Nothing warms a bleak midwinter more than new Iris Wildthyme stories, and so I’m pleased to hear that the brand new Wildthyme in Purple has been received by at least some of you wise enough to pre-order. I haven’t seen a copy myself yet (the problem with being in India is the extra shipping time on such things), but I’m looking forward to it enormously. My story, ‘The Many Lives of Zorro’, is one which I’m particularly happy with, and I’m looking forward to seeing if anybody agrees. I like its cavalier spirit, and I hope you might too.
As you know, I was lucky enough to have a story featured in the previous tome documenting Iris’s unfortunate tamperings in time. To be honest, I thought that was probably the end of my dalliance with the lady for a while, as there is a long list of fine authors jostling for the same opportunity. While I pitched a tale for this volume in good faith, I didn’t really think I’d be making an appearance between its covers. That I was wrong is a bit of a privilege.
If you’re a lover of physical books, Obverse deliver genuinely beautiful editions, that will make you happy to hold. If you’re an ebook convert, they also sell electronic editions direct from their website (and I’ve just noticed, they have an ebook edition of the last volume Iris: Abroad too). All the links are over here.
You may be under the misapprehension that the adventures of a gin soaked time traveller and her talking Panda companion (in the case of my own yarn, with additional swashbuckling) would not be your cup of tea, but you’re entirely wrong. I recognise though that you may not wish to commit until you’re certain it passes the ultimate test of quality.
I am therefore pleased to confirm that Wildthyme In Purple is, in every conceivable way, BETTER THAN A TOWEL.
It’s not quite the end of the year. You’ve time to treat yourself once more before 2012 arrives. Go to it.