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Jul 13 2016 2:00pm

How to Organize Your Kindle: Collections, The Cloud, and GoodReads are Your Friend


Source: A. Aleksandravicius/Shuterstock

Do you make mental listicles for your books? Do you organize or categorize them physically, digitally, or at a social media site for readers? I do all of the above; as a lifelong bibliophile, frustrated librarian, and dedicated e-book reader for more than a dozen years, it’s pretty much a necessity. But what is the “best” way to organize them?

In part, the answer depends on how you use your Kindle, and how many e-books you own. If you are a casual Kindle user and read only on one device, create Kindle Collections to your heart’s content, then enjoy your e-books. Know that if you are “Home,” you can sort by the most recent additions to your device, alpha by author or title, or via Collection; sort one way today and another way tomorrow.

For those of you who are casual Kindle users but read across devices (say you use a Kindle and the Kindle app on your iPhone), opt for Kindle Cloud Collections, which allow you to access your Collections from the Cloud rather than bogging down your device with anything but e-books.

[How organized are you?]

May 2 2016 4:00pm

First Look: Mary Alice Monroe’s A Lowcountry Wedding (May 3, 2016)

A Lowcountry Wedding by Mary Alice Monroe

Mary Alice Monroe
A Lowcountry Wedding (Lowcountry Summer)
Gallery / May 3, 2016 / $16.00 print, $11.99 digital

Nothing could be more enchanting than a summer wedding—or two!—in Charleston’s fabled lowcountry. A centuries-old plantation, an avenue of ancient oaks dripping moss, a storied ballroom, a sand dune at sunset … it’s all picture perfect, and half-sisters Dora, Carson, and Harper and their grandmother Marietta “Mamaw” Muir couldn’t be more excited. Venues are booked, favors selected, and delectable cakes tasted. What could possibly go wrong?

The answer, the Muir clan is soon to find out, is everything. Carson can’t wait to be Blake’s bride, until she realizes it means giving up her freedom … Harper makes a discovery that will change the course of her and Taylor’s lives, not to mention their impending wedding … and a newly unfettered Dora has no plans to walk down the aisle at all—but she just might, if Devlin has anything to say about it.

Just when it seems things couldn’t get more complicated for the Muir sisters, a stranger arrives bearing a long-held family secret that has the potential to upend even the most carefully laid-out plans. With the weddings mere weeks away and the sisters in flux, it’s up to Mamaw to come to the rescue and see her Summer Girls through to their very own happily-ever-afters.

When a series ends and an unintended sequel follows, will it be perfunctory, saccharine, or simply unnecessary? These scenarios occur all too often. Luckily, Mary Alice Monroe’s A Lowcountry Wedding wraps up her “Summer Girls” series tidily but also satisfyingly and not easily.

With Mamaw happily ensconced in Lucille’s old cottage, Sea Breeze is now a reflection of its new chatelaine, Harper, whose wedding to Taylor is some two months away. Her book is soon to be published, she’s deliriously happy and in full-out housewife mode. Taylor’s support is a constant, but when Granny James arrives from England and insists upon a prenup, the couple must confront how Harper’s money will affect their marriage.

[More money, more problems...]

Apr 27 2016 1:30pm

I’ll Do My Best to Power Through: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3x18 FitzSimmons Heart-to-Heart

TV Recap: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3x18 FitzSimmons


Show/Episode: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3, Episode 18, “The Singularity”
Ship: Leopold Fitz/Jemma Simmons (FitzSimmons)

TV Recap: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3x18 FitzSimmons Captain's Log

Last night, FitzSimmons went from adorkable adolescence to full-on adulthood, with a bit of suave added for good measure. All it took was looking death squarely in the face, then returning to each other.

They were on a mission, you see, to retrieve one Dr. Radcliffe from Romania. A “transhumanist” and leading researcher in parasitic organisms, he might be able to free Daisy from Hive, who uses his parasites to create massive levels of endorphins in the brains of Inhumans he infects. 

Before they left on their mission, they tried to talk about their make-out session the night before, during “The Team.” They are still at HQ, and for some reason keeping their relationship a secret, even though their feelings for one another are likely the least well-kept secret around. Fitz is worried that a romantic involvement will ruin long years of friendship and camaraderie. At this point, they are definitely adorkable, worried about who might hear their conversation.

[Sex talk and fighting bad guys wrapped in one ...]

