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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: eBook Kindle
  • Tamanho do arquivo: 839 KB
  • Número de páginas: 316 páginas
  • Editora: Gollancz (15 de novembro de 2012)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Servicos de Varejo do Brasil Ltda
  • Idioma: Inglês
  • ISBN-10: 0575134291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575134294
  • ASIN: B0087GYY92
  • Leitura de texto: Habilitado
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  • Configuração de fonte: Habilitado
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Divertido, usando o clichê dos "camisas vermelhas" do capitão Kirk, tão conhecido dos fãs de Star Trek, o autor consegue fazer uma história muito interessante, com um ritmo agradável e além de tudo, faz justiça a esses heróis anônimos, os Ordenanças das séries de ficção científica.
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Amazon.com: 3.9 de 5 estrelas 1,411 avaliações
Esta avaliação foi considerada útil por 8 de 8 pessoa(s):
4.0 de 5 estrelas Much more than I expected 16 de fevereiro de 2016
Por JZS - Publicada na Amazon.com
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Although I’ve been a huge fan of John Scalzi since reading “Old Man’s War”, I had avoided “Redshirts” expecting it to be “…just a p***-take on televised science fiction” (the author’s words). But when I signed up for World Without End’s “12 Awards in 12 Months” Reading Challenge, I tried the free first 4 chapters and liked it enough to get the book. So glad that I did.

The complete quote mentioned above (from the book’s acknowledgements) is: “…readers who…assured me that the thing was something more than just a piss-take on televised science fiction (although obviously it is that too).” This is absolutely accurate. Yes the central novel does have an interesting- and often hilarious- take on all of those doomed Star Trek crewmen from their point of view. But it is also old fashioned sci fi with alternate universes and questions of reality. The reference to “codas” in the title is a little misleading. It is much closer to “a novel with three short stories” with the three stories focusing on minor characters from the novel covering topics from writer’s block to the choices we make in life. I enjoyed them at least as much as the core novel.

Although not standard meat and potatoes sci fi, “Redshirts” is enjoyable for sci fi fans and should also be appealing to anyone who just enjoys great writing and thoughtful subjects.
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4.0 de 5 estrelas Three three codas helped save this book for me 22 de fevereiro de 2017
Por August Ray - Publicada na Amazon.com
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NO SPOILERS: As a sci-fi fan, I went into Redshirts certainly knowing the Star Trek reference but otherwise was blissfully unaware of what to expect. What I got was a comedic adventure, and one that provided more than a few laugh-out-loud moments. That said, this isn't a great book, but it is a fun one. If I were to rate the body of the book, I'd give it three stars, but for me, the lengthy codas provided something that was missing in the book itself.

The main story is fine enough, but it read pretty much like the sort of fluffy TV sci-fi tale the book is lampooning. That isn't seriously problematic for me, but the lack of real character development or relationships was. I never got much sense of the characters as individuals and their relationships remained thin and unconvincing. When a character dies, it doesn't leave much of a mark, either on me the reader or on the other characters in the book.

But roughly a quarter of this book are contained in three lengthy codas at the end, and it is there I found the depth of emotion that was lacking in the primary story. The three short stories at the end, which dive deeper into the lives of three minor characters in the primary story, provide more realistic characters and relationships than the rest of the book. Without the codas, Redshirts wouldn't have made much of an impression.
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5.0 de 5 estrelas The best use of cursing I have seen in many years 27 de fevereiro de 2015
Por Dione Basseri - Publicada na Amazon.com
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I liked the vague idea I had of what this book was about.

I LOVED the actual book far, far more!

A group of new recruits to the starship Intrepid come to the alarming conclusion that they are characters on a science fiction television show. A bad scifi show. And they're, at best, bit characters. Every mission they go on, they risk death, and every moment on the ship, the Narrative could take over, pulling them into conflict or--awkwardly--romance. There's only one thing they can do: travel to the world of their creators and TELL THEM TO STOP KILLING EVERYONE, GOSH!

Scalzi is quickly growing to become one of my favorite writers. I believe I'll be picking up his whole collection as the years go on.
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3.0 de 5 estrelas Decent "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Aren't Dead", but the bad may easily outweigh the good for some 8 de junho de 2016
Por Taras - Publicada na Amazon.com
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Redshirts, which could have been called Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Hijack the Ship to Cuba, features an endearing premise that Scalzi admits (in these same pages) has been visited before by other authors in a variety of media, that a character in a work of fiction gains awareness of the "Narrative" dictating their actions, and tries to understand or change their fate.

