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Out of the Shadows (Alien) de Tim Lebbon
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Out of the Shadows (Alien) (2014 original; edició 2014)

de Tim Lebbon (Autor)

Sèrie: Canonical Alien Trilogy (1), Alien Novels (novel 7)

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THE FIRST IN AN ALL NEW, OFFICIAL TRILOGY SET IN THE ALIEN UNIVERSE! Featuring the iconic Ellen Ripley in a terrifying new adventure that bridges the gap between Alien and Aliens. Officially sanctioned and true to the Alien canon, Alien: Out of the Shadows expands upon the well-loved mythos and is a must for all Alien fans.… (més)
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Títol:Out of the Shadows (Alien)
Autors:Tim Lebbon (Autor)
Informació:Titan Books (2014), Edition: Reprint, 352 pages
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Sometimes you have to start a review with: in all fairness.

In all fairness you can actually compare airport novels to literary works. Here's why. I have a friend who is a very good and well established poet. She will frequently say: the reason I can't write fiction is because I don't have that knack to make the magic trick work, the one where from the first sentence you transport someone into a different world and won't let them go until it's all said and done.

Sure, you probably won't learn anything about the depths of the human soul. But do we really need to? We already have millions and millions of books trying to do just that. In fact, at least with a novel like this you won't have a life lesson forced down your throat (pun sort of intended).

You may think that I'm trying to defend this novel in some way by disparaging works of heavy literature. I'm not, I'm trying to make the point that those writers who create spinoff-novels, off-shoots and novelizations might actually know very well what they are doing. Maybe even more so than someone writing an article for let's say Antioch or Granta. Why? Because pieces published in literary journals don't have to have that magic trick, it's ok if people who read the pieces know it's a literary piece. In fact it helps.

Over the hundreds of books I've read and thousands of short stories submitted to the literary journal I was an editor of, I've come to greatly appreciate the authors like Tim Waggoner or Tim Lebbon or Alex White. They have mastered their craft and they are making a contribution to entertainment. They are keeping our minds occupied and entertained and that's quite a compliment. ( )
  TheCriticalTimes | Jul 8, 2021 |
Very fun listen. Felt like listening to an Alien movie, lots of good sound effects, pretty good acting, and intense scenes. Nice way to pass a few hours of reporting. ( )
  amcheri | May 25, 2021 |
This was enjoyable and fast-paced. The production value was great and Ripley's character was very on point, the overall feeling of the original 'Alien' movies was very well captured.

Sadly, the plot was not very original and the conclusion, especially for Ripley, felt forced - which it was, because we all knew what needed to happen, since this takes place between Alien movies.

I can understand the wish to have Ellen Ripley in this, but am left feeling like it would have been better had they told a completely new story with new characters, without having to fit it into existing movies. 'Alien' is just not a movie series you can do that with. ( )
  ImaginarySpace | May 3, 2021 |
Alien: Out of the Shadows (Canonical Alien Trilogy #1)

I listened to this as an audiobook original from Audible.

I remember back when Alien (the movie) was released. Friends and I argued over whether Alien was horror or sci-fi. I was one of those that argued that it was a horror movie. Yes, the action occurs on a space ship but it is really just a monster movie; at least to me it was. I think that is why Tim Lebbon’s writing was so effective here. He is a very talented writer who usually writes horror and he brings a dark, brooding, claustrophobic and Lovecraftian tone and horror focus that I thought (like a prior reviewer noted) was very reminiscent of the film. He paints with the same colors.

Story-wise, the action here tells us what happened to Ripley after she and her cat leave the Nostromo. I found the plot meshed very well with the movie and am anxious to read the two other installments in the Caononical Alien Canon series, which apparently stick with the Ripley continuing story. I must say that there are few characters as long-suffering and resilient as Ripley, and this story taps into that.

The sci-fi elements are more fully developed here than in the film, with space ship technology, mining on far away planets, and ancient alien civilizations being very important parts of the story. I found myself wishing that the novella was longer because there were enough interesting ideas here to fill out several more stories.

Audible did a very good job on this all around. They took Lebbon’s dark story and performed it admirably. From mood music, to the very talented cast, to the realistic sound effects, this performance was top notch all the way around.

I really enjoyed this performance and give it 5 stars based entirely on how much fun I had listening to it.
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  ChrisMcCaffrey | Apr 6, 2021 |
First off, I have to admit that this is the first audio book that I've read that's in this format. So with that said, this was an interesting read. I liked the production. It was acted (?) well. This would be more accurately described as a radio drama. There wasn't any real narraration, just dialog, sound effects and music. That was ok though. It was like listening to a movie which I have done many times.

The main problem with this (I started reading it before I saw the subtitle of Canonical Alien Trilogy) was that it had to shoehorn itself into the narrative of the Alien franchise. I would have preferred it to be retconned. It was interesting and held my attention. I would try other books in this style. ( )
  Vokram | Mar 21, 2020 |
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THE FIRST IN AN ALL NEW, OFFICIAL TRILOGY SET IN THE ALIEN UNIVERSE! Featuring the iconic Ellen Ripley in a terrifying new adventure that bridges the gap between Alien and Aliens. Officially sanctioned and true to the Alien canon, Alien: Out of the Shadows expands upon the well-loved mythos and is a must for all Alien fans.

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