Redshirts and Portrait of a Spy – Minireviews

13055592Title: Redshirts
Author: John Scalzi
Source: library
Rating: ★★★☆☆

I loved the premise of Redshirts, in which the characters realize the following: “(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. Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expended on avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission” (source). The building of this world is hilarious as Scalzi calls out sci-fi TV shows for all the unbelievable little things they do. Unfortunately, I didn’t think there was much to the plot. It wasn’t especially interesting to me and after the setup, the humor mostly disappeared. The premise was brilliant, the execution largely forgettable.

13425533Title: Portrait of a Spy
Author: Daniel Silva
Narrators: Simon Vance
Rating (Story): ★★★☆☆
Rating (Narration):★★★★☆

Portrait of a Spy seemed like every other thriller in this series to me. It was reasonably fast-paced and enjoyable, but there wasn’t much depth. I felt like both the terrorist plot and our protagonist’s attempts to stop it were predictable things we’ve seen before. I like that there were Muslim good guys and Muslim bad guys, since I think muslim does not equal terrorist is a good message to send. I also liked that the plot seemed relevant to today’s world. However, most of what happened depended on our hero making some unbelievable mistakes and there really wasn’t much too this story. A good read if you’re looking for a light thriller, but not anything out of the ordinary.

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Filed under Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller

4 responses to “Redshirts and Portrait of a Spy – Minireviews

  1. Two very nice mini reviews. I liked the John Scalzi book I have read, and may try this one some day. I am not sure what I think of Daniel Silva’s spy series. I think I read the first one but was not sure whether to continue. I have several more in that series and I should make up my mind to read them or give them away.

  2. Redshirt’s sounds hilarious, it reminds me a little bit of the movie Galaxy Quest, as they mocked a lot of SciFi stereotypes. Great review(s)! 🙂

    • The setup was really funny! In the second half, I found the plot a bit of a let down, but I’d still recommend this to star trek fans because the beginning was pretty awesome 🙂

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