Redshirts (2012) didn’t knock my socks off. My expectations were probably unrealistically high. I loved the idea of a parody of the TV show Star Trek–The Original Series (1966-1969), which is why I read this book. The redshirted security guys on Star Trek had a short life span. I love Galaxy Quest (1999), a parody movie of Star Trek. The parody book Redshirts isn’t as good as the Galaxy Quest movie. The book’s story is told third person, past tense, from Andrew Dahl’s point of view. Of interest at the end of the book are three codas, Coda I, first person, Coda II, second person, and Coda III, third person.
If you’re going to read one story by John Scalzi, I recommend you read Old Man’s War (2005). It’s one of my top five favorite military science fiction adventure stories. The story is told first person, past tense, from protagonist John Perry’s point of view. I’ve read a handful of Scalzi’s other books like Fuzzy Nation, Lock In, The Human Division, and The End of All Things. All of them were good, entertaining, but they didn’t knock my socks off like Old Man’s War did.
Starship Troopers (1959) (not like the movie) by Robert A. Heinlein is the book that got me started in sci-fi adventures, and has remained one of my top five favorite military science fiction adventure stories for decades. The Forever War (1974) by Joe Haldeman, Armor (1984) by John Steakley, and Ender’s Game (1985) by Orson Scott Card, round out my top five military sci-fi adventure stories.
If you like any of the above you might also like Jack Campbell’s The Lost Fleet series, Taylor Anderson’s Destroyermen series, Andre Norton’s Star Soldiers, Andy Weir’s The Martian, or Frank Herbert’s Dune. Other sci-fi and fantasy authors I like include Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Paolo Bacigalupi, Arthur C. Clarke, Earnest Cline, Suzanne Collins, Abe Evergreen, Terry Goodkind, Hugh Howey, Robert Jordan, George Martin, Larry Niven, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson and J.R.R. Tolkien.