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The X-Files (1) - Goblins Paperback – 20 Mar 1995

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; TV tie-in edition edition (20 Mar. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000648204X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006482048
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 1.8 x 10.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,699,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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OPENING THE X-FILES…

Meet Mulder and Scully, FBI. The agency maverick and the female agent assigned to keep him in line.

Their job: investigate the eeriest unsolved mysteries in modern America, from pyro-psychics to death row demonics, from rampaging Sasquatches to alien invasions. The cases the Bureau wants handled quietly, but quickly, before the public finds out what's 'really' out there. And panics. The cases filed under 'X'.

About the Author

Charles Grant is the author of the New York Times bestselling X-Files novels Goblins and Whirlwind, and is also the creator of the acclaimed Black Oak series. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Matthews on 22 Nov. 2003
Format: Paperback
I had this book on my shelf for at least 2 years before I picked it up, and I was very pleasantly surprised by it. I expected the writing to be average, but it was indeed very well written, with a gripping storyline and interesting characters (including the brilliant Mulder and Scully of course!). I'd recommend this book to anybody, and if you like the show then definately try to get your hands on this one. It's an original story and never been aired on TV.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Mar. 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Published in 1994, Goblins was the very first novel based on The X-Files television series, which at that time was relatively new, original, and growing in popularity. The action, in this case, takes place not long after the X-Files had been shut down and then reopened by the FBI (which basically puts it somewhere in the second season time period). This is a book that has its good points and its bad points. It is not a bad story in and of itself, but it doesn't fully capture the X-Files spirit; its primary weakness is the addition of two unknown agents working beside Mulder and Scully on the case at hand: Hank Webber, a gung-ho agent of the annoying type, and Licia Andrews, a cold and disagreeable person who certainly doesn't seem to be made of FBI material. Webber's association with Mulder's new supervisor Arlen Douglas (who is not Mulder's biggest fan) is used to cast a suspicious backdrop to the story, but this little subplot doesn't go very far.
The case that forms the framework of this novel consists of a series of brutal murders by an "invisible man" of sorts - witnesses, none of which are completely trustworthy, report seeing a hand and blade come out of nowhere and then disappear once the deed is done. An old reporter friend asks Mulder to investigate the first murder because the victim was his cousin's boyfriend, but Mulder has no real interest in the matter until Douglas sends him to New Jersey (alongside Scully, Webber, and Andrews) to investigate that very case; they soon meet with unexpected danger. There is basically a lot of running around talking to the locals, working with the local sheriff, and sniffing out the truth of a mysterious Department of Defense project associated with a nearby military base. Mulder comes up with his wild theory, Scully argues against it, etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 July 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I thought the way that Charles Grant wrote this was great! The beginning of this book just pulls you in. It feels like your right there. The murders just keep you pulled in and I couldn't put it down. It was very easy to read it made me think that I was watching the show instead of reading the book. It keeps you guessing down to the last few chapters. The Goblin is a true X-FILE to the very end. And of course someone almost gets killed in our favorite team but I'm not telling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Aug. 2001
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This novel has a good storline following an xfile not previously known to tv viewers. New characters, intrigue and suspence are all included. Not to mention well noted interaction between the great Mulder and Scully. A must for an Xphiles, yet still a great read for everyone else.
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By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Mar. 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Whirlwind is the second TV tie-in novel based on The X-Files. One can't help but compare this to the first novel, Goblins, as both books were written by Charles Grant. While Whirlwind seems more readable than Goblins, in the end Grant once again comes up a little short. His characterizations of Mulder and Scully saw improvement in this novel, but there were still bits of dialogue here and there that just didn't sound like something the agents would say. A bigger problem is found in the characterization of all the other characters, some of whose actions really aren't adequately explained in the context of the novel. The explanation behind the crimes presented here also falls short of believability.
The heart of this particular X-File involves a most unusual serial killer (indeed, I would not use the term serial killer in this context – but the back cover of the book uses it). It all started with a string of cattle mutilations, a subject even Mulder isn't very interested in. Then a local sheriff of a small New Mexico town asks for FBI help when a honeymooning man and wife are killed in the same horrible fashion, and Mulder and Scully are initially assisted on the case by an agent from the regional FBI office. The manner of death in these cases is enough to make Scully uneasy looking at the remains, as basically the victim's skin is shredded and removed from the body – possibly before death, as it happens so quickly. I should mention the fact that it is very hot in the New Mexico desert – the author certainly mentions that fact a lot.
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By A Customer on 1 Jan. 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although I consider myself an X-Files fan, I shall not buy any more X-Files books. They are badly written, lack a strong plot line, and on Goblins, you can see that the writter has a little *obssesion* with the character of Dana Scully.
The book is just a lot of cursing, and apart from that the only other thing that makes you think you're reading an X-Files book, is the characters, and maybe the setting, bcause it all takes place in a dark, gloomy atmosphere.
X-File fan or not, I would never recomend thos book to anyone, not even someone I hate. It is just not worth your money, plus it will really let you down.
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