Predator: If It Bleeds - New Predator Anthology

Started by Corporal Hicks, Aug 02, 2016, 03:47:44 PM

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Predator: If It Bleeds - New Predator Anthology (Read 117,149 times)

Russ840

I only have a Kindle Copy  :'(

Corporal Hicks

That's fine. Send a picture of it on your Kindle.  :)

Russ840

All my pictures are the incorrect format

HuDaFuK

I've been meaning to send in a picture - I even have an idea for it worked out - but I just haven't had time, and the one chance this week I had I forgot to take the book with me lol.

Anyway, despite not having much time to even read the thing, I managed to get through a few more stories.

I've honestly never been the greatest fan of Perry Sr.'s writing style (I mentioned it when reviewing his early Aliens novels) and not much has changed. His story probably also would've been improved if I'd actually read Turnabout - my bad! Was enjoyable enough though. However, one thing that did genuinely bug me in this one was how the Predators in it suddenly lost the ability to see in infra red - a ghillie suit is just a set of overalls covered in bits of ragged cloth. Sure, it helps you hide from a human eye, but it does nothing to mask your body heat, and you'd be just as plainly visible to a Predator as if you were naked. So it made no sense that the Predators in the story repeatedly failed to see Sloane, at one point even when he was lying directly in front of them. I dunno, maybe I missed something not having not read Turnabout and they're actually in the future where ghillie suits are more hi-tech.

May Blood Pave My Way Home was neat, I really liked the idea of Predators fighting alongside native American Indians. The only issue I took was that the one-on-one combat scenes reminded me a little too much of Robert Rodriguez's God-awful Predators script - it was nothing overt, but once I got the idea in my head, I just couldn't get it out :laugh:

I thought the hurricane Katrina setting in Storm Blood was awesome. Not at all something I would've picked but it was a great concept. To be honest, I would've liked to see that setting play even more of a role in the story, rather than just being the backdrop, but it was still a cool choice nonetheless. I liked the way the story was written, with the documentary-style timestamps. The twist ending was bit on-the-nose but it did at least explain the Predator's (and the... can't remember its name, dog) actions throughout the tale. Only thing that confused me was whether the dog-beast was supposed to have been on Earth all along, or was something the Predator brought with it to hunt. The latter seems a bit like too much effort, but if it was the former you'd think someone would've noticed it (and I don't mean a team of loopy internet documentary makers) in this day and age.

BryanThomasS

BryanThomasS

#259
Oh... I never found any entries amongst the comments.


HuDa,  The dog-beast is a cajun legend that has supposedly been there all along and been responsible for myterious disappearances and destruction of man, property, and animals but is is a mythological creature.

HuDaFuK

Quote from: BryanThomasS on Nov 01, 2017, 01:31:45 AMHuDa,  The dog-beast is a cajun legend that has supposedly been there all along and been responsible for myterious disappearances and destruction of man, property, and animaks but is is a mythological creature.

Ah, cool! I did consider after the fact if maybe it was something along those lines, but didn't get around to researching it.

Corporal Hicks

Quote from: Russ840 on Oct 31, 2017, 04:50:47 PM
All my pictures are the incorrect format

Email them to me at corporalhicks@avpgalaxy.net, don't upload them on the boards.


Quote from: BryanThomasS on Nov 01, 2017, 01:31:45 AM
HuDa,  The dog-beast is a cajun legend that has supposedly been there all along and been responsible for myterious disappearances and destruction of man, property, and animaks but is is a mythological creature.

That kind of stuff I find really interesting and appealing. I can't remember - did any of the comics do something similar?

Russ840

Just sent them Hicks. Thank's dude. When is the comp draw taking place ?

Corporal Hicks

Confirmed receipt. Not sure yet. I'm going to repost about it with new conditions shortly.

Marc505

Long time lurker, first time poster.

I've been looking forward to this for ages and am glad to say I wasn't disappointed. Down to the last few stories now and have found something to enjoy in each of them so far.

I think my favourites would have to be "Stonewall's...", "Skeld's Keep" and "Three Sparks". The historical settings really add something and feel so vivid, in fact I'd be more than happy to read novel length stories set in these same eras. Special mention also to "Blood And Sand" which was unusual and nicely subtle for a Predator story. Hoping to see some fan artwork inspired by these stories start appearing on here soon to see other readers' takes on what some of these varied Predators would look like are.

Must say, the main selling point for this book in the first place for me was the prospect of an official Predator 2 follow up - and that's next up!

A triumph, well done to all involved.

happypred

Just finishes the whole thing...a mixed bag IMO but overall more good than bad. Will follow up with individual story reviews

BryanThomasS

BryanThomasS

#266
Quotea mixed bag

Some happy predator you are  :laugh:




QuoteMust say, the main selling point for this book in the first place for me was the prospect of an official Predator 2 follow up - and that's next up!
That's my story. 😓 No pressure now.  Glad you enjoyed it so far!

SiL

Agh! I didn't realise this was worldwide! I always ignore the competitions because they're always UK only :P

BryanThomasS

NOT THIS time, Buddy. I am mailing to US winners personally.

SiL

What about us Australian fans?

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