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From the co-creator of the landmark series, the story millions of fans have been waiting to get their hands on for 25 long years. The Secret History of Twin Peaks enlarges the world of the original series, placing the unexplained phenomena that unfolded there into a vastly layered, wide-ranging history, beginning with the journals of Lewis and Clark and ending with the shFrom the co-creator of the landmark series, the story millions of fans have been waiting to get their hands on for 25 long years.The Secret History of Twin Peaks enlarges the world of the original series, placing the unexplained phenomena that unfolded there into a vastly layered, wide-ranging history, beginning with the journals of Lewis and Clark and ending with the shocking events that closed the finale. The perfect way to get in the mood for the upcoming Showtime series....

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  • FanboyBen
    2019-04-04 23:42

    Diane, it’s 8:43 p.m. on May the 22, and I have just completed what I believe to be a monumental and not insignificant undertaking: over the course of the last 10 days, I have successfully devoured all 30 episodes of the original “Twin Peaks” show, survived the bleak terror that is “Fire Walk with Me,” consumed all four episodes of Showtime’s new season, and now–last, but certainly not least–I have dissected all 368 fascinating pages of Mark Frost’s “The Secret History of Twin Peaks.” Diane, while I will admit that I am, at least for the moment, feeling a bit “Twin Peaks”-ed out, please also believe me when I tell you that I am also feeling something else right now, something that–if I am not mistaken–bears a striking resemblance to love. Much like the love that I have for donuts. Or coffee. Especially coffee.Forgive my rambling, Diane, but it just can’t be helped; when you experience something as wonderful as “Twin Peaks” for the first time, cogency and focus are among the first casualties. In particular, “The Secret History of Twin Peaks” is something to behold, a literary tour de force that’s every bit as absorbing as the television program that inspired it (if not MORE so). While I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Mark Frost in person, the man’s inventiveness cannot, and should not, be overlooked. Allow me a moment to ponder something aloud: although the brilliance of “Twin Peaks” often seems to be attributed solely to David Lynch–not shocking, given his flashy and defiantly non-mainstream style–I can’t help but suspect, now having read “The Secret History of Twin Peaks” and all of its labyrinthine detours into conspiracies and the realms of the paranormal, that it’s actually Frost’s uncanny ability to construct worlds and mythologies that pull the reader/viewer into their absorbing depths that is every bit as responsible for this property’s success. “The Secret History of Twin Peaks” is a testament to Frost’s constructive genius–somehow, the man manages to weave everything from UFOs, the Freemasons, Aleister Crowley, ancient Indian spirits, L. Ron Hubbard, Lewis and Clark, and even Richard Nixon together into a cohesive and original vision that is as baffling as it is hypnotic.What I’m trying to say, Diane–and again, please forgive my rambling, I now fear that perhaps I shouldn’t have had that extra cup this morning–is that this is a damn fine book, filled with damn fine research, damn fine Easter eggs, and good old fashioned, damn fine storytelling panache, and you simply MUST find the time to check it out for yourself, Diane–preferably after you’re done transcribing my tapes, of course. And preferably consumed with a cup of Good Morning America to go with it.

  • karen
    2019-04-01 17:48

    i STILL haven't sat down with this book for any length of time, but i HAVE made a glorious endcap: and now the funkos have arrived!! come and get 'em!***********************************************i rarely get book-schwag, but when i do, i am over the moon with gratitude... super-excited to dive into this one, and i cannot WAIT for the new episodes - EEEEEEEEEE

  • HFK
    2019-04-23 21:26

    The Secret History of Twin Peaks is a difficult book to review as you can hardly give anything away without spoiling it, but at the same time you don't really need to be a Twin Peaks fan, or even familiar with the TV-show, to get some good time out of it.My first problem is that it has been awhile since I re-watched this hit show, and there is quite a much elements that would have probably worked (and been easier to confirm or more well-thought) better in a sense of getting in the proper mood to fully appreciate what is done here by Mark Frost. My second problem is that most of the time I did not really get Twin Peaks vibes out of The Secret History, but felt it to be more suitable to other well-known hit shows from the past.On the good note, The Secret History is gorgeous book, the layout is captivating and beautiful even when it sometimes feels a bit challenging reading experience. I love books that are written in a format of old letters, typewriter entries, documents, all kinds of reports, newspaper clips etc. as it gives certain authenticity when being wrapped by a mystery. But, as always, I hate the reading experience of old letters as it requires so much effort from my side. I do this better with my own languages, Finnish and Swedish, because I have so much experience of it but also because my brain automatically guesses the words my eyes seems to make no sense at all. This, when comes to me, never really works good with English. I enjoyed madly of the history surrounding America, and Secret History really sparked my interest to learn more about Native-Americans, Illuminati conspiracies, Freemasonry, UFO's and mythological aspects of different cultures.This work is not in any way character-wisely complete, as much as it might be enjoyable, and it is most likely due to the coming new episodes (hallelujah) that will give us fans more answers while creating more questions at the same time.However, I might not be too eager of the turns I am afraid Twin Peaks may take, fully hoping I will be wrong on my side of the world.

