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 No.13968[Reply]

Post the last book(s) you have read. It would be nice if you add a synopsis or review as well, but it's not a requirement. Just seeing a snapshot of what other image-board anons are reading is itself awesome.

New feature for 2018! This thread is set to Cycle mode. Here's to a forever book reading thread.

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 No.16573

>>15468

Can you provide an example of something that would have been censored?

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 No.908[Reply]

Greetings fellow /lit/erati!

Here are the rules:

1. Follow the Global Rules.

2. Try to keep things literature related.

3. No spamming.

4. No illegal content.

Guidelines and FAQ: http://jthnx5wyvjvzsxtu.onion/lit/oddsandends.html

Regarding the missing board banners, this appears to be a site-wide issue. I will attempt a restore after this is fixed.

Regarding the related boards list … well.

/philosophy/ made it over originally with /lit/. Welcome /fanfic/. Glad you guys held the torch during the down time. Welcome back /cyber/ and /pdfs/. This leaves only /scifi/ aka "Asimovian Polemics". I am still open to suggestions.

That is all.

Let your minds and fingers roam free!

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 No.15140[Reply]

Let's just do it. There's not gonna be a better time, anyway. No hurry, obviously.

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 No.16545

>>16534

>Anyway, above all else, keep writing.

That's definitely the goal; I just have to find the time for it.Thanks for the advice, anon.

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 No.16546

A little tangential to writing: how do you guys or writefags find an audience for your work? A basic web search is going to yield something along the lines of social media, blogging and platforms, but something about that doesn't seem right to me.

I don't mean it from a business perspective. I think I'm wedged in an odd scenario where: I'm writing fanfiction; however, the fandom isn't something I can join (plus their interest is too narrowed down for my work).

I think I'd enjoy a writers' community like here or /fanfic/, and the basic trade of feedback is enough for me, but the problem is that activity on both is stranglingly slow (just like my connection to this website).

>>16535

It sounds like you just need to design scenarios for your characters and world. If you think about how to demonstrate the world, characters, and setting, without explicitly telling it like a Wiki article or a history book would, you could come up with basic short stories, and then move up from there.

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 No.16559

>>16546

Catfish people into reading it. By the time they figure out it's fanfic, maybe you'll have interested them in your writing.

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 No.16569

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>>16543

Yeah I've been playing around with the moral grey, that's pretty much all you can do with a bounty hunter living a lawless life in a utopian society. He's mad at the rebellion because they keep bothering him and are trying to tear down a government that he sees nothing wrong with, while he's always breaking laws by getting away with murder for pay and disregarding said government. He also has like 3-5 guys he wants to take revenge against, ala Heracles, all who are government officials which is what I use to give the MC a purpose throughout the story.

I will take your advice to heart, there's some interesting ideas you gave me.

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 No.16601

>>16546

I'm more or less interested in the world itself and how these creatures live and how various things in the world came to be or function, it's a psuedo-fantasy esque concept and I'm trying to avoid conflicts or scenarios that could eventually lead into other races genociding each other, but it seems impossible to avoid. The concept is basically following multiple intelligent species from their earliest form of civilization to when they become capable of living on other planets or achieve a higher plane or state of existence, so the idea is to convey how it's possible they all managed to live in their own ways without genocide or getting assimilated.

I guess I'm struggling because I've presented this world to a couple of people, but so far none of them have told me what they're interested in, so I don't know what to delve into and expand upon.

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 No.16600[Reply]

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 No.16597[Reply]

I've been writing a scifi story on my offtime, and I'd take any form of feedback.

Current Word Count: 32,018

Status: Draft (about 3 parts done out of 5)

I marked [R] for chapters I plan on majorly revising, and [W] for part/chapters that aren't done yet.

In case 8kun hiccups and can't serve files, I can give another link.

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 No.16598

About a rifle being silenced: this scifi has interstellar travel and atmospheric towers. You can imagine a localized vacuum compartment as a silencer, a railgun, or some other means of accelerating a projectile that is quieter than modern guns.

