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Redshirts (English Edition) [Versión Kindle]

John Scalzi
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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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Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the flagship Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid It's a prestige posting, and life couldn't be better . . . until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact that:

- Every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces.

- The ship's captain, its chief science officer and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations.

- 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.

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  • Formato: Versión Kindle
  • Tamaño del archivo: 798 KB
  • Longitud de impresión: 316
  • Editor: Gollancz (15 de noviembre de 2012)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • ISBN-10: 0575134291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575134294
  • ASIN: B0087GYY92
  • Texto a voz: Activado
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3.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas An enjoyable read that won't let an everlasting impression 28 de noviembre de 2013
Formato:Versión Kindle|Compra verificada
In case the title does not give it away evidently enough, "Redshirts" is a book by a science fiction fan and for science fiction fans. Not that "layman" readers will not enjoy it, but they certainly will lose many inside jokes and twists (such as, for example, the "beyond the 4th wall" reference to Star Trek in the title).

That said, I found the book enjoyable, its read left me with a nice taste in my mouth and no feelings of wasted money, but it certainly is not one of those books I'll ever remember or even consider for re-reading. The plot and premise is interesting enough and really gets you in, though as the book develops, the "naughty" tone with which the book begins turns into a "take this very seriously" one, which kinda left me a little bewildered.

Not that it's such a big problem as, as I said and as net feeling, I enjoyed it and found it interesting enough to talk about the book with friends I though would also have a good time with it.
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3.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas A cute idea that struggles to sustain a novel 22 de julio de 2012
Por K. Sullivan - Publicado en Amazon.com
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"Redshirts" is founded on a fairly clever conceit. Anyone even vaguely familiar with the original "Star Trek" television series is surely aware of the disposable crew members who were slaughtered in sordid ways when the Enterprise visited strange, new worlds. They were frequently ranked "ensign" and clad in red shirts. In each episode, the viewer could reliably predict the fate of the "away team" members, often by shirt color alone. Scalzi affectionately lampoons this and various other conventions of the sci-fi television series.

In his novel, new crew members aboard the Universal Union flagship Intrepid recognize some alarming patterns, not the least of which is that those of their ilk don't tend to live long... or prosper (sorry!). They slowly discern that there's a "Narrative" dictating the outcomes of their missions. While the more senior crew members have adapted by avoiding recognition and staying off the proverbial radar, the new crew members decide to challenge the "Narrative".

While Star Trek provides fertile ground for this type of satirical treatment, there really isn't enough substance for a novel. The primary narrative of "Redshirts" is only 231 pages, but that's at least a third longer than necessary given the story. The plotting is uncomplicated and straightforward despite the metafictional elements which Scalzi, to his credit, took a bit farther than expected. Characterization, another good potential use of space, was nonexistent. This wasn't a clever metaphor on Scalzi's part (i.e., symbolic that "redshirts" aren't fully-fleshed out characters in the series) but because, rightly or wrongly, he chose to focus on the ideas underpinning the story instead of character-building. Additionally, the dialog was largely stilted and awkward, blatantly contrived to demonstrate Scalzi's sardonic, snarky wit. Practically every conversation was a succession of setups and one-liners. Admittedly, they could be funny, but the overall affect was ruined by the unnatural delivery. It was also distracting that each quotation ended with "he/she/[name] said". I tried to discern some clever motive for this but couldn't escape the conclusion it simply resulted from laziness.

After the overly long principle story is finished, three codas follow. They're short stories told in first, second, and third-person respectively concerning minor characters from "Redshirts" proper. In these short stories, Scalzi chooses to deal with some heavier themes. In fact, there are several powerfully written and affecting passages.

The first coda is similar in tone to the standard narrative. It takes a shotgun approach to humor and tries way too hard. It's occasionally funny, but the effort's too transparent. And, although it can be easily overlooked, the story doesn't logically flow from the earlier narrative. That said, it does provocatively assert the need for artistic integrity.

