The Red Dwarf novels by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor

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  1. Werthead

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    Book 1: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers

     
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    Book 2: Better Than Life

     
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    Oh, I loved that show, what I got to see of it. I might have to take a look at the novels if you really think they're good, Wert.
     
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    it got real complex with the novels. One of them can't write, and wrote one of them alone. You have to check. That is all.
     
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    Well, it's not that complicated. The order is:

    1: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor
    2: Better Than Life by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor
    3: Backwards by Rob Grant alone

    And #1 and #2 are only available in a joint omnibus edition now anyway.

    Doug Naylor then wrote another book in a different continuity altogether, called LAST HUMAN. Luckily, that book is absolutely terrible and can safely be ignored.
     
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    That's the synopsis yes. Sorry if I over dramatized checking there. I didn't really want to visit my shelves and find last human.
     
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    "Luckily?" Why "luckily?"
     
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    because it's off story arc, costs money, and is so bad that now you know all this you can safely not buy or read it.
     
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    Hmmmm. Well, whatever. Seems like a funny position for a book reviewer to take. Personally I find myself "lucky" when I get a good book.
     
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    Ive watched every episode of that show... except for the US pilots, been meaning to track them down.

    The first 5 or so series were good, but quickly went downhill after that. (I dont remember the exact one). Basically they eventually ran into some nano machines or something, which created a copy of the ship, including all of the original crew who died millions of years back. When Dave and Lister went back they ended up in prison for whatever reasons. For awhile that worked to revive the show, them always scheming to escape... but got boring. After that it sucked. And the 3 ep Back to Earth was horrid. Bad lines and no humor.

    So if the books are more like the earlier shows I might give them a try.

    BTW, I hear they are bringing back the show with Red Dwarf X, airing in 2012?
     
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    well in that case give it a try...

    :)
     
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    psikeyhackr Live Long & Suffer

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    I lost interest as soon as I read the waking up in 3,000,000 years.

    psik
     
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    Hilarious!!!! I love this series both the books and on TV. Really funny characters, excellent one-liners, definately British humour at its best.
     
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    Oh, it's comedy sci-fi!

    psik
     
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    Pretty sure its got a cat that evolves into a man.....or something.
     
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    yeah it does, i'd DEFINITELY put it in the comedy, pseudo-science-fantasy, budget brit humour niche psik.

    or something similar to that maybe.
     
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    no laughs in one of the books though.
     
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    Four books

    Friends of mine from way back when introduced me to Red Dwarf.

    I OWE them.

    The first two books were definitely worth it, especially laundry night for Cat in book one. I laughed for maybe an hour.

    (I was eighteen at the time)

    I only recently found out about books three and four, (about the same time I someone reminded me of the sixth hitchhiker book--it was the sixth, right?) and while I now have them, courtesy of the $1.04 price and free shipping via Borders (woo-hoo!), I won't say if they're any good. The Grant Naylor relationship exploded between books two and three. Which is why there's four books written by "three" people.

    Even if Last Human is terrible, I still look forward to reading it.

    The series was great stuff, too. Very not Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy but still very funny. There's room in the world for a second funny sci-fi satire.

    --Brian.
     
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    I have all the DVDs, and now my son watches them. And I read all the books, which I really enjoyed. However, the lack of continuity between the books and TV shows (although common enough) is a little disconcerting at times. Scenes often crop up in the books that appear in the TV shows, but within different storylines. Basically, scenes they had written (and liked) for the shows were then popped into the books, but not necessarily in the same context.

    Considering the shows were a hit, they could have just novelised them, with extra bits obviously.

    Anyway, they are worth a read if you like easy-reading sci-fi.