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#Enjoy Our Top 8 Fiction Picks

We’ve combed our wide selection of fiction for our very best books! Without further ado (and in no particular order), here are our absolute top fiction picks from our shelves:

8WHITE DOG FELL FROM THE SKY by Eleanor Morse

RRP: RM71.50
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This intimate, detailed portrayal of newly independent Botswana links the lives of three people: Isaac Muthethe, resident of apartheid South Africa forced of flee when he sees a friend murdered; Alice Mendelssohn, who employs him as a gardener; and Ian Henry, who Alice falls in love with. When Isaac abruptly goes missing, Alice takes it upon herself to search for him, no matter what it takes. A story of perseverance, courage and undying hope.


1LONE WOLF by Jodi Picoult

RRP: RM108.80
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Luke Warren, wolf expert, estranges himself from his family as he delves further into the lives of his charges. After a deadly car crash, leaving him comatose and his daughter Cara injured, the broken family must make several decisions against a backdrop of conflicting emotions. But when the truth is revealed, will they be able to live with their choices?


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ALL THE PRETTY HORSES by Cormac McCarthy

RRP: RM47.37
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John Grady Cole is the last survivor out of generations of Texas ranchers. When his grandfather dies and the ranch is sold, he persuades his friend Lacey Rawlins to journey to Mexico on horseback to look for work. Both will find adventure, trials, and difficult choices. Winner of the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award.


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THE DOG WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD by Alexander McCall Smith

RRP: RM70.79
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Initially serialised weekly by chapter, in a format based on Dickens’ episodic novels, this treat of a book leads readers through the lives and adventures of the London misfits inhabiting Corduroy Mansions. Any reader will enjoy these new adventures in life, love and philosophy.


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STILL ALICE by Lisa Genova

RRP: RM51.2o
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Meet Alice Howland: cognitive psychology professor, world-renowned linguistics expert, loving wife, proud mother, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease patient. The diagnosis forces her to re-evaluate her relationships and her priorities as she lives in every moment, every day, fighting against the gradual erosion of her memories. A compelling, powerful, and insightful read.


 

4BRING UP THE BODIES by Hilary Mantel

RRP: RM54.95
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In the continued chronicles of Thomas Cromwell’s rise and fall, this sequel to Mantel’s Wolf Hall depicts Cromwell’s dealings with King Henry VIII, dissatisfied by his wife Anne Boleyn’s mercurial nature and inability to give him a male heir. As Henry shares private moments with Jane Seymour and begins to fall in love with her, Cromwell plots to dissolve the royal marriage legally…and if he can bring down old enemies of his mentor Cardinal Wolsey too, so much the better.


 

2DOCTOR SLEEP by Stephen King

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In the chilling sequel to King’s classic thriller The Shining, young Danny Torrance (now Dan) struggles to break from his dark past and forge a new path in New Hampshire. There he meets young resident Abra, a girl with psychic “shining” powers similar to his own. She is being targeted by the True Knot: a band of quasi-immortals who live off the “steam” generated by those with the “shining” dying in pain. Dan must overcome – and control – his old demons to bring an end to the True Knot once and for all.


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AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED by Khaled Hosseini

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Khaled Hosseini’s third novel centres around the decision of ten-year-old Abdullah’s father to sell his three-year-old sister, Pari, to a wealthy and childless couple in Kabul. The story unfolds through the eyes of a different person in every chapter, from the children’s uncle to a Bosnian aid worker, shedding light on myriad facets of the story and tying each seemingly disparate part to the others.


Remember: this weekend, BookXcess members get a 25% discount on all fiction titles on top of their existing membership discount. If you haven’t joined yet, it’s never been easier or more rewarding! You’ll find more information on our website, www.BookXcess.com.

Love is in the Air – #Enjoy Our Top 8 Romance Picks

Romance fans, you’re invited to make a date with us and all our best titles! Whether you love the fairytale romance or prefer your love story with a few odd quirks, here’s our top 8 list just for you:

WAIT FOR YOU by J. Lynn       1

RRP: RM43.90
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Attempting to escape bitter memories, 19-year-old Avery travels thousands of miles from home to attend college – and runs into gorgeous Cameron Hamilton, who sparks her desire like never before. When she starts receiving threatening e-mails and phone calls, she must face the past that has lain buried this long. But will Cam be there beside her?


6THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion

RRP: RM76.80
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Don Tillman, genetics professor, sets up a 16-page scientific survey to find the perfect wife. Rosie Jarman is quickly disqualified, but he is drawn into her quest to find her birth father. As their friendship blooms, Don discovers that sometimes love finds you before you even look.


5THYME OUT by Katie Fforde

RRP: RM34.90
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Perdita Dylan supplies a local hotel with her baby vegetables. Her ex-husband Lucas runs the kitchen – much to her horror. Her friendship with 87-year-old Kitty keeps her strong (and sane), but when Kitty has a stroke, Perdita needs someone to lean on – and Lucas seems keen to help. Can she cope alone, or must she face the fact that her vegetables alone can’t keep her going?


4COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE? by Eleanor Prescott

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Roxy is famous. Ex-famous. She’s just waiting for the next big break. Enter Woody, pop-star. Ex-pop star, current window cleaner, and wanting anything but fame. Roxy lives within a motley crew of former stars and fame survivors, who meet weekly to discuss their new lives. This could be the reality check she needs, or the opportunity to do the unthinkable: fall in love…


2BY MY SIDE by Alice Peterson

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Cass Brooks’ life has changed forever, and her boyfriend has left her in the aftermath. She wishes she could turn back time—until Ticket, loyal golden Labrador, bursts into her life. Then Charlie Bell, serial commitment-phobe, ends up sitting beside her on a flight to Colorado. Can they make it in the long haul?


