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Turning Off The TV #4: Firefly


Welcome to my regular Thursday feature, Turning off the TV! In this feature I recommend books similar to TV shows or films you may have enjoyed, both series and specific episodes.

The TV series this week is: Firefly.


Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them.

One of my absolute favourite series, Firefly was sadly cancelled after one season due to low viewing figures. Since it was aired it has gained a cult following – sadly a little too late. A film sequel to the series, entitled Serenity (which I have the DVD of and STILL haven’t watched!) was released in 2005, and wraps up events. As well as the following recommendations, there are also many books and graphic novels based on the series.

Avalon by Mindee Arnett

Avalon by Mindee Arnett

I first heard of Avalon when Tory mentioned it during one of her Sci-Fi Month posts. I immediately thought it looked like the perfect book for fans of Firefly – it sounds like a teenage version, and Anya seems to agree according to her review! It’s about a group of teenage mercenaries who captain a ship, and steal to get by – which sounds pretty similar to what the crew of Serenity do! It currently has an average rating of four stars on Goodreads, so it’s doing pretty well!

Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1) by James S.A. Corey

Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1) by James S.A. Corey

So many of my science fiction loving friends have recommended Leviathan Wakes. It’s one of the books on the Dragons & Jetpacks Ultimate Booklist, a booklist created by my bookgroup where we have compiled all the science fiction and fantasy books we think everyone should read at least once in their lives (one nomination per genre each). Whilst the characters are the crew of an ice mining ship, a little different compared to Serenity, a major element of the plot is a crucial female character, whom the crew must protect from the authorities – a bit like River in Firefly.

Retribution Falls (Tales of the Ketty Jay #1) by Chris Wooding

Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding

The crew of the Ketty Jay, the spaceship in Retribution Falls, are perhaps even more like the crew of the Serenity: space pirates. And like each member of the Serenity crew, the crew of the Ketty Jay all have secrets hidden away that will slowly be revealed as the story progresses. This is another one that comes highly recommended by many of my Goodreads friends!

Have you read any of these books? Do you have any to recommend? Are you a fan of Firefly?

14 thoughts on “Turning Off The TV #4: Firefly”

  1. Wooding is the winner here. Aside from not being in space it hits all the right notes. A tight cast held together by will by a captain, witty dialog all over; it is so good I may read it again this year.

    And for gods sake, watch Serenity. The Operative is so awesome, as good of a character as any of the original cast.

    1. I desperately want to read all of these – I was checking to see if there were any deals on the Kindle versions (trying to buy only Kindle books now, for my imminent move abroad) but alas, no luck! Retribution Falls is definitely the one that stands out to me the most though, so I’m glad to hear it has yet again been so highly recommended =)

      I know! I’ve had the DVD for over a year. I kind of read spoilers and I don’t want to face all the emotions… gahh!

      1. Keep checking on Leviathan Wakes, it seems to be the Kindle deal quite a bit- and when it is the e-book is packaged with Abraham’s The Dragon’s Path as well. Ill try to remember to tweet you when I see it.

      2. Will do, and thank you! It’s about Β£4 at the moment but I’m being cheap and waiting for it to go a bit lower… it’s not like I’ll run out of reading material in the meantime πŸ˜‰

    1. I knowwww I may try and get onto it this weekend, although I’m probably going to spend the whole time trying out Elder Scrolls Online =D

      Thanks Rebekah!

  2. Who knew there were so many Firefly-esque books?! I’ve been hearing mixed things about Avalon though, especially about if the comparison to Firefly is a letdown or not.

    1. I’m sure there’s even more out there! I bet it’s inspired loads of authors, maybe not all published but still =) Yes, it has some GREAT reviews from my GR friends, and some rather poor ones. But the average is still pretty high.

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