Sunday, May 29, 2016

Surprise City Book Hunt - Part 2

Following on from yesterday's post, today my wife and I spent our second day in the City and visited a few more book stores.

The first was Dymocks on Collins Street where I was looking for the newly released paperback reprint of "Trigger Mortis" by Anthony Horowitz.  No luck though.  I also searched for a Young Bond reprint by Charlie Higson to complete the set and checked out the Bond books in the movie section.


Second we visited Robinson's Bookshop at the Emporium.  No luck here, although I did almost get hit by a wayward ladder.


We then made our way to Elizabeth Street where we checked out Minotaur.

And finally we visited All Star Comics while making our way back to the hotel to check out. I didn't even know this store existed at this location.  Heaps of mags and a lots of collectables but no Bond stuff for me today.

Finally, while in the City we visited the excellent Scorsese Exhibition at ACMI, Fed Square.  Here's some snaps.  I know it would never happen but he would direct a brilliant Bond film.  Perhaps "007 In New York" !

Friday, May 27, 2016

Surprise City Book Hunt - Part 1

Apologies, I haven't had time to post further entries about our road trip in New Zealand yet.  However my wife and I are currently walking around Melbourne as she has organised a surprise weekend away for me in the City.

We've just left City Basement Books where we found several Bond novels for sale.


And now we're sitting in a cafe in Fed Square enjoying breakfast and a hot chocolate.  There were several Bond novels for sale at the Saturday stalls too but I had them all.

Friday, May 06, 2016

Our New Zealand Road Trip Begins

A few weeks ago my wife and I along with our friends, Jean-Claude and Brownie, landed in Auckland about to embark on an 18 day road trip of New Zealand.  The trip was a surprise present for Jean-Claude's 30th birthday.

We only spent one night in Auckland so I didn't get a chance to visit any second-hand book stores there.

I had my fingers crossed there would be some books in the Bay Of Islands which was our next destination.  Located near the top of the North Island of New Zealand the bay contains 144 small islands and the first European to visit it was Captain James Cook.  

My homework told me there were three book stores in the town but being a Sunday the first store I located, a book exchange, was closed.  I did manage to grab this photo through the store window though.
 
The next second-hand book store, located in a garage near the library, only opens every second Saturday or when the cruise ships arrive.  There were no cruise ships in the bay this Sunday so closed it was.

Fortunately the third store, Paihia Bookshop was open.  Selling both new and second-hand books this store has a wide variety of books.
 

Unfortunately the lady behind the counter told me there were no Bond novels on their shelves at the moment.  C'est la vie.  There were still plenty more towns and cities to visit on our journey around New Zealand.

Finally, here's some holiday snaps of the Bay Of Islands.  On the first day we arrived there it was a bit grey, however the weather was beautiful the next day.