Alien 3
Alan Dean Foster
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Alien 3 (Alien #3)

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  553 ratings  ·  16 reviews

Here, even the wind screams. Abandoned hulks of machinery rust in the colorless landscape. Dark, oily seas beat against a jagged black shore. And the remnants of a reentry space vehicle crash into the rough waves. In it sleeps Ripley, a woman who has battled the enemy twice. It killed her whole crew the first time. The second time, it slaughtered a spaceload of death-deali

Published (first published May 1st 1990)
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this book is good, but different from the movie, I will name some key differences. 1. The facehugger impregnates the ox instead of the dog. Riply wasn't attempted to be raped. 3. the Doctor isn't addicted to morphine. 4. theirs a lot more language then the book. 4. the xenomorph is (spoilered) differently then in the movie. 5. the chestburster doesn't come of of Riply while committing suicide. 6.the ending is different then the movie.

This book starts up pretty slow, when riply (the only survivor...more
D. Martin
I was enjoying the movie narrative, the rich imagery, and the wondrous prose that this SciFi Master lent to the story --despite a few minor details-- until the very end where Ellen Ripley sacrificed herself to save mankind (sorry, I don't think this is a spoiler since the movie's debut many years ago!)

I raced to the climactic ending with anticipation of reading Alan Foster's succinct description about how Ripley performed her last act of selfless duty protecting mankind in the midst of her impen...more
Bryan North
I have never read the novelization of a film before, so when I saw this at Goodwill I thought to myself, "this ends today." Anyhow, the book itself is pretty much the Assembly Cut version of the film (basically what David Fincher had intended on releasing). I found it relatively entertaining but that's mainly because I've seen the film and can visualize it in my head. The author really doesn't offer much on the description front so without the prior viewing it would've been a 1 or 2 star. I supp...more
ADF's writing is on par with Aliens (#2) -- which is v. good. I don't think the story/screenplay/material he had to work with/go off was all that adaptable to novel form. And I don't think ADF was allowed to deviate much.
Unlike the other Alien novels in the trilogy, Alien 3 can be skipped -- the film works much better (and I liked it better than others have rated; it's orch. score by Goldenthal is esp. good and can't be "novelized").

On the topic of film-based adaptations and "novelization" ... "...more
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Alan Dean Foster continues to deliver the good on the Alien series with the 3rd instalment Alien 3 (not the most original title). This is a much better read and I recommend it to anyone who found the movie to be somewhat lacking. Again it has additional content that was not seen in the movie until the extended addition was released in 2006. It is much more gripping read than watching the movie and provides a much stronger sense of who the characters are. I don't recommend reading this without ha...more
Ana Mardoll
Alien 3 (Film Novelization) / 0-446-36216-6

I had the highest hopes for this "Alien 3" novel because I always felt that certain parts of the movie were confusing, and I hoped that this novel would clear up those points. In this respect, the book shines brightly - carefully explaining how the facehugger in the Sulaco caused the acid burn on Newt's cryo chamber, and why the electrical fire started and forced the chambers into the escape pod, an opening sequence that always left me a bit bewildered....more
James Wilson
I thought this was excellent. I read it before seeing the original cut of the film, and it is so much better. There's so much more to it. It nails the mood and tone of the films, dark, scary.

However, the Director's Cut of the film is much, much closer to the book.
Vinit Jayarajan
Three stars for the book comparing it to previous two.. and the fourth star for Ripley.
Brian Grinter
disappointing book for a disappointing film. Considering they're all written by Alan Dean Foster there was a lot of inconsistencies between the facts in the book. In Alien, LV426 was 6mths travel from Earth. In Aliens, it was 2 weeks out - fair enough, technology improved while Ripley was in suspended animation. Yet in Alien 3 it talk about interstellar travel taking many years?

All in all, not a great read.
Peregrine 12
Dec 10, 2010 Peregrine 12 rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
I'm a fan of Alien/Aliens movies, but this was a huge letdown. Somehow there was virtually no suspense in the entire story, and I quickly grew bored with the plot, however original the setting. Is this what happens when a book is based on a screenplay?
I picked up the book-on-tape version of "Alien 3" because it was read by Lance Henriksen. And that's...pretty much the only thing I can say about this, good or otherwise. The story made absolutely no impression on me
interesting for including scenes that didn't make it into the final movie
Gabriel Mero
A faithful adaption to the movie.
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Bestselling science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster was born in New York City in 1946, but raised mainly in California. He received a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA in 1968, and a M.F.A. in 1969. Foster lives in Arizona with his wife, but he enjoys traveling because it gives him opportunities to meet new people and explore new places and cultures. This interest is carried over to his writing,...more
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