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A book with a number in the title: Nine Stories (1953) by JD Salinger

  • They are good stories, but I wasn't going to keep it after I finished. But then the last story blew my mind.

Not part of the challenge:
Re-read: The Secret Garden (1911) by Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • It took me longer than it should have to re-read this. I was distracted because my copy was falling apart, my cat kept stepping on my boobs, and I kept imagining what their lives would be like. If Mary were a real person and still alive today, she would be 115. Not too farfetched. Hopefully she would have realized her feelings towards Indians were messed up.

  • My book is a paperback edition that was a tie-in with a tv movie. The cover has the three children in front of a Christmas tree, even though none of the book takes place during Christmas. Colin Firth has a small role.

  • A lot of the book seemed like Dickon fanfiction.

First Reads: The Drafter (2015) by Kim Harrison

  • Not too bad

Films of Norma Shearer (1976) by Jack Jacobs
An Untamed State (2014) by Roxane Gay

  • Really good

Manga: Frankenstein (?) by Junjo Ito

  • Couldn't help but laugh at the female creature

Manga: Free Soul (2004) by Ebine Yamaji

  • Misread the description. Was kind of disappointed that the  story wasn't about a relationship between the main character and Angie.

  • There was a slight incest subplot, but they were very flippant about it.

The Book of Negroes (2007) by Lawrence Hill

  • Really good.

First Reads: Luminous (2015) by Kendra A. Ziems

  • It was self published, could have used more editing.

angelicmobster8: (Butterfly)
Beloved (1987) by Toni Morrison

  • so good

Re-Read: Catcher in the Rye (1951) by JD Salinger

  • First read it in grade 11. I liked it then

  • didn't think I would like it as much now

  • I think I like it better

  • I really hope they don't make a movie of it

  • we don't need another movie about an alienated white boy

  • just watch Taxi Driver, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Harvey (Holden is always asking people to have a drink with him, it reminded me of Elwood), Six Degrees of Separation...

  • I had other suggestions, but forgot

Re-Read: Music of The Dolphins (1996) by Karen Hesse

  • Still love it after about 13 years

  • Don't love the whitewashed cover design though

Four Books

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Memoir: Rebel Heart: An American Rock 'n' Roll Journey (2001) by Bebe Buell w/ Victor Bokris

  • decent trash memoir

  • I didn't like how flippant she was about rock stars screwing teenagers

The rest are not part of the challenge.

Goodreads win: The Girl Who Slept With God (2015) by Val Brelinski

  • I really liked it

  • will be released on August 4

Goodreads win: Let Me Die in His Footsteps (2015) by Lori Roy

  • Also really liked it

  • creepy and lovely

Cat's Eye (1988) by Margaret Atwood

  • so good

  • so familiar


These just keep getting shorter and shorter.
angelicmobster8: (Horst)
The Beauty Myth (1991) by Naomi Wolf

  • There are some things that are outdated, and apparently incorrect.

  • There's still a lot of good points made though.

  • Germaine Greer said it was "the most important feminist publication since The Female Eunuch". She wrote The Female Eunuch.Usually I'm all for women being vain, but Greer is a transmysoginist, so screw it.

A Wrinkle in Time (1962) by Madeleine L'Engle

  • I wasn't in love with it, but it's really good and creative

  • And creepy sometimes, the Happiest Sadist, augh!

Re-Read: Big Night Out (2002) by various people. My review here.
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Set in the Future: The Road (2006) by Cormac McCarthy

  • The lack of quotation marks doesn't annoy me in this book

  • like it better than No Country for Old Men


Should have read in school: Speak (1996) by Laurie Halse Anderson

  • There weren't any books that I ignored or whatever in school, so I decided to read a book that is regularly taught in school, just not to me

  • was originally going to read Anne Franks diary, but there were complications. I will read it someday.

  • Wish that I would have read this ten years ago. I didn't go through what Melinda went through, but I was exactly like that.

