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Stories from the Verse

Re Verse All


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, fifth, Garden of Versers, and sixth, Versers Versus Versers.  If you haven't read the first six books, they're not essential; as we bring you the seventh novel, Re Verse All, 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 six 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.  The eighth book, In Verse Proportion, is now being released, chapter by chapter.

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 and occasionally snippets from images by Jim and Multiverser artist William "Bill" Kozak; I again added the lettering in all cases.  I did not have an outside editor on this, but I went through a rather rather rushed read-through editing process over a few days to hone the text.  Kyler is also responsible in significant part for the creation of the major characters in the James Beam stories.

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 186, in which Lauren kisses a bulldog.
Chapter 2:  Takano 13, in which Tommy talks to the police, and meets Missus Billings.
Chapter 3:  Beam 56, in which James begins examining some of the technology of his new world.
Chapter 4:  Hastings 187, in which Lauren meets a winged man.
Chapter 5:  Takano 14, in which Tommy gets bathed and fed.
Chapter 6:  Beam 57, in which James and company find a place to stay.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #354:  Versers Reorienting, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions as the novel begins, covering the chapters 1 through 6.
Chapter 7:  Hastings 188, in which Lauren and her new companions deal with a flying pest problem.
Chapter 8:  Takano 15, in which Tommy builds castles.
Chapter 9:  Beam 58, in which James registers himself and his companions as apartment residents.
Chapter 10:  Hastings 189, in which Lauren camps on a ledge.
Chapter 11:  Takano 16, in which Tommy is a guest for a spaghetti dinner.
Chapter 12:  Beam 59, in which James sets up his underground apartment kitchen.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #355:  Versers Resettling, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions as the novel begins, covering the chapters 7 through 12.
Chapter 13:  Hastings 190, in which Lauren is invited to join Tiras' team.
Chapter 14:  Takano 17, in which Tommy is hired to watch Tammy for a day.
Chapter 15:  Beam 60, in which James introduces Bron to whiskey.
Chapter 16:  Hastings 191, in which Lauren starts getting to know her underdark companions.
Chapter 17:  Takano 18, in which Tommy is offered a regular job.
Chapter 18:  Beam 61, in which James orders groceries and makes breakfast.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #357:  Characters Connect, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 13 through 18.
Chapter 19:  Hastings 192, in which Lauren turns a rock into a stovetop.
Chapter 20:  Takano 19, in which Tommy goes out to dinner with her hosts.
Chapter 21:  Beam 62, in which James begins mapping the world beyond the door.
Chapter 22:  Hastings 193, in which Lauren eavesdrops on a conversation with an orc.
Chapter 23:  Takano 20, in which Tommy finds the commercial district.
Chapter 24:  Beam 63, in which James dines at a diner.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #359:  Characters Engage, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 19 through 24.
Chapter 25:  Hastings 194, in which Lauren and Apatukwe hear someone following them.
Chapter 26:  Takano 21, in which Tommy gets fitted for some clothes.
Chapter 27:  Beam 64, in which James contemplates the observation that you can get free restaurant food right up the hall and yet there is grocery delivery service.
Chapter 28:  Hastings 195, in which Lauren meets a dark elf.
Chapter 29:  Takano 22, in which Tommy learns about popular music.
Chapter 30:  Beam 65, in which James expands his map.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #361:  Characters Explore, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 25 through 30.
Chapter 31:  Hastings 196, in which Lauren sees a dragon.
Chapter 32:  Takano 23, in which Tommy goes to lunch and a movie she already saw.
Chapter 33:  Beam 66, in which James continues mapping and finds a sporting goods store.
Chapter 34:  Hastings 197, in which Lauren comes to the edge.
Chapter 35:  Takano 24, in which Tommy is invited to go hear Johnny Angel.
Chapter 36:  Beam 67, in which James is figuring out the address codes.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #364:  Characters Learn, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 31 through 36.
Chapter 37:  Hastings 198, in which Lauren ponders how to get everyone down from the cliff.
Chapter 38:  Takano 25, in which Tommy meets Johnny Angel.
Chapter 39:  Beam 68, in which James finds rodents of unusual size.
Chapter 40:  Hastings 199, in which Lauren suggests how she can help get to the bottom.