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Chapter 1

The twelfth most distant planet from a star was Amoi,

barren and inhospitable. The recently colonized planet only

hosted three cities that neighbored each other— the capital

Tanagura, its urban satellite Midas, and the autonomous sector

Ceres. On the nightside from orbit, they glowed like a small

clustered splotches of light on a dark sphere. Midas shined the

brightest and fullest of them all, while Ceres only had few and

far between specks.

A dark haired young man wearing casual black clothing

perched on the rooftops with a sniper rifle. He was contracted

to assassinate a foreign diplomat and mere opportunity, not

only payment, was more than generous. He was from the

slums of Ceres, a destitute autonomous section off shot from

the city of Midas, and this was the chance he’d take to go

anywhere else.

In the distance where the scope was pointed at, the foreign

diplomat conversed with a blond man. The scope aligned with

the target, and shifted upward and to the side to compensate

for the wind and drop.

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 No.16599

Latest Chapter. Getting Flood Detected - Post Discarded.

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Chapter 23

There were towers of Tanagura that pierced the skies, like the one I was in. The atmospheric platform at the aerospace port was where spaceships and aeroshuttles launched and landed.

The elevator rides were a spectacle. Going up to see the ground grow distant, and knowing that above and beyond was the exosphere— the sight of diffused starlight from the planet, darkness of immense heaven, and the world’s halo as the border between two realms.

The indoors had colorful crowds of tourists from various cultures. Similarly, confection stands and restaurants apt to sate both hunger and impulse had the same vibrance. However, I wasn’t so lucky to be free from the pull of the planet. I walked towards the elevator. All crowds afforded a wide berth for the squad of security androids that accompanied my every move. As usual, I pressed a button for the top sector. The same response as always was “access denied”. It, like all systems, recognized my biometrics, and the compromise was the second highest set of floors from where spaceships could still be seen launching.

Upon my return home, as a result there would be a usual

routine. There’d be Raoul as the voice of concern.

“Icarus, what were you doing at the space port?”

“I wanted to see the shuttles launch.”

Say any more and there would’ve been an unwanted debate.

Virtually absent during my childhood, he appeared more frequently on the ending years of adolescence. There was another day in Eos, he beckoned.

“Icarus, are you well?”

“Yes.”

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 No.16531[Reply]

What do you think about this opening paragraph?

The night sky loomed oppressively over the city, blanketing it in darkness. Each star an eye watching all beneath it. There was no moon tonight, it was too scared to show its face to the cold and merciless night. Few lights not destroyed shoned damply letting small parts of the city be colored a mute yellow. Electricity was too costly for it to be shined any brighter. The air was not but dust and iron filling the lungs of the weak and sickly. The man wore a grey nylon poncho with a heavy air filter. His face covered by his hood. He took soft even steps walking through the city. His presence was left for brief fleeting moments throughout each street he crossed. He moved from building to building and street to street. Each street flowing to the next endlessly and each dark grey building no different from the last. After 16 blocks of walking he felt close to his prey. Only given a brief description and a name this was enough for the man to find his target. He was getting warmer and warmer with each step, creeping closer to the inevitable. Gunshots sing in the distance, the first movement of the night’s orchestra. Stopping briefly at a crossroads the man sees a pack of children half-naked carrying shanks, chains, and pipes. The man was staring at what would likely be the last generation of humans on this planet. They stared back meeting his cold sharp gaze with an equally cold sharp gaze. Orphan's all of them grew up on the streets. They knew not how to read or write, they couldn’t do math in their head or on paper, and they couldn’t tell you the history or future of the world. The language of violence is all the streets taught them and the language of violence is a zero sum game. You either take what you want and kill your enemies or you get taken from and die. The boys started to take steps closer to the man. He flashed his piece on his waist a hunk of cold iron and hot lead. The six shooter, a rare luxury that few possessed, caught the boys eyes and they scurried off into the alleys to look for weaker bodies. The man continued on slowly and methodically to his mark.

