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Fringe: September's Notebook Hardcover – March 19, 2013
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J. H. Wyman (Showrunner/Executive Producer, Fringe) was born in Oakland, California, and grew up in Montréal, Canada. Wyman wrote and produced The Mexican, starring Brad Pitt. He has since created several television shows, most notably Keen Eddie, starring Mark Valley and Sienna Miller. Wyman just recently wrote Dead Man Down, a thriller starring Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace set to premiere in spring 2013. Wyman currently resides in Los Angeles.
Jeff Pinkner (Executive Producer, Fringe) grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland. He attended Northwestern University and Harvard Law School. Pinkner began his television-writing career with a freelance episode of The Practice. He has written and produced several series, including Profiler, Early Edition, and The Street. Pinkner served as a writer and producer on all five seasons of Alias and served as showrunner in its final season. He then served as executive producer on Lost and October Road. He lives in Los Angeles.
- Publisher : Insight Editions; Nov edition (March 19, 2013)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1608871304
- ISBN-13 : 978-1608871308
- Item Weight : 3.4 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.25 x 1 x 11 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #104,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I can't say I was a fanatic "Fringe" follower during much of the show's five-year run. In fact, it took me a season or so to really get into it. Having cut my teeth on "The X-Files," so to speak, I was at first a little disappointed in "Fringe" when the episodes aired. But I later came to enjoy it very much. I grieved when the series ended and left a big black hole in my Friday night activity schedule. However, I have all the season DVD sets so far available, and I'm watching episodes on a semi-regular basis. I'm even more impressed the second time around.
"Fringe: September's Notebook" is an outstanding resource that has added immeasurably to my interest in, respect for and understanding of the series. I can't praise it enough. Having read the unanimous five-star reviews before my copy showed up, I had very high expectations of what awaited my eager perusal when I opened the Amazon box. As I carefully slit and then removed the protective plastic wrapper, I immediately realized the book far exceeded even my highest expectations! Visually, stylistically and physically stunning, the "notebook" is absolutely chock-full of "stuff" that is sure to captivate any "Fringe" fan. Crystal-clear color photographs adorn every page. I didn't count them, but there must be several hundred of them. The text is small and dense, and packed with the most detailed, esoteric information imaginable about the incredibly rich, complex and fine-textured "Fringe" universe(s), episodes, events and characters. Envelopes bound into the book contain some really neat extras. Tabbed card-stock dividers add a cool faux-FBI-file aura to the whole thing. There's no way any reader could possibly read and digest this book straight through cover-to-cover. Rather, read it slowly and savor it, a little at a time, like a fine Port. At least that's how I'm doing it--it's a perfect companion to the DVD sets, and I'm looking forward to literally months of enjoyment nibbling away at this invaluable tome as I work my way through the series again.
"Fringe: September's Notebook" is truly a remarkable achievement on the part of authors Tara Bennett and Paul Terry, and it celebrates a remarkable achievement in network television. An obvious labor-of-love that explores and reveals absolutely every aspect of "Fringe," the book is certain to satisfy even the most die-hard fan. I can't conceive of anyone who enjoyed the series having a negative reaction to it. It's hard for me to wrap my head around the amount of thought, work and devotion that went into creating this book. Every bit of it shows on the pages. I heartily congratulate the authors on their incredible accomplishment.
To all "Fringe" fans, casual or rabid: you need to buy this book with no questions asked. You're really missing out if you don't. I give it my highest possible recommendation.
It's put together and presented in beautiful scrapbook style. Included are insets, removable items, posters. The book edges have navigation tabs coming out like those you case files you normally see on TV. Full marks for presentation.
In terms of content, this book is packed with an amazing amount of information and pictures.
The book covers in detail both the universes and the other timeline. You have Walter's history, stories about Peter's illness that leads to the crossing of the universe, Cortexiphan Trails, Massive Dynamic and their secret projects, Fringe division and all their agents and the cases they have worked on. That's just for the original universe.
