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Wednesday, 14 December 2016
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The Secret History of Twin Peaks
by Mark Frost

It’s been over twenty years since Twin Peaks aired, and after having rewatched the entire series and seen the movies in anticipation of the series’ return, there are still plenty of unanswered questions. I’ve come to realize that with this series, that will always be the case. Twin Peaks has a habit of taking reality and turning it on its head. The natural laws of physics don’t apply here, so don’t expect ever to make sense of Twin Peaks.

So keep that in mind when you’re reading The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost. This book’s aim is to give you more pieces to the puzzle, but you’ll still never know what the puzzle is supposed to look like.

The Secret History of Twin Peaks is mostly all-new material and backstory on all of the events that have led up to the finale of Twin Peaks. Reading mostly like a scrap-book of sorts, with clippings, articles, photos, notes and transcripts, this book is a remarkable dense read. Of course there’s some delving in the paranormal, aliens, and Native American magic, and you know what, it fits in perfectly well with the Twin Peaks world. Lots of mysterious characters now get a lush backstory and we finally understand their motivation. This includes the Log Lady, Josie Packard, and Garland Briggs just to name a few. All of this is collected in a beautiful oversized hardcover with lush photographs and thick paper stock – beautifully designed. Laura Palmer’s diary this is not. As a fan of the show there’s plenty you’re going to get out of this book.

The Secret History of Twin Peaks makes the murky water a little clearer. The Twin Peaks anthology has come to include the series, the movie Firewalk with Me, and the Missing Pieces segments of the movie. But without the Secret History of Twin Peaks, you’re still not seeing the whole picture.

Get your copy here.

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