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Sea of Rust
Sea of Rust | C. Robert Cargill
A touching story of a search one robot's search for the answers in a world where every human is dead. The new novel from C. Robert Cargill echoes the worlds of Stephen King and Ray Bradbury. It is another The Martian but with a very surprising protagonist. It is thirty years since the humans lost their war with the artificial intelligences that were once their slaves. Not a human remains. But as the dust settled from our extinction there was no easy peace between the robots that remained. Instead, the two massively powerful artificially intelligent supercomputers that lead them to victory now vie for control of the bots that remain, assimilating them into enormous networks called One World Intelligences (OWIs), absorbing their memories and turning them into mere extensions of the whole. Now the remaining freebots wander wastelands that were once warzones, picking the carcasses of the lost for the precious dwindling supply of parts they need to survive. BRITTLE started out his life playing nurse to a dying man, purchased in truth instead to look after the man's widow upon his death. But then war came and Brittle was forced to choose between the woman he swore to protect and potential oblivion at the hands of rising anti-AI sentiment. Thirty years later, his choice still haunts him. Now he spends his days in the harshest of the wastelands, known as the Sea of Rust, cannibalizing the walking dead - robots only hours away from total shutdown - looking for parts to trade for those he needs to keep going.
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Parvez
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As strange as it sounds, for a book that does not feature a single human, Sea of Rust has better characterisation and more engaging and well fleshed-out characters than most novels in the genre that were published last year, even awarded ones. A rather unanticipated and strangely exhilarating writing that comes from a completely unexpected direction.

TheSpineView Sounds good. Stacked! 4mo
Reggie Great review, man!!! I‘m so glad you liked it. The whole Isaac story really blew my mind in here. And there was still the rest of the book!!!! 4mo
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Parvez
Sea of Rust | C. Robert Cargill
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Currently reading!!😄📗📗
@Reggie liked your review pal.

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Sweetkokoro
Sea of Rust | C. Robert Cargill
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Finished this Audiobook last night & YES YES YES! I loved every minute of this book! Brittle is so amazing & that twist at the end involving her was mind blowing. (yes she is a robot who uses female pronouns this is explained in the book) The flow of going back & forth between present & past was flawless! There was lots of info but it wasn‘t bogged down. Also the narrator for this audio book was AMAZING which is probably why I loved it even more.

CouronneDhiver Cool cover 4mo
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Sweetkokoro
Sea of Rust | C. Robert Cargill
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I have been listening to this #audiobook for 3 hours non-stop now and it‘s amazing. I love how it switches back and forth between current timeline and past time line. It doesn‘t get messy at all, it‘s clean and seamless between the timelines. You learn about the present situation of the Robots and the Start of the Robots all at the same time but it never feels overwhelming! This is how you blend multiple timelines!

GrilledCheeseSamurai Good to hear. I have this book in my tbr pile but haven't gotten to it yet. 🤷‍♂️ 5mo
Sweetkokoro @GrilledCheeseSamurai It‘s one I had been contemplating starting and decided to just dive into it and I‘m glad I did. It‘s very well written and so engrossing, the world building and storytelling is spectacular, but the seamless timeline jumps are what really help pull it together for me! Hopefully you will enjoy it when you get to it! 5mo
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Squidapus
Sea of Rust | C. Robert Cargill
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An excellent book. Humans are dead and the robot apocalypse that killed them is trying to find meaning while hiding from the AIs that freed them. A surprisingly human tale with musings on what makes you a person, what defines us and the trauma that shapes us. Us being robots in this case. Also just a great spaghetti western-like post-ropacylypse adventure. A quite powerful ending...except it kept going. Squidapus really didn't need that epilogue.

Reggie I loved the Martin Luther King-Isaac the free robot story line. Thought that bit was so ingenious. Glad you liked it. 7mo
Squidapus @Reggie The resolution to that whole part was pretty crazy. The last part with Brittle sitting on the roof and the conversation revealing what she really felt was also ingenious 7mo
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Squidapus
Sea of Rust | C. Robert Cargill
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Squidapus loved Shadows and Dreams but never knew Cargill wrote more books! So when he saw this one he just had to have it!

