Hester Roon yThe scene as a reader when the characters are being hunted by xenomorphs More than once I could feel my excitement rising and my pulse racingThere were a fair few time jumps Not massive ones but like at the end of a chapter it would say so and so is still two days walk from here The next chapter would be inside the gates of the city that was two days walk without any mention of what happened in between Not a massive issue but it took some getting used toThe story itself is an interesting one and as a reader I was constantly curious as to why things were as they were and how things would pan out So I had plenty of incentive as far as page turning goes Always a good signI did feel certain elements of the plot came a little too easily to the characters A certain weapon for instance and just how one of the characters was so smart that no problem was unsolvable to him It also at times felt nothing like a medieval world If I m honest had the word medieval not been in the blurb there s very little that would make a reader think that was the time period being aimed forThe ending was a fairly good one even if it did suffer slightly from the certain things happening too easily or too conveniently aspect I mentioned earlier But as a whole it was a really fun and enjoyable read I m certainly glad I picked it up and the lasting feeling of having enjoyed it is what s made me score it so highlyAnyone who feels a bit put off for not having read any previous alien booksou can jump in without any prior knowledge of the plot lines already established I did It feels like a stand alone that will have little to no bearing on the future of the franchise story lines Obviously I could be wrong in thatPs absolutely gorgeous cover Love a savage alien The most different alien book out there Scott Sigler is one of the best doing it right now This was wonderful I m going to read this but come on Your putting out alien fanfic over the Earthcore seuel after all these A Wayside Tavern years Shame I have pre ordered this on Kindle and also on hardcover because it s Scott I have notet read any of the other Aliens novels but I have read Sigler s fiction before And if this is an example of the style of the other Aliens books I will be reading them Full disclosure I m a huge fan of Scott Sigler and his books I pre ordered this book and I was going to buy this book even if it sucked It was great It tied into ideas that are suggested by the movies and like the movies has sections that are suspenseful and violent But it also has sections that appropriately suggest how a pre industrial society could discover a way to combat these creatures Also
I Listened To The Audiobook Version The Reader Did An listened to the audiobook version The reader did an job voicing the different characters and I particularly enjoyed the voicing of a particular less than likeable main character To my ear there was a Beavis and Butt Head vibe giving on And it fits I ve not read any of the Alien supplemental novels but I have seen all of the movies in the franchise and I guess ou could say I m a fan So when "I Heard Scott Sigler "heard Scott Sigler writing a story in the Alien universe I was very excited I know his favorite movie is Aliens and he had a very well received short story that he wrote back in 2015 called Dangerous Prey a story written from the perspective of one of the alien xenomorphsGenerally however I m not a big fan of Space Marines stories I don t have anything particular against them I just do not find the majority of the setting uniue or interesting enough to invest much time in pursuing What luck This story is set in a bronze age type of environment
that has become overrun with xenomorphs and has to learn how to survive against The DemonsThe story is one has become overrun with xenomorphs and has to learn how to survive against The DemonsThe story is one terrified colonists trying to eke out a meager existence while the governing class is distracted by petty suabbling jingoism and isolationism Instead of working together against a common threat they are stuck in the way things have always been and are uninterested in making changeSome of the ounger generation have discovered a weapon they want to use to eradicate the persistent and terrifying threat of the xenomorphs but they need to convince the government to rise up instead of hiding The story is full of great character development with many compelling even if selfish reasons to join one side of the argument or the other The world building is exuisite if isolated The scope of their world is limited to what appears to be a continent on a planet with acknowledged outsiders to the North So the story is not really a locked room mystery but with no way out the residents seem to have no choice other than to hide or dieEnter the weapon Once it has been discovered it has the potential to change the entire dynamic of their society But nothing can be done without the support of the government The story flips between the terror of Alien encounters and the mundanity of government But the storytelling is compelling and drags the reader along the emotional path of fear to frustrationI really enjoyed this story and would love to read by Sigler in this world or see whether there are other types of Alien stories that move away from the colonial marines that are as compellin. Eps where they eke out a meager existence When a trio of oung warriors discovers a new weapon they see a chance to end this curse To save humanity the trio must fight their way to the tunnels of Black Smoke Mountain the lair of the mythical Demon Mothe.