Chapter 41:  Takano 26, in which Tommy gets an explanation from Johnny Angel.
Chapter 42:  Beam 69, in which James and company fight rodents.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #365:  Characters Travel, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 37 through 42.
Chapter 43:  Hastings 200, in which Lauren and her team truly get down.
Chapter 44:  Takano 27, in which Tommy returns home to the Billings'.
Chapter 45:  Beam 70, in which James ponders the origin of the body.
Chapter 46:  Hastings 201, in which Lauren and friends cross the chasm.
Chapter 47:  Takano 28, in which Tommy processes what Johnny told her.
Chapter 48:  Beam 71, in which James discusses with his team how to locate other people.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #367:  Versers Encounter, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 43 through 48.
Chapter 49:  Hastings 202, in which Lauren's seemingly boring trek abruptly becomes more interesting.
Chapter 50:  Takano 29, in which Tommy decides to stop acting like her life is a dream.
Chapter 51:  Beam 72, in which Beam gets a technical advantage from Sophia's scrying spell.
Chapter 52:  Hastings 203, in which Lauren comes to a place where she will face her fear.
Chapter 53:  Takano 30, in which Tommy gets a ride to a camping supplies store.
Chapter 54:  Beam 73, in which with Bron's help James finds some people.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #370:  Characters Confront, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 49 through 54.
Chapter 55:  Hastings 204, in which Lauren discovers a fear.
Chapter 56:  Takano 31, in which Tommy purchases some major camping gear.
Chapter 57:  Beam 74, in which James confronts an invasion.
Chapter 58:  Hastings 205, in which Lauren faces a new horror on the outskirts of their destination.
Chapter 59:  Takano 32, in which Tommy takes Tammy to school.
Chapter 60:  Beam 75, in which James launches his pizza party parlay.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #373:  Nervous Characters, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 55 through 60.
Chapter 61:  Hastings 206, in which Lauren and her companions enter an occupied palace.
Chapter 62:  Takano 33, in which Tommy plans another camping store shopping trip.
Chapter 63:  Beam 76, in which James makes rules and summons emergency services.
Chapter 64:  Hastings 207, in which Lauren is in the front lines as the battle for the throne begins.
Chapter 65:  Takano 34, in which Tommy finishes her camping store shopping.
Chapter 66:  Beam 77, in which James and Sophia discuss their expanding empire.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #376:  Characters Arrive, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 61 through 66.
Chapter 67:  Hastings 208, in which Lauren recommends that Tiras go on the offensive.
Chapter 68:  Takano 35, in which Tommy visits Johnny Angel again.
Chapter 69:  Beam 78, in which James explains apartment life.
Chapter 70:  Hastings 209, in which Lauren fights in the drow civil war.
Chapter 71:  Takano 36, in which Tommy revisits Johnny Angel.
Chapter 72:  Beam 79, in which James expands his territory and begins settling it.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #379:  Character Conundrums, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 67 through 72.
Chapter 73:  Hastings 210, in which Lauren proposes a means of escape.
Chapter 74:  Takano 37, in which Tommy accidently winds up in the wintry woods.
Chapter 75:  Beam 80, in which James settles the rest of his people.
Chapter 76:  Hastings 211, in which Lauren gets the team out of the city but into danger.
Chapter 77:  Takano 38, in which Tommy starts traveling through the winter woods toward her survival gear.
Chapter 78:  Beam 81, in which James teaches his core leaders about refrigeration and food storage.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #381:  World Complications, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 73 through 78.
Chapter 79:  Hastings 212, in which Lauren fights her fear.
Chapter 80:  Beam 82, in which James recognizes a glitch in the system.
Chapter 81:  Takano 39, in which Tommy reaches her backpack.
Chapter 82:  Beam 83, in which James explains the problem to his people.
Chapter 83:  Hastings 213, in which Lauren turns on some lights.
Chapter 84:  Beam 84, in which James starts seeking a way up.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #383:  Character Departures, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 79 through 84.
Chapter 85:  Takano 40, in which Tommy awakens inside somewhere.
Chapter 86:  Beam 85, in which James takes his people to a restaurant.
Chapter 87:  Hastings 214, in which Lauren asks for directions.
