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"Lots of fun, lots of new insights, even some new facts a diehard Browncoat like me hadn't heard yet." --SerenityStuff.com

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Jane Espenson is a former writer for Firefly, in addition to many other television shows, including Angel, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dinosaurs, Gilmore Girls, Ellen, The O.C., and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. She currently has a development deal with NBC/Universal television and is working on the midseason show Andy Barker, PI. She lives in Los Angeles.

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HASH(0xa15398d0) von 5 Sternen Book of essays, like the show it's based on, gets a sequel 30. Oktober 2007
Von gobluegirl - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I'm a big fan of critical analysis of popular media.

Wait, that sounds way too stuffy.

I like to sit around with my friends and talk (and podcast) about my favorite shows. Firefly and Serenity are at the top of that list. It's fun, it's a cheap way to pass the time, and we get some surprisingly profound analysis out of our little ramblings.

Serenity Found is a book that is a lot like sitting around with your friends nitpicking, for good and bad, your favorite show. Several individuals, who all love Serenity--science-fiction authors, actors from the show, journalists and others--all write about a certain aspect of the show Firefly and the follow-up movie Serenity.

My absolute favorite essay in the book is "I, Nathan," written by Nathan Fillion, who played Capt. Mal Reynolds on the show and in the movie. It's funny, poignant, and it's clear that he's as much a fan of the show as anybody else. And make sure you read the bit after the essay, at the very end, in italics.

This is not the first book of witty and informative essays written about Firefly. This is a sequel to Finding Serenity, which came out a couple years ago. If you haven't picked that one up, I highly suggest it as well.

You might be a touch lost in the book if you've never seen Firefly before, but, then again, maybe not. Orson Scott Card's essay reads pretty well even if you haven't seen a minute of Firefly. He compares Firefly and Serenity to other sci-fi movies out there, like Star Wars, Star Trek, and others, and he does a good job showing how Firefly is different, and in his opinion, better, to somebody who hasn't watched it yet.

So, what are you waiting for? Check out the book, then come back and write a review! (I can't believe I'm the first person to review this...)
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HASH(0xa15394d4) von 5 Sternen Serenity Found findings 12. Mai 2008
Von Dana Sweeney - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Jacob Clifton's work alone would have been enough to get me to buy this, but I ended up enjoying nearly the entire book, even more so than its predecessor, Finding Serenity, which contained the silly "Firefly is like the Tick" essay, the ludicrous "Joss Whedon isn't feminist enough because Zoe loves her husband and respects her boss" essay, and the offensive as hell "Joss Whedon can't possibly be a feminist, because no thinking man would be" essay.
This second volume is better for following the movie, for one thing, giving the authors more of the full story to work with, whereas the first book had only the series with its unanswered questions to consider. There are still some weak points, such as the too-personal-to-be-terribly-interesting "Things my spouse and I argue about while watching Firefly" piece; and the script outline of 'Out of Gas' by a guy who thinks the structure should be laid out scene-by-scene to demonstrate how cool it is...that one really lacked a thesis; and the "admittedly I have a huge chip on my shoulder" exhortation to geeks to be proud of their geeky selves, in which it was actually suggested that David Krumholtz could be plausibly seen as other than hot....
But there were really insightful essays outnumbering the ones that had me rolling my eyes and mouthing, "Blah blah blah," as I read. Jacob's was great, of course (I refer to him by his first name because I am a huge fan of his work and knew him only as Jacob of TWOP long before I learned his surname). There was a really thorough examination of the Libertarian ethics portrayed in Firefly; a thoughtful discussion of the Unification War in terms of its deliberate reflection of the American Civil War and even more carefully depicted differences from it; an in-depth look at many of Joss Whedon's female characters who have been essentially weaponized by meddlesome men; and several other really interesting takes on the Firefly 'verse that aren't for whatever reason leaping to mind right now.
Both books could easily have been trimmed, and one big book might have included only the best of these essays rather than a hit-and-miss double collection. On the other hand, it's great to have new Firefly-related stuff to devour at intervals with the show and film in the past and no likely sequels on the horizon.
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HASH(0xa14b5a74) von 5 Sternen a half decent read 12. Dezember 2007
Von Josh - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'm a fan of firefly and this book is decent. About half of the essays are great. Well written, clear points, funny (like firefly).
I recommend:
-Curse your sudden but inevital betrayal; its about a firefly fan's reactions to the show and arguments with her husband (not really arguments, though. He says something and she quips). Its pretty funny.
-I, Malcolm; by Nathan Fillion himself. Its funny, witty, but short.
-Catching up with the Future by Orson Scott Card. Insightful essay on sci-fi in general and how much it sucks compared to Firefly. Yay.
-Girls, Guns, Gags; response to first book's feminist essay. She's funny, makes a few good points, but half of it is off topic/point.
-Mutant Enemy U; written by a guy who did special fx for the show/movie. Discusses the ship design.
-The virtual 'verse; about the firefly video game coming soon. double yay.

