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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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Nicole
Jun 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Angela
Nov 02, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jennifer Lynn Harrison
Does the film justice. When you're missing your Firefly crew, this novel helps fill the void. Browncoats unite! --Jen from Quebec :0)
Curtiss
May 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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."
Nancy D
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a died in the wool Firefly fan all I can say is this book is Perfect.
Rachel
Feb 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the movie; people who like to laugh at bad writing;
I loved the movie. But this novelisation? Ha. No.
The writing was mediocre at best and terrible at worst (Seriously, I nearly laughed during a death scene).
Waaaay too much tell and not enough show (I know you're adapting it from the screenplay, but "The captain was defensive", really?).
The characters weren't true to their characters as established by the show/movie (Nothing else mattering to Zoe except in relation to Mal and Wash? What. The. Heck. It's like the ultimate anti-Bechdel and it's so
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David
Jan 12, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  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
ϻαđίѕσи ~ I'm gonna be free, and I'm gonna be fine, but maybe not tonight
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
Apr 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
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...
Rachel
A good book, but the movie does not translate as well to print. The first third of the book felt like a ton of condensed info dump for those who've never seen Firefly or Serenity, but the book got better as it went along. Movie is still better though.
Anastasia
Dec 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Libby
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Firefly fans
Wish I could give it 3 1/2 stars. The writing is good, the story is good, but there was a bit too much exposition for my taste. I know it's necessary to explain the story and characters to readers, especially those unfamiliar with the Firefly series, but in places it felt like they were trying to cram the entire series into the book. Much of it felt unnecessary to the story itself.
Beyond the excess exposition, however, I enjoyed the novel. It stayed true to the characters and to the spirit of t
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Alexey
I am a big fan of 'Firefly' series and 'Serenity' movie as well. But this particular novel is mostly just a novelization of the 'Serenity' movie. Yes, it definitely gives you more inner emotions and thoughts of characters than a movie can do. But still it is just a text version of the story you know (if you watched the movie), slightly adopted screenplay, I guess.

The novel is good for fans, and I even want to re-watch the original series after that, but really don't expect a lot here.
Phenex Alarius
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novelization is based on my favorite movie of all time, so I admit to being it biased! But...I 100% enjoyed it from cover to cover. I appreciate how I fleshed out the characters we already know and love. The sequence in the beginning concerning the battle of Serenity, which made Mal who he is, should have definitely been included in the film. I highly recommend this book for anyone into the Firefly series, the Serenity film, or both!
P.S. Winn
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Futuristic science fiction thriller. Readers find themselves five hundred years in the future. When Captain Mal Reynolds makes a living pulling off small crimes and uses his ships for transports to make more money, he ends up leading a motley crew. They unlikely friends become like family and the adventures begin
Jay Wright
Follows the movie so closely that it is not worth the time. I love the movie, but I do not see where this book added one thing to my understanding of the verse.
Angela
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My fave sci fi ever. Love Capt Malcolm Reynolds and his merry crew.
Roger Royer
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Annie Ortiz
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s been a while since I wrote a review for anything, but that’s mostly due to the fact that the last few books I’ve read have been so slow that I gave up on them.

Anyway, in that time, I got into the TV show Firefly, which my friends have been telling me to watch forever and it was only after I had a dream about the show wherein I was River Tam (who, as it happens, is a lot like myself anyhow) that I finally downloaded it and binge watched it in a day. I also ordered myself the novelization of
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Tim
May 13, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Kim
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the novelization of the movie Serenity, which is based on the television series Firefly. In the future, the Earth is no longer inhabitable. There is an organization called the Alliance which has control over the various colony worlds that were established. The Alliance is a ruthless force.

Mal, Zoe, Kaylee, and Wash have a spaceship which they call Serenity, and they basically survive by taking jobs, some legal and some not so illegal. They also took passengers at times, such as Shepard
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Thomas
Nov 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, fiction
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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
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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
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Mike
Jul 27, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Gina
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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***Dave Hill
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: text
(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
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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
Louis
Oct 03, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sciencefiction
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
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