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The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water | Guillermo del del Toro
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It is 1962, and Elisa Esposito-mute her whole life, orphaned as a child-is struggling with her humdrum existence as a janitor working the graveyard shift at Baltimore's Occam Aerospace Research Center. Were it not for Zelda, a protective coworker, and Giles, her loving neighbor, she doesn't know how she'd make it through the day.Then, one fateful night, she sees something she was never meant to see, the Center's most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man, captured in the Amazon, to be studied for Cold War advancements. The creature is terrifying but also magnificent, capable of language and of understanding emotions... and Elisa can't keep away. Using sign language, the two learn to communicate. Soon, affection turns into love, and the creature becomes Elisa's sole reason to live. But outside forces are pressing in. Richard Strickland, the obsessed soldier who tracked the asset through the Amazon, wants nothing more than to dissect it before the Russians get a chance to steal it. Elisa has no choice but to risk everything to save her beloved. With the help of Zelda and Giles, Elisa hatches a plan to break out the creature. But Strickland is on to them. And the Russians are, indeed, coming. Developed from the ground up as a bold two-tiered release-one story interpreted by two artists in the independent mediums of literature and film-The Shape of Water is unlike anything you've ever read or seen.
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Andrea4
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I love the movie, I love Del Toro, so of course I love this book!!!
I enjoyed the multiple POV, I loved how everyone's story was both separate and connected. The invitation is there, connect your individual story, become part of the living picture; we are all one, we are all everything and nothing. Love is love 💙💙💙

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Andrea4
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We will love these small, unhappy trees...

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madamereadsalot1
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#septemberwrapup A month of YA, with the exception of my favorite for the month. The Shape of Water was SO good.

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Croissonter
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“What would feeling like somebody feel like? To suddenly exist not only in your world, but someone else‘s as well?”

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IndoorDame
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Nevermore88 I loved the movie. A lot of my friends said it was fish porn 🙄. But I didn‘t see it that way. I thought it was amazing 3mo
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mutlee
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What a lovely story! The alternating POVs worked really well, even seeing the mental decline of the despicable Strickland. I‘m ashamed to admit I haven‘t seen the movie yet. It‘s on my list, but I don‘t get much time for adult movies. Looking forward to enjoying the story in another medium.

ShyBookOwl This was a rare case wherein the alternating POV didn't work for me. I think I wanted the story to have a fairytale-esque or magical realism to it, but I felt Strickland's militaristic POV kind of overtook that potential. Good book, just wasn't what I was looking for. I preferred the movie. 5mo
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RavenNight
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This book is so pretty😍

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IamIamIam
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This was a bit Creature From the Black Lagoon as well as a social commentary on all kinds of relationships. I got the symbolism and I could be a little more liberal in understanding this in a visual medium after getting in the characters' heads. I enjoyed the story and the outcome as well. The reveal on Elisa at the end was great. 🤘

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled *horrible Litten confession* I‘ve only seen the film, and it was incredible, so now I want to read the book because Im sure there‘s so much more. ❤️ 7mo
IamIamIam @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled LOL, I think this was a novelization of the script so you can still consider yourself a Litten of good standing!!! 7mo
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IamIamIam
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Ugh, Strickland is such a moron....

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NikkiRae
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I‘m not a book snob so if the book is close enough to the movie, I‘ll suggest you just watch the movie. However, I loved this book and I think just being able to hear Deus Bronquia‘s thoughts is worth it. I only wish they had more of it rather than just a few chapters. Loved the book. Loved the movie.

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IamIamIam
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All I've ever heard about this movie is that it's really weird, and that was from my dad who even justified moderate symbolism in Eraserhead!!!

rretzler Loved Eraserhead. Haven‘t seen a David Lynch movie in ages - off to see if I can find one to watch. 😝 7mo
IamIamIam @rretzler 🤣🤣 All I got out of that movie was being 2 hours older than when I started!!! Lol 7mo
rretzler 🤣🤣 7mo
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sprainedbrain
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I am a fan of Daniel Kraus (Zebulon Finch owns a significant piece of my heart), and that‘s the main reason I wanted to read the book before seeing the film. While this is clearly a joint effort, I really enjoyed it, and many bits of Kraus shine through.

