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This paperback original novel is based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon's screenplay for Universal's 2005 motion picture. The characters are based on the science fiction TV series Firefly, which has achieved cult status.

Five hundred years in the future, Captain Mal Reynolds, a hardened war veteran (on the losing side), ekes out a living pulling off small cri...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Pocket Star Books (first published August 30th 2005)
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Callista
Jun 28, 2014 Callista rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Craig, julia Andersen, Firefly/Serenity fans
I became a fan of Firefly with the airing of the first episode and have loved it ever since. Even, sometimes, to my own amazement, since I’m not a fan of zombies (which Reavers basically are) and a few other elements of the SF/Horror genre. (The first time I saw the movie, I started to think Whedon was going to kill everyone off, possibly just to spite the FOX network for pulling the plug on the show. I still say what happened to Wash was plain wrong.) But most of the characters are so well-real...more
Angela
You'd think I would have loved this because I love Firefly but this novel is simply awful. The writing is terrible (it reads like really, really bad fan-fiction) and cringe-worthy. It's awful and offers no new insights into the fabulous show and film. Avoid. Instead, go and read the graphic novels, they're excellent.
Curtiss
The nice thing about reading books, as opposed to watching & listening to movies/tv is that sometimes the author gives the reader access to a character's thoughts - as in River's mental review of Serenity's other crew members, especially Mal as "the only other person who lived with as much pain as she did."
David
Jan 12, 2012 David rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Nobody. Ever.
This book is probably intended solely for those that have either watched the TV series or watched the series and the movie. As a self-contained novel, it's quite bad. The laziness on the part of the author is ridiculously apparent with such phrases as "little sister look" or "are you serious? look". This is how emotions and visuals are expressed in this book and it's not even just once but repeated for each instance of said look. If you already watched the series you're likely aware of what thes...more
○♦Madison-Chasing the TARDIS♦○
Ok I usually don't write reviews but I saw a lot of bad reviews for this book and wanted to put in my input. People say that it is just like bad fan fiction, but the writer was supposed to stick to the script and the events in the story, so most of it wasn't actually his writing, especially the dialog. I personally loved this book because of how well it stuck to the movie. Although some of the head cannon could have been better I still really enjoyed it!
Fence
Where do you start when you go to write a novelization? Do you just stick to the script, or go off on little tangents of your own? How much can you make up, do you get to collaborate with the director, or talk to any of the actors? Must be pretty hard, imo, to get a good book out of a film, any film.
Full review: http://www.susanhatedliterature.net/2...
Allons-y!
Dec 03, 2013 Allons-y! rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fellow Browncoats
Shelves: firefly
Read the book before I had a chance to watch the movie; and even before I have seen Firefly. Loved the book, it gives a great insight into the minds of the characters, something that's hard to see on screen sometimes. Serenity is one of my all time favourite books.
Jay
I'm a little embarrassed to admit how long I had been wanting to read this for. I'm a Browncoat, ain't ashamed to admit it, but I am a little shy to admit how much I love to collect the stuff.

Movie novelisations are hard to write, I can tell. Where do you draw the line between following the movie and making your own novel? DeCandido stuck with following the movie here, but he also had clearly spent some time watching the series- he refers to the battle of Serenity Vallet, he mentions episodes l...more
Thomas
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Tim
May 13, 2009 Tim rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: sf
Generally, I'm not one for reading books after seeing the movie upon which it was based. I'm even less inclined to read the "novelization" of a film, figuring its sole purpose is to put additional cash in the pockets of the studio or those that own the movie. Because of my adoration of the all-too-soon-canceled TV series Firefly , though, I did pick up Serenity , Keith DeCandido's novelization of the movie of the same name. While undoubtedly a good marketing tie-in with the film, the book also h...more
Kim
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Diane ~Firefly~
I'll start this by saying I'm incredibly biased as I loved both the TV show and the movie (as you could probably guess from my name), so there was no way this book wasn't going to get 5 stars. The dialogue is pretty much word for word from the movie, just some internal thoughts and more details about the Battle of Serenity added.

