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Fringe - The Zodiac Paradox

(Fringe #1)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  602 ratings  ·  95 reviews
Based on the acclaimed television series THE ZODIAC PARADOX Never-before-revealed secrets of the characters, leading to the creation of the government’s covert Fringe Division. 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
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Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published May 24th 2013 by Titan Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Vikas Not required as they focus on history of each character but still it's nice to start in order Dr. Walter Bishop, Olivia Dunham and Peter Bishop.
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Erin
In my humble opinion Fringe is one of the most underrated tv shows in the last 20 years.

I fell in love with Fringe long after it was cancelled by Fox. In fact I don't even remember ever hearing about it while it was on air. I discovered Fringe about 3 years ago, the way most people do these days, I discovered it on Netflix, while battling the flu and I fell totally in love.

Reasons I Love Fringe:
1. Joshua Jackson aka Peter Bishop aka Pacey Witter aka Cole Lockhart.

2. Its hilarious. Walter
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Scott Rhee
Movie/TV tie-ins and novelizations are generally critic-proof. They are usually written solely for fans, who aren't necessarily reading them for brilliance of language or poetic flourishes. Indeed, it seems pointless to even comment on how well- or poorly written a tie-in is, so I won't even go there with Christa Faust's first of a three-part trilogy of novels based on the TV show Fringe, "The Zodiac Paradox". "Fringe", created by JJ Abrams, was one of the best sci-fi shows to grace TV screens ...more
Trekscribbler
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you missed Fox TV’s popular FRINGE television program, then you missed something special. For those of us who tuned in regularly were rewarded with a richly written program that tackled such subjects of life, death, and the very nature of existence. Multiple worlds were discovered and fractured timelines were breached as the Fringe Division – a special subset of the broader FBI dedicated to cases that defied conventional explanation – went about solving puzzles that couldn’t be easily fit ...more
Joshua Palmatier
I am a huge fan of FRINGE and was disappointed when the show ended. I was ecstatic when I realized that there would be three books released and immediately ordered all three. Only the first two are out at the moment, and I've had a chance to read the first of the three.

The premise: We join Walter Bishop and William Bell (along with Nina Sharp) when they are college students in the late 60s and 70s. Experimenting with a new acid mixture at Reiden Lake, Walter and William encounter a strange side
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Jasper
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
Originally posted at http://thebookplank.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-zodiac-paradox.html

The Zodiac Paradox is the first tie-in novel set in the Fringe universe. Fringe is a well popular TV series that has been airing for five seasons with 100 episodes. I have watched several episodes myself and I am a big fan of the supernatural aspects. The tie-in novels aim to reveal much more about the the mythology of Fringe and how everything came to pass. Featuring never before aired material. In total three
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Mike
Jun 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Shara
May 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Review: 4 - Problematic, but Promising

Let's be honest: I went into this with LOW expectations. LOW because when it comes to media tie-in novels, they have a bad reputation for not being well-written, and most of the time, the authors skimp on all the usual things that original novels demand: setting, characterization, world-building, etc, knowing their readers are fans of the franchise they're writing in and will therefore fill in the blanks. Not ALL media tie-in novels are like this, but
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Robin Burks
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a review copy of Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox by Christa Faust from Titan Books, which is fortunate, because I was an avid fan of the Fringe television series. But how does the book compare? Read on for my full review.

Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox serves as a prequel to the hit Fox television series. In this new book, Walter Bishop, Nina Sharp and William “Belly” Bell are in their early 20′s and they have not yet become a part of Global Dynamics. They’re still kids, but they’re the most
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Deena
Jun 18, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Fringe if you are desperate for more backstory
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Ramsey Isler
As a Fringe story, this books works pretty well but as a novel taken on its own merits it's fairly average.

If you're a fan of the show (and you'd have to be to have any interest in this book at all), the main thing you'll be interested in is the portrayal of Walter Bishop. I can say for certain that Faust's characterization of Walter is very much in line with what you saw in the TV series. For most fans, this will be a welcome relief and an enjoyable aspect of the book. But part of me wishes
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David Agranoff
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tie-in-novels
Before I get into this tie-in novel, I want to talk about the show it was spun off from. I am assuming if you’re checking out this book review you probably watched the FOX show. Fringe is one of my favorite shows of all time. I know many who watched the pilot and just a few episodes feel like Fringe is just an X-files rip-off.

