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Aliens (Alien #2)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  3,061 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Having survived one encounter with an alien, Ripley is persuaded to return to the planet where her crew found the alien ship. A colony has been established there, but suddenly all contact with the settlers has been lost. Accompanied by marines, Ripley is going to find out why.
Paperback, 247 pages
Published June 1st 1986 by Warner Books Inc (Mm) (first published 1986)
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Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*

If this has been an original novel, and the movie came from it, then it would have been a five star easy. Since it's a novelization of an existing movie that's superior, it gets a three star rating for different reasons.

First, the story most of us know and love is great written down. Reading it, I envisioned the actors in their roles, the score powerfully pushing through the action and run scenes, the beautiful, uncomfortable design of the ship and aliens. Written down it lost a little impact, e
Read this one few weeks before seeing the film ... in '86. Foster says it's his fave write of the three he did for the trilogy. Probably agree ... he had gotten good experience and momentum from his 70s/early 80s projects ... so was in the sweet-spot/golden-age of his career.

Clear, no-bullshit, super-fluid writing style--not dragged out or over-long ... can be read in a few hours. But not dumbed down for the movie-only crowd.

It has some of Cameron's Director Cut version scenes. Shares Cameron's
Back in the 80s and 90s it seemed that so many films were being turned in to novelisations - sometimes to my amusement even when they started out as books themselves - (for example Piers Anthony's Total Recall retelling the Philip K Dick short story). And it seems that Mr Alan Dean Foster was at the forefront of that moment. Now at the time I used to think that he was just mercilessly cashing in on the fame of the film to sell the book - and not very good books at that.

Okay as in so many times I
Jules G
I don't remember the first time I read this book or when I purchased it, but it's one of those novels that you hold onto from childhood and the teenage years. The cover is lost along with the summary page, but it still retains the title page. Like a worn stuffed animal, the tattered and well-read remains will never come off my shelf. If you have a similar book on your shelf, perhaps you'll understand my review is a bit sentimental.

I saw the movie when I was a kid. Of course, it was edited and on
I've been a fan of the Alien series of films for a long time, though this is the first time I've read a book based on the series.

I enjoyed reading this book because it does something that I find most tie-in books do - it added something extra to the story with little snippets of information that wasn't in the film.

However, I knocked a star off my rating for two reasons:

1. I found the sanitisation of the language - the removal of the swearing - particularly grating; especially the removal of 'b**
Aliens is my favourite movie. The series itself is what I think of as 'accidentally feminist' (the role of Ripley was written for a man) and when Alien proved a success, the script for a main female character immediately took us to a motherhood plot.

But still, I really like this movie, and when someone mentioned this novelisation, written from an early draft of the script, I couldn't resist.

Hard to imagine I'd be spoiling anyone here, but if you somehow haven't yet seen Aliens, stop reading, go
I can't highly recommend this book enough for those of you who can't get enough of the 1986 movie. The novelization contains all sorts of goodies like extra dialogue, alternate scenes (ie. Burke cocooned) and extended scenes, as well as an overall better insight into some of the characters and better explanations for various little things which was skimmed over in the film, especially why Newt is able to navigate the air ducts so expertly or why she calls Riply, "mommy" at the end. This is basic ...more
D.L. Denham
Novelizations of movies are often jutted to the back of the bookshelf after one reading. Reviewers are critical, normally arguing that it is just an attempt to make money off a popular film franchise, and at times they do so justly. Yet, some novelizations often tell the story in a way film simply cannot commute: taking the reader into the minds of the characters. And for this, Alan Dean Foster is a force to be reckoned with. Written originally in 1986, Foster respectfully adds to the Alien univ ...more
Patrick Kozlowski
The book I read was Aliens by Alan Dean Foster. This novel was a moderate size, 247 pages. This is a sequel to the original book Alien. It follows after the events of the first book. The character, Ellen Ripley ends up going back to the unknown planet from the first book for multiple reasons. This was a great sequel that surpassed the first book.
The book had a good variety of characters, so you couldn’t forget them throughout the storyline. You have the marines who each have their own personalit
As hard as it is to believe, I've just finished reading this book in English for the first time. Don't get me wrong, I read it for the first time more than twenty years ago but that was a translated edition. I've been reading books in English for about the same number of years but never found my way back to this one until now.

And guess what, it's still as good as it was all those years ago. Until this book, I was growing up on a diet of classics and local literature, pretty much the only stuff
Rob Damon
When I saw this book in a local bookshop back in the early months of 1986 I had no idea a new film had been made so I snatched it up and read it straight away.

