Book reviews of novels by Douglas Adams/Terry Jones/Patricia Highsmith
Book reviews February 1999
This book is about Starship Titanic, the most technologically advanced spaceship ever built, it was just too bad they hired the wrong men to build it.
The Starship Titanic originated as a few sentences in "Life, Universe and Everything" (part of "The Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy", but came to real life when The Digital Village was looking for a subject for their first project, a CD-ROM adventure game with state-of-the-art graphics and a natural language parser.
Since Douglas Adams was quite involved in the project, he didn't have time to write the book, so he asked Terry Jones (who has lent his voice to the parrot in the game) to do it. Which he agreed to do, provided he could do it in the nude.
It's a quite funny book, but don't expect it to be a Douglas Adams book, since he hasn't written a sentence (more than the introduction).
I havn't read anything else by Terry Jones, but will try to get a hold of some of his books, cause it would be fun to see what he writes like when all the ideas are completly his owns.
Well, about the book; the ship undergos a SMEF (Spontaneous Massive Existence Failure)...that says it all :).
Read the book, have a jolly good time, but remember....in space no-one can hear you laugh!
Patricia Highsmith were born in USA in 1921, but spent most of her life living in Europe. She died 1995.
I came across this book by accident, I was passing by a bookstore and couldn't resist going inside. There they were celebrating their 3,5,7, 2 1/2 or whatever anniversary and prices were cut quite much.
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