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Anne of Green Gables and the six sequels are books I always come back to every couple of years (I don't count the short story collections as part of the sequence). I think that for the most part, though Lucy's descriptions got laid on rather thick (in a rather ironic parallel to Emily in Emily of New Moon) and she would have benefited from a stronger editor, the minutae of her characters day to day lives and the gentle satire of gentile society render them still interesting today.

Ironically, aside from the classic Anne of Green Gables and the Emily trilogy which saw Lucy look at her society in a much more frank and dark fashion, I have a sneaking suspicion that it is Anne's youngest daughter's story in Rilla of Ingleside, as a devestating look at life on the Canadian Home Front, that holds the most relevence today and perhaps is the one that aside from AOG has truly stood the test of time. It is possibly the one with the most historic value and also the one that most demonstates the shifting place of women in society in this time period.

Imagine my shock upon finding out there is a ninth Anne related book! Entitled The Blythe's are Quoted, the book is a collection of short stories (previously published but edited out extensively), poems attributed to both Anne and her dreamy son Walter who was killed at the Western Front, and vignettes which offer commentary on the poems themselves and the events of the Blythe extended family. The book is divided between the events prior to 1914 and the war itself and it's aftermath, ending in 1936 with the declaration of the Second World War.

I have to say that I always feel a bit depressed upon finishing Rilla of Ingleside. Written only a few years after WW1 ended, Lucy had optimism for a war free future. Little did she know that within her generation, a new war, even worse in many ways than the first one, was about to be declared. Rilla and her family would face war again. Some of the characters would have to fight twice. Apparently, TBAQ is a more cynical look at war, written in 1942 just before Lucy died, and shows her own despair at the horrors of two world wars.

The book is incredibly expensive to buy at the moment so I suppose I will hold off for now, but I think I will enjoy this collection immensely, especially as I have always wondered about Walter's poem The Piper, included in the collection. However, at the same time, Lucy despised free verse and rigidly stuck to rhyming patterning. I wonder if her poetry will suffer because of this? Can one really describe the horrors of war when constrained to rhyming couplets where one is forced to make meaning based on what rhymes rather than what best describes the situation? I hope so.

Has anyone read Lucy M Montgomery and her poetry? What did you think of her?
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I've done it! Read The Hobbit, LOTR and The Silmarillion in a row.

Reviews (ish) under cut link (well these are re-reads):

The Hobbit )

Onwards to LOTR- I also watched all three movies just to be thorough because I'm weird like that also they are amazing movies

may this be a light in the darkness, when all other lights have gone out )

The Silmarillion tells the tale of the First and Second Age and is a rather hard read. I saw it as more of an appendices to LOTR and The Hobbit than a book in its own right.

because thou hast broken the law of the Lord, thou shalt never be King )

But the most powerful part of this story for me was always that of The Hobbit's. To quote Galadrial "Even the smallest person can change the course of the future." A good moral. A good moral indeed.

Have you read any of these? Or seen the movies? What did you think?
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Oh Gosh. I can't list just one sentence! I have multiple favourite books. Well. Here are favourite books with favourite first sentences to try and narrow things down...

"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." J.R.R Tolkien The Hobbit

"On a cold, fretful afternoon in early October, 1872, a hansom cab drew up outside the offices of Lockhart and Selby, Shipping Agents in the financial heart of London, and a young girl got out and paid the driver." Sally Lockhart Quartet by Philip Pullman, Book One, The Ruby in the Smoke

"If you are interested in stories with happy endings you would be better off reading some other book." ASOUE, The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

"Three children lay on the rocks at the waters edge." Daughter of the Forest, Juliet Marillier, Book One of The Sevenwaters Trilogy

I love fantasy and fantasy authors so all of my favourite books are in series.
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I've always had a strange relationship with Harry Potter: the books. I always felt that J K Rowling sold out in book six and seven and the pace got very uneven. That's not to say I didn't appreciate the world she created and the characters I came to love and the way that part of my childhood is caught up in each books pages. But having said that, this is the reason I went to DH:p1 with so much trepidation as I didn't like Book 7 all that much. I was pleasantly surprised when I found it to be the strongest movie that had been released so far. I also was given an extra treat in that I thought Bellatrix Lestrange truly elevated herself above EVERYONE and really, really encapsulated the essence of evil. It was an astonishing performance from Helena and I think it is now impossible to seperate her from the character. I really feel that Helena brought a lot to the role of Bellatrix, she was born to play the part.

