ThumbsUp wrote: I really think the inconsistencies in the book were unintentional
So you don't take the author's word for what is and isn't intentional in his own work? The inconsistencies - or at least the major ones are intentional. However that doesn't in any way have to mean that we are dealing with an alternate universe. The person or people that have tampered with the dossier could simply have done so with a specific agenda in mind (f.ex. protecting Annie).
While I'm sure some things have been tampered with, the random nature of many major changes and the fact that Tamara verifies them through outside sources makes be believe that many of them cannot be attributed to good ol' tampering.
For example, the conclusion of Ben Horne's Civil War fantasy. There's no way that change isn't intentional on Frost's side, and Tamara explicitly confirms that her sources say that he surrendered at Appomattox.
I already have trouble believing that protecting Annie would involve changing the name and living status of Norma's mother instead of simply erasing Annie herself from all official records, but I could maybe accept that. But who cares about Ben Horne's Civil War fantasy?? (or any detail pertaining to Josie's life and untimely demise, or the year and weapon of the Pittsburgh incident, or Nadine and Ed's marriage, or any of the other major changes from major show canon)
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