Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers

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Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers ❮Epub❯ ➥ Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers ➤ Author Grant Naylor – Polishdarling.co.uk The first lesson Lister learned about space travel was you should never try it But Lister didn t have a choice All he remembered was going on a birthday celebration pub crawl through London When he ca The first lesson Lister learned about space travel was you should never try it But Lister didn t have a choice All he remembered was going on a birthday celebration pub crawl through London When he came to his senses again, with nothing in his pockets but a passport in the name of Emily BerkensteinSo he Infinity Welcomes MOBI :ï did the only thing he could Amazed to discover they would actually hire him, he joined the space corps and found himself aboard Red Dwarf, a spaceship as big as a small city that, six or seven years from now, would get him back to Earth What Lister couldn t forsee was that he d inadvertently signed up for a one way jaunt three million years into the future a future which would see him the last living member of the human race, with only a hologram crew mate and a highly evolved cat for company Of course, that was before the ship broke the light barrier and things began to get really weird.


About the Author: Grant Naylor

Grant Naylor was the collective name used by writers Rob Grant and Doug Naylor for their collaboration, particularly the TV series, Red Dwarf Grant and Naylor call their pseudonym a gestalt entity, something that is greater than the sum of its partsFrom.



10 thoughts on “Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers

  1. Joey Woolfardis Joey Woolfardis says:

    I listened to this on audiobook, mainly because I ve always wanted to try out audiobooks and never really gotten around to it, but also because it is freely accesible on spotify Huzzah for spotify.However, I believe what I listened to was the abridged version, which is slightly upsetting but excites me alsoChris Barrie doing Scouse and Cockney and every other accent ever Yes please.My rating is partly for the book and partly for the audiobook I thoroughly enjoyed Chris Barrie he is an I listened to this on audiobook, mainly because I ve always wanted to try out audiobooks and never really gotten around to it, but also because it is freely accesible on spotify Huzzah for spotify.However, I believe what I listened to was the abridged version, which is slightly upsetting but excites me alsoChris Barrie doing Scouse and Cockney and every other accent ever Yes please.My rating is partly for the book and partly for the audiobook I thoroughly enjoyed Chris Barrie he is an absolutely spectacular character actor and you don t always see that in Red Dwarf A few moments spring to mind, however the mechanoid he gets turned into during Mechocracy and the dress wearing, Mr Flibble weilding, holo virus Rimmer of Quarentine Have I mentioned I loveRed DwarfNo Well, I do More amazing old men that I love.My childhood was Red Dwarf, Blackadder, Shooting Stars and Bottom Poor parenting, maybe, but I can t thank them enough for that Hence this review is probably a little biased and you can take what I say with a pinch of salt.The story centres around the beginning of the TV programme, but withcanon added We get a littlebackstory of the main characters whilst we pretty much replay many scenes from the show, which for deepnerds is a really nice touch You get to go beyond what Lister says on telly and find out that he wasn t stupid Just rather lazy.The main thing that sold this for me was Chris Barrie He was superb and at times I forgot it was Chris and not Norman doing Hollie s voice Even his Cat was impressive, though I notice he didn t attempt any Kochanski which might have been for the best I think audiobooks are made by the people who read them, so if I ever pick up another it will be based purely on who is reading it


  2. Andrew Andrew says:

    Ok this has been a blast of pure nostalgia for me I loved the series when it first aired, it had for me the right mix or humour and science fiction I guess for me I have always been suspicious of humour and SF simply because its been too easy to laugh at the genre and its fans rather than try and be clever and laugh with them I will admit the likes of Douglas Adams has gone a long way to correct that yet still its sometimes all too easy to fall for the easy and cheap gags.For me Red Dwarf Ok this has been a blast of pure nostalgia for me I loved the series when it first aired, it had for me the right mix or humour and science fiction I guess for me I have always been suspicious of humour and SF simply because its been too easy to laugh at the genre and its fans rather than try and be clever and laugh with them I will admit the likes of Douglas Adams has gone a long way to correct that yet still its sometimes all too easy to fall for the easy and cheap gags.For me Red Dwarf did not go for the cheap gag okay the effects may be a little on the cheap or at least limited by the technology the budget could afford but the humour was there and it laughed good and hard at itself rather than at you.So the book, this really told a condensed version of stories from the first and second series with a lotdetail and back story so to find outyou will either need to read the book or watch the series and either or both are fine by me.This brings back memories of the series and the sheer stupidity of it that and singing the end title song out loud


