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Friday, 5 August 2016

Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin

Rosemary's Baby is a 1967 best-selling horror novel by Ira Levin. It sold over 4 million copies making it the top bestselling horror novel of the 1960s. The commercial success of the novel helped launch a "horror boom", where horror fiction would achieve enormous commercial success.

Set in Manhattan's Upper West Side, it tells a story of modern-day Satanism and other occultism. In the beginning of this masterpiece of spellbinding horror, Rosemary Woodhouse and her struggling actor husband Guy moves into the Bramford, an old New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and mostly elderly residents. Soon after, neighbours Roman and Minnie Castavet comes to welcome the Woodhouses to the building. Despite Rosemary's reservations about their eccentricity,their strange friends and the weird noises that she keeps hearing, her husband seems to like them. Shortly after Guy lands a plum Broadway role, Rosemary becomes pregnant.The Castavets and their bizarre group of friends start taking a special interest in her welfare and as the sickened Rosemary becomes increasingly isolated, she begins to suspect that the Castavets' circle is not what it seems.

The book was adapted into a film of the same name in 1968. It was  written and directed by Roman Polanski. The movie earned almost universal acclaim from film critics, won numerous nominations and awards, and today is considered one of the greatest American horror films ever made.

It was also made into a two-part, four-hour television miniseries in 2014; directed by Agnieszka Holland and starring Zoe Saldana.Unlike earlier versions, it is set in Paris rather than New York. The work however, was not well received by critics.

A sequel of Rosemary's Baby, Son of Rosemary was released by Ira Levin. However, unlike its predecessor, it did not enjoy the same success.

About Ira Levin

Levin graduated from the Horace Mann School and New York University, where he majored in philosophy and English.

His first novel, A Kiss Before Dying, was well received, earning him the 1954 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. A Kiss Before Dying was turned into a movie twice, first in 1956, and again in 1991.

Levin's best known play is Deathtrap, which holds the record as the longest-running comedy-thriller on Broadway and brought Levin his second Edgar Award. In 1982, it was made into a film starring Christopher Reeve and Michael Caine.

Other Levin novels were turned into movies, including The Boys from Brazil in 1978; The Stepford Wives in 1975 and again in 2004; and Sliver in 1993.

Ira Levin died from a heart attack at his home in Manhattan, on 12 November 2007.


Thursday, 4 August 2016

Twilight Special Tenth Anniversary Edition / Life and Death : Twilight Reimagined

Twilight Special Tenth Anniversary Edition / Life and Death : Twilight Reimagined
By Stephanie Meyer. 

We can't believe it has been ten years since Edward and Bella's epic love story came into our lives and stayed in our hearts forever.Feels like only yesterday, right?

Especially for Twilight Saga fans, we bring you Twilight Special Tenth Anniversary Edition / Life and Death : Twilight Reimagined. This special double-feature book includes the classic novel, Twilight, and a bold and surprising re-imagining, Life and Death, by Stephenie Meyer.

Packaged as an oversize, jacketed hardcover “flip book,” this edition features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new back cover art. Readers will relish experiencing the deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward through fresh eyes.

Twilight has enraptured millions of readers since its first publication in 2005 and has become a modern classic, redefining genres within young adult literature and inspiring a phenomenon that has had readers yearning for more. 

The novel was a #1 New York Times bestseller, a #1 USA Today bestseller, a Time magazine Best Young Adult Book of All Time, an NPR Best-Ever Teen Novel, and a New York Times Editor’s Choice. The Twilight Saga, which also includes New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella, and The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide, has sold nearly 155 million copies worldwide.

Twilight Special Tenth Anniversary Edition / Life and Death : Twilight Reimagined can be purchased here for RM70 excluding postage.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Confessions of a shopaholic is the very first installment of the Shopaholic book series. It was first published in 1999 and was made into a movie in 2009.



Becky Bloomwood has what most twenty-five-year-olds only dream of: a flat in London's trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season's must-haves. The only trouble is, she can't actually afford it --- not any of it. Her job writing at Successful Saving magazine not only bores her to tears, it doesn't pay much at all. Still, how can she resist that perfect pair of shoes? Or the divine silk blouse in the window of that ultra-trendy boutique? But lately Becky's been chased by dismal letters from Visa and the Endwich Bank --- letters with large red sums she can't bear to read --- and they're getting ever harder to ignore. She tries cutting back; she even tries making more money. But none of her efforts succeeds. Her only consolation is to buy herself something ... just a little something ...

Finally, a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life --- and the lives of those around her --- forever.


Shopaholic Takes Manhattan (Shopaholic, #2)
Shopaholic Ties the Knot (Shopaholic, #3)
Shopaholic on Honeymoon (Shopaholic #3.5) 
Shopaholic and Sister (Shopaholic, #4) 
Shopaholic & Baby (Shopaholic, #5) 
Mini Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #6) 
Shopaholic to the Stars (Shopaholic, #7) 
Shopaholic to the Rescue (Shopaholic, #8) 


Madeleine Wickham (born 12 December 1969) is a bestselling British author under her pseudonym, Sophie Kinsella. Educated at New College, Oxford, she worked as a financial journalist before turning to fiction. She is best known for writing a popular series of chick-lit novels. The Shopaholic novels series focuses on the misadventures of Becky Bloomwood, a financial journalist who cannot manage her own finances. The books follows her life from when her credit card debt first become overwhelming ("The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic") to the latest book on being married and having a child ("Shopaholic & Baby"). Throughout the entire series, her obsession with shopping and the complications that imparts on her life are central themes.

Confessions of a Shopaholic can be purchased here here for RM15 excluding postage.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Harry Potter & The Cursed Child


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a two-part West End stage play written by Jack Thorne based on an original new story by Thorne, J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany. Previews of the play began at the Palace Theatre, London on 7 June 2016 and officially premiered on 30 July 2016. The rehearsal script, not a novelisation of the play was released on 31 July 2016 and became the eighth story set in the Harry Potter universe. The story is set nineteen years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and follows Harry Potter, now a Ministry of Magic employee, and his younger son Albus Severus Potter.

Harry Potter & the Cursed Child will be on sale on Bookoolover's instagram soon. Watch out this space for updates !!

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Welcome to Bookoolover, an extension to our Instagram bookstore. Here you will find news, updates and our reviews on books and anything bookish.

Bookoolover was born out of the love for reading and the desire to spread the love with like minded bookworms. The idea came about in the midst of spring cleaning and discovering that there were too many books sitting around idle on our dusty bookshelves. Starting with an experiment to see if these could be sold on https://www.instagram.com/bookoolover, we went on to discover that there was great demand for used books and that customers always knew a good bargain when they saw one.

Bookoolover is committed  to find new sources of quality books (ranging in condition from used to brand new) and to make these available to customers at low cost. When someone places an order for a book, it's almost always leaves one of our warehouses on the next business day, travelling to their new home. 

We understand that you are looking for a bargain, so we keep our delivery charges as low as possible; our charges starts from  a  rate of RM6.00 for West Malaysia and RM10.00 for East Malaysia. And in the unlikely event that anything does go wrong, our lovely customer service team will be on hand to help! We guarantee a response via Instagram's Direct Messaging to any query within 24 hours.


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