Majestic ★★☆☆☆

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Title: Majestic
Series: ———-
Author: Whitley Strieber
Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Genre: SF
Pages: 267
Words: 95K

Majestic is the name of the secret government agency tasked with dealing with aliens, etc in the United States Government. This book was published in 1989 and in 1993 the tv show The X-Files started airing. I will eat my hat, and quite possibly my boots too, if Chris Carter, the creator of the X-Files didn’t read this book and lift parts of it whole sale to create the X-Files mythology. The head of Majestic is even a bitter old man who has given himself cancer by smoking so much (one of the main villains in the X-Files is the Smoking Man). Because I have seen the X-Files, this felt like an origins story and was rather boring since all the bits and pieces had already been revealed. The differences and specifics were small enough and didn’t matter enough so I wasn’t really interested.

This is supposedly non-fiction posing as fiction to protect Strieber, but come on. And it committed the cardinal sin of being boring. I mean really, really, really boring. And aliens invading us, or protecting us or evolving us, or whatever the heck Strieber is claiming (all of the above at the same time plus some other stuff as far as I could tell) should NOT be boring.

I am debating whether I want to try again with Strieber. Part of writing reviews is so I can think about things like this and not make a snap decision. Sometimes not continuing isn’t even on my mind (like with Universe 2 from yesterday) until I start writing and then I can easily make a decision. This isn’t like that unfortunately. I have been considering this since about halfway through this book and I still can’t make up my mind. Am I hitting a bad run of Strieber or is he really just not for me? Is he really boring like this book? If he is, do I dare give him a 3rd chance? Cat Magic was also very boring, so you know what? I’m done with Strieber. I’ll leave him to those who want him.


27 thoughts on “Majestic ★★☆☆☆

          1. The problem with that kind of a story though is that you can’t ever resolve it. Once you do it’s pretty much over. It’s like on Twin Peaks once they revealed the identity of Bob. So as long as the series kept getting renewed they had to keep fudging things as they went along to keep it going, and once you got to the later seasons it was all falling apart and impossible to keep straight.

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            1. Yep. You have to be willing to tell a story and then be done. It became evident that Carter wasn’t willing to do that and by the end, Scully and Mulder were synonymous with the Xfiles, so trying to keep the show going with new characters was out too.


  1. I ate xfiles for breakfast as a kid. Some episodes were terrifying specially a certain one where some guy was hiding underneath an escillator or something. I never wanted to go up those things on the of ocassion we went to the city

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    1. yeah, the xfiles definitely got into the horror side of things. I didn’t watch it until I was an adult out and about on my own, so thankfully I didn’t have to deal with anything like what happened for you 🙂

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    1. I have not. After this mess, I won’t be bothering either.
      I thought about trying some of his more fiction’y books, but honestly, looking at titles and even synopses, I can’t tell which is supposed to be fake real (like this book and Communion) and which is real fiction (like I assume Wolfen is).
      I don’t have time for that so Streiber gets a pass. maybe if I was a ufo nut I’d give him more chances, but since my ideas about ufo’s are already formed, and pretty strongly, nothing he has to say does a thing for me.

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  2. This author’s schtick is alien stories, right? If so, I think I’ve read a book by him once. It wasn’t boring but it wasn’t great either. Maybe it’s just his style but I haven’t felt to urge to pick up anything else by him since, but my next time will still be try #2 so I still have a couple chances left to give 😀

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