• 0 Dec 13th, 2017 at 11:11AM
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    Works by Ben Mikaelsen on this site please Reply
  • 2 Dec 10th, 2017 at 2:02PM
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    Lastest Reply: 11th Dec, 2017 08:12:55 AM
    I remember in one of my books from middle school some short stories that I presume came from collection of sci-fi/horror stories, but I can't remember the titles.

    First story features a family getting some kind of hi-tech house with holographic walls that can change each room's appearance when asked. It's all fine and dandy until the father asks to make the story of Aladdin appear in his bedroom and it doesn't happen. He then hears some weird noises from the kids room and discovers that they asked for a savannah setting before the house's hologram system broke down, with a hologram lion becoming real and eating the kids.

    Second story is about a kid writing letters from camp to his parents. He tells that apparently there is a T-Rex roaming in the woods, but it's obviously a tale told to scare people. Then, some days later, he writes them another letter stating that the T-Rex is real and is chasing him, who is now closed in a hut writing the letter so that they can hurry and get him back home, and then the letter stops in midwriting, implying the kid was eaten by the T-Rex. It's followed by a letter from the camp organizators, informing the parents that their special program to get rid of disobeying kids was indeed successful. Reply

      Well the first is probably a misrememberd "The Veldt"

      (The holographic lions eat the parents)

      Yeah, it's that. I forgot who the lions ate.
  • 4 Oct 29th, 2017 at 3:03PM
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    Lastest Reply: 10th Dec, 2017 03:11:48 PM
    It starts with a brief prologue about a british police constable (not completely sure about this plot point for reasons that will shortly become clear). He confiscates his sons fake toy gun, then takes a trip to the bank. Once he gets in, the bank is held up by two men, the older one with a real gun and the younger one with a fake gun. The constable decides to foil the robbery by using his son's fake gun against the younger robber. Unfortunately the younger robber had a real gun and proceeds to shoot the constable, killing him, hence why I'm suspicious as to him actually belonging to the police.

    Anyways I believe we later find out the younger man was american and had aids due to a distinctive rash. Reply

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  • 9 Nov 24th, 2017 at 4:04PM
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    Lastest Reply: 4th Dec, 2017 07:24:26 PM
    I read this in my library, but it was one of those "for sale" books. It was a collection of Roald Dahl stories, perhaps stories from writers similar to him, for young readers. I remember reading this around 2006, but I think the story was from the 60s-80s when Roald Dahl was still pretty popular. All I remember was a circus. A child, I think it was a boy (maybe girl) was eating cotton candy, or perhaps something minty, and he/she felt as if his/her head was flying, maybe it was spinning. That is all I can remember, does anyone know what I am talking about? Thanks. Reply

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      According to wikipedia, "A Roald Dahl Treasury" is his only collection of short stories for children; looking at a few of them, "The Enormous Crocodile" has a scene that takes place in a "funfair", so maybe that's it?

      That's not it, but thank you for trying. The illustration on the first page is if I remember correctly sketched cotton candy.

      It could have been Tales of the Unexpected, but I am not entirely sure.

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      Is it Eating Candyfloss Upside Down? [1] The title seems to fit, and there's a Quentin Blake drawing on the front, which would explain why you are thinking of Roald Dahl.

      That might be it, I will look into it, thanks!
  • 2 Nov 19th, 2017 at 9:09PM
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    Lastest Reply: 20th Nov, 2017 09:32:52 PM
    A children's' book about sentient praying mantises from the future who come to Earth in the present and live among humans, using special pheromones to keep humanity from noticing. The protagonist, a grade school kid immune to the masquerade-inducing chemicals, has a mantis for a teacher and iirc has had him for a while, though doesn't say anything because no one else can tell.I want to say there's also an invasion by sentient wasps that the kid and mantis teacher have to stop, but at this point the details get fuzzy.

    I think I remember the cover being a hand-drawn image of a mantis in front of, like, a chalkboard or something, and I thought I remembered it having an Exactly What It Says on the Tin title but google hasn't given me anything so I'm inclined to say I misremembered. Reply

      My Teacher's a Bug from the Spinetinglers series?

