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Stories from the Verse
For Better or 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 now have permission to continue the story with For Better or Verse, the third novel in the series.  If you haven't read the first two 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 fourth book) it is also a discrete book in itself despite being part of a longer story.  On the other hand, the first two books are free and easily accessed by anyone who can get here, so you can't complain that you wish you'd read it 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 his 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, although I did get some opinions on it from several people.

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.

Chapter 1:  Slade 43, in which Bob Slade slips out of the world in which we last saw him.
Chapter 2:  Brown 56, in which Derek Brown is recovering from an unsuited spacewalk.
Chapter 3:  Hastings 96, in which Lauren visits the beach.
Chapter 4:  Slade 44, in which Bob learns where he is, and why.
Chapter 5:  Brown 57, in which Derek becomes more engrossed in the story he is following.
Chapter 6:  Hastings 97, in which Lauren establishes a base camp.
Chapter 7:  Slade 45, in which Bob reunites with some old friends and reminisces about how they came together.
Chapter 8:  Brown 58, in which Derek feels the pressure to survive his recovery process.
Chapter 9:  Hastings 98, in which Lauren begins exploring inland.
Chapter 10:  Slade 46, in which Bob starts the day with a big breakfast and a long talk.
Chapter 11:  Brown 59, in which Derek comes out into the air.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #157:  Versers Restart, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions as the new novel begins, covering the chapters 1 through 11.
Chapter 12:  Hastings 99, in which Lauren reaches the source of her first scriff sense, and starts heading for the other.
Chapter 13:  Slade 47, in which Bob begins leading his companions on their new quest.
Chapter 14:  Brown 60, in which Derek starts connecting with his new identity.
Chapter 15:  Hastings 100, in which Lauren takes a short walk in darkness.
Chapter 16:  Slade 48, in which Bob discusses his religion with his companions.
Chapter 17:  Brown 61, in which Derek has a chat introducing himself to his mother.
Chapter 18:  Hastings 101, in which Lauren returns to the cove at which she started.
Chapter 19:  Slade 49, in which Bob obtains information about his situation from local gossip.
Chapter 20:  Brown 62, in which Derek has to tell his father that his mother is not crazy.
Chapter 21:  Hastings 102, in which Lauren reviews a wealth of uncertainties in her situation.
Chapter 22:  Slade 50, in which Bob talks about staying in a barn.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #164:  Versers Proceed, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions as the novel continues, covering the chapters 12 through 22.
Chapter 23:  Brown 63, in which Derek is growing.
Chapter 24:  Hastings 103, in which Lauren considers how plants came to be on her island.
Chapter 25:  Slade 51, in which Bob and his companions begin discussing plans for their return trip.
Chapter 26:  Brown 64, in which Derek gets his feet under him as the world cools a bit.
Chapter 27:  Slade 52, in which Bob makes the acquaintance of a country gentleman.
Chapter 28:  Hastings 104, in which Lauren tries some fruit.
Chapter 29:  Slade 53, in which Bob and his companions obtain transportation and directions.
Chapter 30:  Brown 65, in which Derek sees light in the darkness.
Chapter 31:  Slade 54, in which Bob recognizes an unanticipated obstacle.
Chapter 32:  Hastings 105, in which Lauren begins addressing her housing problem.
Chapter 33:  Slade 55, in which Slade adopts Shella's plan.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #170:  Versers Explore, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions as the novel continues, covering the chapters 23 through 33.
Chapter 34:  Brown 66, in which Derek learns how to fly.
Chapter 35:  Slade 56, in which Bob and Filp say goodbye to Shella.
Chapter 36:  Hastings 106, in which Lauren takes a walking tour to the top of her island home.
Chapter 37:  Slade 57, in which Bob and Filp surmount the first obstacle of the night.