At first I was a little annoyed by the multiple POVs, but they really came together and illustrated serious character development. Love the story so much. ❤️

Now... the movie!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Texreader I really liked the movie 7mo
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sprainedbrain
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I‘m not ashamed to say I have always been, and remain to this day, a terrible parallel parker and an even more terrible backer-upper. 😂

QuietlyLaura 😂🚙 7mo
Shvonne I can‘t parallel park or back into parking spaces. 7mo
Ericalambbrown Me, too! You are not alone! 7mo
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CarolynM Power steering makes it possible for me, I really couldn't do it before that. 7mo
janeycanuck I got a car with a back-up camera. Still can‘t parallel park but now I look like a superstar backing into spaces! 7mo
sprainedbrain @janeycanuck I have a back up camera. Still can‘t back into spaces with any confidence. 😂 7mo
HOTPock3tt Same here I‘m awful at both 🤣 7mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser Lol, glad I'm not the only one! I'll go a mile put of my way to avoid the public debasement of parallel parking! Especially since, on the rare occasions I've attempted, I have people coming off the street to direct me! Oh the shame....and public debasement..... Lol!! 5mo
sprainedbrain @Curiouser_and_curiouser public debasement is the PERFECT terminology. 😂 5mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @sprainedbrain LOL!! Can't stop giggling, it'll be the word of choice for me for the next week I'm sure!! 5mo
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Strawheart_Mila
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Just got this lovely gem and a bunch of others for my birthday! I‘m starting 2019 damn well!! 😎

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Gennic
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I absolutely adored this book! So well written and so unique

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gradcat
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#QuotsyJan19

(Day 8 - Creature)

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LiterRohde
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“So when does an anomaly quit being an anomaly and start being just the way things happen to be? What if you and I are not the last of our kinds, but one of the first? The first of better creatures in a better world? We can hope, can‘t we? That we‘re not of the past, but the future?”

#QuotsyJan19 | 8: #Creature

📷: Made with Typorama

Librarianaut I loved that book 11mo
tpixie Great quote! 11mo
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celyndawg
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Such a beautiful story. Beautiful beautiful beautiful!

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celyndawg
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Currently reading The Shape of Water. I‘ve adjusted a few reading settings on Libby to try to make ebooks a little more enjoyable. I just want the feel of a book in my hands sometimes! But ebooks are so easy to access and convenient 😩

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Myhusbandhatesreading
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Good book but predictable ending.

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Myhusbandhatesreading
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Texreader Good movie!! 12mo
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Doughtah
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This was such a sensuous and fantastic book. As someone who enjoyed the movie, I was a bit biased going in. I think, though, that even if you haven't seen the movie, you'd still enjoy the book. It's a fairytale with long descriptions (this is one of the few critiques I have of it, the descriptions were very long and I feel like that could def turn some folks off) and if you like that sort of story, I can't recommend The Shape of Water enough.

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magicalshelves
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Just finished this audiobook on the way to work and it was such a wonderful story. The writing is beautiful and addictive and the narration was very good. I need to get my hands on the movie now so I can see what the story is like in cinematic form.

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Doughtah
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The wonderful thing about ‘The Shape of Water‘ is that it provides even more insight into the characters. While the movie leaves plenty to interpretation and in the unspoken things said between the characters, the book is chockful of these little internal revelations that give the characters their shine. All this to say I‘m love the book. ♥️

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KimM
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Ive listened to about half of this one and I just can‘t bear to go on.

WhatThePuck My friend bought the audio and book combo. She said she just couldn't do the audio and just had to read it. She didn't give it raving reviews, but it would have been a pan if she didn't stop listening to it. 1y
TheNextBook I saw the movie... I dont think I could read the book lol 1y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Elisa works nights at a government research facility. One night she breaks protocol and starts connecting with the facility‘s newest “acquisition.” And the rest is #meetmeinthedark history.

