Month: July 2015

Accio Potterheads! – Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows (Deluxe Edition)

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

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BookXcess: RM49.90

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Harry Potter fans of all ages and backgrounds will want to relive his thrilling adventures one last time in the grandest form possible, with the exclusive Deluxe Edition of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows!

In the final chapter of Harry Potter’s journey, Harry, Ron and Hermione go on a quest to find and destroy Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes: objects which store fragments of a person’s soul, making them unkillable. Back in Hogwarts, their friends are keeping up the good fight even as the stakes get higher and the losses climb. Just before the final, terrible battle, The Boy Who Lived discovers that Voldemort’s defeat may ask him to pay the ultimate price.

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The exclusive autographed deluxe edition comes with its own special foil-stamped slipcase, exclusive art and inserts with near-scale reproductions of Mary GrandPre’s interior art, and a never-before-seen full-colour frontispiece art on special paper. The book itself is in full-cloth case, with foil stamping and blind stamping, full-colour endpapers and an edition exclusive wraparound jacket.

If you know a Potterhead who would flip for a treasure more valuable than all the gold in Gringotts, pick up a copy now on BookXcess Online before stocks run out!

3 Children’s & Young Adult Highlights for July

The team has picked three more of our best children’s novels and young adult titles just for our younger set of fans! Check them out below:

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PAPER TOWNS by John Green

RRP: RM31.90
BookXcess: RM17.90

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When we fall in love, do we fall for the person, or our idea of that person? John Green’s third novel after Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines explores just that, with a road trip thrown in as a young man looks for a missing object of affection.

Quentin Jacobson, aka Q, has always nursed an unrequited crush on the daring and outspoken Margo Spiegelman. When she shows up at his house in the middle of the night, dressed like a ninja and plotting a campaign of vengeance, he follows her out. Margo’s plans have always been extravagant, solo affairs…until now. Things get more complicated the next day when Margo disappears, leaving only a series of clues for Q to unravel. And the further he goes, the less he sees of a girl he thought he knew…

Green brings this mystery to life with his brilliant wit and trademark emotional honesty. Paper Towns went on to win an Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery, and has appeared on bestseller lists for the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly.


 

graveyardTHE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman

RRP: RM59.95
BookXcess: RM19.90

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In 1985, Neil Gaiman saw his son peddling his bike around a graveyard in West Sussex…and looking quite comfortable doing it. Inspired to write something “a lot like The Jungle Book and set it in a graveyard”, he revisited the idea on and off over twenty-odd years until The Graveyard Book came to life.

On the night that a toddler boy’s entire family is brutally murdered by ‘the man Jack’, he crawls out of the house and up the hill into the nearby graveyard. There he is named Nobody Owens by his foster parents, the long-deceased Owenses, and is raised by them, the graveyard caretaker Silas, his ghostly teacher Mr Pennyworth and tutor Miss Lupescu. With the powers and skills granted to him, along with the Freedom of the Graveyard, Nobody makes new friends (and foes), goes on amazing adventures, and ultimately faces down his family’s killers – and the shadowy secret society behind it all.

This enchanting tale, also adapted into two graphic novels, may be populated by ghosts, werewolves and other such creatures, but the story is propelled by fascination and wonder, never sheer horror. We recommend it as a pick for slightly older children, or anyone interested in Gaiman’s works in general. The Graveyard Book has won four awards, including a Hugo Award, Carnegie Award, and a Locus Award for Best YA Novel.


 

annegablesANNE OF GREEN GABLES by Lucy Maud Montgomery (limited stocks available)

RRP: RM39.90
BookXcess: RM12.90

Life tends to throw you a curve when you least expect it – but if you deal with them positively, your unexpected surprises could very well be blessings in disguise!

Siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert decide to adopt an orphan boy to help them run the farm. Through a misunderstanding, the orphanage instead sends Anne Shirley: a bright, eager to please, chatty and imaginative girl. The book recounts Anne’s adventures in making the close-knit farming community of Avonlea her home: domestic mishaps, including dying her hair green instead of black; the fast friendship she forges with Diana Barry; her budding literary ambitions; and her rivalry with fellow schoolmate Gilbert Blythe, who earns her instant hatred when he teases her about her red hair. An older Anne goes on to win a scholarship that would allow her to pursue a degree on the mainland in Nova Scotia, but fate has other plans…

The first in the classic Anne of Green Gables series, spanning Anne’s life between 11 and 75, this warm-hearted, humorous book will be an ideal addition to any girl’s personal library.