Apr 20 2016 1:55pm

“I’ve Got Something Magnificent Right Here": Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3x17 FitzSimmons Heart-to-Heart

TV Recap: Agents of SHIELD 3x17 FitzSimmons Hanging Out

Show/Episode: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3, Episode 17, “The Team”
Ship: Leopold Fitz/Jemma Simmons (FitzSimmons)

TV Recap: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D 3x17 Fitzsimmons Captain's Log

Last night’s episode was a total game-changer. Hive infected Daisy with his parasites and used his mind-controlling abilities to effect a multi-leveled betrayal within S.H.I.E.L.D. But who cares? FitzSimmons kissed. Not once, not twice, but thrice!

During “The Team,” Daisy plays out her role as a dutiful agent and team leader-in-training. She allows herself to be captured by Coulson after Malick convinces him that Hive can turn any Inhuman in an instant. She frets to Coulson about how she sucks as a leader (how could Hive have infected Lincoln and she never saw it?) and he gives her a rousing pep talk in return. But it’s only when she visits Lincoln that he—and we—realizes she framed him. She is utterly blissful being one with Hive.

Daisy: I'm happier than I've ever been. You get it. You've felt an emptiness your entire life, like me. We've tried to fill it, but it never works. I found the answer ... and it's beautiful. It's a bond.

Lincoln: The Daisy I know wouldn't betray S.H.I.E.L.D., wouldn't throw away what we have! You framed me.

Daisy: I'm sorry. But Coulson had to find his rat so S.H.I.E.L.D. could stand down. And you have trouble keeping your temper.

Lincoln: Really?

Daisy: I'm here for you now! We care about you. We could have all of it... together.

Lincoln: No. I don't want any part of this.

[And there you have it ...]

Apr 13 2016 3:30pm

Once a Thief, Always a Thief: Why The Catch Is Such a Catch

I have to admit … I’m a little obsessed with The Catch, ABC’s new cat-and-mouse romantic thriller. It’s not perfect, but it’s gorgeous and sexy and entertaining, so who cares? I’ve never watched more than an episode of a Shonda Rhimes series (she’s not involved in this one day-to-day), but between the look and feel of The Catch, and its premise, how could I not watch?

 I’m still not quite sure what it is that bothers me about Mireille Enos as private investigator Alice Vaughan — something about her eyes and/or her mouth — and her retro look sometimes goes too far (the A-line mini-dress in episode two was just too These Boots Are Made for Walking), but Peter Krause as con man extraordinaire Benjamin Jones is everything I want him to be. The man is 50, but I’ll take him over almost everybody younger because he makes smart and suave so very sexy. And he has some chest hair, you know, like a man. He’ll need every bit of brain power he can muster to figure out how to win back Alice while keeping them both alive and staying ahead of Interpol. Sonja Walger (who played Penelope on Lost and shared small screen time with Krause on Parenthood), is Margot Bishop on The Catch, Ben’s boss, his former lover—and a very dangerous woman whom Ben knows would not hesitate to kill him or Alice.

[What's The Catch? ...]

Apr 9 2016 11:00am

Wherever You Are, Whoever You Are, I’ll Find You: Sleepy Hollow 3x18 Ichabbie Heart-to-Heart

Show/Episode: Sleepy Hollow Season 3, Episode 18, “Ragnarök”
Ship: Ichabod/Abbie (Ichabbie)

What does it mean for a show built around two Witnesses preventing the apocalypse if one of the Witnesses dies? Because in case you hadn’t heard, Abbie died in tonight’s episode, which means that forever more, there will be no Ichabbie.

All along it has been their chemistry that made this show work. It’s one thing for Joe to have been killed off, as sad as it was, but this is Bobby Simone and Dr. Mark Greene territory. If Sleepy Hollow returns for a fourth season—as of this writing, it has not been cancelled or renewed—I won’t be watching, just as I never watched another episode of NYPD Blue or ER after those characters died. But I’ll do my best to pay it a proper farewell.

[We'll be saying goodbye...]

Mar 26 2016 12:30pm

A True Bond Can Conquer Any Might: Sleepy Hollow 3x16 Ichabbie Heart-to-Heart

TV Recap: Sleepy Hollow 3x16 Ichabbie

Show/Episode: Sleepy Hollow Season 3, Episode 16, “Dawn's Early Light”
Ship: Ichabod/Abbie (Ichabbie), Joe/Jenny (Joenny), Danny/Abbie (Dabbie)

Ichabbie 3x16 Captain's Log

Wait now, what? Washington didn’t lead his men across the Delaware so much as he led them into another dimension with Betsy Ross and her flag illuminating the way (she sewed the stars on with golden threads from Orpheus’ lyre, the one he used getting into the underworld during his failed attempt to save Eurydice). If you wondered how she came to leave her cutlass in the catacombs, wonder no more.

