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Subject: Same novel, different titles
Date Posted: 2/17/2010 10:04 AM ET
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Talk about WTF Wednesday! Soooooo, I get an email with new book rec's from Amazon UK this morning, including these two:

 

The Boleyn Wife
by Brandy Purdy

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Price: £8.29
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The Tudor Wife
by Emily Purdy

Price: £5.24

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Then I go to the Amazon UK page for The Tudor Wife and find this:

Customers buy this book with The Tudor Wife by Emily Purdy

 

The Boleyn Wife + The Tudor Wife
Price For Both: £13.53

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Date Posted: 2/17/2010 12:05 PM ET
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Could we use this thread for reissue warnings? Because one I've mentioned before is by Barbara Kyle:

A Dangerous Temptation is the same as The Queen's Lady

AND

A Dangerous Devotion is the same as The King's Daughter

 



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Date Posted: 2/17/2010 12:14 PM ET
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Wow -- that really is confusing -- and deceptive. Looks like people are being subtly encouraged to order both books, not realizing that it's the same novel and same author using different titles and different first names. Uncool -- Amazon UK should be ashamed.

Date Posted: 2/17/2010 12:22 PM ET
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Here's one more:  The Serpent's Tale and The Death Maze by Ariana Franklin.  Both the same book.

Date Posted: 2/17/2010 12:33 PM ET
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I, Mona Lisa I, Mona Lisa  and
Painting Mona Lisa Painting Mona Lisa  by Jeanne Kalogridis.  I had one and then ordered the other one from Book Closeouts thinking it was sequel.  When I posted the extra copy here at PBS I PM'd the requester to make sure they understood that it was the same book.  It went thru several people who thought as I did before I found someone who actually wanted it.



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Date Posted: 2/17/2010 1:08 PM ET
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That's a good idea to use a thread for that purpose. We can't always blame the author though, these are often publisher decisions. Purdy has posted on her website and blog that it's a different publisher for the UK edition and they wanted the different title (and switch on the first name). Not sure why they do it, as people getting ticked when they're horn-swaggled into buying the same book twice.

I hear Sourcebooks has picked up EC's The Time of Singing for US publication and they are changing the name and cover. I forget what the new title is here.

Why..........

Date Posted: 2/17/2010 4:15 PM ET
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Great idea for a thread.

It happened to me with Wolf of the Plains, which is also Ghengis Khan: Birth of an Empire.

Date Posted: 2/17/2010 6:19 PM ET
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This thread is a good idea.  It made me remember a big goof that happened to me a few years back, when I asked the librarian for a copy of a book called Fatherland, because a reading group I took part in was going to discuss it.  Okay, I got hold of it andI read it, and it turned out to be one of those "alternate histories"----a "what if  . . . . . . ."-----if history had turned out entirely differently than it did----books.  It was by Robert Harris, and it was a murder mystery set in post-World War Two Germany, and the Nazis had been the victors in the war . 

When I went to the reading group, I found out that the book for discussion, by Frederick Kempe,  was American journalist's report on what he found in post-war Germany when he went back, after learning, to his shock and shame, that his uncle had been a Nazi officer.  He wanted to see how things were, among the children and grandchildren of the Nazis.

Date Posted: 2/17/2010 6:22 PM ET
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Oh Bonnie, bwahahahahahahahahaha! What a mixup indeed

(on a side note, I've thought about reading Harris' Fatherland, was it good?)

Date Posted: 2/17/2010 6:48 PM ET
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And to further confuse the issue re. Brandy Purdy's  The Boleyn Wife and/or The Tudor Wife.  This novel was originally self-published as Vengeance is Mine.

 

Linda

Date Posted: 2/17/2010 6:55 PM ET
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I bought two copies of the same Judith Koll Healey book. "The Canterbury Papers" is also known as "The Lost Letters of Aquitane".

I know there are more I've done this with, but I can't think of them right now.

This is definitely a great idea for a thread!