  3. Jason Jason says:

    I was going to write a review for this book that I last read a few years ago, but I thought sod it, it must be time for a re read.This is where it all started, one of the greatest SciFi series ever, a brilliant cast of characters and funny as hell story I ve watched the series so many times now that when reading the books the characters voices come so easily to me During this reading I kept getting glimpses of Douglas Adams writing, never noticed that previously, but the explanations about spa I was going to write a review for this book that I last read a few years ago, but I thought sod it, it must be time for a re read.This is where it all started, one of the greatest SciFi series ever, a brilliant cast of characters and funny as hell story I ve watched the series so many times now that when reading the books the characters voices come so easily to me During this reading I kept getting glimpses of Douglas Adams writing, never noticed that previously, but the explanations about space travel and the descriptions of Red Dwarf reminded me of Hitchhikers guide.There are so many great lines They re dead Dave will have me laughing no matter how many times I hear read it.Brilliant comedy SciFi that has gotta be read by everybody


  4. David Sarkies David Sarkies says:

    Gazpacgo Soup I can t say exactly when I first encountered Red Dwarf I was probably sitting at home one night, board out of my brains, and channel surfing, when suddenly I discovered this show that looked very science fictiony on the ABC and was instantly intrigued While I can t remember the first episode that I ever watched though I believe it was the third season , I do remember instantly falling in love with it In fact, at the time I was still really interested in film making and seeing Gazpacgo Soup I can t say exactly when I first encountered Red Dwarf I was probably sitting at home one night, board out of my brains, and channel surfing, when suddenly I discovered this show that looked very science fictiony on the ABC and was instantly intrigued While I can t remember the first episode that I ever watched though I believe it was the third season , I do remember instantly falling in love with it In fact, at the time I was still really interested in film making and seeing what I could do with little to no funds and this was the days before mobile phones, so a video camera cost something in the vicinity of 1000.00 and I didn t have one I was always particularly interested in low budget science fiction shows Blake s 7 and Doctor Who When I stumbled serendipitously upon Red Dwarf my interest was immediately caught Anyway, Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers is basically the novelisation of the first two seasons of Red Dwarf, though it is drafted in a way that creates a muchseamless story Those of us who have watched the early shows will be very familiar with the episodes that make their way into the books, including the one where they first meet Kryten, the one where Rimmer creates a duplicate of himself, and of course the pilot episode However, unlike the series the authors who also created the series which was originally a radio show did a brilliant job creating what is in effect a seamless story from a collection of disparate episodes However, while the idea of a science fiction sitcom in space is always appealing, it is the characters that really attract my attention The thing with the characters is that they are all extremes Mind you, I am actually hesitant to suggest that Lister is an extreme because he just seems to be your everyday working class slob Sure, they paint him as being somewhat of an extreme slob that lives on a diet of vindaloo and beer, however there is actually something realistic, and appealing, about him I guess it has something to do with the fact that he really doesn t care Sure, life as thrown its fair share of punches at him, and wasn t born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but he seems to just roll with the punches and simply gets on with life In a way he is carefree and really not worried about what people think of him, or what the next day would bring and despite the fact that he is a working class slob, he is actually pretty smart, though these smarts would be considered street smarts Rimmer couldn t be theopposite, which is probably why they suggest that Red Dwarf is the Odd Couple in space Unlike Lister, Rimmer blames everybody else, but himself, for his short comings, and is always trying to impress the wrong sorts of people, which generally lands him up in a lot of trouble In fact the friendships that he should be cultivating he actually rejects and he pretty obviously brown noses people that really couldn t care less about him Rimmer is the classic example of the pointlessness of the career minded individual that seeks to elevate himself above others, which in the end earns their disdain His repeated failure to pass the astronavigation examine namely because he doesn t actually study for it is a clear example of how all of his priorities are wrong and let s not forget him spending his spare time in stasis so that by the end of the seven year tour, he is only six years older The Cat, however, is a rather enigmatic creature In a way he is the opposite of Lister, for where Lister is a slob, he is incredibly stylish In fact his attention to neatness and style puts him in the same camp as Rimmer, who always appears in an immaculate uniform However, unlike Rimmer, he lives a carefree life which has no ambition beyond eating, sleeping, and looking for women as well as making sure he looks incredibly stylish Ironically it turns out that he relates to Lister muchthan he does Rimmer in fact nobody likes Rimmer, probably because he is just one enormous goit Red Dwarf is an incredibly existentialist piece of work What we have are three actually four if you count the computer Holly characters stuck millions of miles from home, millions of years in the future In fact from their vantage point there is unlikely to be any home left As such anything, and everything, that gives them character their home, their friends if they have any , their goals and their dreams, have all been stripped from them leaving them alone without a world that can define them As such they are in a situation where they are defined only by how they define themselves though of course there is an element of creating a definition of each other yes, Rimmer, you are a goit Of course, in this environment, where they are effectively on their own, they don t necessarily need accept what the other makes them out to be, which in a way gives them strength Even though Rimmer still believes that he is in command, there is no formal command structure, which means that despite what he believes, there are only two things that Rimmer is in command of Jack and shit, and unfortunately for Rimmer, Jack just left town However, despite the fact that there are three people on the ship that all agree the Rimmer is a goit and the reality is that Rimmer is a goit , that doesn t mean that he has to accept that What Red Dwarf teaches us is that by stripping away all of society, and our peers, all we are left with is that which we have defined for ourselves though of course, in Rimmer s case, this is completely delusional Of course, this all comes down to the scene with regards to the gazpacgo soup When Rimmer first came on board the ship he was invited to the captains cabin for dinner and he saw this as his one big break, so he went out of his way to impressed them, and to say that it turned out to be a disaster is an understatement The crux of the whole event was when he was served gazpacgo soup which is supposed to be served cold something that I didn t know until I watched the show and Rimmer calls the waiter over to him and asks him to heat it up This, allegedly we are only going by Rimmers account here the entire cabin burst out laughing and Rimmer was never invited back A Lister points out, when Rimmer finally spills the beans, the only person that is holding onto that event, and letting it drag him down is him even if it wasn t the case that everybody in that room has been dead for three million years, in any event, after a few days of chuckling, they would have got on with their lives, while Rimmer is forever kicking himself for that one mistake or many mind you, but that is the one that haunts him and it wasn t his fault by the way, they should have taught him in basic training


