42. A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix – The Triumph of Humanity

Cohesion and resonance. More than anything else, they’re what will elevate your story above the rest, and leave readers thinking long after the final page.

This is the story of my three deaths.

– A Confusion of Princes, by Garth Nix

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39. Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey – Grounding Stories With Characters

Science fiction space operas are stories told at an epic scale. How can you make such a vast world accessible to readers? How can you ground these fantastical and strange new worlds in a sense of realism?

Balancing the epic with the human is perhaps the greatest strength of Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey (first book in The Expanse). Today’s show dives deep into analysing how characters are they key to guiding readers through epic stories. 

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23 – The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams pt. 1 – Why Characters Don’t Matter

This absurdly funny sci-fi comedy is a fantastic example of how you don’t always need amazing characters to create an amazing story. Buckle up as we use Orson Scott Card’s MICE quotient to analyse what makes this novel work. And remember: don’t panic!

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