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Dr. Marlow's Home for the Sanity-Challenged (COMPLETE)

Postby bookloverblue » February 5th, 2017, 8:55 am

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A Victorian-themed Asylum story!

England, 1889. After suggesting to his employer, Dr. Marlow, that patients with mental issues should be cared for within society instead of being locked away, Dr. Barnaby Tripp is assumed to have gone insane himself for concocting such a radical notion. Swiftly confined to the Home for the Sanity-Challenged, Dr. Tripp soon gets acquainted with his fellow residents: a depressed nun, a jilted bride, an aggresive ex-military boxer, a kleptomaniac wheeler-dealer, a deluded snob who believes she is royality, a lovelorn music hall singer, and a sickly melancholy poet. In order to earn his freedom, Dr. Tripp must prove that he is sane... whilst also doing his utmost to keep everyone else happy, safe and alive.

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Chapter List
Part One: The Journal of Dr. Barnaby Tripp
Part Two: A Problem Shared is a Problem Multiplied
Part Three: Desperate Times, Desperate Measures
Part Four: Love in a Hopeless Place
Part Five: Mentors, Melodies and Maladies
Part Six: Sickness, Soup and Secrets
Part Seven: Dreams and Nightmares
Part Eight: An Advent Ascension
Part Nine: The Inspection
Part Ten (Finale): Beyond the Cuckoo's Nest
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Re: Dr. Marlow's Home for the Sanity-Challenged (09/02/17)

Postby bookloverblue » February 9th, 2017, 2:52 pm

Updated 09/02/17 - One week after his admission, Barnaby tries to cope with both his fellow inmates and the Home's lack of resources.
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Re: Dr. Marlow's Home for the Sanity-Challenged (09/02/17)

Postby Taube » February 9th, 2017, 5:03 pm

This is great! :#1:
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Your premise is very fresh and original, your characters are interesting, and I do love me some embedded social commentary in otherwise trivial pursuits, so your subtle skewering of some ideas about mental illness and particularly the way it was treated in the past are much appreciated. I loved the sepia introductory pictures - it really set the stage. I'm looking forward to when things really get sanity-challenged, but you seem to be doing well so far! I'll definitely be checking back for more.
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Re: Dr. Marlow's Home for the Sanity-Challenged (02/04/17)

Postby bookloverblue » April 2nd, 2017, 10:34 am

Updated 02/04/17 - As the inmates begin to bond with one another, one of them relapses into their dangerous behaviours. How will Dr. Tripp respond?

Part Three: Desperate Times, Desperate Measures
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Re: Dr. Marlow's Home for the Sanity-Challenged (upd. 09/09/

Postby bookloverblue » September 10th, 2017, 4:53 am

FINALLY updated 09/09/17!

Folllowing an early morning distrubance and a private conversation, Dr. Tripp discovers that the most prevalent ailment in the Asylum now is love.

Part Four: Love in a Hopeless Place
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Re: Dr. Marlow's Home for the Sanity-Challenged (upd. 09/09/

Postby bookloverblue » May 11th, 2018, 11:50 am

Just a note to say this has been on hiatus whilst I completed the Miskin Legacy. With that now finished, I will be resuming this story ASAP!

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Postby bookloverblue » May 15th, 2018, 2:45 pm

Finally, we're back with Dr. Tripp and company!

After witnessing recent events in the garden, the poet Laurence Wilde offers Sister Marie-Catherine Rose some advice. Meanwhile, the musical Fifi Rococco makes a discovery that will give her a wonderful opportunity. But are the inmates' troubles really over?

Part Five: Mentors, Melodies and Maladies
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Re: Dr. Marlow's Home for the Sanity-Challenged (upd. 01/06/

Postby bookloverblue » June 1st, 2018, 2:21 pm

Updated 01/06/18.

The inmates become supportive carers as a mysterious plague-like malady seizes several of their number. This leads the most arrogant and standoffish of the Home's eight residents to become Tripp's helper... bringing them closer together in the process.

Part Six: Sickness, Soup and Secrets
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Postby bookloverblue » July 4th, 2018, 1:07 am

Updated 04/07/18.

When Dr. Tripp finds himself living in a magnificent palace, has he travelled back to some ancient era, or is something more troubling happening to him? Meanwhile, Fifi is struggling with her own delicate health, and a letter brings bad news.

Part Seven: Dreams and Nightmares

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Re: Dr. Marlow's Home for the Sanity-Challenged (upd. 27/08/

Postby bookloverblue » August 27th, 2018, 7:11 am

Updated 27/08/18.

With the Yuletide season arriving at the Asylum, the inmates must say a final, tragic goodbye to one of their number.

Part Eight: An Advent Ascension
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Postby bookloverblue » August 28th, 2018, 3:03 pm

Updated 28/08/18.

The fateful day arrives. Will Dr. Tripp and the other inmates win their freedom?

Part Nine: The Inspection
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Re: Dr. Marlow's Home for the Sanity-Challenged (COMPLETE)

Postby bookloverblue » September 9th, 2018, 9:43 am

COMPLETED 09/09/18!

Ten years have passed, and a new century has begun. What became of Dr. Tripp and his fellow inmates?

Part Ten (Finale): Beyond the Cuckoo's Nest
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