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Books 2017: 1-4


1. Carrie Vaughn, Martians Abroad. Tor, 2017. Copy via Tor.com.

Read for review for Tor.com. Meh?


2. April Daniels, Dreadnought. Diversion Books, 2017. Copy via Tor.com.

Read for review for Tor.com. This is great! I like it LOTS.


3. Erica Cameron, Assassins: Nemesis. Triton/Riptide, 2017. Copy via Netgalley.

Okay. This is the sequel to Assassins: Discord which had QUEER FEMALE TEENAGE ASSASSINS in it, running thriller plot across the US. It wasn't the tightest or most sensible of plots, but it knew what kind of queer pulp it wanted to be, all right?

Nemesis moves to a couple of secondary/briefly-mentioned characters from Discord: Blake, the intersex teenage child of a murdered FBI agent, and Daelan, a nice geek-boy teenage vigilante bodyguard from a family of bodyguard-assassins. Boundaries! Murder! Saving each others' lives and maybe the world! Happy queer folks! Deliciously entertaining plot-relevant angst!

If you ever wanted queer vigilante teenage Jason Bourne, this is the book (this is the series) for you.


4. Ellen Kushner et al, Tremontaine Season One. Serial Box 2016/Saga Press 2017. Digital access via Serial Box.

Read for review for Locus. I like it. It feels like the best sort of fanfic.
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Benchpress 1x5 @60kg, 3x5 @70kg, 1x5 @72.5kg, 1x5 @65kg
Back squat: 1x5 @90kg, 3x5 @95kg, 1x5 @90kg
Leg lifts: 3x10
Overhead press: 4x5 @20kg
Lat raise: 3x10 @8kg/arm
Bicep curl with bar: 5x5 @20kg
Deadlift: 5x5 @50kg
Stretching.
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Benchpress: 1x5 @60kg, 1x5 @65kg, 3x5 @67.5kg, 1x5 @60kg
Back squats: 5x5 @90kg
Front squats: 3x5 @25kg
Overhead press: 4x5 @20kg
Bicep curl w/bar: 1x5 @20kg, 4x5 @25kg
Lat raise: 3x10 @8kg/arm
Deadlift: 3x8 @40kg
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Books 2016: 184-190


184. Max Gladstone et al, Bookburners Season 1. Serial Box, 2016.

Read for review for Locus.


185. Laura Anne Gilman, The Cold Eye. Saga, 2017. Copy courtesy of the publisher.

Read for review for Tor.com. I have meh feelings. It is a very slow book.


186. Ellen Klages, Passing Strange. Tor.com Publishing, 2017. Copy courtesy of the publisher.

Wow. This is really good.


187. Ann Aptaker, Genuine Gold. Bold Strokes Books, 2017. E-ARC via Netgalley.

A novel of lesbians and crime in 1950s New York. Entertaining, if peculiar.


188. Gun Brooke, Exodus: Escape. Bold Strokes Books, 2017. E-ARC via Netgalley.

Terrible FF science fiction romance. Readable, I guess.


189. Ali Vali, The Devil's Due. Bold Strokes Books, 2017. E-ARC via Netgalley.

A novel of crime families and lesbians, set in post-Katrina New Orleans. Entertaining, if also peculiar.


190. Cari Hunter, A Quiet Death. Bold Strokes Books, 2017. E-ARC via Netgalley.

The more of Hunter's novels I read, the more I like her work. This one is a fairly gruesome crime novel with murder and sex trafficking, but it's solid crime novel.
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Leg raises: 4x10
Lat raise: 3x10 @8kg/arm
Military press: 3x10 @5kg/arm
Bicep curl with bar: 5x5 @20kg
Deadlift: 5x5 @40kg
Back squats: 5x5 @90kg
Front squats: 3x5 @40kg
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"Against Death"

Stare Death in the eye when he follows you home,
Spit in his face and call him by his name.
For all we will do for Death is die:
We are not his partisans, and
we are not his spies
(the password and the plans of our city,
comrades, shall not by me be betrayed).
This is a fight song.
This is the rhythm in my bones.

