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Redshirts
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas | John Scalzi
136 posts | 207 read | 2 reading | 89 to read
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 even more delighted when he's assigned to the ship's Xenobiology laboratory. Life couldn't be better . . . although there are a few strange things going on . . . :(1) every Away Mission involves a lethal confrontation with alien forces(2) the ship's captain, the chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these encounters(3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed. Suddenly it's less surprising how much energy is expended below decks on avoiding, at all costs, being assigned an Away Mission. Andrew's fate may have been sealed . . . until he stumbles on a piece of information that changes everything . . . and offers him and his fellow redshirts a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives . . .
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yoavshai
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#BookCoverChallenge
Day 301.
Here I will note 365 books (or as many as I will have before I get tired) that have shaped my taste in literature. No explanations, no reviews. Just the cover of the book.
I do not challenge anyone. You are all welcome to take part.

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kimmypete1
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Bailedbailed

Just not for me.

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gallowbraids

Currently reading Red Shirts, love how spoofy Star Treky it is.

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Eggbeater
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Pickpick

I reread this book for my book club and I'm glad I did because I had forgotten a lot from years ago. The best part is the humor. It is a really funny, feel-good type book. Anyone who grew up watching Star Trek or other sci fi television programs will particularly appreciate it.

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Jobridge
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A couple of scores from the Friends of the Library book sale ❤️

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audraelizabeth
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Mehso-so

#readharder2021 #fanfiction
#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks
This was ok, to long before thing really were clicking along well. Many of the characters didn't have redeeming qualities about them.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 12mo
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Say729
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Over the pandemic my friend and I started a podcast where we watch Star Trek: The Original Series so other people don't have to, and this book is speaking to my soul right now.

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ctboeheim
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Pickpick

Redshirts starts off like a bad SciFi novel. And that's the point. Why does the bridge crew always lead the away teams personally, and why does some low-ranking ensign always end up dead? Why do officers' decisions make no sense, other than being dramatically appropriate? And why are the laws of physics suspended just in time to save the ship?
Redshirts is a wickedly funny satirical sendup of popular but flawed SciFi shows of today and yesteryear.

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bookishbitch
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Ok I'll play. From my #tbr pile.

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JoyBlue
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Pickpick

So. Much. Fun! I've owned the audio for who-knows-how long, but only was inspired to read it now because it was picked for a group read in one of my virtual book groups. Thanks—I needed that! If you need a fun, silly, undemanding pick-me-up, too, give it a try!

P.S. Wil Wheaton is a wonderful narrator.

Crazeedi Sent you a little letter! Will write again as soon as I can, happy Thanksgiving Debby!! 2y
JoyBlue @Crazeedi I got and enjoyed reading it—thank you! Happy Thanksgiving! 💙 2y
Crazeedi @JoyBlue I'll try to stay in touch, have a blessed thanksgiving 2y
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Kshakal
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 📚❤️ 2y
OriginalCyn620 So pretty! 2y
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McFarchie
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Pickpick

So as much as I enjoyed this I feel that Scalzi wasn‘t completely sure what he wanted this book to be. It‘s better than a 3, but not a 4. I guess that makes it 3.5/5!

CarolynM 👋 Nice to see you posting again, I've seen you pop in with a like every now and then so I knew you were still around🙂 Hope things are good with you, or at least as good as they can be in our current world. 2y
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McFarchie
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After what seems like forever I am back and planning on actually posting! This is my current read... I needed some humour!

britt_brooke Welcome back! 2y
Traci1 Loved this book. 2y
LeahBergen Hello! 👋🏻 2y
CoffeeK8 Welcome back! That‘s been on my tbr for a while! 2y
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wanderinglynn
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#thankfulthursday

1. She recommended it because she thought I‘d enjoy it. And I did! It was my first Scalzi novel and now I‘ve read almost all of his work.
2. This week, caring friends.

