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Número de páginas: 316 páginas Dicas de vocabulário: Habilitado Configuração de fonte: Habilitado
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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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4.0 de 5 estrelas I loved the idea of a parody of Star Trek – ... 19 de março de 2017
Por JM Wilson - Publicada na Amazon.com
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Redshirts (2012) didn’t knock my socks off. My expectations were probably unrealistically high. I loved the idea of a parody of the TV show Star Trek–The Original Series (1966-1969), which is why I read this book. The redshirted security guys on Star Trek had a short life span. I love Galaxy Quest (1999), a parody movie of Star Trek. The parody book Redshirts isn’t as good as the Galaxy Quest movie. The book’s story is told third person, past tense, from Andrew Dahl’s point of view. Of interest at the end of the book are three codas, Coda I, first person, Coda II, second person, and Coda III, third person.

If you’re going to read one story by John Scalzi, I recommend you read Old Man’s War (2005). It’s one of my top five favorite military science fiction adventure stories. The story is told first person, past tense, from protagonist John Perry’s point of view. I’ve read a handful of Scalzi’s other books like Fuzzy Nation, Lock In, The Human Division, and The End of All Things. All of them were good, entertaining, but they didn’t knock my socks off like Old Man’s War did.

Starship Troopers (1959) (not like the movie) by Robert A. Heinlein is the book that got me started in sci-fi adventures, and has remained one of my top five favorite military science fiction adventure stories for decades. The Forever War (1974) by Joe Haldeman, Armor (1984) by John Steakley, and Ender’s Game (1985) by Orson Scott Card, round out my top five military sci-fi adventure stories.

If you like any of the above you might also like Jack Campbell’s The Lost Fleet series, Taylor Anderson’s Destroyermen series, Andre Norton’s Star Soldiers, Andy Weir’s The Martian, or Frank Herbert’s Dune. Other sci-fi and fantasy authors I like include Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Paolo Bacigalupi, Arthur C. Clarke, Earnest Cline, Suzanne Collins, Abe Evergreen, Terry Goodkind, Hugh Howey, Robert Jordan, George Martin, Larry Niven, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson and J.R.R. Tolkien.
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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 Pay No Attention to the Box 23 de julho de 2015
Por David Revilla - Publicada na Amazon.com
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I'm a recent introduction to the mind of John Scalzi, one of modern sic-fi's masters. His Old Man's War series was successful, I think, in that it served as an easy "gateway" series to newcomers of the science fiction genre. Whereas most sci-fi series are for hardcore fans who fancy themselves "experts" in all things technology and xenobiology, Scalzi takes a light-hearted approach. His characters never take themselves or the world around them too seriously. There's a lot of friendly banter and comical monologuing, not to mention the occasional swear word or two to add shock value.

In Redshirts, Scalzi creates a parody of that legendary TV show..you know, the one with the captain and the ear-lobed guy, and the ship that went all over the universe to explore new worlds, seek out new lifeforms and new civilizations...to boldly go where no man has.....

Oh wait, this isn't that story.

It's about the crew of the Intrepid. Namely, Andy Dahl, a new ensign aboard the flagship of the Universal Union who quickly discovers that not all is well within the corridors of the ship. He and his fellows are quickly introduced to the dangerous life of a "redshirt"--think interns with a very short life expectancy, who almost always die on away missions with the ship's five principal characters. There are several analogues to characters in that famous tv series I mentioned earlier, but the real stars of the show are of course the redshirts. Andy and his friends survive numerous near-death, and pointlessly dangerous missions before taking action against the sinister "Narrative" which threatens to kill them off one bloody redshirt at a time.

Much of the satirical writing from Old Man's War appears here. I easily fell into the rhythm of the story, recognizing much of John Perry in Andy Dahl. Though I have to say I was expecting something a bit different. The big reveal about what's killing the crew was kind of a downer for me. I was kind of hoping to see the redshirts rise up against their apathetic commanders, throwing off the shackles of canon fodder and stepping up to become the heroes. The time travel trope makes a big entrance here, and while I appreciate its use in the plot, it's not all I expected it to be.

Still, it was a fun trip into AU territory. Redshirts is another great gateway novel for those who never read sci-fi or are want to get into it. Welcome aboard the Intrepid, but pay no attention to the Box.
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2.0 de 5 estrelas A disappointment 18 de fevereiro de 2017
Por Wintegral - Publicada na Amazon.com
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I am a fan of Star Trek, so I went into this story with high hopes and initially they seemed like they would be fulfilled. The initial prose was a lot of fun to read through.

However, soon after the book seemed to take a hard turn and became a book written about sci fi writing for sci fi writers. Many of the cracks about bad writing for television series were boring instead of amusing as they seemed written from a place of arrogance- where Scalzi was very pleased about being a better writer than some of the Star Trek ones.

Well sure, that may be true, but I'm not interested in reading about it! The plot and characters are dissolved into a weird blend of Stranger than Fiction and Galaxy Quest that like an ice cream and tuna sandwich was vastly inferior when compared to its component parts.

I was left unsatisfied, and then the "four codas" came which were awful. The blog post at the end is something I would have rejected from my college's satire paper.

So overall though I did enjoy the beginning, overall the book became so focused on its goal of talking about the craft of sci fi television writing that it lost everything.
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2.0 de 5 estrelas Frustratingly Myopic 14 de janeiro de 2016
Por Brandon - Publicada na Amazon.com
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I love the idea of a meta-story. The belief that characters go beyond the pages of their books and the scenes of their movies and shows. I think there was a great chance for humor and humanity in the classic setup of Redshirts' in sci-fi shows, specifically Star Trek.

"And then it tripped and died anyway."

A line used in the book that poignantly describes the book itself. Once the characters figure out something weird is going on, the story takes a jarring series of turns, and most of them flatten your interest rather than heighten it. You find out suddenly what the twist is, you immediately move to their steps to remedy it, we clock through a series of somewhat thoughtful but unrewarding scenes of the characters meeting their counterparts. A big final plot is concocted...

And then it ends. Plainly. Boringly. And arrogantly. the last "chapter" of the book, just two lines, is a wink and nod that simply is not earned. And the 3 part epilogue is a ton of navel-gazing nonsense disguised as thoughtful musings on our place in life.

I wanted to like this book so much. Parts of it I did, but those more most certainly the parts I enjoyed from the series this apes, lifted whole-cloth. It was short, not well-developed enough, and though it was not awful, it ultimately fails to deliver.
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