In this first volume of the Red Dwarf novels, we're taken 3,000,000 years from the earth alongside a wayward supermarket employee turned vending machine attendant aboard the biggest ship in the galaxy. The narrator, who played Rimmer in the TV series guides us with accurate voice impersonations of his fellow cast members. Story continues in Better than Life.
I am a big fan of the show and this book takes on stories from the first season. The book gives a lot more back story which the show doesn't delve into. Some of the jokes are dated but the humor is great. Many of the gags are part of how the characters interact with sci-fi and comments and the authors do a great job of turning some absurd gags into poignant observations.
Chris Barrie does a great job at capturing the voices of the other characters.
Have loved the story since I saw it on PBS station years ago. Bought the book many years ago. When I got my Kindle I got it again. Then I found it in audio books. Have listened to 3 times and still laugh at parts of it. Really didn't want Lister to .......die.
It isn't surprising that Chris Barrie does Rimmer's voice perfectly, because he played Rimmer on the show. But also, his imitation of Craig Charles' Lister is uncannily perfect, and his Holly and Cat are pretty good. If you like the show, this is a must-hear.
Wodehouse meets Asimov! Up there with the Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy. I hadn''t seen the episodes and I started of with the novel. Enjoyed it thoroughly. The narration is superlative and makes the book all the more fun.
You either know about Red Dwarf or you haven't a clue. It is English, comedy, science fiction at it's zaniest best. Read, Enjoy. It helps to be a guy, because, like the 3 Stooges, some women just don't get it.......
This was an absolute hoot of a book, beginning to end! The impersonations were so dead on, you would think that it was the other actors! If you like the Britcom Red Dwarf, you will like this book. Some of the scenarios come directly from the show; however, there are some major differences which help to explain why something happened in the series (why Rimmer handed in a handprint on his exam), or retcon entirely (Kotchanski[sp?] and Lister's relationship for one). Other times, it will go off on its own tangent (namely, Better Than Life). You definitely learn more about Rimmer, and what makes him tick.
The annoying thing is that it ends on a cliff-hanger, which is resolved in the next novel...which ends in a cliffhanger that isn't audibly resolved as it wasn't recorded as of yet (there are sequel books though). But, they're both good and well worth the listen.