[Ebook] ➬ Aliens: Original Sin ➫ Michael Jan Friedman – Writerscompany.co.uk

Aliens: Original Sin Tie in novels don t often aim high, but most of them at least come with the satisfaction of a good story This one in particular misses the mark, and although some of the blame is on the author, a lot of it is the general difficulty in writing outside stories in the ALIEN franchise.Compare, for example, towell known franchise tie ins, such as STAR TREK Paramount operates an ongoing STAR TREK office and partners with editors at Pocket Books to ensure that TREK titles don t stray into terri Tie in novels don t often aim high, but most of them at least come with the satisfaction of a good story This one in particular misses the mark, and although some of the blame is on the author, a lot of it is the general difficulty in writing outside stories in the ALIEN franchise.Compare, for example, towell known franchise tie ins, such as STAR TREK Paramount operates an ongoing STAR TREK office and partners with editors at Pocket Books to ensure that TREK titles don t stray into territory that might be explored in canon, they don t allow story elements that could permanently impact the canon or be contradicted later, for the most part Apparently there s not any similar apparatus at Fox with ALIEN franchise titles, since the book generally strays into all of these areas.Friedman is a capable author, but the book seems like he was given a few directives to make a splash with this title this was the first of Dark Horse s mass market ALIEN franchise novels, and they clearly wanted to debut with one starring Ripley, and exploring the background of the overall franchise However, as anyone who s seen the ALIEN films can attest, there s not a lot of extra territory to explore with Ripley Anything that happened before ALIEN is irrelevant to the overall storyline, and the character doesn t have significant lapses in time between any of the films Friedman took the only opening left available, which is to set the story after ALIEN RESURRECTION, and while it s nice to explore Winona Ryder s character Call further, other character holdovers from the film that appear in the novel areuninteresting than anything else Each of the four ALIEN films explores a different genre genetically melded like the alien xenomorph to the host genre of science fiction ALIEN was a horror film, ALIENS was a war film, ALIEN 3 was a prison film, and ALIEN RESURRECTION was pure space opera Joss Whedon was the screenwriter on the last of these, and introduced a character group that felt like an incomplete sketch for his later FIREFLY SERENITY I m inclined to think that Friedman picked up on this same line of thinking for this novel However, compare this to asuccessful ALIEN franchise story such as Bissette Dorman s ALIENS TRIBES, and it s easy to see that tie in fiction for this franchise might be overallsuccessful staying away from the Ripley character andwithin the heart of the Ridley Scott James Cameron areas of the franchise More frustrating, Friedman explores the background of the franchise as a whole, and introduces an explanation in the novel as promised on the cover copy of why the aliens were there in the first place when the Nostromo found them in ALIEN At this point, with Scott s PROMETHEUS, virtually all of this exploration is going to wind up well outside of what will now be official ALIEN universe canon Again, this is frustrating, but I wonder if a better line of communication between Dark Horse and Fox might have stopped this from happening, particularly since the inclusion of this aspect of the plot doesn t really add much to the overall interest of the novel.Don t think that the book is completely disappointing, however The alien infecting the colony aspect is pretty well done, and was actually theinteresting part of the novel It s done with the right amount of buildup and even, surprisingly, with some humor I wish that the novel hadfocused on this area of the story and had been less driven to be an epic follow up to ALIEN RESURRECTION, and that the editorial directive to explain the whole ALIEN universe wasn t really so big an aspect of the book Friedman does the best he can to balance all of this, so I don t think he s to blame for the book s general iffy ness However, this does make me question whether reading other titles in Dark Horse s ALIEN novel line will be worth the effort I love anything from the alien universe and I was so excited to find another story with Ripley It s good to know she s still out in the universe kicking xenomorph butt. THE ADVENTURES OF ELLEN RIPLEY CONTINUE Nearly Three Centuries Ago, The Weyland Yutani Starship Nostromo Investigated What Appeared To Be A Distress Call Emanating From The Barren Planet AcheronWhat The Crew Of The Nostromo Found Was An Alien Life Form A Hideous, Slavering Killer, Quicker And Powerful Than Anything They Had Known Before Only Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley Managed To Escape With Her Life, Destroying The Nostromo Rather Than Give The Monster A Chance To Reach EarthBut She Hadn T Seen The Last Of The Breed Now, Centuries After The Death Of The Original Ripley, Her Clone Has Taken Up The Fight And She Has Found, With The Help Of An Android Named Call, A Brutal Hired Gun Named Johner, And A Paraplegic Mechanic Named Vriess, That