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X-Files: Skin (The X-Files) Hardcover – April 7, 1999

3.9 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews

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Skin has an authentic X-Files feel to it--the right mixture of scientific plausibility and mystical overtones to keep both Scully and Mulder interested and on the trail. Skin taken from an unknown body found at the site of a road accident is grafted over the burns suffered by a mild-mannered professor who then goes berserk, killing a nurse. Mulder and Scully try to trace the source of the skin graft and uncover links with a biotech company called Fibrol International, whose deceased CEO, Emile Paladin, was in charge of a MASH unit in a village in Thailand during the Vietnam War. Traveling to the remote village, Mulder is intrigued to learn about a local cult that worships a mythical monster, the Gin-Korng-Pew, or Skin Eater. Meanwhile, Scully follows more prosaic leads in search of Paladin's reclusive brother.

Mezrich's descriptions of medical procedures feel authentic, and he keeps the story moving along at a good pace, with several dangerous moments for both Mulder and Scully and a significant body count among the witnesses. The mixture of FBI investigation, horror, and the occult, with overtones of paranoia about the activities of the military, should appeal to X-Files fans, while others may enjoy it as an entertaining adventure. --Liz Sourbut, Amazon.co.uk

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When a mild-mannered history professor goes on a bloody rampage after receiving a skin graft mistakenly harvested from the wrong cadaver, the violent episode draws FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully into another eerie X-Files investigation. Though the cadaver, a John Doe found at the scene of a multiple-car pileup, has mysteriously vanished from the morgue, traces of red powder from the accident site lead the agents to Fibrol, a biotech company founded by former MASH surgeon Emile Paladin, who specialized in treating napalm burn victims. Records indicate that Paladin died in a hiking accident in the mountains of Thailand 15 years ago, but word that Paladin's brother, Andrew, is still alive in Thailand sends Scully and Mulder across the Pacific to learn more. There they discover that Paladin was obsessed with creating the perfect synthetic skinAand that his research coincided with the apparent reappearance of a horrific monster of local legend, Gin-Korng-Pew: the Skin Eater. Their penetration into the heart of the mystery uncovers a fiendish secret that will surprise no one. Though the story has plenty of the X-Files' usual matter-of-fact gore, there's little here to cause genuine shivers. Mezrich (Reaper) tells the tale largely from Mulder's point-of-view, but he and other characters are little more than animated clich?sAevidence that one needs more than a series of bizarre events to make a convincing X-file.
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Product Details

  • Series: The X-Files
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperEntertainment; 1st edition (March 19, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061050415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061050411
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,951,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By ThatUmbrellaGuy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 13, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
X-Files had a lot of titles released through-out the years, but only a few books were not made off of episodes. This one, Goblines, Whirlwind, Ruins and Antibodies made up the list of those that were reading and reading alone, and not all of them were great reads. Still, if you wanted to get something that was outside of the shows then this was the way to do it.

As far as Skin was concerned, it had a specific feel to it and that feel was not liked by everyone. It was somewhat a monster tale, with something causing a person to go from a patient to a skineater - or so it seemed. That part was a nice hitch in the step of the book, but the book itself had some problems. The way things were X-plained was one thing, and the way the characters were written was another.

As far as the way things were explained, I did not like some of it. The wording was thick and some was totally unnecessary, and i wonder how much was added just to pad the book. I thought, for example, that the book had a lot of stuff that tried to add to the places and the scenes that did not need to be there. The ground and the way it looked, the place and every piece or furnishing - sometimes things were gone over more than once. Perhaps this is just style, too, and certianly the monster areas of it were nice when looked at. I guess it is give and take there.

The other portion is the way the people were shown. The agents especially had this treatment that I was unsure of. From the way hair smelled to the way a character played out, Mulder and Skully never really crossed my mind this way. I think a second read took me a different way, too, and time helped some as well. When the series was new, it was hard to see this as good. Removal and time helped, and this made me like it more.
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It takes only a rudimentary knowledge of medicine (heck, even if you watch "ER" a few times), to pick apart the erroneous medical scenes and dialogue in this book. I know, I know. This wasn't meant to be a textbook, but a little research would have gone a long way in making this book more enjoyable to read. For my wife and I, who are big fans of the show, it was very frustrating.
As far as this being a good "x-files" book? "Whirlwind", "Antibodies", and "Goblins" were far better.
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Sorry fans this book is not for you. This new author to the series don't know Jack, Mulder or Scully. He does'nt even know what guns they use or how they speak. Take my advice and move on to one of the Kevin J. Anderson written books. They are much more fun to read and accurate. Ben is a Snoozer.
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Perhaps it was the proximity to the similarly themed Antibodies (the old contaminated man on the run plot again, so soon?), or maybe it was the unnecessary use of profanity (which calls attention to itself in a bad way, is the author that desperate to keep the book out of the YA section?), but this franchise novel (apparently the series last) did not come to life for me. There was little atmosphere to the proceedings and plot twists and clues seemed contrived (rather than increasing the suspense they seem to happen just to keep the plot moving forward and, contrary to X-Files logic, FBI agents cannot barge in on Police investigations and make them their own just satiate curiosity - they have to be assigned - and they just can't fly all over the globe tracking down clues on a whim - there is paperwork to be filled and expenses to be approved). For the record, a skin graft goes wrong when the wrong doner is used, causing a formerly meek college professor to go on a killing spree. This novel maintains interest, but it lacks the feel of the show and is hampered by its shopworn premise. If this is the best that the hired writers could come up with it is not surprising why the spin-off novels never caught on.
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If you don't already know X Files characters and mythology, read another book. If you DO have the background, however, you'll find this book a good read and an interesting was to see Mulder and Scully in action.
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this is one of the best books on the xfiles i have read in along time - well constructed love it - do not want to spoil it for anyone who has not read it yet. but its worth it to get for a collector like myself. and antibodies is my favorite by keviin j anderson -both are great books
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For me this book was very suspenseful and invigorating the book also takes me back in time.to.the.days of X Files on TV so.a.lot.of good memories the book was very good at keeping you reading to find.out.what next.
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Best X-Files book I've ever read. Some reviews were critical of the character development and the details of each scene. I found the character details and the scene detail added much to the story and I was sorry when it was over.
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