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“In that sense, part of the answer to the question of how we developed such artisan tool-making skills is luck. Our environment and our evolution meant that manual dexterity and brains in which the sophistication required to make and play a fiddle (a long way down the line) were things that natural selection would favor, nurture and develop. It turns out that there are tools and technology used by dozens of animals . . .”

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Sistersong | Lucy Holland
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Based on an English folk ballad and some parts of Medieval English history, this is a novel of three royal siblings coming of age against the backdrop of rising Christianity and the threat of Saxon invasion. You don‘t need to know the ballad or history beforehand to enjoy the tale (in fact, not knowing prevented spoilers). There is magic, romance, sibling rivalry, war, and trans and disability representation. Not YA, but has crossover appeal.

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Sistersong | Lucy Holland
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“And then Sinne starts to sing.”

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Sistersong | Lucy Holland
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“The smile he gives me - that smile used to make my heart race and my blood pound. It used to wake parts of my body that had never woken for anyone else. Now all I feel are the spiders, and the quiet despairing presence of Os standing behind me.”

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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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Taking a class called “Library Materials for Young Adults” for my MLIS this term. Just got the syllabus today and grabbed what was available at the library where I work (plus Scythe, which I had purchased for #nywd ). This isn‘t even everything! This stack is going to grow 📚 📚 📚

charl08 American Born Chinese is brilliant. Great stack! 1w
shortsarahrose @charl08 I‘m pretty excited. So many good books! 1w
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Coraline | Neil Gaiman
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I listened to 3 chapters to finish my work day, promptly went home and made a pizza (frozen - Coraline would appreciate that it was not a “recipe”!), and finished listening. This tale is delightfully spooky with a relatable protagonist, a creepy villain, and a immersive world building. Giaman is also a good narrator. It feels like he is telling you a bedtime story.

Also, any story with a talking cat as a sidekick is 💯
#nywd

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Ooh, it would be fun to listen to Gaiman read it! 😍 1w
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Coraline | Neil Gaiman
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I have an hour of my work day left. Perhaps starting an audiobook while I work will help the time pass. Starting this #NYWD pick. Saw the movie when it came out in theaters and enjoyed it, but that was years ago.

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Sistersong | Lucy Holland
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“The Saxon‘s blood is pooling, dripping between the cracks in the boards.”

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Sistersong | Lucy Holland
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“Keyne‘s dark eyes are sober, but when they meet mine, he smiles. I go to sit by him and I put my arms around his neck, abruptly brimming with gratitude that the land returned him to us.”

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Sistersong | Lucy Holland
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“I could. Maybe I should, but I don‘t. Because now I know I owe her a terrible debt, one I can never reveal and can never repay.”

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Sistersong | Lucy Holland
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“I swallow a gasp. The voice is Riva‘s.”

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The Haunted Forest Tour | Jeff Strand, James Arthur Moore
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This is exactly what I hoped it would be - an utterly bonkers, B-movie of an audiobook. Tons of gruesome deaths and injuries, cheesy dialogue but some one-liners that had me 😆 😆, so many types of monsters!, and just enough of a plot and character development to be somewhat credible but not too much because that‘s not why we‘re hear, right? Right. Put this one on your list for October (or anytime you need ridiculous B-movie horror). #nywd

shortsarahrose Also, already feeling a little better from my Covid symptoms. Sure, getting over 10 hours of sleep and only working from home for a partial day probably helped, but I have to believe that this audiobook is what made me feel better 😆 2w
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Lol, yay! So very glad you enjoyed it and especially glad to hear you‘re feeling a bit better! ❤️ 2w
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The Haunted Forest Tour | Jeff Strand, James Arthur Moore
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Well, I have Covid. Luckily it‘s pretty mild (yay vaccines), but I‘m still super tired after working from home today. Don‘t think I can focus on a physical book, but starting an audiobook I can handle - especially one that looks as bonkers (in the best way possible) as this #NewYearWhoDis pick!

