Episode 54: Follow the Bright Path; Ghost Stories

Jonathan and Merrily live the consequences of one moment of choice. Cyrus Stoat wakes up in a strange bed, and Hobb finds a remedy to two of his most irritating problems. Sir Richard signs off, ending his tale with a guest writer. Grygory, too, meets a most unexpected ending. King Simon is exposed. Ghost stories are told, and seen, and lived.

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Ladies and gentlemen, this reading of THE BRIGHT PATH is now complete. Thank you, thank you, thank you — you lovely people, who have come along for this ride. This has been a journey I will never forget, and one that has given even me some surprises. For one thing, I plan to incorporate much more music into the second and third parts of this series–and the illustrations will continue, if I can afford to continue production. I hope you’ll become a patron of The Bright Path to support further artwork and music in the podcast as well.

I will also never forget the last year of reading with you because it’s written down in a book. If you like giant door-stoppers, then the full edition of The Bright Path is just right for you. But if you’d like a little more limber edition, stay tuned (and join the mailing list <—– ) for a three-part edition of The Bright Path, comfortably sized for reading in a hammock. Here’s a quick preview of the first book, QUANTA OF NONSENSE:

And finally, beautiful people, here is the complete choral number that appears in part 2.

Episode 53: The Meaning of Life

The meaning of life is also available in attractive paperback or convenient e-book form.

Queen Anne finds herself forced to confront her parliament, and her adversary, alone. Beatrice Snugg tells us all we need to know about the meaning of life. Feat. “Expulsion” from Paradise Lost, sung by Victoria Dicce, with MaryAnn Ivan on keys. And a shout-out to Rob Seitelman, my long time collaborator on all things Miltonian.

Bonus! “All is Lost” from Paradise Lost: The Musical, feat. Victoria Dicce.

Episode 52: Loose Balls

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IN WHICH Rufus Snugg brings guns to a sword fight. Boom.

Your host largely restrains his instinct to musical bombast, but this episode does feature God’s Breath from Paradise Lost as the roll-out, with Danielle Erin Rhodes, Martin Sola, Michael Marcotte, and Kevin T. Collins, and MaryAnn Ivan on Keys.

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Bonus: “God’s Breath” from Paradise Lost

Episode 51: The Lost Arc

Jonathan attempts the most outrageous chandelier swing in recorded history–but something is missing from his landing. Cyrus writes a letter that will cause him some trouble later; Daisy goes straight for true love; and Rolly saves the day with the awesome power of mathematics. Vicod Rayth is entirely naked.

Episode 49: The Battle of Baldwick

The White Knights, now swollen to a force with the numbers and equipment to seize Uellodon, attack King Leeland’s smaller army near the unlucky village of Baldwick. Thomas Howe gives makes a proper application of scout cavalry. General Chester gets philosophical, and your host throws down some musical bombast.

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Episode 47: Ready or Not; The Uses of Postmen

Something stalks Grygory the Pious in the deep forests of the north. Jonathan and Merrily are reunited at last–but everything is different. Cyrus almost reveals his cunning plan.

The Bright Path is rumbling on toward its conclusion–now perhaps five episodes away. What will happen next? Stay tuned–more adventures will follow!

Episode 46: An Irresistible Request

The Bright Path pairs well with either a dry Malbec or a fo’ty.

In Finery Valley, Basil sets new plans in motion–now assisting the White Knights. Rufus expresses his earnest desire for the biggest boomstick that money can buy, and also a pony. Two fresh armies arrive in the valley, and Colonel Ratwurst finds not all to his liking. Daven spills new secrets to Rufus, and Rufus backs Devi into a corner with an irresistible request.

Episode 45: The Tour Guide

The Bright Path is especially improbable in paperback and e-book form.

Hobb’s grand tour of the King’s home sparks a new revelation by Merrily, and Merrily sparks an adjustment of the First Minister’s trousers. King Leeland issues Hobb an ultimatum. Hobb tries desperately to wrest a concession from The Kettle, but comes up empty.