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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (30 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783290153
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783290154
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In text form the primal dread conjured by its events and themes is as timeless as the cold and empty darkness from which it spreads. 9/10." --Starburst

"As timeless as the movie that spawned it." --Den of Geek

"Alan Dean Foster s slow detailed retelling of this classic, which successfully straddles the sci-fi and horror genres, will have you on the edge of your seat, or in my case cowering under the duvet." --FrightFest

"The official novelization is a stroll-back to memory lane of sweat inducing horrors." --Retrenders

"Foster s treatment of the source material has only enhanced my appreciation for this classic story." --Blogcritics

"A hell of a fun and terrifying read." ----Ravenous Monster

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Alan Dean Foster is the acclaimed author of movie tie-ins for Star Wars, Alien, Transformers. He was awarded the IAMTW Grand Master Scribe Award in 2008. A best-selling science-fiction and fantasy author in his own right; the popular Pip and Flinx novels and the Founding of the Commonwealth series.


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I've loved the concept of Alien ever since I first watched the film in the early 80s, the jaw of every family member dropping open at the chestburster scene - before we hit rewind to watch it again. I approve of any work that is coherent, where the form fits the theme. And in the original there is that first feeling of awe at something completely alien to us, a feeling lost in the sequels which - even though some are still good films - increasingly see the Alien become a scary but known quantity. It is no longer alien.

Despite having seen the film many times, reading this novelizaion based on an early script let me experience elements of it as if for the first time, because there are subtle changes from the film I know: extra characterizations, a different pace, altered details. We can never experience anything again for the first time, but this captured a hint of that feeling of discovery.

These are some of the changes I noticed between the novel and the film. The differences below apply to the novel.

- In hypersleep the humans are naked and surrounded by a kind of amniotic fluid.
- There is no Space Jockey on the derelict craft.
- The face hugger has an eye and suckers.
- The facehugger is cut in a different place as they try to take it off Kane's face.
- Kane is not held down when the chestburster erupts.
- Dallas confronts Ash.
- There is a scene where the remains of Brett and Dallas are discovered - a scene removed from the film, but which suggests a totally different life cycle from the one eventually adopted in Aliens and later lore.
- Details of the ending in the shuttle are changed.

The writing takes a bit of getting used to. It flips between perspectives, even including Jones the cat's viewpoint.
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Good book. Was dispatched quickly and well wrapped. When I opened the package, the book sprang out and attached itself to my face which was unexpected but not altogether unpleasant. Well worth a read.
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Fantastic! From start to finish this nail-biting horror/thriller film turned novel kept me gripped and thoroughly engaged in the story. I find Alan Dean Foster's unique style of writing to be simple, user friendly and yet poetic and flowery simultaneously. Foster was able to pack oodles of atmosphere into lots of description, but it was written in such a way as to make it interesting, a place where a lot of authors fail. To achieve such a marvelous mixture in the correct proportions is true talent at its greatest.

Quote Alan Dean Foster:

"Seven dreamers. You must understand that these were not professional dreamers. Professional dreamers are highly paid, respected, much sort after talents. Like the majority of us, these seven dreamt without effort or discipline..."

"...It was lonelier than falling through space. Spinning slowly as the wire unwound, Kane dropped through total darkness, not a star or nebula in sight."

"Ash released Ripley. She collapsed on the floor, choking and holding her throat. His hands performed a macabre pantomime. Then he, or more properly it, stumbled backward, regained its balance and commenced searching the deck for the separated head."

"Ripley thumped the stop. It was quiet in the cabin, the first quiet of many days. She thought it barely possible she might rest now. She could only hope not to dream."

Brilliant! A wonderful and fluid use of words and images, which really capture the whole feel of the novel right the way through from start to finish. I could literally quote the entire book here, but I urge readers to read it for themselves.

As in the film of Alien, the characters in this novel are likable, pleasing and I was rooting for them the entire time, never the alien.
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A great book that stays fairly close to the film, with the expected bits added on of course, but, there are still bits from the film that have been omitted from the book, for instance, in the film, Dallas, Kane and Lambert, when investigating the source of the S.O.S' find the seated skeleton of one of the alien creatures that sent the signal with its chest burst outwards, this isn't even hinted at in the book, some other scenes too, but this does not stop me giving it 5 stars, as it it's still a well written and entertaining book. I recommend it to ANY sci-fi/horror fan. Now for the sequel: Aliens.
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A good read you get to know the characters thoughts as the film cannot really do this. Still a good page turner and atmospheric description
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Having read many Alien and Predator books over the years I figured it was high time to read the original novelization of the very first Alien movie. This novel was actually recommended to me by a classmate all the way back in June 1994, but instead I got caught up in the spin-off lore. Alan Dean Foster was the man who adapted the first three Alien movies into novels (as well as many other novelizations, the most recent being Star Trek Into Darkness) so I figured that he must be good if they asked him back twice.

Er...no, he's not. I have no doubts that his talent has improved over the years, and perhaps if he were to redo Alien it would be a superior effort, but this 1979 original leaves a lot, and I mean a LOT, to be desired. I desire some suspense, detail, and feeling. That ain't what I got. The novel has some serious pacing issues (the chestburster scene happen on page 160 of this 253-page novel) and expands the terse, realistic dialogue from the movie in to ridiculous, over-written, over-expositional nonsense. Scenes that should have been swift and functional are slow and heavy, while scenes that should have been detailed and suspenseful and breezed over as if they were not important.

The last half hour of the movie is farted out in a mere 19 pages! It honestly seems like it was written by a different person. On top of this there are several moments from the movie that begged novel detail that are left out entirely, such as the Space Jockey scene, or what exactly happened to Lambert. The movie implies that the Xenomorph raped her, which is certainly odd, but not out of character for a movie that deals with the rape and impregnation of a man - a subtext that Foster is apparently obvious to as he makes nothing of it.
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