Knee-deep in the Dead (Doom #1)
The Gates were there on Phobos when mankind first arrived. Inert, unyielding, impossibly alien constructs, for twenty years they sat lifeless, mute testaments to their long-vanished creators, their secrets hidden. Then one day, they sprang to life...
Meet Corporal Flynn Taggart, United States Marine Corps; serial number 888-23-9912. He's the best warrior the twenty-first c...more
It wasn't The DOOM Comic of yore (comic reading link, youtube dramatic reading), of course, which is and always will be the DOOM adaptation against which all others must be compared, and I think that where it missed most of its mark was that, unlike the comic, the b ...more
People expecting some grandiose literary work with a fully in depth story should probably look elsewhere. This book is written in the spirit of the game! Those complaining about the books sequence where the characters, mainly F ...more
The big thing about this book, is unlike the scholastic series of Video game books, this is written as if it was a real book, that only owes a theme from the game, and it comes off surprisingly good. It's not high end fiction, it's not pop fiction, this is a novelization of a video game that takes a good amount of liberties to keep it intere ...more
Knee-Deep in the Dead is an adaption of the first game in the Doom series, and attempts to cover the events from the game’s ...more
Knee-Deep in Shit is more like it.
Doom Guy not only has a supporting cast, but he can't stop talking about them. Even in the middle of a demonic invasion, he'll spend as much time fighting as expressing his admiration for a female Marine and reluctance to go beyond the "buddy" zone. The same crutches are used over and over. So many times, he ...more
The narrative is a clunky mess. It follows a space marine as he get ...more
The book doesn't really retell the story of the Doom video game - there wasn't really any story in that game - but reinterprets the game in a way that makes it readable. It brings in its own original sci-fi ideas, which, while half-baked, do move the book along at a compelling pa ...more
Naturally, this will form a different definition from person to person. In the case of ID, the creators of the video game, DOOM, fear is simple:
You are alone. You have to find your way out of a maze. There are creatures within the maze that will kill you. You have only a pistol.
Level after level, maze after maze, you have only two objectives: escape, and survival.
I was addicted to this kind of gameplay from the start. And when DOOM's story became a series of four books, ...more
This was an intere ...more
I'll admit I'm surprised. Going in I expected this to be absolutely terrible. It's a novel based on an early 90's first person shooter that I found in the dollar bin of a local book store. Turns out it wasn't bad.
Now, it's exactly what you'd expect in terms of story. You follow a SPACE MARINE as he fights his way through hell on Mars (well, since it's based on the original Doom, above Mars, but whatever), trying to lo ...more
Its a book about a video-game. Its not Tolstoy.
It does get confusing trying to follow the characters around the infinite platforms, pushing infinite switches, to lower infinite "lifts", but the game was just as confusing and as such i don't blam ...more
I really enjoyed being able to tell exactly where our hero in the book was in the game on most pages, it really follows the game incredibly closely.
The other books in the series veer off into the ...more
I highly recommend this to fans of the game- its hilarious faithfulness to the subject matter makes for very (perhaps unintentionally) amusing reading. It's all in here; finding the weapons and monsters in the correct order, explosive barrels, glowing radioactive goo, primary coloured key cards, discovering the dangers of rocket launcher splash damage... I particularly enjoyed the conversation where t ...more
Rather than "demons" they're aliens, and the whole situation of Earth is actually a very small conflict, almost insignificant to a greater multi-galaxy war. Interesting idea.
I was probably too young to read it at the time, but it did inspire me to be able to read more complex books.