  • Paquita Maria Sanchez
    2019-04-04 21:37

    Do not read this if you have yet to watch the first two seasons of Twin Peaks. Oh, you know why I get to put it that way? Because there's gonna be a third! Wheeeeeee!!! Anyway, warned.Well, as fun as it was returning to Twin Peaks, this book contains some grievous errors*, and a little too much emphasis on the UFO side of things for my taste. However, we do get to:1) learn who (if anyone) lived and who (if anyone) died in the bank vault explosion (Andrew Packard? Audrey Horne? Pete Martell? Random bank employee?). 2) spend some time with L. Ron Hubbard, Jack Parsons, and Richard Nixon (uh huh, I mean that). 3) enjoy some not so subtle mockery of how freakin' stupid and lame James Hurley is, because seriously, nobody likes him, right? That guy? "Not a book reader."4) discover that Dr. Jacobi is basically supposed to be Carlos Castaneda, also known as that asshole who made up a bunch of shit about being a shaman. That kook Jacobi suddenly makes so much sense!We do not, however, get anything close to an answer to that famous last question by that famous last maybe-Cooper: "How's Annie?"For this and so much more, the new season can't come soon enough. Also, 2017 in general can't come soon enough, because seriously FUCK 2016.*Oh, right, the errors. WELL, let me just list off a couple to give you an idea. 1) This one is kind of small, but the book mentions how Cooper was wearing a bullet-proof vest when he was shot by Josie because he knew a hit on him was coming. Wrong, Mark! He was wearing a vest because he still had it on from the undercover op at One-Eyed Jacks and the sting on Jacques Renault. The bullet is why it took him so long to find Audrey's note. Duh! 2) This one gets a bit rambly, but if you are a big fan of the show, I am confident that you can stay with me. I hope. So, the book attributes Norma and Hank's marriage to Big Ed leaving "for the war," whereas the show makes it clear that Norma only married Hank because Ed married Nadine in a jealous rage over Norma simply going out of town with Hank. In the book, however, Norma and Hank get married way before Nadine and Ed. NONONO. Ed and Nadine get married right out of high school. This book even screws up how Nadine lost her eye, saying that she was following Ed into the forest thinking he was meeting up with Norma, when he was really just hunting with a buddy (Harry Truman - the sheriff, not the president). Her jealousy apparently got her eye shot out on accident by stray buckshot, which: nope. Nadine lost her eye on accident by stray buckshot on their honeymoon while she and Ed were hunting together. You know, right after their wedding. Right out of high school. In the reality where Ed is not a veteran. Before Norma and Hank got married. This is why the two couples were stuck with one another despite the obvious googoo mess between Ed and Norma, and the even more obvious douchiness of Hank Jennings, professional domino-licker. Look, I know it's been 25 years, but there's no excuse for me knowing this plot better than you, Frost! How about a refresher marathon of the series before writing an entire book based on it? You are so freakin' grounded. Now go to your room and do your homework! Still, it's Twin Peaks. If you were going to read it, then you're still going to read it. It will definitely help tide you over until next year. Next year!

  • Craig
    2019-04-18 15:27

    Not only is the book a beautiful design, but the story takes the reader deeper into the (his)story of Twin Peaks and its inhabitants, as well as into the history of the United States. Thematically, one particular highlight was the "amending" of Season 2 elements. Where Season 2 went off the rails, this book fills in some gaping holes there which make for a much more cohesive view of those elements within the larger Twin Peaks mythology. Additionally, the complexity of this text is startling: at any given time, there are three competing narrative voices (edit/ non-spoiler spoilers: in retrospect, sometimes up to FIVE narrative voices): the voice of the document(s) in question, the voice of Special Agent TP, and the voice of the mysterious Archivist. It creates a narrative tapestry that is not at all what I expected. Overall, I am over-the-moon with this book.

  • El
    2019-04-11 21:30


  • Andrew
    2019-04-04 17:38

    First off a few ground rules - Twin Peaks was required viewing while I studied at university. I loved the first series, got confused by the second and lost the plot with the film. Okay that was a rather over simplification but you get the idea. This series if you have not realised by now is complicated subtle and potentially down right mind bending - its great you cannot imagine (or you can) the number of arguments I had at the end of each episode. Now on to the book - but first a little explanation - again if you have missed it Twin Peaks is coming back after an almost record breaking hiatus its coming back with almost its entire crew and cast back as before (apart from those sadly no longer with us). Okay okay back to the book - this book is supposed to be a link or an appetiser to get us back in to the show before it starts again, and yes I think it does a brilliant job of raising the profile but I am not so sure if it answers all those questions I got so heated over all those years ago.There are some great pieces here (which you will have to find yourself) but I can say that its format - in the style of a real dossier does make reading and continuity a little tricky at times but it does give it an air of what it is trying to be. A missing (and contested) file of all the hidden knowledge of Twin Peaks.Finally once I get my breath back - this is not really for the new arrival to Twin Peaks or at least if it is watch a few episodes first so you realise what you are getting in to.

  • Richard Gandolf
    2019-03-26 16:43

    You should read this before you open up the book. Spoiler free review.USPS somehow delivered this to me a few days early (thanks US mail) so I read this over the very rainy weekend.This is not a novel in the traditional fashion. What it is, is a collection of letters, documents, newspaper clippings, and photos. These start way back with Lewis and Clark and go all the way forward to now. It’s a bit slow in the first 100 pages but after that the collection hits its stride. It becomes suggestive, gloomy, and quirky; much like the series. The attention to detail is really nice. The footnotes are distracting, but they do add to the overall body and contain their own add-in of data. The cover is beautiful, and I am surprised the price wasn’t higher. The cover is highly embossed and gives it the feel of a book much older than it is. It is apparent that pride was taken in making this, and it is something that Mark Frost should be proud to have his name on.Does it answer questions?Heck yes it does. Sometimes those answers are subtle; a single line in a document. Other times it’s a headline about a bank explosion that you can’t un see. DON’T flip through it casually if you want to read it the whole way through. Yes, the answers are there for a whole lot of things you may have wondered, and a lot of things that may not have dawned on you no matter how many times you have read it.Are there any bad points? Maybe. It depends on what you expect. If you want something that tells the story in a way that is very fitting of the Twin Peaks world, this is the book for you. If you are looking for a novel to just read through, you may be disappointed. The one bad thing for me was about every 50 pages there would be something incorrect for the time period, like cellophane on a 1947 pack of cigarettes, or a 1800s’ era person using a bit of modern slang. This isn’t an issue once it gets to the 1960s’ and if you are not big into history it’s quite possible that you wouldn’t even notice. It just broke the continuity for me which was a bummer since I was trying to get back into the Twin Peaks feel.A lot of material produced for a TV show or movie tend to be filler to make more dollars from a franchise. This book was written for fans, by folks who care about the fans and the Twin Peaks world. It answers a lot of questions, but still leaves enough unsaid that season three will be very welcome. I think this book does exactly what Mark Frost said it would, bridge the gap between the seasons.

