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Alien: Isolation The Novel Bursting January 2019!

DragonCon 2018 is currently taking place in Atlanta and like 2017’s event, with the event comes the announcement of a new Alien novel. And this one is something of a surprise!

There are no further details as of yet so it’s unknown if this is an adaptation of Alien: Isolation or a sequel. While none of the games have been adapted into novels in English, Sierra & Monolith’s Aliens vs. Predator 2 was adapted in Hungarian and titled Aliens vs. Predator: Forced Chase.

 Alien: Isolation The Novel Bursting January 2019!

Keith R.A. DeCandido has previously written for the Alien universe. He wrote the short Deep Background for the anthology Aliens: Bug Hunt which you can listen to him read on the Dead Kitchen Radio podcast. You can also follow Keith on Facebook or Twitter.

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  1. SM
    QuoteAlso not a fan of killable xenos and Amanda being able to outrun them.

    They get killed and outran in the films a lot.

    QuoteBut again i enjoyed Amanda's backstory very much and honestly would prefer if whole book was just about Amanda dealing with her life after mom's missing.

    Not the best plan for to attract casuals.
  2. Kradan
    Have listened to audiobook recently. Pretty enjoyed it. I really like the flashback parts 'cause they really made me believe that Amanda was the person able to survive the situation she was in on Sevastopol. Also I really liked how Ellen's missing was described as a real tragedy for her daughter - what was supposed to be the happiest day in her life turned into the worst one. I didn't get that sense from game itself and mention of Amanda in Aliens was too damn short. Seeing situation through Amandas's POV was cool too and sometimes it was surprisingly funny ( " f**k, f**k, f**k "  if you know what i mean )

    But on another hand, the actual in - game events weren't translated to a book format very well and felt very cut . Hospital, Project KG -348, hive sections ( the most memorable ones IMO ) were unforgivably short. Alien didn't seem more of a threat than goddamn Joe or just some malfunction which is a total shame especially knowing what Stompy is in Isolation. And I think it didn't really appeared much in the book. Also not a fan of killable xenos and Amanda being able to outrun them.

    But again i enjoyed Amanda's backstory very much and honestly would prefer if whole book was just about Amanda dealing with her life after mom's missing. I guess it would be called Alien Isolation Origins 'cause it wouldn't have any Aliens in it  :P

    7,5 / 10
  3. SM
    That ^.

    Quote2115 (October 16)

    Ripley successfully negotiates an end to a hostage crisis on Weyland-Yutani shuttle craft Erebus saving 49 lives and resulting in the conviction of 8 terrorists.

    From Alien DVD.
  4. Wweyland
    The book mentions an incident in Ellen Ripley's past where she helped save a shuttle from "Earther terrorists".
    Wonder if that is a nod to the Alien: Covenant Origins prequel where an exactly similar event occurred. The timeline doesn't quite match (she would have been 11 years old), but maybe she was a cadet in training?
  5. Xiggz456
    Like Huda said after Alex White so expertly created the same feeling of tension within his novel to the point where I knew he must've played Isolation; it's evident that the same intense feelings can be translated to novel form. So Keith kinda missed the mark here.
  6. HuDaFuK
    Writing an adaptation several years after the fact, I do think it's a bit silly not to have the author at least sample the original material. Same as when River of Pain recreated scenes from the Special Edition of Aliens but then got them wrong compared to the film. A fifteen minute sit-down with the Blu-ray would've sorted that, but apparently they didn't bother.

    Alex White has clearly played Isolation, and the Alien encounters so obviously inspired by it in The Cold Forge are leagues ahead of anything in this novelisation.
  7. Stitch
    Quote from: SM on Aug 17, 2019, 05:43:14 AM
    Quote from: 426Buddy on Aug 17, 2019, 02:24:32 AM
    Its like adapting anything, you should probably check out the source material first.

    Watching the animated series doesn't do the game justice.

    Pretty sure he would've had access to the script.
    Probably, but watching a fanmade movie edit and having access to the script doesn't make you feel the way that playing the game does.
    An adaptation should make the reader of the book feel the way the player of the game does. The game was tense, but the novel was not.
  8. The Old One
    You're right, but it isn't a good one.
    So far every adaptation's fallen apart in my opinion, the book is mediocre and the series is abysmal, a pity considering the quality of the original experience.

  9. Xenomrph
    Quote from: SM on Aug 17, 2019, 12:54:14 AM
    This isn't a game; it's a book.

    There are already a game and a animated series.  This is a different take.
    On the one hand that's a pretty reasonable assessment, viewing it as a companion to the game and all, but on the other hand you'd think getting basic details from the game right so that it stays as a semi-cohesive vision would be a good idea.
  10. 426Buddy
    I havent read it yet but I can't believe he didn't play the game.

