Aliens
It's Medieval carnage meets Alien as a pre-industrial society fights against extinction brought about by a massive infestation of Xenomorphs.Ataegina was an isolated world of medieval castles, varied cultures, and conquests, vibrant until the demons rose and 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 keeps where they eke out a meager existence. When a trio of young 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 Mother.

Aliens Details

TitleAliens
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 25th, 2020
PublisherTitan Books (UK)
ISBN-139781789094008
Rating
GenreHorror, Science Fiction

Aliens Review

  • Christopher Howard
    January 1, 1970
    I'm going to read this but come on. Your putting out alien fanfic over the Earthcore sequel after all these years. Shame.
  • innae
    January 1, 1970
    I have pre-ordered this on Kindle and also on hardcover, because its Scott! I have pre-ordered this on Kindle and also on hardcover, because it’s Scott!
  • Swords & Spectres
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I'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 chance.I felt the story took a little while to get going as nothing of major consequence happens for a good while. The first part is mostly character building/world building etc ... but, considering the I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I'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 chance.I felt the story took a little while to get going as nothing of major consequence happens for a good while. The first part is mostly character building/world building etc ... but, considering the characters suffer from a fair bit of stereotyping (if you're big for your age, you're super strong and want to be a warrior. If you short and weak, you will be the most intelligent thing on two legs. If you're a girl in a male dominant world and just happen to be the main character, you're destined to break the mould.) there didn't seem to be massive need for too much development.That wasn't necessarily a bad thing where the main characters are concerned as they are likeable and, despite the above mentioned stereotyping, quite interesting to read about. There's a lot of conflict, some good-natured, some not, between them and it really adds something to the book.Character work becomes a bit more of a problem when the secondary characters come into things. The ones I mean more 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 year old to write a councillor scene. Far too much petty squabbles (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 them.There 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 the scene, as a reader, when the characters are being hunted by xenomorphs. More than once I could feel my excitement rising and my pulse racing.There were a fair few time jumps. Not massive ones but more 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 to.The 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 sign.I 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 for.The 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 highly.Anyone who feels a bit put off for not having read any previous alien books, you 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 that.Ps ... absolutely gorgeous cover. Love a savage alien!
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  • Michael Hicks
    January 1, 1970
    My review of ALIENS: PHALANX can be found at High Fever Books.I remember reading plenty of franchise crossovers with 20th Century Foxs Aliens comic book tie-ins as a kid we had Aliens vs Predator and a spate of sequels, which pitted two of Foxs 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 Superman/Aliens, Batman/Aliens, and Green Lantern versus Aliens. Scott Siglers opus borrows a bit from this My review of ALIENS: PHALANX can be found at High Fever Books.I 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 sequels, 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 Superman/Aliens, Batman/Aliens, 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 like.While 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, quite 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 the young 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 Hold, a highly patriarchal society ruled by bloodline, her destiny is taken for granted and she is forbidden from training as a warrior.Sigler 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 more mythological, ancient history take on the proceedings here. Like most fantasy books (maybe even all?), it’s a thick book, requires 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 quite a lot to appreciate in Aliens: Phalanx. Honestly, if this weren’t an Aliens book, 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 questions of what would happen if an ancient society had to contend with these bugs certainly drew me in. What really piqued 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 you 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 questions 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 Ahiliyah/Ripley crossover…good lord, the pair these would make squaring off against some big nasties!The 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 technique 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 you’ll have to read the book to find out for yourself. I have to applaud Sigler and Titan Books for being ballsy enough to do something so radically different than what’s 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 you’re a fan of ancient history and the Alien flicks, Aliens: Phalanx is right up your alley, no doubt. If you’re a fan of the Alien franchise looking for a taste of something different, something that hasn’t been tried yet, 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.
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  • Eric Schaechtele
    January 1, 1970
    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 years. I would have liked more xenomorphs early on but the end battle more than made up for it
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  • Piggie
    January 1, 1970
    This is a wonderful new take on the Aliens universe. I love that the focus of the novel is on the people rather than the aliens. It takes a close look at the way that war and horror effect the human mind and heart. It is a well told story. Nothing really surprising; no super creative story twists. But it didn't need them.
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  • BigJohn
