Serenity

Serenity

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Serenity by Keith R. A. DeCandido

Five hundred years in the future, Captain Mal Reynolds, a hardened war veteran (on the losing side), ekes out a living pulling off small crimes and transport-for-hire aboard his ship, Serenity. He leads a small, eclectic crew who are the closest thing he has left to family — squabbling, insubordinate, and undyingly loyal.

When Mal takes on two new passengers — a young doctor named Simon and his unstable, telepathic sister, River — he gets much more than he bargained for. The pair are fugitives from a coalition that dominates the universe with unlimited wealth and power — and that will stop at nothing to control River and her abilities. The crew of mercenaries, used to skimming the outskirts of the galaxy unnoticed, soon find themselves caught between the unstoppable military force of the Universal Alliance and the cannibalistic fury of the Reavers, savages who roam the very edge of space. Caught up in the fight to stay alive, they don't yet realize that their greatest danger may be on board Serenity herself....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416507550
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication date: 08/30/2005
Series: Serenity Series
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 4.00(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author


Keith R.A. DeCandido was born and raised in New York City to a family of librarians. He has written over two dozen novels, as well as short stories, nonfiction, eBooks, and comic books, most of them in various media universes, among them Star Trek, World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Marvel Comics, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, Resident Evil, Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, Farscape, Xena, and Doctor Who. His original novel Dragon Precinct was published in 2004, and he's also edited several anthologies, among them the award-nominated Imaginings and two Star Trek anthologies. Keith is also a musician, having played percussion for the bands the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players, the Boogie Knights, and the Randy Bandits, as well as several solo acts. In what he laughingly calls his spare time, Keith follows the New York Yankees and practices kenshikai karate. He still lives in New York City with his girlfriend and two insane cats.

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Serenity 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
BiblioShan More than 1 year ago
I've never bothered posting a review before, but having read the ones already here, then reading the book, I feel compelled. This book was awful. I mean seriously awful. I understand where the other reviewers are coming from. We are all hungry for anything Firefly or Serenity. But this... This was badly written on a grand scale. The author tried to carry the idiosyncrasies of the characters' speech through the narration, but was wildly unsuccessful. The dialogue not taken from the movie was trite and often out of character. Everyone else who reviewed this book seems excited about finally knowing what the characters were thinking, but there were no great revelations; no new information was given. I am absolutely stunned by some of the reviews I read here. In fact, those reviews convinced me to buy the book. My advise is this: For the love of God, stay away. If you are looking for new info, back stories, etc, get the graphic novels. They are, for the most part, fantastic. We all love the Firefly universe and this book doesn't do it justice.
Mrs-Severus-Snape More than 1 year ago
After having seen the series by Joss Whedon (Firefly), the movie based off of said series (Serenity) and having read the book on my Nook (no rhyme intended), I have decided that the book was very very worth it. Though it varied in some aspects of the movie/series, the introspection of the characters was well done. It also added a few bits of much needed humor to the story and a bit more character development. For being a novel to book type establishment, it was one of the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have not seen the movie Serenity, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK YET. If you have seen the movie, read this book several times. Like the best novelizations, DeCandido's Serenity includes all the dialogue and action from the movie and then slides in the mustard now we get to get inside the characters, see the motivations and histories, find out what River really thinks and what Jayne muses about when there's no one needs shootin' right off. Not that you'll find out all you'd like to, but there are a few more questions answered and some apparent inconsistencies smoothly explained. DeCandido clearly loves these characters and wears their voices well, and in this work he does exactly what Serenity fans want him to do: he makes the movie even better. And that's no small feat.
Torgan More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of the Joss Whedon creation from the outset, so yes I'm a Browncoat. I was angry at Fox for screwing up the order in which "Firefly" aired, I was equally mad when they eventually cancelled it. So this review may be a little bias, heck it may be a LOT bias, but this isn't about "Firefly" this is a review of the novelization of the movie "Serenity" so let's get to it. I have seen the movie so many times I've lost count, I've seen it alone, with friends, at conventions, and even special screenings, so to say I'm a fan of the movie is an understatement. It's certainly not perfect, but it's a hell of a ride and a great accomplishment in the fact that it got made at all. But I'd never read the novelization, heck truth be told I didn't honestly know there was a novelization until about a month ago. This past July I was fortunate enough to meet the author Keith R. A. DeCandido when I was tasked with picking him up at the airport. He was an author guest of honor at our local convention. However it wasn't until after the convention that I had found out he had wrote this novelization. That thump you hear is me kicking myself. What you get with this book, is the movie. Every line, action and visual, but what you also get are thoughts, and interesting tidbits into the depth of the characters. You learn more about why Zoe is so dutifully, and faithfully attached to Mal. You get more details into the relationships between the characters, characters you thought you already knew so well. The book was a great compliment to the movie, and made it all the more enjoyable in my mind. Unfortunately it also adds to the sadness, that this ride is really and truly over. Thanks Joss for creating such a wonderful set of characters, and thank you Keith for adding even more depth to them. If you're a fan at all I highly recommend this. if not it's still an interesting read.
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The movie was good but this novelization really added depth to the characters. A true must for any brown coat!
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I loved this show, actually called Firefly, when it was on TV, and was very glad that they made a movie to give it an ending. The book sticks very closely to the script used for the movie. If you never saw the show the book still makes sense. If you want a relaxing, non-scary sci-fi read try this book.
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