Anyone else read Redshirts?

by John Scalzi?

I started it last night and finished it today and I freaking LOVED it! I turned around and started rereading it over again.

I’m on the waiting list for it at my library but I think I’m going to splurge and pick up the audiobook on Amazon, because Wil Wheaton is an amazing reader. He did such a great job on Fuzzy Nation, and I think he should read every audiobook ever.

Read it. Liked it a lot. I especially like the part at the very end where the main character, whose name slips my mind,

Realized he was not an extra in a television show but the protagonist of a novel.

I have the audiobook and will get to it eventually. Scalzi read a bit of it for us at the 2011 Phoenix Comicon and it sounded like a lot of fun.

The book is already on it’s way from Amazon. Do not tempt me with the audiobook.

I loved the book. The main story is solid and I like the humor, but I liked the emotional punch of the three codas even better. Srsly, two of them even made me cry a little bit.

I liked that the book had an unusual structure with the main story and then three short stories. I wish more authors were willing to try different things in terms of story structure. I read Scalzi’s blog, and he said that he went with the novel and three codas rather than try to stretch out the main novel and shoehorn a bunch of extra stuff in there. Good choice.

Cry a LITTLE BIT? I’m not ashamed to say that I cried like a baby. I liked the structure as well–it reminded me of The Passage, in an odd way. A whole story told in a lot of different ways.

I’m dying to read it, but only TWO libraries in the entire San Diego iLink library system (Las Vegas! San Francisco! Palo Alto! Oakland!) have it and it’s not possible to make a request.

Good to hear it’s great, I will read it eventually.

I can’t decide whether to start by reading the book or listening to the audiobook. I’ll end up doing both, but I’ll sort of spoil one with the other, and I’m not sure which way to do it!

I’m surprised there’s no post by Der Trihs.

I just listened to Wheaton’s Just A Geek audiobook, and I agree that he’s a very good reader (and Star Trek fans should find Just A Geek pretty interesting).

Really, i thought his reading was dreadful. I don’t know if it’s because he can’t or he didn’t bother for some reason but he didn’t differentiate between his characters in any way. Men, woman, young, old, Aliens, the same sarcastic wil wheaton delivery which would have been great for the main character but is terrible when you have a long conversation between the main characters all of whom sound identical.

I read it a couple of weeks back and liked it. Yes, it was lightweight but it was fun.

I don’t know if it’s still true but you could get the first four chapters as a free Kindle download on Amazon.

Haven’t read it, but I see it’s gonna be a TV show:

I read it and liked it (lots of quotable lines), but not quite enough to re-read.

Scalzi is a bit like Neil Gaiman for me: I enjoy his works, and I think he’s an awesome guy from his blogs, but at the same time I think he’s a bit overrated. I enjoyed Red Shirts, but nowhere near the level a lot of people did; it’s not close to the best humor-fantasy I read last year.