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    Quote Originally Posted by BigAl View Post
    Read two books on vacation.

    The first was the most recent entry into James Rollins' Sigma Force series. It's a sci-tech military thriller series. I think it's 10 or 12 books deep now, maybe more. This one, called 'The Demon Crown' was really quite good. I couldn't put it down despite how it gave me the chills. Let's just say it involved a genetically engineered parasitic wasp that was 3-4 inches long and they swarmed over people. And the queen wasp was the size of a puppy. Nightmare inducing for sure.

    The second was Gregg Allman's autobiography. Very interesting read, but I'm a sucker for memoirs and a big Allman Brothers fan.
    The Sigma Force books are my go to vacation books. That and The Expanse books. Which speaking of the new book is out this week just in time for my next vacation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rancid_Planet View Post
    Usually a good way to get back in is to read a fun biography or maybe a book based on a film you've already seen.

    As for me, Dark Tower 7 just came in the mail. The ending of the saga. It's changed the entire Stephen King universe for me.
    So @Cewsh once gave me the best advice ever: keep a book next to the shitter.

    instead of looking at your phone, you’ll end up reading 10-20 pages at a time and knock out books easily.

    I keep one book in the bathroom and one at work. This way I read on my toilet breaks at home and on my lunch break at work.

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    Oh and I’m still reading that death of Superman book. That’s my work book.

    fot home, I’m reading Damned by Chuck Palanhiuk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hero! View Post
    So @Cewsh once gave me the best advice ever: keep a book next to the shitter.

    instead of looking at your phone, you’ll end up reading 10-20 pages at a time and knock out books easily.

    I keep one book in the bathroom and one at work. This way I read on my toilet breaks at home and on my lunch break at work.
    I currently have the Gunslinger on my toilet at home but it's just sitting there collecting dust

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    Began Severance by Mia Ling. Bookclub choice.
    Wild Embers:Poems of Rebellion, Fire and Beauty by Nikita Gill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hero! View Post
    Oh and I’m still reading that death of Superman book. That’s my work book.

    fot home, I’m reading Damned by Chuck Palanhiuk.
    Follow-up on Damned:

    its wonderful. It’s about a girl who goes to hell after overdosing on marijuana. Hell is more of a prison rather than Hellfire and brimstone. Being obsessed with the breakfast club, she meets up with other people (jock, pretty girl, punk, and nerd) who are in hell for a variety of things (cheating on a test, shoplifting, jaywalking) and they go on an adventure through the landscape of hell and do teenage shit. Basically breakfast club in hell.

    written by the man who brought you “guts” and “fight club”.

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    On The Come Up -Angie Thomas.

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    Just picked up the Necroscope novels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pablo Diablo View Post
    The Sigma Force books are my go to vacation books. That and The Expanse books. Which speaking of the new book is out this week just in time for my next vacation.
    Did you read The Bone Labyrinth? That epilogue quite literally destroyed me. This was me, finishing the book before falling asleep and looking over at my sleeping wife:


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    Quote Originally Posted by BigAl View Post
    Did you read The Bone Labyrinth? That epilogue quite literally destroyed me. This was me, finishing the book before falling asleep and looking over at my sleeping wife:
    I had to check to see if it was the one I was thinking of. That was a sad epilogue, very odd for him to do an epilogue jump like that though in terms of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melly View Post
    Began Severance by Mia Ling. Bookclub choice.
    Wild Embers:Poems of Rebellion, Fire and Beauty by Nikita Gill.
    Didn't really see the appeal of Severance.

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    It's my turn to select for bookclub. Anyone have any good suggestions?

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    I didn't end up reading Severance.

    You could look up the best sellers of last year or do classic books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurley View Post
    It's my turn to select for bookclub. Anyone have any good suggestions?
    Too Loud a Solitude.

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    Ok, I'll put it up for vote. Cheers.

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    Started reading Storm Front by Jim Butcher today. It's the first book in the Dresden Files series, which my wife is a huge fan of. I tried getting into once before, but quickly gave up. Jumping back in now because, fuck it, why not?

    Trying to read 12 books by years end. Haven't read more than 1-2 books a year in several years now. I'm down 2 already, only 10 more to go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hero! View Post
    Started reading Storm Front by Jim Butcher today. It's the first book in the Dresden Files series, which my wife is a huge fan of. I tried getting into once before, but quickly gave up. Jumping back in now because, fuck it, why not?

    Trying to read 12 books by years end. Haven't read more than 1-2 books a year in several years now. I'm down 2 already, only 10 more to go!
    That's a pretty good goal, one book a month.

