Naked Ready 2023 III
I've updated my Naked Reading page with my third book of 2023, Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View.
This collection of short stories are all set around the events of the original Star Wars movie, A New Hope. Forty stories in all, some told in quite quirky ways, expand on the events of the film, or merely see them play out in the background of other goings-on. For my part, I found the stories that featured familiar Star Wars characters that weren't A New Hope fun, not least of all my very favourite Star Wars character Doctor Aphra (from the comics). Exploring what it means to become one with the force (ie a force ghost) gave some great new insight into how the Star Wars universe works. While most movingly two tragic stories of motherhood really added some emotional weight to the collection. Built on obvious nostalgia for a much-loved film, this book delivered a very satisfying new layer to a story many of us know so very well.
That's my mini-review, but I've also written more extensive thoughts on my book review blog.
Plus again as a little bonus for my Patreon supporters here, I've shared a few alternate takes of this self-portrait there.