There Is To The Alien Horror Than Meets The Eye In This All New Ripley Novel, Best Selling Author Michael Jan Friedman Asks The Unasked Questions That Pierce The Alien Mystery To Its Seething Acid Chamber Of A Heart Leaving Nothing In Ripley S Universe The Same ,, 3,5 I picked up Aliens Original Sin because I ve been craving some new Alien related material I honestly didn t care what it was, I just wanted a good, compelling story featuring interesting characters in dire situations with aliens causing them problems I ve tried a few things prior to settling on Original Sin and, in all honestly, they almost killed the craving entirely and not in a good way.Alien Prototype and Aliens Rescue left a pretty bad taste in my mouth so I was hesitant to try another I picked up Aliens Original Sin because I ve been craving some new Alien related material I honestly didn t care what it was, I just wanted a good, compelling story featuring interesting characters in dire situations with aliens causing them problems I ve tried a few things prior to settling on Original Sin and, in all honestly, they almost killed the craving entirely and not in a good way.Alien Prototype and Aliens Rescue left a pretty bad taste in my mouth so I was hesitant to try another story set in the universe The setting of OS kind of suckered me in, though, as I was so intrigued by the prospect of going beyond the ending of Alien Resurrection and having another adventure with Ripley 8, Call, Johner, Vriess.My fears were totally unwarranted.Aside from one small non canon plot point made so by the prequel films, Prometheus and Covenant , this was everything I could have wanted from a post Resurrection outing Author Michael Jan Friedman has the voices of the characters down so perfectly that it was easy to imagine the dialogue coming directly from the mouths of the actors who originated these roles Ripley 8 was equal parts creepy, tragic, and badass, and the setting and storyline fit the tone and atmosphere of the series perfectly.I m actually sad that the series did not continue in this direction as every other book from this period of Alien tie in novels chooses a different era to take place in and do not feature these characters.I want.Resurrection is still canon These characters are still out there, still viable, and their continuing adventures is something I would definitely continue to spend time and money on, whether it be in novel or comic book form Considering how polarized fans of the franchise can get, it almost makes sense to just expand in all directions with the series The prequels are there for people who want to havein the way of beginnings There s the material with Amanda Ripley that caters to people who prefer the era between Alien and Aliens Andstories building off of Resurrection could be fascinating and help keep things from going stale or overcrowding any one time frame for the franchise.Anyways, I m ranting.Aliens Original Sin It s great I really dug it and I want.Maybe I m the only one who liked it this much Not a masterpiece but still a nice light booklet for the lazy afternoons. A good read, but with a lot of mistakes Nice to see some familiar characters, but the new characters aren t introduced or described, they re just there In the most obvious mistake, Ripley recites some quotes that Ash said in the original movie, but she quotes what he said in an early draft of the Alien script, not what he actually said in the Alien movie Makes me wonder if the author has even seen the film, or if he just Googled some Alien quotes Fairly average story, large parts don t make A good read, but with a lot of mistakes Nice to see some familiar characters, but the new characters aren t introduced or described, they re just there In the most obvious mistake, Ripley recites some quotes that Ash said in the original movie, but she quotes what he said in an early draft of the Alien script, not what he actually said in the Alien movie Makes me wonder if the author has even seen the film, or if he just Googled some Alien quotes Fairly average story, large parts don t make sense, but overall it works if you overlook the mistakes and the bits that don t make sense , and was a fairly enjoyable read Only media based post Resurection aside from Alien Predator Terminator comic Asks a lot of questions about possible human alliance with Jocky Engineer species, which assume will never be answered Freedman is great writter and the his take on Ripley 8 is spot on. Aliens Novels Book 10, Original Sin 1 59582 015 9In my review of Berserker , I lamented the fact that none of the aliens novels so far have strayed from the two basic plot lines of 1 mad scientist lets experiments get out of hand and 2 trained troops infiltrate hive in search of MacGuffin I noted that in both these cases, it s difficult to sympathize with the victims because no matter how likable they are, they really should have known better than to muck with aliens I ve actually, in Aliens Novels Book 10, Original Sin 1 59582 015 9In my review of Berserker , I lamented the fact that none of the aliens novels so far have strayed from the two basic plot lines of 1 mad scientist lets experiments get out of hand and 2 trained troops infiltrate hive in search of MacGuffin I noted that in both these cases, it s difficult to sympathize with the victims