If that isn't meta enough for you, the later sections of the book only take this to excess. This book was published by Tor. Will Scalzi mention the anonymous browsing network Tor in his books by Tor? You bet he does. It's that kind of book.

It should have been a good match for me, since I enjoy Scalzi, heady SF, and Star Trek (which is not so heady SF)... but it was an uneven read and I can see how the bad can easily outweigh the good for some.

By way of clarification I should first retract "bad". Redshirts is not bad, not even parts of Redshirts is bad. Scalzi spends the entirety of Coda I expressing the difference between good, bad and just uninspired, which I partially agree with, but which unfortunately is an awkward meta conversation to have in a book that has some of the same issues it brings up. Bad is the show the characters are in. A large part of Redshirts is just uninspired.

Many of the other 3-star reviews here have got it right. If the book consists of a main novel with three acts, followed by three extended codas (really just connected short stories), and if I were appraising these each separately, I would have to put it like this: First act is great, everything working together from humor to tempo. Second act, really pretty competant, but not satisfying, if only because it is here that you see everything that is going to happen in the last third of the book and how that's going to resolve, and that is the weakest section of the entire thing (including the last three stories). The pacing is perfect in the first part, drags in the second, and is rushed in the third. Even the humor seems to work better in the beginning than the end. The only thing that's constant is the quality of the dialogue. It is a quick read, though. If you enjoyed at least the first part, you'll likely finish it in a single sitting.

The codas are even more uneven, but the most problematic thing about them is each follows characters introduced in the last third of the book, some of them only having a couple of lines. It is awkward for characters like that to each have their own short story - and really these are all the codas of their stories. It isn't "a novel with three codas" as in codas to the novel, the codas are caps on the ends of three individual but interconnected stories whose first parts are either present in the novel proper or merely inferred.

Coda I is separate from the others because it doesn't exist to give us closure or detail about its principal character. It exists to discuss the bad name SF has acquired for itself in television over the last fifty years or so. It is an especially unfortunate problem to have since we live in an age where smarter, tighter audiences are starting to go looking to television for quality and films and books are becoming broader and dumber (something I believe is equal fault viewers, exec groupthink, and because challenging scripts play poorly when subbed in Southeast Asia, but that's getting off the point). In fact all of Coda I is off the point, other than being conceived as a humor piece, and I really think should have been omitted. It is neither the complex discussion it should have been about where SF is going and why, nor does it give us anything useful or new about its principal character. I would have been much happier if Scalzi had left the character out of it and written an updated multimedia counterpart to Michael Swanwick's A User's Guide to the Postmoderns. Definitely the most 'meta' of the sections (yes, I use Scrivener, too, man, probably shouldn't have compiled this part).

Coda II was my least favorite. It has nothing much to say, and what it does have to say I really don't think is worth saying. In keeping with the meta-theme, Coda II actually tells you it has nothing to say that you haven't already heard from overbearing relatives, in almost those words, no less.

The plot of Coda III, which has the most minor character in the entire book as its subject, is the most nonsensical and belief-unsuspending section, and this beats out even a fictional unvierse co-existing with a fictional universe co-existing with a 'real'-er one, flying a ship into a black hole, wishing bits of a narrative into place, and living like a yeti in a tunnel for years with a portable potty as your only friend. The end wraps up nicely. It is a bittersweet, satisfying conclusion that makes you go "Awww." But the character's motivation to do any of the things she does still makes zero sense to me.

This book is so short, that it's honestly still a fine introduction to the author. The central idea and novel proper work well enough that I don't see how it will really turn anyone away who would be interested in his more well-received titles.
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3.0 de 5 estrelas Great free sample followed by terrible dialogue. Go with After The Coup instead. 19 de março de 2017
Por efpurvis - Publicada na Amazon.com
Formato: eBook Kindle Compra verificada
This book had been on my radar for awhile. I'd see it at bookstores. I'd noted it won an award. I'd read the free sample, several times. I'd noted some of it's less than stellar reviews. I even read a $0.99 short-story/novella of Scalzi's before I committed to buying and reading this. In truth, fairness, etc, I had to push through to finish this. The best part, the free sample. The worst part, oh my god, the dialogue between characters. In a word, awful. The constant he said, she said, then he said, then she said (insert character names rather than he said, she said) was quite possibly some of the most distracting writing I've ever slogged through. I'll try and remember how much I enjoyed Scalzi's short "After the Coup" and dismiss "Redshirts" and it's "coda's" from memory.
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