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Not bad but disappointing
on February 13, 2011
Just about every Firefly fan has been waiting for this history in some format from the start of the series. The little teaser in the movie when they mentioned it but didn't elaborate just furthered the desire to learn more. This delivers what it promises, important events that led to Shepherd Book's place on Serenity.
However, the story itself feels rushed and lacks any real oomph. This often happens when mysterious pasts are finally revealed in one fell swoop. Sometimes it's impossible for the reality to live up to the imagination. The book does raise a couple continuity questions and seems abrupt as expecting you to just follow along and accept everything shown to you without question.
I'm glad I read it but I was disappointed. Joss Whedon didn't actually write this but did create an outline for it. I just wonder if the Firefly series had been allowed to continue if we wouldn't have gotten a better more intriguing history.