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The X-Files: Book of the Unexplained, Vol. 1 Hardcover – August, 1996
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In a worthy companion to volume one, Jane Goldman delivers even more of the real-world inspirations for the most popular episodes of The X-Files. Goldman delves into reports of lake monsters, vampires, and of course, alien abduction and conspiracy theories. The one limitation of The X-Files Book of the Unexplained series is the broad scope, which limits Goldman's exploration to appetizing glimpses of the stranger side of life. However, she offers ample bibliographic references for readers who want to sink their teeth into the main course. --Brian Patterson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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There aren't exhaustive walkthroughs of any of the episodes, rather Jane Goldman has written a series of articles trying to get at the truth (if any) behind the subjects covered in Seasons 2 and 3 of the show. I'm a regular subscriber to Fortean Times magazine and was pleased to see that Goldman consulted FT stalwarts like Loren Coleman and Peter Brookesmith to get a rounded view on some of the subjects touched on in the X Files.
For readers interested in serial killers and offender profiling, former FBI legend Robert Ressler contributes some fascinating insights on that score.
Goldman injects some appropriately dry humour in places, too:
'In more recent reports, the aliens have changed their modus operandi. They stopped saying they were from Mars or Venus, witheld the blue cocktails, and got decidedly frosty. Lovemaking was out. Clinical procedures and sexual assault were in.'
My only slight quibble is the lack of footnotes, but since there's a full bibliography for each chapter listed at the end of the book I can't really complain.
Now I just have to track down a copy of Volume 1...
1) If you're a fan of the television series, you'll enjoy the
numerous pictures (some of which are quite good actually)from
the show and the comments upon specific episodes.
2) You are a novice to anything paranormal and thus in need
of a book that covers the basics in a simplified matter.
That said, the buyer should understand that there are many
better books on the supernatural/paranormal (such as
Unexplained!); certainly you are paying for the book's tie-in
with the series rather than any scholarly criticism.