By John Scalzi
The first of the Hugo nominees that I’ve finished since the Voters Packet was announced. I’ve actually read another two of them (Blackout, by Mira Grant and The Throne Of The Crescent Moon, By Saladin Ahmed, so as the remaining ones are this, Kim Stanley Robinson’s latest – ’2312′ and yet another of Bujolds seemingly endless space opera series, that leaves me with just 2312, as I wont waste my time with ‘Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance’. I forced myself through the last one up for a hugo, enough to know its not the style (hey, the 60′s are calling!), or the tail end of a very long series I was interested in. Probably unfair to the author and her work, but hey, I’m just a random guy on the internet, right?
So, Redshirts. I really liked it – the more so after it had ended the main story and I read through the codas. Scalzi has brought a number of complex issues here and done so in such a way that they seem humorous and trivial. Its an engaging, if short read, and if Ahmed’s work had not been included, I suspect it would be my front runner (sorry Grant, but as good as that work is, the amazing newness and world building was in Feed (which I still say should have won), and Redshirts is a new take).
Its the first of his works since The God Engines that I’ve read,since I’ve not revisited ‘Old Man’s war’ since the first book. His style is no longer the same as his blog, which is good, since I read a fair amount of his blog, and had trouble switching that voice off..