  5. Stonemagpie Stonemagpie says:

    Fan smegging tastic It s the boys from the Dwarf I loved this book so much, and if you enjoyed the tv show you will too.Rob Grant and Doug Naylor outdid themselves this was the first book in years that has made me laugh out loud It starts off explaining how Lister ended up on Red Dwarf and takes off from there.Some of the plot is familiar, some is new But the authors managed to gather together storylines from episodes into a whole that not only makes sense, but fills original episode plot h Fan smegging tastic It s the boys from the Dwarf I loved this book so much, and if you enjoyed the tv show you will too.Rob Grant and Doug Naylor outdid themselves this was the first book in years that has made me laugh out loud It starts off explaining how Lister ended up on Red Dwarf and takes off from there.Some of the plot is familiar, some is new But the authors managed to gather together storylines from episodes into a whole that not only makes sense, but fills original episode plot holes at the same time.Anyway, it s great I inhaled it and you must go read it nowchokengtitiktitikchokengs And once you ve done reading it, hunt down the audiobooks Read by Chris Barrie Rimmer they are quite simply brilliant


  6. Ubiquitousbastard Ubiquitousbastard says:

    Alright, so I m kind of weird on this book It sort of sent me in several directions emotionally, and I m not sure a semi novelization of sci fi comedy is supposed to do that I mean, I did smile so much my face hurt which also brought to me the realization that I don t smile very much and also left me feeling extremely depressed partly from that realization I think that the overall tone wasserious and dark than the show, which never at all left me feeling sad This book wasin Alright, so I m kind of weird on this book It sort of sent me in several directions emotionally, and I m not sure a semi novelization of sci fi comedy is supposed to do that I mean, I did smile so much my face hurt which also brought to me the realization that I don t smile very much and also left me feeling extremely depressed partly from that realization I think that the overall tone wasserious and dark than the show, which never at all left me feeling sad This book wasintrospective about personal failure and the demands of society which almost no one can meet Then there s the fact that I can relate to everyone hating disliking me despite how hard I try at anything So, yeah, sad.Also, the ending Come on You can t give me a downer book with a downer ending.Despite all that, it was funnier than most of what I ve read recently, it gave me some awesome background on Red Dwarf, which I can now go around lecturing people on See, that s probably part of the people disliking me thing Really, Naylor could have just stuck them all in a telenovela and I would ve been pleasedoh wait


  7. Angus McKeogh Angus McKeogh says:

    Just absolutely awesome stuff Such a fun read and funny as hell Reminiscent of Douglas Adams but certainly not a direct copy If anything perhapsbrilliant in some areas and a bit inferior in others The whole bit about Rimmer making a copy of himself was just phenomenal Want to dive right into the sequel but I m in the middle of too many other books at the moment But grand Highly recommended