In the later sections of the book, it looks at all the differences between the universes and timelines. So you have Walter(nate) and all the Fringe doubles from the alternate universe.
There's a lot to read. It's a good recap as the events are presented in more linear and hence clearer. You'll also get some insight because September's observations can be found in little blue notes all over the book. These are stuff you don't get from just watching the show, and there are many other nuggets of information.
The pictures are great, and there are loads of them. There are the strange symbols from the opening credits, photos of the past Observers caught on camera, characters, news articles, graphics from the other universe, props, the time machine, gory pictures from cases, and more!
It's a pretty comprehensive companion to the show.
All Fringe fans should have this book.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
"Upon public announcement, Insight Editions received an overwhelming response from fans interested in the Fringe Limited Edition who were concerned about the number of copies available. The decision was made that additional copies would be made available based on the supply of Amber provided by the studio, which appeared to be the most exiting of the authentic artifacts featured in the Limited Edition. Subsequently additional signature plates were generated by a replicating machine and distributed randomly through the total number of 1,267 Limited Editions, a fact that should have been shared earlier.
Your satisfaction is very important to us and we would like to offer a refund to those who would like to return their Limited Edition in its entirety along with their receipt. If you purchased the Limited Edition through another vendor, such as Amazon, you should return the complete set to them per their policies. We will continue to strive to provide our fans, and those of our Licensors, a unique experience through our publications and appreciate your understanding.
Please let us know if you have any other questions concerning this matter."
This is an email I received form Ellise Yu, who is the Sales and Marketing director for Insight Editions, after I complained about the signatures being identical to at least 2 other editions I saw pictures of online.
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This is truly dedication. If you're not a book reader, this has plenty of images/physicals inside to keep you more than entertained.
Because of the nature of Fringe and the way it ended, you may have missed an episode, misunderstood a meaning or simply forgotten a character and their important role. This book reminds you with easy-to-understand lingo as well as seeing it from September's point of view.
There are never-seen-before pictures and a tad bit more detail here and there. You get so much in this book like the decryption of the apple, seahorse, frog, flower and hand. As well as posters of Etta, an empty letter, blueprints to the machine and even personal opinions of September. Another great feature is that you get a clear comparison of the characters as timelines and universes change, for example, I didn't notice the significant reduction of Walter's expression for food in the timeline without Peter.
There is A LOT more great content in this book and it's physically strong.
ONLY DOWNSIDE is that in the book, it failed to mention that MassiveDynamic have an official website. I feel not many people knew this and thought with all the little bits of detail they added, they could have included the websites for that multimedia and realistic effect. However this is just a SMALL/NEGOTIABLE downside (more of an improvement suggestion).
Everyone is credited accordingly and I see no reason why every Fringe fan hasn't bought one of these! Worth every £.
Sidenote: If you're one of those people who watch it online and dont really find yourself supporting the show, here is another reason to buy the book! #FightTheFuture
For the price the book is great, it's pretty big and covers the entire series from a different perspective, its nice to read it as if it was the character writing it, however there are not as many pullouts as expected, the ones there are, are of great quality and look really cool, it would have been nice for more, however, id assume that is what the paperback version is for.
There is not much merchandise when it comes to fringe so this book is a must for any fan of fringe, great for looking back at the series.
Note: the Notebook deliberately does not expand the mythology of the show so do not buy it if that's what you're after. Christa Faust is currently writing an authorised trilogy of prequel novels, so go and check them out if you want your Fringe broadened (so to speak).
If you want to know more about what went into the making of the book go and listen to the podcast with the authors over at thefringepodcast.com (it's Episode 528).
My only gripe is that I couldn't find a photo anywhere of September himself (other than a shot of his back at the Observers gather round the Statue of Liberty in the closing shot from Season 3) - I didn't go from page to page looking, so I might be wrong; it's just something which struck me after I'd read it. Surely the man himself should have appeared in his own notebook (if onely for Michael C's sake)? Perhaps in the episode-by-episode section right at the very end?