‘Fringe’: ‘September’s Notebook’ book review

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That’s right, September’s Notebook is written from the perspective of the enigmatic character himself, detailing his experiences of events throughout the series and unveiling some of the show’s deeper secrets. Observant viewers may have even noticed that the book itself appears onscreen in ‘The Boy Must Live’, the eleventh episode of Season 5.

The mere concept of this book isn’t the only element of it that justifies praise, though. Impressively, it confidently pulls off the ambitious conceit. It reads as though it has been written by September himself, his emotionally detached but oddly charming voice present in much of the book and particularly noticeable in clearly visible asides spread throughout.

September’s Notebook really does succeed at being an entertaining and informative read that is incredibly rewarding for fans of Fringe. It’s a larger book than expected, and it’s full of details, photos and descriptions that are sure to please the most obsessive of fans. There are also many smaller treats to be discovered within its pages, all of which will be treasured by those that supported the troubled sci-fi drama during its five seasons on the air.

This book is absolutely designed with the fans in mind. It’s rather fitting that the most devoted among the Fringe audience now have the opportunity to own something that really is part of the show. Like The Lost Encyclopaedia, a previous Lost-focussed endeavour by these same authors, September’s Notebook is definitely something that you’ll want to consult when revisiting the show. The wonderful guides to characters and investigations are so well-presented and interesting that you’ll be left wishing you could experience the whole show all over again.

Although, it must be mentioned that this book doesn’t present events entirely as we experienced them. September, of course, takes a much more clinical and factual approach to the story of Fringe. While this perspective doesn’t really acknowledge some of the most emotionally powerful moments, it does allow for September’s gradual recognition of how strong the bond the characters share is. His ensuing confusion with human feelings makes this an interesting angle from which to look at the show.

It should surprise nobody to learn that this book was produced with an unprecedented level of assistance from the Fringe team. The writing staff, art and prop departments all contributed heavily and have helped make September’s Notebook really feel as though as it is a piece of the show’s universe (or, more appropriately, universes).

It’s something that committed fans will really value, an excellent way to not only remember this tremendous drama but to have something from it. There’s little else that could be more appropriate for a show with a fanbase this dedicated.

Published on 15 March 2013 by Titan Books.

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