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Library Book Exchange 2011

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Library Book Exchange 2011

It’s that time of year again! I picked up a surprisingly nice haul of books in the last one, including Russian propaganda posters, Picasso & Drawing the Head & Hands by Andrew Loomis. This is even better than the Library Sale cause you free up space by passing on old books that you don’t read anymore..

Recycle your books at the Book Exchange! Drop off your used books* at any Public Library from 2 to 15 April, 11.00am to 8.00pm and get a coupon for every book** accepted. Present your coupon at the Book Exchange for a one-for-one exchange of books.

Event details

Date: Saturday,

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Time: 8.30am to 6.00pm

Venue: The Plaza, National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street

*We accept adults’ and children’s fiction and non-fiction books (eg. cookbooks, travel guides and romance novels) in the four official languages. We also accept used library books bought from previous Library Book Sales. Used books for exchange should be in relatively good physical condition. Textbooks, magazines and audio-visual materials are not accepted.

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Note: NLB reserves the right to change the terms and conditions without prior notice

Library Book Sale 2010

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

That’s my haul from the Library Book Sale two weekends ago. More cool stuff than last year, even though I went down after lunch that day.

It’s a good mix of technique, artist centric and theory (not to mention a few plain eye candy books). Sculpture, Form & Philosophy is a book I’ve borrowed from the library before and

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For the comics, The World’s Greatest Super-Heroes is one of my favourites. It’s the book that Alex Ross and Paul Dini did after the success of Kingdom Come. I grabbed the book off a heavily loaded cart on a hunch, didn’t even really take a good look at the cover. It was like last year when I saw a portion of a cartoon face obscured amongst other books, dug it up and realised I was holding on to a Princess Mononoke artbook. Gorgeous fully painted art from cover to cover, the stories are pretty interesting too (getting Superman to solve world hunger isn’t as easy as it sounds). The Dark Knight Returns was a great find.

Honestly, both times I’ve been to the sale it’s exceeded my expectations by giving me both what I wanted as well as cool stuff I didn’t know I needed! Add to that the price of $54 for the lot, and you’ve got an annual event that can’t be missed. Looking forward to the next one (and also planning more shelving..)


Friday, July 25th, 2008


I’ve always been a fan of illustrated story books, and my copy of the

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I paid USD$15 for the book itself and another USD$16 for shipping, putting this practically pristine second hand book at SGD$41. It was really a bargain considering the book retails at USD$34.95 without shipping from the official Dinotopia website, on top of that there’s no way to pay by credit card there and they do not ship internationally.

I’ve been meaning to get this book for ages, and so I finally decided to order it after some scouting around the net. It’s in excellent condition, I could have mistaken it for a new copy if I didn’t know it was used. The content of the book itself is as good as I thought it would be. The painting in the two page spread is what got me interested in this series, at least 7 years ago. The book is filled with loose yet detailed depictions of humans living in peace with Dinosaurs on a lost island in the 1800s. I’ve been following the author James Gurney’s blog too. It offers great insight into all manner of traditional art techniques as well as

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Unfortunately my copy isn’t signed by James Gurney like a lot of the books out there are, but that’s ok since I’m sure I’ll be able to get it signed someday. What’s cool is that it’s a first edition. All I can say is, thanks again to Stephanie Howlett-West for the warm customer service and for finding this book in the first place.

The 20% discount for purchases in August sounds great, and I’ve got my eye on that $5 copy of Where the Wild Things Are..

Hitting the Books..

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Took the weekend to start acclimatising myself to Maya after being a 3dsmax user for such a long time. Heh, feels so different but I think I’m getting the hang of it slowly. Even so, things just aren’t where I expect them to be.. which is to be expected I guess.. gonna keep at it, will need every bit of expertise these next few months..

I was also researching architecture for my environment design, and I happened to revisit a website I had bookmarked under “Books” in my browser and promptly forgot thereafter.

Illuminated Manuscript

BibliOdyssey is a blog about books, but oh what books they are. Recently the trend has been for various educational institutions and museums to digitise and upload some of their collections, and in high res no less. These sites are largely out of the general consciousness, being targeted at academics, scholars and the like. BibliOdyssey unearths the wonders that can be found there and spreads them to the masses.

Japanese woodcuts, 16th Century German treatises on Architecture, beautiful colour plates from a book on the splendour of Old Mexico, these are just some of the finds that are showcased regularly on BibliOdyssey. Some of my childhood favourites like illuminated manuscripts, old maps and automata are among the mix. A charmingly eclectic collection that would appeal to artists, writers, anyone who has a fascination for the treasures of the human mind stored on the printed page.

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