We had a round about idea of what we were doing for the day. I wanted to go to the Forbidden Planet megastore, as I had missed out going the last time I was in London, and on the way we finally found Denmark Street. Bear in mind that Matt loves guitars and that this road is basically just guitar shops. Expensive guitar shops. He was in heaven. Luckily for non-musical me there was a Foyles bookshop across the road. I was basically like a kid in a candy shop, that place was HUGE! Not to mention the vast selection, including books that I haven't been able to find anywhere else in the U.K, bar online. I knew it was a sign, and who cares if I have plenty on my TBR list already, how could I pass up the chance to own/read Libba Bray's Beauty Queens and the Zombies VS. Unicorns anthology?
Moving on, or after Matt dragged me away from the books and the Doctor Who merchandise, we found Forbidden Planet, after bypassing a massive tool shop, had a look round and I managed not to buy anything...just. We then went to Fopp, to peruse their vinyl selection, before heading to lunch and then having a break in Hyde Park. Or should I say Matt had a nap while I continued reading Mira Grant's Feed. It was a lovely afternoon, but we weren't done yet.
The main reason for the trip was that last week I had won tickets from SFX to go to the Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter event at the IET, where they would be discussing their new book, The Long War.
It was a really good event, even if answers to questions sometimes took such an indirect route that I was often left wondering what the original question was! However, if you know me, that's my kind of answer! Pratchett was full of wit, quantum bollocks is a rather good phrase, Baxter highlighted the process of how a single book by two authors whose styles are rather different, and Terry's assistant Rob was a great mediator. Shame we never got to use the microphones for a group sing-a-long!
I had a fantastic day, I'm more enthusiastic about reading The Long War and I really can't wait to go to another book event. I just wish there were more local ones with authors whose books I have read so I'm not completely clueless as to what they are on about!