Savannah's Reviews > The Black Lung Captain
by Chris Wooding
bookshelves: aviation, families, fiction, librarybook, friendship, politics, race
Retribution Falls set the stage but it wasn't until close to the end that the characters really earned much sympathy. This episode, the group is more cohesive and there's more detail on them, especially as the plot moves forward. Every character gets their moment, and some of them are stirring adventure and some of them are high comedy (the story of Slag the cat is particularly delightful). The parallels to Firefly are even stronger in this one, but that's not necessarily a bad thing: watching Captain Frey get cheated, robbed, beaten up, and defeated over and over and just get more determined, well, that's part of the cleverness of Firefly and it's shaping up well for this series to. While it's heavy on the swashbuckling, it's clever and inventive and there's room for many more adventures in this barely-explored world.