  8. Crystal Starr Light Crystal Starr Light says:

    After taking a Lit of Sci Fi class in college, I found about this TV Series So I checked them out from the library thinking, Oh, great They ll probably be boring and stupid Was I wrong The series was great, and my sister and I became mild fans So, when I discovered that there were books and found them on sale, I snatched them up.Plot David Lister, third technician on Red Dwarf, a 6 mile long space mining ship, is sent to stasis just in time to avoid a radiation leak that wipes out the rest After taking a Lit of Sci Fi class in college, I found about this TV Series So I checked them out from the library thinking, Oh, great They ll probably be boring and stupid Was I wrong The series was great, and my sister and I became mild fans So, when I discovered that there were books and found them on sale, I snatched them up.Plot David Lister, third technician on Red Dwarf, a 6 mile long space mining ship, is sent to stasis just in time to avoid a radiation leak that wipes out the rest of the population on Red Dwarf He exits three million years later to a senile computer named Holly, an annoying failure named Arnold J Rimmer, and a highly evolved cat named Cat Throughout the book, they encounter future echoes from traveling at faster than light speed, alien encounters, and discovering wrecks of other space ships.Good The biggest draw to Red Dwarf is one thing the sarcastic humor The humor in Red Dwarf is gut wrenchingly funny, just as in the TV series in fact, there is no much difference between the two mediums, but see below Lister is a complete slob Rimmer is his Odd Couple counterpart, a man who has failed the astronavigation exam 13 times in pursuit of being an officer Nearly everything anyone says is meant to be sarcastic, though some of the jokes don t make sense to Americans or at least this American.While this is likely to disturb those who are obsessed with continuity I would normally be in that category , this book does have some distinct deviations from the TV series, which makes the relation of the episodeslatercohesive They become one story instead of a weekly engagement.Lastly, the third part was odd, but really interesting I liked the stark divergence from the TV series on this and seeing what Lister, Rimmer, and Cat would imagine in their fantasies minus the gratuitous sexual references, of course.Bad While the book makes some pretty interesting deviations from the TV series namely how Rimmer and Lister first met and this is a little raunchy, in my opinion and in the final section of the book , overall, there really is not much difference between them At times, I feel like I am reading one of the episode s screenplay This is a little disappointing as I was expecting to readabout the lives of Lister and Rimmer beyond the TV series and not just a rehash of the same jokes and situations The jokes were funny in the TV series hearing them repeated without Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, or Norman Lovett s wonderful intonations is just eating the cake and scraping off the icing.Also, Grant Naylor rush past descriptions to get to the dialogue They fail to note what the room looks like, what a person is doing, and what is happening in the background until after a person brings it up in dialogue This makes the book difficult to understand and follow at times.Lastly, much of the humor in this book as in the TV series is merely reproductive humor I will not blame the book for this flaw as the TV series was filled with it as well I get tired of hearing jokes about the size of organs, sleeping around, and the like Humor isthan just body functions and it takes true talent to be able to make something funny without stooping to this juvenile level.Dialogue Sexual Situations Violence Sh , bas , and a few other fairly mild profanities Sexual situations crop up in jokes and surroundings the beginning details a trek to an android brothel, Lister own a pair of underwear he considers very lucky , Cat is sex obsessed, etc Violence includes a man committing suicide, descriptions of a man being blown up, and several deaths.Overall This was not bad, but if you are a Red Dwarf fan like myself , you might be a little disappointed The descriptions are lacking, there is little character development beyond what is seen in the TV series, and most of the humor is dependent on certain reproductive organs Also, the book has a tendency to contradict the TV series not bad, but worth noting This book was not a bad way to spend my time, but not five star quality and not as funny as it implied it was it was rather lame that most of the jokes were just carbon copies of the ones delivered in the TV series


  9. Sandi (Zorena) Sandi (Zorena) says:

    This is a lot like the television show episodes in book format so of course I love it I ve been a fan of the show since it started and was gleeful when I found there were actually novels It tells the tale of the Red Dwarf crew from the start It includes a lot of what was in the first two series as well as a ton of details that you wouldn t know if that was your only source Then it throws in whole new story lines and tangents Lister s back story of how he ended up on Red Dwarf was something This is a lot like the television show episodes in book format so of course I love it I ve been a fan of the show since it started and was gleeful when I found there were actually novels It tells the tale of the Red Dwarf crew from the start It includes a lot of what was in the first two series as well as a ton of details that you wouldn t know if that was your only source Then it throws in whole new story lines and tangents Lister s back story of how he ended up on Red Dwarf was something I had wanted to know for a long time.This is one book I would compare to Adams style and it holds its own admirably Kudos to Grant and Naylor I really must find the rest of the books they have written for Red Dwarf I ve also noted there are audiobooks of this and the other novels read by Chris Barrie I would be a total smeghead if I didn t add then to my listening list as well


  10. Tony Tony says:

    Second outing, this time via the audiobook What can I say, the word, the video and now the audio all perfect Chris Barrie, you are exceptional at relating an exceptional concept.