      Yes thank you, thank god.
  • 15 Sep 14th, 2017 at 10:10AM
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    Lastest Reply: 19th Nov, 2017 07:21:31 AM
    (2/2) On the cover there was a distance picture of the female mc from behind I believe, the title had a lady's name in it I think that name begins with G,B,J,or E (it's not the Bell Jar), the color was tan off white for the outside of the book with Violet purple for the text on the back that possibly described her as being more cheerful or morose than Holden Caulfield only she was older. My library had it for sale but when I went recently it wasn't there. It's one of those books I'm not sure it was a memoir and I would instantly know if it was the book I'm looking for as soon as I see it. When I looked at the front it gave me a Catcher in the rye/Scott Fitzgerald feel kind of. The time frame it might've taken place is 1920-1970. Well a reviewer compared the main female character as Salinger's Holden and there might've been mention of jazz and drums on the back for something, either to describe a character and her likes, or the time period. Reply

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      Googling, I found several reviews of Mathilda Savitch by Victor Lodata that compared the main character to Holden Caulfield. Could that be it?

      I think the author was female. Thanks for looking though! There was also purple mixed in with the tan/off white color on the cover

      The picture on the front was a realistic faded picture I think of a women from behind

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      I'll take a shot at this: http://ow.ly/firA30fZlXV How the Light Gets In by M J Hyland?

      Thanks guys! Looking at them and what I remember here’s what I think which books aren’t the book I’m looking for from narrowing it down:

      1. Mathilda Savitch by Victor Lodata 2. Miseducation of Cameron Post 3. How the light gets in by mj hyland 4. Wild meat and the bully burgers 5. True believers by Kurt Anderson 6. Molly by Nancy j Jones 7. Fleur de Leigh in exile 8. Plain Jane by eve Horowitz 9. Celine by Brock cole 10. Bell jar by Sylvia Plath 11. Anthropology of an American girl 12. Diary of a teenage girl by Phoebe Gloeckner 13. At home in the world by Joyce Maynard 14. Tribes of palos Verdes 15. Secret life of bees 16. Mark Twain’s huckleberry finn 17. Anything by John Green 18. Anything by Laurie Halse Anderson

      Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons?

      ^ thanks I checked but no it’s not, I think I remember the front as having a purple font saying “the next female Holden Caulfield, or “like a female Holden Caulfield from Salinger himself”

      With respect, http://ow.ly/mTsR30gFdN4 - this book references Holden Caufield right on the cover, and it's in purple font. You sure this isn't it?

      Sorry to butt in, but I also feel it's worth noting that books occasionally have their covers redesigned. Maybe you could try the ones that seemed close in description, but didn't look the same as you remember, and see if you can read a short preview on amazon (though I know that's not available for every book, unfortunately) and see if it sounds familiar? I hope you find it!

      Thanks guys 🙏

  • 2 Nov 14th, 2017 at 3:03PM
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    Lastest Reply: 14th Nov, 2017 09:13:45 PM
    So I recently remembered a book I read as a kid. It was in Spanish, but since I don't remember the author I don't know if that was the original language. The only things I remember about it is that the protagonist was a kid named Ross, and he had a younger brother named Jake, who was a prankster. I think Ross somehow entered a parallel dimension or blended his dimension with another (something like that) and later in the book found his "twin" (who I think was mean or evil, but I'm not sure). Then I remember the end: Ross manages to bring the dimensions back to normal and he remembers he left Jake alone. He returns to his house, and he discovers there are now three Jakes. The cover was something like two halves of a kid's face which were distorted in the middle, I believe. Also, at the end of the book there were the first few pages of another story by the same author (I suppose) about a kid who found a notebook and wanted to use it to write his diary, but when he described his friends, in the book appeared a prediction of the future. The only name I remember from this is his bitchy female friend, Tesa.

    Anything sounds familiar? Reply
  • 1 Nov 10th, 2017 at 7:07PM
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    Lastest Reply: 11th Nov, 2017 12:50:48 PM
    I’m thinking of a book that was probably published around the year 2000. It featured a bunch of brightly-colored photos of girls of different races and ethnicities. There were quotes or bits of advice interspersed amongst the photos. The book had a “girl power”/self-confidence theme. The author might have been named something like Althea, Alethea, or Aletheia (but I might be thinking of a different book). Reply

      Never mind, I found it myself. It’s Girlosophy: A Soul Survival Kit by Anthea Paul. It was published in 2001.
  • 2 Oct 3rd, 2017 at 10:10AM
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    Lastest Reply: 30th Oct, 2017 12:38:48 PM
    When I was a kid I read a book from the local library, and I haven’t been able to remember the name of the book for years and it’s really bugging me. So in the book, two warrens of rabbits? live in a Valley which gets flooded to make a reservoir? The ‘good’ warren prepared for it and built a boat, but the ‘bad’ warren just lay around, and ended up getting rescued by the good warren when the valley floods. The ‘grandmothers’ of the two warrens end up becoming friends. Two kids on the shore of the new reservoir see the little boat and I think they threw a stick at it, but they ended up getting shrunk and stuck on the boat. The boat ends up in a parallel world where the valley isn’t flooded, but the two kids are sad because they are stuck in a parallel world and can’t get home. I think they do manage to get home at the end. Reply

