Firefly: Dictionary and Phrasebook

IMG_20160408_104114Title: Firefly: The Gorramn Shiniest Dictionary and Phrasebook in the ‘Verse

Author: Monica Valentinelli

Publisher: Titan Books

Rating: *** 3/5


It was late last year that I published my review of ‘Firefly: A Celebration‘ which if you missed it, is a large book dedicated to the one season of the TV show, Firefly, and the following film, Serenity. Now here we are with what I can only describe as it’s book child, ‘Firefly: Dictionary and Phrasebook’.

As with the previous book, only a true fan of the show would have any purpose of this dictionary, so it’s not for everyone. However, if you are in the minority reading this and you’re now thinking, “I’ve heard of this but never seen it” well, what are you waiting for?! Stop reading this and come back when you’ve seen the show, which I promise, even if Sci-Fi and space travel isn’t usually your cup-of-tea, you will thoroughly enjoy it!

You probably noticed by th20160420_120907e title that this is a dictionary and phrasebook, and so the layout is in alphabetical order, with a Firefly word and the meaning alongside it. This is broken up, of course, with pictures from the show, drawings, sketches, character profiles and photos of the characters on
set (again, similar to ‘Firefly: A Celebration’, but on a smaller scale.)

Throughout the show, many words are thrown about here and there which you’ll probably never have heard before. Some are words we have our own definition for, but to the characters it has a whole different meaning. There is also entire scenes where the characters talk in Mandarin Chinese, so here is your chance to finally find out what on earth they were saying!

The book is set out with the dictionary at the front, and then the translations at the back, so you can flip through and start wherever you fancy. As usual, you get a real sense of being back with the gang when reading anything involving the Firefly franchise, and it really makes me what to watch it all over again.

One things for sure, ‘Firefly: Dictionary and Phrasebook’ is a must-have for all fan of Firefly, and it is a welcome addition to my overcrowded bookshelf. Have you watched the show? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!  🙂



17 thoughts on “Firefly: Dictionary and Phrasebook

  1. Mike says:

    Firefly is such a double-edged blade for me. I love it, but, everytime I get reminded about Firefly and the lack of any more Firefly, I want to find the executive who cancelled it and call him a ‘Ching-wah TSAO duh liou mahng’ (Yeah I totally googled that, I am just that sad).
    Looks like I’ll be getting this book!

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    • jadecranwell says:

      So pleased to hear you’re a fellow Firefly fan Bailey! 😀 Ooooh, I’ve not come across the board game, I’ll look into that!
      And thank you. my darling! Little behind on my blogging but will get around to that eventually 🙂

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      • Bailey says:

        It’s a great game! A little overwhelming at first because the board is big and the rule book is a bit thick, but it’s easy enough once you start playing. If you like strategy games, definitely try it out!

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  2. Stuart McEwan says:

    Firefly was, and is, simply one of the greatest shows ever conceived. One that was cut short far too early by idiotic studio meddling. Bastards!

    Anyway, the legacy lives on regardless.


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