I finished this book months ago but couldn’t post about it until now owing to a photo-uploading problem. My apologies to anyone who even remembers, at this point, that I once pledged to read all six X-Files tie-in novels by January 2016.
This was the best one so far. By that, I mean I had trouble identifying ways to make fun of it. Thus, it could also be said to be the worst so far. My review is going to be mostly screenshots, so the book can speak for itself. Kind of.
Ground Zero comes from a different author, and this one seems to trust the reader to know what the X-Files are, while still managing to remind the reader, gently, about a few of the nuances in the show that might have slipped their minds. Thank you, Kevin J. Anderson.
Highlights from this book:
- The word “supercomputer” is used five times in the first chapter, so that’s fun.
- Mulder’s hair is described as “fluffy.” (!)
- Scully apparently went to Berkeley for her first year of college and nearly became an activist. Did we know this before? Anderson is playing fast and loose with canon fodder.
- Mulder’s “long-standing revulsion of fire” surfaces for a moment. Remember how Mulder hates fire? Well he does.
Chapter Twenty-Four is a major highlight, all of it. In it, Mulder and Scully get ready for a trip and travel together, and we see much of it; it doesn’t get edited down as it normally would on the show. If you are into the X-Files primarily because of the relationship between these two characters, you should certainly read this chapter of this book.
It seems that one more tie-in novel has been released just this month or last, I presume to prime the pump for the release of the new season of the X-Files in January – which was my original finish line. So if we add this new one to the list, there are seven in total – and I have only read three yet. I might not make the goal. We’ll see.