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Humbug (The X-Files: Middle Grade #5)

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Scully and Mulder have to throw the rule book away when they investigate a murder in Gibsonton, Florida, where normal does not exist. The natives are circus and sideshow performers. The victim, called The Alligator Man, died a bizarre, mysterious death. And the agents' list of suspects, which grows daily, is beginning to look like a page out of Ripley's Believe It or Not. ...more
Paperback, 102 pages
Published April 30th 1996 by HarperEntertainment (first published 1996)
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Stephen Arvidson
Nov 09, 2015 Stephen Arvidson rated it liked it
Shelves: x-files
"Maybe some mysteries were never meant to be solved." — Dr. Blockhead to Agent Scully (p. 101)

Humbug, which is a juvenile adaptation of The X-Files episode of same name, is the first explicitly comedic episode in the series. The story, which is based off of the original shooting script, follows FBI agents Mulder and Scully as they investigate a series of bizarre murders in a Florida community consisting of former circus sideshow performers. Mulder suspects the murderer to be the legendary "Feeje
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Robert
Jun 28, 2009 Robert rated it liked it
Shelves: novel
Saya terkesan dengan kata-kata di dalam buku ini, "Kebohongan itu seperti bawang. Engkau mencoba mengupasnya selapis demi selapis, dan hingga lapis terakhir, engkau tidak mendapatkan apa pun." Demikian pula berbagai kebohongan yang meliputi kota Gibsonton, Florida.

Ide cerita kali ini sungguh tidak biasa tetapi menarik. Bayangkan ada yang berani membunuh dengan keji, seorang "manusia-buaya" (manusia yang kulitnya menderita kelainan genetik sehingga bersisik) dan Anda dapat menemukan orang-orang y
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Mike Jozic
I have kind of enjoyed listening to these YA versions of old episodes as distractions while I'm driving or doing chores around the house but this adaptation of the popular Darin Morgan penned X-File is atrocious. As a highly comic episode I'm sure it's a case of needing to see the visuals and having the dialogue delivered by the actors. The voices that the reader comes up with are...kind of terrible. All the comic timing is lost. Just...just bad. I think I'll just try to forget this one entirely ...more
Al
Jul 03, 2016 Al rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nesta imaginativa história, Mulder e Scully viajam uma cidade onde seres comuns são as "aberrações". Com certa dose de humor e até de questionamentos existenciais, o episódio configura como um dos melhores da série, ainda que não solucionado devidamente pelos dois agentes, mas final claramente sugerido ao leitor pelo autor.
Simon
Dec 09, 2015 Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Gibsonton, home of humbug. Where all boxes are empty, doors turn into blank walls, and everything is as phony as the Feejee Mermaid.'
Another short fun read. just as fun as the episode it was based on.
Caroline
Jan 12, 2013 Caroline rated it really liked it
This is a fine and creepy book/episode. I just don't like the fact the end ended best in the episode, so people who read the book might don't really understand what happened.
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Les Martin has written dozens of books for young readers, including the RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM movie storybooks, and many Young Indiana Jones middle-grade novels. He has also adapted many classic works of fiction for young readers, including THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS, EDGAR ALLAN POE'S TALES OF TERROR, and THE VAMPIRE. Mr. Martin is a resident of New York C ...more
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“Dr. Blockhead's mocking face was solemn for once. 'Modern science is wiping out deviant strains of the human form,' he said. 'In the twenty-first century, genetic engineering will do more than merely eliminate Siamese twins and alligator-skinned people. It will make it hard to find a person with even a slight overbite or a large nose. I can see that future and it makes me shudder. The future looks like- him'
Dr. Blockhead pointed at Mulder.
'Imagine going through your whole life looking like that,' said Dr. Blockhead.
Mulder shrugged. 'It's a tough job- but someone has to do it.”
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“Tell me, have you done much circus work in your life?' [asked Mulder].
Nutt drew himself up to his full height. 'And what makes you think I've ever even gone to a circus, let alone been a slave in one?' he demanded...
Finally Mulder managed to say, 'I didn't mean any offense.'
'Offended? Why should I be offended?' Nutt demanded. 'It's human nature to make quick judgements of people based only on their looks. Why, I have done the same thing to you.'
'Have you?' said Mulder. 'And what have you concluded?'
'I have taken in your all-American face, your unsmiling expression, your boring necktie. I have decided you work for the government,' Nutt said. 'You are- an FBI agent.'
'Am I really?' Mulder said.
'I hope you get my point,' Nutt said. 'I want to show how stupid it would be to look at you as a type, rather than as an individual.'
'But I am an FBI agent,' Mulder said, showing Nutt his badge.
There was a loud silence.
Then Nutt said, 'Sign the book please.”
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