The final two codas are much more successful, the last near flawless. Given the light and jocular nature of the rest of the work, the emotional punch these stories deliver is all the more jarring. Eschewing humor entirely, the tone is much more serious as Scalzi considers life and its choices and obligations. In the final 26 pages of the book, he suddenly and unexpectedly humanizes the story, concluding the book on an exceptionally high note. While Scalzi deserves considerable credit for the final two codas, one can't ignore that the bulk of the work, though clever and moderately amusing, was mostly mediocre.
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2.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas An intriguing premise that failed to deliver 14 de junio de 2012
Por Mathachew - Publicado en Amazon.com
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John Scalzi has some great stories, but Redshirts is not one of them. When I heard about Redshirts last year, I was very psyched. A typical Scalzi novel is filled with wit and humor and given the premise, Redshirts sounded like it was going to be full of that and so much more, while potentially delivering a fascinating story. Instead, we are treated to a curse laden short story that got stretched into a novel, and because it was still short and lacked depth, had three afterthoughts attached. What does it say when the codas contain more character depth than the novel itself? Sad, but true.

A Scalzi protagonist is typically consistent between his novels: pun master, sarcastic, stubborn, and usually acts on behalf of the greater good. With Redshirts, all major characters felt like they were the same person because they all acted the same. Despite the novel's short length and that I read it in two days, I found myself getting confused with some of the main characters, not only because they all acted the same, but also because several names started with the same letter. Some disparity would have been appreciated.

I really had high hopes, and while Redshirts is a very quick and easy read, ultimately it is only mildly amusing. It does not feel like Scalzi put as much focus as he has with his other novels. Redshirts is a respectful nod to Star Trek, but it constantly separated itself from any Star Trek kind of atmosphere with the often unnecessary and excessive swearing. Despite that, I welcomed the absurdity of the story's twist, which handily added to the attempted humor of the story, but it is still that same story that ultimately fails to deliver. Compared to Scalzi's other works, it is pretty easy to recognize why Redshirts falls short with the story, characters and humor.
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2.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Not as clever as it thinks it is 15 de agosto de 2012
Por Jeff the Zombie - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Versión Kindle|Compra verificada
Set on a bad 21st century rip-off of Star Trek, the young ensigns aboard the starship Intrepid discover that their ship has an astonishing turnover of junior officers. They soon set out to investigate why so many of their shipmates are destined to die, while the senior officers (and one dashing young lieutenant) survive unscathed. The answer leads to a breaching of the fourth wall and a quest that draws its cues from a certain Star Trek cliche that I won't reveal here.

There were two ways John Scalzi's Redshirts could have gone: 1) it could have been a brilliant and clever deconstruction of the plot contrivances of Star Trek; 2) it could have been a one-note satire, too smug and self-satisfied for its own good. Unfortunately, Redshirts takes path #2.

I really wanted to like the novel (and three codas) -- in the hands of a stronger writer, this idea could have become a multilayered satire, but Scalzi is unfortunately not up to the task. Instead, the Star Trek jokes are obvious, and the pseudo-Trek universe of the Intrepid is significantly less inspired than the film Galaxy Quest, to which the novel has more than a passing similarity. Unlike Galaxy Quest, which was a loving send-up of Star Trek (and indeed is more entertaining than the Next Generation films), Redshirts seems at times to have a smug contempt for the source material. It focuses on the bad science and plot problems of Trek, rather than the sociopolitical commentary and iconic characters that made Trek great.

In many ways, Redshirts feels like something Scalzi wrote for fun and never intended to publish. It lacks the creative heft of much of his other work and is probably not worth purchasing at full price. It's not terrible, but it's not worth the brief amount of time it takes to read it.
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2.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas I hoped for much more 13 de octubre de 2012
Por Amazon Customer - Publicado en Amazon.com
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Interesting but not engaging

Facile but not funny.