Cosmos_Moon I love that! Finding a new author to devour is good! 2y
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PickwickPlockPlock
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Pickpick

That was more meta than expected, but that made it fun. On the whole it's a bit too long and fragmented (three coda parts!), but still a pick.

Bette Good review...not quite there, but I liked what he was trying to do. 2y
Darthdad Really enjoyed this book 2y
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ALFuhs
Pickpick

I love this book. I love thinking about Star Trek while reading something that isn't quite like it. I love how meta this book gets. I love the character development and awareness. And I love how (most of) the character arcs end.

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Soubhiville
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Pickpick

Oh no! I realized I‘m reviewing while wearing a red shirt! I better be careful this episode! 🖖

This book was so much fun! If you enjoy any of the “weekly sci-fi television shows”, and also satire, this was great. I can‘t say how many times I laughed. Why haven‘t I read John Scalzi before? I‘d definitely read another of his.

@TheAromaofBooks this was my #bookspin.

TheAromaofBooks Um this book sounds AMAZING! 2y
Marmie7 I listened to this book on Audible and it was awesome! 2y
SW-T This was a fun read! 2y
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Soubhiville
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I heart this dedication from John Scalzi to Wil Wheaten.
It made me both “aaawwwww” and snort laugh. 💕

vivastory I loved this one! 🖖 2y
Soubhiville @vivastory it‘s had me laughing many times. ❤️🖖 2y
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AdamCaron
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Mehso-so

If you're all a star track fan you will love this book. It's from the side of the red shirts who always die in star trek. Not a book for everyone but fun none the less.

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lahousewyfe
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Pickpick

Fun meta sci-fi - especially if you are a fan of TV science fiction shows like Star Trek. Enjoyed throughly!

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tournevis
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1️⃣ Well, fanfic, of course. But also mainstream SF, basic action adventures in space or space opera. Or SF humour, like tagged.
2️⃣ Labyrinth, the one with David Bowie's cod piece.
3️⃣ Podcast: Do by Friday, made by very funny potty mouths. TV show: TOS, but these days, I'm rather obsessed by The Untamed (i.e. 陈情令, i.e. Chén Qíng Lìng, i.e CQL).
4️⃣ Watercolour painting.
#fridayfun #1daylate @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Labyrinth ❤️❤️❤️ Thanks for playing 😀 2y
tournevis @wanderinglynn Thanks to you! 😘 2y
BlameJennyJane I love your book tattoo!! So colorful! 2y
tournevis @BlameJennyJane Thank you! It's called “My next book“. 😉 2y
BlameJennyJane @tournevis ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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ozma.of.oz
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The fabulous John Scalzi‘s Redshirts is the March book for the Tor ebook of the Month Club. It‘s available for free download (ePub and mobi) until 11:59 PM ET, March 20th.

Only available in the US and Canada.

#torbookclub

https://ebookclub.tor.com

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LibrarianRyan
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PurpleTulipGirl Redshirts is fabulous. The absurdity of the story surrounding essentially disposable characters would be a good break from the anxiety of today. 2y
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Sasstronaut
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1. Depends on the book! I tend to keep a lot but if I don‘t, it‘s always a donate.

2. Depends on the book and my time. Longest was a couple weeks.

3. I don‘t seem to have one. I‘ve powered through the last few ones that I couldn‘t stand.

#wondrouswednesday

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Sasstronaut
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Been sick a few days and just finished a good but difficult read; this is just the pick-me-up I needed! Only a few chapters in, but I adore this concept and its beginning.

Pairs well with a Hot Toddy and my love of Star Trek.
I love it when friends gift me books!