    If you like sprawling, epic works of fiction, check out the Natchez Burning trilogy by Greg Iles. They're very long books but very fast reads. I couldn't put them down. Might take a bit to read them though.

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    Well I finally finished The Dark Tower series.

    If you're a King fan and haven't read it. You should.

    Goddamn I cried at so many parts of that last book.

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    I love the Dresden files. Read them all.

    I got away from King. Great author but just started not caring as much about his stuff. I could never really get into the Dark Tower Series. I think I made it part of the way through book 3 or 4 and gave up.

    Not reading anything for fun right now. Maybe soon after school is done.

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    Storm front is very good. Only another hundred or so pages left. Already put the next two on order at my library. Since they don’t carry it, they’re getting it from one of the libraries in our state.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    I have several Stephen King books that I am behind on
    I also want to join the Stephen King hype train. My list is Carrie, Pet Sematary, The Stand, Just After Dark, The Long Walk, and Duma Key.

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    11/22/63 is a King book I want to read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melly View Post
    11/22/63 is a King book I want to read.
    Me too.

    Many King books tie into the DT series (or vice versa I guess) and I've always wanted to read The Stand but for now I think my next one will be good old Pet Sematary. The book I've nearly started two hundred times but never did for one reason or another.

    I'm gonna fucking do it this time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melly View Post
    11/22/63 is a King book I want to read.
    This was a good book (and decent tv miniseries) but it suffers from what I think most King books do. The ending. I enjoy reading his books, but damn does he have problems finishing.

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    Finished Storm Front and put the next few Dresden books on hold at the library. In the mean time, I decided to grab a Stephen King book since y’all keep talking about him so much. I remembered that I’d bought one years ago at a library sale, so I’ve been reading The Running Man over the last couple of days and it was fantastic. Didn’t think much of it at the start, but when the story really started going, it picked up tremendously and I couldn’t put it down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pablo Diablo View Post
    This was a good book (and decent tv miniseries) but it suffers from what I think most King books do. The ending. I enjoy reading his books, but damn does he have problems finishing.
    Shoot. Well now I doubt I'll read it. Horrible endings are unforgivable.

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    Horrible is too strong. I just felt that in comparison to the rest of the book the ending was a bit of a let down. But it was still a good book.

    It's more that the majority of the book was say a 9 and the ending was a 6 or 7.

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    Finished The Running Man a few days back. Finished reading Doomed by Chuck Palanhuik. It’s the sequel to the other book I read: Damned. Whereas Damned followed the story of this teenage girl in hell, this book follows a teenage girl in Purgatory. There’s supposed to be a third book, but Chuck hasn’t finished it yet. S’pose it would prob be about a girl in heaven.
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    Finished The Dry - Jane Harper. Easy read. Good book turned better by a solid ending. 4/5.

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    Decided to take a break from reading the memoirs I'm drawn to and decided to get into something a little more mindless. I chose Matthew Reilly's series with Jack West Jr. as the main character. It's five books and I'm just starting the fifth. Each book has the world facing destruction from some extraterrestrial threat, not aliens but things like a massive solar flare that will melt the Earth, etc. They're mindless and filled with absolutely absurd action sequences but they're very well written and enjoyable to read. They'd make a great series of movies but the special effects budget would be crazy high.

    He also wrote a different series of books with a Marine as the main character as well. Same basic idea, except instead of threats from space this series focused around the Marine fighting terrorists. That Marine shows up in one of the Jack West Jr. series and I was a bit of a fanboy for a minute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pablo Diablo View Post
    This was a good book (and decent tv miniseries) but it suffers from what I think most King books do. The ending. I enjoy reading his books, but damn does he have problems finishing.
    Out of interest and spoilers aside, which ones are you mainly referring to here?

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    Dark Tower, 11/22/63, Under the Dome are the ones I was thinking of.

    I know people do like the Dark Tower and 11/22/63 endings but they just did not land right for me at all. Even looking back I still can't say I like them. It might be a bit harsh with Dark Tower as now that I've gone through and read many other fantasy/sci-fi series (Wheel of Time, Malazan Book of the Fallen, Broken Earth trilogy) I realize that it is hard to wrap everything up properly from a sprawling series.

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    Got started on Fool Moon, the second book in the Dresden files. I’m growing to be a big fan of Jim Butcher’s writing for these books. They’re so easy to read and just keep pulling you through the story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurley View Post
    Finished The Dry - Jane Harper. Easy read. Good book turned better by a solid ending. 4/5.
    Loved this - her next couple, 'Force of Nature' and 'The Lost Man' are well worth a read too - the latter especially. Thought it was excellent.

