Redshirts by John Scalzi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I thought this book was very clever and quite funny. It was also a lot more substantial than I expected it to be. Here is the basic premise: On the original Star Trek Kirk and Spock and Bones go down to alien planets with some people from the ship whom we had never seen until this episode. You recall how those people wore uniforms with red shirts and how they were always the ones who got killed? This book is from the point of view of those people. No, it's not exactly Star Trek. No, I can't tell you exactly what it is as that would spoil the book for you. Definitely worth reading.