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Douglas Adams's Starship Titanic Paperback – October 27, 1998
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Because Starship Titanic is not an Adams book, I believe it should not be judged as such. As a result, the four stars this book deserves are not due to difference in writing styles, but to general lack of anything interesting -- while very funny in places, the plot is predictable and linear. The book also introduces characters that, while frequently discussed, are never really elaborated upon (Nigel and Titania come to mind).
Read Starship Titanic if you like good Pythonesque humor, but don't expect to find anything in the caliber of the Hitchhiker's Guide.
Douglas (if you read this, as you should): Move somewhere really remote, bring your laptop with only a word processor installed and start working!
Although some parts in the book are rated R, and even X, it is still a good book to read. The language in some parts is a bit more than one could hope for, but if you look over that it is a very funny, and exciting book.
Leoventus has made a huge technologicular advance, and has created the Starship Titanic. But, when he changed work crews to Blerontonians, the work became very shotty, and the day before launch the ship is not at ALL finished and his Titania is a mess! From there everything gets too crazy and it would be hard to explain. There is a talking Bomb, which is very nice, and some crazed rabbits (Terry Jones for ya), and small men, that strangely enough remind you of lawn gnomes.
This book is smartely written, and very creatievely written, so when you plunge into this book, be prepared for the unimaginable and unexplainable.
As a companion to a game project piloted by Douglas Adams, Terry Jones wrote "Starship Titanic". With parallels to the actual Titanic and the movie "2001", the book sees a luxury space ship run by an advanced intelligence system fall victim to SMEF, or Spontaneous Massive Existence Failure. When the ship disappears from one planet, it crashes on to Earth. While leaving Earth, it takes several Earthlings on-board for a voyage only to leave behind a key member of the crew with a key part of the intelligence system. Without a functioning intelligence system, the ship's bomb can not be deactivated. Fortunately, the bomb has a short attention span.
With a collection of irreverent twists that are the tradmark of Python humor, readers will enjoy this book. With the problems of aliens copulating with humans and a language barrier eliminated merely for the convenience of a science fiction writer, there are many good laughs in this book. While it is slow at times, I think most readers will enjoy it. I am actually surprised by the number of negative reviews given to the book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Douglas Adams sets a very high standard for apocalyptic, humorous science fiction... sadly, this story by author Terry Jones (set in Adam's "Hitchhiker's Guide to the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jeffrey H Wood
Douglas Adams was a genius. if you have not yet read his works, you have to! i am especially fond of his dirk gently books and last chance to see. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Shahab
An awesome read. It's not as awe inspiring as the classic point-and-click adventure game. However, it's comedy is totally Terry Jones. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Wesley
Anyone using Doug as a reason to pretend to write should be ashamed, not Doug, and wrong. Sorry, it is all the same.Published 22 months ago by dkwomer
What else do you need to know? Douglas Adams, channeled through the brilliance and talent of Terry Jones.
Funny doesn't get much funnier than this.
I was interested in reading something new that Douglas Adams had done .I have read most but not this one.If you are a fan of his,try this .It is classic Adams,Wonderful.Published on December 25, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I really didn't like this. I wanted to like it, but I didn't.
Maybe I would have enjoyed it if I was able to not compare it to Douglas Adam's writing, but I couldn't... Read more