  • The ending was kind of abrupt


Not a part of the challenge: Stargirl (2002) by Jerry Spinelli

Not a part of the challenge: Re-read of The Outsiders (1968) by SE Hinton

  • First read it in grade 8

  • My copy has what looks to be a reject boy band on the cover

  • She really hated Hank Williams

  • The description of Dally reminds me of Keifer Sutherland


I was thinking about how much scenes in books where characters go into freezing cold water really bothers me. I thought it started with The Outsiders, but Ponyboy isn't in that fountain for very long. So maybe it started with Harry Potter (the fourth and seventh book). I'm not particularly afraid of drowning, so maybe it's just the descriptions of frigid ass water making characters go numb, or feeling prickling sensations. Maybe it partly is drowning descriptions, characters feeling as if their lungs are about to burst. I am often annoyed when people are not dressed properly for the winter. But if they fall through some ice, all of those layers will suck up water and impede them from getting out. Also, not being able to find an opening in the ice.

Other books with scenes like this:

  1. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (actually, maybe it started with this)

  2. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

  3. Lost Girls by Andrew Pyper

  4. The Ghost Orchid by Carol Goodman

  5. maybe Deception Point by Dan Brown

angelicmobster8: (Butterfly)
Book of short stories: A 1995 edition of Vladimir Nabokov shorts, here are my faves:

  • Russian Spoke Here

  • Wingstroke

  • Revenge

  • Details of a Sunset

  • La Veneziana

  • The Dragon

  • The Visit to the Museum

  • Scenes from the Life of a Double Monster

  • The Vane Sisters


I didn't retain much of "Solus Rex", but it had a very WTF moment. My review.

Not part of the challenge: Blood and Chocolate (1997) by Annette Curtis Klause. It was very good. Vivian is a well written character. The movie adaptation was bleh. I though it was a bit strange that Vivian knew about Oingo Boingo, but she was all "a song by a man named Sting" like she's never heard of Sting. My review.
angelicmobster8: (Katharine Hepburn)
Published this year: Family Trees (2015) by Kerstin March. Won from Goodreads. It was okay.

Mystery/Thriller: The Pond (1990) by Simon Lawrence. Okay trash book.

Play: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962) by Edward Albee. I've love the movie, but this must be something else to see on stage.

Book With Magic: Galadria: Peter Huddleston and the Rites of Passage (2011 or 2014, I dunno) by Miguel Lopez de Leon. Won. Was cute.

Debut of a popular author: Casino Royale (1952) by Ian Fleming. Bleh. Mostly I liked the food parts and when Bond is tortured. My copy smelled like vanilla.


The rest are not a part of the challenge:

Dark Times (2001) by Christopher Golden. I liked it. Buffy's escape was pretty badass.

"A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor. Creepy. Also, it was a recording of her reading it.

"We Can Get Then For You Wholesale" by Neil Gaiman. Creepy in a cute way.
angelicmobster8: (Katharine Hepburn)
Trilogy (3): MaddAddam (2013) by Margaret Atwood. Really liked it. Am really curious about how they will handle the tv series.

Not a part of the challenge: Let's Go to Colasanti's (1999) by Jane Buttery

Book that you owned but have never read: Trail of the Wolf (1993) by RD Lawrence. One of those books that have been in the house forever.

Not a part of the challenge: The Casual Vacancy (2012) by JK Rowling. Daaaaamn. She went all out.

Book based solely on it's cover: The Ghost Orchid (2006) by Carol Goodman.

Can't really write right now. I'm just
angelicmobster8: (Cherries)
Book set in your hometown: Shallow Enough to Walk Through (2013) by Marissa Reaume

Here's my Goodreads review:
This book is set in my hometown. At first I didn't really get a Windsor-ish feel from it, but then she mentioned the "Feather Hat Man". I have seen him often. My sisters friend owns a shop downtown, she says he's nice. She also mentioned the man who wears dresses. People of all genders should be able to wear dresses if they want to. This particular man is mourning the loss of his wife, like that Brother Sharp guy.

