Tuesday, December 16, 2014

THE GLASS MAGICIAN BY CHARLIE N. HOLMBERG


THE PAPER MAGICIAN SERIES VOL 2 

Synopsis 
Three months after returning Magician Emery Thane’s heart to his body, Ceony Twill is well on her way to becoming a Folder. Unfortunately, not all of Ceony’s thoughts have been focused on paper magic. Though she was promised romance by a fortuity box, Ceony still hasn’t broken the teacher-student barrier with Emery, despite their growing closeness. 

When a magician with a penchant for revenge believes that Ceony possesses a secret, he vows to discover it…even if it tears apart the very fabric of their magical world. After a series of attacks target Ceony and catch those she holds most dear in the crossfire, Ceony knows she must find the true limits of her powers…and keep her knowledge from falling into wayward hands. 

The delightful sequel to Charlie N. Holmberg’s The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician will charm readers young and old alike. 

Reactions
Much darker, this sequel is a new quest into the magic world for Ceony. I've really appreciated my read. Since I was used to the characters, from the first volume, I've enjoyed their adventures and was hoping for a happy ending. That's when the author decided to put some awesome twists in his story to let the reader stay hooked.

Following Ceony, you learn more about the dangers of the magical world and the magicians who are on her trail since she was able to overpower a strong dangerous one. Now, all want to discover and make use of her secrets...

In this new adventure, she learns new spells as well as a new forbidden magic that places her, once again, in a position of power and new dangers.

The reader also follows her romantic advances with Emery Thane. A brilliant but too gentleman magician to act on his attraction. That is also why their relationship is intriguing. It keeps the reader in suspense strongly as the plot with the bad magicians.

A great enjoyable story that made me have a good time. I admit that I just would have liked even more impressive magic . ;-)




THE GLASS MAGICIAN BY CHARLIE N. HOLMBERG 
THE PAPER MAGICIAN SERIES VOL 2 


Traduction du synopsis
Trois mois après avoir retourné le cœur du Magicien Emery Thane dans son corps, Ceony Twill est en bonne voie pour devenir un Folder. Malheureusement, toutes les pensées de Ceony ne se sont pas concentrées sur la magie du papier. Même si une histoire d'amour lui a été promise par une boîte de divination, Ceony n'a toujours pas brisé la barrière enseignant-élève avec Emery, malgré leur proximité grandissante.

Quand un magicien, avec un penchant pour la vengeance, estime que Ceony possède un secret, il jure de le découvrir ... même si cela doit déchirer l'essence même du monde magique. Après une série d'attaques ciblant Ceony et attaquant ceux qu'elle a de plus cher dans la foulée, Ceony sait qu'elle doit trouver les véritables limites de ses pouvoirs ... et garder ses connaissances afin qu'elles ne tombent pas entre de mauvaises mains.


La charmante suite de Charlie N. Holmberg et de son livre "The Paper Magician", "The Glass magician" charmera les lecteurs de tous les âges.

Impressions
Beaucoup plus sombre, cette suite est une nouvelle quête dans le monde de la magie pour Ceony.

J'ai vraiment apprécié ma lecture. Probablement puisque j'avais pris l'habitude de suivre les personnages depuis le premier volume. Cette familiarité avec les héros m'a permis d'apprécier leurs aventures encore plus. J'avoue même que j'attendais un dénouement plus heureux. Mais c'était sans compter sur les rebondissements concoctés par l'auteur qui a décidé de pimenter son histoire afin de garder le lecteur accroché.

En suivant Ceony, on en apprend plus sur les dangers du monde magique et sur les magiciens qui sont sur ses trousses depuis qu'elle a été capable de maîtriser une pointure du monde occulte. Tous veulent découvrir et se servir de ses secrets.
Dans cette nouvelle aventure, elle apprend de nouvelles formules et elle apprend aussi une magie interdite qui la place dans une position pleine de pouvoir et de nouveaux dangers.

On suit également ses avancées amoureuses avec Emery Thane. Un magicien brillant mais trop gentleman pour réellement faire de ce récit une romance. Voilà pourquoi, leur relation est intriguante. Elle garde le lecteur en haleine autant que l'intrigue avec les méchants.

