Here stands our shining beacon of hope. A specialist bookshop in Bayside Melbourne crammed full of the good stuff, with fantasy, science-fiction, horror, manga, paranormal, art books, classics and young adult titles.
So, come and sit on the couch. Mind the Tardis…
Notions Unlimited is owned and operated by Chuck McKenzie, Horror author, bookseller, and reader.
Today was opening day and I headed down with Craig, Mel and Suz of Suz’s Space for some book shopping and coffee.
The shop is bright and comfortable, well laid-out and full of fun things to amuse you while you’re browsing. We spent a good hour book browsing and found many excuses to sit on the couch.
I of course had a difficult time trying to pick a book from such a marvellous selection, and having decided I wanted a book that was not part of a series and an author I hadn’t read before. I mainly browsed the fantasy and Science fiction shelves and there was a fantastic selection. There was two full shelves of Pratchett, a good deal of them with the original Josh Kirby covers for only $14.95. Some classic titles were scattered amongst the shelves, with a nice Brothers Grimm collection by Vintage Books with their excellent cover art, a huge paperback for only $12.95 (on my list) There is entire back catalogues of all the fantasy heavyweights and a great selection of SF Masterworks including a full shelf of Philip K. Dick. For collectors there was some nice deluxe editions, including a pair of cloth-bound H.G Wells Collections.
You will also find bookcases full of Manga and Graphic Novels, a massive selection of Paranormal Romance and Horror, an Australian Small Press display with a great range of local authors and a good selection of art books.
Now for the Spoils….
I finally decided on a Neil Gaiman, this one excellently illustrated by Dave McKean, and Craig chose an SF Masterworks of the Forever War. Suz selected something by someone called Whatshisname which I was told to photgraph upside-down. Most mysterious.
Mel selected some book for her quest to understand the pesky ghost that is currently haunting a part of the building she works at. I’m not sure it will help vanquish the Ghost, but Chuck kindly gave her a voodoo charm to aid her in the battle.
There will be a grand opening soon, keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter for more details.
And remember, support your local bookshops lest you fall foul of the Zombies.
Shop 9, Chelsea Beach Aracde
426 Nepean Hwy Chelsea VIC 3196
Tel: (03) 9773 1102