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Last Human (Red Dwarf) [Paperback]

Doug Naylor
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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2 Nov 1995 Red Dwarf
Lister gazed out of the porthole and catalogue the series of disasters that had led him to this point in space and time: the bad decisions, the poor career choices, the unreliable friendships that had led him here - on a prison ship bound for the most inhospitable penal colony in the outer cosmos... and all he'd ever wanted was to be a soft metal guitar icon. This is the beginning of the third and eagerly awaited red dwarf novel where Lister starts out by searching for his Doppelganger and ends up having the future of the human race on his shoulders.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (2 Nov 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140143882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140143881
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 11.1 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Smegging wonderful… some of the comic riffs are sublime.’

‘…such a fine piece of work. Doug Naylor has come up with a winner here.’

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Somewhere along the line, he'd made a major mistake.

Why else would he find himself on a prison ship bound for Cyberia, the most inhospitable penal colony in Deep Space – sentenced to eighteen years. Hard Thought.

Dave Lister – the Last Human.

The future of the species is in the hands of one man. And all he has to help him are his wits, his cunning, and a two page girdle section from a mail order catalogue.

'Smegging wonderful…some of the comic riffs are sublime.'

'…such a fine piece of work. Doug Naylor has come up with a winner here.'

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Six million yean later, in a dilapidated class three transport ship, the last human being in the cosmos lay in the same foetal position as his long dead sister, murmuring remarks in the gibberish of Deep Sleep, until a poorly digested bowl of cabbage soup caused a noisy pocket of escaping air to flee his lower intestine and rouse him from his slumbers. Read the first page
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for all "Red Dwarf" fans 5 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
This is an absolute gem ! Full of belly-laughs and that irresistible blend of smeg and fun that has won millions of fans all over the world. Best thing I've ever purchased on the Net. If you only buy one thing this year, make sure you get this little beauty, you certainly won't be disappointed ! I loved it, and I'm sure you will too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book for fans and non-fans alike 21 Sep 2003
Format:Audio Cassette
For fans of the show who want a little more than just to watch the jokes this is a great book, it contains all new bits unlike the first books which often include sections from the first two series. If you buy this book you can expect to have the laughs as well as delving a bit more into the science-fiction part of Red Dwarf where the TV show couldn't.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 8 Jan 2002
You can't get this book in the states, I'd heard about it and wanted to find it; then tracked it down to here and I'm glad I did. This book was a blast to read. Couldn't give it 5 stars, cause some parts didn't quite mesh well with the other three books; but all in all, this was a great book. Lots of laughs, lots of adventure and the supreme sacrifice. I'm glad I found it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Red Dwarf book at this time 27 Oct 1998
By A Customer
I noticed a difference of styles between Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, and I feel that Doug Naylor just edges his old partner with this excellent third instalment of the Red Dwarf saga. Picking up at the end of Better than Life, the two writers diverged the story, and Doug's imaginative story made the book "un-put-down-able". A must buy for all Dwarfers out there, or any reader with an interest in Science Fiction books.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By ASA5044
The book does not really follow the pattern of the other Red Dwarf books where it's split up into linked sub-stories, where each sub-story expands on a certain Red Dwarf episode.
It stands out on its own as a book and not just an expansion of a few Red Dwarf episodes (there's nothing wrong with this). There are a couple charaters brought in from the show (e.g. Kinotowowi from Emohawk) but nothing else directly.
The story itself is excellent, well thought out, unpredictable and does not have that feel good factor of the TV show. It is dark and has a sinister element to it.
It is definately worth getting as it gets a big tick in two boxes: for those who have a thirst for Red Dwarf and for those who want a good book with a strong story.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Red Dwarf Epopee 20 July 2000
By A Customer
You CAN judge this book by its cover- its striking, mysterious and crying out to be read! "Last Human" has been acclaimed by critics, but is sadly disliked by fans. People must realise was not written as a witty space romp, but as a more serious minded (and deeply soulful) Sci Fi thiller. Its dark story is proberbly the result of being written in the difficult years after series 6. If you read between the lines you may notice symbolic references to the problems the writers and cast were having at that time. However, love it or hate it, you have to admit its quite a piece of work. While not quite reaching the dizzy heights of Grant Naylors original masterpiece "Infinity welcomes careful drivers", this novel acceeds the other two sequels with fierce orginality, wild invention and palpable suspence. An evil, psychotic version of Lister actually makes a much more disturbing villian than the Robot killing machines in "Backwards". I particually gripped by the raid on Cyberia, and I swear that when "The Rage" shows up you will find it very hard to put the book down. There is some awesome artwork in here too, and I'd also recommend an audio cassette read beautifully by Craig Charles. The only thing "Last Human" is really missing is Holly. Hopefully Doug Naylor will find him again in a follow up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Baaad 16 Jun 2010
Feels like a cash in, there are some interesting barely scratched ideas near the end about mystical forces but otherwise feels like the last series of Red Dward absolutely terrible.

The first book had some originality to give the chars some background info and some depth but this one barely even bothers and feels incredibly lazy for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Last hurrah 2 Jan 2009
OK, It's Red Dwarf, so I was always going to buy it, but that's where they get you. I loved Infinity Welcomes, I loved BTL (hard to pick a fave between them) and, unlike other reviewers I have read, I loved Backwards, and felt that it was truly a worthwile successor to the other two fantastic books and the TV series. Last human in NOT awful, however, it's messy, piecemeal and unfunny, which is ok for SF, SF is often not funny and still immensely rivetting, but this one left me in a state of complete non-gripped-ness. I was completely,smegging, un-gripp-ed. It also struck me that there weren't gong to be any more RD books, which is sad.

Colony is not bad BTW, it's less emotionally charged then even the Red Dwarf books, (though I honestly found that the other 3 RD books were quite an emotional rollercoaster, because you really get to care about the characters - well, Rimmsy and Listy anyway...)Last Human left me sad because it was the last book, but only because it was so non-brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 20 days ago by MR ADAM BROOKS
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
The book arrived promptly and in pristine condition. After watching all the series of Red Dwarf, I decided I wanted to read all the Red Dwarf books. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Buck Smallsy
5.0 out of 5 stars Last Human (Doug Naylor)
Im a massive fan of the red dwarf show and books and love Infinity welcomes careful drivers and better then life, I was a bit apprehensive of this book as it Doug Naylor writing... Read more
Published on 10 Jun 2011 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Better on paper than as audio book
Sorry Lister but Rimmer does a WAY better job of turning the Red Dwarf world into spoken word. The story itself is fairly weak anyway but Craig Charles isn't a patch on Chris Barry... Read more
Published on 29 May 2010 by Damian Rana
1.0 out of 5 stars Shameless lazy cash-in
Having read "Backwards" and "incompetence" by rob grant, it is clear to see where the writing talent lay in the grant/naylor writing partnership. Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2008 by Shrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Dwarf. Smegging Great
This book is an amayzing find for any reader, fan of Red Dwarf or not your going to like it. It has a unique blend of action and comedy that works briliantly well, the story line... Read more
Published on 30 Nov 2005 by matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
For the past eight years I have been a dedicated reader of Sci-Fi, beforethis I had a very short concentration span and very rarely got into a goodbook. Read more
Published on 26 April 2004 by T. Furlong
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so smegging great...
I guess you'd call me a 'dwarfie'.. I've been into Red Dwarf since Episode 1 first aired on TV. One of the great things about Red Dwarf is that they've never let a slight... Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2003
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