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The Unofficial X-Files Companion: An X-Phile's Guide to the Mysteries, Conspiracies, and Really Strange Truths Behind the Show Paperback – October 31, 1995


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From Library Journal

The remarkable popularity of The X-Files is quickly approaching the level long enjoyed by the Star TrekR and Star WarsR franchises. X-Files conventions are sprouting up everywhere, the shows are now available for purchase on video, and there is a line of books and comics following the adventures of FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. This unofficial guide to the runaway hit TV show is designed to feed the frenzy of fans (known as X-Philes) who are gobbling up anything and everything with an "X" splashed on it. This program goes beyond the surface to explain the myths and sometimes realities that the show's producers and writers have used in the plots. Most of the material concerns the paranormal, but there is also information on the history and science of fingerprinting, lie detector tests, and other procedures employed in law enforcement. Though actors Nana Visitor and Dwight Shultz of Star TrekR: Deep Space NineTM and Star TrekR: The Next GenerationTM, respectively, read adroitly, these snippets of information don't work as well in audio format. Libraries would be better off investing in a copy of Genge's book (Crown, 1995).?Michael Rogers, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 227 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1st edition (October 31, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517886014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517886014
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,211,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 25, 1997
Format: Paperback
I expected total coverage of things about the show, but the book was mainly about strange true things that the show is based upon (ie. the episode about the eng twins is true). I recommend this to readers who enjoy reading background info. The book became boring at times and the writing wasn't that great. The portrayal was not as anywhere as good as the show itself. For real philes this isn't a must buy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nick Carr on August 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book knowing what was it was: an episode by episode examination of the bizarre phenomana that is present in each X-File. If you are interested to know how much of The X Files is real and how much is fake, this is definately worth the price. There is another book that exists (I believe it is The Science of The X Files, or a similar such title) that does not even come close to how absorbing, entertaining, and informative The Unofficial Guide is. If you are looking for an episode guide, find it elsewhere. The central theme of this book is The X Files in the real world, and if you are at all interested, buying this book will be well worth the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 24, 1997
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for a book that explains the X-files, it certainly will dissappoint you. It is not a book about the serie itself, but about the things that makes the creators of the show write every ep. But if you are the curious type (like me), you will be glad to know about alien histories, strange beliefs, and so forth. Even thought I bought it expecting a deeper involvement with the serie, it came to be an interesting book.
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For anyone's information, this book covers Season 1 and Season 2 of the X-Files. Majority of the content I'd say like 80% is more on facts about where and how Chris Carter and his writers got the ideas for the individual episodes. It ways it's like a mix of science, mythology, phenomenon, history and UFO knowledge. There are facts about the show itself, the actors, the characters and little things many people can miss even if they've seen the episodes several times over. I'd recommend this book to any X-Files fan as they'll appreciate where the ideas for the stories come from. And even if you aren't much of a fan, there are plenty of facts that covered a general basis that would give someone knowledge they didn't possess and maybe attract them to the show.
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