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Author Topic: Alien: Phalanx by Scott Sigler  (Read 32092 times)

Kradan
Mar 25, 2020, 03:51:18 PM
Reply #330 on: Mar 25, 2020, 03:51:18 PM
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Have you managed to avoid spoilers during whole month ?


Hudson
Mar 25, 2020, 04:02:12 PM
Reply #331 on: Mar 25, 2020, 04:02:12 PM
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Have you managed to avoid spoilers during whole month ?

I have. It's not difficult considering no one in my waking life is reading this book, and it's easy to not click the SPOILER tags when people use them on here.


Nightmare Asylum
Mar 25, 2020, 05:46:28 PM
Reply #332 on: Mar 25, 2020, 05:46:28 PM
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Have you managed to avoid spoilers during whole month ?

I have. It's not difficult considering no one in my waking life is reading this book, and it's easy to not click the SPOILER tags when people use them on here.

This, basically. :D

EDIT: A few chapters in and so far, so good. A very different experience so far from The Cold Forge (TCF is the only Titan Alien novel I've read, barring the Covenant novelization) but I'm immediately interested in this world and want to see where this goes. It was also a very nice touch, given the structure of this story, to see a map up front at the start.

EDIT 2: Just finished chapter 15...
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« Last Edit: Mar 28, 2020, 02:36:00 PM by Nightmare Asylum »

The Old One
Apr 10, 2020, 02:20:52 PM
Reply #333 on: Apr 10, 2020, 02:20:52 PM
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So good, perfect uses of two appropriate quotes from the films and, because of the mostly wholly new dialogue when they did get used it created more of an impact;

"If it comes to that, I'll do us both."

"Hey f**kface, come and get me!"

A lesson in good fanservice.

« Last Edit: Apr 10, 2020, 02:22:24 PM by The Old One »

Kradan
Apr 10, 2020, 08:37:08 PM
Reply #334 on: Apr 10, 2020, 08:37:08 PM
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Completely off topic, but hey ! You're The Old One again ! Or is it just my PC glitching ?

Was it better than (Alex White, forgive my soul) THE COLD FORGE ?

For me, it was. By the slightest.

« Last Edit: Apr 10, 2020, 08:47:36 PM by Kradan »

The Old One
Apr 10, 2020, 09:42:32 PM
Reply #335 on: Apr 10, 2020, 09:42:32 PM
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It's the Alien (The Cold Forge) Vs Aliens (Phalanx) comparison.


I always preferred Alien.


SM
Apr 10, 2020, 11:31:54 PM
Reply #336 on: Apr 10, 2020, 11:31:54 PM
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Completely off topic, but hey ! You're The Old One again ! Or is it just my PC glitching ?

Was it better than (Alex White, forgive my soul) THE COLD FORGE ?

For me, it was. By the slightest.

Me too.


Nightmare Asylum
Apr 13, 2020, 11:54:16 PM
Reply #337 on: Apr 13, 2020, 11:54:16 PM
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Finally finished this one tonight. Quite liked it, and definitely worthy of sitting on the shelf alongside The Cold Forge.

I have quite a few thoughts on things I'd like to discuss, but I'll hold out on all of that until after I go through all of the spoiler tags in this thread.


Corporal Hicks
Apr 26, 2020, 08:48:28 AM
Reply #338 on: Apr 26, 2020, 08:48:28 AM
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Haven't had the chance to watch yet.


Hudson
Apr 28, 2020, 02:03:11 PM
Reply #339 on: Apr 28, 2020, 02:03:11 PM
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Was it better than (Alex White, forgive my soul) THE COLD FORGE ?

For me, it was. By the slightest.

Probably got about 200 pages left and so far I agree. This is my favorite novel in the franchise so far, unless it collapses horribly from this point to the end which I doubt. I'm especially enjoying how political the book is with the numerous allegories that continue to populate the story. For instance, the current refugee crisis and the way the US government has responded to it, among other current issues. Beyond that, it's well-written and the characters are engaging and feel effectively portrayed. Someone at Titan could have proofed the manuscript though. Woops!  :o

« Last Edit: Apr 28, 2020, 02:08:18 PM by Hudson »

Kradan
Apr 28, 2020, 08:29:00 PM
Reply #340 on: Apr 28, 2020, 08:29:00 PM
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Was it better than (Alex White, forgive my soul) THE COLD FORGE ?

For me, it was. By the slightest.

Probably got about 200 pages left and so far I agree. This is my favorite novel in the franchise so far, unless it collapses horribly from this point to the end which I doubt. I'm especially enjoying how political the book is with the numerous allegories that continue to populate the story. For instance, the current refugee crisis and the way the US government has responded to it, among other current issues. Beyond that, it's well-written and the characters are engaging and feel effectively portrayed. Someone at Titan could have proofed the manuscript though. Woops!  :o

! SPOILER ALERT !

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Hudson
Apr 28, 2020, 08:37:29 PM
Reply #341 on: Apr 28, 2020, 08:37:29 PM
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^LOL, I will quickly finish the book and return to this hidden message.


Kradan
Apr 28, 2020, 08:45:41 PM
Reply #342 on: Apr 28, 2020, 08:45:41 PM
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Oh man, I don't want to keep you in suspence for so long. It's not really A SPOILER (nothing like Darth Vaider is Luke's father bullshit). It's just a joke really. So, if you trust my word you can look it up now and it won't affect your knowledge of the plot in any way.


Corporal Hicks
May 12, 2020, 10:31:18 AM
Reply #343 on: May 12, 2020, 10:31:18 AM
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What are people's thoughts on the (spoiler for the end of the book)

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SpaceKase
May 12, 2020, 04:31:06 PM
Reply #344 on: May 12, 2020, 04:31:06 PM
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What are people's thoughts on the (spoiler for the end of the book)

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Somewhere I've got a McFarland Alien vs Predator two figure set that features an egg with a little light inside that makes it glow from within, it's always been my favorite part.

I've always loved the laser light from the egg chamber scene in the original film, and like the AvP2 game I've always preferred to think of it as (failing) stasis field, Pilot technology that's breaking down due to age and seismic activity, the egg containment starts to breach and the acoustic warning beacon immediately starts blasting through the æther. Isolation did such a gorgeous job picking up on this theme with the Marlowe beacon scene on the derelict. I think Steel Egg is the only time it was ever inferred that the mist field was some kind of emission from the eggs themselves (thankfully the only time IMHO).

On another non sequitur side note, the bit with the water droplets dripping up from the eggs has always been another one of my  favorite little details from the film, and one of the few atmospheric tidbits that I thought Colonial Marines really got right, if I'm remembering correctly, anyway.

« Last Edit: May 12, 2020, 05:03:07 PM by SpaceKase »

 

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