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Douglas Adams's Starship Titanic

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  5,736 ratings  ·  206 reviews
Arguably the greatest collaboration in the whole history of comedy!

Bestselling author Douglas Adams wrote the storyline based on his CD-ROM game of the same name (as this novel, not as him, obviously).

Terry Jones of Monty Python wrote the book. In the nude! Parents be warned! Most of the words in this book were written by a naked man!

So. You want to argue with that? All ri
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 27th 1998 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 1997)
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Stefanie
I have to say I was kind of disappointed in this book. I absolutely adore my compendium of the Hitchhiker's saga (is saga the right word?), and was hoping that this would be a nice little addition to the world Douglas Adams created in that. Or else that it would be somehow similar to that episode of Doctor Who with Ten, although that's probably because I've been re-watching the series on Netflix.

The whole idea of the Starship Titanic was a one-off joke in the Hitchhiker's novels, and so while th
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Josh
easily the best book I've ever read that was based on a CD-ROM computer game, especially under the sub-category of books written by comedians I like based on CD-ROM games by favorite authors. I dare say it tops both of those lists.
Kimberley doruyter
i feel like there is a little robot tap-dancing on my brain.
Ashley
When I learned that this book existed, I was desperate to find a copy. The brainchild of Douglas Adams, as interpreted by Terry Jones of "Monty Python" fame?! Where do I sign my soul away?

I'm very glad I didn't shell out a lot of cash for this book. It showed promise, but read like a chapter book for kids. I would not give this book to any child, though - there's a lot of sexual, R-rated antics, especially as the book gets moving. That's not to say that this is pure rat poison. The book has its
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Marts  (Thinker)
A humorously silly planetary adventure...
Jim
Hitchhiker's Guide meets Monty Python. What more could you ask for? The settings and characters are pure Adams but the writing is unquestionably Terry Jones. A fun reads for fans of both styles with a couple laugh out loud passages.
Jordan
Apr 28, 2011 Jordan rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adams completists
Shelves: science-fiction
I went into this book wanting to enjoy it. Well, more than that—I was expecting to enjoy it. After all, it was written by Terry Jones and based on a game by Douglas Adams.

What wouldn't there be to enjoy?

Spoiler alert: the answer is "A lot."

It wasn't good. It was short, though, which does count for something, but it wasn't short enough. It started off promisingly, but a few chapters in, it felt like the story just diverges from the plot of the game. This being said, I've yet to go through the gam
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Silentium
Сигурно някои от Вас са чували за тази книга, а други може да са повече запознати с компютърната игра със същото име. Лично аз, като заблудено и необразовано агне, си мислех, че втората е правена по първата, а то се оказа, че всичко било правено… паралелно. Дъглас Адамс (познат на по-голяма част от човечеството със своя “Пътеводител на галактическия стопаджия”) измисля историята, но решава да я пренесе директно на компютърния екран. В същото време издателите му искали да напише и книга със същия ...more
Tracey
Sep 14, 2007 Tracey rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Douglas Adams completists, for the most part
I found a copy of Douglas Adams's Starship Titanic at a half-price book store last December, and picked it up. I'd played the related computer game when it came out back in 1997 and was curious to see how (what I remembered of) the storyline played out in book format.