This is important because Pandora has had it with her husband, the Hidden One. She wants to stop him and informs Ichabod that Team Witness have 48 hours before he is able to enact Ragnarök, Sumarian-style, on Earth. To stymie his plan, she needs to regenerate her box at the catacombs where it was forged—by the gods to contain their power—but with Treevil gone, how will she get there? 

Ichabbie’s volatile discussion about helping Pandora is necessary, but difficult.


Mar 23 2016 10:15am

Each Other’s Weakness: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3x13 Huntingbird Heart-to-Heart

Show/Episode: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3, Episode 13, “Parting Shot”
Ship: Lance Hunter/Bobbi Morse a.k.a. Mockingbird (Huntingbird)

Huntingbird Captain's Log for Agents of SHIELD 3x13!

I’ll admit it; I ship Bobbi and Hunter; I love the combination of her hard-assness and his sarcastic wise-cracking. Wasn’t it great when they hooked up last season? And the heroism, the romance, of last may’s finale, when Hunter vowed to save Bobbi, who was Bobbitrapped and in turn nearly died to save him. Hunter kept vigil by her side in the hospital, but what did it mean when he said, “I can’t do this anymore?” Was this going to blow to hell my fantasy that Hunter and Bobbi were to be Marvel’s version of Hart to Hart's Jonathan and Jennifer Hart?

I wasn’t quite sure when this season began. Bobbi and Hunter came off like an old married couple. They were relaxed with and full of care for each other, but their sexual tension felt like it had died and gone to TV heaven, where chemistry between couples generally goes once a couple commits. Jonathan and Jennifer Hart are the exception to the rule; we all remember Maddison, don’t we?


Mar 16 2016 10:00am

Le Marseilles: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3x12 Coulbot Heart-to-Heart

TV Recap: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D 3x12 Phil and Glenn

Show/Episode: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3, Episode 12, “The Inside Man”
Ship: Phil Coulson/Glenn Talbot (Coulbot) and Grant Ward/The Monster (Hive)

Remember the last moment in Casablanca? I’m pretty sure you do, but let’s walk through it anyway. There’s a whole lot of double crossing going on near the end, but it boils down to Rick Blaine killing Major Strasser, which allows Ilsa and Lazlo to escape the Nazis. Then, as Vichy Captain Louis Renault walks with Rick into the shadows, he suggests that the expat leave Casablanca for a Free French garrison, adding that with the money he owes Rick, the two of them can arrange passage for two. Which is when Rick tells him, ““Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

[And it is, have you met Phil and Glenn? ...]

Mar 9 2016 12:00pm

Time for a Relationship Reboot?: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3X11 FitzSimmons Heart-to-Heart

TV Recap: Agents of SHIELD 3x11 Fitz and Simmons starting over

Show/Episode: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3, Episode 11, “Bouncing Back”
Ship: Leopold Fitz/Jemma Simmons (FitzSimmons)

TV Recap: Agents of SHIELD 3x11 Captain's Log FitzSimmons

This season a good number of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.—and their shippers—lived through an emotional wringer. Let’s start with May. The “Lash is Andrew” revelation broke her heart for a second time (the first was when Andrew dumped her in Hawaii), and putting him into stasis while hoping to cure his Mr. Hyde side failed, leaving May to put him down herself. When the series took its mid-season break, I started to wish that a “Roarke” would come along to play off her “Eve Dallas” (from J.D. Robb's In Death mystery series, for those unfamiliar with them). May and Coulson have lost the most as agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Is shipful happiness in either of their futures? I don’t think that’s asking for too much, do you?

If anyone thought Phil Coulson was too “dad-jean wearing” to sleep with a spy in order to spy on her, he dispatched that concern with real aplomb. To no one’s surprise, though, the games spies play aren’t conducive to romance. Only when it turned out that Rosalind hadn’t double-crossed Phil and instead was double-crossed by Gideon Malick did it seem that the heads of ATCU and S.H.I.E.L.D. might turn out to be the grown-up couple I’ve been craving. Alas, it was not meant to be. Grant Ward used a sniper’s rifle to kill her in front of Phil, who hitched a last-minute ride through the portal to the planet Maveth and killed Ward to avenge her death. All seemed right with the world when Coulson made it safely back through the portal to Earth as the fall finale neared its end.