#octoberxfiles @Cinfhen @Robothugs

IamIamIam My husband & I were talking about movies with my dad the other day and he brought this up. He was funny...lol, he said, "Have you seen this? I mean, I've watched a lot of strange movies in my time but this one? I don't know, it was just so weird." LOL, of course, with that review I decided I need to see it immediately!!! Is the book an adaptation of the screenplay? 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @IamIamIam The movie is fantastic! The book is meant to be more than just an adaptation. I gave it a try and decided it wasn‘t the right time for me. But I might try again some time. 1y
IamIamIam @BarbaraTheBibliophage Lol, I totally understand what you mean. Sometimes books need to ripen on the bookshelf like peaches! 😃 1y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @IamIamIam Exactly so! 🍑 1y
Cinfhen I thought this was a really odd movie but the hubs loved it! 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Yeah, it was totally odd and that‘s why I loved it! 1y
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SkeletonKey
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This was a pretty faithful retelling of the movie. Since I knew the plot, I ended up skimming the bits I was less interested in and focusing on the ones I wanted more backstory. It‘s beautifully written and definitely worth a read if you enjoy misunderstood monsters.

TheReadingMermaid 💖💖💖 the artwork 1y
alanacristin I'm enjoying all the extra bits 😍 13mo
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SkeletonKey
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I loved this movie so much, thought it was time to check out the book.

CoffeeCatsBooks Great cover! 1y
SkeletonKey @CoffeeCatsBooks - There are some really beautiful illustrations inside as well 1y
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jckphnx
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It's a noble effort by Daniel Kraus to turns this dark fantasy romance into a literary work, but the reader may find that what goes unsaid in the film actually enhances the story and that any effort to fill in gaps does it no justice.

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mariaku21
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I'm still very much in love with the prose and imagery of this book. I'm going to fangirl about it in my review later I can tell.

Briget66 I‘m loving the book too!!! 13mo
mariaku21 @Briget66 😍😍 13mo
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rachelspelledwrong
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I am in love with this book

Briget66 I think I am too ! 🥰 13mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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1. The Shape of Water💧 💦
2. We love to go to the movies on date night. But we‘re also empty nesters, so every night is date night!
3. 17
4. As much as I loved the movie, the book just wasn‘t my thing. So again, The Shape of Water.
5. Yes—I love seeing everyone‘s answers!
@jesshowbooks #FriYayIntro

Cathythoughts I loved the Shape of Water - - ( movie) Wouldn‘t Sally Hawkins make a great Eleanor Oliphant (edited) 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cathythoughts I haven‘t read Eleanor, so I‘ll trust you on that! 😎 1y
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sophierayton
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This is an unusual book. I think it's essentially a look at what it is to be different but deserving of love and respect anyway. It gets a bit wierd at times but there's so much symbolic meaning throughout you just roll with it.

Linear I kinda wanted to see the movie... 1y
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DarcysMom
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🌟🌟🌟
This fell between a pick and so-so for me. The high quality of the good parts made it a pick.
#overdrive

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GioiaZombia
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What would feeling like somebody feel like? To suddenly exist not only in your world, but someone else's as well?

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DarcysMom
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Quiet morning.

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khooliha
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Is it weird to love a movie novelization? What if it has your evil fictional great uncle, or Creature POV chapters, or a late stage appearance of "a single mysterious pig"? What about then?

khooliha This -is- the sort of book that builds in a ton of sympathy for the antagonist, so if you don't want to hang out with/feel bad for Michael Shannon on the page then this isn't the novelization for you. 1y
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ailynk
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The words flow like poetry, the story is a mystery but I just can't connect. Doesn't mean it's bad at all. The multiple characters with deep dark secrets, each unravels into a great climax at the end

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Eyelit
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This book is very different from the movie, and I think that‘s a good thing. I don‘t think a book could capture the lyrical fairy tale quality that beautiful film has.
That said, the necessary elements are the same... but all the human characters are fleshed out and this story takes place firmly in a real (and changing) world.
Yes, the movie is better, but the book is a good companion piece, imho. (Also, lovely illustrations by James Jean)

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Eyelit
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“For two billion years, the world knew peace. Only with the invention of gender - specifically males, those tail-tanners, horn-lockers, chest-pounders - did Earth begin its slide toward self-extinction.”