    That just seems wrong, you can't watch the youtube videos of the game cutscenes, its not even close to the same experience.

    Super disappointed in this. :-\
  11. The Old One
    Yeah no, absolutely a waste of potential- it's basically the one required criteria isn't it? Experiencing the media you're adapting first hand.
  12. Corporal Hicks

    Turns out Keith didn't actually play the game:

    QuoteWhen they first approached you about writing this book, had you already played Alien: Isolation?

    Nope. I'm not much of a gamer mainly due to lack of time.

    But did you play it after you agreed to write Alien: Isolation?

    I didn't, but I did have access to all the gaming materials, and, best of all, Gamer's Little Playground put up a video on YouTube that functions as a movie of the game, basically editing together the entirety of the game action into a single two-hour "movie." That was hugely helpful as it combined with the script to give me a ton of material to work with. The cutscenes YouTube video in particular gave me a good feel for the visuals of Sevastopol.

    Also of assistance was the Alien: Isolation comic book that Dark Horse put out as a companion to the game. All of it was mined for the novel.
  13. Stitch
    Quote from: Fiendishly Inventive on Aug 13, 2019, 02:28:26 PM
    From what I hear the normal life flashback is by far the best part.
    I'd say the opposite. The flashbacks interrupt the flow of the story. Yes, you get to hear a bit more about Ellen and Amanda's background, but it doesn't amount to anything important and detracts from the story at hand.
    Here's the long and the short of it. Her mom disappeared, her step-dad was an asshole, they were broke, people ripped her off when she was trying to find out what happened to her mom.
    Doesn't add much to what was already known, does it? And the way they're added in is like the the cutaways in Family Guy; this reminds me of the time when [insert flashback]...
  14. HuDaFuK
    I've said a few negative things about this, so I'll reiterate a positive one - I seriously loved that the Ellen Ripley flashbacks tied into her character profile for Alien.
  15. Neomorph-01
    I have picked up the Alien Isolation novel last week. Just finished it, and I enjoyed it.
    I loved the flashbacks that flesh out Amanda's life in addition to giving more to Ellen Ripley and past assignments (I'm not posting spoilers) which explained her distrust of engineers (Parker and Brett - not the race Engineers).
    The tie-in to Aliens: Defiance was a nice cherry on top.
  16. Hudson
    Quote from: HuDaFuK on Aug 07, 2019, 07:53:10 AM
    Because that's lavender at best.

    Quote from: Samhain13 on Aug 06, 2019, 06:21:17 PM
    How does one turn the aliens from f**king Isolation into cannon fodder material? Way to kill my fanboy boner.

    I wouldn't go as far as to say they become canon fodder - if memory serves she kills one or maybe two - but the fact she literally just walks up to one and cooks it with her flamethrower when in the game its so explicitly unkillable felt like a really bizarre change to make.

    Another slightly odd thing I noticed with the book - at the beginning, DeCandido is big on giving every piece of tech we encounter a proper technical designation, from pistols to the access tuner to the freaking welding torch Amanda uses to effect repairs on Luna. But then later on he completely gives up on this and talks about generic "shotguns". Seemed a little strange.

    I thought that was an annoying aspect of the description. Not sure why it couldn't just be a hack tool, it had to be a "Halfin" or whatever. The fact that this went on for nearly every item Amanda picked up was irritating.

    Finished it this morning. Overall, it's not an effective look at the franchise in novel form. The whole thing is just one overly long awkward experience. I began to dread the flashback chapters to be honest. Ugh. Pacing was horrendous all the way through. There's nothing about any of the secondary characters that's expanded upon. I thought it would've been cool for us to get some kind of through-line with Ransome. Nope. The Alien doesn't feel very dangerous. There's no tension. Very disappointing to have what is essentially another swing and miss at this story. The plot of the game still feels incomplete to me. The web series is a disaster. And now this, which essentially amounts to 378 pages of a set up for Amanda and Zula's friendship to be carried on in future books and comics. 2/5 overall. Didn't take long to get from The Cold Forge to here, but I'm still looking forward to the upcoming novels.
  17. Samhain13
    Quote from: Still Collating... on Aug 07, 2019, 10:55:46 AM
    Quote from: Stitch on Aug 07, 2019, 05:25:18 AM
    Why are people taking issue with purple working joes?

    Cause in full on bright light they are as white and pale as can be, doesn't really scream purple or blue. Though I'd give that a pass, maybe Amanda's colorblind :laugh: but her blond hair is what really bugs me cause I keep thinking how can that be just casually mistaken?

    Maybe he just thought she would look better as a blond. I found it hard to believe he could have mistaken that, he must have seen a picture of her before. So he choose to do that for whatever reason.
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