Hi, Matt here, with an update on what’s coming next:
In January of next year – We can’t believe we made it through 12 months of blogging our way through Jarvis! – we’ll be starting both the Tales from the Wyrd Museum series, and also reading through the Almanack entries for each month. So, if you want to keep up with us, you’ll need to get yourself two books for next month!
Let’s start with the Museum …
The Woven Path is a bit of an abandoned book for me. I remember buying it when I came out. In fact, I loved the original cover artwork, featuring an elaborate arched doorway and a terrified, one-armed teddy bear fleeing from what looked like an enormous cockroach with glowing red eyes. (As an Australian, I can appreciate the fear of giant cockroaches: the things are miserable.)
However, like all of my Jarvis books from Warlock in Whitby onwards, I never got around to reading them at the time they came out. I eventually caught up on the remaining Whitby and Deptford Histories books, and later on down the track I decided to jump back in to Jarvis when Dancing Jax came out.
But the poor old Wyrd Museum either sat in boxes in cupboards or on shelves, unread, moving from house to house. So I never did find out – who was that giant cockroach? What was the teddy bear’s full backstory? (There are some hints at it on Robin’s author website, but they only make me more curious.)
So, finally, the time has come to dust off my still mint-condition originals and give it a read. Looking forward to it!
If you’re looking to buy a copy, this one is still in print on Amazon in paperback or Kindle edition, all of which contain the original illustrations. (Though sadly the terrified teddy bear no longer features on the latest covers.)
Meanwhile, now that we’ve read our way through everything Deptford barring the Mouselets, we thought the new year would be a great time to begin the Deptford Mice Almanack. It’s exactly what it sounds like – a guide to the year, arranged in months and date entries – explaining further lore of all the characters and societies from the Deptford books. It probably won’t make as much sense if you haven’t read those books, but it’s a beautiful extra enhancement if you have. As soon as I flicked through the first few pages, I immediately decided I didn’t want to read it cover to cover and am going to space it out over the year.
At the end of every month, we’ll do a post on our favourite bits and interesting trivia from that month’s selection of the Almanack. This one is out-of-print, so you will need to do some searching for it, but it is fairly cheap on the second-hand market (at least in the UK) and has heaps and heaps of original illustrations.