  • Jim Dooley
    2019-03-28 18:46

    Mark Frost, the writer of this book, is the co-creator of the TWIN PEAKS television series. So, no matter what a reviewer has to say about the book, the true TWIN PEAKS fan is going to read this (especially with the series' return set to launch in a few months). It is like telling true Harry Potter fans that the latest installment (not penned by the original writer) is not nearly as good as any of the books. The fans will still flock. With that acknowledgment, here goes:THE SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS is an incredible mis-step in the series. The first third reads like a combination of NATIONAL TREASURE and the latest offering by Dan Brown (territory that has already proven comfortable for the writer). It is not uninteresting, but it is also not TWIN PEAKS.The second third will be of the greatest interest to fans. It provides backstory for a number of the characters we know, and provides some resolution to the famous "cliffhanger" finale. ... No, before you ask, it doesn't tell us what happened to Agent Dale Cooper. It also establishes a connection with the TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME movie.The final third is THE X-FILES. The groundwork was established in the television series (second season), so the writer is still connecting the dots. However, it is done by elevating a minor character to unreasonable participation and providing new motivations behind a number of events loyal viewers witnessed.Several characters are ignored or receive only passing mention. The secrets of the Black Lodge and the White Lodge are still unrevealed. And we learn that a largely accepted fan theory about the Chet Desmond / Phillip Jeffries scenes from the movie are flat out wrong.If you know very little about TWIN PEAKS, I would strongly advise against reading this book. Not only are some fascinating series revelations exposed, but you will have the wrong idea of what attracted people to the series. TWIN PEAKS was quirky television with a soap opera base that, in its best moments, was nothing short of brilliant. My knowledge of who killed Laura Palmer does not in any way lessen the power of the episode that provided that answer. (I think that episode is probably on many people's Top 5 list of the best moments in television.)The biggest problem is that the book dwells too much on explanations and the plotting behind why things happened. I can guarantee you that when we gathered around the water cooler after a TWIN PEAKS airing, we were talking about what happened to the CHARACTERS we enjoyed so much, not about how we thought Glastonbury Grove worked. That is this book's huge mis-step. The series was always about the characters for most of the fans, not about the machinations that were going on behind the scenes. If anyone should know that, Mark Frost should be that person.Now, it is certainly probable that the book is intended to set-up the series return. If so, we've been introduced to a major character who is likely to be the glue to hold the new plot line together. Even so, with David Lynch promising to be closely involved with every episode, I can't see the emphasis being placed on this highly convoluted backstory. If it is, it will likely alienate the loyal fans who still love the original.Proceed at you own risk ... and remember, The Owls Are Not What They Seem.

  • Matthias
    2019-04-16 16:32

    Early Christmas gift to myself!! Can't wait to jump into this one!

  • Neil Coulter
    2019-04-23 20:36

    About 23% of The Secret History of Twin Peaks is very interesting. The rest reads like X-files fan-fiction (it's even annotated by a very Scully-like FBI agent, whose intials--it hurts to say this-- are "TP"), and doesn't feel at all like the Twin Peaks I know and love. Most of that 23% is contained between pages 155 and 237, a section in which Mark Frost sets aside the UFO sightings, Project Paperclip, and men in black to give the reader the backstories of a number of Twin Peaks regulars. We get the history of Big Ed and Nadine, and Norma and Hank; the politics between the Packards and the Martells; the full story of Josie Packard; and even the origins of the Double R Diner (and why it has the "Mar-T" on the sign). These pages are fantastic. Writing backstory is really hard to do well, but Mark Frost clearly has these characters back to front. What he writes about them rings so true, and it's a delight to read.But that's not a big percentage of the book. And unfortunately, this wonderful section about Twin Peaks is bookended by some very disappointing stuff. Most of the book is an attempt to connect the Twin Peaks mythology to UFO sightings and alien abductions. The theory is that it's all perhaps less extra-terrestrial and in fact more extra-dimensional. So the giant, the little man, and the other Lodge residents--they're all now joined by the grays and other "alien" beings, for purposes that we don't know and probably can't ever know.I love Twin Peaks, but I would be happier to have its supernatural elements not connect directly into everything else in the history of the world. I always thought of it more as a type of mythological conflict that may be happening in many small towns, but not that it necessarily is the same conflict that's happening all over. Using Twin Peaks as a vehicle to explain UFO and alien abduction stories, the Illuminati, the Freemasons, and even L. Ron Hubbard's scientology just feels completely wrong. I don't need Lewis and Clark, Richard Nixon, and a host of other historical cameos to all have some kind of connection to the sycamore circle just outside of Twin Peaks. Twin Peaks was never Forrest Gump, nor should it be.Writing a new story into history is a harder task to pull off than writing the fictional histories of beloved characters--and Mark Frost is okay at it, but not good enough to draw me into his narrative. It never feels genuine to me, and the skipping around through history seems haphazard. One of the oddest choices Frost made was to place Twin Peaks (view spoiler)[mayor Doug Milford (you remember, the first of the old brothers to marry Lana) (hide spoiler)] in the central role connecting everything through the 20th century. I just can't figure this out. It's like Frost deliberately chose the one resident I didn't really care about, and who is furthest removed from the main story, and arbitrarily makes him the key protagonist. I really disliked this choice, but I thought if there was an interesting twist in the end, it could work out. There is no interesting twist in the end. It was a bad choice.Another element of the book that bothered me was the gimmick of having all of the documents collected by "The Archivist." It's meant to be a mystery throughout the book, but obviously it could only have been (view spoiler)[Windom Earle or Major Briggs (hide spoiler)], and after a certain point, it's clear it can't be the first of those choices.This is not, as the cover proclaims (as if to convince us), "a novel." It's "a novelty." I remember at the time of the original series, Frost said that he wanted to write an epic novel about Twin Peaks, which would begin--James Michener-style--with the formation of the mountains themselves in prehistory, and tell the whole story of that geographical location through many eras. I always wanted that book, but now we have it and we see that Frost is not able to write a novel. He writes screenplay treatments and plot summaries, but he doesn't give us any sustained novelistic writing anywhere in the book. Even in the sections of Twin Peaks residents' backstories, I just so wanted Frost to actually write a story, rather than cheating us with faux newspaper articles and police reports and so forth. It's a lost opportunity.The most frustrating thing about the book--even though it was also predictable, even inevitable--is that Frost says almost nothing about what happened after the final episode. There are only about three references to actions just after Cooper smashes the mirror, and none of them answer any questions. Other things from the past appear but remain mysteries--especially the jade ring, which keeps appearing in the book, but without explanation of how it passes from one person to the next, nor what it actually means. I still hold out hope that the new series next year may be awesome, but seeing one of the co-creators waste his time on a tangent like this worries me.

