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Firefly: A Celebration (Anniversary Edition) Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, October 2, 2012
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"Firefly: A Celebration is a 550-page book dedicated to one of the best sci-fi shows ever developed. It’ll make you smile… and it may make you cry. It will definitely make you wonder what could have been with a second season… or maybe even a third or beyond. Given the show only had 14 episodes, it’s amazing just how much information Titan has pulled together here. While some of the stories are familiar to fans, there’s plenty here that you probably do not know." – Wired
"a sumptuous read" – The Hollywood News
"Whether you’ve been with Firefly from the start or are just seeing it for the first time, this book is the perfect companion." – WhatCulture
"If you’re a hardcore fan this book is Firefly porn." – Filmwerk
"a beautiful beast of a book" – GeekNative
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The book itself is amazing to see. With it's look-a-like leather binding, its large, glossy, full color pages, it looks and feels more like an encyclopedia than a book dedicated to a TV show ten years gone. The physical beauty however is far out-shined by the content contained within. I had never previously seen the three books that have been collected into this one volume, and I have to say, all the information within them is amazing. Having all of the episodes scripts is amazing, made even better by the little side bars in each detailing little know facts about a certain character or scene. They truly make you want to watch all the episodes while following along in the scripts, and seeing if you can spot this or that. The list goes on and on, from closeups of all the shows weapons, props and costumes, to interviews with the cast, and discussions of the inspiration behind certain episodes or scenes, this is now the de facto Browncoat bible.
This book is an amazing addition to any Browncoat collection, be them a hardcore collector, or someone new to the 'Verse who's never flown on a Firefly before. This book is proof that we have done the impossible, and continue to do so, even almost a decade after the airwaves have forgotten Serenity and her crew, and the pitter pater of tiny feet in huge combat boots has since faded into the black; After all, you can never stop the signal.
If you already own the Firefly Visual Companion 1 & 2 and the Serenity Visual companion, order this as well. Its worth it. i cannot say that enough IT. IS. WORTH. IT.
It's bound in a sort of brown leatherette. It looks like the Browncoat Bible! This book is a re-working of 3 books; Firefly: The Official Companion (volumes 1 and 2), and Firefly: Still Flying, plus additional material. But having them altogether like this is really special. It's over 500 heavy pages of script, production photos, incredible promotional photos, archival quality images and closeups of props and costumes, development sketches, interviews and quotes from Joss, all of the actors, and many of the production team. And as a bonus in the back pocket a collection of fantastic photos of the stars and even a replica of the Chinese currency as used in the show.
These people really put a lot of thought, time, and dare I say love into creating this book. I am a huge fan of science fiction, as well as film making, conceptual art, prop creation, etc. My favorite coffee table books from my personal collection include From Star Wars to Indiana Jones: The Best of the Lucasfilm Archive, the Art of Star Trek, the 3 Art of Star Wars books, The Art of The Matrix, the Battlestar Galactica: Creating the Legend prop auction catalog by Propworx, and Star Wars: the Magic of Myth. This new Firefly Celebration ranks right up near the top of the list for me.
This book is beautiful!
If you already have all 3 of these books, you won't get much more from this one. However, they tend to be hard to find and can get pricey, so getting them all together for this price is an amazing deal!
Each glossy page is filled with cast photos, scripts from the TV episodes, and more.
I've seen each episode of the show (short lived season as it was...sigh) and Serenity more times than I can count, but holding this book in my hands, made me want to watch all of the episodes over and over again!
Take my love, take my land, but you WONT rip this book from my hand!
The book is done in beautiful brown faux leather and definitely brings to mind one of those great, old world books with the gold embossing, so it's a book you won't be embarrassed to see this on your coffee table, even by your snobbiest of friends. The back of the book is packaged with some exclusive photos and a reproduction of a bank note. The bank note feels cheap yet somewhat like real money, which is odd but kind of makes it my favourite item. The "exclusive" photos have the feel of standard publicity headshots - nothing wrong with these (rather like them, myself) but there's nothing special about them either.
The content is a collection of scripts (where the title of this review was pulled), production content such as costume sketches, interview snippets, various photos, and other bits of interest, all done in glossy paper. It's the sort of thing that, as mentioned, appeals to a very specific target audience, and I can't imagine a Browncoat being unhappy with the amount of depth this adds to a very short-lived show.
Overall, I have nothing bad to say about this except that Amazon can't seem to keep it in stock (my order was almost cancelled before a new shipment came in and the book is now out of stock again). If you don't have the other Firefly companion books, then don't hesitate to get this. If you have the other companion books, the few extra bits aren't worth the cost of the book, and I would not recommend getting this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just received it. Fast shipping, slow on the shipping window. It's a beautiful, beefy 500 page book full of props, art, interviews and stories. Read morePublished 2 days ago by nesto
I have not opened this book because it is intended to be a gift for my grandfather, but I wanted to leave a comment on how gorgeous this book is. Read morePublished 3 days ago by XO_Science_Babe_XO
I am sure I will wear this out looking through it , just like I have worn out my full series and Serenity. Shows just how much creativity went into the series. Read morePublished 5 days ago by MTCubed66
If you're a Firefly fan, this book will make you happy, Chock full of pictures, cast and crew info, concepts, and the shooting script of all the original episodes.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Love it great work by Josh Whedon. Plus the book's make and feel are just awesome. Makes for a great book to just have out. Especially if your a big Firefly fan.Published 11 days ago by Paul
Simply Beautiful... a must for for firefly/Serenity fans
and it's a solid thing too, great to crack Rupert Murdoch with for cancelling firefly if he's ever at your house... Read more