Free kindle X-COM: UFO Defense - A Novel (X-Com)Author Diane Duane – Vansonphu.com
I have a bit of an addiction to X Com I used to play the original and Terror from the Deep TFTD as a kid when they were new I always preferred TFTD as it was creepier under the water and has flying brain monsters that can control you Freaky Then, I found the game again as an adult on Steam and played it way than I should And what went and happened They made a modern version Enemy Unknown that just eats up all my time I suppose it s only natural that a successful video game franchise should try to expand to other media However, this appears to be the only x com novel in existence There are also no tv shows or movies that I know of Not even a board game or official RPG It s probably good for me since I would just spend all my time and money on them.I first read UFO Defense years ago in high school I think I barely remember it from then so reading it now was pretty much reading it new Usually plots or characters will seem familiar when I pick up a book a second time and eventually my poor foggy memory will kick in That didn t happen this time I think it s because the book is pretty simplistic Not much leaps off the page at you The characters are kin I pulled this off my shelf when the X COM remake appeared last year The book is from 1996, when the original X COM games were hot I guess Microprose wanted to buy some legitimacy because they went and got a novel off Diane Duane Diane Duane, it turns out, really wanted to write a book about Switzerland If you trawl her web site you ll find a lotta love of Switzerland So we have this rather delightful confection about alien monsters invading the Swiss Alps.Duane does what she likes to do, which is take a cheesy SF setting and put honest to serious human beings in it See also, her Trek novels Cmdr Jonelle Barrett runs an X COM defense base she runs it well This means paying attention to logistics and budgeting True to the game mechanics Then trouble arrives, and the book alternates between air assaults, ground assaults, and tourism in Swiss villages The tourism is the best part, and yes , it is relevant to the plot I d say this was intensively researched, except that the research obviously consisted of going on Swiss vacations as often as humanly possible, and I suspect Duane was doing that anyhow According to her blog, as I write this, she s wandering around the Breisgau There are Swiss cattle farmers You know how aliens like to abduct and mutilate cattle The author has fun with this.It doesn t add up to much it feels like a p I like Diane Duane s writing Well, at least most of it Her Star Trek TOS Rihannsu series was very good Her Young Wizards series was fun But this book.was a complete waste of time Nice characters, but without a plot much like a telephone book. For this review and others like it, please visit my blog at Commander Jonelle Barrett Is Determined To Win Having Moved From Morocco To A New Base In Switzerland, She Is Well Placed To Build A Fortified Base And Defend Europe From The Marauding Aliens Who Harvest Humans As Lab Animals For Breeding Stock And For Their Dinner Tables Barrett Soon Finds That Her New Territory Is Already Riddled With Alien Invaders Her Handpicked Garrison Is All She Has Until She Learns That One Of Her Most Trusted People May Be A Traitor Her Task Is Twofold Keep The Aliens At Bay And Keep Her Own Sanity In The Face Of Despair She Doesn T Know Which Will Prove Difficult.About The AuthorDiane Duane Is The Bestselling Author Of Numerous Science Fiction Novels, Including The Door Into Fire, Star Trek The Wounded Sky, And Star Trek The Next Generation She Lives In Ireland. Book was meh Personally I wish there was depth to the story I was able to understand many parts of the book since I have played the original game many times over This is where fans like the book like myself but we are demanding details about everything in this book The game was amazing and it provided so much information that could have been a part of this book and all it did was scratch the surface If you have not played the game I would pa El libro es bastante justillo y me ha decepcionado XCOM es un juego mezcla de estrategia ciencia ficcion terror Donde lo mas importante, es el apego que el jugador desarrolla a lo largo del juego a sus hombres, ya que en cualquier momento estos pueden morir y es permanente a manos de los extraterrestres o de los propios miembros del escuadron Pues de todo esto no vemos mucho en el libro.Los personajes, 2 son los principales, son planos sin carisma o aptitudes especiales, la comandante y un subalterno La trama es inexistente o irrelevante, mas que seguir los pasos de la comandante en su destino de una nueva base a otra, los combates dos lugares del terror y A surprisingly good adaptation of a now ancient video game. I loved this game, and the book is a pretty entertaining short read that supplements it Mostly I was just looking for the most random book I could think of to see if it was on here and it was. Probably as faithful an adaptation of X Com as we are ever likely to see I really enjoyed it though I m not sure how much of a re read it is.