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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  2,874 ratings  ·  84 reviews
This is the novelisation of one of the most eagerly-awaited feature films of the year, 'Serenity', written and directed by Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.
Mass Market Paperback, 257 pages
Published September 2005 by Pocket Books (first published August 30th 2005)
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Jun 28, 2014 Callista rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
✩★ ɱɑɖɪՏσɳ ★✩
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!
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."
Jan 12, 2012 David rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
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Dec 03, 2013 Allons-y! rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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.
Julene Ds
4 stars because this is my favourite movie but I had a few minor issues with the book.

The book is taken directly from the movie (same plot and lines) except for the inner dialogue and brief summary of events in the firefly series. I felt like there could have been either more and better inner dialogue or none at all, since I disagreed with some of the thoughts the author wrote for the characters.

Also he confuses the observer's effect with the uncertainty principle which no one but physicists p
Serenity is based on the movie screenplay by Joss Whedon, which is based on the tv series, Firefly. Captain Mal Reynolds is finding everyone is bailing on him and his crew. Shepard Book settled on Haven while Inara has started teaching future Companions. After River Tam beats up several men in a dive, he finds out that Alliance has sent their best man known only as the operative to find her before uncovers their biggest secret.

The book is fast paced just like the movie but with some insights int
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
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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 ...more
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I liked this more than I thought I would! The wording drove me nuts (double negatives, shortened words, grammar) but once I got past that and liked the story. I didn't love the characters, I wish there was more feeling behind the story.
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
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
Sad to say there wasn't anything the movie didn't tell us. But I do appreciate having their way of speaking on paper.
Stephen Helmlinger
Excellent adaption of the series! As usual, the book covers more of the characters than does the movie.
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
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
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