❴Ebook❵ ➡ Labyrinth (Aliens) Author S.D. Perry – Agedanna.info
Very good book with new characters and a new plot 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 Colonel Doctor Paul Church Has Discovered That Aliens Communicate Telepathically And That Human Will Can Alter An Alien S Behavior Colonel Doctor Tony Crespi Is Happy To Be In On The Action Until He Discovers The Truth Church S Experiments Are Only A Front For One Of The Most Warped Projects Ever, One That Could Turn The Toughest Of Army Stomachs 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 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. 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. 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. Read it back in middle school Enjoyed it then, along with several other Aliens, Predator, and Aliens vs Predator books, but I probably wouldn t read it again I do remember specifically liking the books by Perry and her father , as well as the Resident Evil books that she wrote. 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. 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.