Douglas Adams’s Starship Titanic

ISBN: 0345368436
ISBN 13: 9780345368430
By: Terry Jones Douglas Adams

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The name Terry Jones was so discrete on this novel that I thought I had discovered a book by Adams that I had not read, and bought it home in triumph. Instead, it is a book written by Jones, but thought up by Adams. The obvious problem is I kept wondering who had thought up which bit. Adams was unable to write the story himself because he was working on the computer game Starship Titanic - so he tells us in the preface. I wondered if perhaps his reputed writing block might had had something to do with it. Anyway, I loved it. It has been a long time since I read a book by Adams, and maybe that's a good thing, because I found the book to be very much as I remembered Adams style to be.


I haven't finished reading this book yet, but there's nothing short of a naked Jensen Ackles materializing from the last pages of this book that could possible make this terrible experience any better.This book is horrible. It isn't funny. It makes no sense, and that it doesn't even do in a good way. It is rushed, incoherent and overall bad.I hear that it is based on a computer game, and that makes sense. I don't play games (on the computer), but I imagine that this is what gamers must feel like: realizing you just spend hours doing something which was a total waste of time.I wouldn't have read this at all if it hadn't been given to me by a friend, and I could have never given it back without reading it first.

Cheryl in CC NV

Y' know, I honestly don't remember much about this except that I wasn't impressed. I suppose fans of Adams would get more out of it.

John Wiswell

Douglas Adams's Starship Titanic by Terry Jones, a book based on a computer game inspired by a paragraph from a trilogy of five books.Can you really say more?Monty Python vet Terry Jones does his best to emulate Douglas Adams, and while it's imperfect, it's still rather funny in that bizarre way that seems exclusive to zany British writers. It's based on a game designed by Adams, so his spirit is in the substance. It features things only Douglas Adams would think up, like the protagonists arguing with a bomb so that it will lose track and restart its countdown. This brand of humor is too rare to pass up whenever it's sighted.


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 the seriously damaged Starship Titanic, upon which a talking mega-bomb is in countdown. The prospect of impending death brings the two together in a frantic lust-fest, after which "The" keeps going on and on, in front of his inamarata's boyfriend, at how marvelously uninhibited human morals the boyfriend's annoyance. Don't know how this book would read, but I recommend the recording highly.


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 Lebewesen (auch Menschen von der Erde) an Bord, obwohl sie eigentlich gar nicht dort sein wollen. Sie stolpern von einem Problem ins nächste.Das Buch basiert auf einer Idee von Douglas Adams und wurde von Monty Python Terry Jones geschrieben. Beider Handschrift ist deutlich zu erkennen und das Buch ist durchaus als gelungen zu bezeichnen. Der Humor der beiden ergänzt sich perfekt und so kann sich das Buch durchaus mit der Serie "Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis" vergleichen. Dennoch gestehe ich, dass mir der Anhalter noch einmal um eine Stufe besser gefallen hat.Sprachlich ist das Buch gut geschrieben aber verglichen mit dem "Anhalter" sind die Personen sehr dünn gezeichnet. Dies ist natürlich kein Kriterium für ein Klamaukbuch, aber es ist einfach ein Faktum. Das Buch kann man also durchaus empfehlen, man darf sich aber nicht das Unmögliche erwarten, nämlich eine Steigerung des Anhalters.


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.

Martin Mitchell

A short and sweet romp through space. As usual there are some very observant comic moments. The storyline does, to some effect, follow that of the hitchhikers guide but some quite novel changes. Worth the few days reading it requires.


