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Aliens: Labyrinth I did enjoy this book, because I am usually easy to please when it comes to sci fi horror genre My major problem with the books is that the charachters were really flat to me I have found that there is a graphic novel that was published before this novel with the same name I wounder if this is just a rushed novelization of the graphic novel The best part for me was the flash backs and how they informed the characters identity I also think Igave it bad rating because I thought the other Alie I did enjoy this book, because I am usually easy to please when it comes to sci fi horror genre My major problem with the books is that the charachters were really flat to me I have found that there is a graphic novel that was published before this novel with the same name I wounder if this is just a rushed novelization of the graphic novel The best part for me was the flash backs and how they informed the characters identity I also think Igave it bad rating because I thought the other Aliens book was so much better done With the last book, Rogue, I started making a list of elements that apparently have to be included in every Aliens books With Labyrinth, I remembered one4 Dream sequence and or flashback involving previous encounters.Here, Perry includes a chapter long flashback early in the book without making it clear we re about to jump back to some years before No, we just get an introduction to a few characters, and then a sudden leap back to earlier in one of their lives It was pretty abrupt, e With the last book, Rogue, I started making a list of elements that apparently have to be included in every Aliens books With Labyrinth, I remembered one4 Dream sequence and or flashback involving previous encounters.Here, Perry includes a chapter long flashback early in the book without making it clear we re about to jump back to some years before No, we just get an introduction to a few characters, and then a sudden leap back to earlier in one of their lives It was pretty abrupt, enough so that I thought it must have been a dream sequence see rule 4 , but it went on for so long that I started to doubt myself.There s nothing new to this story We getmilitary,cold sleep, andof the incessant military banter that s steeped so much in testosterone and masculinity We get a token female character, but by the end of the book, she s less a military character anda damsel in distress, who cries and breaks down farthan one would expect for someone who s career military and should be a bitaccustomed to death.Speaking of military, Perry uses a handful of acronyms in the book, but doesn t explain what they mean It s fairly easy to understand them by way of context TS is a standard Earth year, and NI is some sort of intelligence group but the never defines them, and I can t come up with what they re supposed to stand for Is TS Terran Standard If so, then standard what Why isn t it TSY if that s what it means Also of note is the use of a can of hairspray and a lighter to kill one of the aliens Aside from the fact that I m not convinced that setup would create enough fire to kill one of them, what is a can of hairspray doing in a science lab on a military base Labyrinth isn t as stupid as some of the books that preceded it, but it s not a smart story, either I m having regrets at starting this series of books, because the best I ve been able to give any of them so far is two stars I do not know how I feel about this book story It has a few general similarities to Aliens Rogue view spoiler i.e an isolated space station laboratory only the one in this book is actually on a space station floating in space instead of on the surface of an airless planet oid , a mad scientist of sorts who appears to love or values the aliensthan he does humans and dotes on them, experiments being done to somehow merge humans and aliens on some level , spy cameras de I do not know how I feel about this book story It has a few general similarities to Aliens Rogue view spoiler i.e an isolated space station laboratory only the one in this book is actually on a space station floating in space instead of on the surface of an airless planet oid , a mad scientist of sorts who appears to love or values the aliensthan he does humans and dotes on them, experiments being done to somehow merge humans and aliens on some level , spy cameras devices EVERYWHERE , a potential industrial spy, and somebody trying to uncover what is going on underneath all of the secrecy hide spoiler that stood out to me and which made this book seem vaguely familiar at first, but the sense of familiarity did quickly vanish It is quite dark and disturbing in parts it has an element of horror to it, but I felt some of that horror was not influenced or induced by the presence of the alien drones in the book at least, not in the present storyline It did move at a quick pace it felt likeof a barebones adaptation as opposed to the author expanding upon the original storyline The character development is so so there are three primary characters, one important secondary character, and an assortment of minor characters who are barely developed at all.Colonel Doctor Paul Church is a villain who has been written in such a way to be sympathetic as well aseither evil or insane or something He is a complicated character with possibly complicated motivations He had something extremely traumatic happen to him when he was twenty, and it shaped him and transformed him in the years to come to become who he is today Part of me wanted to see him killed, and part of me wanted to know how much of his story that was revealed was the TRUTH and how much of it was just a pack of twisted lies view spoiler We discover in a series of flashbacks that he grew up traveling the stars with his parents, who were terraformers While they were transporting some