A friend of mine recommended that I read Redshirts by John Scalzi some time ago. Needless to say, I finally read it today. I'm trying to pair down the library books that I have so I can get back to reading books that I own; now that I finished reading Redshirts, I only have two more library books out. I'm not altogether sure I'm going to read them right now though; I might send them back and get them out another time.
Anyway, Redshirts is a book making fun of the early Star Trek. There are five people on board the Universal Union flagship Intrepid who can go into uncertain danger and escape (mostly) unscathed: Captain Abernathy, Commander Q'eeng, Chief Engineer West, Medical Cheif Hartnell and Lieutenant Kerensky. Everyone else is expendable, particular when they are assigned to an away team with one or more of the five officers. The Intrepid goes through a ridiculous amount of crew as the ensigns die, one after another in a myriad of spectacular ways. And then some of the ensigns, led by Andrew Dahl, notice the pattern. And they're not content to wait around until it's their turn to die.
Red Shirts was a pretty fun read. It was super predictable, particularly through the main narrative (not so much the three codas at the end of the book), but that didn't really take away from its charm.
*As of September 24/15, I am not taking any more requests from authors to read their books. I currently have too many books to read. I'll update this if/when that changes.*
I currently have 164 fiction books just sitting in my room to read (although that doesn't stop me from randomly picking books up at work or buying them on Kindle!). I've been keeping track of them on a paper list for years. This blog shares what I read as I attempt to get "the List" down to a more manageable number.
If you'd like to know what books are on the List, check out my Goodreads shelf devoted to them - it's my physical list digitized! I've also got a shelf for every book I've reviewed here on this blog.
Not everything I review here is actually on the List. Some books come from the library, some books are nonfiction (which are not included on the List), some books are on my Kindle (which have never been included on the List), and some books are given to me by friends and family.
Note: as of April 12/14, I am not going to add the *spoiler* warning I used to when I'm giving away details of books. I want to talk about the books I've read in whatever detail I'd like. So if you haven't read a book I'm reviewing, you might not want to read the review.