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 Posted:   Jul 14, 2014 - 8:57 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

Of course there have been quite a few books exploring certain aspects of our Xenomorph "friends", but Fox have authorised a completely new trilogy of books to partly bridge the gap between Alien and Aliens.

The first installment - Alien - Out of the Shadows is set 37 years after the events of Alien and sees Ripley (accompanied by staff from a mining ship) back in action against her nemeses and I don't just mean the Xenomorphs...just because he lost his head in the first movie, doesn't mean he's not still in action, and, I have to say, I'm pretty impressed so far. Trying to get through it before publication of the second installment next week (I'm just a slow and occasional reader, that's all!), but enjoying the slight expansion of the universe. There are occasions when is does come across a bit FanFic-ish, and there are a couple of minor quibbles about the author's memories of the original movie, but in general I'm enjoying it a lot.

Anyone else out there grabbed this one?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2014 - 11:02 PM   
 By:   bondo321   (Member)

I picked it up but haven't read it yet. Also be aware that the just recently re-published the novelizations for Alien, Aliens and Alien 3 by Alan Dean Foster.

 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2014 - 11:45 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

I picked it up but haven't read it yet. Also be aware that the just recently re-published the novelizations for Alien, Aliens and Alien 3 by Alan Dean Foster.

I still have the originals smile ...great to see them back on the shelves though....I wonder if they fixed all the horrible spelling mistakes in Alien 3?

 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 6:00 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

The first installment - Alien - Out of the Shadows is set 37 years after the events of Alien and sees Ripley (accompanied by staff from a mining ship) back in action against her nemeses and I don't just mean the Xenomorphs...just because he lost his head in the first movie, doesn't mean he's not still in action, and, I have to say, I'm pretty impressed so far. Trying to get through it before publication of the second installment next week (I'm just a slow and occasional reader, that's all!), but enjoying the slight expansion of the universe. There are occasions when is does come across a bit FanFic-ish, and there are a couple of minor quibbles about the author's memories of the original movie, but in general I'm enjoying it a lot.

Anyone else out there grabbed this one?


Thanks for the info! I'm curious about the time between Alien and Aliens which was stated in the film to be 57 years; so Ripley had another adventure 20 years before Aliens or is the 57 years after the second adventure before Aliens? Or am I just confused?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 6:29 AM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

I'm curious about the time between Alien and Aliens which was stated in the film to be 57 years; so Ripley had another adventure 20 years before Aliens or is the 57 years after the second adventure before Aliens?

I was wondering the same thing. I recall it being 57 years.

 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 9:10 AM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

20 years between Out of the Shadows and Aliens...not stated explicitly, but that still fits the timeline....

Finished the book - yeah, it's good....thoroughly enjoyed it....ties nicely in to Aliens, and no doubt the next book which comes out on the 24th smile....

 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 9:17 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

20 years between Out of the Shadows and Aliens...not stated explicitly, but that still fits the timeline....

Finished the book - yeah, it's good....thoroughly enjoyed it....ties nicely in to Aliens, and no doubt the next book which comes out on the 24th smile....


Thanks for clarifying; and the review. Sounds like it's worth a read.

 
 Posted:   Sep 7, 2014 - 1:05 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

My thoughts that I posted over at Amazon, regarding the Second part - Sea of Sorrows

"I enjoyed Tim Lebbon's book a lot...a bit fan-fic-ish at times (but forgiveable, since that's exactly what it is - just very good fan-fic), so this second installment had quite a lot to live up to.

MILD SPOILERS HEREIN - BE CAREFUL

Whereas Lebbon's book was very much an ode to the first movie, Sea of Sorrows unashamedly takes its cues from the second - a rag tag team of freelance Commando-types travel back to LV178 centuries after the events of "Out of the Shadows", after the Corporation decide that they want to capture another specimen and have the ideal person to accompany the brutes - Decker, not only a mild empath but also someone who shares a connection with the Xenomorphs through a blood tie - his descendant, after all, was "The Destroyer" - Ellen Ripley.

The book sets up the circumstances behind the inevitable ambush nicely. Decker's empathic abilities sound a bit of an excuse, but they rarely come into play and don't become as annoying as they could easily have done. The buried ship from "Out of the Shadows" is revisited, though disappointingly little more is learned (yet).

The sections written from the Xenomorphs' viewpoint are a nice touch.

A perhaps inevitable scene towards the end of the book is hinted at (as in, given away completely) via a picture on the back cover. Found that an odd choice - and would be a little annoyed I think if I were the author. I would much rather have been surprised.

The book moves at breakneck pace - there is no letup and it is a thrilling, if sometimes a tad predictable, ride. It is more of an adult book than the first installment - more profanity and an awful lot more gore.

There is one sentence around a third of the way through that I must admit I found tantalising - regarding another descendant of Decker (and who is already mentioned in the Aliens movie) - I wonder if this might be partially covered in the third book? Talking of which, I understand that "River of Pain" is tied directly into these first two books, but I have trouble in seeing how....and that is why I had no choice but to pre-order it really!

This "Counterpoint" and expansion to the film sequence has been an excellent ride so far, and "Sea of Sorrows" does not fall short in any department.

A solid, thumping good read.

Final note - I would also like to think that in an office somewhere, someone is talking about adaptations of these - even animations."

Thoroughly enjoyed it...which, for me reading a book, is very rare.

 
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