Title: A Question of Smeg
Author: Sharon Burnett and Nicky Hooks
Page Count/Review Word Count: 300
The first thing to mention here is that this book will make very little sense to you unless you’re a fan of the cult sci-fi comedy TV show Red Dwarf. Even if you are a fan of it, you might not like it. It’s basically a quiz book, with the questions in the front and the answers at the back. That makes it hard to ‘read’ it, especially if you keep flicking backwards and forwards to see whether you got the questions right.
There’s also the fact that many of the questions are based on the Red Dwarf novels. Now, I’ve read each of those, but I didn’t remember the answers to most of the questions. Then there were questions about what colour background items were, which would have been difficult for even the most die-hard fans to remember the answers to.
On the plus side, there were some pretty cool mini puzzles in here, such as crosswords and word searches that featured words from the series. I actually preferred those to the quiz questions, even though I didn’t fill them out because I didn’t want to write in the book. But they were fun and easy to go through, in contrast to the quiz questions that started to get a little tedious.
Overall, though, you get what you’d expect from a book like this. It’s okay, but it’s not brilliant – and it’s definitely not for you unless you’re a die-hard Red Dwarf fan. Still, it’s worth adding it to your collection if you’re both a fan and a keen reader – especially if you can get it for a bargain price, like I did.