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Alien: River of Pain (Novel #3) Mass Market Paperback – 25 Nov 2014


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (UK) (25 Nov 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781162727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781162729
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.6 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN is the New York Times bestselling author of such novels as OF SAINTS AND SHADOWS and THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN, among many others. He has co-written three lavishly illustrated novels with Mike Mignola, the first of which, BALTIMORE, OR, THE STEADFAST TIN SOLDIER AND THE VAMPIRE, was the launching pad for the Eisner-nominated comic book series, BALTIMORE. As an editor, he has worked on the anthologies THE NEW DEAD, THE MONSTER'S CORNER, and 21ST CENTURY DEAD, among others, and has also written and co-written video games, screenplays, and a network television pilot. His original novels have been published in more than fourteen languages in countries around the world.

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Christopher Golden is a well-known and prolific sci fi and fantasy author of many adult and YA novels, including Ghosts of Albion (with Amber Benson), Hidden Cities (with Tim Lebbon), and the forthcoming The Secret Journeys of Jack London, (also with Lebbon). He is also known for his many media tie-in works, including novels, comics, and video games, in such worlds as Buffy, Hellboy, and X-Men. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. Black on 8 Dec 2014
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I am a massive fan of the aliens series, and have been for decades. Ever since I first started reading the Bantam/ Dark Horse novels in the early 90s based on the comics of the time, I think it's safe to say that every book I bought, I read within a couple of days.
River of Pain took a lot longer.
It's not that it was a bad book, it's just that it wasn't great.
It offered very little to the series, and in my eyes tells a story that we already knew. Other reviewers have been bang on the mark when they've said there's pieces in this lifted straight from the film - there is a sizable amount of chapters that are copied, word for word, from the script. The main story took something like 150 pages to kick in, and in all honesty, there's nothing great there, content wise. A lot of characters are just 'meh', they're there because they have to be, because they're there in the film. This novel is a different take on the comic "adaption" called Newt's Tale, which is better in many, if not all, aspects of the tale. After reading the previous two books of the new series, and then reading the synopsis of this book, I couldn't help but feel disappointed that they'd balked from the new original stories and retold what we knew already: Surveyors went somewhere they were told, guy got tagged by a facehugger, colony falls.

SPOILERS = The most important question in the whole film, still isn't addressed - WHAT HAPPENED TO CASEY'S BODY?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ednun pourtahmasbi on 7 Dec 2014
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I have read the other 2 books in this series, out of the shadows and sea of sorrows. Neither are what you would call highbrow, but they were both decent Alien based reads. Sea of Sorrows in particular was a lot better than I was expecting. This book intrigued me however, it was to tell the story detailing the fall of the LV426 colony and that is something many aliens fans have wondered about for a long time.
It’s hard to know exactly where the book goes wrong. Certainly there is a story there and there are characters we’re supposed to like or become attached to, but in my opinion it never really succeeds. Everyone is flat, 2 dimensional and a bit lifeless. It doesn’t help that we already know the ending, but it never seems that the characters are anything new, rather old lines from the films are recycled and somehow even the alien attacks seem dull and flattened. There is no suspense as such either which is something I found very hard to deal with. One moment the aliens are not there, the next they are, but it reads more like a computer game. Then there is the smattering of entirely pointless scenes in the novel which relate directly to the film, but nothing else. I.e. the main book characters have no interactions with the film scenes. An example of this is the opening of the novel, where we see Cane with the facehugger on him in the Nostromo medical bay. However, nothing different happens in this as compared to the film and it has no bearing on the rest of the book, so why is it there? I really am sorry to have to review it like this because I’m sure the author put a lot of work into it and it could have potentially been very good.
Read at your own risk, but maybe when it’s gone down a bit in price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Rimmer on 4 Dec 2014
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One for the fans, the story is good and it had me gripped, mostly, a few issues, it takes nearly half of the novel to get going and there is to much use of scenes from both Alien and Aliens which kind of makes you wonder if the writer coasted a little to much on the work of others for a pay cheque, fair play, you need to set the scene but most people who read this will have seen the movies or read the other books, it feels a little like a sunday roast with out the beef for a while but when it does get going however its a damn fine read, i enjoyed it, hope they make the movie one day!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By iain russell on 12 Dec 2014
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The new trilogy set in the Alien universe reaches its conclusion with this story set on the infamous Lv426 just prior to the events depicted in the movie Aliens (theatrical version). Despite the ending being almost a foregone conclusion this novel is fast moving and action packed from describing everyday life in the colony and the various Weiland-Yutani intrigues up to the final battle for Hadley's Hope. A good read even if it was a bit limited in scope.
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I have eagerly waited for the third book to arrive and it hasn't disappointed.
To write a book bridging the gap between alien and aliens was a brave step and very well handled by the author.
If you are a fan of the alien series of films then you must read this.
Excellent.
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