An apology is called for
Whenever I go in to Whitcoulls to look for a specific book, I tend to come out moaning about what a miserable excuse for a bookshop it is, as it never has what I want. I also have the same sort of experience in Queenstown - it is aimed at the adventure tourist, has no second hand bookshops of any sort and has only Whitcoulls and Paper Plus for new books.
Mind you, I only have a fifty/fifty strike rate when I go to the University bookshop, so I was not surprised when I went in the other day to buy a copy of Darkmans and at least look at a copy of The Gathering, to find they had neither.
I was surprised this morning to find that the Queenstown Whitcoulls not only had both Darkmans and The Gathering but they also gave me a discount voucher to acquire both at quite a significant discount. I snapped both up, together with Out of the Blue. Sorry, Whitcoulls (doesn't mean you can buy Borders yet). Sorry, Queenstown.