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On 2/22/2020 at 10:51 AM, Uruk-Hai said:

Be interested to hear your thoughts on the last 3 volumes when you're done. 

Finished Wolves of Calla and Song of Susannah. Song of Susannah was my least favorite of the books so far.  I still thought it was a decent read except for one chapter in particular which I absolutely hated. I think you probably know which one and I could tell what was coming by that point, but the self awareness of it all wasn’t enjoyable. 

It hasn’t killed my enjoyment of the 3700 pages so far and I might even come to accept or even like it at some point, but it was pretty jarring. 
 

Onto the Dark Tower!

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Reading is about to go up. Great time to read that book you've been putting off or the one you thought was too kong. 

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1 hour ago, Ilov80s said:

Reading is about to go up. Great time to read that book you've been putting off or the one you thought was too kong. 

It's not called a novel virus for nothing

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My 4 novels that I am targeting for this next few weeks

  1. Cannery Row by Steinbeck
  2. Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
  3. The Recognitions by William Gaddis
  4. The Luminaries by Elanor Catton

They are all books I've had on my shelf awhile and meant to get to. I don't really want to be checking anything out from the library now. 

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Read and enjoyed the farseer trilogy years ago so now seems like a good time to continue with the tawny man trilogy. Half way through fool's errand and it's good.

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On 3/13/2020 at 11:04 AM, Ilov80s said:

Reading is about to go up. Great time to read that book you've been putting off or the one you thought was too kong. 

I haven't gotten back to the show, but I did start back in on Book 2 of The Expanse series today, and really like it.  Good, quick, escapist reading, but there are 8 books.   Of course different and more in depth vs the show.

Also still have the first 2 books of the Kingkiller Chronicle I've been putting off reading.  I do have a bunch of other stuff too sitting around: Dracula, East of Eden, Anna Karenina, In cold Blood, all the light we cannot see, the Handmaid's Tale sequel.  

Maybe it's time to fire up that fbgs book club! ;)

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6 minutes ago, KarmaPolice said:

I haven't gotten back to the show, but I did start back in on Book 2 of The Expanse series today, and really like it.  Good, quick, escapist reading, but there are 8 books.   Of course different and more in depth vs the show.

Also still have the first 2 books of the Kingkiller Chronicle I've been putting off reading.  I do have a bunch of other stuff too sitting around: Dracula, East of Eden, Anna Karenina, In cold Blood, all the light we cannot see, the Handmaid's Tale sequel.  

Maybe it's time to fire up that fbgs book club! ;)

Two of my favorites 

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I'm 77 pages into Peter Carey's A Long Way from Home but I'm thinking about switching it out temporarily for something less literary.  I'm finding my ability to focus is diminished right now with everything going on.  We'll see how it goes tonight. :oldunsure:

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On 2/17/2020 at 9:42 PM, shader said:

Not sure if Red Rising has been mentioned here or not.

Its my favorite series since Game of Thrones and resembles that series if it took place in space.

The first book has a Hunger Games feel to it.  It’s limited in scope but sets the stage.  But where the hunger games books got exponentially worse with each book, this story gets exponentially better.  As an example book 5 starts off with an epic battle that lasts like 300-400 pages. (Don’t seem how that could be a spoiler) It blew my mind.

I can’t recommend enough 

@shader just finished Red Rising on your recommendation. It was really good, thanks for the recommendation. Strong start to a series, can’t wait to read the next one. 

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On 3/13/2020 at 10:17 AM, Ilov80s said:

My 4 novels that I am targeting for this next few weeks

  1. Cannery Row by Steinbeck

Monterey is one of my favorite places to visit in Northern California. What was once Cannery Row now ends in the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which might be the best of its kind in the USA. There are pictures and statues of Steinbeck everywhere. 

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6 hours ago, Jefferson the Caregiver said:

Starting "A History of Seven Killings again", wasn't able to give it the proper attention last time.

Give us an update as you make it through. I dropped it after about 50 pages and question if I just couldn't get into the writing vs the book sucked vs was too distracted with other things while trying to read it.

