There's a lot of new entertainment on the site every month, and we're going to compile everything we can for you here. A few of the older movies hitting the platform will likely come as a surprise for a while! In this one, Amber and Richard host royals from a faraway kingdom to renew a sacred truce, but when the priceless treaty disappears, peace is put in jeopardy and an ancient curse threatens their family. Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder is on the other side of the fight against the vampire scourge in this new horror series, as an ancient disease starts turning people into bloodsuckers — including his best mate.
The first half of Fuller House's fifth and final season drops early in the month. Time for another true crime binge! This docuseries looks back at the crimes of Henry Lee Lucas, who said he killed over people. Perhaps because he lied about a lot of them, but the police were still pretty eager to believe him. Annalise Keating and her aspiring law students will get embroiled in another preposterous slaying. A variety special filmed at the London Palladium, Jack Whitehall and his father Michael host an evening with celebrity guests and a musical performance maybe more than one!
Expect more than one explosion. RuPaul is back to preside over the fourth season of All Stars - stunning fashions, killer lip-syncs, and more jaw-dropping twists are afoot. All we can ask is that he keeps on doing it. This was one of those novels I had to be told multiple times to read.
And to be fair. But even so, I was wrong to resist, and so are you if you missed this one.
Throughout, the writing is perfectly calibrated, shifting in tenor between characters but always elevated, even lovely. But the most impressive feat is the empathy with which Haslett unravels this family, and the tenderness with which he writes about love in all of its forms. This is a striking novel, and one of the best examples in recent memory of a certain literary mode: quiet, moving, immersive, beautiful.
Much has been made of Richard Powers evocation of arboreal deep time. As ecologists and botanists and field biologists having been trying to tell us for decades, trees are alive in ways far closer to what we think of as sentience than anyone thought. Yes and no. Here is a novel that contains within it layers of sadness and quiet hope; its concerns are ours, its characters are us. Deep time for dark times. And though Diaz clearly has a copy of the Cormac McCarthy family bible, its brimstone and blood, there is tenderness buried at the borders of this novel, just waiting for a little rain to draw it to the surface.
Now, the spoilers. The first section of the novel begins at a performing arts school in the s, a love story between Sarah and David, friends from opposite sides of the tracks, that suffer through their teenage years, their drama amplified by being sensitive, ambitious theater kids. The shift in part two is that this first story is, in fact, the story within the story, a book written by an adult Sarah who is not actually called Sarah , being read now by a secondary character from the first story, someone named Karen who is likewise not actually called Karen.
The premise of Trust Exercise is that teenagers are real people, not just unformed adults, with real concerns and emotional intelligence; they, too, are worthy of great literature. Already deemed odd for her habit of walking the dangerous streets with her nose in a book, the attentions of the older man—he shows up at random in his white van—has people talking but always just out of earshot, the curtains quickly drawn. Milkman is all menace and mood, its ambiguities like dark corners, places of concealment, its violence latent throughout, ready to explode.
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But I loved this book for its sheer postmodern ambition, its obsessions—with hearing and mishearing, communication and miscommunication, associative thinking—and its arch coldness. Gone is the minimalist restraint he employed in Remainder ; here, he fuses a Pynchonesque revelry in signs and codes with the lush psychedelics of William Burroughs to create an intellectually provocative novel that unfurls like a brooding, phosphorescent dream.
Which is perfectly reasonable. I, however, will continue to delight in its self-conscious, hyper-intellectual handwringing. I love that sort of thing. The Gold Rush-era story of two bounty-hunters, the philosophical Eli and his rowdier, more impulsive brother Charlie, it unfolds slowly as they head from Oregon to California to kill a prospector-alchemist named Hermann Kermit Warm at the behest of a shady figure known as the Commodore. As they make their way south, in a picaresque-fashion they stumble from one often gritty misadventure to the next, and eventually wind up teaming up with Warm when they finally find him.
The best part of the novel is the narration—Eli is the ambivalent moral compass normally absent from Westerns, a kind of extreme normalcy and humanity amidst a desolate and unforgiving landscape and livelihood. He is ever-loving towards his cruel and reckless brother, a little anxious about his weight, and gets extremely excited when he purchases a toothbrush for the first time. His considerate, soft-spoken-ness is jarringly interrupted by unsettling usually gruesome, sometimes disgusting moments of gore—sometimes violence, sometimes other nauseating things.
The imagery is stunning—there are passages here and there, both horrifying and not, that have stuck with me since I read it. On a different note, it also has the single best title of a fictional work, possibly ever.
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In my opinion. If I could, I would quote the entire first page because it establishes one of the most powerful and memorable feminist voices I have ever read in fiction: urgent and chillingly true. The quietly seething protagonist of The Woman Upstairs, Nora Eldridge, is a teacher who has sidelined her art, because she is a rule-follower who fears risk and uncertainty. She is unmarried, single, without kids; intelligent, experienced, and incisive enough to pierce societal facades and expose the enduring gender conventions, stereotypes, and pressures that imprison women. In each of the Shahids Nora glimpses the revival of a life she thought to be long lost.
With their flattery and tacit permission she returns to her art, sharing a studio with Sirena who is preparing for an upcoming art show in Paris; she engages in intellectual discussion with Skandar though he talks and she mostly listens ; and as she gets to know Reza, finding him the perfect child, she wishes she were his mother. She is filled with promise, until they betray her.
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Messud has struck the finest balance between showing and telling: she has delivered one version of the tale of the modern woman that no one can ignore. Time stutters. His entire hand what? You read the phrase four times, trying to catch up, the way you tried to catch up when you were a kid and Henry, the teenager from next door, told a bunch of you a story about his finger and a girl. Then a flood of understanding horrified you, shamed and excited you, trailed you back into the house to the kitchen where dinner was ready, where your chicken potpie was waiting to be pierced with your fork and you stared at it.
I could not tell you what this book is about, because this book is an experience—closest to a dream, maybe, or a memory. An enchantment. It considers teenage girls deadly serious, and deadly seriously. It is a suburban American fantasy of the highest order—though Davis herself might balk at this description. It is expansive and engaging and deeply enjoyable. It insists on the multiplicity of immigrant experiences, including the idea that an immigrant who has found success in the US might return to her country of origin, as its female protagonist Ifemelu does. Born in Nigeria, Ifemelu comes to the US for college, and struggles to earn money, unhappily doing sex work at one point, but ultimately thrives as a writer, winning a fellowship at Princeton and writing a popular blog about her experience of race in the US as a black African.
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When the novel opens, she is preparing to return home. Americanah does not shy away from either social critique or pure, satisfying romance. It is about identity, in both the capital and lowercase senses, and it succeeds in its precise drawing the humanity of its characters as well as the nuances of its cultures.
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Plus, it has a truly hilarious masturbation scene. No pun intended!!!!!!! Of course I was going to love this book. This is a book about books.
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