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Redshirts – As bad as the TV-show scripts it tries to make fun of

Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

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 thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship’s Xenobiology laboratory.
Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces, (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations, and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

I thought this sounded like it could be an interesting and different story that might be fun to read. Well, it was sure different but unfortunately neither interesting nor fun. I quite liked John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War but this one goes onto the rubbish shelf I’m afraid.

Maybe I should have read up on some more reviews before jumping onto it. It’s clear from the book-blurb that there are references to certain famous TV-shows in it but I hoped that there were going to be some intelligent twist to it. Unfortunately what we get is some alternate reality combined with actually being in a TV-show and the dreaded time-travel nonsense on top of that. I found this book being no better than the poorly written TV-show plots that it tries to make fun of.

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