If you haven't seen the TV show Firefly, I highly recommend watching it before watching or reading Serenity, as you'll come to love the cast of characters. There are 8 l...more
Mike
For a movie novelization, this book was pretty good; Its story was interesting, an engrossing read, and did an excellent job of putting itself in the context of the series as a whole. However, just like everything else in the Serenity/Firefly universe, it's solid, but unremarkable. The physical writing (as far as syntax, diction, etc.) is excellent, but the book doesn't deviate from the script it was adapted from even a little, and it doesn't provide ANY more details about the world in which the...more
***Dave Hill
(Original review from Sep 2005)

A decent, but almost blandly faithful, rendition of the screenplay in novel form. For three-quarters of the book, the only differences between the two are the insertion here of scenes (from the TV show) of the Battle of Serenity Valley, and Simon trying to convince his parents that something is wrong with River, and even that is played with very straightforwardly.

The problem is, with an adaptation of a movie like this, what the fans (or even the interested) want is...more
Natalie Bowers
Firefly and Serenity are my all-time favourite Sci-Fi tv show & movie, so I was hoping the novelisation of the film might at least be an enjoyable read. Disappointed isn't the word for it. I gave up on page 82. I know it's probably tough to weave backstory from a tv show into the novelisation of a movie, but it was so stilted and drawn-out that it arrested the flow of the story. Although the dialogue was brilliant - well it would be as it was from the film - the attempt to mimic it in the na...more
Gina
Oct 05, 2013 Gina rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: sci-fi
Yes, I know this wasn't anything more than Brown Coat porn, but that was a selling feature for me. :)

I RARELY read books about movies after I've seen the movie. I'd almost say never. And I pretty much never read books that are just novelizations of movies. Any more. I used to read them all the time when I was a kid. My family only rarely went to movies & in the days of pre-Netflix (even pre-VCR), so if I wanted to know what all the other kids were talking about with the latest movie, I had t...more
Louis
The novelization of the movie that follows the TV series Firefly.

The crew of a trading spaceship Serenity, whose captain is a war veteran from a civil war, on the losing side. His crew is a collection of fellow veterans and a mix collected from the dregs of space. It is a world divided between the rich core, and a rougher frontier.

Themes include morality and loyalty, as Mel (the captain) is on the surface selfish and greedy but he repeatedly acts in ways that are loyal to people he proclaims he...more
Lisa
Jun 30, 2013 Lisa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
This novel follows a group of characters introduced in the TV series "Firefly," which was canceled after a whole ten episodes had aired - in the wrong order - because Fox is dumb. The movie version of Serenity was made in response to the massive fan base, because the series is awesome, and the book followed. Anyway, these characters are smugglers/merchants/pirates. They do often-illegal shipping jobs for cash. In a spaceship. Think Han Solo in the Millennium Falcon. There's a super-smart chick w...more
Anna
As a fan of the movie and the series, I liked this book. It's taken from the screenplay, which means that a lot of the book is word for word what is in the movie. There is a small amount of background information that is not found in the series or movie, but not much. I do like how the author integrated information from the series into explanations about what happens in the movie (book). And there were a few scenes in the book that are not in the movie (although you can find most of them in the...more
Wayne
This is a novelization of the movie by the same name. If you enjoyed the movie this book will let you relive it and not much more. It is almost word for word a transcript of the movie, with no adaptation. One complaint that I did have. The author adapted his writing style to match the dialogue in the movie. A peculiar mix of western twang and impressive vocabulary. Using words in not quite the correct way but the meaning still gets across. While this it would be extremely strange to change this...more
Stefanie
I thought that this book would add a bit more detail to what wasn't seen in the movie. I'd say that the percentage of new information was only about 5%. The remainder of the book was basically word for word the same as the movie. Hard to really give a good review on this one, as I saw the movie multiple times before reading the book. So while reading I had the movie replaying itself in my head. The only other comment I can make is that it did do a good job in relating the movie. The writing flow...more
Amanda
A very faithful rendition of the movie, and a fun romp. I did enjoy each chapter being from a different character's perspective, allowing us to get into different heads, though we get very little new insight that the movie didn't give us.

