LAX-FILES

Reviews

Well-Researched X-Files Title, December 20, 2010
By Matt Hurwitz
(Los Angeles, CA)

Erica has done a really top notch job researching this book. Written with a fan's sensibilities, it's also loaded with well-done interviews with some pretty hard-to-find folks! The kind of behind-the-scenes info Philes can never get enough of. Highly recommend.

** Matt is the co-author of The Complete X-Files: Behind the Series, The Myths, and the Movies. You may purchase his book on Amazon.com. ________________________________________________________________________________

No One Gets There Alone,April 2, 2011
By Tiffany Devol, X-Filesnews.com

LAX-Files is simply incredible. Far more than a location book, it takes fans and non fans alike on a never before experienced ride through one of the best television series of all time. As a fan of the show, I felt I knew all there was to know about The X-Files, but I was quickly proven wrong. LAX-Files takes readers on a journey they never realized they were missing, but won't be able to live without. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry and in the end, it will steal your heart and remind you what hard work, perseverance and teamwork is all about. No one gets there alone and I can't think of a better way to honor the late Kim Manners. Purchase this book today, I promise you won't regret it. ________________________________________________________________________________

Invaluable Book For Fans, February 24, 2011
By Matthew Allair, X-FilesLexicon.com

I have been aware of the writing of this book for nearly two years, and I have looked forward to the outcome. I am pleased to say it is an outstanding book. One of the things that makes this book so refreshing is it's candor. Very often, most official guide books are so sanitized, you get a very limited picture of the behind-the-scenes process in the making of a TV series. But you are left with a mental picture of the encounters, and incidents that are described. The author, Erica Fraga, has done an outstanding job with the interviews, and manages to get a level of honesty from the cast and crew of the Los Angeles years that's unexpected. Quite a feat for a series where most of the lead talent has been reticent in revealing too much. For fans, this is a very worthwhile read. ___________________________________________________________________

A Must Have For Any Fan, January 29, 2011
By EhyEhm

I first heard about this book 2 years ago and I am very pleased with the outcome. I could not put the book down once it arrived. The stories from the cast and crew made me feel like I was a part of the show; like I was there on set. Parts had me laughing out loud; parts me missing the show. While it is unlikely The X-Files will ever return to television, LAX-Files fills a void within the fandom until X-Files 3 or the next book comes out. LAX-Files is a must have for any fan. _____________________________________________________________________

Excellent!, January 26, 2011
By Melanie Grace

I have been wanting to read this book since I learned Erica was writing it, and it did not disappoint! The stories from the cast, crew and fans are amazing. I couldn't put the book down once I started reading it! The stories are personal and it feels like they are talking right to you. This will make a great addition to any X-Files collection! ______________________________________________________________________

Fun! Charitable! Compulsively Readable!, January 7, 2011
By bluecalmsea

This book is a very non-guilty pleasure (All proceeds go to charity) that kept my rapt attention the whole way through.

Author Erica Fraga spent the better part of the past two years planning, organizing, interviewing, traveling, writing, editing, negotiating, restructuring, and publishing to create this book about the experiences of The X-Files cast and crew during their years filming in Los Angeles. She located and photographed many of the sites and sets that appear in seasons six through nine and the feature film Fight the Future.

Even more compelling for the show's deep viewers and the core of fans that keeps up with the work and goings on of the XF alumni are Erica's interviews with and about almost every leading (and many supporting) member of the XF production team, including Chris Carter, Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, and Frank Spotnitz. These interviews go way beyond the usual interview fair of celebrity interviews, providing personal stories that make it clear that this is a group of people that worked unfathomably hard to create the best and most artistic story possible, and realized, either then or now, that what they were doing had meaning and purpose in the world and in the imaginations of viewers from many walks of life.

This book, too, has a special meaning and purpose beyond its popular content. The death of X-Files director Kim Manners in January 2009 and the personal and professional losses of those that knew and worked with him inspired Erica to assemble her idea for a fun, fan-oriented XF Southern California filming locations book with cast and crew discussions and memories of Kim and of working with him during the Los Angeles years as well as earlier years filming in Vancouver. Erica's LAX-FILES book is a tribute and an outlet for expression from Kim's colleagues and friends, and 100 % of the profits from the book's sales are going into fundraising for the American Cancer Society in memory of Kim Manners and in honor of his family.

