Everyone knows Spiderman (A.K.A. Peter Parker) by now. We know he was bitten by a radioactive spider that gave him spider senses and cool web-slinging abilities. We know how he fell in love with Mary Jane, and used his powers to save New York time after time. After all, with great power comes great responsibility right?
I wasn’t sure what to expect out of this book. Looking at the title, I was expecting a Hallmark movie plot. While there is sufficient drama to satisfy any soap opera enthusiast, it is all integral to the story and to the mystery (and not annoying for us non-soap opera enthusiasts). It’s a thriller, it’s a drama, and it’s a great gothic story.
Though we are a site dedicated to fiction and the telling of stories, occasionally something will cross our desks that we feel strongly that we need to cover or share. Social Animals is one of those movies. A documentary about the social media age, this movie goes behind the scenes of what it takes to be an influencer and also, the toll it takes to be in the spotlight that way.
Have you met Midge Maisel? If you haven’t, you should. Kind of almost very nearly not married anymore, Midge is as much of a modern day woman as it’s possible to be in the 1950’s. With parents who live within a tight rule based system, you’d think that she would know how to follow the rules. But Midge takes the rules around her, uses them to bend others to her will, (post roast as a bribe) and when it suits, she tosses them out the window. Everything in Midge Maisel’s world bows to her will at some point or another.
Michael Banks is no longer a little boy chasing a kite. He’s an adult with the weight of the world on his shoulders. Widowed, with three young children, he’s in financial difficulty and about to lose the family home. Even his sister Jane, is unable to help him get through the difficulty and there seems to be no way that he is going to be able to get them out of this problem. And we all know what happens when everything seems impossible, right? That’s when Mary Poppins shows up.