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is . . . and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives.


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Product Details

  • File Size: 1342 KB
  • Print Length: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (April 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007NJPO2A
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,688 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cruel, cruel man.... 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
4.0 out of 5 stars A great tease 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
5.0 out of 5 stars I was convinced to buy a book 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
2.0 out of 5 stars I like his other stuff better 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
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read 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
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time someone wrote this. 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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1.0 out of 5 stars It's free, and that's what it's worth July 10, 2014
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I know this is fan fiction, and different rules apply, And I guess it's supposed to be amusing. But the writing is amateurish in the extreme, the situations silly, and none of it is particularly amusing. At least I didn't have to pay to find out how bad this is.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not the best story, but for Trekkers it's fun!!
Published 8 days ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars hysterical
Funny and clever. Any fan of Star Trek will love this book. Twisted, wry humor combined with an action-packed story.
Published 16 days ago by Manu Saxena
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read
Wonderfully entertaining from start to finish! I know it sounds cliche but it's true. Probably why this book has won so many awards.
Published 1 month ago by Jeff
4.0 out of 5 stars Average read
Good read, but everything after chapter 4 is meh.
Published 3 months ago by harmony
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I was disappointed! There were far too many people for me to keep track of and their adventures were not very believable or original. I will not be ordering the rest of the book
Published 5 months ago by User99
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost
This is a fast read, and pretty funny. It is my first Scalzi book, and it won't be my last. I was very pleased with the writing and the story, almost. Read more
Published 5 months ago by barbre
5.0 out of 5 stars Once you read them you will buy the whole book.
Great book if you are a fan of Star Trek. It is a light fun read that you will have trouble putting down.
Published 6 months ago by Timothy Risch
4.0 out of 5 stars Some redshirts must always die in unique interesting ways and are...
Good read about what it would be like if the Universe operated like ST:OS episodes from a crewman viewpoint. The post story (epilog? Read more
Published 7 months ago by Andrew Scott
2.0 out of 5 stars Endless
The story began very well but the authors solution soon bogged down. It was almost as if he wrote himself into a corner and couldn't figure out how to end the story in a manner... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Walter A. Theis
4.0 out of 5 stars Very fun and easy read.
I like a good, light sci-fi book between the longer epic that I enjoy. This fit the bill. Would make a great film.
Published 8 months ago by S. Epstein
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More About the Author

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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