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Recently finished Billion Dollar Whale about this Asian Maddof type kid who basically paid celebs to attend parties and got him in tight with Saudi and Maylasian govt rubes who funded his ventures which never turned a profit. Also read Barbarians at the Gate about the hostile takeover of RJR NabiscoEnjoyed both.

 

Currently reading Slaughterhouse Five

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8 hours ago, SouthJersey said:

Recently finished Billion Dollar Whale about this Asian Maddof type kid who basically paid celebs to attend parties and got him in tight with Saudi and Maylasian govt rubes who funded his ventures which never turned a profit. 

Funny enough watched the episode on this in Dirty Money last night.  Amazing.

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Finished the Dark Tower around 1am. An amazing reading experience from start to finish for me.  I have two quibbles along the way, both minor in the grand scheme.  Let me figure out spoiler hashtags and I’ll chat about those plus some end game discussion...

 

tagging in those who showed interest earlier - @prosopis @Uruk-Hai @facook

 

2 issues...

 

1. Very minor, but Detta’s slang was a bit much at times when she would start off about dat honkey mu fuh and stuff like that. I get that he started writing this along time ago, but it was kind of jarring when the slang would come out. 
 

2. The one you knew would be here, SK writing himself as a major role in the book. I get why he did it, I’m more ok with it already than I originally was, it just took me out of the story. I’m thankful the end wasn’t like “Sai King quickly jots out the last lines to save the Tower” or something super hokey.

 

The story was incredible. The ending for Susannah, Eddie, and Jake was beautifully done. I liked the ending for Roland as well, but I guess I have questions about that. Is his journey cyclical to him because of past sins or is ot his curse to bear being the last gunslinger? Does Ka make it so he succeeds each time or can he fail and end the world?  Is he finding redemption in each reincarnation?  This is the biggest question, he was given the horn of eld so can he eventually gain absolution for that and move on from the tower?

Also are the comics cannon to the story?  I’m not a comic guy, but will read them if they are.  Also is the movie even worth watching just for the sake of seeing?  I personally have a hard time seeing Idris and McConaughey in those roles. 
 

Anyway, as close to perfect as I can remember reading. I loved it. 4600 pages in my version and I loved 4580 of them. 

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20 minutes ago, bigmarc27 said:


 

Finished the Dark Tower around 1am. An amazing reading experience from start to finish for me.  I have two quibbles along the way, both minor in the grand scheme.  Let me figure out spoiler hashtags and I’ll chat about those plus some end game discussion...

 

tagging in those who showed interest earlier - @prosopis @Uruk-Hai @facook

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2 issues...

 

1. Very minor, but Detta’s slang was a bit much at times when she would start off about dat honkey mu fuh and stuff like that. I get that he started writing this along time ago, but it was kind of jarring when the slang would come out. 
 

2. The one you knew would be here, SK writing himself as a major role in the book. I get why he did it, I’m more ok with it already than I originally was, it just took me out of the story. I’m thankful the end wasn’t like “Sai King quickly jots out the last lines to save the Tower” or something super hokey.

 

The story was incredible. The ending for Susannah, Eddie, and Jake was beautifully done. I liked the ending for Roland as well, but I guess I have questions about that. Is his journey cyclical to him because of past sins or is ot his curse to bear being the last gunslinger? Does Ka make it so he succeeds each time or can he fail and end the world?  Is he finding redemption in each reincarnation?  This is the biggest question, he was given the horn of eld so can he eventually gain absolution for that and move on from the tower?

Also are the comics cannon to the story?  I’m not a comic guy, but will read them if they are.  Also is the movie even worth watching just for the sake of seeing?  I personally have a hard time seeing Idris and McConaughey in those roles. 
 

Anyway, as close to perfect as I can remember reading. I loved it. 4600 pages in my version and I loved 4580 of them. 

How do I bracket spoilers? Is it just

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25 minutes ago, bigmarc27 said:


 

Finished the Dark Tower around 1am. An amazing reading experience from start to finish for me.  I have two quibbles along the way, both minor in the grand scheme.  Let me figure out spoiler hashtags and I’ll chat about those plus some end game discussion...

 

tagging in those who showed interest earlier - @prosopis @Uruk-Hai @facook

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2 issues...

 

1. Very minor, but Detta’s slang was a bit much at times when she would start off about dat honkey mu fuh and stuff like that. I get that he started writing this along time ago, but it was kind of jarring when the slang would come out. 
 

