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A rare thing indeed

Reid shop window

After the demise of Waterstones in Bold Street, see my earlier post: bookshops in Liverpool are becoming few and far between. Reid of Liverpool is one of the few independent booksellers left in this city. A very rare thing indeed.

Reid of Liverpool is a traditional antiquarian & used bookshop, established in 1975. Over 40,000 titles of a most varied stock, from academic, science, fiction, unusual and arcane.

Reid of Liverpool

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Thought for Friday

In your working process you should have no boundaries and then you have no fear.
Although some can feel uncomfortable about this, good things can come out of incomprehension and incompetence. 
It can take you places the linear, logical thought cannot.
The act of not knowing and finding something out that is new, or to find a new way and a new understanding.

From: There is a Unified Theory Of Everything.

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Pelican covers from the 1970s on Retronaut

The Multinationals Pelican cover design


Most of these Multinationals from the 70s are still Multinationals today. Interesting to note how little some of the logotypes have altered.

Over on Retronaut they have very nice collection of Pelican covers from the 1970s.

Americas Receding Future Pelican cover design


The subject matter in many cases remains topical today. It shows how little has changed in so many ways. Excellent cover designs and well worth a look as is the rest of the site.

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Behind the Sofa (or what I want for Christmas)…

Behind the Sofa Dr Who book


This one is on my list for Christmas. So if Santa is reading this blog, make sure the elves put it in my stocking.

Behind The Sofa is a collection of over 100 celebrity memories of Doctor Who, compiled in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK. Steve Berry decided to undertake this project in memory of his mother Janet, who suffered from Alzheimer’s in her final years and passed away in 2009. The book has taken more than four years to put together and its publication has been “crowd-funded” by the pre-orders of an enthusiastic Whovian community.

For more go here.

If you want to look back at the blog then here.

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Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury 1975

Ray Bradbury 1975

It was with genuine sadness that I heard of the death of Ray Bradbury on 5 June. I have always enjoyed Science Fiction, particularly the short story form of the genre. As a teenager I loved the work of Asimov, Heinlein, Clarke and Silverberg, but it was Bradbury’s stories that were the most magical to my young mind.

Later while attending college I attempted to illustrate (without much success) ‘The Martian Chronicles’. I even remember approaching one of my tutors, the late George Jardine to ask for help. He naturally pointed me in the direction of the surrealists. But Ray Bradbury’s work wasn’t simply surreal. He created his own worlds, often seen from a child’s perspective in the small town America setting of the twenties and thirties.

To quote Margaret Atwood in a lovely piece on Bradbury for the Guardian Review, “Stories read with such enthusiasm at such a young age are not so much read as inhaled. They sink all the way in and all the way down, and they stay with you”.

The first Bradbury books I can remember reading were ‘Golden Apples of the Sun’ and ‘Dandelion Wine’. Wonderful collections of perfect short stories. When ever I read a Bradbury tale it always felt as though I had seen seen something from the corner of my eye, but when I looked it had vanished. That odd feeling of something perceived but not seen. There but not there.

First edition of Golden Apples of the Sun

First edition of Golden Apples of the Sun

Golden Apples of the Sun. My 1970 edition.

Golden Apples of the Sun. My 1970 edition.

I no longer think of Bradbury’s work as Science Fiction, it defies being slotted conveniently into a box. As did the man.

This is from
Throughout his life, Bradbury liked to recount the story of meeting a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932. At the end of his performance Electrico reached out to the twelve-year-old Bradbury, touched the boy with his sword, and commanded, Live forever! Bradbury later said, I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped.

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