I have to give recognition to Melanie Muller, graphic designer extraordinaire, who created the fantastic and thematically brilliant cover for this book. Glimpses of memorable filming locations blended into the transcendent, shining "X" over the dusty purple seascape/icescape so perfectly reflect timeless spiritual sensibilities evoked in the X-Files story. I could go on and on and on....

One last thing: Despite my very serious and profuse carrying on about this beautiful book, it is, in fact, a fun read. I laughed, chuckled, and knee-slapped many a time just perusing various anecdotes before engaging in my first serious read. Good times, people! Check it out. __________________________________________________________________________

No words....Just Brilliant!!!, January 5, 2011
By Annette Hönscheid "www.xfiles-mania.de"

The book is just amazing! It's not a regular book, you feel that it is written by a true fan of the series together with other fans. I can't tell which story is my fave. There are so many great things. Funny things and sad things due the filming in LA are written down very well. I am so thankful that I was able to visit all these locations in summer 2010. It was an amazing experience which I will never forget. With this book I have all my memories kept forever! ___________________________________________________________________________

Brilliant!, January 4, 2011
By Paperhearts (Australia)

This book fills a gap in the market - it's an excellent resource for finding X-Files locations in L.A. (perfect for my trip to the USA this year!) It won't disappoint as it provides more than just location information. It contains lots of stories from X-Files fans who were lucky enough to see the show being filmed, as well as interviews with various X-Files crew members about their experiences (and challenges) producing such a high-quality and fast-paced TV show around L.A.

I'm finding it hard to put down - it's a read for X-Files fans and I'm sure a trip down memory lane for many.

It's very well-written and I congratulate Erica Fraga on a brilliant job - all for a great cause. Buy a copy or two! ___________________________________________________________________________

Fantastic book; fantastic cause, December 29, 2010
By Karen (Los Angeles, CA)

Being an admirer of the entire X-Files franchise, and an avid Phile, I found this book a splendid read from beginning to end. It's filled with great stories from the cast, crew, and fans, as well as pictures and various filming locations. As an added, and wonderful bonus, proceeds are being donated to charity [American Cancer Society]. Win/Win. LAX-Files is a must have for all Philes. Another piece of memorabilia to add to my collection. __________________________________________________________________________

Chock Full of Fun, December 22, 2010
By Rogue_Granger

As an admitted X-Phile for years, I couldn't wait to read this book. It didn't disappoint! Full of stories and information, pictures and locations, this a must for any fan of the series. An added bonus is the fact that all proceeds go to charity. I can't wait to take my own X-Files roadtrip! _____________________________________________________________________________

So Worth the Wait, December 15, 2010
By Peruvnprncs (Ca, USA)

When I first heard about this project last year, I could not wait to get my hands on the finished product. I have already devoured each page, absorbing each juicy morsel. (I also admit to forgetting to eat dinner, as I could not put the book down.)

I honestly thought I knew a lot about The X-Files, and therefore all of the Behind the Scenes trivia since I have been an avid fan of the show since 1993.

Boy, was I wrong. In fact, everything in this book was new to me, with the exception of how the talented Mark Snow created the iconic theme song. Stories told by Californications's David Duchovny, to The Walking Dead's Laurie Holden, to the story of the crew member who almost went to jail for leaving a prop behind.

If you have ever watched this show, or used to watch it, this book is a must have. And you get feel good brownie points for knowing that the money you spent on this book purchase will be donated to the American Cancer Society. _______________________________________________________________________

Do You Remember When..., December 14, 2010
By Salome Sherrer

I should preface this by saying that I'm not usually one for crew anecdotes, blooper reels, or anything in reality that might potentially interfere with the "reality" of the show. Did so and so hate filming that episode? I don't want to know. Was there a fight? La la la! I can't hear you! But LAX-Files is an exception to my rule.

This book is a labor of love dedicated to the memory of the late, great Kim Manners, a director without whom The X-Files probably wouldn't be as iconic as it is today. Erica Fraga has compiled a loving assortment of memories, related by cast, crew and fan alike, chronicling the Los Angeles era of the show. Sadly, 20th Century Fox nixed the use of many of the private photographs that had been donated to the project, so Kim Manners isn't featured as prominently as originally intended. Still, it's a great compilation and all proceeds from the book are going to The American Cancer Society at the request of the family of Kim Manners. I can't think of a better tribute.

