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Redshirts: Chapters 1-4 by [Scalzi, John]
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The Swarm: The Second Formic War (Volume 1) by Orson Scott Card
"The Swarm" by Orson Scott Card
Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston return to their Ender's Game prequel series with this first volume of an all-new trilogy about the Second Formic War in The Swarm. Learn more | See related books
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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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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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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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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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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 see now I'm reviewing Chapters 1-4, whereas I actually bought the whole book and read it. Well, to summarize: I'm glad I bought the whole book, it was a good read that had me laughing out loud in places. But it was also thoughtful an interesting in the way it approached its subject matter. I highly recommend it.
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By barbre on May 30, 2014
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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. The section at the end was such an abrupt change that I found myself wishing he had stopped after the asteroid (no spoilers so that will mean nothing until you read it). Scalzi has a wicked wit and pokes fun at TV sci-fi and takes a look at life off the bridge. I think anyone who is a Trek fan or likes to laugh at the old Sci-fi classics will really enjoy this story. My only wish would have been for more of the story and none of the codas.
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Good read about what it would be like if the Universe operated like ST:OS episodes from a crewman viewpoint. The post story (epilog?) where the scriptwriter and actors on Earth deal with the ramifications that "real people" from an alternative universe are affected by their b-grade TV show is quite meta, but I feel it is a little too dry and long for my tastes - although Mr. Scalzi acknowledges other shows/stories where "actor meets character" and the breaking of the fourth wall.
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I ordered the first four chapters for my Kindle, then in the summer of 2015, read the entire novel for a Science Fiction class at my local community college. It could easily have been just a parody of Star Trek, but wound up being a thought-provoking, comedic look at metafiction and at the creative process of television series under the pressures of production. It also has some poignant moments, which despite my being the least romantic person alive, did touch me.
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