Chapter 38:  Brown 67, in which Derek crosses one barrier and begins considering others he might attempt.
Chapter 39:  Slade 58, in which Slade and Filp find a place of rest.
Chapter 40:  Hastings 107, in which Lauren expands her dietary options.
Chapter 41:  Slade 59, in which Slade finds something of inestimable value along the way.
Chapter 41:  Slade 59, in which Slade finds something of inestimable value along the way.
Chapter 40:  Hastings 107, in which Lauren expands her dietary options.
Chapter 39:  Slade 58, in which Slade and Filp find a place of rest.
Chapter 38:  Brown 67, in which Derek crosses one barrier and begins considering others he might attempt.
Chapter 37:  Slade 57, in which Bob and Filp surmount the first obstacle of the night.
Chapter 36:  Hastings 106, in which Lauren takes a walking tour to the top of her island home.
Chapter 35:  Slade 56, in which Bob and Filp say goodbye to Shella.
Chapter 34:  Brown 66, in which Derek learns how to fly.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #170:  Versers Explore, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions as the novel continues, covering the chapters 23 through 33.
Chapter 33:  Slade 55, in which Slade adopts Shella's plan.
Chapter 32:  Hastings 105, in which Lauren begins addressing her housing problem.
Chapter 31:  Slade 54, in which Bob recognizes an unanticipated obstacle.
Chapter 30:  Brown 65, in which Derek sees light in the darkness.
Chapter 29:  Slade 53, in which Bob and his companions obtain transportation and directions.
Chapter 28:  Hastings 104, in which Lauren tries some fruit.
Chapter 27:  Slade 52, in which Bob makes the acquaintance of a country gentleman.
Chapter 26:  Brown 64, in which Derek gets his feet under him as the world cools a bit.
Chapter 25:  Slade 51, in which Bob and his companions begin discussing plans for their return trip.
Chapter 24:  Hastings 103, in which Lauren considers how plants came to be on her island.
Chapter 23:  Brown 63, in which Derek is growing.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #164:  Versers Proceed, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions as the novel continues, covering the chapters 12 through 22.
Chapter 22:  Slade 50, in which Bob talks about staying in a barn.
Chapter 21:  Hastings 102, in which Lauren reviews a wealth of uncertainties in her situation.
Chapter 20:  Brown 62, in which Derek has to tell his father that his mother is not crazy.
Chapter 19:  Slade 49, in which Bob obtains information about his situation from local gossip.
Chapter 18:  Hastings 101, in which Lauren returns to the cove at which she started.
Chapter 17:  Brown 61, in which Derek has a chat introducing himself to his mother.
Chapter 16:  Slade 48, in which Bob discusses his religion with his companions.
Chapter 15:  Hastings 100, in which Lauren takes a short walk in darkness.
Chapter 14:  Brown 60, in which Derek starts connecting with his new identity.
Chapter 13:  Slade 47, in which Bob begins leading his companions on their new quest.
Chapter 12:  Hastings 99, in which Lauren reaches the source of her first scriff sense, and starts heading for the other.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #157:  Versers Restart, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions as the new novel begins, covering the chapters 1 through 11.
Chapter 11:  Brown 59, in which Derek comes out into the air.
Chapter 10:  Slade 46, in which Bob starts the day with a big breakfast and a long talk.
Chapter 9:  Hastings 98, in which Lauren begins exploring inland.
Chapter 8:  Brown 58, in which Derek feels the pressure to survive his recovery process.
Chapter 7:  Slade 45, in which Bob reunites with some old friends and reminisces about how they came together.
Chapter 6:  Hastings 97, in which Lauren establishes a base camp.
Chapter 5:  Brown 57, in which Derek becomes more engrossed in the story he is following.
Chapter 4:  Slade 44, in which Bob learns where he is, and why.
Chapter 3:  Hastings 96, in which Lauren visits the beach.
Chapter 2:  Brown 56, in which Derek Brown is recovering from an unsuited spacewalk.
Chapter 1:  Slade 43, in which Bob Slade slips out of the world in which we last saw him.

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