It also had the drawback that the enjoyably-choreographed fight scenes from the movie simply do not translate well into written form, and some dialogue loses the snappy air that Joss Whedon works are generally known for, when the author has to take the time to d...more
Jake
May 28, 2008 Jake rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: scifi
This was sort of an odd experience. I read this is part of our book club's "Books and film" month. The odd part is that I really enjoyed it. I expected it to be a poorly written tie in that just outlined the plot. I certainly didn't expect it to be a well written take on the script. It has all the great lines and all the same scenes, but manages to believably expand on the emotions of the characters.

Did I mention it was well written? I mean, its not the most amazing writing I've ever encountere...more
Skyla Happy Go Lucky and Lost in Books
This book is based on the screenplay for the 2005 film Serenity which is a sequel to the late great TV series Firefly.

I'm not even gonna write a review for this because it is awesome so only gifs will explain the awesomeness that is Firefly/Serenity.

From the last eppy of Firefly:






And this just sums up Mal nicely.








If you are on his crew, you are fucking family.

Mal is sassy.






Kaylee is sweet:



Jayne is dumb but loveable:




Zoe is kick-ass:



Wash is the perfect man:



River may be crazy but she has a brother, Si...more
Cassie
Not only was this a good example of a movie novelization that actually adds something to the story, but I'd recomend it heavily for writers. The use of language and first person is very well done, with each new first person feeling like a completely new person.

In TV dialouge there is the challenge to make sure the line sounds like the way only that character would say it, and in novels that challenge needs to exist in the first person voice especially. I hate reading a book that attempts to swi...more
J.C.
I think if I knew any Chinese I'd start wearing in that language.
Sure, novel adaptations of movies are usually terrible, so not much can be expected from it, but good GAWD there are some very obvious boo boos here. In certain points I think it was deliberately done out of carelessness. I felt like I was reading a summary of the script rather than actual narration.

I'm sure sometime there'll be a far better Serenity/Firefly novel, maybe an unofficial one, but until then I guess this is it. Jeez. N...more
Funmi
This is not a good adaptation of the movie at all. Some of the best characters ever, the author somehow managed to make me like them less something i didn't ever think was possible of Joss Whedon's work. He writes like a fan especially with regards to Zoe. There was no emotional connection whatsoever among the characters. I couldn't feel the love between Simon and River, Simon and kaylee,Zoe and Wash or even Mal and Inara; everything just felt fake and unreal. I feel like i need to watch the mov...more
Elena
May 20, 2012 Elena rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Whedon fans
Shelves: sci-fi, 2012
I absolutely LOVED this book. I'm a massive Firefly fan but I really didn't like the film, not entirely sure why but I've just never taken to it. This novelisation transformed the whole thing for me as I got to delve a little bit into the characters' heads and see what was going on. I rate this author's work so highly that I'm going to read his other Whedon novelisations as soon as I can. Some can be really dry and just go along with the screenplay and the dialogue, but you can tell that DeCandi...more
Patrice
This was well-written and enjoyable. Because I have watched the movie and the series, I knew what was going to happen, but that did not spoil this book for me. While you don't need to be familiar with Firefly and Serenity to appreciate this book, I feel having watched them, enhanced my appreciation of this story. While the story is about the movie Serenity, it ties in many pieces from the television series Firefly. It also provides a glimpse into the characters' emotions and thoughts that film c...more
Mary Jo
Aug 31, 2010 Mary Jo rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Firefly/Whedonverse fans
This was a well done novelization of the movie Serenity. I've been in a bit of a Firefly mood lately and when I noticed there was a novelization I went and tracked it down at the library :) Keith R.A. DeCandido is a great author when it comes to bringing SF/F franchises to life (I've read some of his Star Trek novels in the past) and this one is no exception. The changing viewpoints kept the story very interesting. A must read for any Firefly fan!
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