But I did get The Sianian Wolf in the post. The courier man was so scared of our scary dog sign that he threw the package over the fence instead of coming in and putting it somewhere logical. I like how our scary dog sign keeps the sales people out. But it is kind of annoying how The Sianian Wolf got thrown over a fence because our Beware of the Dog sign, which really is only advising protection against a three kilo hairball (otherwise known as a Yorkshire Terrier).
Anyhow, I have taken pictures, and I'm pretty excited about it. The new cover seems more striking than the old one - although I liked the old one very much (it was my favourite out of the first edition books). And the matte finish is actually very sophisticated - more so than gloss, which has the potential to look somewhat hackneyed. It also feels like a rather solid book - a bit fatter than the other one, because it was printed in munken creme paper, which seems to have a higher GSM. Anyway, I'm using all these random printing terms, so I'll just write a rather unofficial set of definitions.
Matte - the covers that aren't shiny
Gloss - the covers that are shiny
Munken creme - an off-white type of paper that feels nice and looks good
GSM - the thickness or weight of paper
Sadly, the paperback isn't available for purchase yet (unless you want to buy a first edition copy for an outrageous price), but it should be in the process of clearing. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the above photos and the below humorous contrast.