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December 25, 2008

[Book] The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Filed under: Opinion,Review — tokmoh @ 5:25 pm
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And I begin by saying I hate you, Tesco.

This book was launched last 4th December. My sister pre-ordered it at Border’s, so she could get it at 20% off, which is about RM32++. And then we have Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows all over again: giant hypermarkets decided to sell it cheaper. The Deathly Hollows was initially sold by bookstores at RM109.90, which is what my sister and I paid when we pre-ordered it from MPH. But Carrefour, Tesco, etc decided to sell it for RM69.90. Similarly, NST reported last Sunday that Tesco is selling it for oh, RM28.99?

I’m being picky, yeah, but it’s still annoying nonetheless. Anyway, moving on, the book. Yes, I’ve read somewhere it has become this year’s best selling book, selling at the rate of one copy per 2 seconds worldwide. Although it was launched just last 4th Dec to the public, there was a copy auctioned last year to amazon.com at £1.95 million. The most expensive modern literature manuscript….. in the world.

Is it good? Well, yes actually. I’d say it is a great compliment to those who have all 7 Harry Potter books. Better still, we can buy this book knowing well we’re helping those less fortunate, as any profits from it will be channeled to charity.

There’s 5 stories inside, of which the last one, “The Tale of the Three Brothers”, had been read in the Deathly Hollows. So in a sense, the book only contained 4 new stories….. and commentaries by Albus Dumbledore after every story.

Surprisingly, I saw a top 10 list in The Sun the other day, this book was not in the top 10 best-selling fiction. Lack of media exposure? Certainly, the launch of this book was no front page news unlike Deathly Hollows last year, albeit for an unintended reason ie bookstores vs hypermarkets war.

Oh, today’s Christmas, so Merry Christmas everyone!! I really should stop becoming like that wizard with a hairy heart, and start becoming more like his friends. That’s right, I might need a girlfriend. It’s seriously boring to stay at home cuz everybody else are going out on a date or something, though, it gives me time to write this post. Oh well, new year’s eve gonna be different this year hopefully. Saiful, we’re going to The Curve, riiiiiight?



  1. hmm, is it possible for them to sell the books at bulk at such a low price?

    anyway, IMHO, JK Rowling isnt that great an author. the stories she come up with is just average. but somehow she managed to capture the readers with harry potter series which IMHO is still a kid’s book.

    lol. bluek. merry christmas!

    Comment by kevin — December 25, 2008 @ 9:49 pm | Reply

  2. That seemed to be the case for Tesco…

    lol, it was my sister that got me hooked to Harry Potter series. What can I say, it has become the Ferrari of children storybook. Frankly I didn’t like its ending, which is somewhat like Death Note. Too sudden, too silly. But like drugs, it’s somewhat addictive, and therefore any subsequent related books becomes a must-have.

    But I quite enjoyed all the stories in this book. It’s been awhile I read something that struck my character quite deeply…

    Tau la ada org tu tgh saving utk kahwin ehehehe 😛 So how was xmas? U went to which Italianies?

    Comment by tokmoh — December 27, 2008 @ 9:19 pm | Reply

  3. Economies of scale?

    Hell yeah, Harry Potter was very addictive! My first impression was like Kev; a kid’s book. After reading a few pages I got hooked. I gobbled up four books in no time. Still did not get the chance to read the 5th one. Maybe someday I will. lol. Maybe I’ll buy this book since its more of a standalone.

    Happy Belated Christmas TokMoh. I was lucky I spent a boring Christmas with my parents in church. Look at the papers what happened in Gurney Drive. Crazy people… So did u get a gf or at least a target Moh? Saiful should be a Sharifah or a Shazwani.. lol.

    Comment by vincent — December 27, 2008 @ 11:32 pm | Reply

  4. Econs of scale kah…… more like bullying to me, lol. Some say consumers will benefit. Well, yes, but even if they sell it at 10sen, those kampung ppl still won’t buy n read them. Instead, they bully real fans who pre-ordered it. Besides, Tesco is pretty expensive lor, my parents prefer to shop at Carrefour for groceries anytime (besides, the nearest Tesco from SJ is at Shah Alam). The other day, they advertise they hv offer cranberries, cherries, raspberries, berry this, berry that. So we went there, but got none at all n the manager say “belum sampai”. Sohai, tipu customers, dun think we’ll come to Tesco ever again!!

