FireFly: Big damn Hero
released OUT NOW! 384 pages | Hardback/ebook
Author James lovegrove Publisher Titan Books
Fifteen years is a bloody long time to wait for a range of Firefly tie-in novels, although appetites were, thankfully, sated somewhat in-between by the movie and various comics. The lengthy wait means that there’s a lot of pressure on this first novel by James Lovegrove (based on a story concept by Nancy Holder) to live up to the hype... Which, sadly, it doesn’t.
Sure, all the characters from the original series are present and correct, complete with their idiosyncratic syntax and the obligatory Mandarin swearwords. They’re on the hunt for Mal, kidnapped for apparently committing treason against his fellow Browncoats during the war. But the story is a drab disappointment. Perhaps it’s the lack of the on-screen charisma of one of the most watchable casts in TV history; perhaps it’s the dependence on endless pages of humdrum dialogue; perhaps it’s because there just doesn’t seem to be enough story here to justify it being turned into a novel. Characters worry about Mal, ponder their pasts, wander around, talk – it’s readable, sure, but it has all the pizazz of two-day-old pizza. Never have the Serenity crew needed more of a kick up the arse.
Fingers crossed the next two books will improve matters: both are due over the next year. Yep, that means there’s even more waiting to do... Jayne Nelson