Book Review: Southern Reach Trilogy

Thirty years ago, an ecological event closed off an area of land referred to as “the forgotten coast.” Saying that it was an environmental catastrophe, the government named the bordered off area “Area X.” But the government didn’t set up those borders; in fact, something else created the invisible barrier that for a long time was impenetrable. When passage into Area X opened inexplicably, a government agency called Southern Reach sent expeditions of scientists to investigate, all of them failing in their task. Some would come back with no recollection of what they saw, others wouldn’t come back at all, and many came back only to die of cancer months later. This is how Annihilation, the first book of Jeff VanderMeer‘s riveting Southern Reach Trilogy, begins: with the twelfth expedition setting out on their mission. Read More Book Review: Southern Reach Trilogy

New Show Recap: How to Get Away with Murder 1×13, “Mama’s Here Now”

You see that title? Mama’s here now. Oh yes she is and Mama’s going to lay down some truth this week. But first, let’s check in on Detective Nate. Remember how last week’s episode ended with him getting arrested for Sam’s murder? Well this week’s episode starts out with him being strip searched (thank you, HTGAWM writers, for that visual treat) and booked into the local lockup. Read More New Show Recap: How to Get Away with Murder 1×13, “Mama’s Here Now”

New Show Recap: Marvel’s Agent Carter 1×07, “Snafu”

The penultimate episode of Agent Carter was outstanding. The writers have been building a great series and it all came to a head in episode 7. Peggy vs SSR, SSR vs. Leviathan, Dottie vs. America — all of our favorite matchups were there.  Read More New Show Recap: Marvel’s Agent Carter 1×07, “Snafu”