An Atomic Moo Book Review of Christa Faust’s New Novel
Now out through Titan books is the final novel in Christa Faust’s trilogy of Fringe novels. Based on the NBC television series, Fringe, these books are a chance to jump into the history of the principal characters, giving readers interesting, and exciting, insights into the strange events that led up to the first episode. In book three, Sins of the Father, Peter Bishop is a struggling scam artist, until the day of a very lucrative con, where he accidentally grabs the wrong suitcase from a stranger, and begins a bizarre, and deadly, adventure… Here’s the synopsis:
A fatal incident in Walter Bishop’s lab estranges his volatile son Peter. In Bangkok, Peter steals a briefcase containing a mysterious vial and becomes the target of a group willing to kill to get it back. Seeking answers, he becomes entangled with Ella Lachaux-—the woman behind the lab disaster—and David Robert Jones, a terrorist whose goal is to create an army of shape-shifting killers
I’ve really enjoyed this series, and Faust’s writing has helped me to enjoy the television show (…as I binged watched it on Netflix) with a perspective most casual watchers don’t get. I think Faust did an excellent job of imagining and scripting the pre-television characters as well as establishing the full level of weird that Fringe fans expect from the show. Though Sins of the Father wasn’t my favorite of the three novels, it was still entertaining. I just couldn’t see Peter, as a globe trotting professional con artist, getting involved with Dr. Lachaux and her virus loving schemes as quickly as he did. However, the level of bizarre happenings is fun. Fringe readers are in for a full treat of mutant making viruses, alt-dimensions, and weird shape changers. Or are they body snatchers? Anyways, Sins of the Father is a solid and fun story and hopefully you’ll get to read it with Faust’s other novels!
Fringe: Sins of the Father is now available in all major book stores, or you can find your copy online at www.titanbooks.com
Also, Netflix subscribers: Check out the entire series online!
Hey El Moochadores! Last month Titan Books released a new novel that delves deeper into the mysterious and exciting world created by FOX’s cult favorite show, Fringe! Written by Christa Faust, Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox takes us back to a time when professors Walter Bishop and William Bell were professional partners working for MIT. Here’s the books synopsis:
In 1971 university students Walter Bishop and William Bell use an exotic chemical compound to link their subconscious minds. Unexpectedly, they open a rip in space through which comes a menace unlike any our world has ever seen – The Zodiac Killer. His singular goal is death, and it falls to Bishop, Bell, and Nina Sharp to stop him.
The Zodiac Paradox is one of three novels Faust is writing that covers the history behind the televisions series principal characters. Though I can’t say I’m a fan of the show, I have seen several of the episodes and I very much enjoyed reading about a young Bishop and Bell who weren’t afraid to experiment with perception altering drugs. Faust’s use of hallucinogens to create portals to other worlds has an almost Lovecraft like vibe and setting the adventure back in the early 1970’s added to the stories drug addled fun.
I’m not sure how I feel about the use of the Zodiac Killer as the main villain for this story. The real life version of the murderer, and what he did to people, is horrific enough. Despite the books title I feel this story could have had any sort of completely fictional monster and didn’t need to try and meld a serialized fiction with real life history. I also felt that having the murderer gain additional, radioactive, powers wasn’t needed. I know this story is on the level of the X-Files, and other spooky procedurals popular on network television, but they pulled a psycho through a frigg’n portal they created with their acid induced minds! For stories that want to wow people with the fantastic and unknown, that’s good enough! I feel that giving the killer an additional ability to melt faces off people pushes the story into a more ridiculous realm and it lost a chance to be truly terrifying. Plus, The character of Allan (the Zodiac Killer) was a great combination of creepy and deadly on his own before gaining a fist full of gamma radiation.
That being my only complaints for the story, I would very much recommend this book. Faust has a knack for characters, dialogue, and (regardless of how I felt about the villain) kept the story fun. Which is the most important element to any novel I read. It has to be fun!
So that’s it for this book review El Moochadores. Make sure to go get your copy of Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox at your local book retailer or online at Titan books! Then come back here and share with me your thoughts on altered states and bad trips!