Une histoire agréable qui m'a fait passer un bon moment. J'avoue juste que j'aurais aimé encore plus de magie et de sort impressionnants. ;-)



Saturday, December 6, 2014

THE PAPER MAGICIAN BY CHARLIE N. HOLMBERG


Synopsis
Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic…forever.

Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined—animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.

An Excisioner—a practitioner of dark, flesh magic—invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.

Reactions
Surprising, this series was a nice discovery.
"The Paper Magician", the first volume, is a fresh enchanting story with a touch of suspense and romance. Well blend and balanced, it is very enjoyable read.

After the synopsis, I thought it was a teen paranormal novel. I was wrong. It is a mixture of magical adventures, more endearing than expected, in the Victorian era with an old-fashioned charm.

This "old fashioned" side allows the story to take its time to settle in and to help the characters to get to know each others. And as a reader, watch out for the small details. They are important for the final plot as the author was careful to set the scene minutiously and brilliantly.

Ceony is an apprentice magician, with a strong personality, who finds herself having to save her teacher, the Magician Thane, while discovering the man with whom she lives in a new light. In tragic and magical circumstances, she finds herself in the man's heart to search his memories. 

In this imaginative full pace read, I liked the unexpected presentation of the heroes's life. I've been hooked by the author's words and the originality of the story very gently.

Of course, there are villains, torn hearts, dead people but also animated imaginary mouse, dogs and paper servants. 
A beautiful creative adventure that made me want to put my hands on "The Glass Magician" with impatience.



Quotes

Mg. Thane: "Never dismiss the value of entertainment, Ceony. Good-quality entertainment is never free, and it's something everyone wants."

Mg. Thane: "Denying it won't make you return to ordinary."

"Fennel squirmed. She hushed him. She didn't need a paper dog reminding her what a fool brain she had inside her skull."

Ceony: "Everyone has a dark side! But it's their choice whether or not they cultivate it."


THE PAPER MAGICIAN 
BY CHARLIE N. HOLMBERG

Traduction du synopsis
Ceony Twill arrive à la demeure du Magicien Emery Thane avec un cœur brisé. Diplômée la première de sa classe de l'école Praff Tagis pour les gens intéressés par l'étude de la magie, Ceony se retrouve a étudier la magie du papier malgré ses rêves de pouvoir commander le métal. Et une fois liée au papier, ce sera sa seule magie ... pour toujours.

Pourtant, les sorts que Ceony apprend sous l'étrange mais gentille éducation de Thane s'avèrent être plus merveilleux que ce qu'elle aurait pu imaginer. Animation de créatures en papier, rendre vivante des histoires à la vie à travers des images fantomatiques, même prédire l'avenir. Mais alors qu'elle découvre ces merveilles, Ceony apprend aussi les dangers extraordinaires de la magie interdite.

Un Excisioner, un magicien pratiquant la magie noire, s'introduit dans la maison et arrache le cœur de Thane. Pour sauver la vie de son professeur, Ceony doit faire face au dangereux magicien et se lancer dans une aventure incroyable qui va l'emmener dans les chambres d'encore battantes du coeur de  Thane et lui révéler l'âme de cet homme.

Impressions
Assez surprenante, cette série a été une belle découverte. 

"The paper Magician", le premier volume, est frais, enchanteur avec une pointe de suspense et de romance, un mélange bien balancé et agréable à lire.

A la lecture du synopsis, je pensais a un roman pour ados avec une touche de paranormal. Au final, c'est un mélange d'aventures magiques à l'époque victorienne plus attachant que prévu. 

Avec un charme un peu désuet, le côté "old fashioned" permet à l'histoire de prendre son temps pour s'installer et aux personnages d'apprendre à se connaître. L'auteur place le décor avec soin car les détails sont importants pour l'intrigue finale.