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 сюжет, която да излезне паралелно със софтуера, явно за вдигане на продажбите или нещо подобно. Уви, Адамс не е можел да съчетае двете неща и затова предлага на Тери Джоунс (евентуално познат на мнозина с изявите си в Монти Пайтън, а и не само), който е озвучавал папагал в компютърната продукция, да напише литературния вариант и той се съгласява. Всичко това го пише във въведението.Първо, искам да си призная, че навремето така и не успях да довърша играта, защото се появиха други заглавия, прекалено след времето си на излизане ми попадна и… вече беше към края на манията ми да играя куестове. Именно поради тази причина се абстрахирам изцяло от някои сочени недостатъци, че Джоунс се е отклонил прекалено много от сюжета към края или, че просто имало много големи разминавания. Лично мен това не ме бърка особено, защото не знам какво се случва след първите един-два часа геймплей. Но… нека се насочим към самата книга.Тя ни запознава с най-големият ум във Вселената и неговото ново велико произведения – звездният кораб “Титаник”, който трябва да бъде изстрелян на своето първо пътуване. Но нещата не са такива, каквито изглеждат, а огромна конспирация се заражда. Корабът каца за малко на Земята (не става ясно защо) и трима земляни получават правото да се повозят като компенсация. Скоро се оказва обаче, че има бомба, която всеки момент ще избухне. Освен това друга цивилизация си иска “произведението” обратно и е готова да си го вземе на всяка цена, стига никой да не пострада, особено корабът (ако нещо се случи, те ще си го поправят, разбира се).Казано накратко, книгата има някои много силни хумористични моменти. Признавам си, че не съм кой знае какъв фен на Адамс, както и на неговия “Пътеводител” (първите две части бяха забавни и прилични, но после стана толкова банално и безинтересно, че само на инат дочетох тухлата). От друга страна обаче съм голям почитател на Джоунс, най-вече на Монти Пайтън. Разбира се, британският хумор не е от най-лесните за разбиране и на моменти може да постигне дори обратен ефект – да те отегчи или накара да гледаш в недоумение. Все пак авторът се е постарал да изгради една интересна и доста забавна история, като в същото време изглежда е искал да заплете и самия сюжет.“- Виж какво! Аз съм само едно просто приспособление за броене и избухване и не съм оборудвана за философски дискурс — отговори бомбата. — Моля те, не ми говори, докато броя. Да му се не види! Заради тебе забравих докъде стигнах! Видя ли какво стана? Рестартирам броенето.”Лично за мен един от най-силните персонажи в книгата е бомбата (да, точно така, една най-обикновена бомба, но с… характер). Тя не е като да иска да избухне, но все пак това е част от същестуването й. Не обича да я прекъсват докато брои и много лесно може да се обърка и да се наложи да започне отначало. Въобще Джоунс е успял да изгради плеяда от второстепенни и поддържащи герои, които в по-голямата си част са къде по-интересни от главните. Тъжно ми е да го кажа, но човешките същества в случая бяха просто… мизерни (да не казвам жалки) – визирам най-вече Дан и Люси, защото Нети, след “интересната” промяна, стана по-приятен персонаж. Прекалено много от мислите, чувствата и действията им бяха леко абсурдни, макар че може и това да е била цялата идея. Все пак не ми допаднаха.“Блеронтинците не се предават току-така — обикновено се бият до последния наш човек!”Друг интересен елемент в книгата, това са ясаканците. Те са раса от миролюбиви строители и са отговорни за по-голяма част от изграждането на “Титаник”, преди да им бъде отнет и да не им бъде платено за труда, което води до крах на икономиката им. Тъй като са миролюбиви, те не стрелят директно във врага си, а над главите им. Нищо чудно, че никога не са печелели битка срещу блеронтинците.И ако до този момент не съм успял да Ви убедя, че тази книга си струва четенето, то не знам какво още бих могъл да добавя. Текстът е кратък и структуриран в не много дълги глави, които се четат бързо и лесно. Джоунс няма кой знае какъв сложен стил на писане, а и не си е давал много зор с описанията кой знае колко. Във всеки случай няма да съжалявате за няколкото часа, които ще отделите на това произведение.А аз може отново да се пробвам с играта.


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 this book is 250-ish pages, it reads quickly and feels more like a short story. It's predictable and somewhat blasé- the books it's spawned from are hilarious and unexpected, and Starship Titanic feels like a pale mockery of that. One of the big problems is definitely that this book isn't really a "collaboration," despite what the description says. It's Douglas Adams's idea hashed out by someone else. Terry Jones isn't a horrible writer or anything, but he lacks the hilarity, whimsy, and humanity that Adams put into all of his works. But since there are clear echoes of things that are Adams' ideas, the fact that it is written instead by Jones makes it almost feel like a sub-par fanfic. The book is a quick read, and isn't terrible, but don't expect to be wowed by it. It does have its share of good humour and cool scenes, but ultimately it falls far, far short of what you'd expect when you hear the name "Douglas Adams."


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.

M. Tatari

Kapağında Douglas Adams yazdığına aldanmayın. Proje ve konu kendisine ait olsa da kitabı yazan kişi yakın bir arkadaşı.Kitap bildiğimiz Douglas Adams tarzına yakın yazılmış olsa da asla üstadın seviyesine ulaşamıyor. Yine de iyi esprileri yok değil. Örneğin bombayla ilgili espriler çok bomba!Sıkılmadan okuyabileceğiniz, okurken arada bir kıkırdayacağınız sonrasında da muhtemelen kütüphanenizin bir köşesinde unutmaya bırakacağınız bir eser kısacası.

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 Jones (of Monty Python) while Douglas Adams was busy writing the game script, but you'd think with that great pedigree it would turn out to have more humor, not less... ah well, I still have it to round out my collection of books by Douglas Adams, and it is worth reading at least once.


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 spaceship ever built - the Starship Titanic. An earthling would see the ship as something really, really big, but rather less provincial onlookers would recognize it as the design of Leovinus, the galaxy's most renowned architect. Before the launch Leovinus is having one last little look around and begins to find that things just aren't right; poor workmanship, cybersystems out of control, robots walking into doors. How could this have happened? The Starship Titanic is THE SHIP THAT CANNOT POSSIBLY GO WRONG... While the galaxy's media looks on the following morning, hugely, magnificently, the fabulous ship eases away from the construction dock, picks up speed, sways a little, wobbles a bit, veers wildly and just before it can do untold damage to everything around it, appears to undergo SMEF (Spontaneous Massive Existence Failure). In just ten seconds, the whole, stupendous enterprise is over. And our story has just begun...The Starship Titanic and SMEF first appeared in Douglas Adams' Life, the Universe and Everything. Adams was busy working on the Hitchhiker's graphic computer game so Monty Python's Terry Jones agreed to write this novel to be released at the same time.


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 bomb springs to mind. But much of the book is taken up with unexpected raunchiness and dull relationships.This would probably have been a 2 star review for the book, but it gets bumped up one because I listened to the audiobook version, recorded by Terry Jones himself. He does a great job with that at least, including some hilarious screaming!

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