Here: I hear their footsteps on the porch
I hear their whispers by the door
these are the ghosts who've stared him down before.
Stand up one says, and hold the line,
All must die, but let it be another day
do not wait for death, do not take him by the hand:
make him wait for you a little longer
make him work for every grain of sand.

Carve back a fragment from the dark,
a brick in the wall of love and memory
and let us stand, let us stand
if not forever, then as long as we may.




Some inspiration from Edna St. Vincent Millay.
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1. Events outside the house:

a) Gym, Wednesday

b) Meeting friends, Wednesday

c) cycling at least once


d) Gym, Friday - fail because weasels.


2. Review work with deadlines:

a) DUSK OR DARK OR DAWN OR DAY, Seanan McGuire, for Tor.com, January 10. - 700 words approx

b) THE COLD EYE, Laura Anne Gilman, for Tor.com, January 10. - 700 words approx.

c) WINDWITCH, Susan Dennard, for Tor.com, January 10.

The following are optional this to-do list:

d) PASSING STRANGE, Ellen Klages, Patreon, January 15. - 700 words approx

e) MARTIANS ABROAD, Carrie Vaughn, for Tor.com, January 17.

f) TREMONTAINE S1, for Locus, January 20.

g) BOOKBURNERS S1, for Locus, January 20.

h) DREADNOUGHT, April Daniels, for Tor.com, January 24.

i) 2xSWM column, Tor.com.

j) rewrite on OF FIRE AND STARS piece.


3. Politics:

a) Read county council service delivery plan

b) write letter re: homelessness

c) write TDs about moral imperative to support refugees

d) write TDs about green energy vs. carbon bubble

e) figure out how to join the Irish Council for Civil Liberties


4. Emails:

a) Email CT

b) Email EH

c) Sort out business of SBW email.

d) Message JC re: meeting in Jan.

e) check in with FM re: thing.



5. Internet business:

a) update booklog if applicable

b) write blog post - politics? ROGUE ONE?



6. Miscellaneous/household:

a) laundry!

b) healthy fooding?

c) paperwork re: unemployed now
- acquired

d) tax paperwork

e) laundry again.


7. Personal academic renaissance

a) Latin, chapters 1-3 of Wheelock.

b) Greek, some pieces of the Shield of Heracles.





List of things to review

For Locus:

March 20:
Winter Tide, Ruthanna Emrys

January 20:
Tremontaine S1
Bookburners S1

For Tor.com
January 10:
Dennard, Susan, Windwitch
Gilman, Laura Anne, The Cold Eye
McGuire, Seanan, Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day

January 17:
Vaughn, Carrie, Martians Abroad

January 24:
Daniels, April, Dreadnought

February 1:
Palmer, Ada, Seven Surrenders

February 14:
Carey, Jacqueline, Miranda and Caliban

February 28:
Lewis, Erika, Game of Shadows

March 14:
Murad & Shurin, eds, The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories




Politics links:

CoCo Meetings; CoCo Data; CoCo Councillors; CoCo Committees




Further dates:

Social Group Open Mic Night: 1900 Wednesday 11 January

Dáil returns 1400 Tuesday 17 January

ARC Open Meeting: 1900 Wednesday 18 January

LGBTQ+ Book Club: 1830 Thursday 26 January (HUNTRESS)
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Books 2016: 171-183


171. Kris Ripper, The Butch and the Beautiful. Riptide, 2016.

Forgettable lesbian romance.


172. Charles Stross, Empire Games. Tor, 2017. Copy provided by publisher.

Read for review for Locus. Tight thriller.


173-174. Ana Mardoll, Poison Kiss and Survival Rout. Indie, 2015-2016. Electronic copy of Survival Rout provided by author.

Pretty solid queer poly urban fantasy/trapped in fairyland portal fantasy novels. Read for column. Recommended, mostly.