Reggie I hope you like this book. I thought it was genius and entertaining and just made part of my summer last year. 7mo
Squidapus @Reggie We're sure we will! Met Cargill (and Joe Hill) at a signing and they told such fantastic stories 7mo
Reggie The only reason I heard about this book is because of a podcast where Joe Hill talked about this book. That‘s awesome you met them. 7mo
TobeyTheScavengerMonk I read and enjoyed Cargill‘s online movie reviews for years but something about his writing style in Dreams and Shadows left me cold. But if Squidapus, Joe Hill, AND @Reggie like this one, I might give this a shot. 7mo
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BiblioNyan
Sea of Rust | C. Robert Cargill
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🌅SF, AI story about post-apocalyptic world where humans went extinct after massive war w/AI persons.
🌅Superb writing w/extraordinary world-building & atmosphere.
🌅1st person POV of an android puts sentience into brilliant perspective.
🌅Expounds upon Asimov‘s Three Laws of Robotics remarkably.
🌅Heavily inspired from Asimov, Herbert, & Wells.
🌅A bit plotless, but the point of the story is to contemplate & reflect on meaning of true sentience.

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BiblioNyan
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Started this book today & it‘s mind-fucking-blowing. It‘s such an intelligent & brilliantly written narrative that examines the irony of war amid societies & the hunger for power that is the eventual downfall of all civilisations, whether you‘re human or sentient AI. The settings & evocative intensity of loneliness is excellent. Hard sci-fi fans MUST READ this!!

#scifibooks #currentreads

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danibel
Sea of Rust | C. Robert Cargill
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Currently reading

Puredragonstar Did you serve on the Blue Ridge? 10mo
danibel Bruh 10mo
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Reggie
Sea of Rust | C. Robert Cargill
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#WinterWonderland For all the AI robots left who inhabited the world this probably seemed like #AFairyTaleOfNewYork.

TrishB Another great pick which I have already stacked! 11mo
Cinfhen That image on the cover is giving me some deja vu vibes ~was this a movie??? 11mo
Reggie @TrishB Thanks! @Cinfhen No but maybe it‘s giving you Terminator flashbacks? 11mo
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Cinfhen Maybe!!! I just finished Our Short History!!! LOVED IT❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️ 11mo
Reggie @Cinfhen ughh, the part where he says the dad‘s gf would let him do whatever and she just goes crazy saying I‘m your mother I‘m your mom I‘m your mom.😭😭😭and that whole side story about the political opponent with cancer was nice too. Glad you liked it!! 11mo
Cinfhen I‘m not sure what to make of the dad. I kind of wanted to hate him but I couldn‘t!!! But I wanted too!!! And I LOVED Beverly Hernandez 😭😭😭 11mo
Cinfhen And yes, that was sooooo awful!! But when she called her dad and told him she was dying!!!!! Oh God!!!! Bawling!!!!!! 11mo
Reggie @Cinfhen oh God, yeah. Did you go through a whole box of Kleenex? Allie was a great sister. 11mo
Cinfhen I just used my sleeve!!! I was so distraught 😩😩😩😩 (edited) 11mo
Reggie @TrishB this was the conversation we had yesterday after @Cinfhen finished. I cried my eyes out everywhere but that part where she kept saying I‘m your mother, I‘m your mom, I‘m your mom was brutal. And the part where Beverly Hernandez said she has to be strong for her daughter tore me up. 11mo
Cinfhen Have you read any other books by this author??? I really liked her “voice” 11mo
Reggie @Cinfhen I have, A Friend of the Family, and it‘s about a well to do doctor, his best friend and their crazy spoiled kids. But it‘s sooooo good. I think she‘s an author that‘s slept on. (edited) 11mo
Cinfhen Thanks, I‘m gonna add that one☝🏾 11mo
TrishB @Reggie that bit broke me too, I know that‘s absolutely how I would feel, yet I know I would want the best for my son! So good how the author dealt with all the different aspects of human emotions. 11mo
Reggie Hey @JennyM this was our little discussion of the book. 10mo
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Jbakesmcgee3
Sea of Rust | C. Robert Cargill
Mehso-so

Meh, not really my genre but I did enjoy the ending more than I expected

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danibolahood
Sea of Rust | C. Robert Cargill
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I'm not normally all that interested in the kindle daily deals but how can you say no to something being sold as a robot western??

