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Boldly go to the Library for this one.,
This review is from: Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas (Hardcover)After having read and thoroughly enjoyed "Old Man's War" and "The Ghost Brigades" by John Scalzi I looked forward with anticipation to the release of his latest novel "Redshirts." Many writers improve their skills with writing and plot over the years as each new novel they produce reveals their creative imagination and Scalzi has shown himself to be such a writer.
However, Scalzi seems to have hit a speed bump with this one after he has showed us what he is capable of with his previous novels. I for one was sorely disappointed with "Redshirts."
After 40 pages into "Redshirts" I kept thinking this will improve Scalzi has not hit his stride for this one yet. After another 20 pages I could not wait to finish the book so I could pick up something of a better caliber. Many will see the spoof on the "Redshirts" from Star Trek episodes, their seemingly unimportant lives, which furnished the humor for the story. Other reviewers go into more depth on the story so I will not take up space rehashing what I consider a minor novel that would have worked better as a short story.
The characters and dialogue were immature, the plot uninteresting, the attempt at humor passable.
If you are a Scalzi fan like I am, skip this one and wait for something better in the future. If you feel a need to find out for yourself, get a copy from the library and save the money. I rate "Redshirts" 1 star. I enjoyed John Scalzi's past works and hope he tries harder next time.
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Initial post: Nov 4, 2013 4:57:36 AM PST
Just wanted you to know that I really appreciate your style. We don't always read the same books, but I have come to know your reviews well enough that I can trust them. I save valuable time not reading garbage and you have helped me to find more talented authors to add to my list. Keep up the great work.
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2013 4:17:32 PM PST
Michael P. Lefand says:
So much to read and so little time.
It is difficult weeding through so many selections trying to find the golden nuggets before being "beamed up."
Thanks for your comment.
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