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Stories from the Verse
Versers Versus Versers

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, third, For Better or Verse, fourth, Spy Verses, and fifth, Garden of Versers.  If you haven't read the first five books, they're not essential; as we bring you the sixth novel, Versers Versus Versers, it is in a sense a complete story in itself, and while continuing the stories of those characters it is also a discrete book despite being part of a longer story.  It also introduces a few new characters along the way who will continue to be part of the ongoing saga.  On the other hand, the first five 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 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 based again on the cover of the first novel, which was created by Valdron art director Dimitrios "Jim" Denaxas, with reference to previous covers I devised by modifying that original image and with Kyler C. B. Young's help on the fifth.  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.  Although we did not have an outside editor on this, I went through a rather intensive collaborative editing process with Kyler over a few months to hone the text.  Kyler is also responsible in significant part for the creation of the major characters in the James Beam story and some of the planned adventures for them.

A section was added for Multiverser Novel Support Pages, including Multiverser game-style character sheets for major characters in the novels, to be expanded gradually over time.

Chapter 1:  Hastings 173, in which Lauren is surrounded.
Chapter 2:  Beam 42, in which James and his companions are met by the local people.
Chapter 3:  Takano 1, in which "Tommy" Takano is introduced to the multiverse.
Chapter 4:  Slade 155, in which Bob is again asked to tell one of his tales of glory.
Chapter 5:  Kondor 155, in which Joe recognizes his own cognitive dissonance.
Chapter 6:  Brown 179, in which Derek muses on being married.
Chapter 7:  Beam 43, in which James and his team are settled into the Amir's palace.
Chapter 8:  Hastings 174, in which Lauren assesses advantages and opportunities in the Arabian Nights world.
Chapter 9:  Slade 156, in which Bob considers how Lauren's presence impacts their interactions with each other.
Chapter 10:  Takano 2, in which Tommy meets a strange person.
Chapter 11:  Kondor 156, in which Joe realizes the danger that his friend Zeke might start to believe in magic.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #319:  Quiet Worlds, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions as the novel begins, covering the chapters 1 through 11.
Chapter 12:  Beam 44, in which James struggles through an honorary dinner.
Chapter 13:  Brown 180, in which Derek rides a riverboat.
Chapter 14:  Slade 157, in which Bob worries about not having Derek closely available.
Chapter 15:  Beam 45, in which James learns what Laban wants.
Chapter 16:  Hastings 175, in which Lauren gets a casual call from Derek.
Chapter 17:  Takano 3, in which Tommy dines in the home of a satyr.
Chapter 17:  Takano 3, in which Tommy dines in the home of a satyr.
Chapter 16:  Hastings 175, in which Lauren gets a casual call from Derek.
Chapter 15:  Beam 45, in which James learns what Laban wants.
Chapter 14:  Slade 157, in which Bob worries about not having Derek closely available.
Chapter 13:  Brown 180, in which Derek rides a riverboat.
Chapter 12:  Beam 44, in which James struggles through an honorary dinner.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #319:  Quiet Worlds, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions as the novel begins, covering the chapters 1 through 11.
Chapter 11:  Kondor 156, in which Joe realizes the danger that his friend Zeke might start to believe in magic.
Chapter 10:  Takano 2, in which Tommy meets a strange person.
Chapter 9:  Slade 156, in which Bob considers how Lauren's presence impacts their interactions with each other.
Chapter 8:  Hastings 174, in which Lauren assesses advantages and opportunities in the Arabian Nights world.
Chapter 7:  Beam 43, in which James and his team are settled into the Amir's palace.
Chapter 6:  Brown 179, in which Derek muses on being married.
Chapter 5:  Kondor 155, in which Joe recognizes his own cognitive dissonance.
Chapter 4:  Slade 155, in which Bob is again asked to tell one of his tales of glory.
Chapter 3:  Takano 1, in which "Tommy" Takano is introduced to the multiverse.
Chapter 2:  Beam 42, in which James and his companions are met by the local people.
Chapter 1:  Hastings 173, in which Lauren is surrounded.

As to the old stories that have long been here:


Verse Three, Chapter One:  The First Multiverser Novel

Old Verses New

For Better or Verse

Spy Verses

Garden of Versers

Stories from the Verse Main Page

The Original Introduction to Stories from the Verse

Read the Stories

The Online Games

Books by the Author

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