Actual film under cut link for part two:

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I think the last two films have been the strongest because the art direction really picked up (very Burtonish I noticed), the storytelling cut straight to the heart of the books even if that meant adding in or taking away scenes from the source material and finally, the atmostphere and the drama was exactly right. Deathly Hallows Part One and Two succeeded in a way the previous Potter's haven't done. They convinced me that these were movies in their own right with strong themes and performances that had real lasting dramatic resonance.
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Well. So much for me staying off lj to do uni work haha! I think I'd go mad without this blog. As for Dr Who and The Rebel Flesh- as that it a two parter I'll review it as a whole after next Saturday night.

Now onto the books (no spoilers)

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My friend got me Touching Evil for my 21st. Damn it. If I get a credit for my two politics subjects, I blame Nicola Walker for my lack of study.
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Well I joined [livejournal.com profile] lj_scribe and the prompt for this week was "living the dream." This is what I came up with where I was using the prompt metaphorically and no this is not based off anything real lol. It's just out of my messed up head.

Also, I dedicate this to Carol [livejournal.com profile] cianthecat because she has so much faith in my writing.

Title: The Actress is the Dream
Word Count: 252

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I've thought about reading "that Neil Gaiman guy" for awhile... ever since goblin author [livejournal.com profile] jimhines posted this utterly hilarious post of Chuck Norris Neil Gaiman jokes and even got to wear the tshirt (man this guy is SO on my to read list). Link here... http://www.jimchines.com/2009/09/20-neil-gaiman-facts/
and then when it was announced that Gaiman was writing an episode of Dr Who well of course I had to read SOMETHING of his.

I ended up reading The Graveyard Book (Is there a film of this does anyone know?) and Anansi Boys. Coraline and American Gods are on my to read list. Does anyone have other Gaiman suggestions?

Anyway thoughts under cut for both books...

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Are the Sandman comics good? I might try those too eventually :)

Now I am off to write a quick how to post on the [livejournal.com profile] nicola_walker comm and then write a bit of an essay on environmental history. Fun.
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I've been meaning to review this book for a little while now but I wanted to let the story sink in a bit first before I posted. This is not an easy book. This is not a "fun, light hearted" book. This is a book about society and about women's "place" in it. This is a book about mental illness and about how as a society we deal with mental illness. This is a book about bad things happening to good people, about the status quo, about the medical profession, about social stigma and prejudice. This is an absolutely heartbreakingly honest book that is now in my top ten books of all time. It is such a shame that EA has had to independantly publish this because more people will not be able to read this. It's a shame that the BBC cannot do a mini series of this because not only is this an amazing piece of fantasy and biography, this is also a very, very, very well written story.

From the blurb:

Straddling the bookshelves somewhere between psychological study, historical horror story, and fantasy fiction sits Emilie Autumn’s debut autobiographical novel, “The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls.”
Written and illustrated by the notoriously manic-depressive rock star, this chilling tale combines humor, tragedy, and suspense to produce a blood-curdling account of the nightmare that is life inside an insane asylum, comparing those from the Victorian era with our modern day version, and proving, through her own personal experiences, that not much has changed from then to now...
It is a reality-bending thriller as well as a profoundly empowering tale of suffering, sisterhood, and revenge that culminates in what is perhaps one of the most suspenseful cliff-hangers of all time.
Prepare yourself to enter a world most pray never to visit. But beware: It is much easier to get into the Asylum than it is to get out…

Rest under cut link

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Sorry I haven't been on here very much but I went on a three day break with my two best friend's at the start of my week and then had to work six days straight, plus I did alot of catching up with friends.

Anyway, as I mentioned earlier, I was reading Steig Larsson's Millenium Trilogy and I have finally finished and want to sum up what I though quickly on here, as well as do a write up of the book Out of a Clear Sky by Sally Hinchcliffe.

Under cut link.

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I realize I haven't done any A2A write ups or my Law and Order one. I'll get onto those eventually I promise. Tomorrow I get all of my wisdom teeth out. Kill me now.
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I slept over at my best friend's house and we watched Coraline. Thoughts under cut:

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Helena Bonham Carter in Enid Review

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The other day the BBC tele movie Skellig was on the ABC and I of course had to watch for John Simm.

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Nicola in the radio play Bad Memories reviewed under this link:

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Nicola in the ITV mini series The Last Train under this link (She's not doing so well on my blog today :P):

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Anyone into Marion Zimmer Bradley? I'm not. Reasons below cut.

