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Im a pretty big fan of terry jones writing and douglas adamsThe whole book feels like one of Douglas Adams's unfunnier asides in The Hitch-hiker's Guide(so this book is enjoyable). There are only a few actually funny moments; the rest of it can raise nothing more than a weak smile. .the plot of the story isn't so good thanks to douglas adams and remember the book is really short (too short).over al the book is still quite funny due to terry jones humor
For some reason, my expectations regarding this book were low. Being a huge Hitch-hiker's guide fan (I recite dialogue in my sleep), I was disappointed by the Dirk Gently books, and expected Titanic to be similarly non-HitchHikers. However... I have to confess that I cheated, and rather than reading the book, had it read to me by the co-author Terry Jones, on the Simon & Schuster audio cassette. Without doubt, this is the best way to read the book. Not only does the book have a great story, with some wonderful lines, but Terry's delivery adds so much extra to the story, from his female voices (Nettie and Lucy), to the voices of the sardonic ship's "bots", I'd highly recommend getting hold of the four-cassette pack and havig the unabridged story read to you. Great for long lonely car journies! The story itself follows two plot lines, the first starting on a planet far, far away, where The Greatest Genius The Galaxy has ever known is about to launch his greatest creation, the Greatest Starship Ever Created - although there are plans afoot to scuttle the magnificent ship and claim the insurance. On the ship itself, the artificial inteligence isn't quite as bright as it should be... something is seriously wrong... Meanwhile, on Earth, lives of three unsuspecting folks are about to change forever, as they get caught up in the dastardly scheme. Space battles (followed by repairs), impressivly eccentric robots (with Genuine People Personalities... remember Marvin?), the Oxfordshire police force, killer rabbits and the impressive starship itself add to this Sci-fi / comedy story. Messrs Adams and Jones, if you're reading, any chance of a Titanic II ?
There is one reason and one reason alone why I read this book and that was because I run out of reading material whilst on holiday in the Dominican Rep. and this was one of two English books among the wealth of German literature in the so-called library, the other being a Barbara Taylor-Bradford novel, Whooppee! The story itself was original, imaginative and funny (like most Douglas Adams creations are) but for some reason on earth he let Ex-Monty Phython star Terry Jones write it. A poor decision in my eyes. The book reads as if Terry Jones just got up one day, was a bit bored and decided to write a novel, a very short one at that. The story has no structure, the made-up alien language is confusing and most of all jokes are so frequently cracked that they stop being funny. How I wish this beautiful story of a luxury starship in the distance future, doomed to failure by its money saving builders be rewritten by the only man it can be - the great Mr Douglas Adams himself. In conclusion unless you are stuck in the same predicament that I was, then don't touch this book with a barge pole, not even if you're a Monty Phython fan, you're just be disappointed.
Amazing!!, truely amzing, that's the best way to sum up how good I feel this book is. Well imagine the scene, I, completely bored, wondering around waterstones aimlessly when lo and behold I happen to glimpse this book. Although I have read books by Adams before and have always been a fan of Terry Jones I would never of expected this book to be so good! The book is full of surprises to the end and there is never a dull moment. Buy this book if you like to laugh, and you will laugh a lot. The only possible thing that you could say against this book is that you won't be able to sleep until you have finished it.