This is a book based on a video game which is based on a throw-away side-note in a very silly science fiction book called Life, The Universe, and Everything by Douglas Adams. This book, however, is written by Terry Jones, best known for his work with Monty Python. The Starship Titanic suffered a Spontaneous Massive Existence Failure, and the novel tells us how and what happened after, since apparently it is possible to exist after suffering a SMEF. Good to know. In the course of this inaugural voyage of the Starship, she picks up three humans on Earth, is attacked by engineers, is nearly blown up by a bomb that easily loses concentration when counting down, and is home to some very rude service bots. Given the concept is Adams’ and the novel is by Jones, one can expect a certain level of humor and zaniness. True. However, it wasn’t as funny as I had hoped. I laughed here and there, but there were also tedious bits that did nothing for me. Your mileage may vary. The best thing to come out of the book, for me, was the introduction of a new swear word to my vocabulary: Pangalin!
Review by Jessica A.