By Bruce Wagner
If there's a good darker facet to Hollywood than the single the United States is aware, Bruce Wagner has came upon it. A twenty-first-century Nathanael West, he has been hailed for his robust prose, his Swiftian satire, and the scalpel-sharp wit that has, in each one of his novels, dissected and occasionally disemboweled Hollywood excess.
Now, in his so much formidable ebook to this point, Still Holding, the 3rd within the mobile Trilogy that all started with I'm wasting You and I'll allow you to Go, Wagner immerses readers in post-September eleven Hollywood, revealing as a lot rabid ambition, rampant narcissism, and unchecked psychological ailment as ever. it's a scabrous, epiphanic, occasionally scary portrait of an entangled neighborhood of valid stars, delusional wanna-bes, and psychosociopaths. Wagner infiltrates the gilded lifetime of a big name actor/sex symbol/practicing Buddhist, the compromised global of a tender actress whose substantial holiday comes whilst she's employed to play a corpse on Six ft Under, and the unusual parallel universe of look-alikes -- a complete within which suffering actors are employed out for events and conventions to play their well-known opposite numbers. Alternately hilarious and heartfelt, ferocious and empathetic, Still Holding is Bruce Wagner's so much expertly calibrated paintings.
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Carcolo blinked. ” “They walk naked through sleet and storm; do you think they fear hunger? And there is wild lichen to be gathered. How could we forbid this? You might dare some sort of coercion, but not I. ” Ervis Carcolo heaved a deep disgusted sigh. “Joaz Banbeck, I took you for a man of decision. ” “Well then. ” Joaz fingered his chin. “If Coralyne recedes and we are still on Aerlith—rather than in the hold of the Basic ship—then let us plan to plunder the secrets of the sacerdotes. In the meantime I strongly recommend that you prepare Happy Valley against a new raid.
Beside the ship the insanity had quieted; the out-worlders huddled quietly beside the hull. There came a sudden mind-shattering explosion: a blankness of yellow and white fire. The ship disintegrated. A great crater marred the valley floor; fragments of metal began to fall among the attacking Banbeck warriors. Kergan Banbeck stared at the scene of destruction. Slowly, his shoulders sagging, he summoned his people and led them back to their ruined valley. At the rear, marching single-file, tied together with ropes, came the twenty-three grephs, dull-eyed, pliant, already remote from their previous existence.
Look up into the night sky, ponder the bounties which might be ours! You ask how can we implement these desires? ” “You mean—” “Communication with the worlds of men! ” Joaz Banbeck nodded dubiously. ” Carcolo held out his hands in a gesture of open-minded tolerance. “Perhaps you are right. But why should we not make inquiries of the sacerdotes? Concretely I propose as follows: that you and I agree to the mutual cause I have outlined. Next, we request an audience with the Demie Sacerdote. We put our questions.