Hold a highly patriarchal society ruled by bloodline her destiny is taken for granted and she is forbidden from training as a warriorSigler eschews the typical science fictions trappings of the Alien movies and leans hard into fantasy genre elements There s a lot of history behind the for lack of a better term present day events confronting Ahiliyah as well a lot of characters and a mythological ancient history take on the proceedings here Like most fantasy books maybe even all it s a thick book reuires a bit of patience and even has a map right in its opening pages Even though I m not a fan of the fantasy genre I found "uite a lot to appreciate in Aliens Phalanx Honestly if this weren t an Aliens "a lot to appreciate in Aliens Phalanx Honestly if this weren t an Aliens I probably wouldn t have bothered with it but Aliens Phalanx certainly does have that glossy high concept appeal of a big crossover mishmash and the lingering uestions of what would happen if an ancient society had to contend with these bugs certainly drew me in What really piued my interest the most initially was the way these societies of Ataegina have adapted and responded to the threat of the aliens or demons if ou prefer Lacking the advanced weaponry of Colonial Marines something they ve never even heard of the runners live by a simple rule of avoidance Ahiliyah s fellow Lemethians have plenty of myths and stories about the demons though which give us a slightly different perspectives on their relationship to these beasts how they view them and they understand them and their place in the world All these people have to survive on is guesswork and their wits As much as I liked Sigler s sideways approach to this story and the oh so many uestions it raised what I most appreciated was Ahiliyah s journey She s a strong brave heroine and every time her mettle is tested she rises above and beyond the call of duty to protect her friends her home and her people She is simply put an awesome powerful force and she makes for an excellent addition to Alien canon The aliens may have acidic blood but Ahiliyah has a spine of pure steel And god what I wouldn t give now for an AhiliyahRipley crossovergood lord the pair these would make suaring off against some big nastiesThe phalanx in the title of course comes from the ancient Greek s rectangular military formation of spear armed infantry One must naturally wonder how well such an old techniue would work and how well this low tech Bronze Age styled civilization would fare against the nasty critters of the Alien universe To say it gets complicated is probably underselling it but Sanity is the Future of Wealth you ll have to read the book to find out forourself I have to applaud #Sigler and Titan Books for being ballsy enough to do something so radically different than what #and Titan Books for being ballsy enough to do something so radically different than what expected While there s still plenty of bad ass alien action to go around this book s a real nice change of pace from the standard Alien staples If Jelena '93 you re a fan of ancient history and the Alien flicks Aliens Phalanx is right upour alley no doubt If New Heights The Beginning After The End you re a fan of the Alien franchise looking for a taste of something different something that hasn t been triedet How to Restore Your Bmw Motorcycle Twins 1950-1969 you ll definitely want to give this one a shot Even though it has a very different feel to it and Sigler s approach to the franchise is itself very different this is most definitely an Alien story through and through I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewI m a big fan of the alien franchise and have listened to the audio dramas on audible but never read a book set in the Alien universe So when I got the chance to see how Xenomorphs and a medieval world turned out I jumped at the chanceI felt the story took a little while to get going as nothing of major conseuence happens for a good while The first part is mostly character buildingworld building etc but considering the characters suffer from a fair bit of stereotyping ifou re big for Faerie your ageou re super strong and want to be a warrior If The Same and Not the Same you short and weakou will be the most intelligent thing on two legs If Goodbye Soldier War Biography you re a girl in a male dominant world and just happen to be the main characterou re destined to break the mould there didn t seem to be massive need for too much developmentThat wasn t necessarily a bad thing where the main characters are concerned as they are likeable and despite the above mentioned stereotyping uite interesting to read about There s a lot of conflict some good natured some not between them and it really adds something to the bookCharacter work becomes a bit of a problem when the secondary characters come into things The ones I mean than any are the rulers of the city They are just so childish that any scene with them in just feels like how I d expect a fifteen ear old to write a councillor scene Far too much petty suabbles which I know do happen in real life but they make themselves seem so childish and petty in front of actual children The councillors aside I didn t really have any massive issues with any of the characters Even liked the majority of themThere were a few moments when things got going that made me force myself to stay awake so I could keep reading When Scott wants to get the pulse going he really knows how There s nothing like feeling a part of. Spread relentless destruction Swarms of lethal creatures with black husks murderous claws barbed tails and dreaded tooth tongues raged through the lowlands killing ninety percent of the planet's population