Fire­Fly: Big damn Hero

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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

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