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      I am literally 999999999 percent sure I'm DEAD WRONG here, but the only thing I can think of that involves a warren of rabbits having to move because of human construction is Watership Down, but I don't think it includes much of the stuff you're describing. Hope you do find it, and sorry if I wasn't any help!
  • 1 Oct 27th, 2017 at 6:06PM
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    Lastest Reply: 27th Oct, 2017 06:33:09 PM
    I read this nearly 20 years ago, so the details are vague, but I know it was a YA mystery novel. The plot was there was this girl, who was very mousy and plain, going on vacation with her cousin, who was blonde, I think her name was Clair or Clarice. It was written in the first person, so the main character is constantly complaining about what a know it all Clair(?) is while bemoaning how boring and plain she herself was. The main plot is that there is an island on the lake they're visiting, where an old man lives. He lost his daughter a decade or two ago, and has become a hermit. There's also rumors about a treasure, I'm not sure if it was the hermit's treasure or not. I remember a lot of small plot snippets, such as someone finding a picture of the missing daughter, and saying she looks like the cousin. They take her to the island, only for the hermit to get angry, and later the cousin points out that it couldn't be of the daughter because the writing on the photo is ballpoint, which weren't invented at the time. There's also a part where the main character, who can't swim, is on the lake lake in an inner tube, then realizes she's drifted over the drop off. They end up finding where the missing treasure is when they hear someone talking about a "snake tree", which stumps the know it all cousin, but the main character remembers an upturned tree. The roots reminded her of snakes, and the book ends with her going "Nani Nani Boo Boo, Clair(?) I can do better than you!" I can't remember if the book was even that good (The main character was really Bella Swan-esque) but I'd kinda like to know that it's called, and if anyone else remembers it. Reply

      The Case of the Lost Look-Alike?
  • 2 Oct 25th, 2017 at 11:11PM
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    Lastest Reply: 26th Oct, 2017 12:48:08 PM
    I read part of a young-adult novel as a kid, and haven't been able to find it again. The protagonist was a boy who encounters a circus where the tigers talk and one of the performers is an enslaved angel with clipped wings. I could have sworn it was called 'The Tiger's Boy', but I can't find it under that title. Reply

      The Palace of Laughter, The Wednesday Tales ?

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  • 2 Oct 24th, 2017 at 10:10AM
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    Lastest Reply: 24th Oct, 2017 05:28:37 PM
    I read this kid's book a while ago (not young kid, like juvenile fiction) about the youngest of four princesses. She's more or less normal, but no one cares because she's not going to be queen anyway. The middle sisters are twins. I think the eldest's name was Willow? Anyway, their aunt shows up and captures the king and queen (or something like that) and turns the oldest princess into a tree and the middle princess into swans. So the youngest one has to save them. She does and then her mother turns the aunt into a bug. It turns out that family has this white magic, but it is most powerful when all the sisters (of any generation) work together, so now the princesses have to do whatever magic the kingdom needs, but this is all found out in the conclusion, it doesn't go into them doing it. Also, the youngest princess tells everyone that she doesn't want to be queen after everything and they're all like, of course. You still have older sisters. The main character has red curly hair and maybe a temper? She's associated with fire, since her siblings are earth (the one that becomes a tree) and water and air (the two that became swans). The oldest princess is described as giving the impression of being taller then she actually is. Reply

      The Extra-Ordinary Princess?

      Yes, that's it! Thank you so much!
  • 1 Oct 24th, 2017 at 1:01PM
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    Lastest Reply: 24th Oct, 2017 01:48:37 PM
    is there a movie that correlates to this short story? Reply

      The page for The Most Dangerous Game says there's been "at least eight". Wikipedia suggests they were:
      • The Most Dangerous Game (1932)
      • A Game of Death (1945)
      • Run for the Sun (1956)
      • Bloodlust! (1961)
      • Hard Target (1993)
      • Surviving the Game (1994)
      • The Eliminator (2004)
      • The Most Dangerous Game (2008) (not mentioned on Wikipedia)