What about the content, you ask? Everyone from David Duchovny to Prop Guy #2 gets a chance to wax nostalgic over the best TV show ever. The stories are alternatively touching, revealing and funny. Here's a fun excerpt from a fan working as an extra on the episode Hollywood A.D.:

"David came in dressed in a tux and looking fabulous," recalls Little Star. "He told us the plot of the episode and then showed us part of The Lazarus Bowl. It didn't have sound so David narrated it for us. David told us to react to the movie as if it's the greatest movie we'd ever seen. David was great as a director but someone should have told the Assistant Director (AD) that David is a very personal director. Before a scene, David addressed all the extras himself and told us exactly what to do. He then disappeared behind the monitors to watch the scene being filmed. The AD then came out and gave us the exact same instructions. While he was still talking to us, David stepped out from behind the monitors and watched the AD with a bemused smile. When the AD finished, David stepped forward again to address us and said, `So on this one...' everyone started laughing at the prospect of hearing the same thing for a third time."

This isn't only a memory book, though. If you've ever thought of taking an X-Files road trip, this is your guide. All of the filming locations that remain are documented with photos and/or addresses. Some locations have already gone the way of the Dodo and those get honorable mentions.

Bottom line? For those of us who never had the chance to visit the set of The X-Files, now we know what it was like. ______________________________________________________________________________

A Fun Read For Fans, February 11, 2011
By xangel

This was a fun read for fans of the show--and it has the added bonus of benefitting the cancer society, in honour of Kim Manners. Erica is to be commended for carrying her tiny gem of an idea to fruition in this book. __________________________________________________________________________

A Witty, Fun Read, February 4, 2011
By Heather Mickey

First off, I need to admit that I am not an X-files fan. I was recommended this book because I love reading about what happens behind the scenes of some of Hollywood's best shows. Also, coming from a family stricken with cancer, I wanted to support the American Cancer Society.

This book is truly a fun read. The locations are easily set out so one can go view them if desired. The stories are funny and witty, even if you have no idea what episode they are based on. I truly love the author's notes as they help bring some of the larger aspects to a personal level.

This is a wonderful book that supports a great cause! Great job Erica Fraga for creating a captivating read for both X-files fans and those like me who want an inside glimpse of Hollywood. _________________________________________________________________________

Great Book, Not Only - But Especially For Fans, April 12, 2011
By Christine

If you are an X-Files fan and plan a trip to California - go and get this book first!! And if you are not going to Cali any time soon - get it anyway! This book was a fantastic read so far and will continue to amaze and entertain me, I am sure. Not only does it contain the addresses of literally hundreds of locations where the XF has been filmed during seasons 6-9, but it also tells tons of funny, interesting and never before heard stories from cast, crew and fans who traveled to the shoots and watched the filming. You get a whole new background view of the XF-production and learn about crazy working hours, seemingly impossible location needs and how the crew still was super nice to fans who came to visit and made sure they would get a good glimpse at the herculean task that was filming an XF-episode.

This makes the book interesting not only for XF-fans but also for people interested in production of tv-shows in general.

But above all that, this book is a fun read!! Erica got not only interesting backround stuff from cast and crew but also hilarious stories about games played on set, pranks, jokes and lots more. Plus, and maybe first and foremost, the books is dedicated to the late Kim Manners, who created some of the most loved episodes for the show, and all proceeds are donated to the American Cancer Society. A shame that FOX would not allow any photos from their archives to be used in the book. But then again, when I look through my copy, they are not really missing 🙂

I go back to reading now. Season 8, here I come! ____________________________________________________________________

Muy Buena Lectura Para Fans, April 11, 2011
By Maria

Muy buen libro.

Escencial y especial para fans de la serie con muchos datos curiosos y excelentes anecdotas.

Lo unico malo es que al estar disponible solo en ingles ,tal vez se estan perdiendo el mercado potencial de habla hispana en el cual hay muchisimos fans. Pero el libro en si es muy recomendable.