monalyisha I‘m so sorry! Sending healthy vibes your way & hoping your symptoms continue to be mild.🤞🏻 2w
shortsarahrose Thanks @monalyisha - I hope so, too 🤞🏻🤧 2w
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Yikes, sorry to hear about you getting sick! I hope the book keeps your mind occupied, it‘s a wild ride. 😅 2w
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LiteraryinLawrence I hope your case is really mild. 💗 Take good care! 2w
Ruthiella Hope you feel better soon ! 🤒❤️ 2w
Chrissyreadit Hope you get well soon ❤️ 2w
Suet624 I‘m so sorry. I‘m so thankful for vaccines and boosters. Can you imagine how things would be otherwise? So scary. 2w
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Thank you so much @alexus_sb for the book and snacks! I just listened to this book on audio, but I am happy to have my own copy because I know I will want to reread it in print! (I know I probably missed some things in the audio). Plus, I can lend it out to my mom in the meantime because I like talking books with her 🥰 the green tea will be perfect for my currently scratchy throat and the pretzel will be good once I get them away from April

shortsarahrose Thanks @bookish_wookish for running #LittleChristmasSwap - I was right: this is just the pick me up I needed in January! 2w
alexus_sb Oh yay! I‘m so glad you like everything! There were so many books that sounded amazing on your list I had to write a few down for myself. This was such a fun swap! 2w
shortsarahrose @alexus_sb I know my tbr grows every time I participate in a swap! 2w
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Sistersong | Lucy Holland
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“‘What if Father does know?‘ The stink of candles clogs my nose. And what if he doesn‘t care?”

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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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Yay! My bookshop.org order for two #NewYearWhoDis books has arrived! I‘ll probably start Scythe next.

monalyisha Fun! 🎉 3w
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm YES!!!! Scythe is THE BEST!! 😍 Hope you enjoy both of these! 3w
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Reminds me a bit of A Series of Unfortunate Events (fantastical adventure, a secret society, some odd characters), but narrated by the guy from The Martian if instead of botany he had studied typography and set in a San Fran bookshop in 2012. This was a fun way to start #NewYearWhoDis
I have some quibbles with it (slog between 25-33%, two dimensional characters except Clay and Penumbra, odd audio narrating choices), but overall enjoyed it.

monalyisha What a quirky description! I still haven‘t read this one & have had it in my hot little hands so many times! 3w
shortsarahrose @monalyisha it‘s definitely a quirky book! It was a good palate cleanser after reading/watching a lot of things that are more serious. 3w
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The Woods are Always Watching | Stephanie Perkins
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“A flat clank issued from the shelter. Something metal hit something else metal, and moving shadows made scruffling noises. From the murky darkness of the campsite‘s edge, they watched a large and blundering creature emerge into the firelight.”

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The Woods are Always Watching | Stephanie Perkins
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“The girls returned to their own belongings. In their absence, a few pine needles had fallen upon Neena‘s pack.”

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It‘s New Years Day. It‘s cold and snowy out. I‘ve got a space heater and a snuggly cat. Sounds like a good time to start a #NewYearWhoDis pick. Luckily, my local library had this one available as an digital audiobook - looks like the rest of my day is set 🛋 🐈 🎧📖🥪
#catsoflitsy

Leftcoastzen 😻👏 3w
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Yay!! Hope you enjoy it! ❤️ My order isn‘t in yet for the books I first chose off your list, but I‘m eager to dive in once they‘re here. 3w
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“Moderation means everything is okay, as long as you don‘t overdo it. Moderation means not consuming too much energy, too much fat, too much sugar, too much salt, or too much alcohol, whether you are eating at home or away from home . . . It means watching your portion sizes. Have you ever sat down in front of the TV with a bag of chips, and before you knew it half the bag was gone?”

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Damn, this book was hard work! It‘s half as long as Vol. 1 but feels like twice the work. More economic theory, less history. More straightforward, less sassy/sarcastic Marx. The translation felt more English, whereas Vol. 1 kept the cadences of the original German (I studied German in college; the structure made sense to me). Also feel this vol feels less applicable to today‘s economy. Still a pick; describes the basic working of capitalism well.

shortsarahrose Likely the last book I‘ll finish in 2021, but by finishing this, I hit my Goodreads goal (30 books) and total pages goal (over 10,000). 3w
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“The withdrawal of this money from circulation for the formation of virtual additional money capital seems possible only in two ways. Firstly, one section of capitalists in department II might swindle the others and rob them of their money. As we know, no preliminary expansion of the medium in circulation is necessary for the formation of new money capital; all that is needed is for money to be withdrawn at certain points . . .”

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“Voilà le crétinisme bourgeois dans toute sa béatitude!”*

*”Here you have bourgeois cretinism in its ultimate state of bliss!”

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Mehso-so

Useful as a reference for an undergrad student in an art history course. Some outdated info, but I am reading an older edition. Not completely sold on the organization of the chapters, but most users are probably only reading the chapters related to their assignments (as I did in college).

