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ashbash



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PostPosted: Tue 10-Jan-2006 10:22 pm    Post subject: Recommend best Sci fi bookshops in Dublin? Reply with quote

Obviously there's Hodges Figgis, Waterstones, Forbidden Planet etc.

Just wondering if anyone knows any off-the-beaten track shops where you might find a more eclectic mix of sci fi books. Anthology in Meeting House Squre in Temple Bar is one. All Dublin Books shops are useless.

Just wondering if there's any gems out there I don't know about?

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Shelly



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PostPosted: Wed 11-Jan-2006 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why do i get to the urge to say , Amazon.co.uk ?
Or Play.com?

But i'm not from Dublin so what would i know!
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ashbash



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PostPosted: Wed 11-Jan-2006 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah yeah. I know. It's just sometimes nothing beats good old bricks and mortar.

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PostPosted: Thu 12-Jan-2006 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's true. I love digging through actual books...

You should have a look at the Secret Book and Record Shop - if you walk away from Sub-city towards grafton street, before tower records you should see a sign for it above a doorway. Head on down there. I like that shop.

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Shelly



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PostPosted: Thu 12-Jan-2006 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hummm yes, nothings better than the smell of a big pile of damp, and slightly used books.
What WAS that glob on page 200? And ewww theres more on page 350!

(I really do like going through second hand books, you can nearly always find a gem, or that book that you've 'always-been-meaning-to-read-but-well-its-been-out-of-print-and-well-you-forgot-its-name- then- the author-and-can't-quite-remember-why-you-wanted-to-read-it-in-the-first-place.')
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PostPosted: Thu 12-Jan-2006 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shelly wrote:
(I really do like going through second hand books, you can nearly always find a gem, or that book that you've 'always-been-meaning-to-read-but-well-its-been-out-of-print-and-well-you-forgot-its-name- then- the author-and-can't-quite-remember-why-you-wanted-to-read-it-in-the-first-place.')


That's how I ended up reading the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy for the first time. And now I have everything Adams ever wrote, first editions etc etc. Started a (so far) lifelong obsession there.

Moral of the story: Always good to have a root (so to speak)

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Shelly



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PostPosted: Sat 14-Jan-2006 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh and Duh, Slovo Books has a very good selection. And they will be at P-con in March, as they are running it!
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ashbash



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PostPosted: Sun 15-Jan-2006 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh they sound good - thanks guys.

I'm always rooting in 2nd hand places. I find that actual book shops are the best for finding new authors or stuff to try, you know?

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PostPosted: Sun 05-Mar-2006 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A decade ago, I would have started my answer, "well if you want second-hand books, go here or if you want new ones go there."

Unfortunately, all of the good places have gone, and everywhere is rubbish now. I don't know of anywhere with a decent SF section any more, new or second hand. Sure you do pick up gems in Secret Book & Record Store or even Chapters from time to time, their selections tend to be small and limited. Some of the main bookstores do have reasonably large selections, they have a tendency to be limited to what's percieved as selling well (which I suppose makes business sense).

It's not all bad, though. There are some fantastic online places to buy books. I know it's not the same as picking up the paper ones and leafing through, but the "customers who liked this also liked..." sort of links can be surprisingly accurate, so it's not all bad. Reviews are also a good way to find out what's good.

If you know what you're looking for, sites like Abebooks, which is a network of thousands of second-hand sellers, can be great for filling in the gaps in your collection, or just finding a bargain. And, of course, there's always eBay.
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ashbash



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PostPosted: Wed 08-Mar-2006 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That there is. It all leads me to wonder though - is there a market for online specialist book retailers?? I myself would love an online sci fi book store - with a recommendation engine that didn't just throw every one of Iain M Banks' books at me....sorted by specific genre, with a forum to get recommendations - complete nerdville, but oh..I'd be in heaven.

What do you think?

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Frank J Darcy



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PostPosted: Wed 08-Mar-2006 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well i dont run a book store, but there are severall hundred book and movie revioews on my site www.shadowcat.name - mainly sci fi / fantasy / horror

Havent gotten around to sorting by genre - yet

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PostPosted: Thu 09-Mar-2006 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! I'll check it out.

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