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Better than Life ❮Ebook❯ ➮ Better than Life ➯ Author Grant Naylor – Thomashillier.co.uk A wild and wacky SF series based on the popular BBC TV series reminiscent of The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy Lister who passed out drunk in London and awakened in a locker on a moon of Saturn now A wild and wacky SF series based on the popular BBC TV series reminiscent of The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy Lister who passed out drunk in London and awakened in a locker on a moon of Saturn now finds himself trapped in a computer game that transports players to the Better than PDF or perfect world of their imaginations a game people are literally dying to play.


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  1. David Sarkies David Sarkies says:

    Trapped in Virtual Reality17 March 2016 I version I was reading was actually part of the Red Dwarf Omnibus which, along with the first two books, also has the script of the original radio play, and the pilot episode that they used to pitch to the TV executives and as was suggested, at the time TV executives were very reluctant to take on a science fiction show, despite the fact that at the time Doctor Who was a rip roaring success Anyway, in the script for the pilot episode there was a line w Trapped in Virtual Reality17 March 2016 I version I was reading was actually part of the Red Dwarf Omnibus which, along with the first two books, also has the script of the original radio play, and the pilot episode that they used to pitch to the TV executives and as was suggested, at the time TV executives were very reluctant to take on a science fiction show, despite the fact that at the time Doctor Who was a rip roaring success Anyway, in the script for the pilot episode there was a line with a star next to it, and the footnote said the rest of the line is missing Upon seeing this I immediately thought of the ancient texts that I read where you see this occurring fairly often This made me wonder what would somebody two thousand years from now, after our society had collapsed, think if he or she unearthed a casket that contained a copy of the Red Dwarf Omnibus In fact what would they think if this box contained a bunch of John Grisham novels, along with say, something by Jackie Collins In fact, if this box contained a copy of Life of Pi, what would they think of our society would they have this weird understanding of the world that existed before the collapse of our society, and would they actually believe that we had conquered the stars Mind you, sometimes I have the desire to build a huge underground vault and stock it full of books and maybe even a computer, along with all of the manuals for somebody in the future to uncover Anyway, I m not going to answer that question, but if you have any thoughts please put them in the comment section below because I would love to hear what other people would think This is how the first book in the series ended What harm was oneday He turned away from the dissolving exit and crunched up the drive to 220.Onenight of that pinball smile.Just one.He couldn t leave them on Christmas Eve.But, of course, in Bedford Falls it was always Christmas Eve Lister and the crew of Red Dwarf had found themselves trapped in a game called Better than Life and this is where this book begins Mind you, the book isn t set entirely in Bedford Falls, just the first part, and we learn how they escape thanks to the fact that Rimmer has this mental disorder in which he simply cannot accept that anything good can ever happen to him Mind you, it is not that this is a disorder that he knows, but rather something deep in his subconsciousness, something that he doesn t realise himself, but a reality that will eventually rise up and destroy any joy that he has in his life This is hinted at in the first book, where we learn that despite the fact that they live in this virtual world where everybody s fantasies come true, the Brazillian bombshell that he married still has an affair with the pool cleaner That is the thing with Better Than Life it is supposed to create a world based on your subconscious where everything is perfect, which means that when you jack into the game you never want to leave As such while you live in paradise, your body is slowly dying Of course the writers never consider that people living in such a world could be hooked up to an intravenous source for sustenance, but then again this game is illegal so such facilities basically don t exist Actually, I remember watching a film once I can t remember what it was called though where everybody lived in such a game while in the real world they were sleeping in beds being fed intravenously no, it s not The Matrix The scary thing is that we see similar things happening today, where people log onto online computer games and simply spend their entire lives immersed therein I remember living with somebody like that, in the days before World of Warcraft back then it was Everquest and Ultima Online His fianc e ended up breaking off the relationship namely because he preferred to play Ultima Online than actually spend anytime with her Seeing this unfold before my eyes sort of put me off the whole online roleplaying phenomena and the fact that I was never willing to ply the subscription fees though I did play around with Neverwinter Nights for quite a while, but that hadto do with creating a world using their editor than anything else Like the first book in the series, Better then Life contains a montage of episodes from the next couple of seasons Mind you, I have to admit that reading some of the jokes, such as the joke where Lister and the Cat dream of having an affair with Wilma Flintstone, and then discarding it based on the fact that she would never leave Fred, are so much better when you watch the TV series than when you read it in the book However, having watched pretty much all of the original seasons, reading the same jokes still gives me a chuckle, namely because I remember the visual jokes from the screen In fact I simply cannot picture the crew of Red Dwarf without images of Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Robert Llewellyn, and Danny John Jules not to forget Norman Lovett in my head Actually, I suspect that they intended this to be as such since the books were written after the TV series were released Better than life ends similarly to the previous book, in a way that suggests that a sequel could be coming along, and ending it in a way that could leave us quite content While it is tempting to write about the last section of the book I think I ll leave it at that, namely because if it is similar to this book then the beginning of Backwards is going to go on from the end of Better than Life I just hope I don t forget some of the ideas that related to this when I get around to reading that book which shouldn t be too far into the future


  2. Angus McKeogh Angus McKeogh says:

    This series was great I ve run into a couple of 1 star books recently and since I loved the first one in this series I thought I d plug it in here to end that negative trend Red Dwarf is a collaboration between two authors and it s ingenious, smart, and funny, which is an impossible combination to achieve Unfortunately I believe this is the last book in their collaboration although the ending was set for possiblyA little bit of Ready Player One well before that book was ever released This series was great I ve run into a couple of 1 star books recently and since I loved the first one in this series I thought I d plug it in here to end that negative trend Red Dwarf is a collaboration between two authors and it s ingenious, smart, and funny, which is an impossible combination to achieve Unfortunately I believe this is the last book in their collaboration although the ending was set for possiblyA little bit of Ready Player One well before that book was ever released a little bit of Douglas Adams but I d say evenbrilliant in certain respects and just a load of inventive genius I highly recommend these two books to fans of entertainment in general


  3. NumberLord NumberLord says:

    Funny book Best line and perfect description of Cat God, it was cruel to have been born a male, and have a reflection that was also male, forcing him into a platonic relationship with his own image.