Ready to add these titles to your bookshelf? Check them out at our Amcorp Mall and fahrenheit88 stores!

From Sentence to Screen: 3 Books That Made The Movies

Plenty of books have evolved from bestseller to blockbuster, albeit with varying amounts of success. Here are three titles from our shelves that have captured the hearts of readers and moviegoers alike – and spawned many arguments about which medium really did it better.


 

  wolf-of-wall-streetTHE WOLF OF WALL STREET by Jordan Belfort

RRP: RM51.20
BookXcess: RM17.90

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Take a look into the cutthroat world of boiler rooms, stock trading and how it can all go very, very wrong in the name of greed and profit. Jordan Belfort has done it all, quite literally, and lived the life to prove it, going from multimillionaire to wanted criminal.

Belfort’s memoir details his rise and fall as a stockbroker and symbol of American entrepreneurship. The child of accountants, he went from selling meat and seafood to stockbroking and founding his own company. His investment firm, Stratton Oakmont, specialised in pump-and-dump schemes that involved buying up cheap stock, inflating prices with false positive news, and then selling them for a massive profit (and dire losses to the consecutive buyers). Decadence and debauchery is the order of the day as he splurges on yachts, helicopters, drugs and sex before finally falling from grace.

The Wolf of Wall Street received the screen treatment in 2013, with Martin Scorsese as director and the talents of Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Riza Aziz, Matthew McConaughey and a host of others. This black comedy was nominated for five Academy Awards, and DiCaprio’s performance would net him that a Golden Globe for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.


 

hp-half-bloodHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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The adults and young adults out there are the generation raised on Harry Potter, hoping for our letters from owls and a way into a world where magic is real, dragons live on more than paper, and everyone bonded around fantasy books which grew from slim volumes to the size of our own heads. (We’ll assume that everyone has caught up already with HBP, but just in case, we promise no spoilers in this review. Not very large ones, anyway.)

In the sixth and penultimate novel of Harry’s wizarding adventures, he returns to Hogwarts and finds it a darker place – especially with Severus Snape teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts, Voldemort gaining strength and influence, and the beginnings of the physical war against He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Harry must prepare for the final battle while also juggling his academic responsibilities, made easier by the notes in his second-hand Potions textbook from a student calling himself the ‘Half-Blood Prince’. Over the course of the year, Harry and Professor Dumbledore set out to discover and destroy more of Voldemort’s weaknesses, but that quest exacts a price that shakes the very core of Hogwarts, and directs him to make a fateful decision.

Half Blood Prince looks into the past of Voldemort as well as that of lesser antagonist Snape, studying the things that shaped both men into what they are. Harry, Ron and Hermione are growing up, and are forced to mature even faster by the war brewing around them. Romance grows and emotions run high, and if readers haven’t realised by now that the Boy Who Lived is very much a teenager with the associated emotional intensity and everyday troubles, it’s definitely clear by the end of the book. The final pages leave us with a grim yet clear vision of what must come, and set the stage for one final conflict…but that’s a tale for its sequel, The Deathly Hallows.

The book benefited from an initial print run of 10.8 million copies, and some additional drama as some books were mistakenly sold before the official launch. Its film adaptation grossed over USD934 million, the second-highest grossing film worldwide of 2009 and 15th-highest of all time, and was nominated for Best Cinematography at the Academy Awards.


carrieCarrie

RRP: RM38.45
BookXcess: RM17.90

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If it wasn’t for a little dustbin diving, Stephen King’s first novel published may never have seen the light of day. He had attempted to write a short story concerning women (and a certain, pivotal gym shower scene does make it into the finished book), but gave up a few pages in. His wife Tabitha found the disposed manuscript and encouraged him to continue. The result is the violently chilling Carrie, the tale of a young girl for whom the only way out is revenge of the bloodiest order.

Carrietta “Carrie” N. White has led her sheltered, miserable life mocked by her friends and abused by a manically religious mother. Things appear like they might look up when she begins developing telekinetic powers and has a chance to go to her high school’s prom, but her peers have other plans, with deadly consequences.

Carrie portrays the power of young femininity, the terrible impact of bullying and abuse, and the many cruelties and kindnesses inherent in teen minds. Revenge and resentment appear on full display here as Carrie’s full powers manifest for the first time, making for a gripping, powerful read for horror and thriller fans of all stripes.

The book has been adapted for film not once, but three times between 1976 and 2013, and that’s not counting the 1990s ‘sequel’ to the book’s story.


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