Tag: Kryten

Rob Grant and Doug Naylor – Son of Soup | Review

Title: Son of Soup

Author: Rob Grant and Doug Naylor

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 166

Rating: 4*/5

 

Rob Grant and Doug Naylor - Son of Soup

Rob Grant and Doug Naylor – Son of Soup

 

This book is effectively the sequel to Primordial Soup, and so as such it’s just a collection of six more of “the least worst scripts” from the cult favourite sci-fi show. It’s not going to make much sense if you read it out of context, but it’s a great read for a die-hard fan who’s seen every episode, like myself.

In this collection, then, we have the scripts for Gunmen of the Apocalypse, Holoship, Camille, Backwards, Kryten and Me2, and that in itself is pretty cool because it gives you an interesting cross-section of different series. It’s also interesting to see some of the bits that were cut out from the final shows, which makes it an Easter egg fest for viewers of the show.

All in all, not for everyone – but pretty good if you’re already a fan of the series.

 

Grant Naylor

Grant Naylor

 

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Grant Naylor – Better Than Life | Review

Title: Better Than Life

Author: Grant Naylor

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 230

Rating: 9/10

 

Grant Naylor - Better Than Life

Grant Naylor – Better Than Life

 

Grant Naylor is actually the pseudonym for the combined efforts of two authors, Rob Grant and Doug Naylor. The pair is responsible for the creation of Red Dwarf, one of my favourite sci-fi comedies – this book is effectively a novelisation of certain aspects of the series, but don’t expect a simple clone of the episode of the same name.

In this novel, the story-line is much more detailed, and I also think that it’s more interesting – it offers up more questions, for a start. In this novel, last man alive Dave Lister is trapped in a world created by his own psyche. In fact, Lister, Kryten, Rimmer and the Cat are all trapped in the fictitious world of an immersive, artificial reality video game. And they don’t even know it.

The writing here is top quality, and the book is just as funny as the comedy show is, although unless you put a laughter track on in the background then you’re less likely to laugh out loud than you would be if you watched the show. But it’s interesting to note that the book is actually a lot darker than the show, and that makes it all the more interesting. Definitely a recommended read if you love sci-fi comedy.

 

Grant Naylor

Grant Naylor

 

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