I heard John Scalzi read an excerpt from this book, at Worldcon, before it was published. I have read 7 previous novels by John Scalzi and I loved 6 of them and liked the 7th. His reading at Worldcon sounded like it had potential, so frankly, I was hoping for more. But now that I have read the novel, it seems to me, that he got off on the wrong foot starting with the 'Prologue,' which really had no good reason for existing, and then he remained entirely too cerebral and 'conscious' through the rest of the book. Darn it. He is known for his characters, but it turned out that his characters were mostly flat, and the most engrossing part for me was actually found in 2 of the 3 Codas added to the end of the book. Yet even these would actually have been better done if they had been woven into the rest of the novel.

This book is one of those 'fun' ideas that people come up with, that would have been better off left alone. It has been done before, and done better, in both written and video form. It is the stuff of comedians, "You, unnamed crewman, look behind that rock." There was some mildly entertaining existential content and a perhaps more interesting hint at an extension of the concept of the Anthropomorphic Universe, but that part wasn't really pursued.

All in all, I felt that this book was mostly a waste of my time, and I NEVER thought I would say that about a John Scalzi book. Now that it is over, I wish he had skipped it and gone on to its sequel. Now THAT would probably have been an enthralling book. I look forward to it, alas, probably in vain.

ADDENDUM: Reading some of the other reviews, I note that some people like the 'Codas' but others don't. Personally, I think that the first Coda of the 3 was really very poor, and totally uninteresting. The other two were much more interesting and meaningful to me, and I do recommend them, but, as I suggested above, if the Codas are really of value, then they should have been written into the novel itself. And if they are not of sufficient value, then they should have been left out. It makes me wonder whether John Scalzi is just getting lazy, or if he was trying out (and failing at) some experimental technique in this book.
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2.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Overpriced and Fails to be Funny 15 de junio de 2012
Por Snaz - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Versión Kindle|Compra verificada
John Scalzi works hard at being a writer. Unfortunately, sometimes it shows. This is regrettable because, ideally, he would always make it look easy.

Redshirts is a fail. I preordered it and paid what I consider an unreasonable price for an e-book (yes I know the publisher set the price -- doesn't matter -- I paid it).

Redshirts has what ought to be kneeslapping fun premise. Unfortunately, it wasn't a comedy because, honestly, it wasn't funny. It also wasn't drama, romance, or even mystery (the big mystery or mysteries in the book are not solved or explained -- problems might be solved, mysteries no).

I've seen (and, other than DS9, own) just about every Star Trek, TNG, and DS9 episode, all the movies, and read a bunch of the books and stories (you want funny Star Trek I suggest "How Much for Just the Planet? (Star Trek (Numbered Paperback))", it's a real hoot). Although I don't really consider myself a "trekkie" or even "trekker" I've seen many of the actors in real life and even shared a Trip to Mars ride at the Huntsville Space Center with Gene Roddenberry (he looked pretty humorous at two or three gees with his then somewhat heavyset face rippling back towards his ears -- a shame I didn't have a camera).

I can and do laugh at the stuff. One of my favorite movies of all time is .Galaxy Quest [Blu-ray] for crying out loud.

Redshirts are especially funny (the tv show, Family Guy, certainly has fun with them). Just the other month I was watching a classic ST episode with a friend when we realized Captain Kirk and Spock(?) were beaming down to a planet with like seven or eight redshirts. It was a freaking army! We looked at each other with big eyes and I said, "OMG, it's going to be a SLAUGHTER!" And it was, of course. They all died in ones and twos in about a thirty second window, just minutes after materializing and being sent out to die by their captain. We fell out of our chairs we were laughing so hard. People dying can be funny -- the game Paranoia was one of my favorites. But, really, tons of scared people that know they are going to die horribly and have no idea why, only that something is toying with them? In the immortal words of Jayne Cobb, "Where's that get fun?

Redshirts the book just isn't funny -- and it should be, it really should be.
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