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Prose Equivalent of the Movie "Galaxy Quest".
on January 10, 2016
Another humor-sci-fi hit out-of-the-ballpark by John Scalzi; he certainly is a master of this genre.
So what would happen if the Redshirts in the typical television quest sci-fi show were self-aware enough of the danger? How would a group of scientists and explorers overcome the issue of being a "Redshirt"? Investigate and resolve.
Story got a little too Meta in chapter 23 and the final bit with the end of chapter 23 and start of 24 fell flat to me.
The first time I read the Three Codas - where we return to "modern" times and follow the lives of the people impacted by the Redshirts time travel visit was a struggle. I disliked the staggered ending. When I re-read it now, I actually enjoyed the three Codas - first off for giving us more about the people impacted by the visit. Second for the writing exercise the Codas represent - the first Coda is written in first person, the second Coda is written in second person and the third in third person. If someone is having problems with POV definition, reading these three Codas might help. I don't think it will help them write in the different POV, but it will help them understand what they are - the "I", "you" and "s/he".
In conclusion, funny, funny story for the most post. The ending, starting about chapter 21, in the first read-thru annoyed me - felt weak - and I got a little lost. The second read-thru about 3 years later, I enjoyed the beginning just as much as the first time and the ending felt much better. I "got" it. Still not as funny as the main part of the book and that last bit of chapter 23 annoys me, but does provide good resolution. Overall a 4.5.
A must-read for enjoyers of prose who also like starship television sci-fi. Basically this is the prose equivalent of the movie "Galaxy Quest".