First Story: “The Effigy Engine: A Tale of the Red Hats” by Scott Lynch
“I took up the study of magic because I wanted to live in the beauty of transfinite mathematical truths,” said Rumstandel. He gestured curtly. In the canyon below us, an enemy soldier shuddered, clutched at his throat, and began vomiting live snakes.
“If my indifference were money you’d be the master of my own personal mint,” I muttered. Of course Rumstandel heard me despite the pop, crackle, and roar of musketry echoing around the walls of the pass. There was sorcery at play between us to carry our voices, so we could bitch and digress and annoy ourselves like a pair of inebriates trading commentary in a theater balcony.
Scott Lynch is best known for the Gentleman Bastard sequence of novels, comprising The Lies of Locke Lamora and its sequels. Scott is a World Fantasy Award nominee and the winner of the 2008 Sydney J. Bounds Best Newcomer award from the British Fantasy Society. He lives in the middle north of the United States, where he has also been a volunteer firefighter since 2005. “The Effigy Engine: A Tale of the Red Hats” was first published in the 2013 anthology Fearsome Journeys, edited by Jonathan Strahan.
He exists online at www.scottlynch.com.
About the Narrator:
Mark Nelson has been recording audiobooks since 2006, starting as a Librivox volunteer and later for such producers as Audible, Audible Frontiers, Hachette, Wonderaudio, and Iambik. Recording as Mark Nelson and as “Harry Shaw”, he’s narrated more than 50 commercial audiobooks, including classics, horror, mysteries, and contemporary and classic science fiction. He still regularly contributes to Librivox, which he credits for getting him out of Human Resources and into something useful.
His website is markdouglasnelson.com