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Whew and finished. I still have to watch Helena in Toast, rewatch Nicola in L&O and do Ashes to Ashes series three write ups eventually. Stay tuned ;)
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I just finished reading Philip Pullman's new book 'The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundral Christ.' Now don't get me wrong. I love Philip Pullman. He is the brilliant writer who brought me both His Dark Materials and The Sally Lockhart quartet (two series that are in my top five of all time). But this book? I can't help but feel Pullman was being lazy.

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In other news: more fandom gender fail. Someone is trying to tell me that Ruth Evershed from Spooks is a Mary Sue because she is 'too smart and no one is that perfect.' Wow. I actually am really insulted by the stupidity of this statement. The implication of this statement being that 'real women' arn't smart and that intelligence in a woman is a negative trait.

ASIDE: This is actually insulting to everyone who happens to be smart, let alone women who happen to be smart. It reminds me of the whole bullying culture I experienced in Primary School because smart was associated with negativity and uncool. I mean REALLY. REALLY HAS THE WORLD DEGENERATED TO THE POINT WHERE INTELLIGENCE IS NOW A BAD THING?

Also, how the heck is Ruth a perfect character? Are we watching the same show? Ruth is only a perfect character if we measure perfection by a woman's intelligence. It's not like Ruth is young, glamorous, drop dead gorgeous and abounding in confidence or anything. It's not like the entire point of the complexity of the character of Ruth is her intelligence and analytical skills as offset by her extreme social skills fail. It's not like Ruth represents a whole group of women who fight shyness all the time and really freaking associate with her love life fail. Not at all.

Ironically, back when I was onto series five of Spooks I wrote this re Ruth: River and Alex are who I wish I'd be when I'm in my 30's, but Ruth is who I am, or at least who I'm heading towards. In fact, I would argue that Ruth is one of the most realistic female characters I have seen on TV ever. Guess I was way off about realistic women eh guys?

Rant under cut.

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I will probably blog properly about this later because it actually REALLY bothers me.
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I will write a proper Big Bang review when my brain is stitched back together off the floor.

Thoughts on River mixed with literature under the cut:

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I apologise to the people who were subjected to me going Molly Weasley in the last couple of days. It happens. I take after my Mum, or Anne of Green Gables. Or both. I'm the type of person who feels things way too much and analyses way too much and gets upset easily when people disappoint me, and then gets kinda red headed mad, and then get over it and feels better and moves on.

I kind of like it actually. It means I forgive pretty quick after my initial bout of bad temper, but it does mean I turn into a fire breathing dragon for a bit :P It also explains why I wish I'd known Anne. She is me. I am her. (I also wish I could meet Julie Walters. Because she's Molly Weasley. And because she's heck cool, and because we could have Harry Potter howler matches together and it would be fun :) )

It does mean that if I ever am published I will need a bloody good agent :P Otherwise I might do an Anne and piss off the proverbial Mrs Lynde.

Which brings me to what I want to talk about. Books. Because books make me happy, especially L.M. Montgomery books. The question I have for you is why are these books so not taught more. Why is Rilla of Ingleside so under appreciated? That book is seriously the best account of the WW1 home front since... since ever?

Under cutlink for reams of stuff :)

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In other news: all of this fan fiction negativity makes me want to write a River/Doctor fan fic. It will happen. I promise you all :P
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Ok so before I start, I do have a life beside Doctor Who but at the moment I have no time at all for proper posts about anything because I have 5 weeks left of uni and no exams, so all of my big assignments are crammed across the 5 weeks. Let's just say its been an insane semester, hence why my lj posts are few and far between.

Reaction under spoilers for those who have their heads under rocks and still havn't seen the episode or somehow have avoided the spoilers of who is returning...

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Ok so I finally finished reading Jane Eyre and to my surprise I really enjoyed it. Let me just start off by explaining that I really don't have lots of love for 19th century fiction, unless its about the lower classes or a Russian novel lol, so for me to like Jane Eyre is pretty amazing. I think I enjoyed it so much because Jane wasn't a superfiicial character, she didn't live for marriage, she knew that there were flaws in her society and she didn't compromise her values for others. I don't know. I just really liked her character.

I know lots of people don't like the gothic elements, but I quite enjoyed that too, because it made a change from the predictable plot lines of other novels of that time and being a fantasy writer myself, it was just more interesting to me.

I also saw parallels between Jane Eyre and Emily of New Moon and The Secret Garden which I thought was interesting too.