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 No.16583

Should writefags post new threads for feedback as opposed to posting in the Writefag Thread? There's larger works in there that get less feedback relative to the effort involved in the provided exerpts.

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 No.16585

>>16582

>>16577

I think after a climactic assassination/head hunt in the poetic mythic prose, the voice or tone of the book should turn monotonous and droning, like a buzz that turns a person numb, by the use of grinding, splitting details and omissions of color. It would be good timing for the shift. Monologues or internal dialogues that remind one of the end of eva would be good. Just on repeat and repeat with the smallest changes each time. One at least would be good.

>>16544

Your writing seems more brown than grey, by the way. Wild west.

>>16583

Larger works should get their own thread, yeah.

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 No.16587

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I've like the changes people made, something that bothered me with what I wrote was the clumsiness of some of the sentences.

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 No.16594

>>16587

Post your rewrite and part 2 of your intro.

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 No.16596

>>16594

busy the next two weeks so don't hold your breath about it

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 No.16588[Reply]

Yesterday I cut a peach in half and it looked kinda like a vagina.

I licked it out from the inside until it was nothing but skin,

at the end she moaned and said

"This wasn't worth it"

I came in her corpse, and as peach juice burned the head of my errection, I had the same thought.

My eyes closed. and so did my heart.

They were both useless in this new world.

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This is chapter 1 in my work in progress novel about fucking fruit, staring into walls like they were horizons, and being constantly lost and errect because your hormones are all fucked up. What do you think ?

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 No.16589

>>16588

Continued …..

When I opened my eyes again there were sirens in the rear view mirror. The head of my vehicle was bent like a new transgendered woman: all inside out. There is an officer at my window, I pull the peachskin away from my flacid cock but as it slids up my shaft I remember briefly the corpse of Vanessa, and the peach skin flies towards the window from the force of my sudden errectness. A loud splatter latter and the officer's nose wrinkles in disgust.

"fuck it, let him burn"

"Nothing here is worth saving"

I closed my eyes again as the flames wrapped around me, and I wondered if this is what Vanessa felt like in her final moments.

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 No.16591

I support this.

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 No.16592

Actually there's a huge market for this… I really do support this. You'd make a shit ton of money if you wrote at least 10, 000 words then sold it online epub style for 10 - 99 cents or some shit.

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 No.16593

A shit ton of money for a NEET, that is.

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 No.16595

>>16591

>>16592

>>16593.

Thanks for the support dude, honestly I expected people to think I was trolling. While this is definitely fun to write, I also believe there is some deeper meaning I can tap into here. But it's gonna be a journey to tap into the right energy to treat it with respect while still being engaging to read you know? Again though, thanks bro for being able to see what I see. I felt alone in that a long while.

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 No.16590[Reply]

Well, are any of you majoring in English? Why or why not? Any advice?

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 No.16526[Reply]

We live comfy thanks to technology, which grows more and more, covers wider and wider patches of our life with each year that passes by; and obviously, people's way of seeing life changes with this cybernetic development.

Considering that in no time we will be entering into the robotic era already, what's your opinion about Literature's future? Do you see a bright future ahead for it? Are books going to die? Will Literature cease to exist at some point?

(pic unrelated)

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 No.16527

>are books going to die

Possibly though considering we're close to another huge war I doubt they'll disappear until a few decades have passed but writing itself will simply become electronic. Just because the use of scrolls died out doesn't mean people didn't start using books for their purpose.

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 No.16528

>Are books going to die?

Physically printed? Not within my lifetime, nor for the short foreseeable future thereafter. The present problem is a glut of used books cycling around with their long lasting nature. What will suffer is the production run numbers of new publications. Still, we'll have plenty of books around for the next century or so. Long term, over the next two hundred years, I can envision the end of physical production of new volumes for all but specialist craft hobbyists. It will be as we have it now for vinyl records—another obsolete technology humanity will carry forward on a small scale for largely nonsensical reasons merely because we can.

