The 100 Books Project: Caliban Cove.

“They’d probably still die. But if they could pull it off, they wouldn’t go alone.”

“Resident Evil 2: Caliban Cove” by S.D. Perry

I don’t know exactly what it is about these Resident Evil books that I love so much. I know it’s not the quality of the books. While they’re not terrible, they’re not exactly high quality, either. But I keep picking them up and reading them and even enjoying them a little bit. I think it’s because they’re taking something familiar (the Resident Evil world, the video game conventions), putting it into a written form, and giving my literary brain some sort of equivilent to some of the trashy reality shows I will occasionally imbibe.

Because it’s definitely not the writing, that’s for sure.

Caliban Cove is the second installment of S.D. Perry’s novelizations of the Resident Evil video games (third if you include the prequel), and it’s the first of the series that is not directly based on any particular game, making it an original story in the RE world, which we like to call, you know, fan fiction. Perry was just smart and got paid for it. Occurring very soon after the events of the first novel/video game, Caliban Cove follows S.T.A.R.S. biochemist and wunderkind Rebecca Chambers on an all-new adventure to Maine, where a lighthouse has been serving as a research facility for a madman who has taken his experiments with Umbrella’s T-Virus to the extreme. Joined by a new cast of characters we probably won’t see much of again, Rebecca and a new team infiltrate the facility, shoot up zombies, solve puzzles, and save the world from being subjected to a mass terrorism of intelligent undead. Like you do.

I felt the book lost a little bit of structure without the source material of the video game to follow. I was interested to see what Perry did when there wasn’t a model, when she was giving us original characters in a new setting, and whether or not she would stick closely to the video game conventions or try to drift away. The answers was a little bit of both, with a light story that never really gets very deep. It was still interesting on a certain level, though very formulaic and much like the other two books in the series that I’ve read. I think there’s up to seven in the series, and I’ll probably see if the next one is pretty much the same thing, and, if it is, that’s probably as far as I’ll get in the series, for the most part.

Books read: 54/100.

I’d also like to thank Lynette Gregory for subscribing to the blog! Welcome aboard, Lynette! Can’t wait to start following along on your blog, too!

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