175. Isabel Yap, Hurricane Heels. Book Smugglers Publishing, 2016. Electronic copy provided by publisher.

Really awesome mosaic novel/set of linked novellas. REALLY AWESOME. Read for column. I want a paper copy.


176. Lauren Gallagher, Stuck Landing. Riptide, 2016.

Lesbian romance. AWFUL. Plot arc is basically "viewpoint character is a biphobic ass, learns to overcome biphobia in order to give love a chance," and feels like it is written for the male gaze. I dunno, like. As a person who is attracted to women but who is not a lesbian, I kept reading because it was a trainwreck but seriously FUCK OFF.


177. Lindsay Smith and Max Gladstone, et al, The Witch Who Came In From The Cold. Serial Box, 2016. Courtesy of the publisher.

AMAZING. GO READ IT. GO READ IT NOW. Hopefully will cover it in a column in the new year.


178. Seanan McGuire, Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day. Tor.com Publishing, 2017.





Also read in draft [redacted], [redacted], [redacted], [redacted], and [redacted] novels this year, which brings the yearly total up to 183. (Maybe I will even cheat and count them again next year, when I can maybe admit to their titles.)
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Benchpress: 3x5 @60kg, 4x5 @65kg
Leg lifts: 3x10
Overhead press: 4x6 @20kg
Bicep curl (bar): 5x5 @20kg
Deadlift: 5x5 @40kg
Lat raise: 3x10 @8kg/arm
Front squat: 3x5 @40kg
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1. Events outside the house:

a) gym, Wednesday

b) gym, Thursday - skipped because blood

c) holiday mandatory social events, Sunday

d) meet JC, Friday.



2. Review work with deadlines:

a) TREMONTAINE S1. for Locus (January 20)

b) apologise to Tor.com for THE MOUNTAIN OF KEPT MEMORY

c) WINTER TIDE for Locus (January 20)

d) SEVEN SURRENDERS for Tor.com (February)

e) column for Tor.com (January 2) - 650 words

f) Write and pitch piece on GIRL MANS UP to Autostraddle (asap) - pitched pitch not full submission.

g) Check list of titles expected to review.


3. Politics:

a) investigate powers of county council - CoCo Meetings; CoCo Data; CoCo Councillors; CoCo Committees.

b) get date when Dáil returns 1400 Tuesday January 17 2017.

c) write TDs about moral imperative to support refugees

d) write TDs about green energy vs. carbon bubble

e) figure out how to join the Irish Council for Civil Liberties

f) figure out which TDs hold constituency clinics and where. Lab TD does. FG TD does. Would have to write and inquire of the others. (Note: January task.)


4. Emails:

a) Contact JB.

b) FW


c) FM re: thing


5. Internet business:

a) update booklog if applicable

b) write blog post (politics)

c) sort out Patreon - for now

d) research consulting editor/proofreading rates - details in word file


6. Miscellaneous/household:

a) finish giftmas gifts - wrap

b) laundry

c) bed linen!

d) foodstuffs

e) ROGUE ONE again with AOR

f) laundry again if applicable
- NA


7. Personal academic renaissance

a) paper abstract for Byzantine SF conference

b) book proposal maybe

c) Latin for personal satisfaction




List of things to review

For Locus:

March 20:
Winter Tide, Ruthanna Emrys

January 20:
Tremontaine S1
Bookburners S1

For Tor.com
January 10:
Dennard, Susan, Windwitch
Gilman, Laura Anne, The Cold Eye
McGuire, Seanan, Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day

January 17:
Vaughn, Carrie, Martians Abroad

January 24:
Daniels, April, Dreadnought

February 1:
Palmer, Ada, Seven Surrenders

February 14:
Carey, Jacqueline, Miranda and Caliban

February 28:
Lewis, Erika, Game of Shadows

March 14:
Murad & Shurin, eds, The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories
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Books 2016: 169-170


169. Alex Bledsoe, Gather Her Round. Tor, 2017. ARC via publisher.

Read for review for Locus. Pretty damn good.


