Category: Book Highlights

Beyond Com-Pair: 5 Book Pairings You’ll Love

When it comes to books, two’s company and three’s never a crowd! Here are our suggestions for a double reading date the next time you’re out shopping for a new read:


Keeping Faith + Harvesting the Heart

RRP: RM43.95 each
BookXcess: RM17.90 each

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Author Jodi Picoult has been tugging on our heartstrings since her very first works – and if you’ve never known the power of her novels, there’s no better time to start. Get to know Paige, a new mother troubled by her own mother’s absence from her life since she was five. When an accident causes her to flee from her family, she returns to Chicago to finally track down her mother and the answers she has always needed. Then journey along with Mariah White: a woman with a cheating husband, and a daughter who now has an imaginary friend. Is Faith truly seeing God, and are the miracles she performs real, or is she simply a troubled girl seeking refuge from her parents’ divorce?


Every Woman for Herself + Could It Be I’m Falling In Love?

RRP: RM43.90 + RM43.95
BookXcess: RM17.90 each

9781847562821_everywoman 9780857387172_coulditbeThis one’s definitely for the girls – and all those romantic hearts out there! Follow plucky divorcee Charlie as she gets used to a newly single life on the Yorkshire moors and the freedom to live her own way – until brooding actor Mace North shows up. Then join Roxy Squires and Woody, ex-celebs forming a self-help group for other former luminaries. But both have very different ideas of a ‘normal’ life post fifteen seconds of fame. What fate awaits them before the credits roll? There’s only one way to find out…


A Sudden Light + Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire Prince

RRP: RM94.50 + RM28.90
BookXcess: RM9.90 each

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In Sudden Light, half of the Riddell family move to their stately ancestral home with plans to oust the ailing patriarch and sell the property. This is where young Trevor runs into the spirit haunting the premises and the love story that could lead everyone to their own redemption. Meanwhile in Cirque du Freak, vampire’s assistant Darren Shan faces certain death after being betrayed by a friend and branded a traitor in turn. He must outwit a Vampire Prince if he wants to survive, but the odds are against him from the beginning in a chilling tale of war, intrigue and lots of blood.


Making Rounds with Oscar + A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home

RRP: RM76.90 + RM49.95
BookXcess: RM9.90 + RM17.90

9781401323233_oscar 9781594632693_dognursingAnimal trivia-savvy fans may have already heard of Oscar, the cat who lives in a nursing home and seems able to sense death. Making Rounds is the story of one unusual cat, whose unexplained ability helps families and caregivers prepare for death and teaches a doctor to listen. If you’re more of a dog person instead, follow the adventures of Pransky and her human Sue as they become certified as a therapy-dog team. Both of these furry helpers will open up a world of compassion, wit and wisdom to all readers.


DK : The Baking Book + The Pollan Family Table

RRP: RM35.80 + RM165.90
BookXcess: RM14.90 + RM19.90

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Introduce your kids to the world of baking with basic techniques and simple, delicious recipes they can be proud of! Once they’ve caught the cooking bug, involve them in family feasts along with the Pollan family, who have gathered a treasury of warm, fresh and inspiring recipes delicious and sophisticated enough for company. There’s no food more delicious than that made for the family, with the family, and with plenty of love!


Got a craving for even more books? You’re in luck – you can buy 5 books and get one FREE in our retail stores, and get even bigger discounts on selected titles with #MYCYBERSALE on BookXcess Online! No matter how you choose to shop with us, we want you to be happy, #GEMBIRA and every kind of joy in between. 🙂

The King of Horror – Stephen King Highlights

There’s no bigger name in horror than Stephen King himself. Known for thrilling psychological horror (mostly set in small Maine towns), his tales are sure to send shivers up your spine…or at least keep you reading into the wee hours. Ready to face your darkest fears on the page? These titles are good places to start:

 Revival

RRP: RM104.90
BookXcess: RM17.90

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After Charles Jacobs’ wife and child are killed in a gruesome accident, the former preacher denounces religion and begins pursuing darker forces. Jamie Morton, whose drug addiction was ‘cured’ by Jacob’s unorthodox treatments, is caught up in his plotting and discovers the Secret Electricity behind his gruesome final experiment to connect with the world of the dead. But what awaits both of them will be beyond all faith or comprehension…


