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In this episode, Erik Rostad discusses the short story The Places Beyond the Maps by Douglas Kaine McKelvey.
Happy but surprised to hear that other people think this will be greater than Narnia. My takeaway after reading the series (several times) is that they are better than LotR and Narnia, and the end of Monster in the Hollows is the greatest American prose yet.
Interesting. Thanks for sharing.
Hi, Erik. I read the Wingfeather Saga with my kids last year, and only just recently discovered “The Places Beyond The Maps” last week. I enjoyed Wingfeather, but this small story by DKM was simply magnificent. I have not read anything so deep, so beautiful, so lovely and true since… well, since Lord of the Rings (my personal favourite). I remember going through every few pages and seeing some other gem of literary brilliance and having to stop and pause and just… breathe in the air of that thought or reality reflected in my own life. And the ending of course brought me to preposterous tears and laughter all at once. Well, there is much more to be said, but it would take an email, which I’ve no time for now. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience of this on your podcast.
Hi Isaiah – that’s awesome! I’m so glad to hear you loved it too. It is one of the best pieces I’ve read in a while. If you do wish to share more of what you thought about the story via email, I’d love to hear it – firstname.lastname@example.org
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