[Let's start from the beginning Fitz ...]

Feb 13 2016 10:55am

“Let Lips Do What Hands Do”: Sleepy Hollow 3x10 Ichabbie Heart-to-Heart

Ichabod finally finds Abbie in Sleepy Hollow 3x10!

Show/Episode: Sleepy Hollow Season 3, Episode 10, “Incident at Stone Manor”
Ship: Ichabod/Abbie (Ichabbie)

Ichabod and Abbie Sleepy Hollow 3x10 Captain's Log

OMG … this was the best hand sex I’ve seen since high school when we watched Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting in Romeo and Juliet during Mrs. Feldman’s honors English class. But before we get there, let me catch you up.

Abbie’s assessment upon waking up after jumping into the Treevil is to ask, “We’re not in Kansas anymore, are we?” She’s a survivor, having made it through Purgatory and the 1700s, and she’ll make it through whatever black and white Hell she and the Hidden Eye have landed in. She liberates a cutlass from a pile of rubble, builds a fire, and after scouting the terrain during the days and weeks and months, maps it out on the wall of her cave/room.

Back in the countryside surrounding Sleepy Hollow, Pandora and the Hidden One share a romantic moment as only they can, smiling over the reign of blood and terror he will invoke upon the land until all of humanity submits to his rule. It gets better; she reminds him that the Comic-Con of evil coming to town is nigh upon them. Question is, will the Witnesses reunite in time to stop them?

[Let's hope..]

Dec 16 2015 4:30pm

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of 2015, Part 1

The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan

Each month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.

It's the end of the year now, and so we've asked them for their top three books that made the year in reading so memorable. Without further ado, here's Part 1 (of four parts) of our bloggers best reads of 2015—and don't forget to stay tuned for Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4:

Sahara Hoshi:

The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan - Callihan takes one of my favorite tropes, a hero who is willing to court his heroine and go the distance with her in a realistic and very sweet relationship, plus they love trip-hop music which is always a plus.

Never Loved by Charlotte Stein - I love Never Loved, I think I love it because it's a novel that gets why I love New Adult so much, the heroine literally transforms herself into someone new which I think is the point of college.

Rock Redemption by Nalini Singh - There is something so powerful between Noah and Kit that goes beyond romance and into what makes a great relationship, a strong solid foundation. The lengths both characters go through to be with each other are astounding and worth your time as well as attention as a reader.

[The Best Reads of 2015 ...]

Nov 20 2015 11:00am

Sleepy Hollow 3x08 Ichabbie Heart-to-Heart: Tis Because We Care

TV Recap: Captain's Log Sleepy Hollow 3x08 Ichabbie

Show/Episode: Sleepy Hollow Season 3, Episode 8, “Novus Ordo Seclorum”
Ship(s): Ichabod/Abbie (Ichabbie)

The Witnesses face off against an actual god in the fall finale of Sleepy Hollow. Let me break it down for you.

That hooded guy with the scythe? None other than Pandora’s husband The Hidden One, not a monster, but “a living, breathing god” she summoned from the underworld to restore his power, power derived from a gem and known as The Hidden Eye. Paul Revere encased the gem in a sphere to protect mankind from its destructiveness, and there it remained until Nevins broke the sphere and its power entered Jenny.

If The Eye looks familiar, remember that Sleepy Hollow is lousy with Freemasons. They’re the reason—specifically, Benjamin Franklin, the Freemason and Founding Father who continues to confound Crane—the Eye of Providence ended up on our currency. But unless you’re a high-level Freemason, good luck putting it all together. Crane, however, is a high-level Freemason and realizes the answers they seek are found in a Colonial treatise whose sole copy is in an Old Masonic lodge that is part of a university in Albany. Team Witness arrives on campus and secures the book in the midst of a toga party very much like the one in Animal House, including a black singer belting out “Shout.”

[What is going on here? ...]