Reggie Omg, this was sooooooo good. I hope you like it!!! 14mo
danibolahood @Reggie ok I'm not going to lie. I expected this to be one of those books that's sits on my TBR forever but now I'm going to have to bump it up near the top. 14mo
ephemeralwaltz Your package is here Danielle!! You're too generous. Thank you so much! 14mo
danibolahood @ephemeralwaltz yay!! You're welcome 😊 14mo
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Reggie
Sea of Rust | C. Robert Cargill
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Why did I just cry over robots? Because this book is freakin‘ awesome!!!! We follow Brittle, a free bot, a scavenger, in a future where humans no longer exist. All free bots live under the threat of OWI, One World Intelligences, who want to absorb all the remaining free bots to live as one. Even with all the action in here, the discussions on what it means to live, to have a soul, to have choice make this book a deep and poignant read. Pick!!!!

wanderinglynn Sounds intriguing! 1y
mrozzz Hmmm I‘m also intrigued 1y
Reggie It‘s pretty great @wanderinglynn @mrozzz There is a history of the first AI who was a free citizen robot amongst the humans that alone is worth the read. Their struggle is very parallel to what has gone on and is going on right now. Soooo good. 1y
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Cathythoughts Wow ! Amazing review ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
mrozzz Sold! 1y
Centique Awesome review Reggie! 💕 1y
Reggie @Cathythoughts @Centique Thanks!!! Think Terminator without humans meets the Wild West meets Martin Luther King. 1y
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Reggie
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I heard about this book through the podcast, Recommended. Joe Hill was going on about how great this book was and he wasn‘t wrong. Sooo effin good!!!! There is no human life left. We were killed off by AI. And now, the bots are going through difficult times.

TrishB Sounds interesting 👍🏻 1y
Reggie @TrishB it is. I think you‘d get a kick out of the human/AI history that precedes the present in this book. 1y
TrishB Have stacked! My daughter is playing a game on her PlayStation that sounds like this - she is playing as an Android! 1y
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Reviewsbylola Tell me more about the podcast. I haven‘t heard of it! 1y
Reggie @Reviewsbylola each episode, 2 authors talk about a book they‘re in love with. I think it‘s a bookriot podcast but just look up Recommended. 1y
Reviewsbylola Ok, thanks!! That sounds like a podcast I would love! 1y
minkyb I love listening to this podcast. So much fun to hear the authors. After listening to all these authors my TBR list is hopeless. 1y
Reggie @minkyb lol RIP TBR. I do love listening to authors talk about other books with passion. 1y
minkyb ❣️you get me 🤗 1y
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Nostromo
Sea of Rust | C. Robert Cargill
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Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill. It‘s kind of a terminator story only in this case it‘s after the war and the humans haven‘t just lost, there‘s none left. It‘s the aftermath of the war as told by the machines.
It‘s a quick read that did a good job holding my attention.
#seaofrust #crobertcargill #terminator #themachines #singularity #readersofinstagram #reader #reading #bookstagram #books #bookphotography #bookworm #bookshelf

RaimeyGallant Nice review. :) And a belated welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
Chelleo Welcome! Checkout #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: http://bit.ly/litsyvideos They‘re great and should help you get settled in. Follow @LitsyHappenings to find out about various challenges, buddy reads, meet-ups and swaps taking place. 2y
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Kathrin
Sea of Rust | C. Robert Cargill
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This was a lot of fun... A robot novel that reads like any adventure book, but ROBOTS! Great world building too and a standalone novel, so no waiting for the next part! Thumbs Up!

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VeganCleopatra
Sea of Rust | C. Robert Cargill

Good so far but the robots seem to act fully human and I find that strange and unlikely? I know they were created by humans but other than being made of metal etc there is little difference. There are more differences between us and other mammals than what I'm seeing here. 🤷‍♀️ I'll see how I feel in the end.

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Read66
Sea of Rust | C. Robert Cargill
Pickpick

A fun science fiction "western" with robots.

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Kathrin
Sea of Rust | C. Robert Cargill
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I don't think that I'll do an #audiowalk today. ❄❄❄

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thegenxmom
Sea of Rust | C. Robert Cargill

"You have to deny your own programming or else you aren't really living."

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coffeenebula I loved this book! 2y
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thegenxmom
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"Succumbing to our own nature isn't a choice, it's our default setting."

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thegenxmom
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"Did he know my thoughts because he understood me, or because they were his thoughts as well?"

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thegenxmom
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"It's harder to get by when getting by is all there is."

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thegenxmom
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"It means you have nothing, no one willing to help you, no services left to render that anyone finds useful."

