Yeah - pretty much what I also thought too. It was nice not to have a rehash of what the Aliens did shoved in my face but it was handled very blaise, I thought.
Good to know I'm not alone. I am
still enjoying the book, and it's definitely the best of the three, but the second half is full of these disappointing continuity gaffs. Even if they're trivial, they're still there, and there are quite a few of them. Like when they enter the main atmosphere processor - they call the
elevators and they come up from below, but Aliens
shows us that when the elevators aren't in use they return to the landing pad at the top, so they should be coming from above. Little things like that.
But they just can't win with us can they. Bloody fans!
F*cking Simpson having a f*cking moustache..?!
Is this connected any way to the previous two books?
Your comment's old, but I noticed no one had really replied -
The book doesn't seem to be directly connected (haven't quite finished it yet), but there are some references to Out of the Shadows
. For instance, when Ripley is rescued from deep space, the harpoon gun she used to kill the Alien at the end of the first film is found lying on a computer console inside the Narcissus rather than wedged under the door, indicating the door had been opened and someone had been on board at some point. (Of course, this is regardless of the fact we see
the harpoon gun under the door in Aliens
, but that was as much of a problem with the first book as this one).
There were also some bits aboard Gateway that I took to be references to Out of the Shadows
, where Ripley monologues internally about some vague memories of fear and terror that she can't quite remember, which I took to be a reference to her having her mind wiped before leaving the Marion.