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Network Effect (Paperback, 2021, 4 stars

The first Murderbot story I actually liked.

4 stars

Hugo Best Novel 2021, and I can kind of see why. The Murderbot stories do not normally speak to me, but this one was actually gripping and had a bunch of interesting turns. The people still feel somehow wrong, but the scifi story here works.

Alien - Alien 3 (Hardcover, 2021, Titan Books) 2 stars

Review of 'Alien - Alien 3' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

Alien is a perfect movie. Aliens is an excellent movie. Alien3 is a good movie (fight me all you want, but I maintain that the Assembly Cut works), hampered by the fact that it came after Aliens, and very few watchers wanted its grim type of nihilism after rooting for Hicks, Newt & others for the nerve-wracking ride that was Aliens. So, here's a novelisation of an unproduced screenplay that does not start with everybody dying, and also seems to give the audience "the same as last time, only bigger", as sequels should. Is it any good?

... It's only barely making it into kinda okay.

I cannot tell if the screenplay would have made a good movie, but it makes a rather forgettable sci-fi novel. The built-in weaknesses in the Alien mythos are somehow harder to ignore in written fomat. Distances, times and scales make absolutely no sense. The …