Nov 18 2015 11:00am

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3x08 FitzSimmons Heart-to-Heart: Side-by-Side

TV Recap: Agents of Shield 3x08 Fitz and Simmons

Show/Episode: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3, Episode 8, “Many Heads, One Tale”
Ship(s): Fitz/Simmons (Fitzsimmons)

FitzSimmons is one of the few things that kept me attached to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for three seasons, regardless of the fact that 1) I’m not into Marvel comics, and 2) Season 2 was so heart-breaking, what with Fitz’s traumatic brain injuries and Simmons leaving him to save him. That all changed in this season’s second episode, when a buffed up and sexy Fitz figured out how to bring Simmons back six months after the monolith claimed her. And Then He Did. His bravery and those scenes directly after the rescue, when she sought out his comfort and allowed him to comfort her convinced me they would finally be together.

Of course, it all changed again during episode five, Elizabeth Henstridge’s amazing, often-solo episode on the other planet. Fitz’s friendship was her lifeline until she sought solace with NASA astronaut Will Daniels before the pulse-pounding rescue. That episode was traumatic; I ship FitzSimmons, but was practically screaming “No!” at my TV when Fitz rescued her and left the Man from NASA behind. How can I ship FitzSimmons but also kinda like Simmons with her lover from another planet?

[Fitz/Simmons is back on ...]

Oct 30 2015 12:00pm

Sleepy Hollow 3x05 Ichabbie Heart-to-Heart: Crane on the Brain

Show/Episode: Sleepy Hollow Season 3, Episode 5, “Dead Men Tell No Tales”
Ship(s): Ichabod/Abbie (Ichabbie)Wait … a two-part crossover with … Bones?

Yes, possibly the mostly unlikely crossover ever conceived; one series predicated on science and another built on myth, and yet they didn’t mess with the integrity of either series. Then too, the characters aligned well. Booth and Mills, for instance, are both FBI agents, and to take it a step further, Sheriff Corbin actually spoke about Abbie to Booth.

That leaves us with Brennan and Ichabod … what could they possibly have in common? Well, there’s the gorgeous nerd factor to begin with, on full display even when she doubts his rationale for his handwriting matching that in Colonial documents:

Brennan: “If you eliminate all other possibilities, what remains must be true.”

Ichabod: “Sherlock Holmes”

Brennan doesn’t need to say a word; the big smile on her face says it all.

Their take-no-prisoners attitude toward getting at the truth is something else they share in common. Dog, meet bone. Add to that social issues—Brennan’s are personality-linked while Ichabod’s obviously derive from time traveling more than 200 years into the future—but both don’t always “get it,” and neither are they always understood by those around them. Booth often acts as her interpreter, as does Abbie for Crane.

[See the parallels here, writers?...]

Oct 23 2015 10:45am

Sleepy Hollow 3x04 Ichabbie Heart-to-Heart: “It’s Not Your Time, Dear Friend”

Researching with Ichabod and Abbie

Show/Episode: Sleepy Hollow Season 3, Episode 4, “The Sisters Mills”
Ship(s): Ichabod/Abbie (Ichabbie), plus some great Abbie & Jenny sister bonding

Ichabod and Abbie Season 3, Episode 4 Captain's Log

Sleepy Hollow giveth and Sleepy Hollow taketh away. During Crane’s recovery scene last week, shippers rejoiced at the fist bump Ichabbie shared … isn’t a fist bump equivalent at least to holding hands in Colonial days, if not an actual kiss if we’re going to go the Shakespearean route (remember that whole palm-to-palm thing in Romeo and Juliet?)? Even better was his telling Abbie, “I am most grateful, Leftenant, that you and I have found one another once again.” All great stuff, even if it required that Crane be hopped up on pain meds. Unfortunately, Pandora spying on them through her magic cam kinda put a damper on the whole thing, made even worse when another black flower bloomed on her Treevil.

Sadly, shippers, this is more of a monster-of-the-week episode than an episode of shipping Ichabbie, although it does allow Crane and Joe to get to know one another (and demonstrate some pretty fine rapport), and for the Mills sisters to share secrets.

[We can deal with a light shipping episode... NOT]

Oct 9 2015 10:00am

Sleepy Hollow 3x02 Ichabbie Heart-to-Heart: Good Neighbor Policy

TV Recap: Sleepy Hollow 3x02 Ichabod/Abbie and Joe/Jenny

Show/Episode: Sleepy Hollow Season 3, Episode 2, “Whispers in the Dark”
Ship(s): Ichabod/Abbie (Ichabbie), Joe/Jenny

TV Recap: Captain's Log Sleepy Hollow 3x02

Ichabbie returned in last week’s season premiere sporting dazzling new hairstyles and having put their pasts behind. With one tribulation down, the countdown toward seven began anew when Pandora, who looks to be this season’s baddie, captured Death by putting Headless in her box. Wow … that sounds strange, and in so many ways.

