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Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale (Serenity (Dark Horse)) [Hardcover]

Dave Stewart , Chris Samnee , Steve Morris , Zack Whedon , Joss Whedon
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16 Nov 2010 Serenity (Dark Horse) (Book 3)
One of Serenity's greatest mysteries is finally revealed in The Shepherd's Tale, filling in the life of one of the show's most beloved characters - Shepherd Book! Who was Book before meeting Mal and the rest of the Serenity crew, how did he become one of their most trusted allies, and how did he find God in a bowl of soup? Answers to these and more questions about Book's past are uncovered in this original hardcover graphic novel by rising stars Zack Whedon (Dr. Horrible, Terminator, Fringe) and Chris Samnee (Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps, Daredevil) . A pivotal chapter in the ongoing Serenity saga, The Shepherd's Tale is also a rollicking, action-packed epic in its own right.

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  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (16 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595825614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595825612
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 17.5 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I wasn't born a Shepherd, Mal." 9 May 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
"I wasn't born a Shepherd, Mal."
"You have to tell me about that sometime."
"No, I don't."

A graphic novel about Shepherd Book was never going to be as good as a Book-centric episode of Firefly. But wait - it is. (And hell,
he deserves it for his meager role in Serenity.)

"A Shepherd's Tale" is a heavily biographical series of flashbacks through the life of Shepherd Derrial Book. It illustrates where Shepherd
Book was as a child, a teen and a grown man, and does so in a spectacularly unexpected narrative style. There are more than a few twists in
the Shepherd's Tale, and for all those Browncoats eager to discover just how he knows so much about the Alliance, this is a necessity.

If, like me, you are not an avid comic-book reader, there are a few things you should remember. This is not simply a book. The visuals are
as relevant as the text, if not more so. Incredible love and care have been put into the illustrations. Treat this graphic novel like another
episode of Firefly, not like a novel. Read it slowly. Ron Glass played Book with cool wisdom and Zen-like composure, and these qualities
are prominent throughout the story - the narrative style fits Book's character perfectly.

Of course it's not as snappy as an episode of Firefly. There's no music, and the dialogue is less playful. But Malcom Reynolds is a
young man. Book is not. Just appreciate what there is here.

And if you are a graphic novel fan, well, why haven't you bought a copy already?
The book itself is a treasure. Hardcover, high-quality printing, great cover art, and an author's note at the back. Very well presented,
and well worth the money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent episode in the Firefly serial 18 April 2014
By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This is an excellent episode in the Firefly serial, which through a series of well-chosen flashbacks, takes us sequentially backwards through the life of Shepherd Book, starting from the settlement we saw him living in in Serenity [Blu-ray] [Region Free], through his leaving the crews of Serenity, to his leaving his abbey, through his leaving his down and out life as he finds a religious calling (and one of the best religious awakenings I have seen portrayed), through his leaving his military career with the Alliance, through his leaving the Independence movement, through hs leaving his life on the streets, through him leaving his home... and so on. Each flashback scene reveals something about the preceding (future) scene, usually something you were not expecting, and all reveal something about the lives that Shepherd Book kept leaving behind him.

This is a superbly scripted and well-illustrated story that fills in some of the history of the Firefly/Serenity continuum. It is completely `in-continuity' and gives away no spoilers of anyone else's storylines, while fully illuminating the life of Shepherd Book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 4 Jan 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Really enjoyed this book,

great to finally get some answers about the Shepard and see where he comes from. Can recommend this to ANY Firefly fan.

Shiny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars no spoilers review 26 Dec 2013
Format:Hardcover
A thoroughly satisfactory story about who Rev Book was... minus one star for being Too. Darn. Short! [seriously wanted more!]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect christmas present 22 Dec 2013
By Heather
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Arrived in perfect condition. Didn't realise it was a hardback till it got here, was a nice surprise, i should read descriptions more cafefully. Will be perfect for a friend who is a fan of everything serenity/firefly quantum mechanix stuff
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At LAST! 20 Sep 2013
By Amber
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have always wondered what on earth Shepherd's about. It does satisfy many questions... though it opens up a whole bunch more! :D
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to read on a kindle 6 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It is harder to read on a standard kindle and not allowed to be downloaded to the windows 8 kindle app :-(
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe they cancelled it! 13 Jun 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a brilliant series, well worth the money and a must for any true Firefly fan, why haven't you bought this yet!
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