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READ | Mortdecai Trilogy

Kyril Bonfiglioli’s “Mortdecai” books are as good, if not funnier, than those of P.G. Wodehouse in that Bonfiglioli doesn’t shy away from the funny parts of sex and violence (and some surprisingly touching moments, too). The main character, Charlie Mortdecai, is “loved and respected by all who know me — slightly” and he is matched in his capers with faithful manservant, Jock. Buy the set of three books at once, as one tale bleeds into the next. But these books are bang-your-head-on-the-wall funny. You will find yourself reading aloud passages to people who cannot care, and yet still be unable to finish the sentences for snorting.(We have not seen the Johnny Depp movie based on these novels, and therefore have no comment.)


WATCH | Outlander

The time-traveling, mind-bending, bodice-ripping adventure is back for Season Four and fans are salivating for more. After a shipwreck, Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) find themselves in the North Carolina of The New World, battling new foes including the institution of slavery.  Meanwhile, daughter Brianna MacKenzie (Sophie Skelton) makes her way as an independent young Bostonian in the parallel universe of the free loving, free living 1960s. Fans rejoice that “Droughtlander” is finally over, and new episodes are available every week on Amazon and Starz.

SEE AND LISTEN | Share Your Gifts

When Billie Eilish and her brother/musical partner, Finneas, were asked to compose a song to accompany the new animated Apple Holiday film “Share Your Gifts,” they found themselves in unfamiliar terrain. “It was very different because we had never written a song about empowering yourself,” Eilish told Beats 1. The clip tells the story of a girl who is bursting with ideas but is afraid to share them. Eilish’s song, “Come Out and Play,” took inspiration from the character. “It’s very Christmassy and cute,” she says.

WATCH | YouTube TV

For $40 a month, and tons of channels, many “cable cutters” are turning to YouTube TV. A contract yields six accounts per household, and can stream through any number of devices including late model iPhones, some smart TVs, Roku and Apple TV. Channels are available depending on ZIP code. In Marathon, viewers can receive the mainland news from channels 10, 4, 7 and 6 — or ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC. Coverage also includes channels like FOXNEWS and CNN, plus TBS, TNT, SYFY, the Tennis Channel and more. No cable box required.


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