Chapter 88:  Beam 86, in which James settles his people for their first night away from home.
Chapter 89:  Takano 41, in which Tommy upgrades her devices.
Chapter 90:  Beam 87, in which unable to sleep James orders breakfasts.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #385:  Characters Ascend, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 85 through 90.
Chapter 91:  Hastings 215, in which Lauren meets Tommy.
Chapter 92:  Beam 88, in which James explains the truck traffic problem.
Chapter 93:  Takano 42, in which Tommy and Lauren discuss past and future.
Chapter 94:  Beam 89, in which James sees a delivery robot.
Chapter 95:  Hastings 216, in which Lauren teaches Tommy how to fall.
Chapter 96:  Beam 90, in which James choose pizza and hoagies but eats something more exotic.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #388:  Versers Climb, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 91 through 96.
Chapter 97:  Takano 43, in which Tommy and Lauren settle in for a day of showers and laundry and catered meals.
Chapter 98:  Beam 91, in which James faces the anticipated accident.
Chapter 99:  Hastings 217, in which Lauren and Tommy discuss life, but mostly food.
Chapter 100:  Beam 92, in which James deals with the aftermath of a fatal traffic accident.
Chapter 101:  Takano 44, in which Tommy and Lauren outline their plans and expectations before continuing their trek.
Chapter 102:  Beam 93, in which James holds a memorial service.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #390:  World Facilities, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 97 through 102.
Chapter 103:  Hastings 218, in which Lauren and Tommy explore someone's home.
Chapter 104:  Beam 94, in which James orders a midnight snack.
Chapter 105:  Takano 45, in which Tommy watches Lauren negotiate peace with the armed elderly homeowner.
Chapter 106:  Beam 95, in which James tries to figure out breakfast for everyone.
Chapter 107:  Hastings 219, in which Lauren runs Tommy through a very few calisthenics.
Chapter 108:  Beam 96, in which James introduces Bron and Sophia to bad coffee.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #392:  Characters Resting, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 103 through 108.
Chapter 109:  Takano 46, in which Tommy and Lauren choose bunks.
Chapter 110:  Beam 97, in which James hears a repair robot working.
Chapter 111:  Hastings 220, in which Lauren and Tommy leave Luthus behind.
Chapter 112:  Beam 98, in which James finds that he must bridge a gap.
Chapter 113:  Takano 47, in which Tommy and Lauren visit an indoor garden.
Chapter 114:  Beam 99, in which James outlines his plan to get over the obstacle.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #395:  Character Obstacles, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 109 through 114.
Chapter 115:  Hastings 221, in which Lauren learns about the history of the world from Tommy over ice cream.
Chapter 116:  Beam 100, in which James goes to a hardware store.
Chapter 117:  Takano 48, in which Tommy learns to walk on pipes.
Chapter 118:  Beam 101, in which James teaches his construction team to build a ladder.
Chapter 119:  Hastings 222, in which the roles reverse as Lauren learns from Tommy how to order dinner from the computer.
Chapter 120:  Beam 102, in which James calls an end to the day with the bridge half finished.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #397:  Verser Challenges, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 115 through 120.
Chapter 121:  Takano 49, in which Tommy wonders about computers and aesthetics as they hike back to the comforts of civilization.
Chapter 122:  Beam 103, in which James finishes his bridge.
Chapter 123:  Hastings 223, in which Lauren considers how she determines God's direction in each world.
Chapter 124:  Beam 104, in which Beam's people cross his bridge when they come to it.
Chapter 125:  Takano 50, in which Tommy walks the back of a bench as part of her exercises.
Chapter 126:  Beam 105, in which James is confronted with the possibility that his people will stop following him.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #401:  Characters Hiking, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 121 through 126.
Chapter 127:  Hastings 224, in which Lauren and Tommy speculate on why they have not encountered many people.
Chapter 128:  Beam 106, in which James addresses his people.
Chapter 129:  Takano 51, in which Tommy contemplates the blandness of their surroundings.
Chapter 130:  Beam 107, in which James leads his remaining people up three levels.
Chapter 131:  Hastings 225, in which Lauren is intrigued by Tommy's sudden interest in spray paint.
