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The Strain
The Strain | Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
High-concept thriller with a supernatural edge from world-famous director, whose films include Pans Labyrinth and Hellboy.
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IamIamIam
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Definitely not my typical read but I just bought the rest of the trilogy on ThriftBooks! So excited!!

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IamIamIam
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Let me start by saying I don't really like vampires and I totally knew that I was reading a vampire book but I had so much more faith in Guillermo del Toro... I expected more than your typical coffin and grave dirt. 😤 My husband says to keep reading & maybe it's not what I'm expecting but I'm frustrated, even though I probably should have seen it coming. 😩

RamsFan1963 I have this on my TBR shelves. Like you, I don't care for vampire books but I know a lot of people who loved the tv series and recommended the book. 2mo
IamIamIam @RamsFan1963 Hopefully it turns out to be good! 🤞🤞 I also found out it's a trilogy so let's see if I go forward with the books or quit and go for the show! 😂 2mo
kplovesbooks I can tell you that it's definitely not the regular vampire book...at all. That might help. 😂 2mo
IamIamIam @kplovesbooks It definitely does! Thanks! I'll keep pushing forward... it's definitely super readable! 2mo
kplovesbooks @IamIamIam Good! And that it is! I think I inhaled the first third of that book in one sitting. 2mo
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IamIamIam
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Ooof, this was a tough passage to read... 😖😖😖

Trashcanman 🤗🤗💐 2mo
IamIamIam @Trashcanman And I didn't want to read 12 Monkeys because it hit a little too close to home!!! 😂😂😂 2mo
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IamIamIam
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3 books I picked up last night to get started were about a viral plague... 🤨 I decided on the least viable out of my options! 😂 Although I'm still really interested in the novelization of 12 Monkeys, it's still a bit close to home for me just yet. My #bookspin for November is a double spin I'm trying to finish from a few months back, so I needed another option! Lol

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Naz786
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⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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aperfectmjk
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I started this one years ago on my Kindle. It's time to finish it once and for all!

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Good luck!!! 9mo
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Biohaz74
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Pickpick

Enjoyed this vampire read very well written easy to read 8/10

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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Mehso-so

A virus has hit NYC and is turning people into vampires... 🧛🏼‍♀️

I love Del Toro's movies, so I was really looking forward to this book, but it was just ok. As was Ron Pearlman's narration. May have liked it better if I read the print version instead. Not interested in continuing with the series at all.

#Screamathon 😱 @4thhouseontheleft

Jenken1998 I had to read this with the lights on. Lol 1y
julesG I watched the series. I think for about 2.5 seasons, then a teenaged character ruined it by providing the most stupidest, most predictable plot twist ever. 1y
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Meghan1
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Doesn‘t everyone read a book about a virus that turns people into vampires during a global pandemic?? No? Just me? 😂🤣

keys_on_fire No, but I read about a pandemic during the pandemic! 😂😂😂 1y
Meghan1 @keys_on_fire perfect!! 1y
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FlowerFairy
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Because what else does one read while working in a medical facility during a pandemic? 🤷🏻‍♀️

Leftcoastzen Stay safe ! 2y
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Conservio
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Went upstairs to lay down. Came downstairs to this. It‘s a library book too.😡

I thought my dog left books alone. Apparently not. #petsoflitsy #dogsoflitsy #ididntreallyevenlikethisbook

ljuliel Uh oh. You‘re going to owe a huge fine. 2y
ameliashley Love the last hashtag 😂 2y
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Hooked_on_books
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A plane lands in JFK and stops on the runway. Everyone on board is dead, prompting evaluation by a CDC epidemiology team. We continue to follow the investigation as very strange things start to occur. I liked the show and thought I‘ve give the book a try and enjoyed it. But I didn‘t know it was a trilogy! Nothing is resolved at the end and now I need to go find book 2. 😫

vivastory I need to finish the show. I think I got through season 2 2y
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wordynoodles
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I like a good apocalyptic tale and I didn't realise when I started reading that this book was about vampires. I probably wouldn't have picked it up if I had known. I enjoyed the pace of this book, it was a page turner for sure. I found it a bit predicable in places and very light on character. It would be what I'd call a light read, something for when your brain hurts too much for anything challenging.