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Eyelit
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So far the book is different from the movie in ways I didn‘t expect (far more Strickland than I like) - but I do like passages like this which highlight the nuances that don‘t always come through with visual storytelling.

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DarcysMom
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Another hold came in! 😁

mariaku21 So did mine! I need to finish some others first but I can't wait 1y
DarcysMom @mariaku21 I am about 80 pages in. It is not what I expected, but I am enjoying it. 1y
mariaku21 @DarcysMom I enjoyed the movie so I just had to read the book but it was a 6 month wait sI I was't the only one waiting 1y
DarcysMom @mariaku21 I never saw the movie, so I will be interested to see how you think they compare. 1y
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TheBookbabeblog84
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Day 3: Swimming.... I instantly thought of this book. #books #booklover #shapeofwater #readingresolutions (catching up on the photo challenge)

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khooliha
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This book is So Much Weirder than the movie. I am like 25 pages in and I am ready for whatever sights it wants to show me.

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khooliha
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So I'm two pages in and Michael Shannon's character is named Strickland and also lives in Orlando, like a number of my relatives? I am basically related to evil Michael Shannon???

khooliha The stories I have heard pf my Strickland branch of the family are rough and tumble and (occasionally) blood fued-y, so this checks out. 1y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Edit: I bailed on this about 25% in. See comment below. Finally getting a chance to sink into this one—from the library. Plus, I got a nice long swim of my own in today. Water is way cooler than air temperatures. And that‘s a win in my book! 💦💦💦🏊🏻‍♀️🏊🏻‍♀️🧜🏻‍♀️🧜🏻‍♀️🧜🏼‍♂️🧜🏼‍♂️

DivineDiana Have you seen the movie? 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @DivineDiana Yes. And I loved it. This has the same dreamy quality but more details, as you‘d expect. 1y
DivineDiana It was a creative masterpiece! 🧞‍♂️ 1y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @DivineDiana Absolutely right! 1y
rubyslippersreads I need to read this and rewatch the movie. 1y
Cathythoughts I loved the movie 💙 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @DivineDiana @rubyslippersreads @Cathythoughts Soo ... I decided to bail on this book about 25% in. Not going to post or review. But, since you expressed interest, I‘ll fill you in. It was feeling overwritten and twee. And I have so many other books bearing down on me. So, I‘m finished. But you may love it! 1y
DivineDiana Thank you! I too have so many to read! Looking up twee. 😉 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @DivineDiana LOL. It‘s a great word! I had to look it up to be sure it was correct in this case, and I think it fits. 😎 1y
DivineDiana It‘s a fantastic word! Thank you for an addition to my vocabulary!❤️ 1y
rubyslippersreads @BarbaraTheBibliophage @DivineDiana @Cathythoughts I‘m still going to give it a try. I liked the more twee parts of the movie. 😊 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @rubyslippersreads I def loved all of the movie. Just not feeling it the same way for the book. 1y
Cathythoughts That‘s very interesting ! And one for the books !! ( sorry for the bad pun 🙃) ! I really did love that movie. I‘m not inclined to read the book though . And I‘m all for bailing when necessary, there are too many waiting, as you say ! 1y
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executivespooky
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Lov- 👏 ing 👏 it 👏

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executivespooky
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Really enjoying this book so far, but the details are so dense that I have to read slowly.

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executivespooky
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Very interesting mini-chapters. I like it so far!