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A Firefly tie-in novel

Okay, I didn’t know about this until I just saw a reference on tor.com. 

The first original novel tying into the critically acclaimed and much-missed Firefly series from creator Joss Whedon.

The Battle of Serenity Valley was the turning point that led the Independents to their defeat at the hands of the Alliance. Yet the Browncoats had held the valley for weeks against all odds, before being ordered to lay down their arms. Command stated they refused to send in airpower because the ground war was “too hot.” But the soldiers who were there insist that was not true…

While picking up a new cargo on Persephone, Captain Malcolm Reynolds is kidnapped by a bunch of embittered veteran Browncoats who suspect him of sabotaging the Independents during the war. As the rest of the crew struggle to locate him, Mal is placed on trial for his life, fighting compelling evidence that someone did indeed betray them to the Alliance all those years ago. As old comrades and old rivals crawl out of the woodwork, Mal must prove his innocence, but his captors are desperate and destitute, and will settle for nothing less than the culprit’s blood.

The book, which is called Big Damn Hero (great name!)  came out yesterday, which is no doubt why there’s this post at tor.com. It was written by someone named Nancy Holder. Let me see, what else has she written. . . . looks like a lot of media tie-ins for various shows; haven’t read any of her novelizations or tie-in works before. The two reviews for Big Damn Hero that are up already are positive.

The on-trial-for-his-life plot element is not one that appeals to me, but the reviews suggest the feel of the show is captured well and that all the characters get a chance to shine.

Hmm. I certainly can appreciate a good tie-in novel. Maybe I’ll be picking this up. 

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4 Comments A Firefly tie-in novel

  1. kootch

    I endorse that – the novel was very good in that it captured the feel of the Firefly characters yet was very definitely in Steven Brust’s “voice”.
    Brust released this novel as fanfic because Whedon refused to allow novel tie-ins. Obviously he has changed his mind.

  2. Hanneke

    A bit off topic, as I don’t know anything about Firefly, but I just wanted to tell someone about the delightful new books & author I just discovered. They write under the ‘nom de plume’ Forthright, and there are two books out now in the Amaranthine saga: “Tsumiko and the enslaved fox”, and “Kimiko and the accidental proposal”. They have an anime flavor, but are mostly gentle and kind in tone – adventure but not thrillerlike, and suitable for YA. Both have a different Japanese YA/teen protagonist, and a complement of interesting characters like an older kitsune and a teenaged phoenix. As there are people here who like anime, I think some here might like these books as well.

  3. Rachel

    Thanks for the pointer, Hanneke. I’m not super into anime myself, but on the other hand, I always have had a thing for kitsune.

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