Saturday, March 14, 2009

MPH Stock Clearance Sale @ Taman Mayang: The Report

Ah yes... I braved the sweaty and dusty stock clearance sale and bought meself some books, 12 books, to be exact. But I'm getting ahead of myself so please let me tell you my shopping experience.

The books on sale are not exactly 'cheap'. The choices are not as many as during the warehouse sale in October last year. But then again, this is stock clearance so I guess it's different. Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series has a whole big table to itself. I saw lots of people including men checking out at the cashiers with titles in the series.

I spent about two hours there sweating it out and surviving the dust and people-filled place. There are many children as well. I heard many people complaining about the dusty books and stuffiness. I was too preoccupied with my books to really be bothered by it, but when I was done, I immediately noticed my headache.

Folks browsing and making their selection

Back issues of magazine are sold at RM5. They're quite old dating back to year 2007.

CDs and toys are on sale too

Look at the queue to get to the cashiers! But surprisingly the queue gets cleared very fast because I hardly stood there for 10 minutes before it's my turn to pay.

I saw a guy carrying at least eight of John C. Maxwell's books. I enjoy reading Dr. Maxwell's books so I could understand that guy's enthusiasm. The author is an expert on leadership. I bought three:

  1. Talent Is Never Enough
  2. Failing Forward
  3. Life @ Work

Another great buy is Gordon MacDonald's Restoring Joy, a three-in-one volume of his bestselling works: Ordering Your Private World, Renewing Your Spiritual Passion, and Rebuilding Your Broken World. One of the chapters that immediately caught my attention is "The Sadness of a Book Never Read." The author writes, "The Christian who is not growing intellectually is like a book whose pages remain unopened and unread. Like the book, he may be of some value, but not nearly as much as if he had chosen to sharpen and develop his mind."

Some of the nonfiction titles I bought

And now for some fiction books. . . I bought Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert, an author I have not read before but the premise of the story interests me greatly. Here's what Publishers Weekly said about the book (which made me exceedingly glad that I picked it up),

Starred Review. This spellbinding tale of magic and seduction from Mostert (Windwalker) shows that the unfettered pursuit of arcane enlightenment can sometimes come at too high a price. William Whittington, a terminally ill London investment banker, hires Gabriel Blackstone, a rakish "information broker," to find Robert, his missing 21-year-old son. Whittington's wife, who happens to be Blackstone's ex-girlfriend, knows Blackstone once belonged to an organization, Eyestorm, that used psychic methods to find missing objects and persons. When Blackstone draws on his remote viewing powers ("slamming the ride"), he discovers that Robert was murdered by one of two sisters—raven-haired Morrighan or flame-haired Minnaloushe Monk, direct descendants of Elizabethan occultist John Dee, who dabble in alchemy and the "Art of Memory." As Blackstone woos the suspects to discover which one is guilty, he falls desperately in love. Mostert, a South African writer now living in London, has produced a feverish tale that's goth SF at its finest. (Apr.)

I also bought a boxed set of The Silverwing Trilogy by Kenneth Oppel, also another author whom I've not read before. The premise interests me as the author uses a young bat as his protagonist in this fantasy adventure. The box set says,

From his quest to prove himself to his Silverwing bat colony to his journey into the Underworld to save his son, Shade's life has been a series of thrilling and dangerous adventures.

The damage for today amounted to MYR188 (~US$50) for 12 books. I am happy with what I bought!

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