 Doctor Sleep

RRP: RM104.90
BookXcess: RM17.90

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Set 36 years after King’s classic The Shining, the book follows the journey of Dan (Danny) Torrance, trying to drown his traumatic childhood experiences in alcohol. In New Hampshire, he finds purpose easing the suffering of a local retirement home’s dying inmates. But he’s not the only one with special powers; young psychic Abra is being targeted of the True Knot, who have maintained their immortality in the most grisly ways. Dan must act fast to save her and take down the Knot once and for all.


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Under The Dome

RRP: RM63.95
BookXcess: RM17.90

The town of Chester’s Mill is abruptly (and gruesomely) cut off from the surrounding world by an invisible semipermeable barrier. Political power struggles and gruesome plots ensue as former Army Captain Dale Barbara and his associates race to find out what’s powering the Dome…and what put it there.


9781444753448_thinnerThinner

RRP: RM35.90
BookXcess: RM17.90

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The last novel King released under his Richard Bachman pseudonym, Thinner relates the tale of Billy Halleck, who is cursed when he kills a woman and escapes the charges. After the woman’s father strokes his cheek and whispers one word, “Thinner”, Halleck starts rapidly losing weight to the point of emaciation. If he wants to break the curse he’ll have to find the old man and the Rroma band he belongs to, and even then there may be a high price left to pay.


9781444778113_carrieCarrie

RRP: RM38.45
BookXcess: RM17.90

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King’s fourth novel and his first to be published involves is a troubled, sheltered young girl living with her unstable mother and bullied by her peers. When unexpected joy turns into unparalleled humiliation, Carrie’s budding psychic powers explode outward with deadly results. Raw and terrifying, Carrie takes a young girl’s coming of age to new extremes.


9781476754451_mrmercedesMr. Mercedes

RRP: RM104.90
BookXcess: RM17.90

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Bill Hodges is a retired police detective, fed up with life until he receives a letter signed by a “Mr. Mercedes”: a man who claims to have been responsible for an unsolved case where a car ploughed into a crowd and killed eight people. Hodges begins his own investigation into the mysterious killer, but can he track them down before they strike again with deadlier results? One of King’s rare crime novels, Mr. Mercedes will leave you on the edge of your seat.


The Green Mile

RRP: RM53.90
BookXcess: RM17.90

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It is the year 1932. Paul Edgecombe is block supervisor on Cold Mountain Penitentiary’s death row, nicknamed The Green Mile. When 6-foot-8 black inmate John Coffey joins the prisoners, Edgecombe finds him unusually shy and sensitive for a purported child murderer. And when Coffey reveals he has healing powers, the incidents that follow change the lives of all around him for better and for worse.


9781444753660_fulldarkFull Dark No Stars

RRP: RM34.90
BookXcess: RM17.90

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If you’re in the mood for the taste of revenge, settle in for this collection of four novellas dealing with retribution, from unsolved murders to rebalancing the scales of fortune. Full Dark, No Stars won the 2010 Bram Stoker Award for Best Collection and was also nominated for the 2011 British Fantasy Award.


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RRP: RM32.90
BookXcess: RM17.90

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The Trenton family have recently moved to Castle Rock from New York, with both parents strained by work and romantic tensions. When their neighbour’s dog Cujo contracts rabies and Donna Trenton’s car breaks down in their yard, it’s only the beginning of the nightmare for her and her son, four-year-old Tad. Trapped in their vehicle and baking under the sun, Donna must choose whether to attempt escape or face the rabid hound head-on.


These titles and many more are waiting for you on BookXcess shelves! And if you’re ready for a Stephen King binge (we won’t judge, we promise), there’s no better time to start! For every 5 books you buy, you get one FREE with our Jom Gembira promo! The promo ends October 31st, and applies to any BookXcess book from any genre. (The lowest-priced book in your purchase will go free).

