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

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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” this 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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]