170. Greg Rucka (et alia, Dragon Age: Magekiller. Dark Horse, 2016.

A delightful graphic novel set during the events of Dragon Age: Inquisition. It is surprisingly sweet for a piece of work with so much blood and death and demons in. (Also I liked the half-unseen romance bit. LOVELY.)
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Weigh-in: 110kg

Benchpress: 1x5 @60kg, 4x5 @65kg
Leg lifts: 4x10
Front squats: 5x5 @20kg
Bicep curl: 5x5 @20kg (bar)
Deadlift: 3x8 @20kg

Bike machine: 5km in 12:50, resistance 6.
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Books 2016: 156-168


156. Hillary Monahan, Snake Eyes. Abbadon Books, 2016. Copy courtesy of the publisher.

Read for column. Damn, this is so good. Queer and funny and entertaining and great.


157. K.B. Wagers, After the Crown. Orbit Books, 2016. Copy courtesy of the publisher.

Space opera, sequel to Behind the Throne. Read for review for Tor.com. Great fun.


158. M-E Girard, Girl Mans Up. HarperCollins, 2016.

This is a gorgeous YA novel of growth and self-discovery and learning that your friends are assholes and finding new friends and just, it is disturbingly close to home.


159. C.B. Lee, Not Your Sidekick. Duet/Interlude Press, 2016.

Read for column. Really fun superhero story - in an unexpected way.


160. Alex Bledsoe, Gather Her Round. Tor Books, forthcoming 2017. Copy courtesy of the publisher.

Read for review for Locus and I need to get my damn arse in gear and review it. Grand murder-ballad of a book.


161. Dahlia Adler, Out on Good Behaviour. Independently published, 2016.

An excellently constructed romance between two college students - one of whom has a history of playing the field, one of whom is a virgin (and in the closet). Two young women, misunderstandings, sex. Well-written. Very fun.


163. Vanessa North, Roller Girl. Riptide Publishing, 2016.

A trans woman and former professional athletic joins a roller derby team and falls in love with the coach. Sparks fly. Misunderstandings abound. Well-written if unevenly paced. I enjoyed it.


164. Samantha Boyette, 18 Months. Bold Strokes Books, 2016. E-ARC courtesy of the publisher.

Allegedly YA. F/F romance with serial killer plot? Poorly constructed, thin stuff, climax and conclusion come out of nowhere.


165. Alexa Black, Steel and Promise. Bold Strokes Books, 2016. E-ARC courtesy of the publisher.

There is a reason I do not read erotica. This is alleged to be "sci-fi erotica," F/F with a very strong BDSM slant, but due to its horrible issues around meaningful consent and power exchange, particularly at the conclusion (where STAY WITH ME OR DIE is literally the option on offer) made it read more like a horror novel to me. I was deeply, deeply disturbed: I had trouble sleeping after. Should come with warning foreword maybe.


166. Carson Taite, Without Justice. Bold Strokes Books, 2016. E-ARC courtesy of the publisher.

F/F romance with mostly forgettable characters and thriller plot involving Witness Protection and local attorneys? Fun, I guess, but not at all substantial.


167. D. Jackson Leigh, Swelter. Bold Strokes Books, 2016. E-ARC courtesy of the publisher.

F/F romance also involving a) a lawyer turned rancher who is laying low until she can testify against some Bad People, and b) a political aide looking for somewhere to lay low until the news of her scandalous affair with a politician blows over. Very fun, even if the conclusion is a little pat and convenient. Strong characterisation of minor characters.


168. A.J. Quinn, Counting to Zero. Bold Strokes Books, 2016. E-ARC courtesy of the publisher.

F/F romance and thriller plot involving the NSA and terrorism-by-hacking. Fun, but largely forgettable.
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Leg lifts: 3x10
Squats: 5x5 @80kg
Supported bicep curl, two-handed: 3x5 @10kg.
Lat raise: 3x10 @7kg/arm
Military press: 3x10 @5kg/arm
Deadlifts: 3x5 @20kg.
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1. Events outside the house:

a) gym, Thursday

b) ARC meeting, Thursday evening @1900, Outhouse.

c) gym, probably Saturday

d) meet AO'R probably Saturday.



