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“author Alex White has his head in the right place with The Cold Forge, crafting a story that...tonally feels consistent with the films that inspired it” Birth.Movies.Death
“While I've enjoyed my share of Alien tie-in works across comics and prose novels, The Cold Forge by Alex White might be the first to truly impress me beyond being a few days worth of solid entertainment.” High Fever Books
“In Sudler, I think White created a better monster than the Xenomorphs” Atomic Moo
“an intense ride through a story that may sound familiar but manages to constantly subvert – and surpass – expectations” Dread Central
“Litmus paper for movie franchises worth a damn indicate a lifelong effect on fans, and for good reason. Alien: The Cold Forge tests PH positive on all fronts, because it moved me forward and brought me back. I can offer no greater praise.” Movie Nooz
"a fascinating new expansion of the Alien universe" - BookRiot
“Last year’s Alien: The Cold Forge (courtesy of Titan Books) is likely the best prose Alien novel shy of an Alan Dean Foster film novelization” - Aventures in Poor Taste --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Alex White values challenging and subversive writing. His original podcast drama The Gearheart has gathered over a million unique downloads, and his professional life has enabled him to understand corporate and military mindsets. The author of the Salvagers series and Every Mountain Made Low, White lives in Huntsville, Alabama, with his wife and son.--This text refers to the mp3_cd edition.
- ASIN : B075HYQ5TX
- Publisher : Titan Books (April 24, 2018)
- Publication date : April 24, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 1194 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 281 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #242,980 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Now that being said they’re were moments where I was really beginning to feel terrified by the alien or if at that corner an alien walks past the medical module etc. I was tensed at that time so I would say that the author did an excellent job at getting the readers tensed
That being said there were times where I felt a bit that story is being dragged on for no reason and should have ended.
Overall considering this Alex White’s first take on Alien. I have to raise my hat to say it was a really good work and I really look forward to the sequel if there is any and if they make a audio drama of this book of this next year
Boy, was I in for a disappointment.
To be clear: “Alien: The Cold Forge” isn’t bad, per se – the writing is actually semi-compelling, with Alex White delivering a narrative that is at least unique from other “Alien” stories in its details, if not so much in its structure (apparently, you can only deviate so far from the standard ‘Alien-gets-loose-in-a-setting-and-devours-the-characters-one-by-one’ playbook). That’s certainly refreshing, and I can absolutely understand why fans of the series, who for so long now have been craving anything that even smells remotely new, were taken with some of the book’s more distinctive narrative wrinkles (just one example: the book’s protagonist spends most of the novel swapping her consciousness between her bed-ridden body and that of a male android's synthetic body. Yeah. I told you the book was unique in its details).
The biggest issue I had with “Alien: The Cold Forge” wasn’t its story, but its characters - never have I read a book with such a singularly unpleasant lot of players, and especially not in a book that is a tie-in to a still-popular franchise. In fairness, not every story NEEDS to have likable characters - plenty of movies have been made and novels written about protagonists that were deeply flawed and hard to relate to. However, typically, even stories with the most despicable or off-putting of characters at least try to balance things out with other characters that ARE likable and/or compelling - in essence, they provide the reader a breather, a chance to get away from the unpalatable vacuum that is the core characters. "Alien: The Cold Forge" provides the reader no such relief; nearly every character in the book - from the main protagonist, to the side players, to even the main romantic interest - is some variation of either sociopathic, self-centered, or dimwitted. At first, that doesn't seem like it will prove to be that big of a problem - as mentioned, White has quite a few unique story quirks up his sleeve, and he deploys them often enough in the early going that it's easy to buy into the illusion that they alone will be enough to maintain one's investment. However, at least for this reader, it didn't take long - I'd say till about page 51 or so - before the experience of reading the book slowly became unenjoyable. By page 100, that same experience had become outright exhausting, and even a little dispiriting. This made for a remaining 220 pages that were...well, difficult.
I wanted to like “Alien: The Cold Forge" - there's a lot of good stuff in it. Unfortunately, it's also a book that is almost entirely lacking in compelling or attractive characters. And at least for me, that alone was enough to sink pretty much the entire experience.
