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Friday, August 16, 2013

Redshirts by John Scalzi

by John Scalzi
Tor Books
ISBN: 978-0-7653-1699-8
Buy from Indigo

Description: Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship’s Xenobiology laboratory.

Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces, (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations, and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expended on avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives

Mini Book Review: A delightfully hilarious tale that really comes across as a love letter to all things Star Trek. I picked this one up on the advice of Christa who thought I would enjoy it.  I am quite surprised that no one has ever written something like this before as any true Trekkie (Trecker) has always wondered about the lives of those "redshirts" who always seemed to be killed on those away missions. There is plenty of dark humour, interesting characters and some fabulous dialogue.  Won't lie, I was a wee bit confused at times about what was going on, but that is more my problem, not a problem with the actual writing.  The book is so well done that it will appeal to not only the die hard Trek fan, but to those who just enjoy a smart and witty Science Fiction story. Look forward to reading more by Scalzi.  After I finished the book, I threw on my DVD of Galaxy Quest, which is also a love letter to Star Trek. Oh yeah and Chapter 24 made me snort on the bus & people stared, thanks a lot Scalzi.

Favorite Quotes

"What are we going to say, Andy?" Collins said. "Hi, welcome to the Intrepid, avoid the officers because it's likely you'll get killed if you're on an away team with them, and oh, by the way, here's a magic box we use for impossible things? That would be a lovely first impression, wouldn't it."

"Yes, death by away team. Very effective on this ship," Jenkins said.

4 Dewey's

I purchased this just because Christa suggested it

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