By the end of last week’s episode, Abbie agreed that evil had returned to Sleepy Hollow. An even bigger deal: The ancient tablet Crane discovered back in England depicts a duo that looks like Ichabbie, so now they know their job as witnesses is literally written in stone.

Their tasks this week … First, how about thrilling shippers? Take the opening scene, for instance, which begins with Crane tidying up Abbie’s home to thank her for taking him in as a roomie, and continues with his being flummoxed when confronted by one of her unmentionables as he sets about doing laundry. And when his specially prepared meal is left too long in the oven, they order take-out and talk about Abbie’s “good fences make good neighbors” policy for being good roommates. Crane is utterly delicious here, but the takeaway is that Ichabbie is back. And they’re sweeter than ever.

[It's like they never left ...]

Feb 17 2015 10:15am

Sleepy Hollow 2x17 Ichabbie Heart-to-Heart: For Whom the Bell Tolls

Crane and Abbie hide in Sleepy Hollow 2x17Show/Episode: Sleepy Hollow Season 2, Episode 17, “Awakening”
Ships: Crane/Abbie (Ichabbie)

Sleepy Hollow 2x17 Ichabbie Captain's Log**Reader Beware: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Sleepy Hollow, including last night's 2x17, “Awakening.”**

Ichabbie decide to make their own rules now that the knowledge contained in the Fenestella is gone. The solemnity of their roles as Witnesses requires they find ways to keep things light, and the balance they strike is at the core of Ichabbie ship. And so, their rules...

Abbie: “Never fight a land war in Asia.”
Crane: “We must refrain from spoiling the end of motion pictures...thank you, Rosebud.”

[A little humor makes the end of the world seem a little less bleak...]

Feb 3 2015 10:45am

Sleepy Hollow 2x15 Ichabbie Heart-to-Heart: The Mystery of the Grand Grimoire

Ichabod and Abbie in Sleepy Hollow 2x15Show/Episode: Sleepy Hollow Season 2, Episode 15, “Spellcaster”

**Reader Beware: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Sleepy Hollow, including last night's 2x15, “Spellcaster.”**

Sleepy Hollow 2x15 Captain's LogThere’s lots of shippy Ichabbie banter and teamwork in “Spellcaster,” which begins as the Man in the Black Hat appears in an auction house, steals John Dee’s sought-after Elizabethan journal, then incants a spell while cutting his arm with a knife. His blood sizzles as it hits the floor and before you know it, two auction house’s employees are dead. The Cause? Boiled Blood.

Before hearing about the crime, Crane learns Realtor-Speak from Abbie, whom he called to take a look at a nifty three bedroom/two bath Craftsman. “‘Cozy’ is code for too small to live in, ‘rustic’ is needs a little landscaping.” Abbie tries to explain the importance of marketing in the modern world as he happily, and without irony, nabs a few mini-muffins from the Realtor.

The book stolen by Man in Black Hat (MIBH) is the Grand Grimoire, a volume of forbidden black magic collected by John Dee. He wanted to understand evil and keep it, like the Tsar, far, far away from us. (There’s never a bad time to reference Fiddler on the Roof.)

[There really isn't...]

Jan 20 2015 10:51am

Sleepy Hollow 2x13 Heart-to-Heart: Do Those Crazy Kids Actually Stand a Chance?

Date Night for The Cranes in Sleepy Hollow 2x13Show/Episode: Sleepy Hollow Season 2, Episode 13, “Pittura Infamante”
Ships: Ichabod Crane/Katrina (Ichatrina)

**Reader Beware: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Sleepy Hollow, including last night's 2x13, “Pittura Infamante.”**

Sleepy Hollow 2x13 Captain's LogTonight’s episode is Latin for “defaming portrait,” and the Tarot deck’s Hanging Man card is like the Renaissance’s version of an urban myth—though thought to have been painted on frescoes, none have ever been found. The Hanging Man, BTW, is actually an upside down hanging man.

It’s date night and the Cranes are preparing to attend an exhibit of John and Abigail Adams’s personal belongings hosted by the Sleepy Hollow Historical Society. Katrina the Grown-Up Witch developed a close friendship with Abigail Adams after serving as her midwife, and she tells Crane that when the Don’t forget the ladies First Lady wasn’t raising their children by herself or advising John on matters of state and diplomacy, she solved mysteries.  You know, in all that spare time.

[Loads of it...]