Tag: Visceral

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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Jade Sharma – Problems | Review

Title: Problems

Author: Jade Sharma

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 224

Rating: 4*/5

 

Jade Sharma - Problems

Jade Sharma – Problems

 

Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this book for free to review.

I’m pretty sure I didn’t even request this one, but it arrived at my door and so I figured I might as well give it a go. Luckily, I really enjoyed it, and while I did find occasional problems with it here and there, it was entertaining enough and pretty typical for a professional qualitydrugbook.

Here, we follow an unlikable heroin addict and see the highs and lows of her life through her own eyes. It’s bleak and pretty visceral, but it does get a little tedious over time just because of the protagonist’s personality. But drugs do bad things to people – and it can make them do bad things, too.

If you don’t like drug books then you won’t like this, but if you like stuff about heroin and prostitution and the dregs of society trying to survive in a world in which they’re only looking for their next fix, you’re in luck. There were a few problems with the layout in my copy, but it was also an uncorrected proof and so perhaps that was why. All in all, I thought it was pretty good.

 

Jade Sharma

Jade Sharma

 

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