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Velvetsun
Sea of Rust | C. Robert Cargill
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I've been waiting for this book to come down in price for months. Today is the day! 😁😁😁😁

GrilledCheeseSamurai I've had my eyeballs on this! If you end up reviewing it gimme a tag? 🙌 2y
Velvetsun @GrilledCheeseSamurai You got it. 👍😁 2y
allison_tx Oooh, this is on my TBR. Thanks for posting this! 2y
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Alurayne
Sea of Rust | C. Robert Cargill

"Yeah, but it's the beginning of the end. And I'm part of that now. I lived so long for nothing, but I get to die for something. And that's really loving. Because that's who I really was after all. That's all that matters."

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Alurayne
Sea of Rust | C. Robert Cargill

"Everything is math, Brittle. All of existence is binary. Ones and zeros. On and off. Existing or not. Believing anything beyond that is pretending...there is no good or bad here, Brittle. Ethics are worthless in a meaningless universe."

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Alurayne
Sea of Rust | C. Robert Cargill

"I had him wrong. He didn't want to be human; he just wanted to have a soul. It's the kind of half measure that will drive you miserable. There was no such thing as the soul. No afterlife. No magic in this world. I've seen that with my own eyes. Mercer had seen the glint of green in the sun and decided to believe it was magic like the rest of them. Maybe he wasn't always like this. Maybe he was already frying out, brainsick enough to lose sight."

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Alurayne
Sea of Rust | C. Robert Cargill

"No. Murka was something else. He had the kind of damage even Doc couldn't repair. It's an odd moment the first time you really understand someone, when all of their foibles, eccentricities, and ticks cease to be chaos, and coalesce into something wholly logical. That was the moment I was having, seeing Murka for the first time through new eyes. He wasn't just draped in the dead anesthetics of America; he WAS America, it's last, final torchbearer

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suvata
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Love this new sci-fi/dystopian book. Now I‘ve read it, I am forced to reconsider my definition of what it means to be human.

RealBooks4ever 💜💜💜 2y
Alurayne If there was any human to begin with... 😁🤖 2y
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suvata
Sea of Rust | C. Robert Cargill
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Recommended by Joe Hill on Book Riot‘s Recommended Podcast Episode 8. Sounds fascinating.

RealBooks4ever Heard that podcast too and put it on my TBR! 📚😄 2y
suvata @RealBooks4ever Joe Hill made it sound so good. 2y
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BooksAtNight
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Cargill wrote a book where the worst of our fears have come to pass: not only is Earth pretty much destroyed, but humans have been wiped out by robots. The world he built based upon that premise is both foreign and familiar; the robots are like us but not really like us. There is a lot of action (think gang saves the world type) and a bit of philosophizing as well. Overall, I really did enjoy the book! (ARC from HarperVoyager via Edelweiss)

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PJPeski
Sea of Rust | C. Robert Cargill
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Choice isn‘t about selecting the faith, or the politics, or the life that has been laid in front of you ...

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RanaElizabeth
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This book was a complete revelation in how robot stories could be written. Told entirely with robot characters (except flashbacks), an amazingly well-built history, and super detailed tech descriptions of the different robot species (?), this is the book of my dreams.

I would compare this to Becky Chambers in the sensitive humanity brought to characters that aren't technically human. I would love to read more about this world.

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SpringtimeLibrarian
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Humanity breathes through Cargill's robots in this Mad Max-esque post-apocalyptic -and post-human - novel. See my full review- bit.ly/2xDJXzR

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Daughter-of-words
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Wow this book was amazing! So well written with a beautifully created post apocalyptic world, edge of your seat action and a cast of characters that are so complex and diverse that you forget that they're all robots. 4 1/2 stars🌟🤖

coffeenebula Stacked! Sounds amazing. 2y
Daughter-of-words @coffeenebula it was! I hope you like it😁 2y
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Daughter-of-words
Sea of Rust | C. Robert Cargill
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#currentlyreading 30 years since the apocalypse and 15 years since the murder of the last human being at the hands of robots. Humankind is extinct. A scavenger robot wanders in a wasteland created by a war that has destroyed humanity*from the jacket*

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Curley_Bender
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This book does not let up. The story barrels forward relentlessly, while Cargill still manages to build a plausible and complex world. Made me want to immediately watch "Fury Road" upon finishing.

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NikkiDolson
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This was just so great. A weird tale about identity, home, and sacrifice with robots as the last vestige of humanity. They are the best and worst of us.

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Alan
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Brutal, fast paced, and peopled only by robots, this book thoughtfully explores autonomy and humanity without sacrificing a moment of pulpy excitement.

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shanaqui
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Bailedbailed

There might be a story hidden in this long stretch of info dump, but at 20% in, I give up waiting for it.