    January 1, 1970
    I've not read any of the Alien supplemental novels, but I have seen all of the movies in the franchise and I guess you could say I'm a fan. So when I heard Scott Sigler was 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 xenomorphs.Generally, however, I'm not a big fan of Space Marines stories. I I've not read any of the Alien supplemental novels, but I have seen all of the movies in the franchise and I guess you could say I'm a fan. So when I heard Scott Sigler was 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 xenomorphs.Generally, 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 unique 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 Demons.The story is one of terrified colonists trying to eke out a meager existence while the governing class is distracted by petty squabbling, 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 change.Some of the younger 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 exquisite, 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 die.Enter 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 frustration.I really enjoyed this story and would love to read more 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 compelling.
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  • Jeff Hexter
    January 1, 1970
    I have not yet read any of the other Aliens novels, but I have read Siglers fiction before. And if this is an example of the style of the other Aliens books, I will be reading them. Full disclosure: Im 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 I have not yet 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 excellent 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!!
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  • Keith Hughes
    January 1, 1970
    Scott has crafted a unique story that show us the affects and a xenomorph horde in a way we've never seen before. While the culture of the humans scrabbling to survive in an alien-dominated world is different from what this franchise has previously offers, the author delivers a final battle and confrontation sequence worthy of James Cameron. Scott delivers a tight story that is perfect for the established Alien fan, as well as those who are unfamiliar with the franchise. Recommended!
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  • Darren Wall
    January 1, 1970
    Keep Quiet and HideYou don't need to know the Alien films to appreciate this story of Man Vs demon.For centuries they've been told to hide, to keep quiet, is it time for a change?As a fan of both Scott Sigler and Aliens I thoroughly enjoyed this coming together of Scott's writing style and the classic evil xenomorph.
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  • Rckay
    January 1, 1970
    Slightly better than it is bad. Reads like YA. Confused gender politicking, politics and World building. Irritating at times exciting at others. Most of the twist can be spotted on the back cover blurb. Mostly quite readable though.
  • Richno3
    January 1, 1970
    Damn Good Scott Sigler writes a Damn good story. He builds his Characters strong and the setting is solid. This is a stand alone Aliens story that I highly recommend to anyone. It's a read you can't put down. Read it and enjoy!
  • gail lang
    January 1, 1970
    DisappointingI loved Scott Sigler's "Infected" series and Generations trilogy however this book did not live up to those novels. Proofreader needs to be fired, it's annoying to read a book with so many typos.
  • Sam
    January 1, 1970
    Read that book description. Do you think you know what youre in for? I did, and I was happily blown away by this book. Sigler does such a fantastic writing job here, and he really breathes new life into what can be a overdone (if still beloved) franchise. This was so great! Read that book description. Do you think you know what you’re in for? I did, and I was happily blown away by this book. Sigler does such a fantastic writing job here, and he really breathes new life into what can be a overdone (if still beloved) franchise. This was so great!
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  • Brandon Peters
    January 1, 1970
    Quick fun read. The world building was necessary, but a bit tedious a times. The action and intense parts of the novel are by far the highlight, and it felt like a great addition to the Alien universe.
  • Charl
    January 1, 1970
    I preordered this because it was Aliens by Scott Sigler. Turned out to be a disappointing read, couldnt even make it past chapter 7 with all the stereotyping and modern day narrative. Not what I would expect from Scott Sigler. I preordered this because it was Aliens by Scott Sigler. Turned out to be a disappointing read, couldn’t even make it past chapter 7 with all the stereotyping and modern day narrative. Not what I would expect from Scott Sigler.
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  • Drew Bennett
    January 1, 1970
    Bronze age tactics vs Aliens, you say?Any fan of the aliens franchise and/or the FDO should find plenty of acidic blood spilled to satiate their appetite.
  • Thomas Seberry
    January 1, 1970
    15/10. Best alien book I've ever read. Doesn't even come close. I hope this guy writes a few more.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Im a huge fan of the Aliens films and this just firs in perfectly. Full review to come on the British Fantasy Societys website. I’m a huge fan of the Aliens films and this just firs in perfectly. Full review to come on the British Fantasy Society’s website.
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  • Espen
    January 1, 1970
    Mix Aliens with Gates of Fire and add a bit of Wool. Original and very entertaining.
  • Dave
    January 1, 1970
    Just inhaled this on audible in two days. I have sooo many things to say about this amazing story but, I wouldn't dare ruin the experience for anyone. Thanks Scott.
  • Keith Caruthers
    January 1, 1970
    Aliens vs Spears and shields. Yes. This is a book I didn't even know I needed until I stumbled across it.
  • Swray03
    January 1, 1970
    Decent story and world making but not any space travel. Shrug, I missed that.
  • Stacey Spitler
    January 1, 1970
    Started today, so far very very interesting, the author discussed spoilers so I'm not going there, there is a cool thing in the beginning, finally someone gets it!!! Meaning the people are proactive.
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