Sneak Peak: Billy Moon
I’m really excited to read this book from Douglas Lain. Billy Moon tells the story of Christopher Robin, but not one that you might expect from A.A. Milne.
Christopher Robin Milne was an actual person, the son of the Winnie the Pooh author, and after fighting in World War II went on to become a writer. The name comes from his father’s nickname for him, Billy, and from his pronunciation of his name when he was little, “Moon.”
In Lain’s book, Chris’s life takes an unexpected turn to Paris and involves a mysterious new friend. I love the original Milne stories, and as soon as I read about this one in Tor’s catalog, I knew I had to give it a shot.
Here is the opening bit from Douglas Lain’s Billy Moon:
Christopher was thirty-eight years old and still hadn’t managed to escape his stuffed animals. Worse, the neighborhood stray, a grey British Shorthair, was scratching at the entrance of his bookshop. Chris looked up to see the cat making no headway on the glass but leaving muddy prints under the sign that was no flipped so that the CLOSED side was facing out for passersby to read. The cat’s scratching made a repetitive and grating noise that reminded Chris of a broken wristwatch.