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Post by Mythica » Sun November 25th, 2012, 6:47 pm

[quote=""Vanessa""]Perhaps writing about murder is her way of coming to terms with what she did. [/quote]

Maybe - but to me, her books - or at least, the one I read - don't feel that deep. It didn't feel like a journey of coming to terms with one's past or one's wrongs. I've read books like that and hers didn't feel that way. Besides, according to her, she came with terms with it in jail.

Also, whenever I've read interviews with her, she always seems to talk about it in terms of how it all effects her - like it's something that happened to her, rather than something she committed.

I am not boycotting her books because I think she doesn't deserve to be a successful author, I merely feel that on a personal level, I could not read them without feeling disturbed by it and I think other readers should be aware of it so they can decide for themselves how they feel about it too.

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Post by annis » Sun November 25th, 2012, 7:24 pm

Hulme & Parker of course pose an enduring ghoulish mystery for us here in NZ. Clearly they knew what they were doing and took a disturbing glee in the planning of the murder. However, Hulme particularly had a dysfunctional upbringing with little attention from her parents.The relationship with Parker became everything to her, and it was the fact that they were to be split up which precipitated events. The two girls had a very intense fantasy world- I think they even had their own language.

Recent books about Hulme (who was clearly the dominant partner- Parker was rather docile and not all that bright) have brought out some interesting detail, and Hulme herself speaks in this recent interview:
http://www.listener.co.nz/culture/books ... me-murder/

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Post by Susan » Sun November 25th, 2012, 7:24 pm

I started reading Anne Perry's books way before I knew she was a murderer. I think Perry's past did not come to light until the release of the film Heavenly Creatures in 1994. I believe I even saw the film before I knew of Perry's involvement. After reading about the case, I feel that there were psychiatric issues even if the court did not find the girls insane. The excerpt below makes sense to me.

From the article http://www.webcitation.org/5XMGiAAg4 (which has more details than the Wikipedia article).

Juliet Hulme was diagnosed as schizophrenic with signs of paranoia and Pauline Parker was a manic-depressive type. Hulme was actually afraid that Pauline P. would kill herself if her mother did not let them be together; that was how the murder plan came up. According to Dr Reginald Medlicott, symptoms of “Folie à Deux” were diagnosed. Separately they were disoriented but together, they became dangerous via this particular closeness. Folie à Deux is also called communicative insanity. It is provoked by a stronger character, the inducer upon the weaker, the inducee (folie imposée) but delusions happen simultaneously by reciprocal influence (folie simultanée). Dr Medlicott’s conclusions stated that there was no evidence of a “folie imposée” between the girls but he had no doubt at all that they developed their psychoses simultaneously.
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Post by Mythica » Mon November 26th, 2012, 8:21 am

Cyber Monday has thousands of Kindle books on sale. Here are the discounted history books and historical fiction.

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Post by Brenna » Mon November 26th, 2012, 5:01 pm

I bought the Susan Howatch novels because I know they are a favorite of Misfits.
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Post by Mythica » Mon November 26th, 2012, 6:33 pm

[quote=""Brenna""]I bought the Susan Howatch novels because I know they are a favorite of Misfits.[/quote]

I almost got one of those but wasn't sure which one to go with.

Btw, B&N also have a Cyber Monday sale but there's only 50 books in it.

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Post by Mythica » Thu November 29th, 2012, 11:20 am

Agincourt: A Novel by Bernard Cornwell - $1.99
The Archer's Tale (The Grail Quest, Book 1) by Bernard Cornwell- $3.79

And Only To Deceive (Lady Emily Mysteries, Book 1) by Tasha Alexander - $1.99

A bunch of Lincoln books:
Abraham Lincoln by Stephen B. Oates - $2.99
The Lincoln Assassination Encyclopedia by Edward Steers and James L. Swanson - $2.99
Lincoln's Men: The President and His Private Secretaries by Daniel Mark Epstein - $2.99
Mr. Lincoln's T-Mails by Tom Wheeler - $2.99
Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer by Fred Kaplan - $2.99
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Post by Mythica » Fri November 30th, 2012, 12:22 pm

Her Highness, the Traitor by Susan Higginbotham - $2.99
Pilgrim by Hugh Nissenson - $3.93
Shades of Gray: A Novel of the Civil War in Virginia by Jessica James - $3.99

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Post by Mythica » Sat December 1st, 2012, 12:56 pm

Big Sourcebooks sale.

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Post by Mythica » Sun December 2nd, 2012, 11:16 am

Amazon has highlighted 500+ "Top Holiday Deals" for Kindle books. Some I've already mentioned but here's the historical fiction deals - and the history books.

Also, the US Kindle Daily Deal is The Bloodletter's Daughter by Linda Lafferty - $1.99 today only.

This is why I had been trying not to buy/download any new books for the last couple months - I knew when Christmas hit, there would be loads of deals! I'm now only getting stuff that I previously had on my price drop watch list - so only books I already have an interest in. Otherwise, I wind up with loads of books I won't read for years!

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