Title: 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 the 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! 🙂