Alice in Wonderland comes out soon and I'm unsure of wether to go in with no expectations or with some- because quite frankly the reviews I've read so far are either wildly positive (especially about Helena as the Red Queen!!! :) ) or wildly negative. And then of course, there are the people who I quite hate, who have a whinge about 'oh this movie would be good- if Burton casted different people,' or 'he is a talentless hack whose movies are boring.' (ok well then DONT WATCH THEM.) And you know what MAYBE HELENA IS THE PERFECT RED QUEEN- MAYBE SHE WAS BORN FOR THE PART. SHE COULD BE BRILLIANT LIKE THE EARLY REVIEWS SUGGEST AND PEOPLE WILL STILL HAVE A CRY. It just sucks. I mean really, give them all a break. Burton's films are always entertaining and visually beautiful- he dosent claim to be an intellctual maestro, so why do people expect that from his movies?

In other (less ranty news) I am reading Melanie Rawn's Ruins of Ambrai. I would enjoy this book alot more if two things happened:
- there was a character index because man has she got too many. I was glad when half of them died because at least then I had some hope of getting some characters straight.
- If I was convinced she was actually going to finish the series. The information so far that I've read seems to indicate that she won't, which makes me annoyed and angry. If you write a series FINISH IT. That is common decency. Otherwise get someone else to do it for you.

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As I said in my previous two posts, I was very disappointed, nay, nearlly incandecent with rage at how terrible the last Deverry book was (The Silver Mage) and to my surprise and also relief, I found that both AmethystDragon and Brendan Podger had their issues with the novel too.

We vented together and ranted about how saddened we were by the junk we had read, but now I feel that, as a good LJ friend I should be here to comfort.

To everyone who read and loved the Deverry Saga only to be shot down with a truly shitty ending, I give you some humour, and then some book reccommendations. May you feel better afterwards. I certainly did.

This song is bound to bury the hatchet, it suited my attitude on finishing the book perfectly and is insane enough to shock you out of your pain :P... if the song alone dosen't cure your sadness and despair, watch the clip underneath. If you are not giggling by then you are not human ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFKUnfwBPTU (song)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bbb56jZo0rE (song with images tee hee)

Book Reccomendations for series that end well...

1. Philip Pullman: His Dark Materials and Sally Lockhart quartet are both brilliant
2. Melanie Rawn: Dragon Prince series
3. Juliet Mariller's Sevenwaters trilogy: this one is amazing- reccomended highly :)

Feel free to suggest other books :)

I hope this post made someone happy! Hearts to all my LJ friends, and apologies to those who had their hearts broken (mine included)

ps: one last politically incorrect booster:

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Ok so I won a signed copy of the last Deverry book by Katharine Kerr and I was so excited to read it I could hardly wait to get back from Fiji to do so. Unfortunately to those faithful readers who have been reading the series since 1986, the concluding novel is in turns both rushed, nonsensical in parts and dare I say it... boring as well as untrue to many of the characters in the previous books.

At the moment I am forced to give it 2 out of 5 stars, a huge disappointment when I would rate every book in the series a 5/5 with the sole exception of The Gold Falcon, which again in my opinion was a waste of everyone's time because it did not advance the plot in any way (we already knew Neb and Branna would be together, the Horsekin defeated etc etc)

My thoughts are under the cut link for big spoilers.

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I've loved AC ever since I picked up The Murder of Roger Ackroid at my grandmother's house when I was in about yr 5. Sure the ending gave me the creeps for years afterwards but I soon became addicted and devoured her books with a passion, though I was possibly too young to be reading them.

After reading soneone else's livejournal page, reviewing another one ofhers that has disturbed me for life, I give you the list of AC books that have stayed with me since I first read them, because they are just that good and just that creepy.

1. Endless Night: I still remember finishing this one- and it was one of the first I read. My heart nearlly stopped beating when I realised who Endless Night refered to, and the poem has never been the same since. I think this is possibly AC at her most pshycologically disturbing

2. And then there were none: gees this one was terrifing. Each day, a new person dead until only the murderer and the last victim remain. The deneument of this one is unforgettable. I think it may be AC's best!