As for the negatives there are too many to list. The bad guy is the most likable character at-least until near the end. He acts in a logical manner and is somewhat believable, then he goes completely crazy for no apparent reason. Its as if the author realized he was too likable and the main good character just too unlikable. With that said I hated the main good character, she was unlikable. Her going through what she did and somehow surviving countless encounters where unbelievable. She was selfish and a horrible human being. There were many things forced on the reader that where in no way subtle. The book gets interesting then some view gets forced on the reader that is distracting and it makes it difficult to get re-engaged. It starts off strong, but progressively gets worse and worse. Read it at a local store and read the first 3 to 4 chapters and see how you think about it. If you love it buy it, if you dislike it dont. It only gets worse (at-least for some of us). I enjoyed what i read in the preview on amazon, but as i kept reading it got progressively worse. I would say that i enjoyed the first third of the book which is why i am giving it 2 out of 5 stars. I am more conservative in nature, so some views did bug me a bit at first. The book itself was bad in my opinion I paid for it so i forced myself to read it, the ending was pretty insulting. If everyone died, it would have made the read worth it easily 3 out of 5 stars maybe even 4 out of 5. It could have been a redemption of sorts, I absolutely disliked the characters in the book. My last point is that the aliens where only mentioned for most of the book and only showed up in the last third of the book besides a few random mentions and appearances. Leaving the aliens being called xenomorphs is a better idea than giving them a random name like snatchers(if i recall). Just doesn't have the same effect. This is one of the only books i regret buying(The other being A Feast For Crows)
Top reviews from other countries
Cold Forge is the story of a disabled geneticist and a cold Company auditor, on a top-secret research base in close orbit around a star. You can probably guess the research subject from the title, but don't worry, that's basically all the story has in common with Alien Resurrection.
Alex White has a background in military research, and this is clear while reading. There's an air of authenticity in the book's setting - which is remarkable for a story set in 2179. Everything has been thought through, from the astrophysics to the station's security to the lead character's medical regime to the biology of the aliens themselves. A *lot* of thought and research has gone into this book. The downside is that it's also quite jargon-filled, so progress could be tricky if you're not technically minded. If you're at home with a Crichton techno-thriller then you should do fine.
A particular quirk of the book is its writing style. It's written in the present tense, which makes everything more intense and immersive. And the core trait of the writing is that although it's written in the third-person, everything is strictly from the perspective of one character per chapter, in kind of a Song Of Ice And Fire style. This can be quite disturbing, because it quickly becomes apparent that one of the minds the story inhabits is that of a horrible person; there's crude nastiness right from the first page. As you proceed through the story this becomes more interesting, as the brutal, remorseless psyche of a corporate overachiever is compared with that of the aliens. There's a strong American Psycho vibe.
The other lead character interfaces with the world via an android body surrogate, as she's so heavily disabled. Although androids and body swapping are common in science fiction, I've never seen the two combined before, and it makes perfect sense. She's a character I could empathise with enormously, as I have a chronic illness that necessitates most of my interaction with the wider world being via computers. Her writing is spot-on.
The downside to the book (in my opinion), which is the only reason this review falls just short of five stars, is how dark it is. Part of that is due to the characters' perspectives, with one almost an alien in human form and the other alienated from regular life. There's a lot of pain and violence, viscerally felt. But it's also the lack of humanity - 80% of the dialogue is argument and discord, and virtually every exchange expletive-filled. There's a bit of an Alien 3 vibe to the dehumanisation, and makes for a gritty read.
But to each their own - the nastiness might not be a problem for you. In which case, Cold Forge is one of the better instalments to the Alien canon in every respect. It's a character-driven piece with real subtext, a thinker as well as a thriller. It's immersive sci-fi. And it's well researched, with the alien lifecycle making a lot more sense during the read. I'm probably not the only fan of the series who'd like to see Alex White hired as canon consultant for future films. It's respectful of the universe it inhabits, with nods varying from small characters in Aliens to the decaying Seegson corporation seen in Alien Isolation (the best Alien screen media in decades, I think).
This isn't a book that depends on being an Alien fan - it has plenty of strengths for the general reader. But if you *are* a fan, then Cold Forge is essential.
Doctor Marsalis is someone I'm going to remember in the years to come, when I look back at the good Alien stories that have well defined protagonists and antagonists. Something that's started with David/Walter in Covenant for me personally and continues with Marcus in this is, a feeling that these Synthetics deserved better, they were more virtuous and humane than the humans they tried and failed to help.
I really didn't expect Seegson to play as large of a role as they did, whilst being totally compatible with the story being told- not feeling like a tie in or just a cameo, in this way it almost feels like a quasi-sequel to Alien Isolation.
If Alien Isolation is "closing the book" despite taking place between Alien and Aliens, is more appropriately viewed/played after Alien 3 is taken into context- then The Cold Forge is absolutely best read after the reader has at least experienced one of Ridley Scott's prequels.
It must be commended for really being a white-knuckle-type gripping book, especially near the end where it's using it's established use of POV changes to leave you on a never-ending stream of constant cliff hangers. Even though I have some contention with Dorian, namely the Alien admiration is becoming old hat with now individuals (David, Dr Church, Tribes Scientist-) and cults, although the latter is more tolerable, he still is excellently fleshed out and exquisitely despicable. Almost gets off too easy if you ask me, although I wouldn't rob that ending as it's written. The real gem of the story isn't really the Alien itself, but the way it causes tensions to turn to stampede and the Snatchers serve an excellent purpose in that regard, where in any moment they may shear their way through the paragraph to the character you've been following and unless you've got a magic matchstick up your sleeve, well...
The story ends satisfactorily on it's own terms and if it doesn't get a sequel, it at least deserves a hardback.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 26, 2018
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 22, 2019