Chapter 132:  Beam 108, in which James leads his people around two trucks to reach level fourteen.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #403:  Versers Innovating, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 127 through 132.
Chapter 133:  Takano 52, in which Tommy starts painting the underworld.
Chapter 134:  Beam 109, in which James' people have a close encounter with two trucks.
Chapter 135:  Hastings 226, in which Lauren starts teaching Tommy the use of a new weapon.
Chapter 136:  Beam 110, in which James faces a hostile tribe.
Chapter 137:  Takano 53, in which Tommy improves her artwork and her kawanaga use.
Chapter 138:  Beam 111, in which James is made aware of the presence of other versers in that world.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #405:  Versers Converge, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 133 through 138.
Chapter 139:  Hastings 227, in which Lauren is confronted with the other versers.
Chapter 140:  Beam 112, in which James and Lauren reach an agreement.
Chapter 141:  Takano 54, in which Tommy asks Lauren why they trust James.
Chapter 142:  Beam 113, in which James discusses the computer problems with Tommy.
Chapter 143:  Hastings 228, in which Lauren and Tommy seek a solution to Beam's housing shortage.
Chapter 144:  Takano 55, in Tommy leads everyone to beds.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #407:  Versers Integrate, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 139 through 144.
Chapter 145:  Beam 114, in James discusses plans to climb to level six with Lauren.
Chapter 146:  Hastings 229, in Lauren solves a restaurant problem and discusses future problems with Tommy.
Chapter 147:  Takano 56, in Tommy scours the map for a place to spend the night.
Chapter 148:  Beam 115, in which James assesses his new companions and changing situation.
Chapter 149:  Hastings 230, in which Lauren gets to know Beam's man Bron.
Chapter 150:  Takano 57, in which Tommy contemplates ages and appearances and whether Beam would consider her too young.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #409:  Characters Cooperate, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 145 through 150.
Chapter 151:  Beam 116, in which James is confronted by an antagonistic Manner.
Chapter 152:  Hastings 231, in which Lauren discusses prayer and healing over dinner.
Chapter 153:  Takano 58, in which Tommy listens as Beam invites the new people to join them.
Chapter 154:  Beam 117, in which James begins dealing with his expectations of the end of the quest.
Chapter 155:  Hastings 232, in which they reach the surface.
Chapter 156:  Takano 59, in Tommy watches Beam attempt to open a door.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #411:  Quest Concludes, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 151 through 156, the end of the book.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #411:  Quest Concludes, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 151 through 156, the end of the book.
Chapter 156:  Takano 59, in Tommy watches Beam attempt to open a door.
Chapter 155:  Hastings 232, in which they reach the surface.
Chapter 154:  Beam 117, in which James begins dealing with his expectations of the end of the quest.
Chapter 153:  Takano 58, in which Tommy listens as Beam invites the new people to join them.
Chapter 152:  Hastings 231, in which Lauren discusses prayer and healing over dinner.
Chapter 151:  Beam 116, in which James is confronted by an antagonistic Manner.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #409:  Characters Cooperate, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 145 through 150.
Chapter 150:  Takano 57, in which Tommy contemplates ages and appearances and whether Beam would consider her too young.
Chapter 149:  Hastings 230, in which Lauren gets to know Beam's man Bron.
Chapter 148:  Beam 115, in which James assesses his new companions and changing situation.
Chapter 147:  Takano 56, in Tommy scours the map for a place to spend the night.
Chapter 146:  Hastings 229, in Lauren solves a restaurant problem and discusses future problems with Tommy.
Chapter 145:  Beam 114, in James discusses plans to climb to level six with Lauren.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #407:  Versers Integrate, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 139 through 144.
Chapter 144:  Takano 55, in Tommy leads everyone to beds.
Chapter 143:  Hastings 228, in which Lauren and Tommy seek a solution to Beam's housing shortage.
Chapter 142:  Beam 113, in which James discusses the computer problems with Tommy.
Chapter 141:  Takano 54, in which Tommy asks Lauren why they trust James.
Chapter 140:  Beam 112, in which James and Lauren reach an agreement.
Chapter 139:  Hastings 227, in which Lauren is confronted with the other versers.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #405:  Versers Converge, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 133 through 138.
