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on 6 July 1999
This book has to be the best I have read in a long while. At some times, I laughed out loud hard enough to draw stares from 30 yards away. This could well be the funniest book I have ever read, so I must strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes humour. Or, indeed, anyone who likes anything.
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on 25 February 2000
When the writing partnership of doug nalor and rob grant broke up, they both wrote sequiles to btl and after reading both it is easy to see that rob grant did story lines and doug naylor did the jokes. the plot is exciting and the ending is fantastic but it needs more jokes.
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on 13 November 1999
This is the sort of book you can read over and over againg without actually getting bored. It's also the sort of book which you have to carry on reading until you finish, nad it's incredibly hard to put down. Brilliant!
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on 30 June 1999
A brillant book! Another triumph for Rob Grant and the entire Dwarf crew! Red Dwarf Omnibus was good, fantastic even, but this is the best book I have ever read. Must go now Red Dwarf is on in 3 minets!
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on 23 July 2000
I didn't find this novel quite as impressive as "Last Human", but its still an excellent read for any Red Dwarf fan. In "Backwards" Rob Grant takes 3 of the most popular TV episodes (Dimension Jump, Gunmen, and of course Backwards) and explores them to their full potential. One of the high lights for me was a brilliant section set in Ace Rimmers reality. Later on in the story you'll meet some hilarious, blood thirsty Agnanoids with quite stomach churning instruments of pain (believe me, after reading this you'll never be able to look at coctail umberella without wincing). My favourite moment in the whole novel was the bit where the Cat finally gets laid- backwards! Smegtastic! Also theres a lovely twist at the end, where Dave Lister finds his home in the last place you'd expect. In comparing the two solo novels I'd say that while "Last Human" has the most thrills and a superior storyline, "Backwards" proberbly contains better comic riffs. Here's hoping Rob Grant will come back to Red Dwarf some day- he's not lost his touch!
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on 8 August 2000
Grant is "the cruchy half" of the Red Dwarf scriptwriting duo - and how true that is. Naylor's the sentimental one who wants Lister and Kochanski to get together...Grant's the one who does one liners, cackles hysterically, punches Doug round the head and works out horrible, horrible things to do to your favorite characters. Grant's genius should be confined to half-hour shows, where it can't do too much damage within budget and the actor's contracts. Sorry, Rob.
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on 31 October 2000
Those people who regard "Backwards" any less highly than the miscellaneous Red Dwarf gems that abound or the other novels I have reviewed (Roman Blood; 101 Damnations; Ronan's Revenge; Ronan's Rescue, and Future Eden) than you are one pitiful person. "Backwards" was a rip-snorter, penultimately brilliant in every singular whimsical gag, and as thoroghly equal to those such as Douglas Adams, and indefinitely the superior item to "Last Human" which seems a controversy. There should be no bloody doubt, and it is incomprehensible why there would be--"Backwards" is radiant from the beginning (with the Cat *finally* scoring--to the conclusion--Ace Rimmer outshining even the most diligently good angel, and the Red Dwarf crew confronting the horrific agonoids...the ones that make you retch up your intestines. Literally. Great and classical.
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on 5 January 2000
I was completely enraptured by the first two Red Dwarf books. When I received Last Human and Backwards, I was hoping for more of the same, and I was curious to see what the stories would be like since each one picks up from BTL. I was rather disapointed with Last Human. It was a fairly decent space adventure, and I admit the ending was marvelous, but it just wasn't funny (Red Dwarf the ship wasn't even technically in it). I was hoping that Backwards would be more like the first two, and it was, but not in a good way. It's like and evil twin to the first books. Any one who reads the Hitchiker's Guide series, and then reads Mostly Harmless, understands what I mean. I really liked the characters, they're almost like good friends, so it's almost painful to watch what they go through in this book. They've never had it easy, but this isn't painful in a funny way, like Rimmer dealing with his clone in IWCD. It's just like seeing some of your favorite characters get tortured horribly for three hundred and fifty pages. From Rimmer's terrible childhood, to the ten years they spend stranded on Backworld, to the agonoids who wish to torture them to the end of time, to their mutilation at the hands of the Gunmen of the Apocalyspse, it's all harsh, mean-spirited, and never funny. I don't think there's a single moment throughout the book where they weren't suffocating, being beaten, or being thrown into the void of space. And on top of everything else, I hated the first half of the book anyways because of the impossible-to-follow backwards logic. This is worst than Mostly Harmless; at least that was funny, and not terrible. Just a little too harsh. Tjis, on the other hand.... ugh. If you're not a Red Dwarf fan, you won't understand the book, and if you are, then I doubt you'll want to see these characters put through this sort of torment for no reason. An utter watse of paper.
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on 27 February 2009
amazing book but i suggest that if you have not seen red dwarf befor then watch it so you can fully appreciate this book. It starts as backwards like the Episode but the mixes in lots of other episods with lots more adventures from the red dwarf gang highly suggest this book to any red dwarf fan also check out last human and better than life

RED DWARF IS BACK ON DAVE WOOOO!!!!
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on 8 July 2014
Love this book. I guess I should have bought the first few books to make sense of why they were just randomly stuck on a backwards earth, but the book works well on it's own anyway and is quite funny and has a nice twist of sorts at the end. I look forward to adding the other Red Dwarf books to my collection.
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