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Dogearedcopy
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Mehso-so

🎧 A modern day vampire story set in post-9/11 NYC, this horror skews more toward the Classic Nosferatu tale than anything sexy/sparkling. Solid storytelling but reads like a movie, and one that I‘ve seen before somehow (No, I have not seen the 4-season TV series adaptation.)

Ron Perlman‘s understated performance can be interpreted as an audiobook narrator who lets the text speak for itself OR as someone who was absolutely bored w/the material

Dogearedcopy 📷: Guillermo Del Toro at ComicCon promoting The Strain (TV series); Image labeled for reuse 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk I read this book way back when it first came out and was underwhelmed too. It felt like Guillermo‘s own Blade 2, but without any character as cool as Blade. That said, I thought the idea of a vampire preying on the captives in a Concentration Camp was a fascinating idea, and would‘ve gladly read a whole book of just that. 3y
Dogearedcopy @TobeyTheScavengerMonk I always have mixed feelings when writers use the Holocaust and 9/11 in fiction, and in this case I was like, “The reality of those events wasn‘t terrible enough so you introduce vampires into the mix?!” But you‘re right in that the 1940s arc was more interesting. I think because it was more narratively cohesive. 3y
Dogearedcopy @TobeyTheScavengerMonk And by “narratively cohesive”, I mean a beginning, a middle and, an end whereas ‘The Strain‘ as a whole is just the beginning (the first of a trilogy)... though I doubt I‘ll continue. The vampires who saved Gus were interesting for a hot minute but not enough for me to want to explore it further. (edited) 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Yeah, I had no desire to keep going with the series either. 3y
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Dogearedcopy
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🎧 Next up from my audible library, another vampire story!

In the past, I‘ve had trouble getting past Ron Perlman‘s mumbling; but for some reason I‘m rather hopeful about this performance!

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sdbruening
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Mehso-so

This was recommended to me years ago and finally got around to listening to it. Love Ron Perlman‘s voice and his acting but his reading is a little one-note. I love reading all kinds of vampire fiction so this was definitely a different spin on vampires. I appreciated the viral, disease aspect and yet still has that old-world mythology. Even so, probably won‘t continue with the rest as it is kind of zombie-like and the characters were okay.

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Corar
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The best part of this book was the way the authors created suspense. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.

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Traci1
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Story was a solid ????
Narration was ?????

This was a bit of a different take on vampires. Most of them (the new ones at least) felt very zombie like in many ways. They're more brainless and are described at one point as "shambling" which put the zombie image in my head. The story was action packed and sufficiently creepy (and gross). Ron Perlman gives a stellar performance and made this one really enjoyable for me.

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Moony
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Bailedbailed

Oh it's not my topic, so I have to bail the #audiobook.

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Sweettartlaura
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Wow! How did I miss this when it came out?!?! Fast-paced, thrilling, enthralling... I can‘t wait to go through the rest of this trilogy 🤗❤️

Elma I really enjoyed this trilogy. 3y
Sweettartlaura @Elma yay!!! Glad to hear it holds up 🙂 3y
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callunakeep
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I almost didn‘t read this book because I so intensely loathed the television adaptation.

I am so glad I took the advice of @WhatThePuck & @MaleficentBookDragon and read it anyway because I LOVED IT and am looking forward to the rest of the series!!

MaleficentBookDragon Yay!!! I'm so happy you liked it, because I ❤💚💙 it. 3y
WhatThePuck It definitely ranks up there on edge of the seat reading for me! Glad you liked it! 🙋♥️♥️ 3y
sprainedbrain This was the first audiobook I ever listened to, and I loved it. I‘ve not seen the show... sounds like I probably shouldn‘t? 😬 3y
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Mr.Hodin
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Still conflicted.