passengers to another colony planet RLW1289 , they stopped off at another smaller planetoid which Church s parents had started the initial stages of terraforming approximately thirty five years previously around when Church was five years old or so It was on this terraformed planetoid that they discovered another ship sitting there that should not have been there and were captured by a batch of alien drones from a hive on the planet Church ended up being the only survivor and had to bury parts of his humanity to survive He also discovered biological means by which he was able to kill off the remnants of the hive and survive before he himself was rescued by the Colonial Marines His knowledge that he gained about these Xenomorphs during his captivity allowed him to have a blank check and no checks balances on his work after he returned to civilization.Because of how much he lies during the book, the reader has no real idea how much of what he says is the truth and how much of it is lies and how much of it is a twisted truth because he no longer correctly remembers all that happened to him in that alien hive According to the tale he tells Col Tony Crespi and Lt Sharon McGuinness, he started taking on tasks that he could perform to assist the aliens, which included force feeding his former friends, family, and passengers the dead flesh of rotting, decaying corpses as well as forcing them to drink from a solution the aliens were trying to create to help heal their bodies from some sickness He also realized that the aliens were sick, that they were dying, and were performing their own experiments to come up with a solution that would help heal them, help them to recover and survive He was able to sabotage their efforts and kill them, in the end We really do not know what happened, except that he probably was the only survivor of his crew and that he removed the alien threat to the planetoid and future human existence on the terraformed celestial body we assume The author keeps mentioning throughout the book that he has suffered some kind of traumatic event that he tries to hide and cope with, but it is up to the reader to belief if what the tale he told is true, or how much of it is true It does seem to have affected him to the point that he no longer sees himself as being human, that he sees himself as beingthan human because of his experiences and what he had to ingest including the various alien serums and solutions in order to survive.He was a disturbing individual who seemed broken and not quite but almost helpless and child like, at times A broken genius, of sorts I do not know if that was the author s intent or not in this book to portray him this way, but if so, she did a great job giving him that sense about him I have not read the mini series this book is based on, so I cannot say how well the author did in putting the comic book character into a printed from or describing him in light of the comics, so it is entirely possible he comes across much differently in the comic series hide spoiler view spoiler We learn that alien drones are fond of pigs very fond They love to eat them, to devour them 54 56 Never knew that before I always wondered what aliens ate, to be able to grow as big as they do I may have to find copies of the novelizations of the first two movies I thought a theory was mentioned in one of them as to what the aliens ate In any case, this book has the alien s feeding on pigs and humans.Of course, learning how much aliens love to eat pigs and that they eat humans made me wonder something else, having to do with that terraformed planetoid visited by Church and his family and crew The small moon is a veritable garden paradise however, there are NO ANIMALS on the planet 85 What they do find is another ship that had apparently landed on the small moon several years ago and is now deserted but with plenty of supplies onboard 80 81, 82, 84 Paul, his family, and their passengers momentarily disembark, ponder the mystery, and then prepare to leave when they are attacked by alien drones 85 At least sixteen drones capture them and take them back to the hive 85, 119 120 The hive appears as an enormous vegetation covered hill 120 Since the planetoid moon was uninhabited by any animal life, it does make one wonder how any aliens could have been born let alone survived a lack of food source or living animals As it turns out, the smugglers how had landed on the planet some years before had been bug smugglers and intending to set up a bug farm of some sort 183 and it seems their cash crop got the best of them Now, it does make one wonder why any human would be stupid enough to want to farm bugs, to grow these Xenomorphs, considering how dangerous they are Regardless, even if there were twelve smugglers, it still seems hard to believe that the hive could have grown as big as it did, with the number of drones, considering there was no source of life for the alien embryos to be implanted and birthed So, what did the aliens eat in order to survive during the time on the planet between when the smugglers arrived and died and when Church and his group arrived hide spoiler I did have some issues with the story view spoiler One had to do with the aerosol can found in the lab buy Crespi Why is there an aerosol can in the laboratory, conveniently sitting on a table waiting to be used by Crespi after Crespi is attacked by an alien drone 134 Not only that, but why would it be a can of hair spray that is sitting in the lab 135 The question crossed my mind, as it seemed odd that it was just sitting there on the table and it makes absolutely no sense for it to be there.It bugged me that Colonel Crespi was sent to the space station to investigate abnormalities going on there and that he supposedly had the full backing of the upper chain of command, and he never used that power Also, one might have thought he would have