      More films based on the same basic idea are on the Hunting the Most Dangerous Game trope page.
  • 1 Oct 19th, 2017 at 10:10AM
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    Lastest Reply: 19th Oct, 2017 12:14:41 PM
    A girl named Alex is in sixth grade. She has no parents and has to brush her teeth three times a day, including during school so kids make fun of her. The only person at her school who is very nice and likes her much is Mr. Underwood, who might be the gym teacher. I can't remember. He will answer your questions. "If you ask him about Zimbabwe, he will tell you about Zimbabwe." The book has a Lemony Narrator.. Mr. Underwood gets kidnapped by pirates and Alex goes a search to find him. There is a minor character named Captain Magnanimous. He is a Man Child, but a nice guy. I think. The leader of the pirates is secretly a woman. There is a creepy surgeon named Dr. Brunswick who really scared me as a child. The story ends with Mr. Underwood adopting Alex. I have been wondering about this one for years. I listened to it as a book on CD with my parents at about age 6 and really enjoyed it. Reply
  • 3 Oct 14th, 2017 at 9:09PM
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    Lastest Reply: 17th Oct, 2017 07:34:49 PM
    I don't know if I imagined this or not. But was there a book that had an illustration of 2 guys, that looked like the lead characters from Film/The Dark Crystal that were both playing flutes or a similar musical instrument? Reply

      I don't know the specific book you are looking for but if it reminds you of the Dark Crystal it likely is associated with Brian Froud

      One of the illustrations in the book had a character that looked like Kira from The Dark Crystal, but I don't think there was a character that looked like Jen. Also searching on google for the book turned up nothing.

      I expect there was book-form merchandise of The Dark Crystal... plus the lead characters have a lot of standard elf-like fantasy features to them... try browsing the examples pages for "elf" and "faerie" and similar words...

      If you meant that they looked like Jim Henson puppets of some kind, try the Creator page for Jim Henson. He (and later his estate) has put out a LOT of properties most people have never heard of.
  • 1 Sep 26th, 2017 at 7:07AM
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    Lastest Reply: 17th Oct, 2017 01:19:34 PM
    I would dearly love if someone could identify this soft-cover children's book. The web has nothing to offer, which makes me suspect it's a local book (I'm in South Africa) and therefore more obscure. The front cover shows a bunch of children flying around in a shopping cart/trolley. The content is foggier, but I'm sure they were exploring different real-life issues - maybe even things like HIV/AIDS? I do remember that at some point a girl was sexually harassed on the beach by a horrifically creepy Uncle Sam, who didn't look like the American Uncle Sam but more like the bald toy "Dirty Bertie." Reply
  • 2 Oct 14th, 2017 at 7:07AM
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    Lastest Reply: 14th Oct, 2017 05:04:35 PM
    I remember reading a story in middle school about an American detective who gets called in on a murder mystery in a small English town. Twelve of the town's residents have been murdered, but with different methods. It's later discovered that the killer was a "mad poet" and the victims were killed with something that rhymed with their last names. (Mr. Lord-decapitated with a sword; Miss Bristol-shot with a pistol; Miss Slaughter-drowned in her bathtub, dying from water.) The killer later killed herself because her last victim's name (Silver) didn't rhyme with anything. (This also applied to the killer herself, Miss Orange.) Does this sound familiar to anyone? Reply

      Search results suggest that it is "The English Village Mystery" by Arthur Porges
      "It mentions that Mrs. Willow's maiden name was Silver. Now, there's no rhyme for silver in the English language. Miss Orange was so frustrated that, being obviously unbalanced anyway, she killed herself instead. She couldn't, in all conscience, murder Mrs. Willow under her husband's name. You see that, of course."

      Now theres is a good example for Least Rhymable Word and maybe Theme Serial Killer

      That sounds correct. Thank you.
  • 4 Mar 7th, 2013 at 10:10AM
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    Lastest Reply: 13th Oct, 2017 10:37:55 AM
    This is a short story I read in Russian perhaps 15 years ago (I believe it was a translation. It might have been a novel, I'm not sure). It was printed in a newspaper in pieces, I only read two or three parts. The story is told by a male narrator who is on the Moon along with a woman. They meet what appears to be the last Christian alive (The narrator states he follows some weird faith the symbol of which is like a + sign with a long vertical bar). The ending has him and his companion together, but, IIRC, both have changed gender. Apparently, the narrator was born as a girl, but it was changed a few hours later. Reply

      Bump.

      I don't know much about the "last Christian alive," but the bit about the narrator on the moon and the gender swapping made easy remind me of the John Varley story "The Phantom of Kansas." It was originally published in 1976.

