01 May 2010

Sunny Bookshop: The end of an era

More photos of the well-known Sunny Bookshop.

The corridors were crammed with all kinds of volumes. The place was a godsend during the days when only MPH, Times the Bookshop, Popular and a few others existed. It had a reasonable range then especially when it came to science fiction.

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Sunny Bookshop

After over twenty years, Sunny Bookshop is shifting to Plaza Singapura. The bookstore has literally been an institution in Far East Plaza for two generations of people, especially the readers of romance novels.

In its heydays, before the advent of Borders and the large Kinokuniya, the place was, well, thriving to say the least. Today, the selection on the shelves, at least in my opinion, is somewhat depleted. The arrivial of new volumes? Slowed. There is a sense of stagnation here. Decay perhaps.

In my opinion, there was a decent science fiction and fantasy section once. Today, the science fiction section is mostly filled military SF, with volumes by the likes of David Drake and David Weber. Oh well. It is not for me. And the fantasy section? Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman. Argh.

I will miss this place when it finally shifts. It will shift next week.

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