  • Scott
    2019-04-09 17:19

    Enjoyable enough on its own terms, although the bulk of it reads more like an X-FILES tie-in than a deep dive into the world of Twin Peaks. Beautifully put together from a design standpoint and definitely ambitious, but also a little sloppy. The fates of several characters not in the upcoming series are revealed, but continuity sticklers will note a number of discrepancies with the original series/movie. (None of them bothered me much, but your mileage may vary.) The central mystery - the identity of the Archivist - is easily guessed early on. With all that said, though, it kept me turning the pages and I plowed through it pretty quickly. It's not essential by any means, but it's a fun little side-trip.

  • Antonomasia
    2019-04-11 18:26

    As I've seen the entirety of Twin Peaks (up to S03E07) for the first time over the last 4-5 weeks, I have a weirdly compressed view of the series, and noticed details and continuity errors in the book with an intensity that seems out of proportion with my length of acquaintance with a show that, after having not been allowed to watch it when other kids at school were, I hadn't been especially bothered about getting round to for 26 years - until a handful of separate friends each started getting excited about The Return.X-Files fans may particularly like this book as there's a fuckton of material about UFOs - which, I confess, have always slightly bored me. (Though it does me good to read something outside my usual pet topics from time to time, and I did enjoy the book as a light read.) Although most of the book lacks the sense of artistic erudition and inventiveness of the series, it does play a few games, and I think that, in this instance, it might be playing to the idea of Twin Peaks as the progenitor of The X-Files... Personally I prefer its Northern Exposure side.This book isn't necessarily produced for those looking for great literature. Though the pieces written as Lawrence Jacoby are rather good and more interesting than plenty of workaday litfic. (Jacoby on screen seems like he escaped from a Pynchon novel - I don't mean the writing's quite that good - every time I see him I think I must get round to watching the film of Inherent Vice.) Why, I kept wondering, if Frost can write that well, aren't a couple of the other characters better writers, and more convincing in the correspondence of their voices on the page with the voices of the characters in the series? I can't hear provocative brunette FBI agent Tammy in her annotations at all, and she doesn't deal with the material much like the history major she says she was. Some of the continuity errors are stonking. What on earth is going on with all the differences from the series in the story of how Ed and Nadine got together? (And a man on the moon stamp postmarked April 1969 on a postcard from Norma and Hank??) How come this story is written by Hawk? Harry was more obviously Ed's mate, someone who'd make sense to tell that story from the viewpoint of one of Ed's friends among the Bookhouse Boys (a group which makes a little more sense to me now, even if certain characters' favourite books don't sound right; surely Cooper's would be something more erudite or spiritual than the report on the assassination of JFK?) It was cool to read something by Hawk ... I figure the author[s] realised that and cobbled together this rather awkward piece to shoehorn in. The book is almost comical in its endeavour to tie major conspiracy theories and unsolved mysteries together, and subtly to events in Twin Peaks, including: Meriweather Lewis, lacunae in his expedition accounts and the controversy over his death; Freemasonry and the Illuminati; Indian curses; Roswell and other UFO mysteries; the assassination of JFK; defence researcher and Thelema dabbler Jack Parsons who was defrauded of both cash and ideas by L. Ron Hubbard. (The Twin Peaks team, unlike some Hollywood notables, are evidently quite happy to be on the wrong side of Scientologists. Transcendental Meditation may be needlessly expensive compared with other forms of meditation, but it's nowhere near so multifacetedly pernicious as Scientology.) The book occasionally realises its absurdity, as Tammy notes And what does Doug Milford do for his next act, sprinkle poison in Fidel Castro’s beard? Board a UFO with Elvis? Kill JFK?—TP. Yes, here you will see a whole different side to Twin Peaks' Waldorf and Statler - and the formidable individuals they were before they became slippered pantaloons. And that bloody ring, it's practically Tolkienesque. And talking of derivations, having thought of Twin Peaks as its own, more or less original, mythos, I was disappointed to learn that Aleister Crowley had talked of a Black Lodge and a White Lodge... (I'd hoped they were based on First Nations lore, if they weren't Lynch's own. Yet otherwise, and in line with recent developments in the way American history is popularly written and taught, there is more prominence given to Indians' role in the origin of things, and of the war crimes against them by white settlers.)Multiple esoteric ideas are drawn together, yet nebulously; a sort of key to all mythologies without concrete form. (I am much more interested in ancient pre-Christian myths and monuments than in UFOs, yet here they are seen as not different, but a sort of one-ness without the embarrassing specifics about aliens building the Pyramids.)Fans who get a buzz from this type of esoterica may get most out of the book, as there's more of it here than there is on background to the characters, though there's some of that too. With which it relatively often credits the reader with the ability to draw their own conclusions - e.g. 'so that must have been the original BOB' - rather than spelling everything out, as some publications of this type may do. (Yet it also raises odd new questions, such as the significance - in-jokey or otherwise - of Andrew Packard's fake passport in the name of Anton Walbrook.) It only explains a very little relating to the new series - and it made at least one point more puzzling (relates to S03E01 (view spoiler)[if South Dakota Principal Bill Hastings is possessed in a manner similar to Leland Palmer, the phenomenon isn't confined to the Twin Peaks area, whilst the book explains it as part of a local curse (hide spoiler)]); however, as a further book is in the works for autumn publication, that sort of thing may be explained there, if it isn't in the new TV show itself.[Maybe I'd have noticed relevance earlier if I'd read this book earlier, but it seems like a good time to have read The Secret History of Twin Peaks, just prior to episode 8 with its long sequences captioned White Sands, Mexico 1945.]

