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“Better than Life was explored in just one episode in the TV series, here it's the whole book. The TV episode is one of the better ones but there is no way you can film the brilliance that is within this book without a billion dollar budget. Grant and Naylor (they are two people) wrote the books...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I was relieved that this book picked up where the last left off, because too often books that feature hijinks ensuing just leave characters in a bad situation and then kind of start over expecting you to somehow rationalize that they must've gotten out of it somehow. In any case, while reading this I still had not seen the television show even though all my friends had, so my first exposure to these characters and their situation was this book and its prequel. I enjoyed both.
The title, "Better Than Life," refers to a realistic full-immersion video game the characters were playing. Lister (the last human alive), Rimmer (a human hologram brought back from the dead), Cat (a humanoid feline creature who evolved from Lister's pregnant cat over three million years), and Kryten (a mechanoid who helps run the ship and do chores) are acting out alternate lives inside this game, but their real bodies will die if they don't find a way back to themselves. Their ship's computer has mysteriously stopped functioning properly, so when they emerge from their fake reality they have a very serious situation on their hands: They're about to crash into a planet, and their ship won't wake up.
What's really neat is that despite the humor and absurdity, these books actually do a good job looking at different facets of human nature, and--like the previous one--unexpectedly force the reader to look at very serious issues that should concern humanity. (As a hippie type, I do like the "don't pollute Mother Earth" message, and it's nice when a book can actually go there without sounding like it's an awkwardly told frame story.) I love the realistic reactions by the characters and the fact that you can really sense their rapport as well as their ability to drive each other completely up the wall.”
“Better than Life was explored in just one episode in the TV series, here it's the whole book. The TV episode is one of the better ones but there is no way you can film the brilliance that is within this book without a billion dollar budget. Grant and Naylor (they are two people) wrote the books and the TV series but the potential of the books could never truly be submitted to film, they are just to brilliant. Not to be overlooked!”Spider Jerusalem's two headed Cat wrote this review Monday, March 12, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In my opinion, the best of the Red Dwarf books. Intelligent comedy exploring the nature of indulgence, human nature and loneliness. Very, very funny and very, very British.”Chainbear wrote this review Tuesday, July 19, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Awesome book, I can't believe it's taken so long to translate it to German! The sequels aren't even out here yet. I love British humor!”Simon wrote this review Wednesday, December 15, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“love this, great read”Patrick S wrote this review Saturday, September 11, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No