[EPUB] ✶ Backwards ✹ Rob Grant – This is the third adventure of the unlikely space heroes of the cult TV hit Red Dwarf – Lister Rimmer Kryten Holly and the Cat – as they continue their epic journey through frontal lobe knotting r This is the third adventure of the unlikely space heroes of the cult TV hit Red Dwarf – Lister Rimmer Kryten Holly and the Cat – as they continue their epic journey through frontal lobe knotting realities We join them just as Dave Lister has finally found his way back to planet Earth – which is good What’s bad however is that time isn’t running in uite the right direction And if he doesn’t get off the planet soon he’s going to have to go through puberty again – Backwards If his crewmates can’t help him Lister will carry on growing younger until he becomes a baby then an embryo meeting a very sticky end indeed.Backwards

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  • Paperback
  • 342 pages
  • Backwards
  • Rob Grant
  • English
  • 15 July 2016
  • 9780140171501

10 thoughts on “Backwards

  1. says:

    Life in Reverse23 April 2016 So at the end of Better Than Life we leave Lister trapped in a universe in which time goes in reverse namely because he had become so old due to being caught up in a temporal distortion caused by a black hole that when they encountered the polymorph he had literally been scared to death or something like that – I'm not uite sure even though it was about a month ago that I actually read the book Anyway in an effort to save his life they take his body to an alternate universe in which time runs backwards as I have mentioned with the intention of picking him up again when he is much younger I must admit that that is a pretty interesting way of saving one's life especially when onehas aged a lot uicker to those around them thanks to the local black hole though this is all speculation since nobody has actually tested it out – it's based on some guy's possibly Einstein's mathematical modeling In the previous book it was suggested that life makes no sense to us because our timeline travels in the wrong direction which means that we find ourselves travelling into the future namely from birth to death While hindsight is 2020 our vision of the future is basically non existent though we do have a habit of making speculative assumptions and once again resorting to mathematical models Mind you the fact that the future is unknown gives way for some very profitable industries form your average circus fortune teller to the gambling industry to investment banks like Goldmen Sachs and isn't all they are doing is making bets based upon statistical probabilities? However if we travel backwards it sort of works a little different we know where we are going it is just that we progressively forget where we have been Okay I know this is a Red Dwarf book so it isn't meant to be taken seriously but in reality we really don't know if these people in this backwards universe actually realise that their universe is travelling in the opposite direction to our own and the funny thing is that Lister who is living through this backwards universe with a forward looking mindset sort of knows the future but is mystified by the past though of course he could always pick up a history book It's sort of like having an accent – you notice everybody's but your own I have to admit that I was a little disappointed with this addition to the Red Dwarf series – for some reason it didn't seem to work as well as the previous two books I guess it had something to do with the episodes not being some of my favourite Also it is a lot less episodic than the previous two books so while Grant is making the story flow better it sort of doesn't work as well For instance Grant spent way too much time on developing Ace's character the alternate Rimmer for those who don't know who is much daring sophisticate and loved to the point that it started to get somewhat dry So to were the four horsemen of the apocalypse part While I understand that he wanted to create a but of a mystery in the lead up to the story it didn't seem to really work all that well As for Rimmer I don't know whether to feel sorry for the guy or not I guess that is what the character is trying to do though By blaming everybody else for his shortcomings and also regularly fails I sort of feel that maybe the guy should get a bit of a break Mind you the fact is that he does blame everybody and refuses to admit that he is wrong Still there are a lot of people out there that are pretty smart that seem to be forever condemned to mediocrity and they actually aren't like Rimmer because they don't complain about it Okay they might not be content but the sad thing is that where one is born to a wealthy family is sent to a good school and inherits the family business and is a thick as a brick there is another that is basically lands up though no fault o their own on the wrong side of the tracks The difference is how they learned to roll with it It is clear that Rimmer's mother isn't a very nice person and even when Ace succeeds she doesn't show a huge amount of emotion It is just that Rimmer is trying too hard to impress her and failing miserably particularly since he is never going to get an “I'm proud of you” from her view spoilerThe funny thing that we find out in this book though is that the reason Ace succeeds and Rimmer fails is because Ace was held back at school However in the show it was always suggested that it was Rimmer that didn't want to be held back whereas in the book it was his mother In the end I guess Rimmer was right all along – it was somebody else's fault hide spoiler

