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Aliens: DNA War (Aliens (Dark Horse)) Paperback – May 30, 2006

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Product Details

  • Series: Aliens (Dark Horse)
  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse; First Edition edition (May 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595820329
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595820327
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,134,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Diane Carey on August 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
Sorry some readers didn't like the new twists, but readers should realize that any media tie-in book like Aliens, Star Trek, Star Wars is a collaborative effort between the publisher, studio, and author. In the case of the different behavior of the aliens in this book, I was specifically asked by the publisher to come up with some traits, methods, abilities, behavior that had not been seen before. Some readers also did not like Star Trek TNG: Ship of the Line, in which Kelsey Grammer's character returns for more than a cameo, suggesting that I was infatuated with the momentary appearance and got carried away. In fact, I never saw the episode with Kelsey Grammer's appearance. I was asked by the franchise licensors (Pocket Books and Paramount Studios) to write a book with that character as a main character in response to fan enthusiasm, so I did. Be aware that content in media tie-in books is not always solely the conception of the author, but part of a marketing plan from those who own or license the property.

Authors cannot arbitrarily enhance or alter these owned properties. Each book must be approved by the owner or licensor before it can be published, and therefore becomes a kind of "canon." I'm somewhat surprised that long-time fans and frequent readers of licensed properties are tuned in to every micro-detail, yet don't know that their beloved venue is tightly controlled, and not by the authors.. Apparently many reviewers are not aware of the cramped box within which professional writers must work. It's hardly a "whim" business. What readers find in these books is not always the author's idea.

PS I am not giving a star rating to the book, because I'm the author; I only put "3" because the review menu required it.
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Format: Paperback
Aliens: DNA War is a very well-written book, but has a few annoying and corny short comings.

It is a very well-written book. The characters are captivating, well-described without actually being described, and very easy to actually bbe cared about. I found myself upset when certain characters died. The story is well paced and detailed. I especially liked that, as the reader, I wasn't aware that I was reading an "Aliens" novel.

I only find a few problems with the book. The story adheres to the standard "Aliens" template. The main character is a broken, dark person caught along with a rag-tag crew on a ship. There a company who put the gears in motion (PlanCom) and the crew is investigating an installation on a planet because the installation hasn't been heard from. Then aliens attack, people die, and so forth.

I was also dissapointed in the fact that there were few original twists to the Aliens saga. The book tended to keep to traditional aliens hazards (i.e. face-huggers, chest-bursters, and drones) another similiar danger is the lead scientist, Jocasta Malvaux. Like in many other aliens stories (the movies, Nightmare Asylum, many others) Jocasta is obsessed with the aliens and thinks they can be trained.

However, I am an "Aliens" wonk and I found it entertaining anyway. The thing that made the real difference for me was the writer. Diane Carey is an excellent writer. I am not exaggerating. The book was very captivating, I read it in two sittings. The writing really saved it and made it fun. At first I was skeptical because she was new the the alien mythos, but Diane Carey rises to the ranks of the Perries.
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I don't give spoilers so don't worry. It's a very good book if you are a fan of the Alien movies or books. Carey is a great author in the genre if you didn't already know. There is a lot going on in this book, there is a great deal of morality and interesting space/interstellar laws that come up which interfere with battling the aliens, there's a lot of moments where the "human condition" is really tested, and there are plenty of surprises in the story. It's a real good book, it doesn't read like a screenplay with just action, there's plenty of deep storytelling and character development, it's not simply blasting aliens for 250 pages. I would recommend this book, anytime I read fifty pages without taking a break or checking when the chapter is over I know I've found an enjoyable book, and that's what happened w/this one.
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To begin, allow me to clarify two points: 1) Diane Carey has justified some of many reviewer complaints adequately in posting to say that the author has less control of the content than one would expect. 2) I have not read any of her other works (and it seems there are many) so I am unable to say whether this is an above average or sub par effort by comparison.

That said, I was actually quite pleasantly surprised while making my way through the first half of the book. I immediately noticed that unlike so many other entries to this franchise, Carey avoided the common mistake of telling a tale that's essentially a drawn out rehash of one of the 4 films. Instead we are treated to a first person account (rare for sci-fi) of an Earth-based police officer that accompanies a group of scientists & marines on a mission to a distant planet apparently invested by the xenomorph. So far so standard, but the planet's descriptions are definitely unique and paint a mental picture unlike any environment seen in the films thus far.

The next point of originality comes from the fact that we discover the police officer's reason for being asked on the mission in the first place. It turns out his mother and sister happen to be two of the 52 individuals on the infested planet and with intentions of irradiating the alien threat with robots, the story becomes a man's attempt to convince his mother to get out of there so the xenos could be destroyed. The mother comes off as a mix between Jane Goodall and Hillary Clinton and believe me when I tell you that you'll hope for her demise from the moment you meet her.
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