Three Reviews


The Serpent’s Egg by Caroline Stevermer: I am working on another read all the books project, this time Caroline Stevermer. Happily, Caroline was kind enough to send me some books I had a harder time tracking down, and The Serpent’s Egg is one of them.

If this book were written in the 1940s, Caroline would have been able to cash in on that Ivanhoe vibe, and probably would have made a serious chunk of change off of this book! The book is courtly intrigue at its best, with a healthy dose of magic thrown in. No one does historical fantasy like Caroline Stevermer.

So, to say I liked it would be entirely appropriate.

Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews: Like returning to a favorite sweater, I enjoying slipping into a Kate Daniels book. This is the fifth in the series, and it’s interesting to see Kate’s life regularize as the overarching plot thickens. High drama, lots of romance, and solid urban fantasy make this a great romp for people who enjoy women and the beast lords who love them.

Movies and Television

Pirates!: If you missed Ardman’s Pirates earlier this year, do yourself a favor and get the DVD. It’s claymated, and it’s full of quotable humor (“Makes electricity look like a pile of crap!”), plus tons of the absurd. (“What do we like most about being a pirate? Is it the cutlasses? Is it the booty? No, it’s ham night!” I recommend watching it with kids. They’ll get it, and you’ll get it on a while different level, making it an awesome parent-child bonding experience.


Tomorrow is a big medical day at the Stump home. I get to have the doctor check out my defective right leg? Why is Cath’s ankle swelling up each night? Oh the drama! And we’ll get Sekhmet’s new lump examined at the vet.

But…interviews tomorrow, and then I’ll be starting in on some World Con things.

Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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