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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (30 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783290196
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783290192
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.8 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 456,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"All fans should read these novelizations." ----AVP Galaxy

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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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Very good book. Differs a bit from the original film version. Alan Dean Foster has a way of writing good Science Fiction that you can get into and yet builds a good plot and interactions. This is no exception. If you liked the Alien series, you'll like this. The story is better than the film and the characters really come into their own.
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By Wendy nabarro on 10 Nov. 2014
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This book is great for Alien fans.
For any body that collects this kind of thing.
or wants to under stand the story better .
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I bought this book because I just love the alien movies nothing more or nothing less complicated than that reason and that reason alone
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For the millions disappointed by the film -- Read the Novelization 30 Dec. 2014
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WOW! I have not said that in a while and this reviewer surely did not expect that word to come from Alan Dean Foster’s 247-page novelization of Alien 3. Like so many—like millions— who were disappointed with David Fincher’s 1993 film, I did not expect Foster’s novel to change my mind about the “original” conclusion to the Alien franchise. Even ten years ago when I watched the Director’s Cut, I was still left wondering exactly what I was suppose to feel about Ellen Ripley’s final battle with the Xenomorph. Those familiar with the film will not find any spoilers here, for those who have not seen the film, there will be several plot points discussed in this review.

The original draft for Alien 3 was for Ripley to crash land on a planet in the outer system that was home to a monastery. Much of the theme was kept with the inclusion of Dillon’s character and his followers who chose to stay as custodians for a mining colony turned maximum-security facility. Yet, I can’t help but wonder what the story would have “felt” like to have had devoted monks instead of barbaric prisoners for the Xenomorph’s supper menu. This is a point addressing the film’s story and not Foster’s novelization. So, perhaps it’s safer to just stick to the Foster’s story and a comparison with the film they actually made.

Foster saved Alien 3 and gave it new life for this reviewer. Due to its brevity and my surprised enjoyment, I read the novel in one sitting. I wanted to write the review immediately afterward but did not want to come off too much of a “fan boy” while still basking in amazement with a wonderful reading buzz. Now, a few days later, I am still surprised at how much I enjoy the story. I had never been able to connect Ripley to Clemens, the “accidental-homicidal doctor,” or to the queen growing inside of her. Yet, in Foster’s story it finally dawned on me that the apocalyptic-themed maximum-security prison and the newly enhanced Xenomorph, coupled with the queen growing inside the “queen-slayer:” it is a chance for a new beginning and that the slayer and the dragon (Xenomorph) must both be destroyed to prevent the “apocalypse.” Much like Christ, Ripley must defeat evil through death, and later resurrection (the film Alien Resurrection).

Superintendent Andrews makes much more sense in the novel, a respecttable prison warden who is scared of Weyland and its massive political-power and not just a jerk who ignores immediate danger to save routine and order. Also, Golik’s developed telepathic connection to the new warrior-drone Xenomorph is fleshed out in the novelization, which is very satisfying for anyone who has read Stephen Perry’s novels. Many assumptions are removed from the film, providing at time obvious answers for certain character motivations but also offering additional dialogue that just helps the film’s plot roll much more smoothly. Comparatively, the novelization is better than the film.

A must read for the millions who were disappointed with the film. And having read the novelization, l re-watched Aliens 3: Director’s Cut. I enjoyed it in a way that I have not been able to since first seeing it when I was ten. Do not give up on the Alien series and do not just limit yourself to just the movies Alien and Aliens. There is so much content here and Aliens 3: The Official Movie Novelization really helps to excite readers to go farther and see what really makes these aliens so freaking badass!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Ive been waiting for these books for a long time 13 Jun. 2014
By Eric D. Thom - Published on Amazon.com
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Ive wanted copies of all 3 novelizations and am so glad that they came out in both paperback and ebook formats. They are a great read and Alan Dean Foster does them justice. As usual the books are more interesting than even the movies and that goes for Aliens in my opinion.
Four Stars 9 Jun. 2015
By Caleb - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good book, Gives new views of the original Alien 3 story line. Very enjoyable.
Four Stars 15 Jun. 2015
By Janne Montonen - Published on Amazon.com
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Great summer readingin
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Interesting 22 Oct. 2014
By Night Owl Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
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Alien 3 is an interesting book. I have already seen the movie and read several of the Alien books. So I kind of knew what to expect. I liked the first part of the book where it talked about Bad Dreams.

The thing about nightmares is they keep coming back. You can't get rid of them. I thought that was what Ripley was going through. Nightmare after nightmare and they just wouldn't go away. There's nothing you can do, nothing at all. The only partial cure is good sleep and that only feeds the nightmares. My favorite line from the book is "This is Ripley, last surviving member of the Nostromo, signing off."

I think I've had enough Alien books after this one. You can only take so much of a good thing. I've come to the point where I want Ripley to have some normalcy to her life.

Review by: Bemiown

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