If you watched the show you know it is much more science fiction than X-files and in my opinion it has a better mythology. Walter Bishop played in emmy/ golden globe worthy
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Harikleia
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Whoever likes SciFi and has seen the TV show.
Recommended to Harikleia by: No one (Just got interested because it was based off of a cool TV show.)
Warning: Do not read unless you have a complete understanding of the Fringe TV Series.
“Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox” is one prequel to the TV series and shows why certain characters did certain things later on. It takes place in the early 1970s, about 40 years before the TV show’s storyline, when there is no Fringe Division, and there is only one major character from the series, Walter Bishop and two supporting characters, Nina Sharp and William Bell are seemingly promoted to major characters.
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Soulfire
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A couple months ago I re-watched Fringe and immediately after doing that I wanted MORE! So I searched and found this series. As anyone that has read book adaptations of non-book worlds know they can be hit or miss. I’ve loved some Star Trek books and hated others, the same with the Fable video game books. However, I really wanted more in the world and bought the first one, without reading the blurb, not sure why I did that.
I should have been clued in by the title but I was still surprised that
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Melissa
Aug 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-books
As an avid fan of the television series Fringe, I was a bit skeptical about a tie-in novel. However, I love the series so much and I love reading as well, so I decided to give this book a chance to win me over. I'm glad I gave it the chance, because this book was definitely better than expected. I think the real key to the success of this book and the believable feel of the tie-in aspect was the fact that Christina Faust did not try to recreate the series itself, but decided to go back long ...more
Jennie
I was a fan of the show so I thought this might be worth the read. I really enjoyed it. This book takes you back before the TV series. It follows Walter, William Bell, and Nina in the 70’s before the discovery of an alternate universe. I thought it was interesting to see how their relationship was before the show started. We never really get know them before the show except little glances here and there. Walter is the eccentric and scatterbrained as he in the show. William Bell is the controlled ...more
Keri
Jun 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Fringe.

I even liked seasons 4 and 5.

This book though, I could not get into. I didn't get excited when reading it, I just trudged through it because it was Fringe. It wasn't just the subject matter (Really? The Zodiac Killer?) but the whole thing seemed very fan-fiction to me and not canon. As others have said Walter was written as the goofy, drugged out, spacy Walter from most of the series and not the serious scientist Walter shown in '1985' episodes (flashbacks?) of the TV show. It
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DoctorWoofWoof
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My wife and I were late bloomers, getting into the show as it entered its 5th, and final season. We "binge watched" on Netflix, getting caught up, and then left with a craving for more after series ended. Enter 'Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox', the 1st in Christa Faust's trilogy that serves as prequels for the the three main characters: Walter and Peter Bishop, as well as Olivia Dunham.

Reviewing a number of reviews on here, as well as via Amazon.com, I found complaints that Walter's
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Hope
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, sci-fi
**LOVED** this book!!! I am a big fan of the TV series (which I'm slowly making my way though via Netflix) and this was like coming home! :-D This book is definitely a prequel to the series and tells how Walter, Bell and Nina all come together.

There are teasers and spoilers around every turn. Those little "ah ha!" moments that bridge the TV series and the book, filling in gaps here and there. Walter, even a young Walter, is still the awkward 3rd wheel - he's delightedly Walterish! :-D

I was
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Hope
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, sci-fi
**LOVED** this book!!! I am a big fan of the TV series (which I'm slowly making my way though via Netflix) and this was like coming home! :-D This book is definitely a prequel to the series and tells how Walter, Bell and Nina all come together.