Chapter 138:  Beam 111, in which James is made aware of the presence of other versers in that world.
Chapter 137:  Takano 53, in which Tommy improves her artwork and her kawanaga use.
Chapter 136:  Beam 110, in which James faces a hostile tribe.
Chapter 135:  Hastings 226, in which Lauren starts teaching Tommy the use of a new weapon.
Chapter 134:  Beam 109, in which James' people have a close encounter with two trucks.
Chapter 133:  Takano 52, in which Tommy starts painting the underworld.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #403:  Versers Innovating, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 127 through 132.
Chapter 132:  Beam 108, in which James leads his people around two trucks to reach level fourteen.
Chapter 131:  Hastings 225, in which Lauren is intrigued by Tommy's sudden interest in spray paint.
Chapter 130:  Beam 107, in which James leads his remaining people up three levels.
Chapter 129:  Takano 51, in which Tommy contemplates the blandness of their surroundings.
Chapter 128:  Beam 106, in which James addresses his people.
Chapter 127:  Hastings 224, in which Lauren and Tommy speculate on why they have not encountered many people.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #401:  Characters Hiking, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 121 through 126.
Chapter 126:  Beam 105, in which James is confronted with the possibility that his people will stop following him.
Chapter 125:  Takano 50, in which Tommy walks the back of a bench as part of her exercises.
Chapter 124:  Beam 104, in which Beam's people cross his bridge when they come to it.
Chapter 123:  Hastings 223, in which Lauren considers how she determines God's direction in each world.
Chapter 122:  Beam 103, in which James finishes his bridge.
Chapter 121:  Takano 49, in which Tommy wonders about computers and aesthetics as they hike back to the comforts of civilization.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #397:  Verser Challenges, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 115 through 120.
Chapter 120:  Beam 102, in which James calls an end to the day with the bridge half finished.
Chapter 119:  Hastings 222, in which the roles reverse as Lauren learns from Tommy how to order dinner from the computer.
Chapter 118:  Beam 101, in which James teaches his construction team to build a ladder.
Chapter 117:  Takano 48, in which Tommy learns to walk on pipes.
Chapter 116:  Beam 100, in which James goes to a hardware store.
Chapter 115:  Hastings 221, in which Lauren learns about the history of the world from Tommy over ice cream.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #395:  Character Obstacles, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 109 through 114.
Chapter 114:  Beam 99, in which James outlines his plan to get over the obstacle.
Chapter 113:  Takano 47, in which Tommy and Lauren visit an indoor garden.
Chapter 112:  Beam 98, in which James finds that he must bridge a gap.
Chapter 111:  Hastings 220, in which Lauren and Tommy leave Luthus behind.
Chapter 110:  Beam 97, in which James hears a repair robot working.
Chapter 109:  Takano 46, in which Tommy and Lauren choose bunks.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #392:  Characters Resting, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 103 through 108.
Chapter 108:  Beam 96, in which James introduces Bron and Sophia to bad coffee.
Chapter 107:  Hastings 219, in which Lauren runs Tommy through a very few calisthenics.
Chapter 106:  Beam 95, in which James tries to figure out breakfast for everyone.
Chapter 105:  Takano 45, in which Tommy watches Lauren negotiate peace with the armed elderly homeowner.
Chapter 104:  Beam 94, in which James orders a midnight snack.
Chapter 103:  Hastings 218, in which Lauren and Tommy explore someone's home.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #390:  World Facilities, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 97 through 102.
Chapter 102:  Beam 93, in which James holds a memorial service.
Chapter 101:  Takano 44, in which Tommy and Lauren outline their plans and expectations before continuing their trek.
Chapter 100:  Beam 92, in which James deals with the aftermath of a fatal traffic accident.
Chapter 99:  Hastings 217, in which Lauren and Tommy discuss life, but mostly food.
Chapter 98:  Beam 91, in which James faces the anticipated accident.
Chapter 97:  Takano 43, in which Tommy and Lauren settle in for a day of showers and laundry and catered meals.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #388:  Versers Climb, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 91 through 96.
Chapter 96:  Beam 90, in which James choose pizza and hoagies but eats something more exotic.
Chapter 95:  Hastings 216, in which Lauren teaches Tommy how to fall.