because no matter how likable they are, they really should have known better than to muck with aliens I ve actually, in fact, been pretty surprised that none of the novels so far have taken place from an innocent colony infiltrated by unexpected alien egg perspective, which would seem to practically write itself Fortunately, along comes Original Sin to answer my request and in a thoroughly original and compelling manner Original Sin is the first of the aliens novels to key directly off of the film series, and it does so by following the survivors of Alien Resurrection Now, I liked the Alien Resurrection movie farthan most although I did not think highly of the novelization of the same , but I would be the first to note that some of the characters in the film were not fleshed out thoroughly beyond basic, familiar stereotypes Freidman has addressed that particular problem right out of the gate and wastes no time fleshing out the characters and motivations of the survivors, all against a backdrop of interesting action and constant narrative movement.This deserves a mention Original Sin is one of the best written aliens novels from a perspective of exposition versus action Friedman seems to instinctively understand how to start with a bang, where to insert quick characterization within the action, and when to pull back the throttle slightly and feed a littleexposition to the reader And after over thirteen of these novels nine novels and four film novelizations , I deeply appreciate this talent.The motivations of the survivors are elegantly simple Ripley and Call are driven to protect humans and eradicate aliens the rest of them are simply hoping that an eradication of the alien race will allow them to sleep well again at night In order to provide adeadly antagonist, Friedman has invented a shadowy organization a bitsubtle than the usual W Y setup intent on growing and utilizing the aliens for their own nefarious ends How much the reader will go along with this will depend, I think, on how much you need the aliens novels to fit a canon, but again, after thirteen of these novels, the series seems badly in need of mixing it up a bit Similarly, the alien species in Original Sin have been genetically tampered with, largely to provide a bigger challenge to Ripley Eight Despite its unorthodox plot elements, I regard Original Sin as one of the best in the series Ana Mardoll Really a 3.5I ve read all the prior Aliens books and I ve enjoyed all of them quite a bit, including this one After the first Trilogy Dark Horse took novelizing comic book series they released However, the last book published Berserker was published in 1998, so it s been quite a few years since Dark Horse returned to publishing novels in the Aliens series I was pretty excited to see new novels being published and I was even happier to see they were original stories These arethan just Really a 3.5I ve read all the prior Aliens books and I ve enjoyed all of them quite a bit, including this one After the first Trilogy Dark Horse took novelizing comic book series they released However, the last book published Berserker was published in 1998, so it s been quite a few years since Dark Horse returned to publishing novels in the Aliens series I was pretty excited to see new novels being published and I was even happier to see they were original stories These arethan just a round of novelized comic books, they are entirely new adventures Original Sin, despite being written many years after the fact, picks up where Alien Resurrection left off This is sort of the adventures of Ripley, Call, Johner and Vreiss the survivors of the movie In this story Michael Jan Friedman takes us on a jaunt through space where Ripley fights against a shadow organization that is working with the creators of the Aliens This time they plan to save a biodome in deep space that has been sent an Alien egg As you can expect, disaster ensues Michael Jan Friedman keeps the action and terror going throughout the entirety of the book and sifts in tidbits of corporate intrigue similar to themes found in the Dark Horse comics published in the 90 s His cast of characters are pretty good and he writes them well enough in such a short action packed novel.Basically, if you re a fan of the Aliens franchise I think Michael Jan Friedman did a good job working within the realms of the lore of the series I, personally, thought Alien Resurrection was a great movie, until the Alien queen gave birth to a new creature with a human womb Frankly, that was just stupid Friedman stays away from anything so ridiculous and instead gives us an Alien variant that feels a bitplausible.I think Friedman clearly planned to potentially writestories with the way this ended and allusions to fighting the shadow organization in the future But it s 2020 now and I m not sure he ll get the chance to write that follow up After looking at the backs of the novels after this, they don t appear to have anything to do with what Friedman wrote here That s sort of the downfall of this books end it ends with you wanting , but in true Alien fashion they hire someone else to take on the next adventure and it probably has nothing to do with what was written before Honestly, that s a plight of this franchise, regardless of how much I enjoy it

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