The story opens with Leovinus - the genius designer of the Starship Titanic "the ship that cannot possibly go wrong" - taking a last-minute tour of the ship, only to find that some very serious corners were cut in its construction.
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Michael
A very strange book, this is a novel by Terry Jones based on the computer game of the same name by Douglas Adams, which was itself based on a throwaway line from one of Adams' `Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy' novels. `Starship Titanic' is very much in the same comedy science fiction style as the Hitch-Hikers novels. The plot however betrays its computer game origins at points, with a storyline constructed around a search for the missing shards of the Starship Titanic's central intelligence, an ...more
Lisa Tobleman
I was given this as a graduation gift from some friends back when it first came out and it remains a favorite "I need a good laugh" story. No it is Not Mr Adams or Mr Jones best books, but it is short, silly, with lots of fun poking fun at sci fi space operas and the folks who read the genre. This is one of those time where reading the Author' intro helps put the book in perspective. It is based off a throwaway phrase in the Hitchiker series, then morphed by some PC gaming and CD ROM shenanigans ...more
Vassilena Valchanova
Една от не толкова добрите и забавни хумористични фантастики - слаба фабула и малко скучновати герои. Все пак съм доволна, че привършвам цикъла "Дъглас Адамс" :)
Reinhold
Die Titanic sollte eigentlich der größte Luxusliner der Weltraumgeschichte werden, allerdings hat sich das der Projektleiter ein anderes Konzept überlegt: Wenn das Schiff bereits beim Stapellauf zerstört wird, dann vergütet die Versicherung den Wert und es ist nicht wichtig, dass die Ausstattung bei Weitem nicht dem entspricht was geplant war. Die Titanic erleidet auch ein massives Existenzversagen, aber dennoch kommt sie durch. Aus den verschiedensten Gründen finden sich jedenfalls einige Lebew ...more
Melissa
I received the computer game of the same name a long time ago as a Christmas gift from my dad. Can it be really 10 years ago? I am a huge Douglas Adam's fan. Sharing this same love Adams, my dad knew I would love the game. I did. It took me two years to get through it playing by myself. I had so much fun.

Thinking that reading the book would continue the festivities, I purchased this book a couple of weeks ago. I started it this morning and when I got to page 98 when I suddenly knew how the rest
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Catsalive
I enjoyed it. There was a ring of Hitchhiker's about it but I really just liked it on its own merits. I thought the first few chapters were trying too hard to be Adams & Python but then it turned into more of a Dr Who in his current incarnation, extraordinarily silly but sweet, naughty & fun as well.

back cover:
At the centre of the galaxy, a vast, unknown civilization is preparing for an event of epic proportions, the launch of the greatest, most gorgeous, most technologically advanced sp
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Ана Хелс
Ако някой себеуважаващ се читател на фентъзи и фантастика все още не се е запознал с магна опуса на Дъглас Адамс за Пътеводителя на всичките поизгубени галактически стопаджии – веднага да метнете една пухкава хавлия на рамо и да тичате през глава да си поправяте почти непростимата грешка. За всички останали – помните ли великолепния меланхолично – суициден мърморко с роботско сърце Марвин? Сега си представете цял гигантофилски кораб натоварен до пръсване само с вариации на Марвиновци, кой от кой ...more
Joel Dishman
To be honest, the only think I can remember about this book is that it is the first in which I read the word "fuck." Well, that and that said word was used by an android to describe his positive experience with a human woman in conversation with what I think was her best friend or boyfriend or something. I do love the Pythons and think that Adams may well have been a prophet, but this confluence of their mighty fluids just didn't leave much of a stain.
Peter
I had always thought this book was more of a close collaboration (à la Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's Good Omens, one of my all-time favourites). However it turns out that Adams spent his time on the computer game of the same name, with Terry Jones writing this novel based on the setting pretty much on his own.

So it's somewhat unfair to compare it with other works actually written by DNA. That's fortunate, because it doesn't stand up too well. There are a few great Adams-esque elements - the
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W
I abandoned this book about 1/4 of the way into it.

This book is based on a line in a Douglas Adams novel, about an ill-fated starship, which -- I assumed -- would somewhat parallel the sinking of the Titanic. I can't say I got far enough to see if it would.

The premise intrigued me, and I assumed this would be a fun, humorous retelling of Titanic's story in a quirky Douglas-Adams fashion.

I couldn't get very far, however. The author went for humor, but ended up falling short. The elements that wer
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Marina Dubois
This book can be very hard to read, especially for people who rarley read.It kind of demands that the reader has an imagination beond reason to appriciate it. This is because of the bizarre style of writng the author uses to imitate Douglas Adam's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It is well written but at times a little heavy to read, but mostly it has the same flow as The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

The story is not as twisted as Adam's masterpice, but more realistic even if you must
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Contrarywise
I found a audiobook on cassette of this novel in a library book sale. Terry Jones does a fantastic job of narrating it, doing all the voices. While not up to the brilliance of Hitchhikers Guide at its best, this is a lot of fun. I particularly like the red-eyed alien journalist, who is not allowed to use his personal name, so he is just called "the journalist." And inevitably, becomes "The" for short. "The" has a mad passion for the earthling woman lawyer who has been accidentally stranded on th ...more
Tony
This was a re-read after many years and to be honest, it hasn't stood the test of time. It's competently written but lacks so much of that wonderful and intelligent humour that you would expect from something with Douglas Adams' name on the cover.