    Although I started readin HP n the goblet of fire back in 2000 (my fren had a hardcover version), oni the next yr my sis got me the 1st three books during a 3-for-2 offer for abt GBP10 IIRC n my addiction began, lol. Later, she got the goblet of fire in Ireland. The order of Phoenix is special since it was bought in UK during its launch day by her ex-bf (God knows how many hours he had to queue up). The Half-blood prince was the first book bought in Msia. Lastly, the Deathly Hollows was bought at RM109.90 at MPH Subang Parade. To make it special, they did give a mug along with the book, though I doubt the mug is worth RM40….. but oh well, better than nothing lol.

    Happy belated xmas 🙂 My Xmas dam boring lor, everyone edi got gf, sigh. I haven’t been to movies for ages cuz everytime wanna ajak they all, all edi watch with gf -_- Goodness, the Gurney Drive thing wouldn’t hv been too shocking if it was in Thailand or Philippines, but Msia?!?!

    Target kah…… lol. Sadly, she dah berpunya. N I just dunno why I still harbor hope on her…..

    Comment by tokmoh — December 28, 2008 @ 4:07 pm | Reply

  5. hehehe, i confess i did read a few of rowling’s books. but buku dia macam si cs lewis. tapi sudah tua dah kut?

    didnt go out la bro on christmas, i was working. sad ho?

    Comment by kevin — December 28, 2008 @ 6:55 pm | Reply

  6. Low prices is only a small factor in cultivating a reading habit. If you don’t have the interest to know something, you won’t buy it. Same goes to HP books. Give any kampung fella free also dunno ada baca ka tidak.. Carefour cheaper than Tesco? You sure? All the Carefour here in Penang sudah caplak. All of them became TescoExtra. N Tesco is always advertising about their lowest prices. It was on their entrance! They even had the competitor’s colour on the competitior word. I think the ad was nationwide. But yea, they should have those products in stock before advertising.

    It’s always a dilemma in business to decide between ethics or make money. I guess Tesco chose ‘make money’ when they decided to sell the HP books cheaper than other bookstores.

    Yea, Malaysia is going to be like them soon. Soon all of the countries in South East Asia will be satu gang. Gang Tak Stabil. Except maybe Singapore.

    Aih… Tak per dude.. Chill la. There’s still many fishes in the ocean. I’m sure one of them will suit your taste. To name a few, there’s Tuna, Salmon, Dory and Mackarel. lol.

    Comment by vincent — December 29, 2008 @ 1:08 am | Reply

  7. Kev: Me dun read most other fictions ehehehe 😛 I tried reading LotR n Aragorn or sumthing before, but failed to read beyond pg10, lol. Speaking of CS Lewis, I heard the movie Narnia 2, the prince somebody was ultra boring…..

    Yea, that’s sad…

    Vince: Waa, carrefour that bad in Penang? I’ve been to C4 SJ frequent enuf I can remember most items there are cheaper than Tesco’s items on offer. Bawang putih, bawang merah, ikan this, ikan that, strawberry milk, etcetc.

    Ya lor. I wonder if Tesco’s gonna like it if MPH suddenly announce they gonna sell fish, Kinokuniya gonna start sell veges, Borders sell dairy products etcetc. Leave the book biz alone la… it has always been a niche market anyway, this is not UK where ppl read books everywhere anytime.

    Hmm…. we hv too much pride to be as lowly as those thai n fili. I wonder if I will live the day when KLIA will be closed for a week cuz ppl protest PM to step down……

    Boohuhuuuu…… the prob is, when I’ve found a rare valuable arowana, all other fish feels…… bah, it just takes time to heal.

    Comment by tokmoh — December 29, 2008 @ 9:54 pm | Reply

  8. weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeell, try compare JK Rowling with JRR Tolkien.
    Rowling is like a children’s book author compared to him (still, she’s a millionaire).

    Aku setiap minggu ade kat rumah, pon boring gak. Xde kawan nk tengok wayang.
    Jadik buddy aku nak? Jom2!

    Comment by ash — January 2, 2009 @ 11:26 pm | Reply

  9. Ahaha, I guess I just got caught up with the hype 😀

    Btw I’m free after 21th, ada test b4 dat ahaha. Mayb gi tgk transformer 2 ke apa nnt, tgk la 😉 . Rite now, kene put moar taim to stardeeeyyy, zzzz

    Comment by tokmoh — January 3, 2009 @ 6:10 pm | Reply

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