3. Death comes as the end: only AC could make Ancient Egypt a place of betrayal and murder and create such an unexpected plot twist, whilst still sounding believable. This one scarred me second only to Endless Night

4. Destination Unknown: A thriller, not a mystery this time, but heck I was still terrified

5. Crooked House: Only AC could make "there was a crooked man and he walked a crooked mile" etc frightening. The ending was hideous and tragic
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Anyone at all can join in with this and they do not have to be friends with me. Just remember to respect others opinions and not be rude to others. Also be sure to explain any reasons for your views :)

So anyway, I follow Mary-Ann Johanson at flickfilosopher quite a bit because
a) she blogs extensively on every episode of Doctor Who
b) she likes John Simm
c) she is a self confessed American Anglophile
d) she reviews movies in a way that is often in line with my views (sometimes I disagree but I still enjoy reading her views)

Anyway this week she has been asking people about Twilight and wether or not it encourages teenagers/young girls to romanticise domestic violence or abuse, based off the surmises of kar3ning's original jounal blog which has now gone viral. kar3ning saw New Moon and noticed the way it romanticised this DV and went to The National Domestic Violence Hotline to check wether or not Bella fitted the criteria for being abused. the link to her LJ is here...


Out of 15 questions, she determined that Bella would have to answer yes to all 15, definitely putting her on the DV map.

I have always thought this about the Twilight Saga. Just so everyone knows, I have read from twilight to eclipse and gave up at Breaking Dawn when the awful writing, and non existent plot meant I simply no longer cared about what happened to Bella so I have read 3 out of 4 of the books. I read the plot synopsis online for Breaking Dawn and frankly the plotline for that seemed to also romanticise domestic violence but people can tell me more if they like, to refute this point.

Actually one of the things that confused me, even in the first book, was the way that Stephanie Meyer kept comparing Bella and Edward's relationship to Romeo and Juliet's and Cathy and Heathcliff's from Wuthering Heights (and yes I have read both of those too). First off, Romeo and Juliet were doomed, tragic lovers so comparing them to Bella and Edward never made much sense to me in the first place seeings as their love was not tragic. But aside from that english nerd quip, Romeo and Juliet did not put demands on each other. Romeo did not forbid Juliet to see certain people, and nor did he threaten her with violence, break up or emotional blackmail if she did not do what he wanted.

The case of Cathy and Heathcliff is even more of an enigma to me and is one that I have often discussed in confusion with my friend. The way that Meyer writes about them, she implied that they shared a great love, similar to bella and Edward's. however, Cathy and Heathcliff share an unhealthy, obsessive love that ends in death and unhappiness for both parties. They are given consequences by Bronte for their jealousy and love hate relationship and emotional abuse. Meyer seems to reverse this theme, by implying that Bella and Edward's relationship is like this, and then portraying this relationship as a healthy one.

I don't find Bella and Edward's relationship healthy or particularly loving. Instead I find it possessive, obsessive, stifling and emotionally and psychologically abusive. I don't think this is a great message to be glorifying.

On the flip side of this, I do understand that it is good for teens to read, even if what they read is not great literature, and I do acknowledge that Twilight is not the source of all evil, nor do I doubt that most teenagers can define the difference between fantasy and reality.

What I do find more worrying, is the type of society that allows such beliefs to be acceptable because surely the books wouldn't be so popular amongst both teens and adults, if there wasn't a desire to read such a book. Does this mean that ideas about the acceptability of domestic violence are more institutionalised then we like to think? Are ideas about gender roles still there, but just under the surface of our society, rather than openly voiced, such as in the days of old.

I'd like to say no, but a part of me thinks the former is the truth... and THAT is a depressing thought
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So I watched the first episode of Moses Jones this week... was very, very good and ever so darkly ironic about the racism that is still inherent in our society today. It's reminding me of a Ugandan State of Play and meesa likes that alot :)

which reminds me... I need to watch the rest of State of Play (the BBC mini series). So far it is the best BBC drama I've seen since LOM/A2A and The Ruby in the Smoke. I'll probably review it here eventually.

But back to Moses Jones... it also stars Matt Smith (yes the next Doctor Who) and I've decided that I now love this kid.


haha he looks like such a teenager but I love him anyway mainly because he played Jim Tayler to perfection in the best book to film adaptation I've ever seen (yes even better than LOTR).

Speaking of Doctor Who theres like 10 days left till the first Christmas Special... squeeeee!!! The excitement is killing me. Unfortunately I've realised I'll probably be in Fiji when ... comes back in The End of Time. Damn it. I seriously have no luck lol.

I finished reading Sara Douglass' Hades' Daughter. It's worth continuing on with but it dragged a bit in the middle and one of the characters was an annoying wife beater. Hopefully in his next life he gets his just deserts. Knowing Sara Douglass probably not sigh.


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