Last Human (Red Dwarf) Paperback – 2 Nov 1995
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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.’
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.'
'…such a fine piece of work. Doug Naylor has come up with a winner here.'
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still reading this and I think it's as good as the others in the series.Published 17 months ago by Logan
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... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Annie
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 morePublished on 10 Jun. 2011 by Amazon Customer
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... Read morePublished on 16 Jun. 2010 by Mike Swann
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 morePublished on 29 May 2010 by Damian Rana
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 morePublished on 3 Jan. 2008 by Shrew