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Last Human (Red Dwarf)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 5 October 2000
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
on 21 September 2003
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 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
on 27 October 1998
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
on 6 March 2005
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 June 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 20 July 2000
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
on 19 July 1999
At first, the book seems a little too serious for a Red Dwarf book. The story twists and turns through more corners then the London Ring Road, with a more complex plot then a decade of Eastenders. Keep at it, you'll find laughter, amusement, happiness... :) S.M.A.K.I.B.B.F.B. !
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on 20 December 2014
I am sorry, it is barely okay. The story lacks so much from being interesting and fun. I will not say that one of them is the better author than the other, but without the other their stories really do feel incomplete. Perhaps if I did not know how good they could write together I would appreciate their work when they operated alone, but I dont, because I know how good they can be. Without Grant this is boring and Grant without Doug is equally hopeless. Sorry for my bad review, but I have to be honest.
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