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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (2 Nov. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140143882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140143881
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.2 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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

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.'
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'…such a fine piece of work. Doug Naylor has come up with a winner here.'
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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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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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By A Customer on 20 July 2000
Format: Paperback
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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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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Format: Paperback
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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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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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. This one, along with the rest, is excellent! I'd definitely recommend it to any Red Dwarf fan, new or old!
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By A Customer on 24 Oct. 2003
Format: Paperback
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 bending-of-the-rules stop them from making a damn funny program.
The first two books continued this tradition, complementing the show brilliantly. In an effort to give the reader "more of the same", the books all took plotlines and scenes from the shows, threw them in a blender for a few seconds (just enough to mix 'em up, but not break the threads too much), and then pour them into a book.
Unfortunately, this last book takes the scripts, slices, dices and pan-fries them in a nice wine sauce. It really is that disorganised. While in the TV show, the 3 million-year gap between the show's events and the 'past' is respected, in the book it is completely ignored as if it never happened. People who should have been deader than flock wallpaper turn up very much alive!
For anyone who's never watched Red Dwarf, and don't know the plots of the shows, all of these 'errors' are glossed over. But the fact remains that unlike the first two books which are complementary to the TV show, this third book is totally at odds with it.
Couple all of these with a moderately confusing writing style and large tracts of humour-free prose, make this book more akin to a B-rated SF paperback you'd find in a 1970s motorway service station than affiliated with one of the best SF shows of all time.
If you MUST read everything dwarfie, wait till it's 50p from an oxfam shop, and you may even get a nice knitted hat thrown in for your cash.
Rob and Grant, please please settle whatever differences you had, get back together and finish Red Dwarf the way you started it.
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