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Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas (Hugo Award Winner - Best Novel) Hardcover – June 5, 2012
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Ever wonder what the redshirts think about that? Well, this is their story from their own perspective. And it's a doozy!
And what they think of their situation - and of the captain and the first officer - is well-worth reading.
The theee codas at the end are definitely worth reading even if they're a bit heavy with the feels. Do not read on the bus unless you have no emotions.
This is a fun romp throwback to my childhood. If you have any likes for Star Trek or the ilk (no matter how feeble), read this book.
There is an obvious homage to all things Star Trek ('Redshirts' refer to those many nameless junior crew members that were always the first to die on the Star Trek TV show). Senior characters are written like James T. Kirk and Spock - complete with ham-fisted lines and pointless plots. The writing is very light, quick-witted and there is enough for SciFi fans and non-SciFi fans alike. In terms of the story, it did get a bit metaphysical but was deftly handled by the author...I was reminded of the movie Galaxy Quest - another tribute to Star Trek!
My mild disappointment was the 3 codas at the end of the main story. They are meant to serve as spinoff's of the larger tale and given the nature of Dahl's discoveries - it seemed a fitting story telling vehicle. However, with these codas, I felt a little removed from the main story... or perhaps I had grown to like Dahl and friends and wanted to read more about their adventures aboard the Intrepid.
All in all, a funny, action-packed, outside-the-box read well worth the Hugo SciFi Award for 2013. A must read!
The "meta" took us more than I expected; but hell, when one starts to get "meta", when can one stop? So, fair enough.
I didn't think the characterization was especially bad, though it was not remarkably good either. I did love the dialog- witty dialog counts for a lot with me, and this was fun.
The concept? well, it reminded me a bit of a video i saw in a museum installation of "Lord of the Rings"- this featured the fighters of various armies, and the AI they used to randomly control the behavior of each of them... and a lot of them had the sense to RUN AWAY!!! when faced with a fight. So, here.
The codas added some breadth and texture to the main plot.
This is one of a very few books i recommended to my mostly non-reading husband; I did like it that much, and think he will, too.
Before giving it to a young adult, I would suggest reading it for yourself. It does have a good amount of cussing in it; I found it to be appropriate for the characters. There was enough that I did notice it, though.
If you like science fiction or Star Trek, I think you'd find the book amusing. I certainly don't regret the time I spent reading it. It is certainly in my list of books I would recommend to people with any sense of humor and a knowledge of Star Trek.
It is a strong 4.5 star book, beyond really liking it. I rounded up, because I think what bothered me was over-thinking on my end.