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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE FUNIST BOOK I HAVE READ!! ABSOLUTELY TOP BANANA!
Craig Charles guides us through life, the universe, and everything as he comments on all aspects of life in what he imagines would be the diary of the last human alive. His detailed description of the everyday things we attribute to society - Humour, Fashion, Basic principle of mathematics, etc. - are laid bare before the reader's eyes as Charles wades through topic...
Published on 22 Jun 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars EASY READING
Not the most enjoyable book, I have ever read, Seems to want to make money off the back of Red Dwarf success. Would class as very light reading. Will pass the time, just.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE FUNIST BOOK I HAVE READ!! ABSOLUTELY TOP BANANA!, 22 Jun 1999
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This review is from: The Log: A Dwarfer's Guide to Everything (Paperback)
Craig Charles guides us through life, the universe, and everything as he comments on all aspects of life in what he imagines would be the diary of the last human alive. His detailed description of the everyday things we attribute to society - Humour, Fashion, Basic principle of mathematics, etc. - are laid bare before the reader's eyes as Charles wades through topic after topic of things that our generation take for granted, but the Last Human would use sparingly. I found this a very interesting book. Charles combines his wit and sarcasm, and blends it in with a touch of seriousness he has about his demeanour. His fascination with science fiction and all things futuristic makes him a near perfect candidate - for me anyway - for the Greatest SF Author of All Time. Charles' role in the ever popular Red Dwarf also makes him a contender for the award. Indeed, in the Sci-fi fiction, he played David Lister, a slob who lounges around all day, eats curry and drinks lager. His companions are a dead man, a supercomputer, a cat, a rebellious robot, and his girlfriend who he found in a parallel universe. Lister is the Last Human, but he is portrayed as being the First Human. A Neanderthal who has a smug smile forever fixed onto his podgy face. A man who dresses sloppily, eats messily, and drools when he sleeps. Who else could withstand a whole tin of curry powder apart from Cro-Magnon man? And even he had to be doused in a pool of water to be relieved from the flames shooting from his mouth. Anyway, I am getting off the point, which is, of course, the book. 'The Log' grips the reader as Charles takes a seemingly normal subject and turns it around so it is slightly humorous. Saying that, I bow down to this man, as he has changed my perception on life. Charles has taught me to enjoy life more and to always see the funny side of any situation. 'The Log' will guarantee laughs from page to page. If not, you have clearly not witnessed Charles' spectacular performance in the series Red Dwarf. Throughout the book, he makes numerous references to Red Dwarf, his home for the past 3,000,000 years. Craig finds himself writing about what he thinks are the most quintessential topics that the Human Race has ever created. Topics such as the numbering system, and how it has evolved. For instance, the earliest recorded numbering system, according to the author, was 'One, Two, Many'. Cavemen thought this was a bit too primitive, as 'Many' could mean any number from 3 to Infinity. So, the concept of sh*tloads was born. If a Neanderthal came running over the hill, shouting 'There are many tigers chasing me', the tribe chief wouldn't know if he was facing a little group or 1 000. Whereas if he came running over the hill shouting: 'There are ... loads of tigers chasing me', the chief would've had some idea how many there were. So, this system was efficient for people with brains the size of a big toe but was inadequate as time went on. This is just an example of the humour involved in this book as Charles really does guide us through life, the universe and everything. Oh yes, the book also advises you what not to do in certain situations, e.g. If you get mangled when cleaning chicken soup machines out, do not try to pass off your own chopped up intestinal tract as bits of chicken. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and look forward to many more books from Craig Charles. A word of warning though: Do not read this book in a public library because you'll end up doing what I did. I was sniggering every ten seconds, and, once in a while, I read something really funny, and I just had to laugh. I am now banned from my local library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best guide to life you'll find!, 9 Nov 2003
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This review is from: The Log: A Dwarfer's Guide to Everything (Paperback)
If you are after a guide to everything and a giggle along the way, then this is the book for you! Written by Red Dwarfs infamous Lister (Craig Charles), this book will take to around the far corners of the galaxy and back again!
Part of the book is dedicated to very alcoholic recipies (mainly containing vladigood vodka) and will explain in great detail how nice each one is!
