Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Better than Life (Red Dwarf) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1993


See all 6 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Mass Market Paperback
"Please retry"
$6.63 $0.01
Best%20Books%20of%202014
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Year
Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.

Product Details

  • Series: Red Dwarf
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (March 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451452313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451452313
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #580,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Love the Dwarf crew!
Amazon Customer
Although not as good as the first RD book, Better than life is certainly worth the read.
monkey
This has a few moments, but not too many, frankly.
GeoX

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 11, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the equally hilarious sequel to Red Dwarf, so you really want to make sure you read the first book before reading this one. As the novel opens, our heroes--the bumbling yet enterprising David Lister, who is now millions of miles as well as three million years away from the earth he unintentionally left when he got royally drunk on his 25th birthday, the born loser Arnold Rimmer, whose string of incredibly bad luck in life continues unabated in death, the Cat, a humanoid feline cat with at least eight and a half of his nine lives devoted to his own vanity and self-worship, and Kryten, the mechanoid who takes commitment to service, especially when it involves cleaning things, way too far--are trapped inside the highly addictive (and illegal) VR game called Better Than Life, each enjoying his own brand of subconsciously created paradise. With their actual bodies wasting away due to lack of nourishment, they must find a way to escape the game and return to reality. Reality, though, does not welcome them back with open arms. Among the crises the crew of the Red Dwarf must now face are the virtual death of the onboard computer, an impending collision with a very large planet, the capture of their ship by a black hole, a crash-landing on a planet used as a system-wide garbage dump, time dilations, and even death.
This book may be even funnier than the first Red Dwarf novel. By now, the reader has come to know and "love" the characters, so the authors can just propel them into one humorous situation after another without wasting time setting up the jokes. As an added bonus, the characters seem to really evolve emotionally by the end of the book, and we also find out (as if we didn't already know) the major "problem" each character suffers from (anger, guilt, vanity, cowardice).
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on March 27, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Better Than Life continues directly from Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers. The four members of the Red Dwarf crew, Dave Lister, the hologram Arnold Rimmer, the Cat, and the service mechanoid Kryten, are trapped in the ultimate game, where the player creates one's own paradise out of one's greatest dreams, or, as things turn out later for Rimmer, one's worst nightmares, and is addicted to the point that they eventually die because their real selves die. Would I go for a game like that? Heck yeah!
In the meantime, Holly, the ship's computer, and Lister's insufferably talkative and chirpy Talky Toaster (patent applied for), get involved in trying to get Holly's IQ back into the quadruple digits like it was before, a process that invariably causes the computer's remaining time to exponentially decrease. Result, Holly shuts himself down to preserve what little remains of his life. Further result: the ship's powerless as a result. Further further result: a runaway planet is on a collision course with them.
However, one sobering aspect of the future that Grant and Naylor work into this novel is a garbage planet. One of the planets in the Solar System is chosen to house all the other planets' waste, and guest which planet that is? North America gets the bottles, Europe the sewage, Australia domestic waste, and Japan the graveyard of motorcars, etc.
Lister finds himself on this kind of planet, and attacked by lethal pollution storms by the planet itself. "Then he knew. He'd done everything to Earth. He'd crucified it. He was a member of the human race, part of the species that had spread like bacteria over the planet...finally rendering it fit only for use as a dumping ground for all humanity's garbage.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 27, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
...then you don't really need to read this. It's essentially a novelization of 5 or 6 episodes; "Backwards", "Marooned," "Polymorph," "White Hole"--but oddly enough, bears little or no similarity to the eponymous "Better Than Life." The first half of the book is original; the second half, taken piecemeal from the episodes above (some of the dialogue is verbatim)--but without the actors' comedic talent. It's okay--but not a must-have.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'd have to say that "Red Dwarf: Better than life" is one of the better books I've read in a while... It combines a few episodes in the series (also my favorites) and laces them together so they act as one story, and a very good story, at that! I definetly reccomend this book to anyone who likes comedy OR Sci-fi!
Rehan
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crystal Starr Light VINE VOICE on October 17, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I saw this book at the same time I saw "Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers" and bought both. I enjoyed the movies and figured the books would be insightful.

Plot:
At the end of "Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers", Lister, Rimmer, Cat, and Kryten were stuck in a video game--"Better than Life". They realized it was unreality, but as they got what they wanted, they didn't care to go back to the real world. In this installation, Rimmer's fantasy starts to tear apart the world, and the remaining crew of the Red Dwarf leaves the game.
Meanwhile, Holly has turned to a talking Toaster for help in regaining his 6000 IQ. Holly's IQ skips to 12000+ but his run-time is down to minutes. He shuts down, unable to help the ship navigate past an imminent black hole.

Good:
One of my complaints with IWCD was that it felt like a screenplay of the TV series. This one repairs this fault considerably, feeling much more original. I enjoyed reading about Lister on garbage world, fighting the acid rain, befriending the cockroaches, the effects of time when in close contact with a black hole (it is cool how the book attempts sometimes to be scientific--just don't trusts the planet pool!), and even reading about the origins of the polymorph. The events were original and exciting. I finished this book in less than a week--a world record for me!
The Toaster was an absolutely hilarious addition to the team. I enjoyed the £19.99 (plus tax) toaster's smarmy remarks, heroic actions, and egotism. I was crushed when he was ground in the garbage masher and rejoiced when Kryten put him back together.
Speaking of Kryten, I enjoyed seeing him convert from an eccentric cleaning mechanoid seen in the episode "Kryten" to the companion of Rimmer, Lister, and Cat in later episodes.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?