Author Archives: Benedict

Why I Didn’t Choose The “Total Victory” Ending

(This is part 5 of an 8-part series on the ending of the Alex Verus novels.  The master post with links to all the other parts is here.) Because it was terrible.   That’s the short answer.  Keep reading if … Continue reading

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Alex Verus Alternate Ending 1: Total Victory

(This is part 4 of an 8-part series on the ending of the Alex Verus novels.  The master post with links to all the other parts is here.) The world of the Alex Verus setting isn’t fair.  There are massive … Continue reading

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Theme: The Message You Send

(This is part 3 of an 8-part series on the ending of the Alex Verus novels.  The master post with links to all the other parts is here.) A story’s theme is the message it conveys, and the underlying meaning … Continue reading

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Consistency: How Well The Pieces Fit

(This is part 2 of an 8-part series on the ending of the Alex Verus novels.  The master post with links to all the other parts is here.) The first thing that makes an ending good or bad is how … Continue reading

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Author Commentary on the Ending of the Alex Verus Series

(Note:  As with the main Author Commentary series, this is a master post that functions as an index.  Scroll down for the links to each individual post.) I’m writing this in July 2022.  The first book of my new series … Continue reading

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Commentaries and Endings

We’re coming to the end of these author commentaries, but there’s one last thing about the Alex Verus series that I want to talk about:  the ending.  And by ending, I mean the very end:  the ‘Epilogue’ chapter at the … Continue reading

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Alex Verus #12.5 – Risen (Part 2)

(This is part 12.5 of a 12-part series of author commentaries on the Alex Verus books.  The master post with links to all the parts is here.) In the final chapter of Risen, Alex finally takes on his old master … Continue reading

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Alex Verus #12 – Risen (Part 1)

(This is part 12 of a 12-part series of author commentaries on the Alex Verus books.  The master post with links to all the parts is here.) Ending a series, especially a long-running series, comes with a certain amount of … Continue reading

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Looking Back

Well, the new book is done, hopefully for good this time.  Now that I’ve had a few days to recover, here’s a look at where we are, and where things are likely to go! This rewrite has taken me about … Continue reading

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Finished

New book is done.  (Again.)  I sent the manuscript off to my publishers two days ago, exactly on time. I’ve been working on this pretty much flat-out for the past month and now that it’s finally finished, I’m exhausted.  I’m … Continue reading

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