The main part of the book though, is the "guide to everything" which is, well, a guide to everything! The author will guide you through the most hilarious parts of the galaxy and share some of his wit too. This book is a must for any dwarfer in the world - well done Craig Charles!
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5.0 out of 5 stars this is a book about future history in great humour, 12 Oct 1999
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A very good book it kept me laughing from cover to cover every time. The humour always makes me want to come back for more and more and so on. I would recommend this book to any one old or young but bot to young though! I read this book on the way to Cyprus in 1998 and then read it on the way home and any time just to have a good laugh. If I could I would give it ten crowns as it is such a wonderful book from cover It made me laugh .it was not disappointing or boring in any way at all. The log in my view is a perfect view or caricature of modern life in the future. The ideas that are written give a humorous and preferred idea of the future and the way earth prevailed in good times and bad alike. This book could easily be my favourite book or atleast the funniest book I have ever read. So if you want my advice take this, book buy it, read it, love it and cherish it. It might save your life you never know just read is what I say don't think just read and you will more than likely agree with me as this is a book fit for a king. So as you might have guessed I like this book a lot it is good it is great and last but not least it is funny. This book is funny in my view because it tackles our problems with a futuristic view. For instance it tackles food problems with some very effective and funny recipes like this one: food vindaloo Take a plate of food cover in vindaloo sauce thus making it edible then microwave it till it explodes. That is my personal favourite I haven't tried it myself but it is funny now go forth and by that book. Timothy Airey
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the log :a dwarfers guide, 24 Oct 2011
This review is from: The Log: A Dwarfer's Guide to Everything (Paperback)
not a bad book wished it was longer.
Would like a lot more sci fi dwarfy type stuff in it but still a very good
read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A most hilarious book, 29 Jan 2000
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This book is wonderful. It keeps you laughing all the way through, and i could not put it down! It includes great information about the human race and gives wonderful advice, for example: 'Never put your head into anything with 'head remover' written on it', 'Never ask your bank manager for a loan while wearing a lime-green chicken suit' and finally the ever-popular 'if you are swimming in a river in Africa and two crocodiles bite both of your arms up to the shoulders, just clap your hands together sharply and that should stun them'. This book is full of Red Dwarf humour or the fans, and if you are not a fan, it is just a great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A humorous view of Life on Earth., 12 Jan 1999
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Craig Charles has written (with Russell Bell) a humerous guide to life on Earth. Half the book is devoted to Humans (and all their strange ways), and the rest covers other aspects of life. There is useful information, anicdotes, stories and even recipies for such delicacies as Suger Puff sandwiches and various curried items !
Not the sort of book you would sit and read from cover to cover in one sitting, but an excellent way of regularly checking that your chuckle gear is in working order.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You laugh so hard , breathing becomes difficult, 13 May 2000
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Very well written and read by Craig Charles. As he reviews world history and future events with the usual slightly offbeat and quick wit we have come to enjoy from Red Dwarf. You might find the section on advice on sex very interesting as well as the list of things you should not do before you are 30. While listening to this in my car I was laughing so much I could hardly breath let alone drive. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff for fans suffering from Red Dwarf withdrawal, 27 May 2002
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You can really get the impression that Craig Charles wanted to make this feel like a Lister book - you can almost see him sitting there with his guitar over his shoulder scribbling furiously onto his fag packet. It captures the claustrophobia and essential loneliness of the last man alive - but its funny and satirical and well worth reading. Good stuff and excellent if you are a Dwarfer. No smeg-ups here, Dave
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5.0 out of 5 stars An extremely enjoyable and entertaining book., 3 Mar 1999
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The team behind this book have really outdone themselves. This is an excellent and light-hearted look at the Human race and the world around us. Although it jumps from one place to another it is easy enough to follow and contains a number of especially amusing sections, such as the true life section where examples of bizarre and sometimes unfortunate human behaviour are recorded. An all round giggle!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Have a laugh, 11 Oct 2013
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Having read Robert LLewellyn's Man In The Rubber Mask I could see the cast had been constantly having fun with each other and bought Craig's book to see how his humour transferred to the page. I was not let down and laughed out loud several times when reading.
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