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Monday, September 8, 2014

Alien: Out of the Shadows - Book Review #bookreview #books #novel #alien #sciencefiction

Welcome to BRB, everyone! How was your weekend? Mine was busy with a capital B. We (the hubby and I) got home Saturday around dinner time from an out-of-town excursion and quickly cleaned up the house before our guests were to arrive at seven. Then, on Sunday I attended my writer’s group. Everyone had a good laugh and shared their writing and whatever news they had. After the writer’s group my husband took me out for dinner for my birthday. Despite the fact that I’m one year older, I don’t care and look ahead to the future with enthusiasm. I don’t know about you, but I’m at an age and point in my life where I know what I want and I’m going to get it – damn it! LOL Seriously, I’m comfortable with who I am and I’ve got no complaint with what life’s given me so far. Good or bad, it’s been an interesting ride.

Anyway, as for my review…

If you had to choose, which would it be, Alien or Predator? When it comes to Alien, the legendary Ridley Scott and HR Giger collaboration, most people either love the sci-fi mega hit or hate it. Which is similar to the Star Wars versus Star Trek debate; make your choice because according to today’s fan driven Tumblr world you can’t possibly support both. Although Predator doesn’t lack appeal, I will forever be an Alien fan. I think the allure is the chance, though remote, that such beautifully macabre creatures could in fact exist. What makes us think we are the only intelligent beings in the universe? Perhaps there are others out there just as ruthless as humans–unilaterally motivated by greed and power. Aliens consume, decimate and procreate. What do we do…? We consume, decimate and procreate. The Alien franchise changed how we view space and gave a new and frightening face to our nightmares. Alien broke the mould.

Having said all that, Alien: Out of the Shadows, written by Tim Lebbon was an excellent read. Regardless whether this novel was an intentional "corporate money grab" or that the plot has holes if compared to the move is neither here nor there; it was well written, and I liked that the author added his own twist to the original concept. Alien has never belonged to "one" creator, but to "many". If the book provides an entertaining read, that’s the ticket for me. 4 Stars!

Blak Rayne

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