Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale

The Shepherd's Tale (Serenity, #3)The Shepherd’s Tale by Joss Whedon

My rating: 1 of 5 stars
I should have obeyed my instincts and not read this book, as per my pre-review. I knew I wasn’t going to get exactly what I wanted, but I didn’t expect this book to let me down so much.

It has Joss Whedon’s name on it, but apparently, that credit doesn’t go too far beyond “giving my brother some work.” Zack’s forward at the end of the book (because the tale is told backwards through Book’s life) repeatedly uses the words “it was fun,” and also tells us that the contrived, stereotypical beginning of Book’s life was inspired by great sources. By the time I got to him saying that he wanted to make something to honour Ron Glass’ character, I had had enough.

It’s not entirely that he story of Book’s past is unconvincing. The problem is that what we were given was a very basic, skeletal, point form Wiki entry that uses a few pictures instead of words. The story is told backwards, starting with his death in Serenity and heading back to his stereotypical beginning.

The shocking twist was, I suppose, acceptable – if only it did not negate the fact that Book was immediately and unquestioningly accepted into an Alliance hospital facility. This was my biggest disappointment of this book. The ultimate Book secret that hinged on that moment when he struggled to pull his Alliance ID from his pocket made no sense.

I’ll go back to my illusions, thanks. I think I do a better job of honouring Ron Glass’s character there.

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