The book may be a so-so, but April is definitely a pick (15/10 - best cat - I love her so much 😻) #catsoflitsy

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Children of Men | P D James
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“I didn‘t know then and still don‘t know how much he cared for Woolcombe. It‘s still used as a nursing-and-retirement home for the privileged few - relations and friends of the Council, members of the Regional, District and Local Councils, people who are considered to have given some service to the State. Until my mother died Helena and I made our regular duty visits. I can still picture the two sisters sitting together on the terrace...”

shortsarahrose #Adventathon Day 24 - final day! I didn‘t always read a full chapter a day, but I read a little all but one of the days, which is probably better than I would otherwise have this month between school, work, and the holidays. Thanks @ozma.of.oz for the fun readathon! 1mo
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Hidden Bodies | Caroline Kepnes
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Christmas gifts from my mom because she knows I was obsessed with this series on Netflix this year but hadn‘t read the books yet. Obviously I need to read the books!

Clwojick You is my favourite book! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 1mo
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Low key Christmas Eve dinner - Mac and cheese, roasted cauliflower with lemon and capers, a soft bakery roll, and sparkling grape juice in a Christmas glass. My mom got some lemon cookies and made some peanut butter and chocolate candies (my favorite!)

Tamra Yum! 1mo
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The Only Good Indians | Stephen Graham Jones
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Thank you so much @Readergrrl for this assortment of #creepychristmasswap goodies! You‘re right - the tagged book looks right up my alley! I‘m looking forward to digging into the other two as well the magazine (love that cover!). The two Krampus ornaments are immediately going on my tree (the basket of kids the one is carrying kills me 😆).

Thanks @teebe for organizing this fun swap!

Readergrrl I‘m so glad you liked it! Krampus is one of my favorites!! I‘ve put both of your other books on my TBR list. The seemed so interesting!! And I really hope you like The Only Good Indians. It was one of my favorites this year!! Very creepy!! 1mo
teebe You‘re all so good at giving gifts! This looks great and I always end up adding books to my tbr lol 4w
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Thank you so much @MaleficentBookDragon 🎁 I‘m really looking forward to this book and the large bag of dark chocolate will be the perfect accompaniment! The snowman card is also adorable. Thank you also for all the work you do running this swap #Jolabokaflodswap

MaleficentBookDragon You are welcome. I hope you enjoy the book. 1mo
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Had a blood test this morning to test for Covid antibodies (I‘m in a study about the efficacy of the vaccines in people with IBD). Stopped at a nearly empty coffee shop after for a cappuccino, a cinnamon roll (delicious but not pictured), and a little reading.
#Adventathon Day 23

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This book is a gut punch and necessarily so. It‘s about systemic racism, but told at the micro-level of her family and community rather than the macro-level of some other works on the topic and thus brings an important perspective to the topic. The writing is urgent and painful and beautiful. So important.

Finished today as part of #Adventathon Day 22

Scochrane26 Glad you liked it. It is gut-wrenching but important. 1mo
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Today‘s #Adventathon Day 21 post brought to you by my stop to have a cappuccino and a churro donut between by dentist appointment and stopping at the grocery store. Happy Winter Solstice!

ozma.of.oz Happy Winter Solstice to you too! 💙 1mo
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Today‘s #adventathon day 20 post is brought to you by the need to plan for Christmas Eve dinner (just my sister, mom, and I) and April being adorable and snuggly #catsoflitsy

ozma.of.oz Tell April she is beautiful! ❤️ 1mo
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A Little Christmas Spirit | Sheila Roberts
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My remaining swap packages have arrived! #LittleChristmasSwap on the top in the cute paper and #jolabokaflodswap on the bottom in the Book of the Month box

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Warm cat in lap and book in hand #adventathon day 19

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Mrs. Jeepers' Creepy Christmas | Debbie Dadey, Marcia Thornton Jones
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Just got home from my weekend travels and my #creepychristmasswap package from @Readergrrl was waiting for me! Yay!