had some kind of back up with him, or orders in writing that confirmed his new status upon arrival As it was, he never acted upon this authority or took advantage of the power his authority gave him I realize he is supposed to be on the outskirts of known space and isolated, but it would seem that if the higher ups suspected foul play of some kind which they clearly did that they would have senthelp with him to back him up, that they would have sent him some kind of additional support His higher authority and their backing support was made to be such a big deal in the beginning of the story and it turned out to be nothing at all, just a big smokescreen of some kind to distract the reader and really reinforce how stupid and incompetent this guy had to be to not take advantage of every amount of leverage he had at his disposal to ensure he got the job done I find it hard to believe they would have sent somebody as incompetent as he turned out to be on such an important fact finding mission at least, that is the impression I got, from the reading, that his mission was of vital enough importance he could take command if he deemed it a necessity Also, Church s supposed time in the hive I realize we can only take his word on what happened as being true, but by his own admission throughout the story , he has chosen to not remember things clearly and has lied to himself and to officials about what happened in hopes of forgetting So, we do not know that what he shared is really what happened So, with that caveat, on to my grouse about his supposed capture by the aliens and being experimented upon during his captivity The statement is made that the smuggler s ship had not been boarded in several years based on the dust on the floor of the vessel yet their bodies are still supposedly alive inside the alien hive How does that work How were the aliens able to keep the human bodies alive yet dead for so long I suppose they could have been altered by the aliens over time as the aliens performed their own sets of experiments upon the human bodies Also, he had been trapped inside of the hive for forty three days 182 Fine whatever He also had to perform some kind of operation on himself to remove the dead alien embryo from inside his chest he performed the seven hour operation on his own 183 Now, both his parents vessel and the smugglers vessel were filled with supplies Why would he not have gathered as many supplies as he possibly could have for his convalescence after his self surgery He makes the remark that a rescue team force of Colonial Marines arrived thirty days after he sent his request to be rescued, and that when they found him, he was pretty atrophied by that point in time 183 the implication I received was that it was from malnourishment, from lack of food, which should not have been the case Finally, he claims that the hive was destroyed before he had a chance to tell the Marines to hold off because of the biological treasure trove it presented the human race 183 Part of me wants to cry, BS to this claim, especially in regard to the toxic mold and the colloid leeches I do not think that would have happened I would think that the Marines would first have wanted to have known how he survived and if there were anydangers lurking around before they destroyed the remnants of the hive I do not believe any commanding officer of the Colonial Marines would have been so stupid as to destroy something that could have made such a difference to the long term survival of the human race and this dangerous species Samples would have been and should have been taken the remnants of the hive and dead aliens would have been a treasure trove for scientists to study to come up with new measures to kill the aliens So, yeah, I cry bunk and baloney to this claim on Church s part and the author of the comics as well for continuing the idiotic stereotype that all Marines or anybody else in a military uniform has to be stupid and incompetent and short sighted.One other thing that kinda bugged me was that Sharon McGuinness was able to hack into the space station s security systems and computer systems, but she never figured out that there were cameras and other recording devices NEARLY EVERYWHERE I did not believe that about her, either, that she would fail to notice all of the security cameras and whatnot around the station, or that they were equally quite prevalent in the living private quarters as they were in the public sections of the station hide spoiler There were some oddly humorous moments in the book that made me kinda chuckle probablybecause of Church s apparent incompetence when it came to social interactions , but they also seemed odd and out of place when taken into consideration with future revelations later in the book I liked Colonel Doctor Tony Crespi s character, and I liked Lt Sharon McGuinness s character, too The way the book ends which, apparently, is different than the comic series, I have been told definitely sets things up for some kind of sequel At this point, I doubt it will ever be acted upon, though, which is fine There are some pretty dark moments in the book, that is for sure I felt some of the darker moments involved humansthan humans interacting with the aliens, but that is fine It was a dark and twisted story, all around, with a few disturbing moments in it.Overall, I am glad that I took the time to read the book The stupidity of the heroes really annoyed me, though, and ruined it, in some respects I think if I were to rate parts of it, some of it would be 4 stars while other parts would be either 1 star or 2 stars Church really set the tone for the story, I think, because one never knew what one could believe when it came to Church In any case, the sheer and utter stupidity and incompetence of the heroes ruined it for me, I think Two stars it is Novelization of the graphic novel by Jim Woodring, this