“Captain Richard Francis Burton,” Poe reported, seeing before his eyes the handwritten files he had memorized in Richmond. “Soldier, swordsman, linguist, explorer. A dangerous man and almost a famous one. Author of several books, inventor of a dueling maneuver, arguably discoverer of the sources of the Nile and erstwhile ersatz hajji.”
The dwarf shook his head irritably. “You throw me with the big words, boss. I could a swore you jest called that feller an arsehole horse hat sod gee, but that don’t make no damn kinda sense.”
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I try to be funny. I don’t mean that I write jokebooks, but I enjoy reading a book punctuated with humorous moments, so I try to write that way. My go-to style of funny is situational humor within the story world. In other words, none of the characters is deliberately cracking a joke, but a character standing by in the scene might observe the goings-on and laugh.
The snippet above is from Project Beta. A pair of diplomats-saboteurs-spies discuss one set of their rivals.