  • Reuben
    2019-04-20 16:24

    This is a frustrating read. Swathes of it smack rather embarrassingly of low-tier fanfiction, whereas others manage to channel exactly the uneasy poignancy that made (makes?) the show so successful. The bulk of the book is concerned with things fairly tangential to Twin Peaks; and I found these things completely boring. UFOs, freemasonry, JFK, Illuminati, Scientology, Watergate etc -- it seems like Frost has scrambled to cram every conspiracy he can into this book and it's much weaker for it. There is a clear philosophy at play here: all of human mystery can be traced back to the twin lodges of Twin Peaks. I do not appreciate this philosophy.It feels cheesy and predictable and moreorless exactly everything the show wasn't. The stakes don't have to be as large as the world for me to care about them: what makes Twin Peaks so special is its seclusion, is the horrors unearthed when surveying the underbelly of a close-knit community. Widening the scope so large doesn't amplify the horror and mystery, it merely undermines it. Unfortunately, these ridiculous parallels to just about every 20th century conspiracy one can imagine comprise the bulk of this book.I don't care that the book doesn't answer questions: I prefer when it doesn't answer anything. But I dislike when it isn't even about Twin Peaks in the slightest.As for the small sections that take place in Twin Peaks? They are enjoyable. Continuity errors bob about like shit floating in the warm lap of a toilet bowl; but if you're able overlook them, and you'd have to be a real stickler not to, you can have a good time. Certain events are elucidated upon, but few answers are given. The Packard saga, for how confusing and rushed it is in the show, is giving the emotional crescendo it deserves in Secret History and it is by far the high point of the book.Would I recommend this to Twin Peaks fans? Maybe. I feel as though most of the new information & the "bridging between seasons 2 and 3", what little there is of it, will be either explained or easily guessed when watching the new series. The book itself as an object is lovely, the layout is great and the epistolary format is a treat. Overall though this book does more wrong than right & when you dance around something as sacred as Twin Peaks, even if you are its joint creator, you have to be careful not to put a foot out of line. And here it feels as though Mark Frost has done just that, except with two left feet to boot.

  • Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
    2019-04-16 16:48

    Because my best friend is the best and purchased this book in gorgeous hardcover for me for Christmas, I will be reading this before new episodes of the show come out.I hear the steady buzzing sound of the sawmill in the background, midgets are dancing to tuneless melodies all around me, Audrey is putting on her red shoes, logs are telling their secrets, fish are sweetly percolating, coffee and cherry pie are being consumed in droves, and the owls are definitely not what they seem.

  • John Paul
    2019-04-01 16:41

    The Secret History of Twin Peaks has got to be one of the most thorough and engrossing books ever to be based on a television series. It introduces a level of intrigue and excitement to the Twin Peaks universe that I always suspected was there, lying dormant and waiting for the right time to emerge, but never thought I would see with my own eyes.The TV show, as many know already, ends on an infuriating cliffhanger, and for decades the only additions to the canon was the poorly-received but still remarkable prequel movie, Fire Walk With Me. Rumors of a continuation bounced around for about 25 years, until Lynch and Frost pulled the rug out from under us and not only announced a third season of the series, but also a novel which would add to the story while prepping the audience for the upcoming continuation. That is this book.I will refrain from talking about the actual details of the book because the full effect must be gained from upholding the mystery. I can say that the book reads as an in-universe dossier, found at the scene of a crime, and handed off to an unknown FBI agent in the modern day to disseminate and summarize for his superiors. What follows is an incredibly detailed and extensively researched history of this town called Twin Peaks, the surrounding area, and its most important citizens. The FBI agent's primary goal in reviewing this dossier is to determine the identity of its author, known only as The Archivist, but the mysteries and secrets contained in these pages lead us into even more unexpected, and riveting, rabbit holes.It's safe to say that I couldn't put this book down. The collected documents range from 1800s diary entries, to official Air Force reports, to personal letters written by characters from the show, and Mark Frost's writing is completely airtight and believable in all situations. While the book is by no means short, the pages go by in a whirlwind because of the dense and intricate set of stories being told. Without giving too much away, the themes of historical conspiracy, government coverup, quaint small-town eccentricities, and the occult all come and go in in a dense flurry of information.It's not perfect, of course. At times the dossier, in the course of being set up as believable and consistent in tone, can become a little dry, but this is usually livened up by the our FBI agent protagonist's copious footnote observations. Also, the parts where we catch up with the residents of Twin Peaks come across as a harsh context switch in the midst of so many stories featuring nonresidents (and even some well-known real-life historical figures). It almost seems sometimes that the Twin Peaks we remember from the TV show is an afterthought in the enormous historical web being spun, but in my opinion the book never strays too far away from this central focus.Finally, not every fan of the TV series will be happy with the mythology that this novel sets up. Part of the charm of the show was that, amongst a bizarre but charming cast of characters and a gruesome murder investigation, there was something deeply menacing and mysterious at work in the woods surrounding Twin Peaks that the show never really fleshes out. While obviously not all questions are answered in these pages, the details we are provided might lead some to wonder if Frost, and by extension David Lynch himself, finally lost their marbles. Does this book represent a long-delayed "jump the shark moment," built off of the decaying remains of what many saw as the original "shark-jump," that is, the entire second half of season 2?Maybe, but I suspect that the audience for this book will overwhelmingly approve of the direction Frost takes us. This book is not really meant for those curious adults who watched the show casually in the 1990s, but never reached a level of obsession over it. Nor is it necessarily for the brand-new fan who just finished binging the show on Netflix and is impatiently waiting for season 3 to drop. These readers are obviously not precluded from liking or even loving this book, but I think Mark Frost instead wrote this novel for the superfans out there. The people who went for a long portion of their life agonizing over the unanswered questions and the unsolved mysteries that this little cult TV show left us with in 1991. The fans who moved on to enjoy other items of media, but always kept a special place in their heart for Twin Peaks.For those people, this book is a gift. It's dense, unpredictable, addicting, and yet still leaves us wanting more. And it excites me to no end that we will, in fact, be getting more in 2017. Long live Twin Peaks.

