I finished The Dogs of Camelot, about JFK’s and his family’s dogs, which was a quick read with some good pictures I hadn’t seen before. As much as the authors learned about the dogs, though (including more detail on their pedigrees than I really needed), their eventual deaths - years or causes - aren’t mentioned.
Just started Michael Benson’s Space Odyssey, about Stanley Kubrick’s and Arthur C. Clarke’s inspired partnership in creating 2001: A Space Odyssey, and so far I like it. Tom Hanks and Martin Scorsese (both big fans of the movie) even wrote jacket blurbs!
I enjoyed it again (hadn’t read it in more than a decade, I think), but found I was a bit more critical this time. I noticed that
there’s a definite romantic vibe between Luke and Leia since, at that point in the development of the SW mythos (1978), I don’t think Lucas had yet decided they’d be brother and sister. Just a little skeevy, in hindsight. Their dialogue doesn’t always ring true, either, given what we later saw of the characters. There’s surprisingly little grieving for the slain pair of badass Yuzzem, Hin and Kee. And although Luke has a sense through the Force that Vader survived his fall through the temple floor, he doesn’t go and finish him off. And why wouldn’t the crystal just inevitably lead Vader back to him in the future? I’m nitpicking, I know…