Saturday, October 20, 2007

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.

4 Comments:

Blogger Nils said...

more whisky please!

10:38 PM  
Blogger owens valley tomatohead said...

It's nice to know there is redemption (from large retailers and strange towns).

(If you ever get to this part of California, we'll show you the awesome independent bookstore less than a block away and the used bookstore across the street. We'll sick our publishing rep girlfriend on you. She plies everyone with great books from the smaller literary presses.)

Two words for you: Arrowtown Pies.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Barry said...

Your publishing rep friend sounds like the sort of person I'd relish having sicced on me!

I know about Arrowtown oies, and am a great fan of their smoked fish pie, but they had none today. Shocking!@

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Tricia said...

So that is how you spell sic/sicced!
Sorry there were no smoked fish pies.

6:32 AM  

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