Predator: Forever Midnight Mass Market Paperback – May 23 2006
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The Predators aren't portrayed as noble warriors with a different worldview and value system but rather a bunch of nomadic planet-plunderers who enslave other races and steal their technology. Like an organic version of the Borg from Star Trek.
The humans aren't any better, generally being shown as a bunch of brainless, selfish malcontents.
Mr. Shirley goes back and forth between being provocative and preachy regarding religion, government, the environment and the military. It does not contribute to the story and just gets really tiring. Not to mention the poor dialogue.
I usually love anything to do with the Predator but Predator: Forever Midnight was a struggle to finish.
1.Predators do not change sexes! They are either Male or Female not both.
2.Their cloacking devices are not shields
3.They do not enslave other cultures
4.Predators have an honor code, they don't kill everything they see.
5.Whatever the hell I forgot to list
Apparently, John Shirley never read anything that reffered to the term, "Yautja" because in his book he says the true name of the race is, Hish-Qu-Ten (The People Who Take Territory)
Predator's are now... asexual? Going through cycles of hormonal changes that change deadlock colors and turn the males in females... When the gender shift happens, females carry eggs
Also, they aren't dreadlocked hair, Shirley refers to them as "fleshlocks"
Predators now also use "mindprobes" - and are very submissive to the "O Great Leader" (all of the damn O Great things the leader gets called are annoying as hell, but atleast you get to read from their point of veiw a bit)
Comics and novels before this one sometimes make mention that an unblooded does not hunt, in this book there are younger "spawnlings," around 65 years old... not 100. The Mindcontrol probes allow "spawnlings" to control humans to kill each other, as the book said, "like a videogame"
Predators now have "Kill-Glands" - that is what makes them kill. Cute, aye?
Preds also now hunt on "flying platforms"
They also show no honor in killing/hunting, they only do it for the "Joy of Hunting." Way to contradict even the AVP movie.
If you never read a predator book, I guess this would be good... it's written fantastically, but john Shirley, it seems like... just made a lot of crap up. Perhaps I am too used to the more comic-bookish novels, but man, atleast they stayed somewhat consistant.
...what I wouldn't give for Nathan Archer, or one of the Perry's to have written this.
For one thing, I guess he's never heard of the Yautja, since he changed the Pred's name to the Hish-Qu-Ten. And another thing, they're gender benders. That's right; boys can change to girls, and girls to boys. He claims he has never read the former books or comics, and he hasn't even seen the second movie. Hmmm, if I were writing a book for a movie/comic franchise, I would at least research my stuff so I wouldn't contradict anything from before.
He also puts a bad twist on Predator technology. In the originals, the Predators are super intelligent aliens who make their own tech. In this, they steal most of it from other races. They also hunt on flying platforms, use mind control, and have some red feral kill gland in their neck...Their innards are green, so why is the gland RED? They also have no honor, which contradicts bits from all three movies PLUS the comics. Their hunting skills have really been degraded in Forever Midnight.
Other than the horrid changes to the Predators, the rest isn't that good either. The dialogue is pretty bad, and the characters are so underdeveloped that it doesn't even faze you when someone important dies. The only tiny good thing about this book is how it has a fast feel to it, but like I said, any small bit of good can easily be overlooked, since the rest of this book is so incredibly bad. Hopefully, Forever Midnight will only stay as a bad footnote on the franchise. I recommend avoiding this one.
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