  4. Paul Paul says:

    As with the first Red Dwarf book the writers have fleshed out and made highly detailed stories within different episodes of the TV show And once again it s done amazingly As the title suggests the main crux of the book is set within the game Better than Life And once again it s done in a different and in my opinion better than what came before The entire rules of the game are changed here and there s even a reference to what we saw in the sitcom and explains why it s not possible here One As with the first Red Dwarf book the writers have fleshed out and made highly detailed stories within different episodes of the TV show And once again it s done amazingly As the title suggests the main crux of the book is set within the game Better than Life And once again it s done in a different and in my opinion better than what came before The entire rules of the game are changed here and there s even a reference to what we saw in the sitcom and explains why it s not possible here One thing I didn t mention in my review of the first book was the characters of Lister and Rimmer Lister isn t anywhere near the brainless slob we first met, in fact he s quite intelligent And as much as Rimmer begins out as an anal retentive, unlikeable git who s got no time for anyone but himself we get to see how he thinks, why he behaves the way he does and see his attitude to Lister change quite a lot, to the point I d catagorise them as friends He s not the loveable hero that an alternate version of himself becomes but he s certainly a lotlikeable than the version Chris Barrie portrayed This is the last book co written by the two creators After this are twosequels, one by Grant, the other Naylor I look forward to seeing where they took the story next I d personally love to seestories from the show receive this kind of treatment but that ship has long since sailed This is a real shame


  5. Andrew Andrew says:

    Well after the fun of the first book in the series the nostalgia has started to wane not because of the show butthe book This book starts to deviateandfrom the series now as I said in my previous review my love for this was due to the farcical nature of the show and the visual as well as scripted jokes, with the book starting to veer further away from the path the show took I struggle to imagine those same scenes now in a new light now do not get me wrong I am sure som Well after the fun of the first book in the series the nostalgia has started to wane not because of the show butthe book This book starts to deviateandfrom the series now as I said in my previous review my love for this was due to the farcical nature of the show and the visual as well as scripted jokes, with the book starting to veer further away from the path the show took I struggle to imagine those same scenes now in a new light now do not get me wrong I am sure someone who has limited exposure to the series which was NOT the case for me since I shared a house at Uni with 2 other fans of the show you could possibly enjoy this bookbut for me my mind keeps on wanting to find ways to bring it back on track yes I guess I am that shallow but for somethings you hold dear I say you are allowed a few indulgences The book is just as readable and cleverly written I guess it just didnt hit it off as well as the first book which is strange consider it too took liberties with the storyline


  6. Jason Jason says:

    I love the TV series Red Dwarf, so as soon as I saw there were some books based on it I just had to get them The good news is that they convert over to story book version well You already know the characters so a lot of the work has already been done for you, this story was already been made into an episode, so evenwork has been done for yamaybe even a crap author could produce a good book from this Luckily Grant Naylor is a really good writer and has produced an excellent book.Readi I love the TV series Red Dwarf, so as soon as I saw there were some books based on it I just had to get them The good news is that they convert over to story book version well You already know the characters so a lot of the work has already been done for you, this story was already been made into an episode, so evenwork has been done for yamaybe even a crap author could produce a good book from this Luckily Grant Naylor is a really good writer and has produced an excellent book.Reading this you ll laugh out loads, some of the laughs will be from what has been written and the others will be from bits you remember from the show


  7. Liz Liz says:

    As good as Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers though qualitatively fairly different Despite being shorter, Better Than Life presents a very in depth look at the dangers of being able to have whatever we want, whenever we want A comedy book that explores the darkest nature of the human psyche Only Grant Naylor could pull that off flawlessly Amazing.Reread January 2020 Still amazing.


  8. Virginia Rand Virginia Rand says:

    It was funny, but it suffered because I watched the TV show first I d definitely recommend it to those who haven t.


  9. Claire Claire says:

    The audio book recordings by Chris Barrie are amazing He does all the voices so well.The first book is the better of the two, but this is well worth a listen and reminisce.


  10. Karin Karin says:

    Taking up where the last book left off,or less, Lister is now caught in the grips of a computer game, Better Than Life This is a game that people who play usually die, since they never want to leave and cannot be forcibly removed or they will die He s happy, not realizing he is playing it, since he is happily married and living in a remake of the Bedford Falls of the movie It s a Wonderful Life but what he doesn t realize is that his physical body is wasting away.I didn t find this one Taking up where the last book left off,or less, Lister is now caught in the grips of a computer game, Better Than Life This is a game that people who play usually die, since they never want to leave and cannot be forcibly removed or they will die He s happy, not realizing he is playing it, since he is happily married and living in a remake of the Bedford Falls of the movie It s a Wonderful Life but what he doesn t realize is that his physical body is wasting away.I didn t find this one as funny as the first book in the series


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