One of my favorite short story collections is currently on sale for .99 cents for the Kindle download, for three more days. Magic Mystery, and Mirth by Lindsay Schopfer is a fun read–but first, THE BLURB:
Join fantasy author Lindsay Schopfer as he shares eight short tales of adventure and imagination, including…
A genie taken to court for giving bad wishes
A Strange Tales-inspired look at technology in modern society
A reimagining of the banshee myth
A steampunk tale of dirigibles and magic
A sword and sorcery spoof staring a burly wizard, a tall skinny dwarf, a toy dragon breeder, and a tailor
… and more.
Also included is a special sneak peak of Into the North, the upcoming sequel to the steampunk adventure novel The Beast Hunter.
Let’s face it–I love short story collections. Some of the best, most enduring works of fiction arrive in the form of the short story, and there are a couple of real jewels in this book.
The book opens with “Sharp Sword Dull Sword.” This particular tale was inspired by being told a contest he was thinking about entering did NOT want any tales involving talking swords. What emerged from his rebellion is a witty little send-up of every D&D game ever played. If you are looking for snark, this tale is just what you ordered!
My personal favorite in this volume is “Disconnected.” In this tale, Schopfer voyages into literary, cerebral science fiction, and does it well. This is a thinking person’s tale and was rightfully selected as a finalist in PNWA’s annual literary contest. In this tale, he explores the place where modern technology and modern society merge.
As a bonus, he gives us a preview of “Into the North,” the sequel to “The Beast Hunter.” All the common sense and cold perseverance that Kelton Moore displayed in The Beast Hunter is back in full force in this snippet.
I highly recommend this to everyone who enjoys good speculative fiction.
Lindsay Schopfer is the author of the fantasy adventure Lost Under Two Moons (2012), the steampunk adventure The Beast Hunter (2014) and The Keltin Moore Online Serial. His short fiction has also appeared in The Daily Times, an international newspaper based in Pakistan.
When he isn’t writing, Lindsay is a writing coach and instructor for Adventures In Writing, where he helps writers learn about and improve their craft. He has taught workshops for the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and the Romance Writers of America, and is a member of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild.
Lindsay has served as the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Category Chairman for the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s annual literary contest since 2011. He is also a mentor for Educurious, a Gates Foundation-funded program designed to connect high school students with professional writers. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Creative Writing from the Evergreen State College and was given a One-Year Certificate of Completion from the Capilano College Motion Picture Production Program in Vancouver, Canada.