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Continuing famous last lines - 25th Jun 2018

Continuing famous last lines The little quiz on guessing a book title from its last line is carrying on for one more week so if you haven't been participating before today, you can warm up by having a go at all the items from last week. You can also go on our Facebook page and have a look at the quiz there which is to do with last lines from New Zealand literature only. 

1. ...or start upright in bed, with the sharp voice of Captain Flint still ringing in my ears: "Pieces of eight! Pieces of eight!'
2. Oh, father," said Eppie, "what a pretty home ours is. I think nobody could be happier than we are.
3."He turned out the light and went into Jem's room. He would be there all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning.

The picture shows MK Joseph's book I'll Soldier No MoreThe last line on our Facebook page quiz on Friday was from that New Zealand novel.

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson 
Silas Marner by George Eliot
To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

Guess the last line continued - 22nd Jun 2018

In a Fishbone Church by Catherine Chidgey Continuing our last line challenge, we have another selection for you to wrack (or rack) your brains over:

"Now small fowls flew screaming over the yet yawning gulf, a sullen white surf beat against its steep sides; then all collapsed..

He was withered, wrinkled, and loathsome of visage. It was not till they had examined the rings that they recognised who it was.

"The horror! The horror!... Exterminate all the brutes! It seemed appropriate, if not entirely just.. but after getting suh a concentrated jolt of reality I was not much concerned about justice.

Those of you who looked on our Facebook page yesterday would have seen the last line quoted there. It came from New Zealand author Catherine Chidgey's book In a Fishbone Church

Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Hell's Angels by Hunter S Thompson

More famous last lines - 21st Jun 2018

More famous last lines Continuing yesterday's theme, here are a few more famous last lines to puzzle over (before checking the answers at the end).
Tomorrow, I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.”
He loved Big Brother.”
“. . . and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.”

If you had a look on our Facebook page, you would have seen a fantastic last line from a very famous New Zealand novel called A Gun in My Hand by Gordon Slatter.

Answers to above
Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind
George Orwell, 1984
James Joyce, Ulysses

Famous last lines - 20th Jun 2018

Famous last lines You may have participated in our recent competition of name a book from its first line. Now we are doing the same with some very famous last lines. We will list a few here with answers given at the end (so no peeking). If you enjoy this sort of challenge, then also go to our Facebook page and try the daily closing line there - a bit more difficult than the ones here because they will all be from New Zealand literature. However, try these ones meanwhile:

"It is a far far better thing that I do than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known."
"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."
"The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which."

And the quote which is on our Facebook page is "The Gun is in my hand and the rounds are ready for loading and I wish I had the guts to do it." 

Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities
Scott Fitzgerald Great Gatsby
George Orwell Animal Farm

Budding writers - 18th Jun 2018

Budding writers We have an essay by Lorrie Moore titled How to Become a Writer.
She starts off like this, "First, try to be something, anything, else."
That's good advice but the best advice probably comes from Charles Bukowski

if it doesn't come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don't do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don't do it.
if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
searching for words,
don't do it.
if you're doing it for money or
don't do it.
if you're doing it because you want
women in your bed,
don't do it.
if you have to sit there and
rewrite it again and again,
don't do it.
if it's hard work just thinking about doing it,
don't do it.
if you're trying to write like somebody
forget about it.
if you have to wait for it to roar out of
then wait patiently.
if it never does roar out of you,
do something else.

if you first have to read it to your wife
or your girlfriend or your boyfriend
or your parents or to anybody at all,
you're not ready.

don't be like so many writers,
don't be like so many thousands of
people who call themselves writers,
don't be dull and boring and
pretentious, don't be consumed with self-
the libraries of the world have
yawned themselves to
over your kind.
don't add to that.
don't do it.
unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don't do it.
unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don't do it.

when it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by
itself and it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in you.

there is no other way.

and there never was

New Auckland shop opens today! - 15th Jun 2018

New Auckland shop opens today! The new Auckland Hard to Find Books opened today in its beautiful new premises at 2-8 St Benedict's Street, Eden Terrace. Allegedly there were hoardes lined up waiting to get in at opening time. Make sure to pop in for a look if you are in Auckland.

Creepy crawlies - 14th Jun 2018

A man walks into a pet shop and says, "I want to buy a wasp."
Shop assistant says, "Sorry, sir, we don't sell wasps."
The man says, "Well, you've got loads in the window."

Silly joke but it neatly brings us onto the subject of insects, entomology, zoology, wasps, ants, butterflies, moths, bees, wetas or whatever your particular area of interest is.

Today's pictures are from a three-volume set of Episodes of Insect Life, published in 1849 by Reeve, Benham & Reeve, by Acheta Domestica.    There are some superb illustrations as you can see.

We do have a huge range of entomology books, from general interest to the very specialised professional field, from cheap and cheerful to really expensive, from textbooks to picture books, from academic tomes to introductory courses.  Whatever you're after, we've probably got something of interest.  Browse through our catalogue and see what you can find.  

Fifty Years Adrift - 13th Jun 2018

Fifty Years Adrift Fifty Years Adrift by Derek Taylor and George Harrison (Editor)

This is a limited numbered edition which is signed by the author and also by the editor George Harrison. It comes in a dark brown heavy card slipcase. It is a small quarto with dark brown cloth boards and polished dark brown leather corners & spine. On the spine, there is gilt lettering in a red title panel between five raised bands. An attractive gilt & red ship motif sits in the middle of the front board. All the page edges are gilt.

It is very expensive but would be a great present for the music lover in your life. There is plenty of coverage of Derek Taylor's contact with elite musician such as The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Roy Orbison. The layout of the book is intriguing. It is a beautiful edition. Has to be seen to be believed.

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