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Good story, not sure about Walter...
on 24 June 2013
I love Fringe. I think it is one of the best series of the past few years. So as soon as I heard that Christa Faust was writing three novels about the characters in Fringe (of the other two one is about Olivia and the other about Peter - which should be published soon) I had to give it a go.
Of the three main characters, I am more interested to read about Walters back story. In this novel, he and William Bell are experimenting with a cocktail of mind altering drugs on the shores of Reiden Lake. Their minds connect in such a way that a gateway is opened to another universe. And through that gateway falls an Alternate-Zodiac killer (who preyed on young couples in the US at the end of the 60s). Walter and William then try to understand what has happened and how to rectify it.
William Bell comes across almost exactly as I imagined a young Bell to be (suave, intelligent and a hit with the ladies). Nina Sharp also appears and you can straight away see her becoming the CEO of Massive Dynamic. She is strong minded, intelligent and very focussed.
The only problem I had was with Walters' character. It was written too much like Walter 'after he had parts of his brain removed and spent 17 years in a mental hospital'. I had always imagined him more studious, driven and intelligent (a bit like Bell, but worldliwiseness - if that's a word!). He comes across in places as bumbling, stuttery and very socially awkward.
I think this book is a 3.5 star book - but I have rounded it up (because it's Fringe) to 4 stars.
One last thing as they appear in the novel, I would love to hear a Violet Sedan Chair album. What with these novels, Septembers Notebook (a great read btw), perhaps they can get some musicians together to release an album?