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Author Topic: Alien: River of Pain (Book 3) - Reviews  (Read 25729 times)




Corporal Hicks
Dec 15, 2014, 08:00:34 PM
Reply #93 on: Dec 15, 2014, 08:00:34 PM
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I wept. I wept so much. I had so very much enjoyed the first two thirds of that book. And I would recommend people pick it up if only to experience that.

Please tell me it wasn't a Kung-Fu fight.. Either way.. just.. WHAT?!

Nah - nothing like that. Just a beating.



Corporal Hicks
Dec 15, 2014, 08:12:42 PM
Reply #95 on: Dec 15, 2014, 08:12:42 PM
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It should. Which is why it ruined the end of No Exit.


Corporal Hicks
Dec 17, 2014, 08:44:25 PM
Reply #96 on: Dec 17, 2014, 08:44:25 PM
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We're gonna be doing a follow-up chat with Chris soon so throw your questions in if you've got any.


HuDaFuK
Dec 17, 2014, 08:59:07 PM
Reply #97 on: Dec 17, 2014, 08:59:07 PM
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Why were the scenes from the Special Edition changed?

Who's idea was it to include the Newt's Tale scenes?



predxeno
Dec 18, 2014, 10:33:43 PM
Reply #99 on: Dec 18, 2014, 10:33:43 PM
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I forgot that River of Pain came out at the end of November instead of end of December. :(  Anyway, I just finished it and I have to say I LOVED how the story references not only the new Fire and Stone series but also that it stays true to the canon of Newt's Tale.  I know a lot of people like to pretend the EU never existed but I like to think that this is the story's way of reinforcing that it did.

Who's idea was it to include the Newt's Tale scenes?

^This, when you interview the author.


Xenomorphine
Dec 19, 2014, 01:11:22 AM
Reply #100 on: Dec 19, 2014, 01:11:22 AM
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Ask about the PDT stuff.

Also, I think others have mentioned the colonists having super-weapons, which doesn't sound like it gels with Apone's mention of "small arms fire" and improvised "seismic survey charges" - whose idea was that and why remove such an element which would have heightened the sense of desperation and tension?

« Last Edit: Dec 19, 2014, 01:13:37 AM by Xenomorphine »

DemonicD13
Dec 19, 2014, 11:41:41 AM
Reply #101 on: Dec 19, 2014, 11:41:41 AM
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I would like to know his thoughts on the loss of communications with Gateway Station mentioned in the movie. Was the request for help blocked or somehow intercepted?

Any basic information on Brackett, How old is he, where was he born, Ect.

There are both Pulse rifles and Plasma rifles mentioned, do the marines have both or was it a typo. I have a hard time believing their were Phased Plasma rifles at Hedley's Hope.

Was the egg chamber and Jockey in the same area simple a mistake or did he have something else in mind their that we didn't understand?

Is their any plan of a follow up with Louisa and Brackett?



DemonicD13
Dec 19, 2014, 11:48:18 AM
Reply #103 on: Dec 19, 2014, 11:48:18 AM
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Well no of course not in the 40 Watt range, that would just be silly.  :laugh:


Birth_Machine
Dec 24, 2014, 06:19:22 AM
Reply #104 on: Dec 24, 2014, 06:19:22 AM
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Thanks for posting your review. I'm a third of the way through and don't see why every third chapter is a scene from the beginning of Aliens, which just seems like filler. At this point, the only people who are going to read these novels know the entire damn movie by heart. I understand interspersing the film's events into the narrative, but only if the juxtaposition offered something new, like Burke conniving and giggling maniacally to himself in his (comically dated 80's) office or Hicks revving up his vintage Trans-Am in a barn somewhere before getting the call to report for duty.

I don't intend to be entirely negative, because I agree with the 7/10 rating. Mr. Golden has a gift for imbuing his characters with depth while maintaining a brisk narrative pacing. The birth of Newt was something I wouldn't think we need to see as fans, but after reading the passage found it moving. One major gripe though: in Golden's timeline Newt is six years old, which means she either skipped a grade to earn that 2nd Grade citizenship award or someone didn't do their homework.

Also, one passage that stood out, and I'm paraphrasing: "He didn't earn the Galactic Cross just to deal with corporate stooges". A space setting doesn't necessitate placing a space prefix before everything. Did Brackett earn the Cosmic Bronze Star as well? I assume that the military, being stubbornly traditional, would still retain the medal names we have today.


 

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