is Stephani Danelle Perry s 3rd ALIENS novel, although the previous 2 ALIENS BOOK 3 THE FEMALE WAR and ALIENS VS PREDATOR PREY were co written with her father Steve Perry.This is very aptly written for sure, reads very well But it s a very straightforward adaptation The low page count 240 could have been padded a bitwith new scenes or new characters Previous adaptations of ALIENS comics always had expanded bits and new eleme Novelization of the graphic novel by Jim Woodring, this is Stephani Danelle Perry s 3rd ALIENS novel, although the previous 2 ALIENS BOOK 3 THE FEMALE WAR and ALIENS VS PREDATOR PREY were co written with her father Steve Perry.This is very aptly written for sure, reads very well But it s a very straightforward adaptation The low page count 240 could have been padded a bitwith new scenes or new characters Previous adaptations of ALIENS comics always had expanded bits and new elements not always successfully as with ALIENS ALIEN HARVEST created by the writer to expand on the short comic story This book would have benefited for that.But overall a quick read, with good descriptions and dialogue The antics of the mad scientist once again Col Doctor Paul Church and the attempts to thwart his research by Col Doctor Tony Crespi and Lt Sharon McGuinness are very well depicted The best part of the story both comic and novel is the harrowing backstory of Paul Church some 40 years in the past, when he and his family were taken into a diseased and rotting alien hive and subjected to horrible breeding exercises chilling.NOTE The graphic novel was originally published as a 4 issue series by Dark Horse Comics, and included a 16 page preview story from the anthology DARK HORSE COMICS 12 13 This reads like abecedarian first draft fan fiction that was not proof read, peer reviewed, or edited, leaving it wracked with atrocious grammar and obfuscating sentences Lurking within the malformation is a mundane story that occasionally reaches heights of mediocrity. Not sure if I ve ever beenangry at an ending Completely unexpected and just pissed me off Started off a little slow, picked up super quick out of nowhere The last quarter was a good and intense read I couldn t put the book down Then almost threw the book when I read the first paragraph of the last chapter If the next book of the series doesn t pick up from where this book left off I will beangry Easy reading Good adventure I feel a lotinterested in how the ALIENS novels are continuing the story in contrast to the film sequels. Creepy Chilling DisturbingOne of the best Alien novels I ve read so far with just the right balance of horror and action Some times it feels a bit like Alien Isolation when the main characters only survive because they manage to improvise weapons on the fly Weapons that at the most only stun or drive the aliens awayThe best parts of the story though isn t the action It s the psychological horror where we are treated with doctor Church With his background, his methods and how he seem Creepy Chilling DisturbingOne of the best Alien novels I ve read so far with just the right balance of horror and action Some times it feels a bit like Alien Isolation when the main characters only survive because they manage to improvise weapons on the fly Weapons that at the most only stun or drive the aliens awayThe best parts of the story though isn t the action It s the psychological horror where we are treated with doctor Church With his background, his methods and how he seem to regard all other humans as mere tools The worst part is that no matter how disturbingly deranged or ruthless he might act, he still gets away with it and manage to manipulate just about everyone to his ends An awesome, though very disturbing read indeed Aliens Novels Book 6, Labyrinth 0 553 57491 4After suffering through the poorly written and almost identical to one another Genocide and Alien Harvest , I have to praise Labyrinth for returning to the basics of the first three books of the series and for understanding what really drives the suspense and terror in the alien universe Labyrinth has the closed spaces and the inability to escape that is so crucial for suspense When a space inhabited by aliens isn t closed, but rather ente Aliens Novels Book 6, Labyrinth 0 553 57491 4After suffering through the poorly written and almost identical to one another Genocide and Alien Harvest , I have to praise Labyrinth for returning to the basics of the first three books of the series and for understanding what really drives the suspense and terror in the alien universe Labyrinth has the closed spaces and the inability to escape that is so crucial for suspense When a space inhabited by aliens isn t closed, but rather entered into voluntarily see Genocide and Alien Harvest , the reader doesn t feel pity for the victims so much as open contempt, doubly so if the reasons for deliberately exposing themselves to such danger are stupid, greedy, and ill conceived Perry seems to recognize this, and returns us back to the basics of Nightmare Asylum and Alien Resurrection by giving us a mad scientist intent on betraying his own race by feeding his fellow humans to the aliens for breeding purposes.This sense of betrayal and horror is crucial to the series a fact that all the aliens movies explored thoroughly As horrific as the aliens are, there reaches a point of saturation, where the prospect of being eaten or used as a breeder is no longer as frightening as it once was, at least in part because the shock aspect has dissipated A mad scientist who mutilates his subjects in horrific ways provides much needed shock value, plus the added horror of being used as an experiment against your will, unable to die even breeders have the certainty that eventually their suffering will end , and that even if you somehow find a way to die, your body would still be horribly desecrated Add to that