The book is a little clunky and repetitive at times, but I still really liked it. It was kind of surreal. At first I was confused about how old fashioned the characters were, but I realize that it's because Mr. Pierce has mommy issues.

I hope women who are dating men like Dan realize that he is actually kind of abusive and leave those jerks. He reminded me of
this article by Jenny Zhang.

It mentioned Nutella about 15 times.



Some other notes:

  • I want Mica's insect shirt

  • Mrs. Pierce (Sara's grandmother) is awesome

angelicmobster8: (Katharine Hepburn)
Not Part of the Challenge: The Conditions of Love (2008?) by Morishima Akiko

  • My first manga. I didn't get most of it, because I didn't realize until the next one that I wasn't reading the panels in the right order.

  • Also my first yuri...


Not Part of the Challenge: Lovesick Dead (2007?) by Junji Ito

  • Nice and creepy

  • The translation may have been a bit clunky, I dunno. It seemed unnatural for them to be saying "the Intersections Pretty Boy" everytime they talked about him.


Translation: The Descent into Hell (2006) by Dante, translated by Dorothy L. Sayers in 1949

  • Realized too late that it was an abridged version of Inferno. I'll listen to The Divine Comedy on audiobook one day.

  • Dante only fainted twice, which is impressive considering all of the shit he saw

  • "So gaped as one I saw there, from the chin / Down to the fart-hole split as by a cleaver" see what I mean?


Based on a true story: So Young to Die (1993) by Candice F. Ransom

  • Originally bought it because the illustration of Hannah seemed so badass

  • I think this category is for narrative nonfiction or something like Picnic At Hanging Rock. This read more like a wiki article.


Book your mom loves: The Secret (2006) by Rhonda Byrne

  • Don't get me started


TW: rape
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angelicmobster8: (Katharine Hepburn)
Not a part of the challenge: Finished the rest of the Scott Pilgrim books.

Not a part of the challenge: The Truth and the Life (2014) by Elizabeth Moore. A book from the Goodreads giveaways that I actually really liked.

Book with antonyms in the title: That Was Then, This Is Now (1971) by SE Hinton. More depressing than The Outsiders.

Trilogy (2): The Year of the Flood (2009) by Margaret Atwood. I liked it even better than Oryx and Crake. I can't wait to read the third book and I can't wait to see how the tv series turns out.

Book by an author you never read before: The Dream Killer (1970) by Ursula Russell. Originally had a William Faulkner book here, but changed it for reasons.

Been trying to slow down my reading a bit, but whatevs.
angelicmobster8: (Singer)
Book you started and never finished: Hatchet (1987) by Gary Paulsen

  • at least I think I never got to finish it in grade 8


Not part of the challenge: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (1969) by Maya Angelou

  • My copy is an retired library/first edition. It is well worn and has student notes in it.


Not part of the challenge: Springtime Begins in March (1968) by Jean Little

Book that was made into a movie: Howl's Moving Castle (1986) by Diana Wynne Jones

  • Originally, I was going to use Black Beauty, then I changed my mind to Fugitive Pieces, then this.

  • Need to see the movie again


Not part of the challenge: Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness (2006) by Bryan Lee O'Malley

Non-fiction: Secret Cinema: Gnostic Vision in Film (2006) by Eric G. Wilson

  • He's sort of snobby, but it has some interesting stuff in it. I am putting some of the bibliography on my to-read list.

  • This used to be Other Sister's book. I don't think she got much out of it, I doubt she saw most of those movies.

  • He used the word crepuscular alot. It's now one of my favourite words.

  • He seems extra anti-Tom Cruise, but he had a point about Vanilla Sky.

Filmography for Secret Cinema (other movies were mentioned through out the book though):
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Short Stories by Nabokov

  • Didn't expect so many would have supernatural elements.

  • "Details of a Sunset" was good

  • "La Veneziana" was also good and "manly holds", hahahaha

  • "The Dragon" was kind of cute, though sad.