2. The one you knew would be here, SK writing himself as a major role in the book. I get why he did it, I’m more ok with it already than I originally was, it just took me out of the story. I’m thankful the end wasn’t like “Sai King quickly jots out the last lines to save the Tower” or something super hokey.

 

The story was incredible. The ending for Susannah, Eddie, and Jake was beautifully done. I liked the ending for Roland as well, but I guess I have questions about that. Is his journey cyclical to him because of past sins or is ot his curse to bear being the last gunslinger? Does Ka make it so he succeeds each time or can he fail and end the world?  Is he finding redemption in each reincarnation?  This is the biggest question, he was given the horn of eld so can he eventually gain absolution for that and move on from the tower?

Also are the comics cannon to the story?  I’m not a comic guy, but will read them if they are.  Also is the movie even worth watching just for the sake of seeing?  I personally have a hard time seeing Idris and McConaughey in those roles. 
 

Anyway, as close to perfect as I can remember reading. I loved it. 4600 pages in my version and I loved 4580 of them. 

King needs to stop writing characters who speak "black". It's been embarrassing for 40 years. Roland's journey is cyclical. But it advances, too. He now has the Horn of Eld - he didn't before. 

 

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Just started rereading the Jack Reacher series. Very entertaining

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Crap.  Someone remind me how to spoiler and I'll repost.

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16 minutes ago, facook said:

Crap.  Someone remind me how to spoiler and I'll repost.

😂

 

[soiler] [/spoiler] 

 

spell the first word correctly. 

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1 hour ago, bigmarc27 said:

😂

 

[soiler] [/spoiler] 

 

spell the first word correctly. 

It would be funny with soiler tags, though

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5 hours ago, bigmarc27 said:


 

Finished the Dark Tower around 1am. An amazing reading experience from start to finish for me.  I have two quibbles along the way, both minor in the grand scheme.  Let me figure out spoiler hashtags and I’ll chat about those plus some end game discussion...

 

tagging in those who showed interest earlier - @prosopis @Uruk-Hai @facook

  Reveal hidden contents

2 issues...

 

1. Very minor, but Detta’s slang was a bit much at times when she would start off about dat honkey mu fuh and stuff like that. I get that he started writing this along time ago, but it was kind of jarring when the slang would come out. 
 

2. The one you knew would be here, SK writing himself as a major role in the book. I get why he did it, I’m more ok with it already than I originally was, it just took me out of the story. I’m thankful the end wasn’t like “Sai King quickly jots out the last lines to save the Tower” or something super hokey.

 

The story was incredible. The ending for Susannah, Eddie, and Jake was beautifully done. I liked the ending for Roland as well, but I guess I have questions about that. Is his journey cyclical to him because of past sins or is ot his curse to bear being the last gunslinger? Does Ka make it so he succeeds each time or can he fail and end the world?  Is he finding redemption in each reincarnation?  This is the biggest question, he was given the horn of eld so can he eventually gain absolution for that and move on from the tower?

Also are the comics cannon to the story?  I’m not a comic guy, but will read them if they are.  Also is the movie even worth watching just for the sake of seeing?  I personally have a hard time seeing Idris and McConaughey in those roles. 
 

Anyway, as close to perfect as I can remember reading. I loved it. 4600 pages in my version and I loved 4580 of them. 

 

 

1.  It was jarring.  I kind of give him  a pass not only because of when he first wrote her, but in using that as a device to differentiate between the two personalities.

2. Hated it.  HATED it.  Made me roll my eyes and want to throw the book across the room.  Over time though, I've given him a bit of a pass just because he had nearly died, gotten into a hurry to finish the series, and I think was working out some of his own existential junk by doing it.  But it sucked.  Really sucked.

The ending is letter perfect in my opinion which is ironic when you consider King's history.  Roland's tale is a cyclical journey.  He has to start over, but now with a very key tool added to his arsenal.  With all of its references to King, I thought LOST should have ripped off the ending as an homage.  A few episode build up where it becomes clear Jack is on a journey that we think will be completed, but when he walks through that door we flash back as Jack opens his eye, gets up to take in the chaos of the crash, but it's clear he has ________ added to his arsenal to get him closer to completing his journey.  Could only have been better than what they wrote.  :D 

I digress.  Glad you loved the series.  I'm going to read it once more through before I die. 