  • Ana
    2019-03-24 21:44

    Perfection at its finest. I feel a binge coming on.

  • Amanda
    2019-03-26 17:39

    This was a really interesting book, which I listened to for the full cast experience. Luckily I was able to stay focused pretty well, even though audiobooks are more difficult for me. It was a great way to ease out of binge watching the tv show and still get to experience some of my favorite characters. I most loved learning the backgrounds of certain characters, such as Douglas Milford and the log lady. It amused me that in places Twin Peaks is described as being in northwest Washington, and in other places as only 12 miles west of the state line. It was also interesting to see some dots connected while other parts just bring more questions. I will definitely be reading the sequel.

  • Artemy
    2019-04-21 20:42

    Ah, Twin Peaks. It's not the easiest show to love. I had a hard time getting into it. The original two seasons at first felt very dated, the acting seemed stiff and at times almost comically bad, and there were so many characters with such complicated relationships that I still can't believe the show got to be as popular as it did. Oh no, when I started watching Twin Peaks, I hated it. So I quit. Twice, actually — first time halfway through the 90 minute pilot, the second time after the other half. A lot of time has passed, and I thought we parted ways with Twin Peaks for good.But then The Return came, and I decided to watch it. Suddenly, everything changed. I started to get into it! Showtime together with David Lynch and Mark Frost created an extraordinary thing: they made an actually good revival of something, maybe even better than the original. And while I can't say The Return was perfect by any means, it still was an incredible experience and it absolutely made my entire summer of 2017. The Return actually made me interested in going back and finally watching the original series, and that's exactly what I did. After the first four episodes of the new show premiered, I went back and watched all 30 episodes of the original series. And then Fire Walk With Me. And then The Missing Pieces. By the time I finished I was absolutely in love with Peaks and its entire crazy mythology, its quirky characters and its weird blend of soap opera, supernatural horror and downright arthouse abstractionism.Then The Return ended, and oh my god, what an ending. It was so... creepy, and crazy, and scary, and hard to believe. It felt like I lost something when the show finished, like somebody took something important away from me. Very few TV shows have ever affected me in such a way. So I needed something to fill that void, and Mark Frost's canonical book, The Secret History of Twin Peaks, seemed like a perfect choice. Was it really? Hard to say.It's a fascinating book, for sure. Mark Frost is a phenomenal world builder, and this book is a testament to his talent. He takes real American history, actual conspiracy theories, real historical figures, and he mixes it all up with the mythology of Peaks, the Lodges, and aliens. It's brilliant in a way, and well written, to the point where you're not sure which of the crazy things you're reading about are actually true, and which are fiction.Despite its name though, the book doesn't have that much to do with Twin Peaks. Yes, there are some familiar characters mentioned in several sections of the book, but really, it's not about the town of Twin Peaks at all. The book is more about expanding the universe of the show, rather than delving deeper into the history of the city (although it does some of that, too).The book can also occasionally feel like you're watching that TV channel that only crazy and stoned people watch. You know, the one with all the shows about aliens, lizard people, Sumerians and all that, accompanied by the interviews with certified nut jobs. I guess it's fitting, since the book is about various conspiracy theories, but sometimes I was wondering if I actually wanted to spend my time reading about that stuff.Despite all that, I really enjoyed The Secret History. I wouldn't say it's a mandatory read for Peaks fans, but it's certainly a fascinating view at the bigger picture of the show's mythology. And mythology is a huge part of Twin Peaks, so if you're into the show, you might as well check out the book. It didn't really help me understand the show better, though, and I doubt anyone, or anything ever will. Maybe except for some damn fine coffee...

  • Scott
    2019-04-17 21:42

    I'm a huge Twin Peaks fan and this felt like Mark Frost having a field day with David Lynch nowhere in sight. 20% interesting material about our favorite characters, 80% ridiculous conspiracy theories. Sorry, this was a real letdown after this many years of waiting for a resolution. And, JACKIE GLEASON??? Really, Mr. Frost???