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10 thoughts on “Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers

  1. Joey Woolfardis Joey Woolfardis says:

    I listened to this on audiobook, mainly because I ve always wanted to try out audiobooks and never really gotten around to it, but also because it is freely accesible on spotify Huzzah for spotify.However, I believe what I listened to was the abridged version, which is slightly upsetting but excites me alsoChris Barrie doing Scouse and Cockney and every other accent ever Yes please.My rating is partly for the book and partly for the audiobook I thoroughly enjoyed Chris Barrie he is an I listened to this on audiobook, mainly because I ve always wanted to try out audiobooks and never really gotten around to it, but also because it is freely accesible on spotify Huzzah for spotify.However, I believe what I listened to was the abridged version, which is slightly upsetting but excites me alsoChris Barrie doing Scouse and Cockney and every other accent ever Yes please.My rating is partly for the book and partly for the audiobook I thoroughly enjoyed Chris Barrie he is an absolutely spectacular character actor and you don t always see that in Red Dwarf A few moments spring to mind, however the mechanoid he gets turned into during Mechocracy and the dress wearing, Mr Flibble weilding, holo virus Rimmer of Quarentine Have I mentioned I loveRed DwarfNo Well, I do More amazing old men that I love.My childhood was Red Dwarf, Blackadder, Shooting Stars and Bottom Poor parenting, maybe, but I can t thank them enough for that Hence this review is probably a little biased and you can take what I say with a pinch of salt.The story centres around the beginning of the TV programme, but withcanon added We get a littlebackstory of the main characters whilst we pretty much replay many scenes from the show, which for deepnerds is a really nice touch You get to go beyond what Lister says on telly and find out that he wasn t stupid Just rather lazy.The main thing that sold this for me was Chris Barrie He was superb and at times I forgot it was Chris and not Norman doing Hollie s voice Even his Cat was impressive, though I notice he didn t attempt any Kochanski which might have been for the best I think audiobooks are made by the people who read them, so if I ever pick up another it will be based purely on who is reading it


  2. Andrew Andrew says:

    Ok this has been a blast of pure nostalgia for me I loved the series when it first aired, it had for me the right mix or humour and science fiction I guess for me I have always been suspicious of humour and SF simply because its been too easy to laugh at the genre and its fans rather than try and be clever and laugh with them I will admit the likes of Douglas Adams has gone a long way to correct that yet still its sometimes all too easy to fall for the easy and cheap gags.For me Red Dwarf Ok this has been a blast of pure nostalgia for me I loved the series when it first aired, it had for me the right mix or humour and science fiction I guess for me I have always been suspicious of humour and SF simply because its been too easy to laugh at the genre and its fans rather than try and be clever and laugh with them I will admit the likes of Douglas Adams has gone a long way to correct that yet still its sometimes all too easy to fall for the easy and cheap gags.For me Red Dwarf did not go for the cheap gag okay the effects may be a little on the cheap or at least limited by the technology the budget could afford but the humour was there and it laughed good and hard at itself rather than at you.So the book, this really told a condensed version of stories from the first and second series with a lotdetail and back story so to find outyou will either need to read the book or watch the series and either or both are fine by me.This brings back memories of the series and the sheer stupidity of it that and singing the end title song out loud


  3. Jason Jason says:

    I was going to write a review for this book that I last read a few years ago, but I thought sod it, it must be time for a re read.This is where it all started, one of the greatest SciFi series ever, a brilliant cast of characters and funny as hell story I ve watched the series so many times now that when reading the books the characters voices come so easily to me During this reading I kept getting glimpses of Douglas Adams writing, never noticed that previously, but the explanations about spa I was going to write a review for this book that I last read a few years ago, but I thought sod it, it must be time for a re read.This is where it all started, one of the greatest SciFi series ever, a brilliant cast of characters and funny as hell story I ve watched the series so many times now that when reading the books the characters voices come so easily to me During this reading I kept getting glimpses of Douglas Adams writing, never noticed that previously, but the explanations about space travel and the descriptions of Red Dwarf reminded me of Hitchhikers guide.There are so many great lines They re dead Dave will have me laughing no matter how many times I hear read it.Brilliant comedy SciFi that has gotta be read by everybody