As I had only seen the first film and knew how creepy it was I took all of that into this book. The experience of reading this before seeing the action epic James Cameron put on screen made me imagine a more creepy film. I kept wondering how on Earth they were going to pull it off. As it turned out, although I have come to appreciate the f
If you've seen the movie, you already know it's a great story. Generally, books are much better, and offer more insight, than the movie that it's adapted from. This book might be an exception, only because the extended edition of the movie adds the stuff that's already in the books.

As a whole, it does offer a bit more on each Marine, who in the movie, we barely catch their name. I actually wish the author would have gone more overboard into each character, though, I understand that it would have
Heidi Whurr
[Spoiler alert]

I was disappointed with 'Aliens' the novelisation and the main reason for this is that it doesn't stand up to 'Alien' by any stretch of imagination.

The characterisation was admirable, and I particularly liked Newt, Hudson and of course Ripley, but by comparison to the characterisation in the film, this book I felt downplayed it, even though there is more room in a novel to expand on it. Not one character was pointless, but not one stood out either, and it wasn't clear whom the ma
Decent adaptation of a classic film. It's based off an early script, so there a few differences to the final original cut of the film. Some of these scenes were filmed but not included, others played out differently. Doesn't capture the action and suspense nearly as well as the movie does. I've never read a book based off a film that was as good as actually watching it.
I'm a huge fan of the Aliens franchise and despite having watched the movie often enough to quote the script verbatim, I picked this novel up to give it a read. While it remains fairly faithful to the movie and expands upon some interesting points, the author's apparent aversion to swear words made many of the iconic lines from the movie fall flat and left me far less thrilled than the cinematic version.
Binny Bond
Again a book based on a movie just doesn't have the depth that an original novel has. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it most gripping in all the right places.
They messed up Ripley's "Get away from her you bitch" line.
Also the Alien descriptions were a little thin. You need to have seen the movie.
Beau Johnston
An easy read for a familiar story (I've watched the movie dozens of times - it's my favorite of the ALIENS franchise).

It's nice to read a story where common-sense trumps brawn.
Cliff Sinn
Just finished reading. Really enjoy reading all of the book version from the movies. I've watched these movies several times so a quick read.
What do I this to shreds growing up, bought the ebook for 6 bucks, still love it. If you like the movie, you'll like this
After I read this book, I "wrote the game" as a graphical-text based adventure. Another 300 hours of programming I'll never get back.
I read it many times with interest when I was a young squirt. I'm rating it as if I was 13 ;)
This is one of those rare occurances where the movie is better than the book.
Having loved Alien, it was a definite given that I would watch and read Aliens. While it is not necessary to have read Alien to enjoy this novel, it is recommended. This sequel has been written by Alan Dean Foster (Author of the original Alien) and like all his work, he has done an exceptional job at capturing the essence of the story. This novel is much more action oriented than the first and it is refreshing that it is not more-of-the-same as some sequels are. It has a nice pace and again has ...more
Joe Tucc
Aliens by Alan Dean Foster was a great book. Reading about Ripley’s experiences on the planet Acheron was truly amazing. As she and the military squadron she is with encounter many problems, regarding the alien race they meet on a distant planet Acheron, gave me a feeling of excitement. The plot had highly interested me. Events in the book happened quickly, it was hard to put this book down. For example, as soon as the main character Ripley had been convinced to return to the planet she first en ...more
Ana Mardoll
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In as much as a film novelization is a fleshing out of a favorite film (not unlike the "deleted scenes" we get today in DVDs), "Aliens" is a complete success. Ripley's internal thoughts and feelings are explored in detail, and we come to understand better why she was willing to go on this mission to face her nightmares, how she felt about the marines she travels with, and her own evolving feelings of fear, determination, and protectiveness throughout the
Jaime Contreras
I read this as a curiosity due to the excellent film of the same name. I was not disappointed . I found that the having seen the movie helped me to better visualize and get into the grand spirit of this science fiction thriller novel, Alan Dean Foster penned a science fiction classic about a monster from outer space that stands the test of time. of course, the heroine, Lt. Ripley leads the humans in a battle to the death.
Hunter Norton
Firstly, before I start i'd like to say that this review is on the movie "Aliens vs Predator" and this was the closest match I could find so I apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused if there is any to the fellow readers:
Question 1: Who is my favourite character and why?
Without a doubt my most favourite character is the "Predator". Several reasons persuaded me to choose him and were vital in influencing my decision. Now I know what you are probably thinking, "which predator?" as there
holy smokes that was wonderful. aliens is one of my all time favorite movies, and in the book getting a little extra back story made it even more awesome. I am super happy that even though the book was written after the movie, it didn't mess with the story. I could definitely add this to my tiny list of books to reread!
Adam N.
Doesn't live up to the first book, but is still very interesting. Focuses heavily on action instead of the horror aspect of the first book, which is a great approach after finishing the prequel. Ties in with the previous book very well, even with an entirely new set of characters.
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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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