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Aliens: Earth Hive: Aliens : Earth Hive Paperback – 4 Nov 1993


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  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; 1st Millenium Edition edition (4 Nov. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857981391
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857981391
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike_Tsunami on 13 Nov. 2006
Format: Paperback
Whilst I like Alien³ (the original viewable on Alien Quadrilogy that is, not the butchered cinema version), I feel this is where it really should've picked up.

I'll get the complaint out of the way, this would've been great with Hicks and Newt so it's a shame continuity forced the names to be changed to Wilks and Billie and given very similar pasts.

That's the complaining down, on to the praising. When I bought the first 3 books, I ended up receiving Nightmare Asylum first and despite my better judgement I read that...so it didn't make a whole lot of sense until I read this one and boy did that make things better. People have been calling for the aliens to reach Earth for a long time, even after the second movie and this does just that. It's perfect all the way, insane cultists willing to give their lives to birth these creatures. The Company wanting to bring them to Earth and use them as weapons, marines, a girl who's seen them all before and to top it off the way it always should go...everything goes completely ***s up!

Steve Perry wrote this perfectly, he got everything about the aliens spot on and set up a fantastic series of books as all of them effectively thrive off the fact the Earth was once invaded by these killing machines.

This is a must read for alien fans, and you won't be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Sept. 2000
Format: Paperback
This book has definately earned it's 4 stars. Because it was just unbeleivably interesting. The characters in the novel are well portraied and the storyline has extremely good twists has the plot of the story thickens! Lots of action and gore! Excellent!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A.R.G. Harwood on 18 Aug. 2004
Format: Paperback
I found this book lying un-read in my bookcase one day. After seeing the film Aliens recently I thought I'd read it. A day later, I'd finished it! I just couldn't put it down! Every spare moment I spent reading this book. The characters, the plot, the twists are unfaultable and the pace is outstanding. Action packed. I couldn't believe I had never read it before. I've got Nightmare Asylum on order.....as well as the rest of the series! Brilliant book! A must read for any fan of the films or thrilling science fiction novels!
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By A Customer on 5 April 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I think one of the main things this book does is show what human civilization is like in the future. It's a subject that really wasn't touched upon by the Alien movies. And it also shows what would happen if some people on earth knew about the xenomorphs. After all, just because Ripley killed what she and others thought was the last bug (at least until Resurrection came out) doesn't mean that it was the last one. The book showed the less-than-surprising way in which a corporation would react: Try to make them weapons. And it showed the horrifying way in which the equivalent of a UFO fanatic would act. Or more accurately a group of them.
The characters are pretty well developed, and there is a good reason for the stock character marines for being so stock. There also some nicely done hints as to the reason laced through the book until the reason is revealed in a rather forceful way.
There are a few things that could have been done better though. There seemed to be an excessive amount of cussing, but in between that, the narcotic vending machines, and the discussion of pleasure droids, it adds to the feeling that society has degraded in the future. It's a bit of a mystery how they pinpointed the "homeworld" of the aliens, especially since it obviously is a different planet from the Hiveworld in Female War. The non-xenomorph alien that pops in is also kind of a mystery, but then again it might be the species the ruined space space ship from Alien belonged to, in which case it's a nice way to tie in the first movie.
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I really wanted to like this book more. I’ve been fascinated with the Xenomorphs for quite a while now, and I purchased this around the time I finished watching the Alien Quadrilogy. Interestingly enough, the Engineers actually do feature here, although I am unable to discern as yet how everything fits together. That’s tie-in fiction for you. Earth Hive was released in the early 1990s and is book 1 in the Aliens series, but details about Xenomorph behaviour, biology and society is so sparse, and treated so peripherally, that it reads more like a footnote of something much larger. All this novel basically tells you about the Aliens, is that they have heads like bananas. Yes, bananas. Obviously, the assumption is that anybody who is reading this at least knows what the Xenomorphs look like, otherwise this is open to serious misinterpretation. Is the novel scary? No. Is the novel atmospheric? No. In short, it’s not really a novel about Aliens (they don’t feature “on page” nearly enough). It’s a novel about corporations who want to use the Aliens as biological weapons, and that idea is also pretty old by now (or at least, it was already old in the 1990s). At first I wasn’t sure whether the brusque writing style and dialogue should be described as “workmanlike” or “awkward”. In the end I decided on “awkward”. This is only recommended for die-hard Alien fans, although it just left me intrigued enough to consider reading the sequel (Aliens: Nightmare Asylum) at some point.
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