Fans of the Star Trek series will be familiar with the Redshirts phenomenon where there is always the 'expendable crew member' who must die. The movie, Galaxy Quest, had a character known only as Guy since he didn't last long enough in the episode where he appeared, to get a full name. Well on the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, it is noticed by the newest crew members that this ship has the highest mortality rate on away teams of any ship in the fleet and these new crew members want to avoid becoming more statistics.
This was a quick read and totally delighted me. I love the twisted reality of the Thursday Next books and my teen years were formed with Captain Kirk and his crew. This book falls in with these alternate reality stories.