Finished Party Princess

  • I've read summaries about what happens in the rest of the series. Mike/Mia is still kind of creepy to me though

  • Lily is sort of a horrible friend

  • when does Mia get all the time to write all of that?

  • her parents are useless

  • I did like how she stuck up for herself to Lana though

Novel that won a Pulitzer: A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010) by Jennifer Egan

  • Now I feel like making a list of the pulitzer books that I've read, or at least have


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angelicmobster8: (Butterfly)
Shorts by Vladimir Nabokov

  • I now realize that the angel was probably furry because Nabokov was really into moths and butterflies. This is a good article.

  • Here's a funny one about "Russian Spoken Here"

  • "Revenge" was trippy


Books set in a different country: The Kite Runner (2003) by Khaled Hosseini

  • I am going to change this to "book set in a non-western country". It will also exclude books set in Japan and India, because I can find them easily. I'll try to keep them set in countries that I have never read about. This one is mostly set in Afghanistan, some in Pakistan and the US. Was really good.

  • "How seemless seemed love and then came trouble"


Party Princess (2006) by Meg Cabot (not finished)

  • I guess I read the first book and liked it enough to buy three other from the series. I kind of wish I hadn't. So I'm reading them so I can donate them.

  • Mike and Mia dating is kind of creepy. I hope she doesn't stay with him for the whole series.

  • At least she's not complaining about her flat chest anymore.

  • What's up with her hatred for scented candles though?

angelicmobster8: (Butterfly)
Book more than 100 years old: 12 Years a Slave (1853) by Solomon Northup

  • You can read it here. It's on Librivox, but I didn't like that dudes voice for this.


Book with a Love Triangle: East of Eden (1952) by John Steinbeck

  • Not as love triangle-y (Cal/Abra/Aron) as I thought it would be. I made this assumption based on the Kazan movie, which I saw forever ago. I guess there was sort of a love triange between Cathy, Adam and Charles.

  • Right off the bat, he's gives us racism (against Native Americans). I was like, gawd John, couldn't wait until I was more invested in the book?

  • Then he also says that women become prostitutes because they're lazy. Whatever John.

  • I really liked Cathy, even though she was sort of written in a sexist way sometimes. Gillian Flynn said something about the need for more female psychopaths in fiction, Jennifer Lawrence is supposed to play Cathy in an upcoming movie. Jo Van Fleet and Jane Seymour have played her in the past.

  • "Goddamn the string beans!"

  • What's up with all the boob description, John? Describing teenage Abra as "well breasted", wtf?

  • The Steinbeck home is lovely.


Mystery/Thriller: The Blue Last (2001) by Martha Grimes

  • It's the 17th book in a series, but I don't think it matters

  • Carole-anne? What a disgusting name.

  • The bookstore sounds lovely. lovelyloveloylfjdfhdkhfdj

  • I liked this book (although the chapters about the paintings were kind of bleh), but the ending was too abrupt. I understand a cliffhanger, but this one made me think my copy of the book was messed up. I have the 18th book, so hopefully that clears some things up.


Short Stories: by Vladimir Nabokov

  • Still reading this, there are over 60 stories. I probably should have picked a different one. It's fine though, I'll read 2 stories after finishing a book. I should be done by the summer.

  • WTF happened in "Wingstroke"? Was it really an angel or a flying Russian Yeti? Whaaaaaaaat.


I'd hate to add more to my 50 Shades tag, but Roxane Gay wrote this article back when she read the books. It's really good and probably wouldn't make the women who defend the series feel bad.
angelicmobster8: (Butterfly)
Trilogy (first part): Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

  • loved it

  • though, maybe it's not such a good idea to portray Crake as autistic (Atwood said he has Aspergers). Then again, it was written in 2003 when there weren't so many genius autistic white dudes in books/movies/tv.

  • I really hope those Crakers mating rituals are left in, it would be hilarious.


Book set in highschool: Princess in the Spotlight by Meg Cabot

  • It's irritating how much Mia complains about her body. I didn't even write that kind of shit when I was 15 and I was suicidal.