 

Oh, remembered one more. I actually still have two copies of this book. Catherine MacCoun's book "The Age of Miracles" is also known as "Beyond the Abbey Gates".  If anyone wants a copy, just holler! ;-)



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Date Posted: 2/17/2010 7:01 PM ET
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I've thought about reading Harris' Fatherland, was it good?

I read it years ago and liked it. I'm not sure what I'd think of it today, though.

Date Posted: 2/18/2010 9:46 AM ET
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I'm currently reading The Cavalier's Woman by Joan Hunter, which is the 1977 US version of Hunter's separate volumes published in the UK as Rupert the Devil (1976) and Cavalier (1977).

Date Posted: 2/19/2010 9:19 PM ET
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Mimi and Genie:  Golly, I don't know what to tell you about Robert Harris' Fatherland.    If you like mysteries a lot, and 'alternate history' doesn't grate against something in your personality, I suppose you might like it okay.  But  I can't personally recommend it to you . . . .But there was one 'alternate history' novel I could semi-recommend to you---Sinclair Lewis's It Can't Happen Here.  It's about how the U. S. turns into a Corporate State in the late Thirties and early Forties, and dissenters are jailed or made to "disappear", and the citizenry are propagandized into the Groupthink the autocrats want them to believe in.  Bill of Rights?  Freedom of the Press?  Fuhgeddaboudit . . . . .

Date Posted: 2/20/2010 9:46 AM ET
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I liked It Can't Happen Here, although it's not nearly his best work (or close). Still, Sinclair Lewis' worst is better than many authors' best, and is a very readable "what if?" scenario that was ripped from the headlines of the day. However, Main Street and Babbitt are my Lewis favorites.

Date Posted: 2/20/2010 2:32 PM ET
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Bonnie, I agree. Fatherland isn't something to recommend necessarily, but I remember enjoying it when it first came out. However, I'm not sure I'd have the patience for it today. I'm getting pickier as I get older. :)

Date Posted: 2/20/2010 2:38 PM ET
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Speaking of Robert Harris, his new novel Conspirata (out this month in the US) is also known as Lustrum (UK).  2nd in a trilogy about Cicero.

Date Posted: 3/2/2010 4:39 PM ET
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I've noticed several instances of their being a different title in the UK and the US for the same book.  The main one I can think of is Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander".  Her original chosen title was "Cross Stitch" but her publisher thought that would be confusing and make people think the book was about needlework.  But the British publisher had no such qualms so in the UK (and Australia & New Zealand) it's titled Cross Stitch.  Their version of The Outlandish Companion is called Through the Stones.

Also, Elizabeth Chadwick's "Children of Destiny" and "Daughter of the Grail" are the same book.

Date Posted: 3/2/2010 4:59 PM ET
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I've noticed the same book/different title issue a lot. Seems it must be up to the publisher what the title is based the country it's being sold in. Usually, at Amazon, if you go down to the reviews someone often points that out - but not always!

Date Posted: 6/4/2010 2:13 PM ET
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I just stumbled across this one because I have the original version and thought, "Karen Harper wrote TWO books about Joan of Kent?" Thanks, Letty, for having the repub in your GR. I'd never have noticed! :-)

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Date Posted: 6/4/2010 2:17 PM ET
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I have that copy of "Sweet Passion's Pain" on my TBR. It better be good, because that is one cheesy cover :) 

Date Posted: 6/4/2010 2:25 PM ET
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I think the reprint is pretty innocuous as well. She's all but farting cotton candy.

Date Posted: 6/4/2010 7:45 PM ET
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sigh.  Karla, I wish my husband would fart cotton candy....

Julia Gregson's Band of Angels and The Water Horse are the same book.  It really doesn't make any sense to me...

I was kind of hoping that there weren't so many of these confusing titles.

Date Posted: 6/4/2010 7:59 PM ET
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I didn't see this one above: The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley is also Sophia's Secret.

Date Posted: 6/5/2010 1:32 PM ET
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Karen Harper's The Last Boleyn was originally titled Passion's Reign.

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