  2. says:

    I am am huge fan of Red Dwarf one of the best sci fi series ever made and backwards is one of my favourite episodes I was really pleased when Rob Grant decided to make this episode into a book Reading the book was like reliving the episode but it was an extended version everything from the episode is there and there was new stuff One of my favourite Red Dwarf scenes was The Cat doing a backwards poo If you've never watched Red Dwarf it doesn't matter read this book anyway as it is really funny

  3. says:

    This is Rob Grant's unadorned vision for Red Dwarf as opposed to his collaborative view with Doug Naylor Backwards follows Lister's journey to a planet going back in time another encounter with Ace Rimmer and a tangle with some simulants all of which have been covered in some way by the TV showGrant's description of Red Dwarf is a little darker than that found in the TV show with rounded characters The Cat barely gets a look in as Lister and Kryten dominate the book the book's fun but it's different to the TV show and if you've seen the TV show then having the same scenarios played out in a different manner Gunmen of the Apocalypse Backwards and also a nod to Dimension Jump may sit uneasily with you Trying to compare this with the TV show is like comparing the TV show and the book of HHGTG It's difficult to get across the differences in text and you should really experience both

  4. says:

    DNF Loved the first two Red Dwarf books but couldn't get into this at all

  5. says:

    Although this book was published after Last Human I think of it as the third novel in the series because it follows so closely from Better Than Life Also it seems fairly clear to me that Rob Grant brought most of the talent to the Grant Naylor gestaltThis novel introduces some completely new ideas as well as tying together several episodes from the TV series view spoilerIt was good to see Ace Rimmer and the novel had the advantage that it could show us where their lives diverged without the characters figuring it out As Ace said he wouldn't want to spend that much time with his counterpart However it's a bit tricky to reconcile the infinite alternate universes idea here with the six separate universes that meet inside a black hole theory from the previous book Also how will the future echoes work out if they've abandoned the original version of Red Dwarf?Unlike the previous two books this doesn't exactly end on a cliffhanger but there is scope for a follow up novel Since it ended with Lister and the Cat being young while Rimmer and Kryten don't age a new book now 16 years later would put us back where we started ie all the characters in their 30s hide spoiler

  6. says:

    I'm sorry to say that this one did not have an audio version read by Chris Barrie so I stuck with the written edition Maybe it was the lack of Chris or maybe that Grant does need Naylor to balance him but I wasn't as happy with this outingI don't think I minded that there were less laughs and some of the humour was darker What I did mind was that living backwards just couldn't sustain the concept for an entire book I still laughed and enjoyed it but just not near as much as the first two I also missed the Cat He seemed to be MIA for a good portion of the book

  7. says:

    I really loved the concept of writing a world that existed backwards The writing was very clever and extremely fun I felt that the story flagged a little when they escaped but the inclusion of Ace was interesting and the epilogue really helped flesh the character out Made me think of the little decisions I've made over the years to get me to where I am now and wonder which ones I could or should have avoided to be a better personThe story was kind of dull around the whole killbot scenario I lost track of who was trying to kill whom and then Red Dwarf is just forgotten about and everyone's dead Set up a seuel nicely though seeing that this is book four of fourprobably not in the cards I'm going to read book three now I started it but it didn't follow book two very well in the beginning and I saw a review saying book four did and then on to the TV show

  8. says:

    If you thought the episode was good let me assure you the novel is right there with it More backstory and all the character panache from Rob Grant As far as sci fi comedy goes this is gold Don't miss the other Red Dwarf novels as well

  9. says:

    Huge shame that they had to split Though still a good read 'Backwards' just doesn't have the same finesse in its narrative and characters that the first two Red Dwarf books did It is very interesting to see after reading this and then the subseuent novel 'The Last Human' just how different Grant and Naylor's writing styles are It makes it all the impressive that they managed to co write two books in which you could not spot any differences in writing style or lack of cohesion in the plot Reunion guys? Just a small one?Reread Jan 2020

  10. says:

    This was a disappointing read for me in comparison to the other Red Dwarf books The core of the book is based across three well known episodes episodes that happen to be three of my favourites They are joint together in an interesting way but for me it just heavily diluted three sterling episodes into something only so so

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