Episode 28: Convincing and Unconvincing Lies

Discover how much fun it is to hold a big book in your hands! It will make you look super intellectual.

Merrily learns the secret to operating a grappling hook crossbow, and also that she is rubbish at lying. Cyrus might be afflicted with feelings. Mrs. Fry is revealed as a rank amateur. Merrily reaches the limits of her abilities, and discovers how to go beyond them.

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Episode 27: The Abjuration of Myths

Fear not!  Through the transmutation of technology, these oral words may be reified in the palm of your hand through this fabulous paperback brick.

Sir Richard and his men are disabused of certain firmly held beliefs concerning Giant-Men. The brave knight reaches into Uelland’s dubious past for inspiration. A great stretch of deprivation passes with barely a sentence. Sir Richard learns who his friends are, and approximates the location of a Giant-Man’s kidneys.

Oops! My first late episode.

So sorry for the late delivery of Episode 26, everybody.  I normally queue these things up the weekend before release, because I get super busy during the week and don’t have time to attend to it properly.  For this episode, I made a mistake and set the date one week in advance by accident.  Aaaand… didn’t notice it until now.

Also, apparently my website crashed?  Weird.  Anyway.  All is well now, and the episode is in your podcatcher.

To make up for it, here is a picture of the cat.

Meow. The author is a dummy.

Episode 25: Enhanced Interrogation Methods

You can hold it in your hands while you read! It’s big and meaty.

Between them, Cyrus and Veridia commit all seven deadly sins in the space of an hour. Rolly realizes what he’ll miss the most about Veridia. Wally’s Woodsmen find the path, and the mercenaries follow it. The White Knights have an unexpected ally.

Episode 24: The Council of Longbean’s Farm

Need a last-minute Hanukkah gift? I’m at your service in e-book and paperback…

Deep in the frontier forest, King Simon’s subjects behold the power of the backbeat. Jonathan learns how to lie just in time to save his life. Simon, The Gizzard, and Sheria link up with the human resistance in Hog Hurst, only to find that they’re not the only ones with an interest in events in the outcome. Grygory the Pious discovers that his new allies have some rough edges, but struggles to carry on the fight for hearts and minds. The Council of Longbean’s Farm doesn’t come off quite the way anyone imagined.

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Bonus track: Your narrator performing “Sin and Death” from Paradise Lost: The Musical.

Episode 23: Variations on the Theme of Misery

The good citizens of Uellodon experience black comedy and just regular old blackness. En route from the Finery Valley to Hog Hurst, Captain Whiffle and his band of mercenaries encounter festively decorated former comrades.

Episode 22: The Spy in the Kettle

Won’t bug me a bit if you want to read it in writing.

Rufus Snugg confronts a stubborn mystery and a stubborn archaeologist. Devi declines to send beer. The snarfs discover that the problems of history are also the problems of today. Rufus makes a strategic gamble, of which Gog the Hammer disapproves. Basil causes Gunnar to rip his pants.

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Episode 21: Merrily Crashes a Party

(Go on — read ahead! I won’t mind.)

Professor Stoat terrorizes his class with logic; Danny Frogflower is eaten by not-cannibals. Merrily discovers the value of straightening shoes, and also that her boss is up to no good. Merrily gets up to no good herself, and talks her way into a fancy party. Robert Franco turns out to be rather different than we imagined.

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Ladies and gentlemen! We (I) at The Bright Path Podcast are so pleased to offer you a special double feature in this blog post. Not only can you download Episode 20 of The Bright Path Podcast, you can now also purchase the paperback or Kindle e-Book version of the complete story. Podcast going too slow for you? Cruise right on over to Amazon and pick up the complete story! In either edition, you’ll get the full array of ninety-two beautiful pen and ink-style illustrations to complement the narrative.

In Episode 20, Sir Richard continues his journey into the deep wilderness. He loses his men, then finds them, then loses them again–and then finds a nasty surprise in the deep mountains.