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Skygoddess1
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Happy National Science Fiction Day! My Dad was the one who helped to spark my love in all things science fiction. He and I used to discuss the different books and short stories we‘d read and recommend ones to one another. These books represent only a few of the many I own and hope to read. The tagged book is one I have a feeling he‘d enjoy as a Star Trek fan. #bookstack #NationalScienceFictionDay

wanderinglynn Love Scalzi! ❤️ And several others of these are on my TBR! 2y
Skygoddess1 @wanderinglynn I actually got to meet him last summer at Denver Pop Culture Con. He was so nice and I am determined to finally read is book after getting it signed and then putting it back on my TBR cart 😂 2y
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vivastory
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Ensign Dahl is excited to land his dream job aboard Intrepid, the flagship of the Universal Union. He soon notices something is not right when crew members lower down on the totem pole are the ones not returning from the dramatic away missions. Scalzi is entertaining as hell, with witty banter & absurd situations. The last quarter of the book provides more emotional heft & somber musings that surprise & broaden the experience.

Faibka Great to know, I have this book! Loved the Spock meme 😆🖖 3y
vivastory @Faibka So many great Star Trek memes 😂🖖 3y
Faibka @vivastory true! and I love them all, live long and prosper! 3y
tournevis It's a good one! 3y
tournevis Also 🖖 3y
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vivastory
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rachelm I really enjoyed this book 3y
vivastory @rachelm it's fantastic! 3y
Reggie Lolol 3y
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vivastory
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readordierachel 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3y
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vivastory
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Lucy_Anywhere I really enjoyed this book! 3y
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vas182

Looking for recommendations for good sci-fi or fantasy books

TheBookAddict Have you read Hell Divers? It‘s a post apocalyptic sci-fi series. I listened to the audiobook and it was really good. It‘s very fast paced. 3y
vas182 @TheBookAddict I love Hell Divers. I have read all the books. 3y
TheBookAddict @vas182 🙌🏽 Everyone I‘ve talked to about Hell Divers never knows what I‘m talking about! 💃🏽 I have finally met a fellow Hell Divers fan😁!!! I think I only read books 1-3 but I plan to get to book 4 and 5 soon. 3y
TheBookAddict Have you read The Fear Saga by Stephen Moss? I‘ve only listened to books 1 and 2, but I really enjoyed them. Sleeping Giants by Sylvia Neuvel in audiobook format was good too. The Mountain Man series by Keith C. Blackmore is a zombie series, if you‘re interested in zombie books. 3y
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AthenaWins
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Pickpick

Wow. I am so glad a friend suggested I read this one. I furiously turned pages, laughed, and got a little teary eyed. Such a fun book. Highly recommend!

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Caroline2
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I‘ve got plenty of #redreading I need to catch up on. 👍🏻 #abcaugust

Mitch The Virgo in me loves the straightness of the books on your shelves 🤣👍🏼 3y
Eggs Lovely display! 3y
TrishB Pretty ❤️ 3y
Caroline2 @Mitch 😆 I get that!! 3y
Caroline2 @Eggs @TrishB Thanks! 😊 3y
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Fortifiedbybooks
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I'm still listening to the tagged book, but I completely forgot I had this Blind Date with a Book. It says "Sure I'm a little wild - let's meet up after school and I'll tell you about my grand plans - some of them may even be real! - YA" I think I'll open it and read it next.... #ReverseReadathon

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Livelovebark
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Bedtime stories 🐶😆

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Livelovebark
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Completely stepped out of my norm and reading this based on a B&N employee rec. I‘ve completed the look with this fancy receipt bookmark. 😆

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Traci1
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Pickpick

⭐⭐⭐⭐
I'm not sure if I would have enjoyed this quite as much in print as I did with Wil Wheaton's fabulous narration, but either way it was tons of fun. Clever and witty, it was a terrific spoof-y story. It did drag just a tad in the middle bits, but the spectacular beginning and ending more than made up for any slow parts. I would recommend this to anyone who even remotely likes sci-fi.