Classic Romance: Love Story by Erich Segal

  • I saw the movie years and years ago. I don't remember much, but I certainly don't think it was funny. The book is funny.

  • Only poc character was a guy offering Oliver drugs :|

  • I thought the part with Jennys doctor was really messed up, but that's how they did it back then :|

  • Oliver was based sort of on Al Gore, but mostly on Tommy Lee Jones (who was in the movie).

angelicmobster8: (Shoe)
Book with Bad Reviews: 50 Shades Freed

  1. finally done

  2. My inner demon swallows Ana's inner goddess whole


No category: Starring Sally J Freedman as Herself by Judy Blume

  1. Wish I would have read Judy Blume books when I was younger. The first one I read was Summer Sisters in 2009, which was okay because it was meant for adults. But I didn't get to read her YA and MG books when I was 10-16 or whatever.

  2. Did they really have "listener group"s for music classes? That's so mean!


Book by an author you love but haven't read before: How to (Un)cage a Girl by Francesca Lia Block

  1. her poetry is a lot darker than her fiction


Written by a woman: O, Canada by Jan Morris

  1. She really loves the word grandiloquent. Or grandiloquence.

  2. Ragged Ass Road, Yellowknife


Book by someone under 30: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

  1. Was a lot easier to read than I expected, and funny. I can see how a lot of YA writers would be inspired by it. Perhaps the fact that it's so easy to read, is one of the reasons why old men like to shit on it. If it doesn't take you weeks to read, it isn't literature to them.

  2. Wish she would have given The Negro a name though. Bill, there, is that so hard.

  3. kerb? titbits?

  4. It actually did take me longer to read than it should have. I had a library copy, read 5 chapters, went to bed. Woke up with bed bug bites. Found the bed bug and sprayed my bed with insecticide, washed my bedding, slept on the couch for two nights. The first night I slept in my bed again was so nerve-wracking. I think it was just that one bug. I brought the book back to the library in a plastic bag. A librarian from another branch called me asking why it was in the bag. They sent it to her like that, that's so fucking rude. You think librarians would be more considerate of other librarians. Anyway, it shook me up, don't feel like explaining.

Spoilers: Esther almost bleeds to death after sex and takes it so well. She's all "ah, whatevs"


Book from your childhood: Matilda by Roald Dahl

  1. Fave of his so far

  2. We read this in grade four, but I really only remembered one part. The margerine bit. My teacher made a big deal of how poor people buy margerine rather than butter. We only bought margerine, so I felt bad about it.

  3. I watched a lot of r-rated movies when I was little, but none of them messed me up as much as the cake scene from the movie. I watched it recently, still effective.

  4. Feel sorry for the 10 year olds or whatnot who read it and are like "I'm gonna read the books that Matilda read". They must have been really disappointed.

Books from Matilda (bold means I have it but haven't read it):

  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

  • Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens

  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

  • Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

  • Gone to Earth by Mary Webb

  • Kim by Rudyard Kipling

  • The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells

  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

  • The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

  • The Good Companions by J. B. Priestley

  • Brighton Rock by Graham Greene

  • Animal Farm by George Orwell

  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville

  • Ivanhoe by Walter Scott

  • The Red Pony by John Steinbeck

  • Peter and Wendy by J.M. Barrie

angelicmobster8: (Singer)
These three books were set in Seattle or the writer (and illustrator) is from there.

Banned Book: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Ellen Forney

  • so good


Book a Friend Recommended: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

  1. is really good, but the Annika plot really bothered me for a lot of it. The end made it a little better, but I think it probably wouldn't sway the opinions of apologists. Hope that wasn't too spoilery. Also didn't like the Lolita reference, but I doubt Enzo has read the book.

  2. "Grandparents are convinced they're better parents than their kids, whose lives they've already fucked up"


Book with bad reviews: Fifty Shades Freed by EL James

  1. Not actually finished it, but, ugh. It's hard to get through one chapter a day sometimes. But sometimes it's so much fun writing stuff in the margins.

