Author Archive: Erin Downey Howerton

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

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Mysteries on the Small Screen: RIVERDALE

Title: Riverdale Starring: K. J. Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Marisol Nichols, Madelaine Petsch, Ashleigh Murray, Mädchen Amick, Luke Perry First Aired: 2016- Where you can watch it: Netflix (the second season premieres next year on The CW) Riverdale is all swirling mist, neon pulsing through the darkness of the night, and a dead […]

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THE MAGICIANS S2 E12: Ramifications and E13: We Have Brought You Little Cakes

THE MAGICIANS S2 E12: Ramifications and E13: We Have Brought You Little Cakes

Fairy Gitmo, gods aplenty, and eyepatches—oh my! I’m doing a super post for the end of the season and recapping the last two episodes together. Boy, there is a lot to talk about! From Library shenanigans to angry fairies, The Magicians team brought the goods. Let’s dive in: RAM-ifications indeed. Quentin and Eliot find a guy who […]

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THE MAGICIANS S2 E11: The Rattening

THE MAGICIANS S2 E11: The Rattening

Finally, the action in Fillory starts to feel like more than filler! This was one of those episodes where everything that happened seemed vitally important to every plot point that’s come before, so let’s unpack some things and dive in. Coconut Oil and Trufies  After King Idri shows up for the royal wedding to Eliot […]

THE MAGICIANS S2 E10: The Girl Who Told Time

THE MAGICIANS S2 E10: The Girl Who Told Time

While we don’t get to see Jane Chatwin again in this episode, she’s left quite the indelible mark on these magicians. This episode calls back to the idea that everyone has been living out 39 different instances of the story line (courtesy of Jane), and in this specific instance, they have limitations that are preventing […]

S-TOWN, Chapters 1 and 2

S-TOWN, Chapters 1 and 2

Every small town has a square peg, a person who is definitely of the place while simultaneously defying it. John McLemore, the main character of S-Town, the new podcast from Serial Productions, is a particularly outsized example, one that seems to embody many archetypes in one person. There’s a high-minded, well-educated world-weariness about him like Ashley Wilkes […]

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Announcing Our Latest Recap: S-Town, the New Podcast from Serial Productions

Announcing Our Latest Recap: S-Town, the New Podcast from Serial Productions

A couple of years ago, a friend asked me if I was into some new podcast. Well, I’d listened to podcasts before, but I’d mostly encountered stream-of-consciousness-type chat podcasts that didn’t seem very compelling. This one was different, she said. “It’s called Serial, and it’s about a high school girl who got murdered years and years […]

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THE MAGICIANS S2 E9: Lesser Evils

THE MAGICIANS S2 E9: Lesser Evils

Ah, the classic option of choosing the lesser evil. Trying to be a do-gooder in the land of magic, however—there aren’t very many “lesser” options for the evil that’s out there. Tonight, our motley group of friends finds themselves embroiled in decisions both major and minor, and there is also a musical number from Les […]

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THE MAGICIANS S2 E8: Word as Bond

THE MAGICIANS S2 E8: Word as Bond

Things are heating up as the season winds on. Book fans will find this episode particularly intriguing, as several of the original series’ plot points are woven into the mess that the TV characters have made. Notably, Penny becomes re-entangled with the Librarians of the Neitherlands, and Julia loses her shade (part of her soul) […]

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THE MAGICIANS S2 E7: Plan B

THE MAGICIANS S2 E7: Plan B

This was a most excellent episode! It brought all the main characters together in one coherent storyline with a singular goal: Rob a bank. Magic can’t solve every problem—like paying a million dollars in gold to magical exorcists that work out of a butcher shop (Julia has to do more than merely abort Reynard’s baby now that he’s […]

THE MAGICIANS S2 E6: The Cock Barrens

THE MAGICIANS S2 E6: The Cock Barrens

Due to an unforeseen cable / internet outage, last week’s episode has been lost to the mists of time. MOVING ON, let’s catch up! There are three main stories happening this week in which everyone is trying to right a wrong. Quentin is attempting to resurrect Alice, while Julia and Kady are plotting to get rid of […]