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MaleficentBookDragon
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📖 The Strain
👨 Riley Sager
🎥 Sorority Boys (I will forever stand by my love of this ridiculous movie. Watch it.)
📺 Supernatural
🍹 Soda (especially a cola over ice)
#manicmonday #letters
@JoScho

robinb I so almost said Supernatural...those Winchester boys...💙💙 3y
MaleficentBookDragon @robinb and don't forget Castiel. ❤ 3y
JoScho 🧡🧡🧡 3y
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robinb @MaleficentBookDragon definitely not! 😇 I have some Crowley and Bobby love too! 💙💙 3y
MaleficentBookDragon @robinb me too! I am so sad Crowley left and I cried whether killed Bobby. 😢 3y
robinb @MaleficentBookDragon I know! It‘s always hard to see favorites leave the show! 😔 3y
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tricours
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Panpan

I started watching the tv show based on these books once. I think I lasted 70% of one episode until the American shininess and the bad acting got to be too much. I feel pretty much the same about the first book, which kind of started out OK but then just went all out poor action movie with the obligatory sappy family side story.

AlaMich Yeah, I bailed on this too. It was awhile ago so I don‘t remember exactly why, but I think it was because it was boring. (edited) 3y
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LiterRohde
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“A ritual of comfort, of reassurance. He remembered his grandmother, his bubbeh...blowing on it for him when he was a boy...Her old breath stirring the rising steam into his young face, the quiet magic of that simple act. Like blowing life into the child.”

#QuotsyNov18 | 12: #Soup

📷: Made with Typorama

TK-421 ❤️ 3y
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callunakeep
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Started this on audio today, although I am a bit unsure about this choice. I LOVE vampire tales and I normally LOVE Del Toro, however, I didn‘t make it past the first season of the TV series before I abandoned it with much disappointment. Time will tell...

WhatThePuck I didn't stick with the series, but I had read all the books before the series. It's so much better, of course. 😊 3y
callunakeep @WhatThePuck Thank you for the encouragement! 😊 That is exactly the philosophy I am counting on here!🤞🏼🤓. The TV series did not hold my interest beyond the first season - I could barely sit through the last few episodes of the first season and was SHOCKED today when I learned that the TV show ended up running for three years! I am only three chapters into the first book but am very hopeful!🤓 (edited) 3y
MaleficentBookDragon I really liked the books. A lot. 🦇 3y
callunakeep @MaleficentBookDragon I am so glad to hear this!! I LOVE a good vampire tale; both from “back in the day” and the modern times; but the TV series was just HORRID! I am only a few chapters in, no vamps of any kind yet, but things are brewing ... still identical to the TV series at this point, but the series didn‘t start disappointing me until closer to the end of the first season. 3y
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quirkthenerd
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These demons spread their vampirism like a virus; a breath of fresh air from the adored romantic versions. “Think more along the lines of a man with a black cape. Fangs. Funny accent. Now take away the cape and fangs. The funny accent. Take away anything funny about it." Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan have reinforced the dark, sickly creatures that vampires should be portrayed as. They are not to be admired, they should be repulsed and feared.

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IMASLOWREADER
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been a fan of Gullermo del Toro...Ron Perlman has been making my commute so much better these days...awesome narrator takes listening experience to the next level #hallowen #halloweenismyfavorite #readinglife

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avalinah
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This series was very problematic, in my opinion. The books feature just about ONE woman and next to NO PoC. Plus, it just gets far fetched and ridiculous. Read why I don't recommend reading it at all: https://goo.gl/NHQMUu

The first book was promising, but that's about it.

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Melwilk
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I listened to this on audio, and it was very entertaining. I love a good vampire story, and I found this one pretty creepy and satisfying. The vampires in this and the quickness with which they could spread gave me a good scare. I enjoyed the references to history and the way the author brought ancient ideas into the modern world.

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LiterRohde
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“Every mundanity of life grows infinitely more precious in the face of impending death.”

#QuotsyMay18 | 20: #Luxury

📷: Google Images

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Sammidnightsun
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So good

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ReadingOver50
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Thanks so much @teebe for the great #halloweengoespostal gifts. It is way more than expected. My daughter has already told me she wants to try all the candies. The books look great. Can‘t wait to read them. Everything is wonderful 😍

DeeLew Through the Woods is amazing! 4y
Lyn-Mara Fun! 4y
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julesG
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The #KillerKlowns are vampires who want to harvest humans, human blood; preferably type B positive (tastes best).