  • John Bruni
    2019-04-04 15:36

    I've forgotten how to obsess over something. When I was younger I went all in on a lot of stuff. If I found myself attracted to something, I had to find out everything there was to know about it. Like when I discovered books by Joe R. Lansdale. Or when I found the music of Nick Cave. Or when I saw my first film by David Lynch. I don't do that anymore. I don't know why that is. Have I reached a point where I just don't care enough to obsess over something?The Secret History of Twin Peaks brought it all back to me. I figured it was going to be just another ho-hum media tie-in for the new season in 2017. Just something to reintroduce you to beloved characters and maybe let you know what some of them have been up to in the last 25 years. But no, this book is vastly different from what I expected.From page one, I knew I was hooked. It opened up a whole new way of looking at the series. It goes all the way back to when Lewis and Clark first discovered Twin Peaks, and it gets into some serious esoteric American history. Some of it was just so crazy that I had to look it up. There was no way that there was documentation of this in real life.Surprise! Nearly everything in this book has been documented, regardless of truth or falsity, in real life. Real life conspiracies that I've never even heard of, and I go deep with conspiracies. Author Mark Frost has merely bent them to suit his purposes.My favorite of the bunch is Jack Parsons, though. I've never even heard of the guy before, and it turns out that he was one of the most important innovators of the 20th century. It also turns out that he was a real life version of a Lovecraft character. He genuinely thought he could summon entities if he put his mind to it. Take the occult side away from him, and he's Howard Stark. He even looked like the Dominic Cooper portrayal of the character.Another thing that surprised me was how incredibly important minor characters on the show are to the secret history, in particular the aged mayor and his brother, Doug Milford. Without Milford this book would fall apart. We also get to learn a lot more about Big Ed and his love life and his military service, and we get a peek at Dr. Jacoby's studies before he came back to Twin Peaks. I love the cover blurbs he gets from Jerry Garcia and Timothy Leary. And the entry on Josie is pretty crazy. We all knew she was a swindler, but it goes deeper than we ever suspected. I was surprised to find that Hawk doesn't like his nickname and considers it to be racist. It turns out his first name is Tommy, so . . .I am in love with the structure of this book. It is a genuine mystery, and we're trying to figure the whole thing out. The dossier is composed by two people, and one of them is the Archivist. We all know it must be a character from the TV show, but we have to figure out who. All the evidence is there, you just have to put the pieces together. He eventually reveals himself, and I'm super excited that I was correct in my guess.The best part is that we're reading the dossier with the agent assigned to investigate it. The mysterious TP is an interesting filter to read through. For the most part he (or is it she?) is all business, but there are moments when TP gets a little personal. TP is a skeptic, but (s)he gets unsettled with a lot of the information in the dossier. I tried figuring out who TP is, but I was disappointed when TP's identity was revealed on the very last page. It's a character we haven't met before. Maybe we'll get to see him/her in season 3.I have to wonder how much of this was in Frost's mind from the start. Did he and Lynch plan for this from the very beginning? If so, they play a very good long game. I hope some of this makes its way onto season 3.

  • Julie Rasmine Larsen
    2019-04-08 20:25

    Titel: Den hemmelige historie om Twin Peaks. Forfatter: Mark Frost. Sider: 362 sider. Forlag: Politikens Forlag. Udgivelsesår: 2017. Anmeldereksemplar: Politikens Forlag ★★★★“En klog mand fortalte mig engang, at mysterier er den vigtigste ingrediens i livet af følgende grund: Mysterier skaber forundring, der fører til nysgerrighed, som er grundlaget for vores trang til at forstå, hvem og hvad vi virkelig er.”I maj udkom Den hemmelige historie om Twin Peaks på dansk, og fans af af kultserien fra 90’erne, der netop har fået sin tredje sæson, kan godt glæde sig til endnu mere mystik og damn good coffee. Bogens opsætning er en oplevelse i sig selv, da den ikke kun indeholder veldokumenteret plot og masser af spænding, men også et imponerende grafisk layout, der trækker læseren direkte ind i Mark Frost og David Lynch’s mystiske univers.The owls are not, what they seem! Det er 25 år siden, at FBI-agenten Dale Cooper på mytisk vis forsvandt i den lille bjergtagende, dougnutsspisende by Twin Peaks i staten Washington. Men nu har man i FBI-arkiver fundet en kasse fyldt med omhyggeligt indsamlet arkivmateriale, og ingen ved, hvem kassen tilhører. Den afslører hidtil skjult viden om flere af indbyggerne i den mystiske by Twin Peaks, og da en ung FBI-agent bliver sat til at gennemgå materialet, fletter hendes notater og overvejelser om det, hun finder, sig sammen med de noter og overvejelser, kassens ophavsmand har efterladt. Det bliver til en form for dialog mellem de to hen over de 25 år, der er gået, siden promqueen Laura Palmer døde. Et mord Dale Cooper opklarede, hvorefter han forsvandt.Dosseriet tager os med tilbage til 1800-tallets Nordamerika, eventyrlige ekspeditioner, uopklarede mord, en forsvunden ring med uglesymbol, mulige fund af tidligere civilisationer af hvide indianere og en race af kæmper, mystiske frimurerloger og Illuminati-forræderi mod Præsident Jefferson. Detektivarbejde møder historisk fiktion i bedste stil, og det er med den samme rationelle tvivlen, som vi kender fra TP universet, at vi som læser bladrer videre i gamle dokumenter og private dagbogsoptegnelser. Vi skal dog et stykke igennem bogen, og holde styr på alle detaljer som en ren Sherlock Holmes, før vi får en lille smule binding på fortællingen. Men igen, så er det Gordon Coles sag, og det er Mark Frost, så alt er ikke, hvad det ser ud til, og vi undres stadig.Læs resten af anmeldelsen her:

  • FLAMES (Mariana Oliveira & Roberta Frontini)
    2019-04-23 18:27

    "Ler este livro acabou por ser um interessante desafio visto que o elevado número de intervenientes, as suas relações e os mistérios constantes me fizeram sentir uma verdadeira detective a par de Tamara Preston, tentando descortinar o real do imaginário e distinguir a verdade da mentira."Opinião completa no blogue:

