Alien: Enemy of My Enemy by Mary SanGiovanni

Started by Corporal Hicks, Mar 10, 2022, 03:18:38 PM

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Alien: Enemy of My Enemy by Mary SanGiovanni (Read 25,736 times)

HuDaFuK

Quote from: Wweyland on Mar 22, 2023, 09:20:17 AMI want to keep up to date on the books, but at the same time, there's so much more great stuff to read.

Yeah. I really need to catch up on AVP novels but I'm thoroughly engrossed in my re-read of the Fleming Bond books atm and knowing the recent slew of AVP isn't great really isn't helping prise me away.

Wweyland

"Thankfully" there are not many AvP books. I found Ultimate Prey to be a slog honestly and haven't read Rift War yet.

Still Collating...

Yeah, Ultimate Prey was boring and silly a lot of the time for me as well. I read Rift War. That thing is horrendous... I so desperately tried to get into it, but no way. I stopped reading it near the end and have no intention to finish it. It's not really offensive to the lore that much unlike some other recent novels, it's just bland. And the action is very poorly written.

Stitch

I finished this last night and I seem to be at odds with most people because I really quite enjoyed it. It kinda reminded me of the old EU.

I thought the story was paced well, made individual aliens a threat instead of fodder, and used some concepts which were interesting.

The whole black goo bombing thing was unnecessary, and any number of other ideas could have been used, but I guess it ties it in to the rest of the currently EU, so that doesn't really bother me.

I enjoyed it.

xShadowFoxX

Quote from: Stitch on Mar 30, 2023, 04:24:30 PMI finished this last night and I seem to be at odds with most people because I really quite enjoyed it. It kinda reminded me of the old EU.

I thought the story was paced well, made individual aliens a threat instead of fodder, and used some concepts which were interesting.

The whole black goo bombing thing was unnecessary, and any number of other ideas could have been used, but I guess it ties it in to the rest of the currently EU, so that doesn't really bother me.

I enjoyed it.
Nothing wrong with the Aliens or the pacing. Black goo bombings not being addressed and the characters having extremely questionable judgement are what dragged it down so much for me, especially if you consider the history of one of those characters.

Sarahlyn35

Quote from: Xiggz456 on Mar 19, 2023, 01:05:26 PMJust finished and I really enjoyed this one! Probably my favorite of this loosely connected trilogy!

The story hits the ground running in chapter 1 and continues this pace throughout the story with several "out the frying pan, into the fire" scenarios that kept me on edge throughout!

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Getting into spoilers, we have our first craft to craft space battle which was wonderfully intense. Character-wise I felt that they all had enough character development for me to hope they survived and when they didn't I felt for them and the remaining survivors (damn near shed a tear when Kira was killed). The queen vs the bio drones was savagely described and after a hopeful ending the author immediately bleakened it in the last paragraph which I found dreadfully fitting.
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If you haven't played through or read the RPG's Colonial Marine cinematic scenario then this story pretty much spoils the secret that you work to uncover there. So naturally many of the aspects and backdrops of the RPG are sprinkled throughout the story which I loved but not everyone will catch on to. Overall this action packed story was a great step in the right direction for Alien novels. 9.5/10
I'm with you. I enjoyed the book overall, a few bits dragged but the first half of the book in particular was page turning stuff

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