      Here is a link to a short description of it - might help you figure out if this is the story you're looking for?

      Sorry, that's not the one. Thanks for trying.

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  • 1 Nov 1st, 2012 at 3:03AM
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    Lastest Reply: 13th Oct, 2017 10:37:10 AM
    I read this in Russian 10-15 years ago, not sure. I believe this was a translation, can't remember whether this was a novel or a short story. All I remember is a part where a man orders a female Sex Bot, and says that he wants her to be human looking. The man receiving the order states he is relieved at this one after having too many clients who "prefer having intercourse with jumbles of cones and cubes, or even simply computers". Reply
  • 2 Oct 10th, 2017 at 3:03PM
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    Lastest Reply: 10th Oct, 2017 09:28:47 PM
    I think it’s a short sci-fi story. About a girl who snuck onto a cargo ship filled with life-saving medicine to visit her family on the ship’s destination planet. However, the ship only has enough fuel to take its pilot and medicine all the way, and the girl’s added weight means that the ship won’t make it to its destination and there are no places it can stop and refuel or drop her off safely. If the ship doesn’t reach its destination, lots of people will die and only the pilot can fly it, so the pilot has no choice but to throw the girl out the airlock. Reply
  • 4 Oct 5th, 2017 at 2:02AM
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    Lastest Reply: 7th Oct, 2017 03:32:00 PM
    I seem to recall reading or watching a work, most likely science fiction, in which there was a minor character named Eldon Morrow. I'm not thinking of Ogden Morrow from Ready Player One or Eli Morrow from Agents of SHIELD. I can remember the name, but not anything about whichever work this character came from.

    There's also a small chance that I have merely researched/read about this work but it seems like it's from something I've actually seen myself. Searching the name only turns up obituaries for real-life people. I'm thinking in the region of Philip K. Dick novels because over the past year or so I've read quite a few of those. Then again, I've consumed a lot of science fiction media over the same time period so I'm stumped as hell.

    I'm assuming it's a minor character because searching doesn't turn up any fictional results. I'm also supposing it's a minor character from something with a relatively small fanbase/established universe (unlike one where smaller details and characters would be typically documented at least somewhere by the community). Reply

      There's a Marvel character called Elton Morrow?

      I thought it could've been something Marvel-related but I have never come across that guy before.

      I was looking at books I've read recently and found an Eldon Rosen in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? but I still don't think that's it.

      Really really stupid suggestion: there was a character called Eldon in HM Hoover's This Time of Darkness and she wrote an unrelated urology: The Children of Morrow and The Treasures of Morrow, so maybe conflating the two?

      It's definitely not those, sorry.
  • 3 Jul 30th, 2017 at 1:01AM
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    Lastest Reply: 6th Oct, 2017 02:41:13 PM
    Is there a story (I'm not sure whether it's a short story, a novel, or something else) about a group of people who are stuck sitting at a table because the first person to get up will die, and no one is willing to get up first? Reply

      You'll have to be more specific, for all I know you are misremembering Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

      It probably isn't that, I haven't read that book. It might be a folktale or something. I don't have more details, I'm sorry.

      I believe Lavaskies meant Professor Trelawney's line in a scene in the great hall, where she says that 13 people cannot sit at a table because "First to rise, First to die", and there is 13 professors at the head table. I have read something like this story, it was set in a Victorian era for this story but I do not remember the title, its a common superstition
  • 2 Sep 28th, 2017 at 11:11PM
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    Lastest Reply: 29th Sep, 2017 11:22:21 AM
    it was a book about this teen boy who is an assassin. he infiltrates schools under a secret identity gets close to his targets childrena and then vanishes. worked for an agency, i think maybe the US govt.? Trilogy. I only read the first two- in the second book he infiltrates a right wing paramilitary training camp. he also discovers he has an implant in his chest that stops him from feeling fear. Young adult, maybe kids books. thanks! Reply

      Allen Zadoff's The Unknown Assassin?

      yes, thank you!
  • 2 Sep 27th, 2017 at 6:06PM
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    Lastest Reply: 28th Sep, 2017 09:22:58 PM
    This is pretty vague but maybe someone will know what I am talking about. In about 2000 I got as a present this book of sayings as well as famous movie quotes (I forget who gave it to me) after each quote was a short explanation about it's origin. The only ones I remember was Mae West's quote "come up and see me sometime" and some saying about how you shouldn't eat oysters in months without an R. I think it also had pictures but I'm pretty sure the book was meant for at least teenagers (I was 16 at the time) Reply
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