Ted Mahsun grew up a Muslim but was turned into a robot, slaved to the system. In an attempt to break free, he writes speculative fiction, which is a fancy way to say he spends his time lazing about dreaming and not contributing anything worthwhile to society.
When Sayyid opted to become an organic Volkswagen farmer, he did not expect the Volkswagens to misbehave and break out of his backyard. Now those crazy air-cooled vehicles are running loose in the neighborhood and only Sayyid can stop them. But the situation gets even more out of hand when they invade the home of cranky old Mrs. Winters and take her hostage.
All he wants is to have a simple life. And that simple life he wants to spend with his celebrity girlfriend, Barbra Streisand. But unbeknownst to him, his darling Barbra has become a Muslim... which isn't a bad thing. Except for the rampaging zombie horde outside his front door who only want to eat Muslims.
Two hair-dryers from outer space visit a normal home on Earth to rescue a fellow home appliance from the shackles of slavery. However, the blender they came to rescue does not seem willing to follow them...
Is self-publishing the way to go? Looks like it's a "yes", according to David Gaughran. Gaughran lays out his points in why self-publishing is the way to go, and even tells you how to go about doing it.
Plus, at the end, he includes success stories from self-published authors which will give you the final push and inspire you to go ahead and self-publish. Required reading for any writer.
A beautiful and well-written collection of high fantasy short stories. Something I would not hesitate to recommend to my friends.
I loved how even though the stories were self-contained, the world described in them seemed to be larger than it appeared and while the stories had a small element of "sensawunda" they really focused on the characters more than the fantastic.
One of my favourite stories in this collection was about a rogue mage who is reluctantly asked by some villagers to investigate a recent murder. It's at once a fantasy story, a Western story, a whodunnit, rolled into one and even has a big showdown in the end. Brilliant!
My other favourite story is about a village idiot who is asked to slay a dragon. The story is simple, but the loving care in which it is written and the humourous but logical way in which the dragon is ultimately vanquished makes this one memorable.
That's not to say the other stories in the collection aren't any good. Far from it! They are all excellent and wonderful reads and you owe yourself to check them out, especially when the ebook can be had for a very cheap price on Amazon or Smashwords.