>Will Literature cease to exist at some point?

No, although the more popular forms may find themselves a ready refuge in other arts, as poetry is to music writing. Screen writing, plays, comics, etc. More complex and esoteric forms will live on in academia to be a source of discovery for the populists writers to mine and reform to their needs.

>what's your opinion about Literature's future?

>Do you see a bright future ahead for it?

Yes, in terms of output. We'll always be writing. Like Nietzsche's marriage to his typewriter, we'll embrace all the new technology and run like mad with it. As with YouTube, anyone with a computer can get their hands on some video editing software and make content others will view. The problem becomes sustainability as an occupation. Overall, for the art, yes. Overall, for the artists, no. Vidal's observation here is relative but still apt:

To speak today of a famous novelist is like speaking of a famous cabinetmaker or speedboat designer. Adjective is inappropriate to noun. ~Gore Vidal

Nevertheless, successful full time writers are here to stay, but only about the same number in total as we have today. The rest must moonlight in other endeavors, busting their ass to make do between the writing. The market is not supportive of this art-form as an exclusive means of making a living due to competition with other entertainments. Vidal gained his independencPost too long. Click here to view the full text.

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 No.16586

>>16526

The only way I could imagine literature, that is to say the durable, visual expression of language, ceasing to exist is 1.) the annihilation of relatively intelligent life forms or 2.) the advent of telepathy or some other totally revolutionary technology.

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 No.14053[Reply]

this board seems dead but I wanted an infographic on books pertaining to Eastern European and Central Asian Religious beliefs particularly non-Abrahamic ones

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 No.14057

>>14053

Medieval Russia's Epics, Chronicles, and Tales is the only book that comes to my mind.

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 No.14059

>>14053

There's not really anything like the Bible from that region, to my knowledge. The best you're going to get is things like folktales and epic poems. The Epic of King Gesar was a really big deal in that part of the world, but every country has their own version of the story.

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 No.14084

>>14059

wrong mah nigga

>>14053

here we go:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veda_Slovena

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Veles

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nart_saga

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tale_of_Igor%27s_Campaign

if you're interested in indoeuropean religion/culture, i suggest you do some research on kalash-people, heinrich zimmer, rig veda, homer/hesiod (duh) … interesting was the moment after patroclos dies right the greek warriors cut off some hair of theirs to show their mourning, there was a similar thing in a byelorussian film about WW2 with the hair part compare it to the tenethos/hypnos story from greek mythology…. theres also an encyclopedia of indoeuropean culture if you search for it in the internet … encyclopedia iranica is somewhat nice too.. it depends if you re rather into primary or secondary sources m8

ps

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dionysiaca I don't know if its helpful but still

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 No.16576

The icelandic sagas seem's to be the largest source.

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 No.16584

>>14053

Check out the Kolbrin

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 No.14399[Reply]

I just graduated high school, waiting to go to college. Recommend me something you wish you had read when you were my age?

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 No.14750

>>14399

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy.

Trust me.

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 No.16488

Madame Bovary

women are whores and liars that will spend every shekel you earn.

learn this now.

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 No.16491

>>14399

It's obvious most people would respond with something aligned with reality… or how reality is not what the narrative is when you are young and hence how you think the world to work so you don't wake when it really hurts you later in life. Others in this thread have done this and it's typically something counter mainstream at the moment (including anything classical or before WW2). I however will lend you two hands through my own projection. I wish I had read more math and physics…I mean since that time I have but I wish I'd actually indulged more in the abstract reality of it when younger. I also wish I'd simply read more National Geographic before it turned into a woke POS so I could see more of the world through those pages pure of drivel.

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 No.16502

>>14399

If you haven't read the Dune series you're fucked.

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 No.16578

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 No.16333[Reply]

Well?

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 No.16461

Just read whatever you want retard

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 No.16515

>>16406

Films suck. If I wanted to see actors I'd rather watch a play.

