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Book Review: Douglas Adams’s Starship Titanic

16 January, 2008 (11:42) | Reviews | By: Nick Dalton

I was sick for a few days, so my wife got me Douglas Adams’s Starship Titanic to cheer me up. The book is written not by Douglas Adams, but by Terry Jones of Monty Python fame. But the style of writing and humor is very similar to what we DNA fans have come to know and love.

The Starship Titanic is the most magnificent starship every built.

However, many corners were cut during the construction, several individuals were bankrupted and the economy of an entire planet was destroyed. As a result of the drastic cost cutting measures, several vital components are completely missing, and things don’t quite work the way the designer envisioned. This is the setting when three earthlings “accidentally” board the ship and their hilarious journey begins.

Come to think of it, the Starship Titanic is not all that different from many Internet marketing products… A lot of time and money has been spent on the exterior, the package has a massive thud factor, the sales page is slick, etc. But inside the product things seem a little bit out of order, certain key elements are glossed over or completely missing, and the help desk is as helpful as the robotic table lamps on the Starship Titanic.

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