Ceony est une apprentie magicienne avec du caractère qui se retrouve à devoir sauver son professeur, le Magicien Thane, tout en découvrant l'homme avec lequel elle vit sous un nouveau jour. 
Dans des circonstances magiques tragiques, elle se retrouve dans son coeur à fouiller ses souvenirs. Originale et assez rythmé, j'ai aimé la présentation inattendue de la vie des héros ainsi que le fait d'avoir été captée par l'auteur avec douceur.

Bien entendu, il y a des vilains, des coeurs arrachés, des morts mais aussi des souris animées, des chiens et des serviteurs en papier. 
Une très belle aventure qui m'a donné envie de lire la suite "The Glass Magician"avec impatience.



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A BOLLYWOOD AFFAIR BY SONALI DEV

Synopsis

Mili Rathod hasn’t seen her husband in twenty years—not since she was promised to him at the age of four. Yet marriage has allowed Mili a freedom rarely given to girls in her village. Her grandmother has even allowed her to leave India and study in America for eight months, all to make her the perfect modern wife. Which is exactly what Mili longs to be—if her husband would just come and claim her.  

Bollywood’s favorite director, Samir Rathod, has come to Michigan to secure a divorce for his older brother. Persuading a naïve village girl to sign the papers should be easy for someone with Samir’s tabloid-famous charm. But Mili is neither a fool nor a gold-digger. Open-hearted yet complex, she’s trying to reconcile her independence with cherished traditions. And before he can stop himself, Samir is immersed in Mili’s life—cooking her dal and rotis, escorting her to her roommate’s elaborate Indian wedding, and wondering where his loyalties and happiness lie. 

Heartfelt, witty, and thoroughly engaging, Sonali Dev’s debut is both a vivid exploration of modern India and a deeply honest story of love, in all its diversity.

Reactions
Touching, sad, funny, this romance really made me travel. I've spent a great time with the characters too.

While following Mili and Samir's adventures, the reader venture into India. We discover a culture and traditions that are facing our Western vision. 
Very well written, Mili life is sometimes sad but always full of hope and positive thinking. She is a strong and lovely female character always sunny, funny and also a bit naive. And that's exactly why we get attached to her.

As for Samir, you want to hate him as much as you love him. He is arrogant, stubborn and dominant. He is also vulnerable and loyal. 
Quite honestly, I enjoyed the characters even if they sometimes made me rolled my eyes. 
Jeez! :-)

Because from the start, by understanding the scenario, the reader knows the lies will bring this couple to cope with a disaster. We're just waiting to see how the author is going to take us there and if we're going to be surprised. 
Well yes, it has worked for me pretty easily! I even confess a little pinching in my heart at one point of the story. 

I was also satisfied with the way the author pictured the romance, the drama as well as making the secondary characters interesting part of the story. You want to spend time with Samir and Mili and know more abour their world.

A very beautiful, soft, fun and fragile romance.


Quotes

"And he had definitively forgotten how much he hated tears. Because Mili's tears were a thing of beauty. They crashed against his heart like waves, at once turbulent and calming, and shook something free in the very deepest part of him. Her crying was silent, soulful. It spoke all the things she couldn't say."

"A lie has only one face," her naani always said, "but a liar has several."

"She bit her lip and smiled up at him, feeling every bit of the power she had over him. She had no idea why he had given her that power but she loved it."



A BOLLYWOOD AFFAIR BY SONALI DEV

Traduction du synopsis
Mili Rathod n'a pas vu son mari depuis vingt ans, pas depuis qu'elle lui a été promise à l'âge de quatre ans. Pourtant, son mariage a permis a Mili d'acquérir une liberté rarement donnée aux filles de son village. Sa grand-mère lui a même permis de quitter l'Inde pour aller étudier en Amérique pendant huit mois, tout cela pour en faire une épouse parfaite et moderne. Et, c'est exactement ce que Mili aspire à être, si son mari voulait juste venir la chercher.

Le réalisateur de Bollywood préféré du public, Samir Rathod, se rend dans le Michigan pour obtenir les papiers de divorce pour son frère aîné. Persuader une naïve villageoise de signer les papiers devrait être facile pour quelqu'un avec le charme et la célébrité Samir. Mais Mili n'est ni une folle, ni une croqueuse de diamants. Ouverte et complexe, elle essaie de concilier son indépendance avec les traditions qu'elles respectent. Et avant qu'il ne puisse s'en empêcher, Samir est immergé dans la vie de Mili, à lui cuire son dal et ses rotis, à l'escorter au mariage indien de sa colocataire et à ce demander où sa loyauté et son bonheur se situent.

