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Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale by Joss Whedon
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Title:Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale
Authors:Joss Whedon
Other authors:Joss Whedon, Chris Samnee, Dave Stewart, Steve Morris
Info:Dark Horse (2010), Hardcover, 56 pages
Collections:Your library, Books I have read, Read but unowned
Tags:1-b, 2-not owned, 3-read, 4-library, fiction, science fiction, graphic novel, space travel, series: firefly comics, read 2013, R-2013-02, firefly, serenity, god

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A slightly too-simple tale of Shepherd Book's origins. The soup bit was quite nicely done. The rest, a bit meh. ( )
  questbird | Feb 4, 2015 |
Gah. I just hate hate hate HATE having to look at the pictures. The character development suffers.

HATE. ( )
  librarycatnip | Jan 12, 2015 |
Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale by Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon and Chris Samnee (2010) – The reader learns much about the life of the enigmatic Shepherd character in this graphic novel. It begins on the planet Haven where he steps out of his spiritual persona to save the mining colony from an Alliance gunship because he knows where to hit the ship to “drop it like a rock.” However he is seriously injured during the fight. Then the book presents a series of flashbacks showing Shepherd in different personas and situations as he journeys through life. First we join him two years ago after he had left the Abby. Then we meet him two years prior to that when he decided to leave the Abby to help people. Then we see him ten years before that when he was homeless and aimless. Six years earlier we see him as a ruthless but ineffective military leader, who is exiled. It’s a fascinating story that flashes back four more years in Shepherd’s life, then another four years, another six years, then ten more years when he was a boy. This story presents a very interesting look at the lifetime journey of this mysterious character. ( )
  clark.hallman | Dec 10, 2014 |
Took the easy way in not explaining anything in any great depth. Would have been happier with less flashbacks and more story. ( )
  bhutton | Oct 9, 2014 |
This book appears to be the last of the graphic novel tie-ins to the Serenity-verse, and it is one about which I have very mixed feelings. I admit, my feelings were mixed even as I picked it up. Did I want the mystery of the Shepherd's origins revealed? Could the "real story" be as good as the mystery? Now that I've read it, I don't know that it is.

This story is told as flashback after flashback. Starting with the attack on Haven and Book's fatal wound -- tracing choices back through his life, each illuminating paths followed later, ending with his leaving home as a teenager. My feelings are mixed because this is a good story. A good story, but...

Any fan of the series couldn't help but cheer many of the Shepherd's life choices, nor fail to sympathize with many of his circumstances. However, without getting too spoilery, this story does not explain at all to my mind, the central mystery of Shepherd's story: why, when the Firefly crew were about to be turned away by the Alliance, would checking Book's ident card lead them to an about face -- bringing him in for treatment before sending them on their merry way? The story in this book could explain some other mysteries, but to me, it makes the treatment described above even less likely.

So, frustrating. But perhaps worth it for a few scenes of Shepherd practicing his faith. And maybe Jayne calling River a jelly brain, who is not offended while she's doing a single hand-stand. Still. Very mixed. ( )
  greeniezona | Sep 20, 2014 |
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Shepherd, when's the Captain and them comin' round again?
You're gonna come with us.
You're all alone. No one's gonna save you.
You see, this life is a fight and if you sit still, someone will get the drop on you. They'll pin you down.
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One of Serenity's greatest mysteries is finally revealed in The Shepherd's Tale, filling in the life of one of the show's most beloved characters - Shepherd Book! Who was Book before meeting Mal and the rest of the Serenity crew, how did he become one of their most trusted allies, and how did he find God in a bowl of soup?… (more)

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