  4. David Sarkies David Sarkies says:

    Gazpacgo Soup I can t say exactly when I first encountered Red Dwarf I was probably sitting at home one night, board out of my brains, and channel surfing, when suddenly I discovered this show that looked very science fictiony on the ABC and was instantly intrigued While I can t remember the first episode that I ever watched though I believe it was the third season , I do remember instantly falling in love with it In fact, at the time I was still really interested in film making and seeing Gazpacgo Soup I can t say exactly when I first encountered Red Dwarf I was probably sitting at home one night, board out of my brains, and channel surfing, when suddenly I discovered this show that looked very science fictiony on the ABC and was instantly intrigued While I can t remember the first episode that I ever watched though I believe it was the third season , I do remember instantly falling in love with it In fact, at the time I was still really interested in film making and seeing what I could do with little to no funds and this was the days before mobile phones, so a video camera cost something in the vicinity of 1000.00 and I didn t have one I was always particularly interested in low budget science fiction shows Blake s 7 and Doctor Who When I stumbled serendipitously upon Red Dwarf my interest was immediately caught Anyway, Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers is basically the novelisation of the first two seasons of Red Dwarf, though it is drafted in a way that creates a muchseamless story Those of us who have watched the early shows will be very familiar with the episodes that make their way into the books, including the one where they first meet Kryten, the one where Rimmer creates a duplicate of himself, and of course the pilot episode However, unlike the series the authors who also created the series which was originally a radio show did a brilliant job creating what is in effect a seamless story from a collection of disparate episodes However, while the idea of a science fiction sitcom in space is always appealing, it is the characters that really attract my attention The thing with the characters is that they are all extremes Mind you, I am actually hesitant to suggest that Lister is an extreme because he just seems to be your everyday working class slob Sure, they paint him as being somewhat of an extreme slob that lives on a diet of vindaloo and beer, however there is actually something realistic, and appealing, about him I guess it has something to do with the fact that he really doesn t care Sure, life as thrown its fair share of punches at him, and wasn t born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but he seems to just roll with the punches and simply gets on with life In a way he is carefree and really not worried about what people think of him, or what the next day would bring and despite the fact that he is a working class slob, he is actually pretty smart, though these smarts would be considered street smarts Rimmer couldn t be theopposite, which is probably why they suggest that Red Dwarf is the Odd Couple in space Unlike Lister, Rimmer blames everybody else, but himself, for his short comings, and is always trying to impress the wrong sorts of people, which generally lands him up in a lot of trouble In fact the friendships that he should be cultivating he actually rejects and he pretty obviously brown noses people that really couldn t care less about him Rimmer is the classic example of the pointlessness of the career minded individual that seeks to elevate himself above others, which in the end earns their disdain His repeated failure to pass the astronavigation examine namely because he doesn t actually study for it is a clear example of how all of his priorities are wrong and let s not forget him spending his spare time in stasis so that by the end of the seven year tour, he is only six years older The Cat, however, is a rather enigmatic creature In a way he is the opposite of Lister, for where Lister is a slob, he is incredibly stylish In fact his attention to neatness and style puts him in the same camp as Rimmer, who always appears in an immaculate uniform However, unlike Rimmer, he lives a carefree life which has no ambition beyond eating, sleeping, and looking for women as well as making sure he looks incredibly stylish Ironically it turns out that he relates to Lister muchthan he does Rimmer in fact nobody likes Rimmer, probably because he is just one enormous goit Red Dwarf is an incredibly existentialist piece of work What we have are three actually four if you count the computer Holly characters stuck millions of miles from home, millions of years in the future In fact from their vantage point there is unlikely to be any home left As such anything, and everything, that gives them character their home, their friends if they have any , their goals and their dreams, have all been stripped from them leaving them alone without a world that can define them As such they are in a situation where they are defined only by how they define themselves though of course there is an element of creating a definition of each other yes, Rimmer, you are a goit Of course, in this environment, where they are effectively on their own, they don t necessarily need accept what the other makes them out to be, which in a way gives them strength Even though Rimmer still believes that he is in command, there is no formal command structure, which means that despite what he believes, there are only two things that Rimmer is in command of Jack and shit, and unfortunately for Rimmer, Jack just left town However, despite the fact that there are three people on the ship that all agree the Rimmer is a goit and the reality is that Rimmer is a goit , that doesn t mean that he has to accept that What Red Dwarf teaches us is that by stripping away all of society, and our peers, all we are left with is that which we have defined for ourselves though of course, in Rimmer s case, this is completely delusional Of course, this all comes down to the scene with regards to the gazpacgo soup When Rimmer first came on board the ship he was invited to the captains cabin for dinner and he saw this as his one big break, so he went out of his way to impressed them, and to say that it turned out to be a disaster is an understatement The crux of the whole event was when he was served gazpacgo soup which is supposed to be served cold something that I didn t know until I watched the show and Rimmer calls the waiter over to him and asks him to heat it up This, allegedly we are only going by Rimmers account here the entire cabin burst out laughing and Rimmer was never invited back A Lister points out, when Rimmer finally spills the beans, the only person that is holding onto that event, and letting it drag him down is him even if it wasn t the case that everybody in that room has been dead for three million years, in any event, after a few days of chuckling, they would have got on with their lives, while Rimmer is forever kicking himself for that one mistake or many mind you, but that is the one that haunts him and it wasn t his fault by the way, they should have taught him in basic training


