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Author Topic: Alien: Phalanx by Scott Sigler  (Read 46857 times)

Kradan
May 28, 2020, 06:32:19 PM
Reply #360 on: May 28, 2020, 06:32:19 PM
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Kradan
May 29, 2020, 09:28:44 PM
Reply #362 on: May 29, 2020, 09:28:44 PM
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Perfect-Organism
May 30, 2020, 01:13:08 AM
Reply #364 on: May 30, 2020, 01:13:08 AM
You guys are gonna make me read this!   >:(

I am totally baffled at how good of a response this is getting.  I read Aliens: Stalker and it took me about 4 years to finish.  I was just not down with Conan meets Aliens vibe.  Is this book along the same lines in terms of vibe?


SM
May 30, 2020, 02:52:18 AM
Reply #365 on: May 30, 2020, 02:52:18 AM
No.

Four years to read a twenty odd page comic?


Perfect-Organism
May 30, 2020, 04:17:16 AM
Reply #366 on: May 30, 2020, 04:17:16 AM
I think it was the second last series in those Dark Horse compilations from a few years ago.  I think reading everything back to back burned me out on Aliens a bit.  For 4 years or so I would pick up book 6 and try to restart Stalker again and again, but it was just not keeping my attention.  I usually read about 4 or 5 books concurrently.  Eventually finished Stalker and it left me nonplussed.  Total chore.

I’m actually getting kind of excited about Phalanx though, given the praises of many people on here who I know are hard to please...


SM
May 30, 2020, 10:04:10 AM
Reply #367 on: May 30, 2020, 10:04:10 AM
Stalker had some great art and setting but the ending was a little too Eowyn.


Perfect-Organism
May 30, 2020, 01:14:49 PM
Reply #368 on: May 30, 2020, 01:14:49 PM
The art was terrific.  The story just didn’t captivate me.  Couple pages in, and I’d put it down.  I definitely like my Aliens in a sci-fi setting.  Or, quite possibly, I like my sci-fi setting... with Aliens in it.  The idea of a haunted spaceship with a vicious alien in it lurking and stalking is a perennial fascination.  Aliens in the forest or some medieval setting?  Not so sure.

But there are a lot of folks here with pretty good taste in sci-fi so maybe I’ll pick this book up on their praises.  Saying that this book tops Cold Forge, says a lot.


Nightmare Asylum
May 30, 2020, 02:40:18 PM
Reply #369 on: May 30, 2020, 02:40:18 PM
If you don't like the idea of the medieval setting, I don't know how much  this book would work for you, honestly. Even with some of the sci-fi backdrops, the period-inspired setting very much dictates the structure of the majority of the novel.

I personally preferred The Cold Forge, myself, but also really loved Phalanx. These are really the only two Alien expanded universe novels I particularly care about, to be honest.


Perfect-Organism
May 30, 2020, 04:38:13 PM
Reply #370 on: May 30, 2020, 04:38:13 PM
So the novels I have ahead of me are Echo, Prototype, and Charybdis.  And recommendations for order of reading?  Does it matter?


Nightmare Asylum
May 30, 2020, 05:07:35 PM
Reply #371 on: May 30, 2020, 05:07:35 PM
I'd read Phalanx after The Cold Forge. Scott Sigler and Alex White have been in communication and because of that Sigler implemented a couple fun little references to White's TCF in Phalanx. Beyond that, I'm pretty sure everything else is basically standalone. Into Charybdis isn't due out until 2021, but since that one is also an Alex White novel, I'd imagine that it will have some more references to the little micro-continuity that White and Sigler seem to be establishing.


Perfect-Organism
May 30, 2020, 06:05:44 PM
Reply #372 on: May 30, 2020, 06:05:44 PM
I'd read Phalanx after The Cold Forge. Scott Sigler and Alex White have been in communication and because of that Sigler implemented a couple fun little references to White's TCF in Phalanx. Beyond that, I'm pretty sure everything else is basically standalone. Into Charybdis isn't due out until 2021, but since that one is also an Alex White novel, I'd imagine that it will have some more references to the little micro-continuity that White and Sigler seem to be establishing.

Thanks Nightmare Asylum!


SpaceKase
May 31, 2020, 09:55:15 PM
Reply #373 on: May 31, 2020, 09:55:15 PM
So the novels I have ahead of me are Echo, Prototype, and Charybdis.  And recommendations for order of reading?  Does it matter?

Opinions vary greatly on Prototype and Echo, the former had a great start with some uneven follow-through, and the latter has some really annoying side-character(s) but has some definite high points, but ultimately feels like a set-up for something which may or may not ever be followed up on. It's kind of hard to put either of them in the same class of either Phalanx or Cold Forge, but both books are good and worthy of a read; I would definitely like to read more of what Mira Grant and Tim Waggoner have to offer from further potential works in the universes though.


SM
May 31, 2020, 11:22:38 PM
Reply #374 on: May 31, 2020, 11:22:38 PM
They should've got Mira Grant to re-write the Colonial Marines comic after Wood got the flick.


 

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