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Author Topic: Alien/Predator Novel Reviews  (Read 24312 times)

Corporal Hicks
Jun 29, 2020, 09:19:22 AM
Reply #345 on: Jun 29, 2020, 09:19:22 AM
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Agreed. I think Predator had the worse of DH Press' books, and the best of them too.



Gentleman Death
Jun 30, 2020, 07:53:32 PM
Reply #347 on: Jun 30, 2020, 07:53:32 PM
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Finished Alien Harvest to complete the Omnibus Vol. 2 novels. This book was odd. The first half was really tough to get through and didn’t seem to really start picking up until Stan takes the Xeno pills.

The relationship between Julie and Stan made no sense and her whole “Thief” thing got tiring, real quickly.

I didn’t like how Genocide and Harvest explained the aliens and the hives. I had a hard time believing that Julie, Stan and the Android Gill could make it through a hive alive. That and how the writers always referred to the Aliens as dumb, I personally never thought of them like that, or as bugs.

Also, the ending of Harvest didn’t make any sense. Why Stan was taking back to the hive and not Julie????

Nonetheless, not horrible but by no means great.

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HuDaFuK
Jul 01, 2020, 08:31:24 AM
Reply #348 on: Jul 01, 2020, 08:31:24 AM
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That one's easily my least favourite of the Bantam run.

Other than a couple of awesomely graphic Alien kills
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I really struggled with it.


Corporal Hicks
Jul 01, 2020, 09:28:02 AM
Reply #349 on: Jul 01, 2020, 09:28:02 AM
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The last time I tried to read Harvest I did struggle to get into it. Can't remember the novel version that well.

Though Genocide I really loved. I really enjoyed Grant's character journey in that one.


SM
Jul 01, 2020, 10:15:16 AM
Reply #350 on: Jul 01, 2020, 10:15:16 AM
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Harvest, Genocide and Rogue were all inferior to the source material. And the source material for Harvest and Rogue we wasn't the strongest to begin with.


SiL
Jul 01, 2020, 11:03:39 AM
Reply #351 on: Jul 01, 2020, 11:03:39 AM
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I didn't mind the Genocide novelisation, but I think I stopped a quarter of the way through Harvest. I love reading Harvest, but that's 99% the moody artwork and 0.5% android ants. The remainder is the story.

I think my favourite of the old adaptations is Berserker. Substantially better than the source material, and the source material was already a pretty solid effort on its own.


HuDaFuK
Jul 01, 2020, 02:10:39 PM
Reply #352 on: Jul 01, 2020, 02:10:39 PM
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Berserker is easily the best of the Bantam books if you ask me.


SM
Jul 01, 2020, 10:08:40 PM
Reply #353 on: Jul 01, 2020, 10:08:40 PM
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Yep.

Genocide was pretty good, but seemed to take much longer to get to the planet in the novel.


Gentleman Death
Jul 01, 2020, 10:21:19 PM
Reply #354 on: Jul 01, 2020, 10:21:19 PM
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Seems like I’m going to be needing to pick up the graphic novels once I’m done with the omnibus books.



SiL
Jul 02, 2020, 06:35:19 AM
Reply #356 on: Jul 02, 2020, 06:35:19 AM
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She took all the cool elements they could only touch on in the comic and really gave them some depth. That and Tribes are my favourite of the stories all up.

Honourable mention to Music of the Spears as one of the better-than-the-source novels. I loved the novel growing up and was kind of disappointed when I read the comic in the omnibus.


HuDaFuK
Jul 02, 2020, 07:46:34 AM
Reply #357 on: Jul 02, 2020, 07:46:34 AM
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And one of the best Alien novels all around IMHO. Stephani elevated that story so much.

Definitely. Until The Cold Forge came along I always said it was my favourite of the novels.

That and Tribes are my favourite of the stories all up.

I always forget about Tribes. Need to re-read that. I remember absolutely loving it, and Dorman's art is just superb.

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The Cruentus
Jul 02, 2020, 11:24:17 AM
Reply #358 on: Jul 02, 2020, 11:24:17 AM
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The novel version of Berserker is a little darker too with the main character's way of dealing with Pops is far more cold blooded. I think its great when novels add more to a story or change things up a little because that way it isn't simply retread, you get suprised by the differences.


Xiggz456
Jul 02, 2020, 05:04:00 PM
Reply #359 on: Jul 02, 2020, 05:04:00 PM
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Just finished “Flesh and Blood” by Michael Jan Friedman and Robert Greenberger. This was certainly an improvement over “Forever Midnight”. This novel also took place on another planet in the 22nd century but luckily the story still remained somewhat grounded. The interior access to the predators was told in third person (which I much prefer) and actually made sense as it really only focused on the “Hunt” with a bit of Hish politics that revolved around customs/traditions regarding what’s honorable during a hunt. I liked the human characters well enough and I really enjoyed the end of the story. Overall I would recommend giving this one a read. Next up “Turnabout”.


 

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