Redshirts is named after - what else? - the red-shirted security personnel from the original Star Trek, who had an extremely high mortality rate. It lovingly parodies the phenomenon, following a cast of low-ranking officers (and enlisted personnel as well) on the Universal Union flagship Intrepid.
Redshirts starts off simply enough, but before long, Scalzi takes us down the rabbit hole, into self-referential, meta-textual madness. And what a ride it is! I am wary of saying too much; the fun of the book is in the surprising turns it takes, and it’s hard to say much without giving away one turn or another.
I will say, however, that the characters are all fun, relatable - even when you don’t like them - and well-written. The action is fun and keeps the plot going along. After spending something like three weeks plodding through That Hideous Strength, I finished Redshirts in two days. That’s how much I enjoyed it, and how well Scalzi’s prose propelled me forward through the narrative.
Redshirts was really, really fun. I don’t really know how else to put it. It was a great read and I am so glad it turned up in my list when it did.
Books: Still working on Wilderness Warrior. It's quite long.
Bottles: Trying something new tonight...
Writing: Been very lazy...writing a synopsis is hard.
Guitar: Trying out "One of These Days" on my slide. It's pretty fun to play.