Ah, but Where The Librarian Went? Much more interesting. She went to Waiheke Island, near Auckland, New Zealand. She went there because the Retired Rock Star lives there. And now I want to go there too.
I went to New Zealand in 1987. (Which is right about when some of you were born, I realize -- I suppose I could just write "I went to New Zealand in the last century..."; I am that old.) I have family there, mostly in the southern portion of the North Island. I saw something of Christchurch and drove around Lake Taupo -- all of it was so amazingly beautiful that my photographs (alas, all pre-digital) didn't do it justice.
Now, I did fly into Auckland, but I saw nothing of the city, just the airport. So a book based in Auckland was fascinating. Let's see what I was missing, shall we?
First up, University of Auckland. Bliss mentions the clock tower:
and a fountain in Albert Park, where Rachel waits to "accidentally" run into Devin, the RRS:
Here's where Rachel works:
and here's where Devin lives:
In fact, this might be his bedroom:
This could be Devin's pool:
Here's what Rachel sees on the ferry as she's leaving Waiheke Island:
and the view of Auckland from the ferry:
Finally, there's a wedding at the end of this book, and this is what the view is like from that scene:
Needless to say, I didn't take any of those pictures. But thanks to Flickr, I can
What? You want to know what I thought of the book? Let's put it this way: stick it in the United States and it's not nearly so much fun.