    Read 'Thirteen' by an irish crime writer called Steve Cavaghnah. Lot of fun for a courtroom drama. Looks as if there's 4/5 books centred around the same central character so will check those out.

    Also, read 'Kill Your Friends' by John Niven recently and its fucking disgusting but bloody great fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pablo Diablo View Post
    Dark Tower, 11/22/63, Under the Dome are the ones I was thinking of.

    I know people do like the Dark Tower and 11/22/63 endings but they just did not land right for me at all. Even looking back I still can't say I like them. It might be a bit harsh with Dark Tower as now that I've gone through and read many other fantasy/sci-fi series (Wheel of Time, Malazan Book of the Fallen, Broken Earth trilogy) I realize that it is hard to wrap everything up properly from a sprawling series.
    I was suprised that I really enjoyed the ending to the Dark Tower books after hearing so often that people hated it.

    Granted I wasn't one of those that was waiting and reading them for 20 years. I just picked them all up at once and read them in a stretch.

    I guess no ending was going to do for anything that had been built up that much for so long.

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    Has anyone read Leo Carew's "The Wolf"?

    Second installment is meant to come out in the next month or two. First one was great.

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    Currently reading Educated by Tara Westover. Tough read because of things she experienced physically and emotionally at the hands of her family. But it's engrossing and I can't stop reading it. Highly recommended for anybody who liked The Glass Castle or Hillbilly Elegy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigAl View Post
    Currently reading Educated by Tara Westover. Tough read because of things she experienced physically and emotionally at the hands of her family. But it's engrossing and I can't stop reading it. Highly recommended for anybody who liked The Glass Castle or Hillbilly Elegy.
    Really got sucked into this one. Nothing what I expected picking it up, but I got totally engrossed in her life. One of the fastest times I have finished a book.

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    I have Educated on a shelf, I really need to read it.

    I am going to start "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" soon.

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    Started reading Fellowship of the Ring again after giving up years ago. I reckon I need to read the Tolkien books before I tackle ASOIAF or they'll just seem pretty lame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurley View Post
    Really got sucked into this one. Nothing what I expected picking it up, but I got totally engrossed in her life. One of the fastest times I have finished a book.
    Since you enjoyed it I strongly recommend Hillbilly Elegy. That one was a little hard for me to read because it reminded me of my dad's family in upstate NY but it was a great read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wardy View Post
    Started reading Fellowship of the Ring again after giving up years ago. I reckon I need to read the Tolkien books before I tackle ASOIAF or they'll just seem pretty lame.
    GRRM should rewrite lotr.

    So.

    Much.

    Hobbit fucking.

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    Even without any Hobbit shagging I'm enjoying it more than I thought I would.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rancid_Planet View Post

    So.

    Much.

    Hobbit fucking.
    That sounds really lame and dull.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WWXChairman View Post
    That sounds really lame and dull.
    Good thing it isn't real?

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    Howard Stern Comes Again:

    I love Howard but knew this book wasn't for me as it's a "best of" type deal where he just sort of summarizes his favorite interviews with a few paragraphs talking about the interview. I've heard all of his interviews so reading them had no appeal to me. So why did I buy this book? I didn't, my brother ordered it from Amazon and had it sent to my apartment as a birthday gift, thoughtful but a waste of money. This book is more for someone who either only listens casually or has never heard his interviews because they are great but I have already heard them. I love The Dark Knight but I'm not interested in reading it.

    So yeah, if you listen to Howard everyday this book is a waste of your time.

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    I've got a lot of reading to do. I've recently bought "In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood" by Dr. Walt Brown, "The Annals of The World" by James Ussher, "The Chronology of The Old Testament" by Dr. Floyd Nolen Jones, "Newton's Revised History of Ancient Kingdoms" by Sir Isaac Newton, and "The Universal Model: A New Millennial Science Volume 1" by Dean W. Sessions. I've also got a few Star Wars books that I need to knock out. I just finished watching Under The Dome again, so I need to read the book too.

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    I’m currently reading Half of a Yellow Sun and i am thoroughly enjoying it.

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    Just picked up biographies/memoirs by: Neil Young, Bryan Cranston, Willie Nelson, Burt Reynolds, and Johnny Cash. Can't decide which to read first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rancid_Planet View Post
    Good thing it isn't real?
    But you want it to be real?