  5. Stonemagpie Stonemagpie says:

    Fan smegging tastic It s the boys from the Dwarf I loved this book so much, and if you enjoyed the tv show you will too.Rob Grant and Doug Naylor outdid themselves this was the first book in years that has made me laugh out loud It starts off explaining how Lister ended up on Red Dwarf and takes off from there.Some of the plot is familiar, some is new But the authors managed to gather together storylines from episodes into a whole that not only makes sense, but fills original episode plot h Fan smegging tastic It s the boys from the Dwarf I loved this book so much, and if you enjoyed the tv show you will too.Rob Grant and Doug Naylor outdid themselves this was the first book in years that has made me laugh out loud It starts off explaining how Lister ended up on Red Dwarf and takes off from there.Some of the plot is familiar, some is new But the authors managed to gather together storylines from episodes into a whole that not only makes sense, but fills original episode plot holes at the same time.Anyway, it s great I inhaled it and you must go read it nowchokengtitiktitikchokengs And once you ve done reading it, hunt down the audiobooks Read by Chris Barrie Rimmer they are quite simply brilliant


  6. Ubiquitousbastard Ubiquitousbastard says:

    Alright, so I m kind of weird on this book It sort of sent me in several directions emotionally, and I m not sure a semi novelization of sci fi comedy is supposed to do that I mean, I did smile so much my face hurt which also brought to me the realization that I don t smile very much and also left me feeling extremely depressed partly from that realization I think that the overall tone wasserious and dark than the show, which never at all left me feeling sad This book wasin Alright, so I m kind of weird on this book It sort of sent me in several directions emotionally, and I m not sure a semi novelization of sci fi comedy is supposed to do that I mean, I did smile so much my face hurt which also brought to me the realization that I don t smile very much and also left me feeling extremely depressed partly from that realization I think that the overall tone wasserious and dark than the show, which never at all left me feeling sad This book wasintrospective about personal failure and the demands of society which almost no one can meet Then there s the fact that I can relate to everyone hating disliking me despite how hard I try at anything So, yeah, sad.Also, the ending Come on You can t give me a downer book with a downer ending.Despite all that, it was funnier than most of what I ve read recently, it gave me some awesome background on Red Dwarf, which I can now go around lecturing people on See, that s probably part of the people disliking me thing Really, Naylor could have just stuck them all in a telenovela and I would ve been pleasedoh wait


  7. Angus McKeogh Angus McKeogh says:

    Just absolutely awesome stuff Such a fun read and funny as hell Reminiscent of Douglas Adams but certainly not a direct copy If anything perhapsbrilliant in some areas and a bit inferior in others The whole bit about Rimmer making a copy of himself was just phenomenal Want to dive right into the sequel but I m in the middle of too many other books at the moment But grand Highly recommended