the potent sense of outrage, that a human would so deeply betray his race, whilst other humans would meekly facilitate his madness, and you have the nice makings of a thriller Stick all that on a remote space station, add a thick layer of mystery to the whole proceedings, and your book practically writes itself.Unfortunately, Perry s writing style in this novel seems extremely mediocre The style is jumpy and self conscious, often trying to manufacture suspense by simply not telling the reader what is going on Scenes of discovery read like something akin to paraphrase She walked into the room and her heart suddenly leapt into her chest All her worst nightmares had come true He really was insane, a madman, and this proved it She just couldn t believe what she saw No, really, this is huge very, very big and you are just going to die when you read what she saw Are you ready Ok, here it is and so on Perry doesn t trust the reader enough to reveal terrors openly and without a fake suspenseful buildup, a technique that becomes tiresome quickly Perry has also tackled the classic Why isn t the main character catching on when the reader already has hurdle that writers so often face by falling back on the standby of making the main character too stupid to tie his own shoes Really, you can t have your main villain doing the literary equivalent of cackling frequently, twirling his mustache, and insisting that people call him DOCTOR EVIL , and then have your main character just totally fail to catch on without him looking like a complete moron I understand the intent, the desire to set up a dichotomy where we are forced to confront the advantages of immoral research versus the importance of doing the right thing, but it just doesn t work and the writing comes off as blunt and ham fisted This is probably as good a time as any to note that Perry also seems strangely interested in sexual violence and violence against women She is very fond of using the concept of rape in hyperbole, as in his nose was raped by the stench That s..one way to put it, I guess She s also very intent on having the often hysterical and screaming, despite being a trained marine heroine being physically choked and lifted bypowerful men, particularly if they have a sexual interest in her As a reader, I could have done without this recurring aspect of the novel.My final criticism of Perry s writing style is that she seems not to understand the concept of Chekhov s gun that if an object or concept is introduced in a story, it must be utilized by the end of the story, or else it ought not have been there in the first place Perry provides the good guys at the very beginning with a perfect trump card they have complete and total backing by the military hierarchy to investigate the mad scientist and do whatever they deem necessary to stop him, which is a big change from the usual little guy bucks the evil establishment theme However, the fact that the good guys never use their trump card and indeed never even consider using their trump card, is incredibly frustrating and pointless The fact is, the trump card is never again mentioned outside the opening chapter, so it should have been removed entirely If a trump card is introduced it MUST be used, and if it is not, then there at least has to be a very good reason why not This never again mentioned trump card also completely undermines the bad ending that this book ends on, because if the mad scientist was already under suspicion and investigation, he wouldn t escape detection indefinitely, nor would he be able to frame the good guys in any way that would stick after a full investigation So, basically, we get an unused trump card which makes the good guys look stupid because they have forgotten its existence and makes the ending completely implausible Why Having said all that, here are the things I did like about this book First, it was creepy and scary, like a good aliens book should be There s a lot of good suspense, and the evil scientist surprises are pleasantly horrifying even if the main characters do stubbornly refuse to recognize obvious evil for what it is Second, the entire book moves at a good clip There are a whole lot of flashbacks, but they are nicely done and with a plethora of skin crawling details, so that s a plus Third, the term royal jelly does not, to my knowledge appear anywhere in this book at all I am so very glad to see that we ve decided to drop that fruitless side plot and get back to the basics which is that being kept in suspended state, unrelieved by death, for all eternity in order to suffer horrible mutilations, gruesome experiments, and painful alien invasions on your body is extremely and satisfyingly creepy Ana Mardoll The Space Station Innominata Has One Problem Men Die There Only No One Really Knows It Or At Least, No One Who Counts Certainly Colonel Doctor Tony Crespi Has No Idea He Is Simply Eager To Work With The Infamous Doctor Paul Church, Who Believes That A Mutated Strain Of Alien Can Be Made To Obey Human WillChurch S Captive Creatures Live In A Warren Of Tunnels Inside That Labyrinth, Crespi And Lieutenant Sharon McGuinness Are About To Find The True Meaning Of Church S Experiments With A Chamber Of All Too Human Horrors At Its Dark Heart, The Labyrinth Is A Death Trap Designed By A Man Who Is Attempting What No Other Person In The Universe Would Dare To Bring Human And Alien Together As One


About the Author: S.D. Perry

SD Perry Stephani Danelle, by the way, though she prefers SD or Danelle has been writing novelizations and tie ins for most of her adult life Best known for her work in the shared multiverses of Resident Evil, Star Trek, and Aliens, SD is a horror nerd and an introvert Her father is acclaimed science fiction author Steve Perry SD lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.


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