There are teasers and spoilers around every turn. Those little "ah ha!" moments that bridge the TV series and the book, filling in gaps here and there. Walter, even a young Walter, is still the awkward 3rd wheel - he's delightedly Walterish! :-D

I was
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Vikas
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I watched Fringe TV series later than usual being in India at that time only way to watch it was to download the episodes which I did with extreme eagerness for this was a wonderful Sci-Fi series which actually ended properly. So it was fun to revisit that world after a long time. These series are a prequel series each focusing on one of the main character this first book focuses of exploits of Walter Bishop in 60s and 70s along with Bell and Nina Sharp.

This mostly focuses on how Bishop and Bell
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J.J. Lair
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to J.J. by: my wife
This is a book for someone who watched the series Fringe. I was a casual viewer in the third through fifth seasons so I knew the characters, but not the whole arc of the series. I enjoyed this book. It had just enough back story to follow and enough new story to keep me interested.
Walter and Bell invent their own type of LSD that helps them connect mentally while tripping, but this connection unlocks a parallel universe. A killer comes through the gate created to that universe and he is
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Kyle Cheuvront
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a huge fan of the Fringe TV series, I immediately jumped at the chance to read this book and get my "Fringe fix" even though the show is now off the air. I really enjoyed the story in The Zodiac Paradox and thought it was a nice tie-in for the series. It was a very interesting take on the actual Zodiac Killer's existence mixed with a background story of the early stages of what becomes cortexiphan, which includes a young Walter Bishop and William Bell tripping on their own hallucinogenic mix. ...more
Christian
This was a great start to a new series of books based on the x-TV show Fringe. These books are supposed to fill in the story holes left open by the series and the first one starts it right off. As I was reading this, I felt I was in the spirit of the show with the subtle shout outs to the idiosyncrasies of Walter and William (less on William as he wasn't a prominent character on the show). I loved that Christa was able to capture the spirit of the early 70's with such great descriptions. I miss ...more
✿ ♥  Heather ♥ ✿
Fringe Prequel - Book 1 !!!

Actual Rating 4.5 stars

I loved immersing myself in the world of Fringe again. I wanted to shout out to everyone that Fringe was back, Fringe was back! I could imagine the characters so easily, Walter Bishop, William Bell, Nina Sharp. Even though they're in their 20's, their personalities are so... them....

I don't know if I would have enjoyed the book if I had never watched the show. I don't know. A lot of the scientific gobbledeygook went over my head and I may have
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Matt
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, reviewed
For Fringe lovers, this details the origins of Cortexephan and the early days of the Walter-William-Nina triad. A lot of filler makes it a fairly skimmable read (many of the secondary characters have way too much back story, and it slogs the action).

The time period would seem to be ripe to get a more compelling study of Bell, a character rarely seen in the series. Faust does a better job of illuminating Nina, with her role always on stage essentially that of reigning in the boys when they're
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Kristen Marie
Picked this up in LA needing something to read on my flight. I've always liked the TV show, and I don't read much mystery/suspense, but I decided to try it out.

It was interesting. It took me a bit to get in my head that the characters were all younger, and interacted well too. But, once I trained myself, it was kind of a fun read.

The writing isn't the best- it didn't really pull me in or give me any feeling. The plot is certainly fringe-like though, so that was good. Having majored in
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Mo
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
William Bell and Walter Bishop are in their early 20s. It's late '60s, early '70s. Bell has recently gotten involved with Nina Sharp. Bell & Bishop trip on their own chemical hallucinogenic formula and inadvertently open a rift which a criminal from a parallel universe accidentally slips through. That criminal turns out to be the Zodiac Killer. Bell, Bishop, and Nina have to find a way to recreate the rift & lure the killer back through it to his own universe.

Fans of the TV show will
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Jamesboggie
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know media tie-in books have a bad reputation, but this one is genuinely good. I think Faust really captures the characters from the series, and renders them as complex, believable, and mostly likable people. The dialogue is smooth and realistic. The action is intense. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel.

If the premise of mad scientists using psychedelics to stop the Zodiac Killer interests you at all, I recommend this book regardless of your familiarity with the Fringe show.
Shantall
Sep 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
As a huge fan of the tv show. I think I'm really biased when I say I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the next two.

mr l r parker
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great read

If you like the fringe series this is a must!
Well written, gives a glimpse into Walters past and what drives him
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