  • Blair
    2019-04-13 15:35

    I got off to a rocky start with this – I am of the opinion that 'handwritten' letters should be banned from publication in books unless they are accompanied by full typed transcripts. But I soon found myself getting into the rhythm of the narrative and, having done so, it proved surprisingly easy to lose myself in it for hours at a time. (I'd owned it for a year, and avoided it partly because I wanted to read it right before watching The Return (I didn't manage this in the end), and partly because I thought it might be hard work. If I'd known how light and readable it would be, I'd probably have picked it up a lot sooner.) It's beautifully designed, too, with illustrations and photographs and various documents breaking up the text.The idea is that a dossier, encased in a custom-built steel box, has been discovered, and is in the hands of the FBI. The job of cataloguing its contents falls to an agent known only as TP, whose identity isn't revealed until the end. Composed of letters, journal entries, newspaper clippings, top-secret reports and other documents, it is narrated via the notes of the unknown 'Archivist' and, on top of those, TP's annotations in the margins. It purports to trace the history of the Twin Peaks area from before the foundation of the town to the events of the original series.I should probably mention that while I'm fond of Twin Peaks, I'm not a dedicated fan. It influenced a lot of things I enjoy that I like better than I like Peaks itself, and watching it was more satisfying for that reason – allowing a lot of references to click into place – than for the actual content of the show, which I always found tonally uneven. I also preferred The Return to any of the previous incarnations. I'm bringing this up because I wonder if it all made me the perfect candidate for getting prime enjoyment out of this book. I found the backstory entertaining and absorbing, and it made me like Tammy more (who'd have thought), but I'm not committed enough to the show's lore to be capable of spotting anything but the most obvious of omissions. Indeed, it actually made sense of certain things that I'm not altogether sure I interpreted correctly first time round, or maybe didn't recognise the significance of because I wasn't watching with a laser focus.Now, onwards to The Final Dossier...TinyLetter | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr

  • Writer's Relief
    2019-03-29 17:35

    The Secret History of Twin Peaks, written by series co-creator Mark Frost, offers a “factual” look at the history of the fictional town that was the setting for the early 1990s television series. The book is presented as a dossier compiled by “The Archivist” and then interpreted by an unreliable FBI agent narrator who goes by the initials “TP.” Frost excels at integrating fact with fiction. The book opens with scanned copies of journal entries written by none other than Lewis and Clark during an expedition to the Pacific Northwest. Then the dossier reveals evidence of Roswell crashes, UFO sightings over Seattle’s Mount Rainier, the secret military base where Richard Nixon allegedly revealed to his good friend, Jackie Gleason, proof of extraterrestrial life, and more. And then connects all these “real” controversies back to fictional characters and the town of Twin Peaks. A truly fantastic, enveloping experience for anyone who’s a fan of the original series, The Secret History of Twin Peaks also answers questions that were left open after the show was canceled by ABC in 1991 (though by the end of the book the reader is left with far more questions than answers). Readers are urged to keep an eye on the sky and through the trees. When you’re ready, grab a cup of some damn fine coffee, set the record player on low, and discover The Secret History of Twin Peaks.And remember, the owls are not what they seem.

  • Celeste
    2019-04-16 15:39

    This is written from the perspective of someone who has always been a Peaks Freak, and who not long ago won a Twin Peaks trivia contest outright, who likes to dress up as The Log Lady for Halloween, and who named her kitten Special Agent Dale Bartholomew Cooper. Just to give you some perspective about how much I care about this franchise.This book should be entitled The Revisionist History of Twin Peaks. There are many things that I loved about this book, and some things that I've been waiting 25 years to find out about, that brought me to tears. But this, if it is the new canon, has many changes and re-orderings from what I thought was the actual canon, i.e., the original show and movie. I can understand that in order to be set up for the new season, Frost (and presumably, Lynch) wanted to straighten out what their philosophy of the world of Twin Peaks was, and to remove things they didn't like about the course of the show and replace it with what may be a more coherent view on things. Many events were changed, and personalities altered to some extent. Many characters and events were left out.This is their world and it is their right to do with it what they will. I'm just glad I never got that tattoo I was considering on the back of my leg to match Margaret's, because apparently the mark on the back of her leg is now a different shape.Somewhat disappointed, but I'm glad to be exposed to any of this at all.

  • Sean Stevens
    2019-04-01 19:43

    This is a guilty pleasure for a lot of reasons for the TWIN PEAKS completist. Especially in audiobook form, being able to hear the actors reprise their iconic roles succeeded in making me giddy as a schoolboy on a first date (had i gone on any back then). The best parts were easily the parts of the dossier that read like theater monologues since they stand on their own and are not just character backstories but emotionally charged outpourings of melodrama that reference incidents from the show but from a slightly different angle. However, alot of the arcane knowledge in this compendium, frankly, seems like filler that doesn't really go anywhere especially in regards to the connections that involve the military industrial complex and bizarre figures like occultist Jack Parsons but since I am into lore of this kind I was okay with it. I especially admired the ambition of the project to connect historical figures with American folklore even when some of it was not sucessful and came across as cheesy as Lynch's allusions to Oz in WILD AT HEART. Nevertheless, as a way to reaquaint oneself with the denizens of Twin Peaks you could do much worse.

  • Knigoqdec
    2019-03-26 23:34

    За мен книгата си беше чиста среща с книжното удоволствие. Очите ми се фокусираха върху нея още когато я видях за първи път и никак не съжалявам, че имам възможността да я държа в ръце. А и тя ми предложи много чудесни мистерии за обмисляне, както и... много възможности за забавление. Обожавам книгите, които представляват сборници от документи, дневници и прочее "бележки", които заедно разказват удивителни неща.

  • Michael Malice
    2019-03-24 19:29

    was billed as a bridge between the two series but we learn almost nothing about what happened to anyone in the interim. there's more in here about Nixon and L Ron Hubbard than about Cooper, yes I am serious.

  • Rick Slane
    2019-04-03 19:48

    Not what I was expecting but it was alright. Goes clear back to Lewis & Clark. If you like historical mysteries and conspiracy theories and were a fan of the tv show this is for you.