Daily Deals: Vienna Triangle and Biscuit’s Valentine’s Day

Vienna TriangleThis week Amazon starts its Daily Deals with Vienna Triangle written by Brenda Webster just for $0.99

A young woman named Kate explores her historical connection to the development of Freudian theory and the early beginnings of psychoanalysis in this mystery rooted in the past. Based on real facts concerning the pivotal figures in the development of modern psychology, the complicated lives of Sigmund Freud, his colleague Helene Deutsch, and his rival Victor Tausk are carefully reconstructed to show how their interpersonal intricacies may have led to conspiracy and deceit in the writing of early 20th-century history. When Kate realizes that Tausk was her grandfather, she begins to uncover the details around his mysterious suicide. Only as Kate uncovers the truth is she able to make important decisions about her own future.

Here are some reviews on this book:

“Brenda Webster has immersed herself in the lives and the sexual entanglements of an extraordinary set of people, and out of the artifacts they left behind (or that she has fashioned), her characters pose crucial questions about women, war, psychoanalysis—all the unavoidable conflicts of 20th century life among the intelligentsia who shaped their time.”  —Rosellen Brown, author, Before and After

“A hypnotic narrative about the grand project of psychoanalysis, now 100 years old, and the coiled tensions between Freud and his gallery of disciples; about the clashing constraints of genius and personality and the intractable legacy of despair. There is so much pure knowledge—knowledge about what it means to be human—embedded in these pages that you are torn between keeping up with the story’s barreling pace and wanting to linger with some of the insights that are almost casually delivered, perhaps because they became integral to 20th-century culture. A fascinating exposure of both Freud’s Inner Circle and the terra infirma of the human psyche.”  —Lynn Stegner, author, Because a Fire Was in My Head

“A riveting read set amidst the student uprisings of the late sixties . . . a dramatic exploration of family romances inside and outside the circle that so famously gathered around the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. The author makes brilliant use of fascinating historical material as her heroine, on a quest for self-discovery, investigates the intrigues that developed among the master’s impassioned disciples—and their descendants.”  —Sandra M. Gilbert, author, The Mad Woman in the Attic

“In this subtle novel of self-discovery, a young graduate student in the 1960s interviews the aging Helene Deutsch and thereby enters into the world of Victor Tausk, Lou Andreas-Salomé and Sigmund Freud. [Vienna Triangle] takes on the nuclear kernel of psychoanalysis, the Oedipus complex.” —Psychoanalysis and History (September 1, 2011)


Biscuit's Valentine's Day

Biscuit’s Valentine’s Day is a game for your Kindle Fire. Today only you can download this game for free.

This thoughtful little girl and her puppy, Biscuit, decide to show their loved ones how special they are on Valentine’s Day. They’ve got their work cut out for them, and lots of special deliveries to make. Biscuit is just a pup and still becomes pretty distracted by doggie treats along their journey. Read about their Valentine’s Day excursion and help Biscuit find treats along the way in this story for your Android device.

With animations and sound effects on every page, this sweet story is fun for children of all ages. Biscuit has been a bestselling family classic for 15 years, with more than 16 million copies in print.

Read and Play

The Biscuit’s Valentine’s Day e-storybook includes three reading options suitable for all levels, coloring books, sticker books, and a matching game.

Choose Auto Play, Read to Me, or Read to Myself. Auto Play reads the story and turns the pages–the best option for younger children. The Read to Me option reads the story while highlighting the words. Children with curious little fingers can touch the pictures and enjoy the animation, then turn the page when they’re ready. The Read to Myself option is best for beginner readers who want to do it all by themselves.

After enjoying the heartwarming story, children can color pictures from the storybook, recreate the pages in the sticker book, or play a memory matching game with storybook cards.

This loveable little girl and her puppy remind us all to show our special ones how special they are on Valentine’s Day.

New Kindle Fire 7” & 9” Models Reportedly On The Way

Remember when we were predicting a Kindle Fire launch with multiple tablet sizes to choose from?  Well, better late than never.  Chad Bartley, a Senior Research Analyst over at Pacific Crest, has predicted that we will be seeing a 9” Kindle Fire before the end of 2012, possibly as early as this summer.  Along with this, an update to the already incredibly popular 7” model is expected.  While previous estimates for upcoming Kindle tablet sales had been falling in light of a rumored iPad 3 launch that may include a 7” iPad meant to compete directly with Amazon, the same analyst has upgraded his estimates to account for anticipated demand.

We first heard rumors of an 8.9” Kindle tablet on the way in 2012 via a Digitimes report back in November that indicated a May launch was planned.  While Digitimes is often less than perfectly reliable, they have managed to come up with some good information before on many occasions.  In this case, they also reported that the choice of screen size was meant to simultaneously take advantage of pushes by LG and Samsung to promote the smaller screen size and to avoid competing directly with more established tablets like Apple’s iPad and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab.

What this will mean to Kindle fans is hard to say at this stage.  The immediate concern for owners of the original Kindle Fire will be continuing support.  As many owners of the 1st Generation Kindle can attest, Amazon has a tendency to quickly move forward without worrying about ongoing backward compatibility for their newest efforts.  At the same time, however, there has obviously been an increased awareness of the importance of consistent branding.  While the second generation of Kindle eReader was a fairly noticeable break from the original, subsequent offerings have all remained fairly obviously related.  Add to that the fact that the Kindle Fire is already capable of running more recent versions of Android (as demonstrated by recent videos involving ICS installs) which would be the most obvious thing for the company to change on the software side of things, and there is reason to believe that there will be at least a few years of supported life for the current Kindle Fire.

More interesting will be seeing how they handle the upgrade.  Will the new model or models bow to customer demand for a camera, for example?  There have also been indications for some time that NVidea is interested in getting involved with Amazon’s tablet efforts, which could mean a jump into the Tegra 2 or even Tegra 3 for the larger new Kindle Fire.  Either of these would make sense given the emphasis on video and app use that Amazon has made apparent.

Unlike previous rumors, this one is adding up from a number of different sources and seems to be confirmed by the most recent Kindle ad uploaded to Youtube.  In this, the iPad’s flaws as a reading device are still emphasized in a familiar message, but they also make a dig at the high price tag relative to the $200 Kindle Fire and imply that there is little the iPad can do that the Kindle line can’t accomplish collectively for less money.  To many, this seems to be setting the stage for more direct Kindle vs iPad conflict.