Thursday, 26 August 2010

I see Pinstripes

You've possibly already seen my link via twitter, but Strange Men has notched another review in its starched pants. This one is by Joshua Reynolds. I think I yelped when Google sent me an email link to the review and I possibly didn't breathe until I'd read every single word. As I said last week on Simon Marshall Jones' blog, 'Reviews are scary.' They're also kind of awesome. Many thanks to Joshua for such a delightful review.

And talking of pinstripe suits...

I saw a strange little man wearing one yesterday. To be fair, he may only have been strange in my imagination. He was brushing up outside a tobacconists in the city centre, was about nineteen or twenty, most definitely overdressed in his pinstriped suit (which looked slightly too big). His colleagues were wearing jeans and t-shirts. He looked so tired and weary as if he'd worked there for years or as if he knew he'd be there forever, sweeping that same street. A Groundhog Day ghost in a world that kept moving about him.

Or he could have just been hungover and gone to work straight from a wedding. But there's no oddness to be weaved from that.

12 comments:

Natalie L. Sin said...

I dunno, weddings are pretty odd. The whole cake smushing thing mystifies me!

Cate Gardner said...

Ah, but you'd love my nephews wedding which takes place next month... At least a quarter of the guests will be young Chinese men.

Jeremy Kelly said...

Aparently, for my parents' first date, my dad showed up to my mom's house (a farm) in a pinstripe suit and my grandpa ran him off the property with a shotgun.

My grandpa was right. :)

Simon C. Larter said...

Maybe he was stuck in a localized timewarp, or perhaps Purgatory. Victorian-era candy-seller doomed to sweep the sidewalk forever for poisoning 63 old-age pensioners with bonbons.

Danielle Ferries said...

I was thinking he could have just stepped through a portal and was acclimatising himself.

K.C. Shaw said...

Are you 100% you actually saw him? Or did you just wish you had? :)

Woot on the review, too.

Aaron Polson said...

Those pesky pinstripers...

Cate Gardner said...

Jeremy, brilliant story. :D

Simon, perhaps.

Danielle, if so, I think he should run back, this world didn't suit him.

I did wonder that, Kate. I shall see if he's there again today.

They're everywhere, Aaron.

katey said...

I'm sure I've told you before that I love the way your mind works, but I do.

I've commented elsewhere on the review, but I really cannot wait to get my copy <3

Cate Gardner said...

Thanks, Katey.

Bobbie Metevier said...

A ghost from Muse Island?

I haven't seen a man wearing pinstripes in ages, maybe never . . .

I keep picturing 1930s era gangsters.

Cate Gardner said...

He looked very much like a trainee gangster, Bobbie. I also suspect he wouldn't have survived a shoot-out.