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Skins: Complete Series 2 [DVD]
Skins: Complete Series 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nicholas Hoult
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £2.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Love Skins....!, 2 April 2010
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I watched all of the Skins episodes on E4 and found when I bought the DVD's you could watch them time and time again, and still fnd them as entertaining and amusing!

Deals with everyday drama which teens face, darker than the first series but such storylines were handled with care by the writers!


The Yorkshire Ripper: The In-depth Study of a Mass Killer and his Methods
The Yorkshire Ripper: The In-depth Study of a Mass Killer and his Methods
by Roger Cross
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The entire investigation accurately and succinctly., 2 April 2010
I throughrougly enjoyed this book, a very informative and concise account of the Ripper case.

Others have commented on how this book gives the 'bare bones' of the book, however considering the book is only 256 pages, I think the writing style and skll involved is perfect for this type of book.

Within the 256 an account of Sutcliffes childhood, youth and marriage is included. Futhermore a detailed and informative report of the case itself is presented succinctly, baring in mind there are 13 murders to cover and many more attacks.

I think the writer has done fantastically well to present the case concisely but with conhesion at the same time, many writes fail to do so. Would definitely recommend!!
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Beyond Belief: The Moors Murderers: The Story of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley
Beyond Belief: The Moors Murderers: The Story of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley
by Emlyn Williams
Edition: Paperback

5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Impossible!, 2 April 2010
As a prolific reader of crime books, I bought this based on the reviews with an interest in the case.

I read the first couple of chapters and found it impossible to go on any further....the writing style is incomprehensible and lacks cohesion. After reading the first few chapters I think I knew more about the 1960's culture than what the aim of the book was; the case of Brady and Hindley.

I would not recommend this book if you want an indepth account....very unusual writing style, and random culteral facets here, there and everywhere!!

Hunting Evil: Inside the Ipswich Serial Murders
Hunting Evil: Inside the Ipswich Serial Murders
by Paul Harrison
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, 2 April 2010
This is a very interesting subject as Steve Wright was a prolific serial killer, who seemed to be running rings round the police as he continued his killing spree.

Some very interesting parts to the book, and parts of the investigation are discussed which seem to be exclusive. However the writers seem to be quite self absorbed as they mentioned there own part within the investigation (essentially they did not have a part-just reporters, and a psychologist who did not examine Wright) as a result I found there was much irrelevant information about the writers, and such spaces should of been filled with a more in depth acccount of the girls themselves.

This is the only book I have read on this subject, I did not feel I was fully informed about the book, and still had many unanswered questions when I had finished the book.

Overall, the book was okay, however at times it lacked cohesion and is not a fully comprehensive account of the Ipswich murders.
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Myra Hindley: Inside the Mind of a Murderess
Myra Hindley: Inside the Mind of a Murderess
by Jean Ritchie
Edition: Paperback

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read..! More of a peak inside the mind of a murderess, rather than an indepth view., 2 April 2010
This is a very good read, I found the opening of the book a bit slow, giving information which was already known about Myra Hindley...however after the trial of course the prison years are discussed, this provided a fantastic insight into her life inside prison and how she manipulated people to her own advantage, encouraging her innocence, and even believing so herself.

This book tells all...! Manipulation, lesbian affairs, friends??, supporters...and so on. As this book was written in the 80s it does not contain the final 'chapters' of Myra's life, this would also be fantastic to read, and if you want to rad about this aswell a more recent book would be recommended, but you may then sacrifice the indepth view here, from the prison years (60S-80'S)

However as a psychology student, I am not sure the book delves into the mind of Myra do so theories and explanations should be included which they are not. The hard, cold, manipulative character of Myra is discussed but no explanation is given as to wHy she comitted such crimes; mental illness?...NO! It is suggested that she is just pure EVIL, whicH I would agree, and maybe an explanation in this case is impossible. However when reading the title 'inside the mind...' I expected a little more ezplanation of her psyche, and subsequently why she committed such terrible crimes.

As mentioned earlier I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and would recommend, as much 'inside info' is provided from the prison years, which I found facinating, and at times suprisingly amusing as Myra does not seem to grasp how she is portrayed to others, and subsequently does not understand their actions towards her, even though she is seemingly intelligent!!!
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Beyond Evil
Beyond Evil
by Nathan Yates
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read has same info!!!, 2 April 2010
This review is from: Beyond Evil (Paperback)
An easy read with 'some' inside info!

The book contains brief biographies of Huntley and Carr threaded throughout the book; which I found very informative, when trying to comprehend why such a terrible crime was commited by Huntley, and why Carr went along with Huntleys plan, knowing full well the terrible crime he had commited against the two girls she had known, and worked with....

However as suggestted in the title; I was interested in the case and gaining 'inside information' however I found such information lacking as I had already read about most of the things in this book, simply by searching on google, and reading newspapers.

I thought the book was an easy read, providing an insight into the lives of Huntley and Carr, possibley giving an explanation for such a horrific crime. On the other hand, the facts of the crime were substatially brief, and not overly informative, as you may expect from a true crime book.
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Skins: The Novel
Skins: The Novel
by Ali Cronin
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy, enjoyable read for skins fans!, 15 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Skins: The Novel (Paperback)
This was a good read, and I would recommend it for any skins fan!!

However it does not give much background or depth to the characters, therefore it may be very difficult for someone who has not watched skins to grasp.

I found the stories entertaining, and they supported each characters personality and previous actions in the series fully, typical bnehaviours and language of each character was used, therefore a familiarity was present.

Although entertaining, the mini stories for each character were often weak and quite bland with very little cohesion, as the chapters swapped and changed from character to character.

Overall, I would recommend this book, as I found it a very easy and enjoyable read, and it also calmed my eagerness to see the new series for a little while :P

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