7THE TIME OF MY LIFE by Cecelia Ahern

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Lucy Silchester keeps receiving strange appointment cards in gold-embossed letters, and keeps sweeping them under the rug. Her job, her friends, and family drama keep her far to busy. But when Life with a capital L shows up at her door as a sloppy but determined man who won’t leave her alone, her half-truths are about to come undone…unless she is true to the things that really matter.


8THE PROPOSAL by Tasmina Perry

RRP: RM82.50
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2012. Amy Carrell hopes that night will change her destiny. Desperate to leave London, she becomes a companion to a mysterious stranger bound for Manhattan, little knowing that she is about to unlock a love story that began fifty years ago.


3RSVP by Helen Warner

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Four women are about to attend one wedding. Anna is the groom Toby’s ex, and he is her One That Got Away. Clare is Anna’s best friend, unaware that the day will change her own life forever. Ella loves and leaves men with no regrets, and is making one last attempt at Toby’s heart. And Rachel, the blushing bride-to-be, can’t fathom why she feels nothing but dread.


This weekend, members get up to 25% off all our fiction titles – not just these lovely ones! Drop by our stores at Amcorp and fahrenheit88 to browse our entire selection, and #enjoy saving even more on your new books.

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

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

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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
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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
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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
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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

RRP: RM39.90
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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
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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.


Ready to add these titles to your bookshelf? Check them out at our Amcorp Mall and fahrenheit88 stores, and remember to grab your popcorn and your bookmarks!

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!

3 Unmissable Books for June

We’ve picked up some amazing new titles in our quest to help all of Malaysia read more for less with our bookstores! Here are three of special note for the month of June:


the_Art_of_thinking_clearlyTHE ART OF THINKING CLEARLY by Rolf Dobelli

RRP: RM49.50
BookXcess: RM17.90

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Everyone knows this person (or, unfortunately, is that person): the one who can’t seem to escape from repeated mistakes, or holds on to things and causes that aren’t worth the fight, or continues to engage in behaviour that you know brings nothing good. And yet, things never seem to change. How does the mind trick itself into these vicious cycles? What tricks do we play on ourselves, while thinking we’re being perfectly logical?

In The Art of Thinking Clearly, thinker and entrepreneur Dobelli lists 99 common thinking errors, including cognitive bias, envy and distortions, in short and easily digestible sections. Described as a guide to ‘avoid self-induced unhappiness’, this book describes common errors in judgement and how to recognise them. With this added awareness, it becomes easier to avoid the pitfalls placed before us by our brains. Make sharper, more impartial decisions, and discover new clarity in the way your mind works! This is a great book for those struggling to break out of a rut, or those interested in understanding the inner workings of the mind.

The Art of Thinking Clearly has remained at the top 10 of Germany’s Der Spiegel Bestseller list for 80 weeks, and is similarly on bestseller lists in UK, South Korea, India, Ireland and Singapore.


 

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THE CARDTURNER by Louis Sachar

RRP: RM79.10
BookXcess: RM14.90

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If you liked the young adult novel Holes, which was turned into a 2003 film, this is a book you definitely want to pick up for yourself or to introduce to a fellow reader. The Cardturner tells the tale of Alton Richards, who becomes his uncle’s helper at his parent’s behest to lay claim to the old man’s riches. He is not alone, however–Alton must compete with his Uncle Lester’s longtime househeeper, his alluring young nurse, and the crazy Castanedas who seem to have their own mysterious influence over Lester, including shy, quiet Toni: his previous cardturner.

At the beginning of the novel, Alton’s summer is starting in the worst possible way: he has no money, no job, and an ex-girlfriend who has just dumped him for his so-called best friend. Then Alton’s great-uncle Lester Trapp, blinded by diabetes, asks him to serve as his cardturner: basically, his eyes and hands as he plays bridge.  His mother urges him to help, if only for a chance at Lester’s collected riches, but the relationship Alton begins to forge with his great-uncle, especially as they start becoming a great bridge-playing team and he discovers his own talents, will be completely on his own terms.

Sachar’s artistic storytelling is paired with deceptively down-to-earth text, making this book a treat to read and digest. It skilfully showcases the many differences between perception and reality through the richly fleshed-out inner lives of each character. Cardturner also won the 2010 Alan Truscott Memorial Award from the International Bridge Press Association, and makes a fine addition to any collection of books.


 

song_solomonSONG OF SOLOMON by Toni Morrison

RRP: RM49.50
BookXcess: RM17.90

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A classic example of black American literature, Song of Solomon is one of Morrison’s most commercially successful books with over 500,000 copies in print. While Morrison is known for her body of womanist works, she purposely chose a black male protagonist to draw upon experiences foreign to her as a woman, and, according to her, “Because I thought he had more to learn than a woman would have.”

Macon “Milkman” Dead III is the son of a wealthy property owner, alienated from himself and estranged from his own culture, history and roots. He decides to leave Michigan in search of his ‘inheritance’ – supposedly a stash of hidden gold cached in Pennsylvania on his paternal grandfather’s former property. In his journey to discover his fortune and his place in the world, he is helped (and hindered) by his aunt Pilate, an eccentric woman of near-divine nature, and his best friend Guitar, a street-wise, arrogant activist out for revenge against the white people who have killed his fellows.

Milkman’s search for his cultural identity, both as an African-American and a person independent of his family and its influences, are intertwined with fantastic elements and flashbacks into the pasts of family members, giving insight into the workings of their minds. If you’re looking for a rich, compelling story that explores love, life and black history, we highly recommend giving this book a try!

Joy in The Workplace: Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

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DELIVERING HAPPINESS by Tony Hsieh

RRP: RM31.90
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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
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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.

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