LeeRHarry Bumping it up the TBR 😊 3y
tournevis I loved it. It's fun and unpretentious, but it's not a book one rereads. Once is great but enough. 3y
Traci1 @LeeRHarry I hope you like it as much as I did. 3y
Traci1 @tournevis yeah, I agree. Once is enough. 3y
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bookandbedandtea
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Pickpick

This book is SO. MUCH. FUN! It's utterly absurd and wonderful and the most meta thing I've ever read. I laughed constantly. Perfect read for my Sunday.

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bookandbedandtea
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📚 tagged, plus The Seven Husbands of Eleanor Hugo
👩🏻‍🦳 How Did I Get Here?
🌸 Peonies
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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GeekGrl82
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Pickpick

The first adult tv show I remember loving was Star Trek: Next Generation. Wil Wheaton‘s Westley Crusher was my first crush, but I quickly moved on to Riker. I love the movies (old and new) & I‘ve watched most of the different shows. I even have a Star Trek bikini, in Science blue and not red (of course). So needless to say, I loved Redshirts. And the audio book is read by Wil Wheaton. It doesn‘t get better than that.

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bookandbedandtea
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My town is covered in snow and, instead of picking up one of the three books I'm in the middle of, I started shopping my shelves and decided this looked good. Trying to stay strong and focus on what I'm already reading. We'll see!

SaraFair Ah! Just started this yesterday!!! Good so far- 3y
bookandbedandtea @SaraFair I resisted in favor of finishing what I've already started but it's high on my list now. I hope you're still enjoying it! 3y
SaraFair @bookandbedandtea— yes still enjoying but I can‘t quite figure out what is going on. 3y
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SaraFair Did you read the Old Man‘s War series? I have read 3 of them and love it. 3y
bookandbedandtea @SaraFair I haven't read those although I do own the first one on kindle, which I'd forgotten till you asked about it. Thanks for putting it back on my radar! 3y
SaraFair Me again- make sure you stick with it. First few chapters are slow but then it gets really good. I just love sci fi! 3y
bookandbedandtea @SaraFair I just finished this and I loved it! It was completely mind-tripp, which is apparently just what I needed. 3y
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grumpygirlbooks
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Mehso-so

This was good !!! But I rated it So-So because it just wasn‘t like super memorable? I would rec it, especially to people who liked Star Trek, but I don‘t think it‘s going to stick with me. Full review on my blog and goodreads soon!

A very solid 3/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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grumpygirlbooks
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This has been a really quick read. #socksunday

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grumpygirlbooks
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Currently reading! This kind of went in the direction I was hoping it wouldn‘t lol, but I‘ve still got a good chunk left to finish so we‘ll see

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JuliaTheBookNerd
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This is a fun, self aware, #UniqueRead that takes a well known formula and turns it on its head! #ANewChapter 🥂

#BookNerd 📚💙

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Cool photo! ❤️ 3y
AutumnRLS This book is so fun. I love everything Scalzi writes. 3y
vkois88 Sounds neat 3y
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Lucy_Anywhere
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Happy Friday, folks! I'm slowly making my way through the Hugo Awards and Nebula Awards winners and nominees, and today's quote comes from Redshirts by John Scalzi - a tongue in cheek scifi and a loving send up of certain scifi space operas.

#scifi #fandom #spaceopera #destiny #fate

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WeeWeegieBookworm
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Pickpick

Took me a while to get into this one, but once I was, i couldn't stop! I love multi universes and timelines. It also reminded me of the Black Mirror episode USS Callister. If you can get through the first couple of chapters with the characters getting to know each other, it's definitely worth the read

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WeeWeegieBookworm

Just started this is audio and find it distracting that after every sentence is "said [name]" or "[name] said". You have a scene that only has two characters having a conversation, we don't need to have that after every single thing they say **sigh**

Chelleo Yes, that would be annoying. Funny how some things are amplified in audiobooks. 4y
BridgetteM My husband and I listened to Lock In by the same author a while ago and the same problem. It was really distracting! 4y
WeeWeegieBookworm @BridgetteM I'm glad I'm not the only one. It would probably be okay written but on audio is definitely distracting. 4y
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