Author Archive: Erin Downey Howerton

Erin Downey Howerton is a public librarian in Kansas. Follow her on Twitter at @hybridlib.

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THE MAGICIANS S2 E4: The Flying Forest

THE MAGICIANS S2 E4: The Flying Forest

And so it goes. Everyone is devastated over Alice’s death, none more so than Quentin. And the whole episode feels both full of anticipation and a little deflated, due to the Beast’s death and the disappearance of Reynaud. Now the real adulting begins. Fillory might be a fantasy world, but it’s not always fantastic. The bad […]

The Magicians S2 E3: Divine Elimination

The Magicians S2 E3: Divine Elimination

Well, that ended badly. The show has cast off predictability to throw a major wrench in the beginning of season two, leaving fans stunned and confused. Let’s see what happened—but first, a warning of spoilers ahead: When Quentin, Alice, Penny, and Margo return from Brakebills to Fillory, they find Eliot acting very strangely. In turn, […]

Three Fiction Series for Fans of SANTA CLARITA DIET

Three Fiction Series for Fans of SANTA CLARITA DIET

Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant star in the new Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet, the tale of a typical suburban family sent into turmoil when Barrymore’s character starts to projectile vomit, ejecting a strange organ-looking-thingy. Also, she doesn’t have a heartbeat anymore, and the couple’s teen daughter and her erstwhile crush stumble on the new family secret […]

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The Magicians Season 2, Episode 2: Hotel Spa Potions

The Magicians Season 2, Episode 2: Hotel Spa Potions

Meanwhile, back in Fillory. . . I love starting with Eliot because he’s really coming into his own as High King. I predict great things from Hale Appleman in season two! Currently, my status is: not disappointed. Apparently, magic is being sucked out of Fillory, with Fillorian crops as collateral damage. The peasants are used […]

The Magicians S2 E1: Knight of Crowns

The Magicians S2 E1: Knight of Crowns

Oh, hey fellow Brakebills students. . . Where did we leave off? Eliot and Margo are now the High King and High Queen of Fillory. Alice and Quentin are King and Queen as well. (Four rulers seems like a mess to me, but, you know, it’s drawing off the Narnia mythology here.) Oh, and Eliot […]

The Westworld Finale: A Reading List for Dolores

The Westworld Finale: A Reading List for Dolores

Warning: this post contains spoilers for and will mean nothing to those who haven’t watched the season finale of Westworld. Proceed at your own risk! Ready to wake up, Dolores? There’s a reason Arnold named you Dolores, you know. Dolor means suffering in Latin. But it can also be interpreted as resentment—and you have a lot […]

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Clownpocalypse Now! Creepy Clown Books

Clownpocalypse Now! Creepy Clown Books

The other night, I heard my neighbors talking underneath my window. They were talking, of course, about the likelihood of running into a clown while out. (I locked my windows.) At the store, I overheard a mother and son arguing over a clown costume: she was anti, he was pro. So what’s with the clown […]

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A Book for Every Season: American Horror Story

A Book for Every Season: American Horror Story

Are you watching the sixth season of American Horror Story? Did you hear about the theory that claims each of its first five episodes calls back to the corresponding season of AHS? I think it seems pretty plausible, considering Ryan Murphy has long claimed that, at some point, the show will converge on itself. Perhaps that point is Roanoke! Even if that […]

Five Twin Stories for Those Who Loved TWINSTERS

Five Twin Stories for Those Who Loved TWINSTERS

Actress Samantha Futerman’s documentary, “Twinsters” (available on Netflix), explores the strange, uniquely 21st century turn of events that leads Futerman to discover she has a twin. Twins often inspire stories of the mysterious, the slightly creepy, and the otherworldly connections twins may share—and these books won’t disappoint. Chang and Eng, by Darin Strauss This novel reimagines the lives of the world’s […]

Pokémon Trainers Need a Book Break

Pokémon Trainers Need a Book Break

Pokémon Go has taken the nation by storm—you can’t help but run into swarms of people on the streets looking for adorable pocket monsters to collect, power up, and play—even at the library. A not-so-recent phenomenon: books about games that bleed into the real world, which authors have been dreaming up for a very long […]