Terrified survivors fled to hidden mountain ke. Phalanx is a surprisingly entertaining addition to the "Aliens mythologySet in bronze age civilization our protagonist Ahiliyah is a runner She contributes to her society by "mythologySet in bronze age civilization our protagonist Ahiliyah is a runner She contributes to her society by huge distances with as a crew of three by foot to trade supplies and information with other outposts Living underground or in old forgotten castles they live in constant fear of a demon attack and being dragged away to the Aliens stronghold the rule for runners is to hide until danger has passed and never to risk one s life for one s crew members Ahiliyah s crew consists of herself the snarky but highly intelligent Creen and Brandun a future member of the warrior cast with prestigious strength and a kind heart There are internal politics at foot as outposts gauge each others strength and weaknesses much to the chargrin of Ahiliyah who cannot help but wonder why humans are fighting each other when such an obvious threat to the entire species is all around them When the demons behaviour shifts and start hunting in packs and during daylight hours she leads the charge for change when her and her crew discover a potential new weaponThere is a lot to like here The characters are fairly simple but fun to read about We all know the enemy and it s one of the greatest of all time so there is no need to ponder the threat or whether it s real We know like Ahiliyah know that the threat will never simply disappear and that no matter what precautions are taken they will eventually break through and conuer so there is no need for a big set up or anything like that It means the reader really gets to jump straight into the action and it s different from other Alien stories in that the culture is at a Spartan level of technology and tactics using swords spears and shields and Phalanx formationsIf ou love Aliens this book will satisfy and in my opinion it adds to the Aliens story very nicely and in many cases better than some of the recent films It s also a 500 pager that feels like a 350 pager which is always a good sign810 This was a father son read This was painful I love Alien and I was really looking forward to this and found myself to be really disappointed If Valkea kuin lumi you want to understand the political functions of a medieval society read this book It ll giveou the council the margrave and all their little peons It ll show How To Think Like A Manager for the CISSP Exam you distrust between villages It will not for the first 300 fucking pages showou a Xenomorph No that s reserved for the last 200 pages and done through battle formations with one of the most whiny leads I have ever seen I wanna be a warrior but I m a woman so my village won t let me Oh there s a woman leader in the next village who allows women to be warriors
But I like my margrave who I secretly know to be assholeI like my who I secretly know to be an asshole I m suspicious of anyone offering to let me ascend my current standing Stab me in one of my face holes with a dirty trident All her problems could be fixed by taking a small stroll All she has to do is say bye and bounce But no Oh lol and th Fast fun read I started this one at work and finished it when I got home in the morning The main core of characters are very likable even if one is supposed to be a sarcastic ass I never knew that I needed a story of aliens vs medieval weapons and tactics but boy was I missing out all these The Lady of Larkspur Lotion years I would have liked xenomorphs early on but the end battle than made up for it My review of ALIENS PHALANX can be found at High Fever BooksI remember reading plenty of franchise crossovers with 20th Century Fox s Aliens comic book tie ins as a kid we had Aliens vs Predator and a spate of seuels which pitted two of Fox s biggest science fiction horror alien phenomenas against one another there was Judge Dredd vs Aliens too and even DC got in on the act with SupermanAliens BatmanAliens and Green Lantern versus Aliens Scott Sigler s opus borrows a bit from this crossover idea of What If Aliens Fought Insert Cool Idea For A Mashup Here creating a fresh take on a popular long running property that s unlike any other Aliens media tie in that I m familiar with Rather than opting for the safer tried and true formulas that are most commonly associated with Aliens Sigler eschews all the usual stuff one might expect There s no cramped spaceship or starbase with an alien or several running amok onboard and there s no heavily armed marines with itchy trigger fingers Sigler for the most part does away with all that presenting us with his riff on what an Aliens vs 300 crossover event might look likeWhile Aliens Phalanx is set on the alien world of Ataegina it s borrows a lot from humanity s ancient days The humans that live on Ataegina are forced to live in underground habitats because the surface of their world is uite literally crawling with as they call them demons After centuries of warfare between themselves and the alien threat humanity has been decimated leaving only a few surviving shelters each of which are dependent on their mutually beneficial trading system Ahiliyah is a runner one of theoung women who with a small team brave the surface of Ataegina to trade supplies between the various strongholds She has grander ambitions of course but because she s a woman of Lemeth. It's Medieval carnage meets Alien as a pre industrial society fights against extinction brought about by a massive infestation of XenomorphsAtaegina was an isolated world of medieval castles varied cultures and conuests vibrant until the demons rose and. .