  2. Again, I hate that I have more to write about this book, than the others.

  3. "I know this part of your body better than you do" - Christian about Ana's vulva. Unfortunately true.

  4. There were some cute parts, like the camera bit. But I now realize, that that's what it's like with abusive relationships. You might ask a woman why she stays with her abuser, and she might reply "he's really sweet sometimes". I can't believe I didn't notice that earlier.

  5. Zoolander reference. Also one fore The X-Files, which I started watching recently. That third episode, whoa.

  6. It would be funny if Ana got a yeast infection.

  7. Ew, he makes Ms. Jones clean the butt plugs!

  8. I like that Ana knows more about guns, she should use one... nevermind.

  9. First occurances of.. you know, stuff:


  • controlling assholeness - page 7

  • inner goddess - page 8, but there has been more use of her "subconscious" (page 33), my inner demon has been really bored

  • hang in that way - page 8

  • laters, baby - page 10

  • audi - page 16

  • some woman blushes at the asshole - page 17

  • first erection - page 23

  • Kate described as tenacious - page 80

Ugh
angelicmobster8: (Piggy)
Book You Can Read in One Day: Zen Cowboy

  • Okay, so it's a giftbook, but I really wanted the little cowboy boot charm. There will be book books that will fit into this category, but I... really wanted that charm...


Graphic Novel/Comic Book: Ghost World by Daniel Clowes

  1. I always thought that Enid reminded me a bit of my sister. In the comic, her birthday is 12/23/1979, so she's 5 days younger than my sister.

  2. David Clowes, lol.


Book with more than 500 pages: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

  1. Could have read this after Christmas.

  2. See, it isn't difficult to put a mixed race family into a story.

  3. OMG, Doughboy.

  4. It would be lovely if this were made into a movie. It would probably be whitewashed though.

  5. I haven't read the Percy Jackson books, he must have made the Greek gods less rapey.

  6. I love how confident Sadie is.

  7. Kept imagining Carter as a younger Donald Glover. Nut was Lupita Nyong'o. Bast was Zoe Saldana. For some reason, when I was dreamcasting Sobek (well, his voice), Zach Galifinakis jumped into my head. WTF?

  8. The Elvis bit was interesting. I was going to write about it some more, but I'm too tired. Ugh.

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Cat Magic (1986) by Whitley Strieber and Witches (1993) by Kathryn Myer Griffith both:

  1. have hissing black cats on the cover

  2. are about witches

  3. have characters named Amanda

I dunno.
angelicmobster8: (Eye)
I originally chose Black Beauty by Anna Sewell for my "Book that was made into a movie" category (Alan Cumming voices Black Beauty). I was thinking it would take me a while before I read a book that made me cry, if I found one at all. It ended up being the first one, of course.

A lot of older books have some outdated messages in them, but Black Beauty is still relevant and lovely. She has characters saying that ignorance is just as bad as cruelty, and it can be. This book was banned in South Africa in the 50s, because they didn't bother to read it. They (white censors) probably thought it was about a beautiful black woman and were all like "agh, no!"

Anna Sewell hurt her ankle when she was young, which may not be so bad today, but for a woman in the 1800s, it made her an "invalid". She could still ride horses though. It's kind of sad that she didn't write more about the Lady Harriet character, who is described as being an "invalid". The only books from that time that had disabled children, had them magically "fixed". Heidi for example.

Anyway, good book to start off the year. It also fit into these categories:

  1. book that became a movie - I'll find another

  2. book with non-human characters

  3. book by a female author - most of the books I read are written by women, but they are all cis. So I'm going to keep a lookout for more transwomen authors.

  4. a book set in a different country - for this one, I'm going to tweak it to "book set in non-western country". So no Canada, US, most of Europe, New Zealand, and Australia.

  5. popular authors first book - it was her only book. In the future, I'll just have this as "debut novel"

  6. more than 100 years old

  7. book with a colour in the title

  8. book by an author you never read before - a lot of them are going to be like this, so I'll change this next year as well

  9. banned book

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