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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.

Music makes the world go round - 12th Jun 2018

"Let me be clear about this: I don't have a drug problem, I have a police problem."
Keith Richards

"We don't comment on whales and the rainforest.  You need a rock star for that?  Some idiot who couldn't tune a guitar six month ago is now an environmental expert?"
Gene Simmons, KISS

Gods of Rock by Rob Fitzpatrick and Mark Roland is packed with legends, lore, myths, facts, escapades and quotations from the world of popular music from  AC/DC to ZZ Top.  If you run a pub quiz or just like trivia, this is the book for you: bands with mad names, longest prog songs, most overrated albums, songs used in political campaigns, religious rockers, least & most sexy rock stars, and much more.  

We have a huge range of books on all kinds of music.  Whatever your area, we probably have something to interest you.  Come in and have a look or browse through our online catalogue. You get over 100 books to browse with the key words 'country & western' and over 1000 with the key word 'music'.  

Joseph Conrad - 11th Jun 2018

Joseph Conrad is famous for several reasons. He is considered one of the greatest novelists writing in English and is author of many classics such as Heart of Darkness, Nostromo, and Lord Jim, to name only a few.

Secondly, although he was actually from Poland and Polish was his first language, he became a UK citizen and wrote really beautiful prose in English, his second language. There are not many who could do that.

But thirdly, and definitely my favourite, he apparently didn't like to read reviews of his work. What he did was measure the review with a ruler and the longer the review, the happier he was with it. Seems like a very sensible strategy to me.

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