I have not read the books but I like the TV series, although it is quite garish at times.

#MonsterMadness2017 @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan 👍🏻🤓👻 4y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Here's part two of three from today's library book sale. We've been binging on The Strain lately, so I'm excited to read the original. Eclectic reading taste, huh? #bookhaul #librarybooksale #happybibliophage

Tamra Yesterday I finished the audio of Just Alice. Very well written, frightening and sad. The movie is quite good too. (edited) 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I agree @Tamra it's really scary! I've been forgetting things lately and I think about that book all the time!! 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Tamra @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I know it'll be hard to read. Neither of my parents went through that, but so many friends have watched it happen to theirs. 😰 4y
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minkyb I was fascinated by The Strain and the sequels! 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @minkyb Oh good! Glad for your recommendation. We've been loving the show. 4y
AmandaL I have been meaning to read The Strain for years! I bought the hardcover, and it's still on my bookshelf. 4y
Pamwurtzler Interesting mix! I like Maisie Dobson but for some reason I'm dreading The Kitchen House even though I've had it forever. 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Andrew65 Yes! It gets so much love here that I know I'll love it! 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @AmandaL I have plenty of books on my shelves like that. Sometime I'll get to them! 🤣 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Pamwurtzler I used to read just a few genres. Thanks to Litsy, I'm reading with some much more variety! The Kitchen House will be heavy for sure. Has to be the right time to read it! 4y
UwannaPublishme Great stack! I have the Still Alice audio, but I'm not ready for a heavy read yet. I keep hearing how great it is. 4y
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speljamr
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Now that I'm through the first book I can start watching the show. Pretty fast paced book that let me move through quickly. #vampires

well.read.panda I quite enjoyed this too! I'm on to the next one now. 4y
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speljamr
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Lunch time with my book: Vampires and pizza. Perfect.

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well.read.panda
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Timely discussion of #solareclipses in The Strain, which is a ton of fun so far!

UrsulaMonarch Lovely! I recall this one as fun generally! 🌞 4y
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Sha0102
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Great thrilller. Felt like watching an action movie while reading it and later on, voila it became a tv show 😆Entertaining level: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 #livro #book #bookaholic #booklovers #ler #leitura #leitora #reading #instabook #instaread #instabooks #bookstagram #igread #litsy #booklover #brazilianreader #2014Sha

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Ksvz
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2017 #98 horror audio it was a good story and very well read but it didn't hold a candle to Justin Corbin's The Passage. Will probably keep up with series anyway. Haven't seen the TV show but I think this would be easy to adapt.

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FairyHighRoad
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My favorite #MexicanAuthor and director is Guillermo del Toro. I love The Strain books and tv show. 🇲🇽 #Mexicanwriters #maybookflowers

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sprainedbrain
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#MayBookFlowers #MexicanWriters

I'm a fan of Guillermo del Toro's work in general,and Strain was my very first Audible audiobook, so I'm going with him for today's prompt.

The book was creepy, with great narration by Ron Perlman. Definitely not glittery vampires in this one. 😱

julesG Have you seen the show? 5y
sprainedbrain @julesG no, I haven't. Is it good? 5y
julesG I really like it. Creepy. 5y
minkyb I loved the books! 5y
RealLifeReading Oh yeah this was so good! 5y
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Decayy
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RobotProphet
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The Strain trilogy. Different than the show but in a good way.

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MaleficentBookDragon
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#latinauthors #fiestyfeb
I adored these books! No sparkling vamps for me.

vivastory I love the show 5y
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Decayy
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Sorry for being inactive, my reading has fallen behind and I am struggling to find a crack in time to go back to reading.

Megabooks I'm sorry. 5y
Decayy @Ebooksandcooks it happens 5y
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Decayy
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Yes yes yes yes

And while I'm waiting for season 4, I might actually finish the trilogy. :D