Readergrrl Wonderful!!! 🎅🏼🧟‍♀️ 1mo
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Advent | Cat Kydd
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#Adventathon Day 18
No actual reading today but many festivities.
Work up early to travel to see my grandparents in Wisconsin (plenty of aunts and cousins around, too, including my cousin and her wife all the way from Colorado).
After plenty of catching up and eating pie 🥧, my mom, sister, and I went to see the Rotary Club Lights, including people dressed up as Santa, the Nativity scene, an angel choir, this reindeer, and people with their dogs*

shortsarahrose *Dogs not officially part of the exhibit, but were spectators. Doesn‘t mean I didn‘t enjoy seeing them! 1mo
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“This discussion of iconography has spoken of ‘the proper identification of an image.‘ Here we have a clue to the chief assumption held by most people who study iconography: A work of art is a unified whole, and its meaning is what the creator took it to be or intended it to be...however, we saw that many art historians today (especially those associated with the New Art History) do not accept this assumption.” #Adventathon Day 17

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“Of course, you can use the narrative present (also called the historic present): ‘Gothic carvers delight in ornament,‘ ‘Van Gogh usually applies the pigment boldly.‘ (This device is commonly said to add vitality to the narrative.) But if you use the narrative present - and it often sounds odd - be consistent.” #Adventathon Day 16 Only one more day of work left, and then I will be on vacation for the rest of 2021 🎉🎊🥂🍾🥳

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“Checklist for Writing a Comparison
- Is the point of the comparison clear? (Examples: to show that although X and Y superficially resemble each other, they are significantly different; or, to show that X is better than Y; or, to illuminate X by briefly comparing it to Y)
- Are all significant similarities and differences covered?
- Is the organization clear?”
#Adventathon Day 15 - very windy 🌬 here in Iowa

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“Protein is needed for growth and maintenance of body structures and to regulate and facilitate body processes. It can also be used to provide energy - 4 kcal/g. Meat, fish, poultry, eggs, milk, grains, vegetables, and legumes all provide protein. Like carbohydrate and lipid, protein is not a single substance. There are thousands of different proteins in the human body and in the diet.” #Adventathon Day 14

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“My parents were screaming at each other, their voices loud and carrying out of the windows, but I could not understand what they were saying. I heard one word repeated over and over again: you. You and you and you and you! This was punctuated by throwing things. The sun had set, and the evening sky was fading blue to black. Above Joshua‘s and my head, bats swooped, diving for insects. The windows shone yellow.” #Adventathon day 13

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The Cat | Sarah Brown
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Because everyone enjoyed the adorable April content earlier, here‘s an update. She is currently sleeping very contentedly in her cozy bed 😻 #catsoflitsy

wanderinglynn So sweet! ❤️🐱 1mo
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It‘s ok, April. I only wanted to read the epigraphs and table of contents today. 😆 Enjoy your nap. #catsoflitsy
#Adventathon Day 12

Scochrane26 She‘s so cute though 😻 1mo
shortsarahrose @Scochrane26 she really is - I can‘t be mad at her when she is so darn cute! (She did eventually move so I could read for a bit) 1mo
Leftcoastzen 😻 1mo
ozma.of.oz Oh but look at that face! Let her nap! 💕💕 1mo
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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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Went to a friend‘s baby shower this afternoon. Totally needed a bathroom and a coffee afterwards and the closest place to get those was Barnes and Noble, so...
#bookhaul Let‘s just call this a reward for finishing another grad school class, right? Right 😉

Suet624 Perfect reward. 1mo
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“If your instructor asks you to compare two works - perhaps an Egyptian ruler and a Greek athlete, or an Indian Buddha and a Chinese Buddha - you may well find one of them more realistic than the other, but remember, even a highly realistic work may include idealized elements, and an idealized work may include realistic elements.”
#Adventathon Day 11

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A Little Christmas Spirit | Sheila Roberts
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Finished my last grad school assignment for the semester (yay! 🎉), so now is the time to get into the holiday spirit fully. First step - wrap all the gifts! 🎁
Top is for #littleChristmasswap and bottom for #jolabokaflodswap
These‘ll get sent out Monday

ozma.of.oz Congrats! 🎉🎉 1mo
Librarybelle Congratulations! 1mo
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Make Your Home Among Strangers | Jennine Capo Crucet
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“Only when the ghost of my mother‘s image - her metallic outline - faded away into the now-dead screen did I let go of the remote, its thud against the carpet the last sound I heard as I ran out the front door.”
#Adventathon Day 10

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Make Your Home Among Strangers | Jennine Capo Crucet
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“Canals zigzag across the city I used to call home.”
Hold came in at the public library, so I immediately had to read the first two chapters tonight for #Adventathon Day 9
April needed to check the book out as well
#catsoflitsy #firstline

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