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Stories from the Verse
We have successfully presented Verse Three, Chapter One: The First Multiverser Novel in its entirety, chapter by chapter, followed by the second, Old Verses New, and the third, For Better or Verse. We now continue the story with Spy Verses, the fourth novel in the series. If you haven't read the first three books, they're not essential; this is in a sense a complete story in itself, and while this book continues the stories of those characters (three of them, the fourth appearing being frequently mentioned, returning in the fifth book) it is also a discrete book in itself despite being part of a longer story. On the other hand, the first three books are free and easily accessed by anyone who can get here, so you can't complain that you wish you'd read them first if you don't.
For the reasons discussed on the indexing page of that first novel, we've chosen this format. Below are two columns, the one on the left listing all the chapters published so far in sequence--the sequence in which they are published as well as the sequence in which they appear in the book. The right hand column reverses the order, such that the first chapter listed there is the most recently published one, the last chapter currently available. That way if you've just discovered the book you can begin with chapter one and work your way down the left hand side, but if you've been reading regularly you can immediately go to the latest installment by hitting the top of the right column. Again each chapter is on its own web page, with a link near the top to the previous chapter and, once it is published, a link at the bottom to the next one, plus links back to this page to help you navigate. You'll have to keep track of your place, but that shouldn't be too difficult--I'm including a blurb with each chapter that should help you remember what you've read. To make it easier for me, and perhaps to pique your interest, I will sometimes have the next-to-be-published chapter listed here. To be first to hear of new publications, support my Patreon campaign, or follow me in social media.
Again I have collected some "behind the writings" materials, which will be published on the mark Joseph "young" web log and listed and linked here. These are quite replete with spoilers, so you might want to delay reading them until you're well past the chapters they discuss, but quite a few readers have found them interesting. One has told me he is not much of a book reader but loves reading about creative process, and thus the posts on how it was created are to him more interesting than the story itself. I do hope you find the story interesting, but I admit that the behind-the-writings posts interest me as well.
Credit should be given. The above image was modified by me from the cover of the first novel, which in turn was created by Valdron art director Dimitrios "Jim" Denaxas. The images on the individual pages were done by me usually by compositing images gleaned from the Internet which were said to be free for commercial use (I'm not sure this is commercial use, but I'm not sure it is not, so I'm not taking a risk there) with elements of some previous images some done by Eric York for the first novel; I again added the lettering in all cases. I was unable to get outside editing done on this one in time for publication.
A new section was been added for Multiverser Novel Support Pages, including Multiverser game-style character sheets for major characters in the novels, to be expanded gradually over time.
As to the old stories that have long been here: