Episode 60: The Mathematician’s Wake

Cyrus, Vicod, and Gmork return to Green Bridge to assist in solving Rolly’s murder. Cyrus catches up with old friends, and discovers a few new ones following him around. Cyrus and Vicod toast the dead; The Bright Path Podcast belly-flops into an entirely new genre of absurdity.

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 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 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 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.

Episode 44: A Good Plan, and a Bad Trope

Only select the finest of tropes. Buy a copy of The Bright Path: An Anachronism today!

In a shocking development, the Bright Path Podcast returns to the same characters for two weeks in a row. Cyrus, Merrily, and company finally enter Uellodon, only to find the Royal Academy off limits and Wigglus’s mother’s house a ruin. Cyrus proposes a pub crawl, but two strangers change their plans. The narrator’s horrific French accent rides again.

Episode 43: The Uses of Lawyers

Hobb the Wise says: For the greater good, you should own a copy of The Bright Path.

Lawyers. Huh! What are they good for? Actually, you’d be surprised. Find out in Episode 43 of The Bright Path Podcast. Also: How to have a romantic conversation whilst holding a raw sheep’s liver; why Merrily smeared bear grease all over her body; and how to wake a sleeping mathematician.

Episode 36: Two Merry Bands Set Forth Merrily

Merrily sings a new song with old words. Cyrus discovers that comparing a woman to a dead cow has serious consequences. Ratwurst gets an unexpected promotion, and Wigglus explains, with examples, the circumstances in which it is legally acceptable to solve one’s personal problems with murder.

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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 18: Pictures in the Snow (with “Last Songs” feat. Cory Osborne)

Part 2 of The Bright Path Podcast begins with a different perspective. In Green Bridge, Veridia confronts the predations of her enemies and the flaws in her own plans. She resorts to violence, and then thinks better of it. Rolland Gorp delivers a bit too much literary criticism, and pays the usual price. Veridia goes for a ski race, and loses.

This episode features “Last Songs” by Ben Birney, featuring baritone Cory Osborne.