>>16461

A fair sentiment. It's really hard to start on nothing though.

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 No.16516

>>16333

>>16515

In lieu of repeating myself, take a look through this thread >>14399 as well. Some very good suggestions to be found there.

What is your favorite genera? Scifi, fantasy, sports, etc.?

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 No.16548

>>16515

>Films suck.

You make me sad. Most of the flicks that get advertised in the theaters these days are worthless trash, but there have been some really great films in the past 100 and more years. D.W. Griffith's Intolerance is a visual spectacle the likes of which had never been made before and hasn't been made since. Orson Wells' Citizen Kane is a heartwrenching character-study on par with several works of classic literature. Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker is subtly disturbing in ways that recent content creators of all stripes have so far failed to reproduce.

Nothing against theater; there's certainly something to be said for the experience of a live performance. But theater does have certain limitations. Most importantly, you can't get up-close and personal with the characters' faces in a stage play the way you can in a film. And of course, actually going out to a play is expensive and can be a lot of trouble, plus the total sum of your local theaters will only be playing maybe half a dozen at any given time, reducing the odds that they'll be playing one you'll be interested in. Classic films can be watched on the cheap from the comfort of your own home, and at any given time it'll be possible to access almost any film you've ever heard of that sounds interesting. You should give the classics of cinema a try before dismissing the entire medium.

>It's really hard to start on nothing though.

I managed to get a ton of classic books read by just scanning long lists of books and picking out the titles that sounded interesting. You don't have to go anywhere obscure to find these lists. You can go to wikipedia and find the page that lists every work of existentialism ever made, which is how I found No Longer Human and CS Lewis' Space trilogy. You can go to Project Gutenberg Australia or Canada and skim the list of books for texts you can download right then and there, which is how I discovered Zane Grey, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Cordwainer Smith, Doc Smith, Gone With the Wind, and much, much more. Just pick out titles that sound interesting and google their descriptions to see if they Post too long. Click here to view the full text.

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 No.16575

>>16333

Obviously The catcher in the Rye

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 No.16565[Reply]

I'm half way through both of these books. Does anybody have any suggestions for books on the Russian Revolution?

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 No.16566

Look up Alexander Rabinowitch's trilogy. It's excellent and thorough.

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 No.16570

>>16566

Thanks for the suggestion. I mean to post this in the Last Books Read thread but I haven't posted on an image board since 8chan died

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Many of the stories in this series can make me laugh out loud. There are 39 books, and so far I've found 20 of them online. However, many of these are modern editions which have terrible covers, and I think they may have messed about with the text.

So I'd like to find more, or possibly work with others to make a complete set of the originals.

Here is a link to the first book which is Project Gutenberg:

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/34414/34414-h/34414-h.htm

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 No.16568

Some countries extend copyright for 70 years after a creator's death, but some (prominent examples being Canada, and New Zealand) only extend it for 50 years.

Richmal Crompton died in 1969 and Thomas Henry, the illustrator for the vast majority of the books, died in 1962. So from January next year the Just William books will enter the public domain in the +50 year countries.

Canada has its own version of Project Gutenberg (Gutenberg.ca) and another site called Faded Page (fadedpage.com).

Volunteers on those sites are trying to digitize as much as possible because if the new trade deal goes through with the US, copyrights will probably be moved up to +70 years after death.

Faded Page seem scrupulous about getting the original texts and proofreading them thoroughly. If both the author and illustrator died more than 50 years ago they try to include the original illustrations as well.

Check out their early illustrated editions of some of Enid Blyton's work. Here is the first in the Malory Towers series.

http://www.fadedpage.com/showbook.php?pid=20190330

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 No.16562[Reply]

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. IMO one of the best books ever written and certainly the best living American author. If you can, listen to the audiobook narrated by Richard Poe. It is a life changing experience, especially when you are attempting to be an author yourself. You will never write the same again after listening to it. If you don't understand what VOICE is in writing, listening to Richard Poe recite the book will teach you.

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