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on 9 November 2005
It is worth noting that by its very nature, a film tie-in is usually inferior to the film itself, practically the script turned into a novel, and usually very dependant on the reader having seen the film.

However, I was pleasantly suprised with this Serenity novel. Although it does follow essentially the same story as the film, it also adds in scenes cut from the final version of the movie and a few prelude chapters which definitely help to set up the premise of the film, which does help make the book accessible to viewers both to those who have not seen Serenity, and people who have seen it but did not see the TV series it was based on, Firefly.

The author, Keith R. A. DeCandido, does an admirable job of capturing all of the characters in the film, and is evidently a Firefly fan as there are several references to events from the TV series. He also uses the book as a chance to view events in the film from a different perspective, which makes for an interesting read.

Joss Whedon has said that Serenity is essentially Mal's story as seen through River, and several times in the novel we may see things from her eyes as she interacts with the other characters, which can add some extra depth to the story, as opposed to just repeating exactly what we see on-screen.

However, I do feel that this book is more for fans of Serenity than lovers of great literature, and to be honest seeing the film would be preferable to reading the book in order to ensure none of the major plot details are spoiled. I do think anyone who enjoyed Serenity should give it a go, although the Serenity Official Visual Companion is probably the first film related book you should consider buying, but this is also a great purchase.
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on 20 June 2011
This book is an absolute must for fans of the show and brown coats everywhere. The author knows his subject matter, and despite the title it is far more than an adapted screenplay, throughout the story R A Condido paints a clear picture of the verse. Many references of the original Firefly are included in the story, but these are not just thrown in to bulk out the story they serve to paint a picture of the Firefly universe and all characters have their own idiosyncrasies and it is very easy to relate to the main cast.
All in all this is a very enjoyable easy read and I look forward to reading more works by this author. Be sure to snatch up a copy of this book before the alliance confiscate them "Do Ma!!!
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on 25 September 2013
Another book to add to my fan base I have most books about firefly a most engaging series and the film serenity pity fox never realised what a winner they had in this series they sure missed out on a money spinner.
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on 6 January 2006
I'd like to make it clear from the start that I'm a huge fan of the firefly/serenity 'verse. I'm an active poster on fan-forums and I am pretty much guaranteed to love everything set in this universe, except for this embarrasment of a book. The writer simply takes the screenplay and adds (mostly appauling) narrative around it. He takes scenes from the series and makes the complex actions of the characters, simplistic and almost childlike. He flicks between character thoughts without ever bothering to inform the reader who is thinking. He attempts to replicate the speech patterns of the show as prose. He has an incredibly limited vocabulary, choosing to use many words hyphenated when one will do (my highest count was 14 words hypenated together to describe a character's expression).
The whole thing has the whiff of bad fan-fiction. Wait for the film to come out on DVD or buy the Visual Companion (which contains the original script).
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on 6 July 2013
Expands on the film nicely. A nice compliment to my HD-DVD (and also DVD) of the film, plus my DVD boxset of the series. In other words, I am a Fan!
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on 13 July 2014
I'm probably a little biased being obsessed with the 'verse but I do enjoy the way the show is woven into the film's story. Well written.
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