“Wonderful, funny book! ”Melissa Jean wrote this review Monday, April 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good book. Fun book. But it has its flaws. As Scalzi was well aware when he wrote this book, it becomes very "recursive and meta" to think a story about a story with problems can also have problems itself. Was it an intentional point he was making, or is he just not that good of a writer? That's for you to decide.”hubdiggity wrote this review Sunday, April 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“While not very deep or "meaningful", this book is a lot of fun and very enjoyable. I liked the basic idea going in, and I thought the author did a fine job handling the situations he created. The dialogue was funny and well-done, and I liked the three codas in my edition.”Matthew D wrote this review Friday, April 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Too bad I can't give this 2.5 stars. It's not that I didn't like the book. It just wasn't anything special. Sort of a gimmicky book. But it made me a laugh a couple of times.”Greg wrote this review Monday, April 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved this book. It was fun, interesting, and also touching. I wanted to see what crazy thing would happen next and I hoped the Redshirts would stay alive.”Heather G wrote this review Tuesday, March 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very funny account of what meta means and how the redshirts should rise up and take control of themselves. ”smog wrote this review Monday, March 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not one of his better efforts.”cirrostratus wrote this review Saturday, March 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“There's a really fascinating premise here, but it quickly gets bogged down in meta 'story within a story within a story' junk.
The codas, which take up the final quarter of the book, are an utter slog, serving only to let the author tie up some loose plot threads and wallow in self-important cliches about writer's block.
The style itself is very bare; people and places are rarely described, giving the impression of one long dialog between featureless mannequins in a blank space. Some scene-setting and much more action would have been nice.
I recommend reading the first quarter of the book and then coming up with your own second and third acts.”
“A very clever plot in this Sci-Fi book that gets you engaged in the characters and the outcome. There are some good laughs along the way as well.”Russell Melton wrote this review Thursday, February 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love Scalzi. He is pop sci-fi and I enjoy getting to laugh and explore his goofy, geeky ideas. Interestingly enough, the codas on the end of the main story represented some truly well-done writing. Better than the main story itself.
Good fun. ”