Visit our stores at Amcorp Mall and fahrenheit88 today, or shop online with us at www.bookxcessonline.com.

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

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

20150610_143808RRP: RM227.50
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!

Amazing New Auto Books In Store

Car fans, start your engines–we’ve picked out 36 exclusive automotive titles, profiling extraordinary automobiles that rule the roads and racetracks. From stately Benzes to sleek Porsches, classic MGs, zippy Lotuses and modified modern Minis, we’ve got it all! Discover the history of major automotive players, including Ferrari, BMW, Rolls-Royce and Ford, and how these cars have evolved in looks and performance across the decades. These glossy tomes are sure to set any car-lover’s heart on fire, and will look great on your coffee table or bookshelf, or in your personal library.
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You’ll find these 36 car titles, and many other fiction and non-fiction books, at both our Amcorp Mall and fahrenheit88 retail stores. Race into our stores and check them out with your own eyes!

Joy in The Workplace: Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

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DELIVERING HAPPINESS by Tony Hsieh

RRP: RM31.90
BookXcess: RM17.90

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Imagine a company that performs 400% better than its competitors and still manages to play as hard as it works. It’s all possible, with pointers from bestselling business manual DELIVERING HAPPINESS by Tony Hsieh, fresh out on our shelves this month and recommended on a top 50 list of Entrepreneur’s business books.

Through the pages of this book, Hsieh shares the different business lessons he learned in life, from his first worm farm and lemonade stand and his work founding LinkExchange, to his time at Zappos, building them into one of Fortune 500’s top 25 companies to work for and discovering the importance of a strong corporate culture: the principles and actions that drive a company. Today, Zappos does over USD1 billion in gross merchandise sales every year, through the passionate service of fulfilled, driven employees.

Delivering Happiness is waiting for you at BookXcess. Drop by either of our bookstores today at Amcorp Mall or fahrenheit88, or make your order online and we’ll ship it straight to your door!

Full Steam Ahead for Thrills: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

dr-sleepDoctor Sleep by Stephen King
(Goodreads Choice Award 2013)

RRP: RM39.90
BookXcess: RM17.90

Behind the smoke-wreathed, spooky red-and-white cover of this book lies the next chapter in one of Stephen King’s most famous tales of horror. 36 years after The Shining, where cabin fever and the supernatural collide with disastrous effects, its sequel DOCTOR SLEEP by Stephen King finally springs to life.

The book follows Dan (Danny) Torrance, now an adult and still haunted by the events of The Shining. Pursued by the angry ghosts of the Overlook Hotel, he wanders from place to place, angry and fuelled by alcohol as his father Jack was. This changes when he arrives in a small New Hampshire town, where he sheds his addiction to drink and begins to help ease the suffering of a local retirement home’s dying inmates. He encounters Abra, a girl connected to his past with an especially strong psychic “shining” abilities. She becomes the target of the True Knot: a band of travelling semi-immortals who have survived through the ages by consuming “steam”, psychic energy released by children with the shining as they are tortured to death. Dan must work fast to save her, and untie the Knot for good.

Partially inspired by the abilities of Oscar, a therapy cat allegedly able to predict the deaths of terminally ill patients, Doctor Sleep is a potent addition to any horror buff’s bookshelf, whether they’re new to Stephen King or long-time devotees of his work. King manages to weave a masterful tale that stands very well on its own and provides a satisfying conclusion to Danny Torrance’s story. It’s now available on our shelves at Amcorp Mall and fahrenheit88!

Historical Highlights – May 2015

This time around at BookXcess, we’re getting together to cover a little local history, and happenings closer to the modern day:

the-war-of-running-dogsTHE WAR OF THE RUNNING DOGS by Noel Barber

RRP: RM39.90
BookXcess: RM17.90

Running Dogs is a full account of the Malayan Emergency (1948 – 1960), and one of the first books published that analyses the insurgency in detail. The title refers to the Chinese-backed guerrillas’ own name for the struggle: a 12-year conflict between Commonwealth forces versus the Malayan Communist Party, in a country still reeling from the aftermath of the Japanese occupation.

