Getting back into the swing of things each week is hard. So is finding the quiet time to write a review over the weekend. In order to ease out of the weekend, I’ve decided to begin my blogging week with a mini review.
This week my post is going up a little later than usual because it’s a holiday and that’s just how I roll today. Happy Labor Day to all of my American readers. In honor of all those who labor, I chose Redshirts by John Scalzi for today’s mini. It makes sense to me because the characters in this book are working double duty.
Two years ago, I listened to a Wil Wheaton narration because all the people were talking about Ready Player One during June is Audiobook Month and Audiobook Week. It turned out to be one of the best listening decisions I ever made. This past June, I decided to make a Wil Wheaton listen my own personal tradition. This year I listened to Redshirts. It tells the story of a group of people working on the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid. They are trying to stay alive on this starship where people chosen for away missions regularly died. While I’ve watched some Star Trek, I had no idea of the significance of being a Redshirt and enjoyed following Ensign Dahl and his friends discover what was going on and develop a plan for saving themselves. While Wil Wheaton may not be the best narrators out there, he is certainly among the most fun. I enjoyed the entire adventure and eventually even blocked out the annoyingly constant use of the word said in each and every line of dialog (especially annoying when the two characters speaking have similar last names). I’m looking forward to next June’s Wil Wheaton narration.