Tag: Stills

Grant Naylor – Primordial Soup | Review

Title: Primordial Soup

Author: Grant Naylor

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 166

Rating: 4*/5

 

Grant Naylor - Primordial Soup

Grant Naylor – Primordial Soup

 

This book is a collection of the scripts to some of the fan favourite Red Dwarf episodes, so if you’ve ever seen the cult favourite sci-fi comedy show then you should know roughly what you’re letting yourself in for. And if you haven’t then I’m not really sure what you’re doing with this book.

Included here are the scripts to Polymorph, Marooned, Dimension Jump, Justice, Back to Reality and Psirens, and you also get a bunch of photographs of the cast and crew – although most of them are just stills from the show. What I found most interesting of all was the fact that I was able to spot a few differences between the script and the finished show because I’d grown up with it.

Overall then, this isn’t for everyone, but if you like Red Dwarf then you’ll love this. That’s all I have to say.

 

Grant Naylor

Grant Naylor

 

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Karl Pilkington – The Moaning of Life | Review

Title: The Moaning of Life

Author: Karl Pilkington

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 346

Rating: 4*/5

 

Karl Pilkington - The Moaning of Life

Karl Pilkington – The Moaning of Life

 

Technically, I’m giving this one a 3.5, because I think a 3/5 is too harsh on it. You basically know what you’re getting into, here – if you haven’t heard of Karl Pilkington then it probably isn’t the best place to start. But if you’ve seen (or heard) some of his work before then you’ll know pretty much what to expect.

Karl Pilkington is a cynic, a simple man who seems so daft at times that he attains a sublime sort of wisdom all of his own. But it’s the very strangeness and simultaneous familiarity that makes him so endearing. When he’s being grumpy about something, you usually find yourself nodding along with it. I think it’s because while he can be a miserable sod, he gets miserable at the same things that would make you miserable, too. He talks a lot of sense.

This book is basically a tie-in with one of Pilkington’s television series, although I haven’t actually seen it. That means that I can’t tell you how much crossover there is, but I imagine that it’s pretty much the same. It’s split into sections, and each of the sections follows a different theme, like the TV show. It also comes with a bunch of stills that show Karl in action as he tries to find a little meaning.

My main problem with it, and the reason why I didn’t give it a straight four, is that it’s kind of long. I got bored about halfway through, and while it wasn’t exactly a struggle to finish it, I was already thinking ahead about what I wanted to read next. I think it might be better to dip in and out of it, rather than reading each section back to back – that way, it’s more like occasionally watching one of the shows, rather than bingeing on the series over the course of a night. It’s better that way – it’ll go down much easier. So yeah!

 

Karl Pilkington

Karl Pilkington

 

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