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Reading “The Mirror and the Light,” the just-released final book in Hilary Mantel’s trilogy about Henry VIII’s top counselor, Thomas Cromwell. The first two in the series, which started with “Wolf Hall,” were great and this one is even better. All 3 are at the intersection of literary fiction, popular fiction and historical fiction and this one is the best of the bunch. Already getting sad that I’ll probably finish it in the next couple days 

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4 minutes ago, The_Man said:

Reading “The Mirror and the Light,” the just-released final book in Hilary Mantel’s trilogy about Henry VIII’s top counselor, Thomas Cromwell. The first two in the series, which started with “Wolf Hall,” were great and this one is even better. All 3 are at the intersection of literary fiction, popular fiction and historical fiction and this one is the best of the bunch. Already getting sad that I’ll probably finish it in the next couple days 

I'm starting "Wolf Hall" next and will go through the entire series. Glad to know you liked it.

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5 minutes ago, The_Man said:

Reading “The Mirror and the Light,” the just-released final book in Hilary Mantel’s trilogy about Henry VIII’s top counselor, Thomas Cromwell. The first two in the series, which started with “Wolf Hall,” were great and this one is even better. All 3 are at the intersection of literary fiction, popular fiction and historical fiction and this one is the best of the bunch. Already getting sad that I’ll probably finish it in the next couple days 

I’ve got that one sitting on my counter. Finishing the new Erdrich first. Looking forward to reading it.

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7 minutes ago, Uruk-Hai said:

I'm starting "Wolf Hall" next and will go through the entire series. Glad to know you liked it.

It’s kind of like The Wire. Takes a while to get into it and is atypical if the genre at first. But if you stick with it and pick up the rhythms and  characters, it’s better than the genre it comes from (cop show and historical fiction, respectively)

I found Wikipedia was my friend in the early going. Yeah, some spoilers- if there can be such a thing from stuff that happened 400 years ago - but worth it for me to understand what was going on

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2 minutes ago, The_Man said:

It’s kind of like The Wire. Takes a while to get into it and is atypical if the genre at first. But if you stick with it and pick up the rhythms and  characters, it’s better than the genre it comes from (cop show and historical fiction, respectively)

I found Wikipedia was my friend in the early going. Yeah, some spoilers- if there can be such a thing from stuff that happened 400 years ago - but worth it for me to understand what was going on

Thanks. Yeah, I'm gonna need a wikipedia page open. 

Stay safe and healthy, my friend.

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20 minutes ago, Uruk-Hai said:

Thanks. Yeah, I'm gonna need a wikipedia page open. 

Stay safe and healthy, my friend.

I’ll second that on Wiki page.  The BBC/PBS miniseries on the first two books was really good too (I’d suggest reading book first).  

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For what it's worth (and please forgive the blatant self-promotion), two of my books will be taking advantage of the quarantined reading population with "free" promotions for Kindle editions on Amazon in the near future. 📙

Hostile Takeover will be available free for 48-hours on March 27-28.

Second Son will be available free from April 1-4.

Both are thrillers, but Hostile Takeover is more psychological suspense while Second Son is a mystery thriller. The books are "related" but they're independent stories (no crossover characters, etc.).

This will be the first time either book has been offered free.

If you like that sort of thing, please feel free to give one (or both) a shot. And if you end up reading it, please let me know what you think. I'm open to compliments and FBG-level roasting. 🔥 🤓

 

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Finished The Way of Kings by Sanderson. The story came together beautifully with an explosion of action at the end. I think it could have been paced better (it dragged for long stretches), but overall it was highly enjoyable. I'm reading Warbreaker now.

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1 hour ago, Uruk-Hai said:

I'm starting "Wolf Hall" next and will go through the entire series. Glad to know you liked it.

Really wish they'd get on season 2, as well.  

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20 minutes ago, sports_fan said:

Finished The Way of Kings by Sanderson. The story came together beautifully with an explosion of action at the end. I think it could have been paced better (it dragged for long stretches), but overall it was highly enjoyable. 