Sincère, divertissant et complètement captivant, les débuts de Sonali Dev sont à la fois une exploration vivante de l'Inde moderne et une histoire profondément honnête de l'amour dans toute sa diversité.

Impressions
Touchant, triste et drôle, cette romance m'a vraiment fait voyager et passer un très bon moment.

En suivant les aventures de Mili et de Samir, on s'aventure en Inde. On découvre une culture et des traditions qui se heurtent à notre vision occidentale.
Très bien écrit, le récit de la vie de Mili est parfois triste mais toujours plein d'espoir et d'idées positives. Ce personnage féminin est fort, drôle et naïve. Et c'est exactement pourquoi, on s'attache à elle.

On a envie de détester Samir autant qu'on l'aime. Arrogant, têtu et dominant, il est aussi touchant par les failles qu'il porte en lui.

Très honnêtement, j'ai apprécié les personnages même s'ils m'ont parfois fait lever les yeux au ciel.

Car dès le démarrage en comprenant le scénario, on sait que les mensonges vont amener les jeunes gens à faire face à une catastrophe. On attend juste de savoir comment l'auteur va nous y emmener et si nous allons être surpris.

Et bien oui, ça a marché pour moi. Je me suis prise au jeu et j'ai même eu mal gorge serrée.
J'ai aussi été satisfaite de la manière dont l'auteur m'a embarqué dans la romance de ces héros, tout comme dans les drames. Les personnages secondaires sont également haut en couleur. On a envie de passer du temps avec Mili et Samir et de découvrir leurs univers si différents.

Une très belle romance douce et fragile dans un décor dépaysant.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Shiro Project by David Khara- Excerpt



EXCERPT
Pus trickled from blisters around his discolored lips. Along the sides of his inflamed nostrils were clusters of ready-to-burst boils. The exposed part of his chest was similarly disfigured.
Jane was pleased to note the normal progression of symptoms and scribbled her observations in her notebook.
“Hang in there a little longer,” she said. “Two or three days from now, we’ll initiate treatment.”
The only response was an agonized groan. After injecting the young man with more sedative, Jane headed back. She had what she needed. She wished her monkey sweethearts a pleasant night and found her way to the exit. Just two more hours with Professor Neville, and then her shift would be over.
Jane stepped into the elevator, eager to wrap things up. But when she arrived at her floor, the doors refused to budge. Jane cursed the incompetence of the maintenance crew. Breakdowns occurred often, too often for her liking. She was about to pick up the elevator’s black telephone to tell off the orderly, when the base loudspeakers started blasting an ear-splitting siren.
Jane pressed her hands over her ears to muffle the excruciating noise. Then the wailing stopped. It was replaced by a man’s voice, which Jane identified as that of the duty officer.
“Attention, all personnel. Due to a security breach in sector four, we ask that you calmly make your way toward the emergency exits.”
Jane's eyes widened with surprise. She felt her heartbeat speed up and her scalp tingle with sweat. "This is no time to panic," she said to herself. "Think fast."
She took a deep breath and held it. Jane frantically pushed the button for one floor up, where her designated exit was located. The elevator didn't move, but the doors finally opened.
Then she saw the guards sprawled on the floor. Their dogs were lying all around them, vomiting and
shaking. The virus was already spreading throughout the facility. The alert had been broadcast too late.There was not a moment to lose.
You breathe, you die, she told herself as she rushed toward an open door on her right. She entered the
stairwell and heaved herself up the steps two at a time. An object was rolling toward her. A jar of pencils. She stepped over Phil Neville, who lay dying on the steps. He stretched out a hand in her direction but was unable to grab her ankle. Jane thought of her husband,her son, her flaming lungs and repeated over and over,
“You breathe, you die.”
She found the corridor. A little more effort and she’d be out of this hellhole. Jane grabbed the metal door handle and pushed. It didn’t open. She thrust with both hands, using all the strength she had. Nothing happened. She couldn’t hold out for more than a few seconds. With tears streaming down her cheeks, she pounded and kicked.
Those bastards had locked the exits shut! As soon as the sector had lost its airtight seal, the virus had spread, and then it was lockdown. Now the brick-and-steel building was one big tomb.
Jane Woodridge leaned against the door and slid to the floor. She closed her eyes, visualized Sean’s sweet chubby face, and filled her lungs a final time.