Chapter 94:  Beam 89, in which James sees a delivery robot.
Chapter 93:  Takano 42, in which Tommy and Lauren discuss past and future.
Chapter 92:  Beam 88, in which James explains the truck traffic problem.
Chapter 91:  Hastings 215, in which Lauren meets Tommy.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #385:  Characters Ascend, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 85 through 90.
Chapter 90:  Beam 87, in which unable to sleep James orders breakfasts.
Chapter 89:  Takano 41, in which Tommy upgrades her devices.
Chapter 88:  Beam 86, in which James settles his people for their first night away from home.
Chapter 87:  Hastings 214, in which Lauren asks for directions.
Chapter 86:  Beam 85, in which James takes his people to a restaurant.
Chapter 85:  Takano 40, in which Tommy awakens inside somewhere.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #383:  Character Departures, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 79 through 84.
Chapter 84:  Beam 84, in which James starts seeking a way up.
Chapter 83:  Hastings 213, in which Lauren turns on some lights.
Chapter 82:  Beam 83, in which James explains the problem to his people.
Chapter 81:  Takano 39, in which Tommy reaches her backpack.
Chapter 80:  Beam 82, in which James recognizes a glitch in the system.
Chapter 79:  Hastings 212, in which Lauren fights her fear.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #381:  World Complications, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 73 through 78.
Chapter 78:  Beam 81, in which James teaches his core leaders about refrigeration and food storage.
Chapter 77:  Takano 38, in which Tommy starts traveling through the winter woods toward her survival gear.
Chapter 76:  Hastings 211, in which Lauren gets the team out of the city but into danger.
Chapter 75:  Beam 80, in which James settles the rest of his people.
Chapter 74:  Takano 37, in which Tommy accidently winds up in the wintry woods.
Chapter 73:  Hastings 210, in which Lauren proposes a means of escape.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #379:  Character Conundrums, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 67 through 72.
Chapter 72:  Beam 79, in which James expands his territory and begins settling it.
Chapter 71:  Takano 36, in which Tommy revisits Johnny Angel.
Chapter 70:  Hastings 209, in which Lauren fights in the drow civil war.
Chapter 69:  Beam 78, in which James explains apartment life.
Chapter 68:  Takano 35, in which Tommy visits Johnny Angel again.
Chapter 67:  Hastings 208, in which Lauren recommends that Tiras go on the offensive.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #376:  Characters Arrive, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 61 through 66.
Chapter 66:  Beam 77, in which James and Sophia discuss their expanding empire.
Chapter 65:  Takano 34, in which Tommy finishes her camping store shopping.
Chapter 64:  Hastings 207, in which Lauren is in the front lines as the battle for the throne begins.
Chapter 63:  Beam 76, in which James makes rules and summons emergency services.
Chapter 62:  Takano 33, in which Tommy plans another camping store shopping trip.
Chapter 61:  Hastings 206, in which Lauren and her companions enter an occupied palace.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #373:  Nervous Characters, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 55 through 60.
Chapter 60:  Beam 75, in which James launches his pizza party parlay.
Chapter 59:  Takano 32, in which Tommy takes Tammy to school.
Chapter 58:  Hastings 205, in which Lauren faces a new horror on the outskirts of their destination.
Chapter 57:  Beam 74, in which James confronts an invasion.
Chapter 56:  Takano 31, in which Tommy purchases some major camping gear.
Chapter 55:  Hastings 204, in which Lauren discovers a fear.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #370:  Characters Confront, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 49 through 54.
Chapter 54:  Beam 73, in which with Bron's help James finds some people.
Chapter 53:  Takano 30, in which Tommy gets a ride to a camping supplies store.
Chapter 52:  Hastings 203, in which Lauren comes to a place where she will face her fear.
Chapter 51:  Beam 72, in which Beam gets a technical advantage from Sophia's scrying spell.
Chapter 50:  Takano 29, in which Tommy decides to stop acting like her life is a dream.
Chapter 49:  Hastings 202, in which Lauren's seemingly boring trek abruptly becomes more interesting.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #367:  Versers Encounter, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 43 through 48.
Chapter 48:  Beam 71, in which James discusses with his team how to locate other people.
