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The Sun God's Heir: Return (Book One)
by Elliott Baker

Kindle Edition published 2017-01-02
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For three thousand years a hatred burns. In seventeenth century Bordeaux two souls incarnate, one born the child of a prosperous merchant, the other, steals a life determined to continue a brutal incarnation begun long ago.

Under the guidance of Pharaoh, two brothers grew strong in knowledge and power, one a physician, the other a general. With the pharaoh’s untimely death, a deep hatred blossoms. One remembers, one does not.

The year is 1671. René Gilbert’s destiny glints from the blade of a slashing rapier. To protect those he loves he must regain the power and knowledge earned in an ancient lifetime. From Bordeaux to Spain to Morocco, René is tested and with each turn of fate he gathers enemies and allies as the memory and power of a lifetime as physician to Pharaoh returns.

Determined to continue a reign of terror that once caused the Nile to run red, Horemheb takes over the life of a young man mortally wo…

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Offline EDDIEO

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What The Dickens!
« on: August 03, 2017, 02:53:19 AM »
Plot or character?

Actually you need both, to make a great novel.

Getting the mix right is the hard part. Dickens is arguably the greatest creator of memorable, modern characters. Think about, Fagin, Scrooge, Uriah Heep, Miss Havisham, Mr Micawber et al. (Shakespeare might have a say in the best characters of all time too)

Stephen King is my current favourite for characters.

And of all three of the authors mentioned, is plot anything more than a tool to play with their characters, in any of their works?

Indeed, is plot ever more than a device to wrap your characters around?

Dickens' characters are still well know and loved after 150 years. However, if you read the unabridged novels they are really hard work. Dickens spends three pages describing a character and it's too much for me.

The modern adage is "Show not tell" and Dickens does show in great detail why we should love, hate, fear and empathise with these giants of literary creation.

Of course, his writing was of it's time and I understand that.

What never changes for writers is breaking the story and using the characters to make the plot zing along.

Dickens seems to me, to enjoy taking his young male characters on journeys, which then allows him to introduce all of his wonderful character creations. (IE: Oliver Twist, meets The Artful Dodger, Fagin, and Bill Sykes.

David Copperfield, Pip and Nicholas Nickleby all meet a variety of people on their adventures.

 And here's my question. Did Dickens have anything more than a vague idea of plot in mind for his stories?

Or did he just keep writing until a story of sorts developed and then linked all the bits in to make a story?

Or am I just thinking about my own disorganized style?

So whaddya think? Plot or character?

PM me if you want to review either book
Eddie Owens