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Taerak's Void
by M. R. Mathias

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Kindle Edition published 2017-07-09
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Taerak's Void
(Book One of Fantastica)
A new series by multiple award winning author, M. R. Mathias

After finding a strange medallion and some maps with markings that no one in his village can understand, Braxton Bray decides to take it all to the Hall of Scholars in the kingdom's capital. But greed is everywhere. Braxton and a tough young female caravan guard named Nixy are forced to run for their lives, for someone else wants what Braxton found and is willing to go to great lengths to take it from him.

With a hefty, kingdom wide, bounty on their heads, not even the great wizards of the Sorcerious can help them. Left with nothing but each other, Braxton and Nixy have no choice but to get on a ship and go on an adventure that will take them places they would have otherwise never imagined. Elves, dwarves, giant gothicans, and trolls, treacherous forests on distant shores, love, death, terror, and magic all await...

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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?

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Eddie Owens