    I am not sure what you are trying to get at here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mik View Post
    I’m currently reading Half of a Yellow Sun and i am thoroughly enjoying it.
    Just finished it. God it was good. Made me incredibly sad to finish.

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    Just finishing up south of the border, west of the sun.

    Is Norwegian wood better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WWXChairman View Post
    But you want it to be real?

    I am not sure what you are trying to get at here.
    I'm not sure either???

    I legit don't remember that post.

    Let's see...July 4th 2 in the morning?

    Yup.

    I was drunk.

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    Well, lol, fair enough.

    With that said, I do agree that George R.R. Martin could do something interesting with the LOTR franchise, I'd just skip over the other stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim View Post
    Howard Stern Comes Again:

    I love Howard but knew this book wasn't for me as it's a "best of" type deal where he just sort of summarizes his favorite interviews with a few paragraphs talking about the interview. I've heard all of his interviews so reading them had no appeal to me. So why did I buy this book? I didn't, my brother ordered it from Amazon and had it sent to my apartment as a birthday gift, thoughtful but a waste of money. This book is more for someone who either only listens casually or has never heard his interviews because they are great but I have already heard them. I love The Dark Knight but I'm not interested in reading it.

    So yeah, if you listen to Howard everyday this book is a waste of your time.
    I tried to get into this over the weekend and just couldn't. Not sure what it was about it but I didn't like it. One of the few books lately that I've deleted after reading the first 10% or so.

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    They're making Hillbilly Elegy into a movie with Ron Howard directing. I can't recommend this book enough and am eagerly awaiting the movie. It was a tough read because it reminded me of some of my dad's family. Even a couple of friends who read it said it reminded them of my dad's family. Still, awesome book.

    Finishing up an action novel now but I just got Me, by Elton John and Janis, by Holly George-Warren. Two of my favorite musicians so I hope the books are good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pablo Diablo View Post
    The Expanse books.
    Writers are told to start off with an attention grabber, and I think this series illustrates that quite nicely.

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    Louis Theroux's autobiography. It's every bit as clever and funny as I thought it would be and the more I read, the more I love him.

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    How does everyone read? I've never read a digital book, and have always preferred the physical book form. I've been having this problem where I'll pick up a book, read a paragraph, then say "fuck this" and go play a game or something. It's a very frustrating struggle because I want to read. I suppose I have to get used to it and phase games and TV out of my life. Maybe I'll start small with a page a day, then grow from there?

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    I read on a Kindle. It's good for a number of reasons, mainly that I can store thousands of books on it at once and I can read it in bed at night without keeping a light on to keep my wife up. In regards to watching TV, I'm the same way with TV shows that you are with books Donald. I'll watch an episode of something, think it's good, and then not watch it any longer because something else catches my attention. I always hear about different shows that sound really good but deep down I know I'll never end up watching any of them.

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    Just started Peter Crouch's first book. Just a couple of chapters in, but this is going to be brilliant. Been meaning to read it for a while and I got his second book as a birthday present, so decided to start the first one.

    So pleased to hear the stories about Disco Benni are true in that he didn't like football.

    And Donald, physical book for me. Stare at a screen enough as it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hero! View Post
    This way I read on my toilet breaks at home and on my lunch break at work.
    My problem is that I read so much that I only have time to read one line of something at a time. My breaks at work become more about studying than reading the books I am invested in, although I did just finish Chapter 1 of 'Tarzan of the Apes'.

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    Just about finished reading Rocky Johnson's autobiography which I picked up from the library about a week before he passed away.

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    I recently got a first pressing of Lords of the Sith, and the 20th Anniversary Edition of Heir to the Empire. Not sure which one I'm gonna read first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hero! View Post
    Oh and I’m still reading that death of Superman book. That’s my work book.
    I am reading the first official Superman story, but realize that he showed up in a precursor form before that so I do want to go back and read that stuff as well.

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    I was going to start 2020 by reading a book a week, but here we are, 4-5 weeks in and haven't started one. Maybe February will be a new start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    I currently have the Gunslinger on my toilet at home but it's just sitting there collecting dust
    The Dark Tower is very popular with a good friend of mine and I do enjoy King's other works, so I have picked this one up too, but I keep finding myself studying the cover instead of actually reading it.

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    Of note I found The Gunslinger didn't draw me into the series at all. Drawing of the Three though hooked me.

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    I like that the details of the story are vague. Makes it feel like the narrator just happened to be standing there in the beginning and just tagged along for the rest.

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