Brisbane bookworms should already know about bookstores like The Avid Reader and Archives Fine Books. But for the obscure, the rare and the just plain strange, try these lesser known book retailers.
If I've missed one, be sure to leave a comment with your tip for the strangest and/or most esoteric Brisbane bookstore.
The kitchen is king at this quaint little store that stocks nothing but cookbooks. But it's not all Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver here; you'll also find books on vegan cooking and organic diets, books about kitchen gardening, books that explore the science of baking, and a whole lot more, all spread out quite artistically throughout an installation shop on Grey Street, South Bank.
You can also buy things to make your kitchen pretty. Scrumptious Reads stocks home wares, cutlery, crockery and other gadgets and appliances by brands such as AdHoc, DCI Bamboo and Menu.
Pulp Fiction Bookstore
With a name like Pulp Fiction, how could this store stock anything but hard boiled mystery novels, the type that star chain smoking hard men and wide eyed ingénues? Well, quite easily actually – you will also find science fiction and fantasy novels in this small but packed to the rafter's store.
Pulp Fiction is located inside Anzac Square, near the Edward Street exit.
Okay, Mary Ryan is hardly a little corner store, but it does deserve an entry on this list as one of the better quality franchises around. Titles go beyond the bestsellers list and the employees appear to know their product (I'll never return to one particular book franchise after a staffer asked me who Stephen King was. Seriously.)
If you've been sticking to Dymocks or Angus and Robertson because you prefer the reliability of a franchise, I recommend paying a visit to Mary Ryan. There are four stores in Brisbane, and another four in the surrounding areas.
ACE Comics and Games
Gamers and comic book aficionados are undoubtedly already aware of this stores existence. But you don't have to be a collector of the genre to enjoy this store; they have whacky games, toys, and other merchandise as well as a wide selection of comic books.
Don't feel like heading all the way into the city and walking up all those stairs? Visit their online store.
It's nice to see the Ace on your list. It is hands down the best comics and games storeI have ever visited because the range of products is excellent and more importantly the staff are actually polite and helpful and don't stare at female customers like they have never seen a woman before.