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What I’ve been reading and watching

May 22nd, 2005

I’ve just bought the new Nick Hornby novel, “A Long Way Down” first person narrative from four people who meet on a rooftop, each planning suicide. It looks promising so far – the implication is that all survive, but for all I know they may end up back on the rooftop, or may be speaking from the next world[1]. No spoilers, please.

I went with my son to Revenge of the Sith, which was certainly better than Episodes 1 and 2. My big complaint is that we’ve been waiting since 1978 or thereabouts to find out how Princess Leia comes to be fleeing from Darth Vader at the end of episode 4, and now we find that episode 3 ends with her in nappies. If Lucas meant to make a hommage to 1950s serials he hasn’t done a great job in this respect.

Better news is that I’ve got something to watch on Saturday nights again, with the arrival of a new series of Dr Who. Apart from the occasional Lions game (and they haven’t been too rewarding lately), I haven’t had any options since I abandoned The Bill a couple of years ago.

fn1. This device, effective in “The Lovely Bones” (Alice Sebold)The Lovely Bones seems to be getting hackneyed

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  1. May 23rd, 2005 at 00:13 | #1

    I have heard that a series of TV episodes is planned to span the interregnum of the Star Wars storylines. The gap between the birth and flight of Princess Leia certainly fits this outline.

  2. May 23rd, 2005 at 00:18 | #2

    The obvious answer is that Princess Leia had finally seen a copy of the script.

  3. Sinclair Davidson
    May 23rd, 2005 at 06:46 | #3

    In the Star Wars world, unlike Star Trek, the books form part of the definitive narrative. At the end of the Han Solo trilogy the reader is told (briefly) the how and why of Leia’s fleeing Darth Vader.

  4. Warbo
    May 23rd, 2005 at 09:49 | #4

    I’ve not seen any of the Star Wars films, not at the cinema, not on video tape, not on DVD … nada.

    Is this a record?

    [Ducks]

  5. May 23rd, 2005 at 11:14 | #5

    Warbo – shame on you! ;)

    I haven’t read any Nick Hornby but I’ve heard a lot of good things about his writing, so I really should.

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