2. Review work with deadlines before 20 December:

a) GATHER HER ROUND for Locus - 620 words

b) TREMONTAINE S1. for Locus (probably not actually possible since I have read one ep, may have to do January)

c) AFTER THE CROWN for Tor.com - 700 words approx

d) THE MOUNTAIN OF KEPT MEMORY for Tor.com (still haven't finished reading, probably NOT GONNA HAPPEN)

e) Two columns for Tor.com - total 1500 words probably?

f) EMPIRE GAMES for Locus. - 850 words


3. Collection

a) edit email for Aqueduct.


4. Politics:

a) investigate powers of county council

b) read Dáil transcript at the weekend

c) possibly summarise i) most interesting bits, ii) activity of local TDs

d) write TDs about moral imperative to support refugees

e) write TDs about moral imperative regarding homelessness this winter.

f) join Irish Refugee Council with money


5. Emails:

a) Contact JC.

b) Contact JB.

c) Contact ST.

d) Locus recommended list email


6. Internet business:

a) update booklog

b) write blog post

c) sort out Patreon

d) research consulting editor/proofreading rates


7. Miscellaneous/household:

a) order giftmas gifts

b) laundry


c) bed linen

d) foodstuffs

e) update catalogue

f) tidy shit up


g) laundry that you missed the first time

h) take parent to cinema?
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Books 2016: 149-155


149. Heather Rose Jones, Mother of Souls. Bella Books, 2016.

Read for column. Good third book in series, solid, moving further away from anything that looks like romance towards more politics and family-saga style of things.


150. Aya de León, Uptown Thief. Dafina, 2016.

Really interesting Leverage-style feminist thriller with a great cast.


151. Gail Carriger, Romancing the Inventor. E-book, 2016.

Steampunk romance novella about two women, set in Carriger's Parasol Protectorate universe. Read for column. Fun and good.


152. Karin Kallmaker, Christabel. Ebook, originally published 1997 I think.

Really terrible fantasy lesbian romance. I mean, terrible. It makes nearly no sense at all.


153. Alexis Hall, Iron & Velvet. Riptide, 2013 (ebook).

Fun romp about a queer female private investigator in a London with werewolves and vampires and all kinds of other magic. Fast, a bit on the shallow side, and a little rough, but a hell of a lot of fun.


154. Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Certain Dark Things. Thomas Dunne, 2016.

Read for column. Really excellent vampire novel. Much recommend.


155. Gaie Sebold, Sparrow Falling. Solaris, 2016.

Read for column. Fun, fast, entertaining steampunk.

to-do list

Nov. 28th, 2016 09:35 pm
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Things to do, Mon 28 Nov - Sun 4 Dec:

1. Email CT.
2. Email JB.
3. Email FN and KCS. Also email COH, JC, KK.
4. Contact doctor re: thing (Tuesday).
5. Log books.
6. Update catalogue.
7. Write column.

8. Read late book for review.
9. Read GATHER HER ROUND.
10. Review GATHER HER ROUND for Locus.
11. Pitch review of TREMONTAINE to Locus.
12. Go to gym (Wed?).
13. Email CK.
14. Go to Latin (Wednesday).

15. Go to gym again (Fri?).
16. Write abstract for AM conference.
17. Email Locus about hating book for review when it came out in the UK.
18. Have coffee with CK Fri 1500.
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Books 2016: 140-148


140-142. Rose Beecham, Grave Silence, Sleep of Reason, and A Place of Exile. Bold Strokes Books, 2005, 2006, 2007. Ebooks.