  8. Crystal Starr Light Crystal Starr Light says:

    After taking a Lit of Sci Fi class in college, I found about this TV Series So I checked them out from the library thinking, Oh, great They ll probably be boring and stupid Was I wrong The series was great, and my sister and I became mild fans So, when I discovered that there were books and found them on sale, I snatched them up.Plot David Lister, third technician on Red Dwarf, a 6 mile long space mining ship, is sent to stasis just in time to avoid a radiation leak that wipes out the rest After taking a Lit of Sci Fi class in college, I found about this TV Series So I checked them out from the library thinking, Oh, great They ll probably be boring and stupid Was I wrong The series was great, and my sister and I became mild fans So, when I discovered that there were books and found them on sale, I snatched them up.Plot David Lister, third technician on Red Dwarf, a 6 mile long space mining ship, is sent to stasis just in time to avoid a radiation leak that wipes out the rest of the population on Red Dwarf He exits three million years later to a senile computer named Holly, an annoying failure named Arnold J Rimmer, and a highly evolved cat named Cat Throughout the book, they encounter future echoes from traveling at faster than light speed, alien encounters, and discovering wrecks of other space ships.Good The biggest draw to Red Dwarf is one thing the sarcastic humor The humor in Red Dwarf is gut wrenchingly funny, just as in the TV series in fact, there is no much difference between the two mediums, but see below Lister is a complete slob Rimmer is his Odd Couple counterpart, a man who has failed the astronavigation exam 13 times in pursuit of being an officer Nearly everything anyone says is meant to be sarcastic, though some of the jokes don t make sense to Americans or at least this American.While this is likely to disturb those who are obsessed with continuity I would normally be in that category , this book does have some distinct deviations from the TV series, which makes the relation of the episodeslatercohesive They become one story instead of a weekly engagement.Lastly, the third part was odd, but really interesting I liked the stark divergence from the TV series on this and seeing what Lister, Rimmer, and Cat would imagine in their fantasies minus the gratuitous sexual references, of course.Bad While the book makes some pretty interesting deviations from the TV series namely how Rimmer and Lister first met and this is a little raunchy, in my opinion and in the final section of the book , overall, there really is not much difference between them At times, I feel like I am reading one of the episode s screenplay This is a little disappointing as I was expecting to readabout the lives of Lister and Rimmer beyond the TV series and not just a rehash of the same jokes and situations The jokes were funny in the TV series hearing them repeated without Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, or Norman Lovett s wonderful intonations is just eating the cake and scraping off the icing.Also, Grant Naylor rush past descriptions to get to the dialogue They fail to note what the room looks like, what a person is doing, and what is happening in the background until after a person brings it up in dialogue This makes the book difficult to understand and follow at times.Lastly, much of the humor in this book as in the TV series is merely reproductive humor I will not blame the book for this flaw as the TV series was filled with it as well I get tired of hearing jokes about the size of organs, sleeping around, and the like Humor isthan just body functions and it takes true talent to be able to make something funny without stooping to this juvenile level.Dialogue Sexual Situations Violence Sh , bas , and a few other fairly mild profanities Sexual situations crop up in jokes and surroundings the beginning details a trek to an android brothel, Lister own a pair of underwear he considers very lucky , Cat is sex obsessed, etc Violence includes a man committing suicide, descriptions of a man being blown up, and several deaths.Overall This was not bad, but if you are a Red Dwarf fan like myself , you might be a little disappointed The descriptions are lacking, there is little character development beyond what is seen in the TV series, and most of the humor is dependent on certain reproductive organs Also, the book has a tendency to contradict the TV series not bad, but worth noting This book was not a bad way to spend my time, but not five star quality and not as funny as it implied it was it was rather lame that most of the jokes were just carbon copies of the ones delivered in the TV series


  9. Sandi (Zorena) Sandi (Zorena) says:

    This is a lot like the television show episodes in book format so of course I love it I ve been a fan of the show since it started and was gleeful when I found there were actually novels It tells the tale of the Red Dwarf crew from the start It includes a lot of what was in the first two series as well as a ton of details that you wouldn t know if that was your only source Then it throws in whole new story lines and tangents Lister s back story of how he ended up on Red Dwarf was something This is a lot like the television show episodes in book format so of course I love it I ve been a fan of the show since it started and was gleeful when I found there were actually novels It tells the tale of the Red Dwarf crew from the start It includes a lot of what was in the first two series as well as a ton of details that you wouldn t know if that was your only source Then it throws in whole new story lines and tangents Lister s back story of how he ended up on Red Dwarf was something I had wanted to know for a long time.This is one book I would compare to Adams style and it holds its own admirably Kudos to Grant and Naylor I really must find the rest of the books they have written for Red Dwarf I ve also noted there are audiobooks of this and the other novels read by Chris Barrie I would be a total smeghead if I didn t add then to my listening list as well


  10. Tony Tony says:

    Second outing, this time via the audiobook What can I say, the word, the video and now the audio all perfect Chris Barrie, you are exceptional at relating an exceptional concept.


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