Be warned, though. the rest of the essays aren't good in my opinion. They over analyze, make no valid arguments, or are just plain boring.
I'm walking away from this book with a little more knowledge, but burned out on analyzing firefly.
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HASH(0xa1537924) von 5 Sternen Satisfyin' the itch of curiousness 30. Mai 2011
Von Richard Derus - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
The Book Report: Eighteen more essays about the moral, political, and ethical underpinnings, implications, and effects of the late, lamented "Firefly" TV series.

My Review: Last collection had yummy-yummy Jewel Staite, aka Kaylee, writing about her favorite things in each episode; this collection has the slurpsome Nathan Fillion reflecting on being the Captain! For that alone, it's worth the price of admission!

But wait! There's more! Loni Peristere (also a beauteous hunk of man-flesh, maybe Joss is a switch-hitter? All the men in the 'verse are so toothsome!), the f/x wizard behind the whole Whedonesque world, talks about the amazing and exacting Creator in terms of inspiring the best work from Loni and his minions, an essay that made me even angrier at the business-sound-but-aesthetically-idiotic cancellation of "Firefly". Then one Geoff Klock pulls apart and analyzes the brilliant, brilliant episode "Out of Gas", in search of storytelling genius and its telltale markers; there are many, and they are important for anyone interested in storytelling craft to study in depth. This essay makes that process almost easy, which is in itself a feat of storytelling.

Bruce Bethke's essay, "Cut 'Em Off At The Horsehead Nebula!", goes into the whys and wherefores of the SFnal aversion to Western tropes invading "its" territory, rooted in the pulp origins of SF, and its early competition with Western pulps for writers and readers. One can still hear nasty, condescending echoes of the war, which SF **won** and could and should drop, in the covert critical reception of "Firefly" as a damned Bat Durston story. Read the essay, I ain't explainin' that one. Too long, and also it pisses me the hell off.

My personal favorite essay is "The Bonnie Brown Flag", relating the "Firefly" underpinnings to the American Civil War's myth of the Noble Losers, the Gentleman Planters following the Bonnie Blue Flag. It's poignant, it's well crafted, and it's quite nicely argued.

The only essay that's a real flop is "The Virtual 'Verse", which was a waaay premature ad for the dead-in-the-water MMORPG of "Firefly" that was, at that time, being touted as forthcoming. Well, it never forthcame, and the essay looks like what it was: Blatant product placement. Ptui.

But then comes what I think is the most important essay: "The Alliance's War on Science" by Ken Wharton. Ten pages of keen observation on the nature of political propaganda masquerading as science. Again, if all you read is this one essay, your purchase price will be fully amortized. The subject is ever-more important, and this essay will sensitize you to the issue like never before.

Just like "Firefly" would have, had it survived intact to this good day. Next best thing is buying BenBella Books's essay collections. And, of course, reading them with the starved passion of a jilted lover. Or is it just me...?
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HASH(0xa1529cd8) von 5 Sternen Mixed Bag of Essays Covering Classic Sci-Fi Show 5. November 2012
Von Kevin M. Derby - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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"Serenity Found" is a mixed bag of essays looking at "Firefly," a space-western television series that was unveiled a decade ago and lasted a half-season, and "Serenity," the film sequel to the tv series. While the show was axed a decade ago, it retains a very loyal following due to its well-written scripts, original settings and some excellent characters. While "Firefly" does not rank as one of Joss Whedon's more commercially successful outings, the fact that there remain intense fans of the show a decade later reveals its worth.

These essays will appeal to fans of the show but readers outside that sub-group should not bother with it. There are some interesting pieces from fans of the show and crew members who worked on it. There is a fun essay by actor Nathan Fillion who played the role of the lead character. Orson Scott Card, an excellent sci-fi novelist, offers his musings on the show with a few funny but gratuitous jabs at Star Wars and Star Trek that seemed a little out of place--especially coming from the author who penned a novel based on the James Cameron film "The Abyss." There are some excellent essays, including one by Evelyn Vaughn, comparing the frontier setting in "Firefly" to life in America after the Civil War.

A solid collection of essays to be sure--but not one that will appeal to readers outside of die-hard "Firefly" fans. While I am a fan of the show, I found a certain assumption in some of the essays to be grating. They were preaching to the converted and bemoaning the show's and the movie's fate and made no effort to reach out to new viewers. Instead of being inspired to watch once again one of the great shows in television history, these essays made me feel like I was at a funeral as writer after writer returned to the wailing wall. Even the most passionate of "Firefly" fans might find this off putting. This book needed a bit more of a tone indicating the fondness of disappointed love--what I hope I have for the show--instead of more eulogies to entomb the show. Still, the most devout fans of the show will profit from this work and perhaps even enjoy it.
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