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Redshirts Redux

Posted July 22, 2012 By Jandy

redshirtsAfter I finished Redshirts on the plane, the gentleman sitting next to me observed that I must have liked the book. (I kept chuckling out loud.) I asked him if he knew scifi culture or Star Trek. He didn’t. I was able to explain just enough for him to understand my appreciation. We had a nice chat after that. He works with a small theater company in Portland. His only connection with the world of science fiction or fantasy is through there. They’re putting on Ursula Le Guin’s Left Hand of Darkness at the end of their season. Since I’ll be reading that for the Coursa class I’m starting, I asked more questions. It looks like I’m going to try to return to Portland next May so I can see it. Scalzi gives an entertaining ride to the reader. The three Codas at the end tie up some of the stories that are necessarily left hanging during the storyline itself. Laugh at yourself and have a rolicking time with Redshirts.


Posted July 20, 2012 By Jandy

If you were at ComiCon last weekend or are a Star Trek fan or keep up with pop culture science fiction trends, you know about John Scalzi’s newest book, Redshirts. I finally got my signed copy (my store was getting them signed while Scalzi was at ComiCon last weekend) and started reading it yesterday.

I was laughing out loud by page 50 because Scalzi nailed so much of the dramatic genre so well. I especially keep laughing at the lieutenant who “almost dies” every time he goes on an away mission, then is miraculously cured within a week or two so he can go on another away mission and have it happen all over again. Over the years I have made lots of jokes about the healing properties of television serial heroes.

I’m flying out of town tonight and hope to finish the book by the end of the plane ride. It’s a hoot.