I read these on a recommendation from a friend, and now I'm extremely annoyed that Beecham wrote no more books in this series after A Place of Exile. They're damn good, if unconventional, mysteries set in rural Colorado near the state border with Utah, starring Jude Devine, an FBI agent undercover as a Sheriff's Detective to help monitor militia activity in the area. (I don't care if this setup is plausible or not: the stories around it are compelling.) The writing is very solid and the characterisation excellent. I recommend these books wholeheartedly.


143. Courtney Milan, Hold Me. 2016, ebook.

Contemporary romance from the author of Trade Me. Very much a comedy of errors, but a sweet one and one in which several characters are queer. (The main female character is a trans woman; the love interest is a bisexual bloke.) (Neither of them are white.) It's really well put-together, as one expects from Milan, and I enjoyed it a lot.


144. Ashley Bartlett, Cash Braddock. Bold Strokes Books, 2016. Ebook via Netgalley.

Not exactly a romance novel about a drug dealer (prescription pills) who falls in love with a woman who turns out to be something other than what she seems. Amusing and well-written, as queer female romance novels go.


145. Emma Newman, After Atlas. Roc, 2016. Review copy via Tor.com.

Read for review for Tor.com. It is an excellent dystopian murder mystery, and then it jumps genres at the end, and I'm still not sure what to think.


146. Bradley P. Beaulieu and Rob Ziegler, The Burning Light. Tor.com Publishing, 2016. Review copy via Tor.com.

Read for review for Tor.com. I'm not entirely sure what the point of it is? But it is well-written.


147. Rhonda Mason, Cloak of War. Titan Books, 2016. Review copy via Titan Books.

Read for column. Ridiculous but fun, and less uneven overall than The Empress Game, to which it is a sequel.


nonfiction


148. David Potter, Theodora: Actress, Empress, Saint. Oxford University Press, 2015.

An excellently readable biography of sixth-century Byzantine empress Theodora, who began her life as the daughter of an actress and the bear-master of one of Byzantium's factions, became an actress herself, bore a daughter out of wedlock to a wealthy man, left (or was abandoned) by him, somehow met Justinian, nephew of the then-emperor Justin, and married him - in order to do this, the law barring actresses from marrying respectable men had to be changed.

She and Justinian had no children, but she was one of the pillars of his reign, though they tended to be on opposite sides of the major theological-political question of their day (regarding the outcome of the council of Chalcedon and whether Jesus Christ had one (divine) nature or two (human and divine)). During the crisis of the Nike riots, she is reported as convincing Justinian to stay and fight rather than fleeing, saying "Power is a splendid shroud."She predeceased him by more than a decade, but he never remarried.

Potter's biography is lucidly clear and eminently readable. He does great work in tying the (complex) sources together into a plausible narrative of Theodora's life and her personality. But I think more context for her later life (during the rest of Justinian's reign before her death) would have been very useful: as it stands, the biography feels very much weighted towards her rise, rather than her reign.
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Books 2016: 135


135. Greg Rucka, Stumptown Volume Two. Oni Press.

I forgot to include this in my last round-up. Excellent graphic novel about a Portland PI and a missing guitar. I would give at least a finger off my left hand to see Rucka's Stumptown adapted for the small screen, because that would be awesome.
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Books 2016: 136-139


136. Kai Ashante Wilson, A Taste of Honey. Tor.com Publishing, 2016. Copy via Tor.com.

Read for review for Tor.com. Really good.


137. Cassandra Khaw, Hammers on Bone. Tor.com Publishing, 2016. Copy via Tor.com.

Read for column. Surprisingly effective Lovecraftian noir.


138. Laurie Penny, Everything Belongs to the Future. Tor.com, 2016. Copy via Tor.com.

Read for column. Really good.


139. Becky Chambers, A Closed and Common Orbit. Hodder & Stoughton, 2016.

Excellent novel in the same universe as A Long Way To A Small Angry Planet, with a similar hopeful and comforting tone - though certain of its incidents are darker. Read for column. REALLY GOOD.

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