Barber’s journalistic writing adds flavour to what might otherwise be a dry record of war. He describes the start of the conflict to Malaysia’s early years of independence, and the last days of the Emergency. Britain’s counter-insurgency methods and strategies are placed on full display, including the compulsory registration, the establishment of New Villages, propaganda attacks and the various roles of military commanders, combatants and non-combatants alike. Nothing and no one is spared. This is a book of ‘the planters and their wives on their remote rubber estates, the policemen, the generals and the soldiers, the Malays, Chinese and Indians of a polyglot country, all fighting an astute, ruthless, and well-organized enemy.’’

War of the Running Dogs was originally published in the 1970s, and it shows in the language and Barber’s attitude toward Malayan natives, but the source material remains relevant today. Comparisons stand to be drawn between how Britain handled the Emergency and how other countries managed their own conflicts fought on foreign ground. Hardcore buffs of local history will greatly enjoy this book, and we recommend it for any budding historian or student.


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BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS by Katherine Boo

RRP: RM86.40
BookXcess: RM17.90

Power and money may change a country, but what truly drives it are the people who live within it – both the rich and the poor. Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo’s book focuses on three years’ worth of events in India, seen through the eyes of various residents of Annawadi, a slum at the edge of Mumbai Airport. All live in hope that some of India’s burgeoning prosperity will, eventually, trickle down to them, and each person has their own plans and strategies to seize success, stability and a measure of freedom. But as is all too clear within the stories recorded, the prosperity of a country doesn’t always translate to the prosperity of its people. When a shocking crime rocks their community, economic envy sharpens, and various tensions brutally erupt. What will become of their hopes and dreams?

In this age of global change and inequality, Boo tells the stories of Annawadi with intelligence, dignity and humour. The story moves at a brilliant pace, with a gripping story that not only introduces a cast of varying personalities but makes you care about their ultimate fates. Hailed as great international non-fiction and written as richly as any novel out there, Behind the Beautiful Forevers has won the National Book Award, LA Times Book Prize, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, to name just a few of its accolades so far. If you’re looking for human drama, a glimpse at history in the making and the struggles of India’s common folk, look out for this book on our shelves.


Copies of both these books now await a home on your bookshelves! Get them for the cheapest prices in Malaysia at BookXcess.

5 Books You Must Read This May

This month we sat down to review five of the best books in our stores, from tales of the war-torn Middle East to modern Dublin and every spot in between. If you’re into fiction, it’s just a matter of picking your favourite genre and diving right in!


a-thousand-splendid-sunsA THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS by Khaled Hosseini

RRP: RM65.95
BookXcess: RM17.90

If you loved The Kite Runner, Hosseini’s debut novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns is bound to be a much-loved addition to your bookshelf. If you’re new to his work, count on being amazed and touched by a tale of friendship, war, loss and fate set against the struggles faced by Afghanistan across the later half of the 20th century.

At a young age, Mariam is married off to the widower Rasheed. The marriage soon turns into an abusive trap as all the man seeks is a vessel to replace his dead son. Down the street from the couple lives the girl Laila; she is separated from her lover as the war intensifies, then orphaned as rockets rain down upon their street. Laila becomes part of Rasheed and Mariam’s family, as the older woman’s fellow wife. While their relationship begins in bitterness, the two women forge a bond that makes them not just friends or sisters, but something akin to mother and daughter. When past sins finally catch up with the household, Mariam takes a risk that changes not just both their lives, but that of their descendants.

Power and suspense drives every page, along with Hosseini’s foreshadowing, skilful use of language, and larger-than-life characters that practically leap from the page. A Thousand Splendid Suns is woven through with the power of a mother’s love and the great sacrifices women make for their families, whether the ties are through blood or bond. While Kite Runner was a story of sons and fathers, its spiritual sequel is certainly driven by mothers and daughters; from the estranged to the devoted, the bitter, the shrewd and the unjaded. It is their acts, their sacrifices and their love, or even the memory of love, that ensures others might survive; it is their love that transcends a simple story to affect an entire world.

A Thousand Splendid Suns gets full points from us, and we’re thrilled to have it in stock for all fans of historical fiction, strong female characters and prose to thrill and enthrall.


