Scorpio Books

This quiet, appealing neighborhood bookstore has been a staple of Christchurch for over 40 years.  Although its original building was damaged during the massive earthquake of 2011, the business itself lives on. When I first visited the store in late 2015, Scorpio Books occupied a humble shipping container in the trendy Re:Start Mall.  It was […]

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Reed Reviews

Reed Naiper has to be one of my favorite “celebrities” of the modern era.  Although his Youtube channel features a lot of standard fare such as video game walkthroughs, in my opinion Reed shines brightest during his product reviews.  “Casual Gamer Reed”, as he’s known online, offers his unbiased (and unedited) thoughts on a range […]

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Unity Books

A quick trip through Auckland last week was the inspiration for this paragraph, a brief shout-out to one of the best bookstores I’ve come across.  Unity Books only has two locations, this one plus another in Wellington, but their reputation is huge.  In a world where massive chain booksellers offer office supplies, toys and games, […]

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Used Book Hunting: The Last Samurai, by Helen Dewitt

  I was wandering through a used bookshop last week, the kind of store which has no website like it’s not 2017 and where the paperbacks are stacked floor to ceiling like the owner’s goal was to create some kind of fire hazard death trap.  It was there that I came across a like-new copy […]

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Challenge Accepted.

  TL, DR; Since this book was published in 1982, only two of its twelve secret “treasure casques” have been unearthed. Read more here and here.  The way I see it, 35 years is enough of a wait…

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Making the jump

BREAKING NEWS:  After 10 years of dragging my feet, I’ve finally decided to attempt the jump from Blogger to WordPress.  “Why, why?”  You are in your incomprehensible babble, unable to assimilate stimulating concepts of literature into your blighted and retarded worldview.  Well, to put it simply you can do a lot more cool stuff using […]

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