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Alan Dean Foster – Aliens | Review

Title: Aliens

Author: Alan Dean Foster

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 250

Rating: 3.75/5

This book is the novelisation of the second Alien movie, and it’s actually a pretty good read. Foster is a well-known and well-loved novelist in his own right, and before picking up this and Alien, I’d already read Midworld, which is my friend Todd the Librarian’s favourite book. That was great, Alien was great and so was this one.

The only real flaw for me was that it’s a little top heavy and so the last twenty pages contain the most climactic scenes. But at the same time, I can see how this could happen when you’re writing a novelisation based upon a movie. Movies and books work differently, and it’s kind of noticeable here.

Still, Foster’s writing style combined with the original script make for a compelling read, and I was impressed again by the way that he was able to bring the story to life. His writing style is super evocative, so at times you feel as though you can smell the stench of alien blood burning its way through steel decking.

Of course, the downside is that by this point, most people have seen the movie and so they already know what happens. That kind of gives it the weird sensation of being a re-read even if it’s the first time you’ve picked it up. That’s not a bad thing though, and I thought it was decent.

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Alan Dean Foster – Alien | Review

Title: Alien

Author: Alan Dean Foster

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 246

Rating: 4.25*/5

 

 

For some reason, I wasn’t expecting this book to be as good as it was. I’m not sure why, because I’ve seen and enjoyed the movie and I’ve read and enjoyed Alan Dean Foster. I think another part of the reason is the book itself, which is one of those old sci-fi paperbacks with tiny print and super yellowed pages. And then for the first ten pages or so, there was a lot of computer jargon that felt super dated and just kind of annoying, with people saying stuff like “patch the RDN drive through the CRX aux” for pages at a time.

But once I started to get absorbed into it, I found myself unironically enjoying it, and despite the fact that it’s a novelisation of the movie, I think I liked the book better. That’s a testament to Alan Dean Foster’s skills as a writer, and I was particularly impressed by how visceral it was. In the chest bursting scene, for example, Foster was writing about the stench of Kane’s perforated bowel, a detail that you wouldn’t pick up on if you just watched the movie and wrote what you saw.

All in all, this would be a great book to read if you’re into sci fi in general, as well as if you specifically like Alien. It definitely did the movie justice, hurray.

 

Alan Dean Foster

Alan Dean Foster

 

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