The Shiro Project by David Khara


Sophie Weiner (Translator

Synopsis
Can a lone man stop mass destruction looming from the past? Reporter Branislav Poborsky is running away from a bad marriage when he witnesses the Czech army covering up the extermination of an entire village. Saved in extremis by the gentle-giant Mossad agent Eytan Morgenstern, he is thrown into a troubling race to defuse a larger-than-life conspiracy. 

After Eytan’s mentor is kidnapped, he must join forces with his arch-rival to put an end to a mysterious group that has weapons of mass destruction. Once again, the atrocities of World War II come back to haunt the modern world. What links exist between Japanese camps in China in the 1940s, a US Army research center in the 1950s, and the deadly threat Eytan faces today? 

From Prague to Tokyo, with stops in Ireland, yesterday’s enemies become today’s best allies and mankind seems on the verge of repeating the errors of the past. 

Reactions 
No downtime, the story is fast paced and addictive. A thriller whose pages we turn eagerly to know more about the hero's adventures while traveling and reliving the pages of our dark history.
By following the adventures of Eytan Morg, you get hooked in the blink of an eyes after the first sentences. 

Eytan is an endearing character who reminded me of a mix between Wolverine and Jason Bourne with an addition of humor and some sensibility.
His association with Elena brings a touch of extra suspense, as the reader wonders constantly if she is reliable or if she will kill him in his sleep. Lol!

Action, suspense are accompanying this super duo in a well-crafted and well written story. It was a delight to read. It made even me want to discover the other volumes of Eytan's adventures.

I had a great time.



Quotes
« Another pot of tea. He decided to put his faith in chamomille. » 

« Madness leads to desesperation. Desesperation leads to madness. And victims become the executioners. We are living proof, wouldn’t you agree ? » 

The Shiro Project by David Khara 

Synopsis
1957. États-Unis, Maryland. Centre de recherches bactériologiques de l’armée américaine.Le professeur Jane Woodridge mène des expérimentations à haut risque. Soudain, l’alarme retentit…
De nos jours, République tchèque.

Au mauvais endroit, au mauvais moment ! Fuyant ses problèmes conjugaux, Branislav Poborsky se rend chez ses parents. Sur la route, il découvre un village bouclé par la police et voit sa vie basculer…
Lorsque son mentor se fait enlever, l’agent du Mossad Eytan Morgenstern doit faire équipe avec sa rivale.
Enrôlé de force dans un combat qui n’est pas le sien, il devra tout tenter pour mettre fin aux agissements d’un mystérieux groupuscule entré en possession d’armes de destruction massive.

Quand vos ennemis d’hier deviennent vos meilleurs alliés, quand l’humanité semble prête à répéter les erreurs du passé, que peut bien faire un homme contre la folie qui ne va pas manquer de suivre…

Impressions
Pas de temps mort, le récit est rythmé et prenant. Un thriller dont on tourne les pages avec avidité pour connaître les aventures du héros tout en voyageant et en revivant des pages de notre histoire.

On se pique au jeu en suivant les aventures d’Eytan Morg. Un personnage attachant qui m’a fait penser à un mélange entre Wolverine des XMen et Jason Bourne. Une touche d’humour et de cœur en plus.
Son association avec Elena apporte une pointe de suspense supplémentaire car on se demande sans cesse si elle est fiable ou si elle va le tuer dans son sommeil. Lol !

De l’action, du suspense et des menaces accompagnent ce duo de super combattants dans une aventure bien ficelée et très plaisante à lire.
Du coup, cela m’a donné envie de découvrir les autres volumes des aventures d’Eytan.