Just wait until you get to Oathbringer...

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I just bought a Richard Chizmar collection of short stories for $.99 on Amazon. It was/is a special that cemetary publications is running.

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4 minutes ago, prosopis said:

I just bought a Richard Chizmar collection of short stories for $.99 on Amazon. It was/is a special that cemetary publications is running.

I got to know him because his son was a high school classmate of my son. Great guy, his lifelong bromance with Stephen King is a cool story - Chizmar published his stories when King was nobody and now King will do anything for him 

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3 hours ago, Sand said:

Just wait until you get to Oathbringer...

It'll be a while. I'm a slow reader and these books are massive. 

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6 hours ago, Captain Fantastic said:

For what it's worth (and please forgive the blatant self-promotion), two of my books will be taking advantage of the quarantined reading population with "free" promotions for Kindle editions on Amazon in the near future. 📙

Hostile Takeover will be available free for 48-hours on March 27-28.

Second Son will be available free from April 1-4.

Both are thrillers, but Hostile Takeover is more psychological suspense while Second Son is a mystery thriller. The books are "related" but they're independent stories (no crossover characters, etc.).

This will be the first time either book has been offered free.

If you like that sort of thing, please feel free to give one (or both) a shot. And if you end up reading it, please let me know what you think. I'm open to compliments and FBG-level roasting. 🔥 🤓

 

Please bump this on 3/27.

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15 hours ago, Sand said:

Really wish they'd get on season 2, as well.  

Me too but they had to wait until she finished writing the book.

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In times like this with extra leisure reading time there is one author I can always turn to for total immersion for about a month - John Irving.

Started "In Search of You" yesterday.

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2 hours ago, Ilov80s said:

Me too but they had to wait until she finished writing the book.

Didn't stop GoT.  Not that those will ever be finished.

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37 minutes ago, Sand said:

Didn't stop GoT.  Not that those will ever be finished.

Touche and unlike GoT, we already know how this story ends. 

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On 3/21/2020 at 12:00 AM, TheFatKid said:

@shader just finished Red Rising on your recommendation. It was really good, thanks for the recommendation. Strong start to a series, can’t wait to read the next one. 

After reading fiction I try to pivot to a non fiction book. Just started the Complacent Class by economist Tyler Cowan. It is about about the shifting American behavior towards less risk, more stability, more control over our environments and how our economy is becoming less dynamic and innovative despite what you hear from Silicon Valley. Very interesting.

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Finished Slaughterhouse Five.  I thought it was mediocre with some passages of brilliance.

 

Planning on tackling Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life next.  Was a gift from a history professor buddy when I asked for a recommendation about a recommendation about the battles of the Cuban revolution.

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8 hours ago, SouthJersey said:

Finished Slaughterhouse Five.  I thought it was mediocre with some passages of brilliance.

 

It's probably my least favorite Vonnegut book I've read.

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On 3/22/2020 at 10:09 PM, shuke said:

Please bump this on 3/27.

Below post thusly bumped. Happy reading!

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On 3/22/2020 at 3:25 PM, Captain Fantastic said:

For what it's worth (and please forgive the blatant self-promotion), two of my books will be taking advantage of the quarantined reading population with "free" promotions for Kindle editions on Amazon in the near future. 📙

Hostile Takeover will be available free for 48-hours on March 27-28.

Second Son will be available free from April 1-4.

Both are thrillers, but Hostile Takeover is more psychological suspense while Second Son is a mystery thriller. The books are "related" but they're independent stories (no crossover characters, etc.).

This will be the first time either book has been offered free.

If you like that sort of thing, please feel free to give one (or both) a shot. And if you end up reading it, please let me know what you think. I'm open to compliments and FBG-level roasting. 🔥 🤓

 

 

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2 hours ago, Captain Fantastic said:

Below post thusly bumped. Happy reading!

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Thanks. Just downloaded Hostile Takeover.  My wife is from Albuquerque and I've spent a lot of time out there -- will appreciate the NM desert setting.

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2 hours ago, Captain Fantastic said:

Below post thusly bumped. Happy reading!

😀

 

Just snagged Hostile Takeover. Thanks for the heads up and good luck!

 

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