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Aliens: DNA War (Aliens (Dark Horse)) Paperback – 30 May 2006

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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (30 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595820329
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595820327
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.7 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 611,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. D. Anderton on 20 Nov. 2006
Format: Paperback
Firstly,

I've just finished this book 5 minutes ago; it's late at night, yet I am so incensed at the horrific writing that I feel I must comment. If this review prevents JUST ONE more aliens fan from buying this book then I'll be happy.

The author has clearly not watched an aliens film, as this book tarnishes the aliens franchise on several levels. Other reviewers on amazon.com have gone into depth about the author's use of a first-person perspective, which is limiting, lazy, and makes it read like a high school level story. I won't dwell on that too much.

What did make my blood boil is that this woman has taken a horrifying creature that stalks people through darkened corridors and relies on stealth and efficient biomechanical biology, and turned it into a comical species that for some reason rolls around forests like a wagon wheel. When opposing factions of aliens fight each other they repeatedly transform into `battleballs' (a term that she repeatedly uses) which then roll around fields like Andy Capp and his wife with her rolling pin, with clouds of cartoon dust flying around them. Terrible.

The facehuggers in this book have decided that they should all leave the safety of their eggs and gather together in their hundreds and rampage around fields and forests in a herd, and in the latter parts of the book, inflate themselves like balloons and fly off in a flock. Shocking. If my girlfriend hadn't been sleeping next to me I would have roared and thrown the book across the room.

Any people who consider themselves a fan of the alien franchise would be well advised to steer clear of this book, as it will anger you as it did me. It shows a complete lack of even cursory respect for the original intellectual property or even more recent source material. If, however, you like battleballs, flying facehuggers, rolling aliens, predictable plot devices, and complete lack of literary skill then this book comes highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Coleman on 20 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
Firstly I have to say that I invested my money in this book after reading Carey's quite enjoyable Aliens novel Cauldron, so therefore set about reading this with some relish to get my Aliens fixation sated. And I can honestly say that for the first 100 or 120 pages of this story I felt that once again Carey was beginning to set up quite a good tale with a few interesting characters, even if it was written in the horrible first person narration - which I hate as 99.9% of the time our hero will probably live and save the day at the end of the book ! Missing personnel, strange deaths and strained family relationships moving it along quite nicely.

HOWEVER, then the author starts to completely change what we all feel we know - and love - about our cute little Alien adversaries and many people reading the book may well feel that Carey is tarnishing the Alien name with the liberties she is taking - especially with the evolvement of the Alien species - and this in my own humble opinion starts to reduce the enjoyment of the story.

Please don't get me wrong, the novel is still quite enjoyable, but I feel for anything an author creates or does should really have some kind of explanation. I am not sure that I could take the idea of roving masses of face huggers, that evolve into flying beast and then swarm into the sky - surely the beautiful vista mentioned in this book would have been swarmed with Aliens if that were the case. The whole idea of the Aliens changing their pattern of behaviour and stop attacking humans and defend them against face-huggers, whilst simultaneously allowing themselves to be smacked in the head !
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By choozymcr on 22 Jun. 2012
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this one is good, i found it easy to read and just enough alien to keep me reading.
i enjoyed the technology of the curtain and the death scene we all have been waiting for.
good overall, but not much of this book will be remembered.
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By DaveyRavey on 15 April 2012
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This product arrived here on time, was as described and has been good to read about the continuing fight against the Aliens! :)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leon Harris on 1 Nov. 2008
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I admit the book has a few odd ideas presented to us. Flying facehuggers, "rolling" aliens but none of which are too outlandish or dragged out to such a level that distracts from what is a very good story. It brings us a a few new and unexplored areas of the alien universe, The characters for the most part are believable and the story explains a couple things we may have wondered about. It also presents some new technology, that fits well within an alien story. A book that's very much about human survival, instinct and our selfishness. It's not prefect but I highly recommend this book to anyone who's not a hardcore purist and wants something meaningful.
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