Alex Rider

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Read up to scorpia as a child. Pretty fun juvenile Bond knock off.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >he didn't read Scorpia Rising

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I read it as a kid, but only remember bits and pieces. I thought the villain that had a video game in real life was a stupid concept, the time Alex gets dropped into a tank with a big fricking jellyfish spooked me, and in the last book I read I remember his maid/surrogate mom gets car bombed by the villain, whenever that happened
    I think Artemis Fowl was better? I can't remember it all too well

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Artemis Fowl was better, but the fall off towards the end was hard. A massive pile up of terrible ideas.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I'm still mad he didn't frick the elf.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Opal Koboi was overused. I got sick of her by the Time Paradox

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I was tired of her by the second appearance. I don't understand why he kept going back to that particular well.

          I'm still mad he didn't frick the elf.

          They spent so much time setting it up and then he got cold feet after the push back. Pure cowardice.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Opal Koboi was overused. I got sick of her by the Time Paradox

        Time Paradox was such an inexplicable mess that I didn't even try to read the ones after it.
        Lost Colony had a nice open-ended conclusion and I'm fine pretending the series stopped there.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Lost Colony is where I stopped and I seem to have done well for doing so.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The author wrote a new Alex Rider novel and retconned his guardian being carbombed. He changed it so she was never carbombed and the video was fake.

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Read them as a kid, I liked them.

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    CHERUB was far superior.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Read up to Russian Roulette, which was the last one that released while I was still a kid.
      I don't remember much about them tbh, but obviously I must've enjoyed the series well enough to read all of them. I do remember reading the entirety of Eagle Strike in under four hours once, which is a great achievement when you're 9 years old.

      [...]
      yes there was a movie with Alex Pettyfer, and I think one of Elon Musk's wives. Anyway put me in the camp of "CHERUB was far superior"

      Based and CHERUBpilled. This was actually cool.
      I never got into the WWII prequel he did though

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This. I read both as a kid and barely remember anything from Alex Rider but remember CHERUB fondly.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      for me it was The General

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        yeah The General was megabased. Did Robert Muchamore ever talk about how much he drew inspiration from the Millennium Challenge 2002 wargame? I can't find anything like that

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Cherub will eternally be the greatest pulp children's fiction, especially from this era

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        *ahem*ahem* Redwall

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          haha true, I love Redwall, thoughbeit once I was a preteen and interested in sex and girls I found Muchamore's books much more alluring

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    i liked the movie as a kid

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    yes there was a movie with Alex Pettyfer, and I think one of Elon Musk's wives. Anyway put me in the camp of "CHERUB was far superior"

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Kino. When I was a kid, I read Point Blanc, Scorpia and the one with the Russian guy who wanted to bring back the Soviet Union.
    Kinda creepy part of Scorpia is that the villains entire plan is putting nano bots or something in flu vaccines, and then releasing the poison in the nano bots and killing thousands of children. Reminds me of today

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >the villains entire plan is putting nano bots or something in flu vaccines, and then releasing the poison in the nano bots
      It's a good thing it's only fiction.

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    Yeah it sucked balls. Changed everything interesting about the first book. Not even casting Bill Nighy could save it.

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I enjoyed them a lot. I read up to Scorpia Rising, I haven’t read the ones after. Scorpia Rising was billed at the time as the last Alex Rider book, and the others came years later. I also had The Complete Dossier and The Gadgets.
    Some of the creative kills were pretty interesting. The guy getting crushed by pennies is fairly well known, there’s another guy who gets murdered by a ton of scorpions crammed into his suitcase when he tries to retire from the bad guy organization.
    I remember in The Gadgets the author mentions how he didn’t want to go beyond the realm of plausibility, he didn’t want Alex Rider to be like Spy Kids or Agent Cody Banks, and he specifically named the invisible car from James Bond as something he’d never do. But in the very second book, the bad guys kill a man by disguising themselves as elevator repairmen and then creating a hologram of the elevator, so when he steps inside he falls down the empty elevator shaft. This same book had a plot about the bad guy making a bunch of evil clones of himself and then giving them plastic surgery to look like the children of rich people, then opening up a boarding school and replacing the kids with the clones. Alex rides down a snowy mountain on a makeshift snowboard he built out of an ironing board. It’s fricking awesome, but it’s also very unbelievable.
    Eagle Strike is probably the best, if you’re only going to read one. The bad guy is a rich video game developer, and it turns out he tested the game by building an exact copy in the form of a giant labyrinth under his hideout.
    Anthony Horowitz had two other series that I really enjoyed: The Diamond Brothers, which was a parody of mystery books like The Hardy Boys or The Three Investigators, and was a lot lighter than Alex Rider; and a series called The Power of Five (aka The Gatekeepers) about these five kids from around the world who have to stop the apocalypse. He also had these two books called Groosham Grange, which came out before Harry Potter and have a lot of superficial resemblances to it (though I doubt it’s deliberate, I don’t think Rowling stole from him, she probably didn’t know they existed).
    Alex Rider is a ton of fun. Plot points in books carry over to the next, and there are real stakes. You kinda know Alex isn’t going to die, but he comes near enough multiple times.
    Random thing that made me laugh: there’s a character named Smithers who supplies Alex with all his gadgets. Every time he appears, the book goes into unnecessary detail of how unbelievably fat he is, constantly referring to his blubber and his chins out using every synonym for fat you can think of. In The Complete Dossier, Horowitz said Smithers had a secret that wouldn’t be revealed until the last book. In Scorpia Rising, there’s a scene where Smithers and Alex have a genuinely emotional final goodbye scene, and then Smithers abruptly reaches behind his neck and unzips himself to reveal it was a fat suit

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Smithers abruptly reaches behind his neck and unzips himself to reveal it was a fat suit

      For what purpose?

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Hide his identity

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The Diamond Brothers was pretty great as a kid. I wonder how well it holds up as a noir pastiche if I were to read them as an adult

      for me it was The General

      For me it was Mad Dogs because it had the sex scene

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        lmao was that when he banged the gang bosses daughter in the bath? hell yeah

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Yup
          I remember it mostly for the description of him splashing about and then afterwards, when the fact that he'd lost his virginity "felt like a hundred-pound gorilla on his back," or something like that

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'm glad AI exists because it will specifically replace authors like Anthony Horowitz.

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I preferred the Shadow Children

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You mean by Margaret Peterson Haddix? Based. I've been a IQfy denizen for 12 years and I think this is the first time I've ever seen someone (besides myself, very rarely) mention it.

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    i’ve read all the alex rider books come join my book club i’m a fan it’s better than harry potter

    https://discord.com/invite/yUjq6kBQ

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Read all the original ones as a kid, and then followed the series until Scorpia Rising, where it was clear Horowitz ran out of ideas.

    The movie was great when I was 14 or whatever, thanks to the absolutely stacked cast- how they managed to score Rourke, Serkis, Nighy, Silverstone, Stephen Fry, fricking Jimmy Carr, and Ewan Kenobi I have no idea, but it was pretty shit in hindsight but I still remember lusting over Alex's limited edition red Nintendo DS when I just had the regular one.

    The TV series that Amazon made was surprisingly decent, Yassan especially was based, and I was very happy that it didn't just get canceled without a proper ending. Last season was a bit of a stretch because the actors are all late twenties now but you're meant to believe they're teenagers. Very happy they managed to do Scorpio before the end.

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