Advantages It's the second Red Dwarf Book, Funny, Absorbing, Imaginative.....and er, funny!
Disadvantages It Ends... again, closer in plot to the show. (but this time you choose where the story goes!)
Predictably continuing with my Red Dwarf book write up's, (I will write four), here is the second novel in the series and sequel to Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers (IWCD). Better Than Life has received fewer readings from me in the time I have own it, but only because it's slightly shorter and closer to the shows scripts, but no less enjoyable than the first book. Here are my thoughts on the second Red Dwarf novel, which I will refer in the review to as BTL (Better Than Life). Unfortunately, I have to contain at least ONE plot-spoiler to the previous book in this review, as it is sets the main story to this one, and making opinion of it without this information would be nonsensical to the reader.
Better Than Life seemed to receive a higher accolades than the first book however. I believe this is due to the title being the same that of a series two episode, and the basis of at least half the book about a single, but popular idea taken from said episode. It's also clear that Grant Naylor have got into their novel writing stride, and the book follows our regular ragga-muffin crew at a faster pace with lots more sci-fi concepts thrown in.First Published: 1991
Unlike it's predecessor, the original paperback version of BTL is still available, and you will be able to pick it up from on-line stores and from book stores quite commonly, or by contacting the Red Dwarf Fan Club. The hardback edition is still available new too, as is the Omnibus version. Expect to pay around £7 to £10 for the hardback edition, and anything between £1 and £6 for the paperback. It is not available as an Ebook, but I would imagine this is only a matter of time before it makes that progression, more than likely as the Omnibus edition. It is also available as a audio book, both abridged and unabridged and read by Chris Barrie who plays Rimmer in the show.The classic big typeface of the original Red Dwarf logo is again prominent on the cover, on the back of a familiar star-scape, with the Better Than Life title printed in silver in a Star Wars/Superman-style parody font. Dominating the cover however is a rather ungainly but colourful illustration of a man (Lister?) lying on an inflatable lilo drifting through space, looking up from his feet.
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