Chapter 47:  Takano 28, in which Tommy processes what Johnny told her.
Chapter 46:  Hastings 201, in which Lauren and friends cross the chasm.
Chapter 45:  Beam 70, in which James ponders the origin of the body.
Chapter 44:  Takano 27, in which Tommy returns home to the Billings'.
Chapter 43:  Hastings 200, in which Lauren and her team truly get down.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #365:  Characters Travel, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 37 through 42.
Chapter 42:  Beam 69, in which James and company fight rodents.
Chapter 41:  Takano 26, in which Tommy gets an explanation from Johnny Angel.
Chapter 40:  Hastings 199, in which Lauren suggests how she can help get to the bottom.
Chapter 39:  Beam 68, in which James finds rodents of unusual size.
Chapter 38:  Takano 25, in which Tommy meets Johnny Angel.
Chapter 37:  Hastings 198, in which Lauren ponders how to get everyone down from the cliff.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #364:  Characters Learn, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 31 through 36.
Chapter 36:  Beam 67, in which James is figuring out the address codes.
Chapter 35:  Takano 24, in which Tommy is invited to go hear Johnny Angel.
Chapter 34:  Hastings 197, in which Lauren comes to the edge.
Chapter 33:  Beam 66, in which James continues mapping and finds a sporting goods store.
Chapter 32:  Takano 23, in which Tommy goes to lunch and a movie she already saw.
Chapter 31:  Hastings 196, in which Lauren sees a dragon.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #361:  Characters Explore, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 25 through 30.
Chapter 30:  Beam 65, in which James expands his map.
Chapter 29:  Takano 22, in which Tommy learns about popular music.
Chapter 28:  Hastings 195, in which Lauren meets a dark elf.
Chapter 27:  Beam 64, in which James contemplates the observation that you can get free restaurant food right up the hall and yet there is grocery delivery service.
Chapter 26:  Takano 21, in which Tommy gets fitted for some clothes.
Chapter 25:  Hastings 194, in which Lauren and Apatukwe hear someone following them.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #359:  Characters Engage, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 19 through 24.
Chapter 24:  Beam 63, in which James dines at a diner.
Chapter 23:  Takano 20, in which Tommy finds the commercial district.
Chapter 22:  Hastings 193, in which Lauren eavesdrops on a conversation with an orc.
Chapter 21:  Beam 62, in which James begins mapping the world beyond the door.
Chapter 20:  Takano 19, in which Tommy goes out to dinner with her hosts.
Chapter 19:  Hastings 192, in which Lauren turns a rock into a stovetop.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #357:  Characters Connect, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 13 through 18.
Chapter 18:  Beam 61, in which James orders groceries and makes breakfast.
Chapter 17:  Takano 18, in which Tommy is offered a regular job.
Chapter 16:  Hastings 191, in which Lauren starts getting to know her underdark companions.
Chapter 15:  Beam 60, in which James introduces Bron to whiskey.
Chapter 14:  Takano 17, in which Tommy is hired to watch Tammy for a day.
Chapter 13:  Hastings 190, in which Lauren is invited to join Tiras' team.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #355:  Versers Resettling, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions as the novel begins, covering the chapters 7 through 12.
Chapter 12:  Beam 59, in which James sets up his underground apartment kitchen.
Chapter 11:  Takano 16, in which Tommy is a guest for a spaghetti dinner.
Chapter 10:  Hastings 189, in which Lauren camps on a ledge.
Chapter 9:  Beam 58, in which James registers himself and his companions as apartment residents.
Chapter 8:  Takano 15, in which Tommy builds castles.
Chapter 7:  Hastings 188, in which Lauren and her new companions deal with a flying pest problem.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #354:  Versers Reorienting, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions as the novel begins, covering the chapters 1 through 6.
Chapter 6:  Beam 57, in which James and company find a place to stay.
Chapter 5:  Takano 14, in which Tommy gets bathed and fed.
Chapter 4:  Hastings 187, in which Lauren meets a winged man.
Chapter 3:  Beam 56, in which James begins examining some of the technology of his new world.
Chapter 2:  Takano 13, in which Tommy talks to the police, and meets Missus Billings.
Chapter 1:  Hastings 186, in which Lauren kisses a bulldog.

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