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Taking those hapless Redshirts boldly where no redshirt has gone before,
This review is from: Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas (Hugo Award Winner - Best Novel) (Hardcover)
I expected to like this book. I was wrong. I Loved this book. Love. With a capital L. From the dedication which starts "To Wil Wheaton, whom I heart with all the hearty heartness a heart can heart", to the very end which I won't tell you because I don't believe in spoilers, and even into the Acknowledgements, where I saw the names of people I know of and a couple I actually know.
Scalzi has taken his regular mix of scifi, humor, intelligence, great plots, and a twist from somewhere that isn't even in the ballpark, let alone left field, and upped the ante. Fun and thought-provoking, with a touch of existentialism, all wrapped up in a bright red cover. As I said, Loved it.
It wasn't until actually reading the book that the "a novel with three codas" bit sank in. There was the basic story-line, which you can read plot summary elsewhere. But if you were ever glued to those adventures with Captain Kirk, Bones, and Spock, and their away missions, you'll be smiling. The ending of the first bit, and then the codas are what takes it all to a different level. He did it -- Scalzi boldly went there. And lucky us. He took his readers and fans along.
My thanks to Tor for sending me a copy of this book.