Another Audible listen by John Scalzi, narrated by Wil Wheaton. This experience was even amplified by Ber making her way through Star Trek (the original series) on Netflix. So every time I came back from the gym where I listened to Redshirts, she’d be watching Trek and I couldn’t help but laugh.
Redshirts is to science fiction what Last Action Hero was to Arnold’s movie career. You don’t have to be into Star Trek to enjoy it, but it’s a lot more fun if you’re already in on the joke. Basically: what would happen if all the people that died just for the sake of screentime action realized they were being suckered?
Wil does some amazing voice work in this one. In particular a great little conversation in an alien language. The words-on-a-page version I’m sure is good, but I finished it really happy to have gotten it on audio.
Scalzi won the Hugo award for Best Novel with this book, but I think his Old Man’s War universe is still better overall. He just happens to play some tunes that appeal to all readers in this one. A good read for the science fiction lover or the reader who only occasionally picks up the genre.
Redshirts by John Scalzi, part of my 2017 Reading