It's a gentle little story and it does bring to mind DNAs Starship Titanic game which I loved when it came out. I gave up reading all SF (and Greek mythology to some extent) which insists on using silly words for all the places and characters and this s
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Caroline Berg
I'll be honest, this book is nowhere near as humorous as the computer game. What? You didn't know the game existed? I highly recommend you go and find yourself a copy, get an emulator (the game is old, but not too old) and sit down for some awesome fun. The book only captures a small sliver of the game, and sadly, perhaps because I have played the game too many times, the book just doesn't catch me like the game does. Yes, it is slightly different from the game, and yes, it was written by Terry ...more
Raivn
This book seems to be getting a lot of criticism because Douglas Adams didn't write it. I found it to be genuinely funny, and laughed out loud in several different places. It was a fast paced story and it seemed like it was over before I was ready for it to be. I really enjoyed it, though.
Cristofer
In a word, decent. Terry Jones writing lacks the flair and subtlety of humor that characterizes Douglas Adams' work, so going in with expectations along those lines will probably help. Generally a fun romp and a silly adventure, nothing amazing, but entertaining.
Derek
This book, and the computer game it accompanied, were among Douglas Adams final creative enterprises before his unexpected death a few short years later. While Adams worked on the game, Monty Python alum Terry Jones crafted the novel. The result is unfortunately mostly disappointing. While there are a few inspired moments that evoke Adams' finest non-sensicals and non-sequitors, the plot and its diversions feel more like rewarmed versions of events from H2G2. The characters are less well-rounded ...more
Isidora
Μια ιδέα του Ντάγκλας Άνταμς που γίνεται μυθιστόρημα από τον Τέρι Τζόουνς, ο οποίος συμφωνεί με τον όρο ότι θα το γράψει απολύτως γυμνός; Πώς να αισθανθώ;
Σαν νοικοκυρά της δεκαετίας του '80 που παίρνει στα χέρια της ένα ακόμα Άρλεκιν... Σίγουρη για ορισμένες ώρες χαλάρωσης και διασκέδασης. Περίεργη. Ανυπόμονη.
"Καλωσήλθατε στο Αστρόπλοιο Τιτανικός", λοιπόν!...
Γυρίζοντας και την τελευταία σελίδα, δύο εικόνες περνάνε από το μυαλό μου:
1. η Υπερφορτισμένη ΜεγαΚαταστροφική 8D-96 "Βόμβα Με Τα Όλα Της
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Lucas
Mar 12, 2008 Lucas rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who ignore warnings
Shelves: 2008
A couple great sentences from Life, the Universe, and Everything turned into a computer game, which turned into this novel. It's a waste of time. Jones tries so so so hard to sound like Adams, and, well, what do you expect? I laughed, but all the Adams-esque funny bits only highlighted the fact that someone was trying too hard to sound like him. The plot of the novel follows the plot of the original sentences, then follows the ship as it appears on Earth after its so-called Spontaneous Existence ...more
Sean Lewis
I got this book expecting it to be similar to the H2G2 series and it was not. This does not make it a bad book but it did not live up to the expectations I had for it. On the plus side, it was quite funny and goes at a steady clip so it was a quick read that was enjoyable. Some of the redeeming qualities were the humor and pace, but it lacked in actual substance.
The main characters are not very relatable and make you wish Arthur Dent would show up and make up for it. The way the book is written
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Jon
Take a computer game written by hilarious author Douglas Adams, get Monty Python's Terry Jones to write the novel (naked), and you get...a novel that reads like it was based on a computer game. Some talent shines through, but not worth it for me.
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Terence Graham Parry Jones is a Welsh comedian, screenwriter and actor, film director, children's author, popular historian, political commentator and TV documentary host. He is best known as a member of the Monty Python comedy team.
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