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Posted by Xiggz456
 - Today at 11:59:01 AM
Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Yesterday at 12:06:50 PMWritten review - https://www.avpgalaxy.net/literature/reviews/alien-colony-war/

It's always a pleasure reading your reviews although I'd argue that this novel wasn't as much of a let down as the Isolation novelization or Covenant: Origins. So I'd rank it above those two books from Titan but nonetheless the rest of your criticisms were completely valid.
Posted by skhellter
 - Today at 09:54:17 AM
actually. finish it. Write a proper mean review and log it on goodreads.com

Publishers, writers and editors use that site a LOT.
If you want your opinion known outside of the alien fanbase...
Posted by HuDaFuK
 - Today at 08:36:41 AM
I'm about six or seven chapters in and I'm honestly debating whether I'll finish it.

And I've never not finished an Alien novel.
Posted by Corporal Hicks
 - Today at 08:06:49 AM
And I didn't even touch everything that disappointed me. I just ran out of energy to go into more. I was really disappointed by this one. More so than any of the others.
Posted by skhellter
 - Yesterday at 02:13:23 PM
ouch
Posted by Corporal Hicks
 - Yesterday at 12:06:50 PM
Posted by BlueMarsalis79
 - May 22, 2022, 11:15:00 AM
I'll be interested to hear what you think.
Posted by Kimarhi
 - May 22, 2022, 04:45:57 AM
I'll probably start this one tomorrow. It seems like it may be kinda trashy going by the handful of reviews I've glanced at, but I also know my history of liking EU material nobody else likes. 
Posted by kie
 - May 17, 2022, 10:56:04 PM
Quote from: xShadowFoxX on May 16, 2022, 10:08:41 AMAt this point, I don't blame you. I feel like, as I've mentioned on Facebook, that without any meaningful stakes for the writers to play with, I feel like the franchise might stagnate if it hasn't already.

Kinda hoping / presuming Alex White will return and pen a third, he seems to be able to push things forward...
Posted by Kradan
 - May 16, 2022, 04:44:33 PM
Maybe Corporal should've just had ice cream instead
Posted by Local Trouble
 - May 16, 2022, 04:28:20 PM
Quote from: Corporal Hicks on May 16, 2022, 09:47:54 AMI've still not decided on whether or not to do a podcast review on this. I'm feeling a severe lack of enthusiasm at the minute.

Podcast, but I recommend drinking heavily first.  Let the F-bombs flow.
Posted by xShadowFoxX
 - May 16, 2022, 10:08:41 AM
At this point, I don't blame you. I feel like, as I've mentioned on Facebook, that without any meaningful stakes for the writers to play with, I feel like the franchise might stagnate if it hasn't already.
Posted by Corporal Hicks
 - May 16, 2022, 09:47:54 AM
Oh, and before I forget!
Spoiler
f**king rat Alien????
[close]
Come on. Stupid.

Now to actually write a review for this. I've still not decided on whether or not to do a podcast review on this. I'm feeling a severe lack of enthusiasm at the minute.
Posted by xShadowFoxX
 - May 16, 2022, 08:38:12 AM
Hi there. Late to the conversation. But will there be a podcast review on this? If there is, I honestly can't wait to hear it! Those are always fun, even if they're downers.
Posted by Adamantiumhip
 - May 13, 2022, 07:09:40 PM
Quote from: Corporal Hicks on May 12, 2022, 07:04:01 AMIt's how the Brexit situation is handled. Thoughts on the entire real thing aside, there's a place for separatist stories in science-fiction and it being relevant and recent is perfect - sci-fi is the place for social commentary after all. But it needs to be nuanced and intelligent. 3WExit is neither.

The problem is it's a parody. And it's one-sided. I'm not one to really share my political opinions as I can't be arsed with people shouting theirs at me, but I sat on the same side of that yes/no vote as Barnett obviously did. And jfc if Barnett isn't determined to paint everyone on that other side as a clown. There's no exploration of the benefits or detractions of that question. Everyone is just a caricature of a raging racist Brit - aside from that one taxi driver, if I remember rightly?

And when the story does stop trying to just rip the shit out of leavers and take itself more seriously, it's just a boring retread. Seen this all before.

100% correct on all counts.

If it was more subtle but serious maybe it might have worked but it isnt. Its just boring and not particularly clever parody in a series thats supposed to be serious and intense.


May 13, 2022, 07:11:30 PM

Quote from: Xiggz456 on May 12, 2022, 05:29:45 PM
Quote from: Corporal Hicks on May 12, 2022, 07:04:01 AMIt's how the Brexit situation is handled. Thoughts on the entire real thing aside, there's a place for separatist stories in science-fiction and it being relevant and recent is perfect - sci-fi is the place for social commentary after all. But it needs to be nuanced and intelligent. 3WExit is neither.

The problem is it's a parody. And it's one-sided. I'm not one to really share my political opinions as I can't be arsed with people shouting theirs at me, but I sat on the same side of that yes/no vote as Barnett obviously did. And jfc if Barnett isn't determined to paint everyone on that other side as a clown. There's no exploration of the benefits or detractions of that question. Everyone is just a caricature of a raging racist Brit - aside from that one taxi driver, if I remember rightly?

And when the story does stop trying to just rip the shit out of leavers and take itself more seriously, it's just a boring retread. Seen this all before.

I recall Alex White mentioning that either Titan or 20th Century wanted the stories to move more towards political conflicts a'la "The Expanse" and they set up such a conflict with "Into Charybdis". But as you said 3WExit is not nearly nuanced enough. It's far too on the nose and I think the scale is a bit too small for an interstellar conflict. Hopefully "Inferno's Fall" does a better job.

Fingers crossed for the podcast lol


The political scenario in alexs book seemed far more intriguing and serious
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