J’ai passé un très bon moment.

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Shiro Project by David Khara - Promo Post

Hi Everyone,

I will be part of this tour and able to give you my opinion on this thriller on november 15th. 
Until then, enjoy the synopsis and some informations about the author and the translator.
See you on november 15!

Lucie


The Shiro Project

[thriller]
by David Khara
(translated by Sophie Weiner)
 Release date: November 18, 2014
at Le French Book
250 pages
ISBN: 978-1939474247
***

SYNOPSIS

When yesterday’s enemies become today’s best allies and when mankind seems on the verge of repeating the errors of the past, what can a lone man do against the madness that is bound to follow? After his mentor is kidnapped, a Mossad agent teams up with his worst foe, but first must face himself. He is enlisted against his will in a fight that’s not his own and takes him from present-day Czech Republic to past Manchuria. He has to put an end to the activities of a mysterious group who have gotten their hands on weapons of mass destruction. What do Japanese war camps, US Army research and an annihilated modern-day Czech village all have in common? [provided by the publisher]
The book contains some violence
***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


French author David Khara, a former reporter, top-level sportsman, and entrepreneur, has always been a writer.
After studying law, he stepped into journalism working for Agence France Press,
and then became creative director for several advertising companies.
He loves new technologies and started his own company at the age of twenty-four,
becoming an online business pioneer for French industries.
He then focused his life on writing fiction.
In 2010, he published The Bleiberg Project, which became an immediate success in France.

David Khara is also an accomplished athlete in fencing and rubgy, and he even played football as a linebacker.
He acknowledges that his culture is a much American as it is French, since he spent a lot of time in West Virginia and Manhattan,
and is an avid fan of writers such as Dennis Lehane.
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 ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR

Sophie Weiner is a freelance translator and book publishing assistant from Baltimore, Maryland. After earning degrees in French from Bucknell University and New York University, Sophie went on to complete a master’s in literary translation from the Sorbonne, where she focused her thesis on translating wordplay in works by Oulipo authors. She has translated and written for web-based companies dedicated to art, cinema, and fashion as well as for nonprofit organizations. Growing up with Babar, Madeline, and The Little Prince, Sophie was bitten by the Francophile bug at an early age, and is fortunate enough to have lived in Paris, Lille, and the Loire Valley.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

COVER REVEAL: WELCOME TO SERPENT'S KISS BY SHERRI HAYES

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Title: Serpent’s Kiss
Genre: Erotic Romance
Author: Sherri Hayes

Expected publication: December 4, 2014

SYNOPSIS
After losing her husband unexpectedly, Katrina Mayer decided to open Serpent’s Kiss. She wanted it to be a place where she and her fellow kinksters could play and socialize.

Five years after the doors opened, the club is everything she’d hoped it would be. On Friday and Saturday nights, Serpent’s Kiss is filled with men and women who share a similar desire to explore the pleasures BDSM has to offer. The club has continued to grow, and over the years, many of its members have become friends.

The one thing Katrina didn’t expect when she’d decided to open a club was the human drama that came with it. Learning to balance her life as the club mistress has taken some getting used to, but she wouldn’t change a thing.


AUTHOR
Sherri spent most of her childhood detesting English class. It was one of her least favorite subjects because she never seemed to fit into the standard mold. She wasn’t good at spelling, or following grammar rules, and outlines made her head spin. For that reason, Sherri never imagined becoming an author.
71a8706b1176a738beed03e0856a5345.jpgAt the age of thirty, all of that changed. After getting frustrated with the direction a television show was taking two of its characters, Sherri decided to try her hand at writing an alternate ending, and give the characters their happily ever after. By the time the story finished, it was one of the top ten read stories on the site, and her readers were encouraging her to write more.

Six years later, Sherri is the author of six full-length novels, and one short story. Writing has become a creative outlet for Sherri that allows her to explore a wide range of emotions, while having fun taking her characters through all the twists and turns she can create. She is most well known for her Finding Anna series about a young woman rescued from being a sex slave by a wealthy Dominant. The third book in that series, Truth, released July 25, 2013.

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