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HOW TO FALL IN LOVE by Cecelia Ahern

RRP: RM71.45
BookXcess: RM17.90

Christine Rose is a great believer in self-help books, owning shelves of them herself. But there are situations that all the books in the world can prepare you for…like when you cross a bridge and find someone threatening to jump. In this case it’s Adam Basil, two weeks shy of 35 and ready to end his life. In a desperate attempt, Christine strikes a crazy deal: she bets that she can show him life is worth living before his next birthday.

It is, of course, a job with a very tight deadline. The two embark on wild escapades, grand romantic gestures and late-night outings. Christine thinks Adam is slowly falling back in love with life, but could that be the only thing happening?

How To Fall In Love is, of course, chick lit at its finest, and readers will appreciate the journey as much, if not more, as the result. The romance builds at a slow burn, and Ahern weaves this sweet tale with her trademark wit and aplomb. Affirming and tender, we found this book ideal for both romantics and (perhaps) even those slightly jaded by romance!


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BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR by Jeffrey Archer

RRP: RM117.60
BookXcess: RM17.90

There’s trouble afoot in the Barrington shipping company as it prepares to launch its new luxury liner, the MV Buckingham. Chairman Ross Buchanan is forced to resign and Emma Clifton wants to replace him, but there’s a puppet candidate waiting in the wings. There’s still more to handle with deadly car accidents, engagements (and outside interference), and a new player in the form of Cedric Hardcastle, the bluff Yorkshireman who takes his place on the board of Barringtons with his own very specific visions for the future. Only one thing is certain as the Clifton clan marches head-first into the swingin’ 60s: their lives are about to change forever.

Intrigue abounds in the fourth instalment of The Clifton Chronicles. Thrilling and suspenseful, readers will be enthralled by a deftly crafter tale of love, revenge, ambition and betrayal from Archer’s pen. A must for Jeffrey Archer fans, and a definite pick if you live for professional drama and gripping multi-generational epics.


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THE APPEAL by John Grisham

RRP: RM35.90
BookXcess: RM17.90

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A Mississippi jury returns a damning verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town’s water supply. The company then appeals to the state’s Supreme Court, whose nine judges can either approve or reverse the verdict. With their money, power and some shrewd manoeuvring, buying a friendlier face on the Court is an easy matter.

So begins Grisham’s latest political and legal thriller in several years, inspired by real-life cases as are many of his works. What starts out as a web of intrigue and deceit becomes a sobering look at how greed and business corrupt the electoral and judicial systems. Grisham’s straightforward, uncomplicated writing frames a bold, complex story with shocking twists to be discovered. Few readers will be able to put this book down after it’s sunk its hooks in. Will the appeal succeed, or ultimately fail? There’s only one way to find out.

Fans of legal thrillers will enjoy this 2008 classic, packed with suspense, twists and turns right up to the final pages. It’s also available on our online store, so you can get it shipped straight to your doorstep!


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THE VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT by Amy Tan

RRP: RM111.60
BookXcess: RM17.90

Amy Tan’s novels have often dealt with the relationships between mother and daughter, often with the added identity crises born of immigration and the generation gap. The Valley of Amazement is no different, describing the lives of two women connected by a single painting.

It is 1912 in Shanghai. Violet is the daughter of Lulu Minturn, American madam of the city’s most exclusive courtesan house. But when the Qing dynasty is overturned, the two are separated and Violet is forced to become a “virgin courtesan”. Over the course of the book we see Violet fall in love, get married, and lose her daughter, and delve into the American past of Lulu, whose search for penance leads to an unexpected reunion.

If Asian literature is your thing, we recommend this sweeping epic of two women that spans over forty years and two continents. Tan weaves an intimate, historical and passionate yarn that portrays the lives of two very different women and how they are, eventually, drawn back together.


Seek out all five of these titles for your shelf at big discounts, only at Malaysia’s friendly neighbourhood bookstore, BookXcess! We’ll be waiting to say hello at Amcorp Mall and fahrenheit88. 😉

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