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The Last Wish
The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher | Andrzej Sapkowski
The New York Times bestselling series that inspired the international hit video game: The Witcher Geralt of Rivia is a witcher. A cunning sorcerer. A merciless assassin. And a cold-blooded killer.His sole purpose: to destroy the monsters that plague the world. But not everything monstrous-looking is evil and not everything fair is good. . . and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth. For fans of the video game and the uninitiated alike, The Last Wish is the opening chapter of The Witcher series.The Witcher series The Last WishThe Sword of Destiny Blood of ElvesThe Time of ContemptBaptism of FireThe Malady and Other Stories: An Andrzej Sapkowski Sampler (e-only)
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encinarus
Mehso-so

I came to this after watching the Netflix series, and... I like everything about how the series did it more than the book. This is a series of short stories which are mildly connected, and the series pulled in content from later books to give them more context & continuity which I think they needed.

It's not bad, just the TV series managed to keep everything that felt important about the book, while adding more context. Can't often say that.

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alexus_sb
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Oh my gosh! Thank you so much @Gissy for my #SliceofSummerSwap it‘s so amazing! This books have been on my TBR for a while and I‘m so excited to get started on The Last Wish. The packaging was so pretty and the candle smells so good! Also I have been looking for new ice molds for my coffee so they came right on time along with the coasters lol. Trust me, this is everything I need for a perfect morning to read! Thanks so much! @Catsandbooks

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alexus_sb
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Oh my gosh! Thank you so much @Gissy for my #SliceofSummerSwap it‘s so amazing! This books have been on my TBR for a while and I‘m so excited to get started on The Last Wish. The packaging was so pretty and the candle smells so good! Also I have been looking for new ice molds for my coffee so they came right on time along with the coasters lol. Trust me, this is everything I need for a perfect morning to read! Thanks so much! @Catsandbooks

Catsandbooks So cute!! Have a great summer! ☀️ 5mo
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Ddzmini
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Awe look my Mother‘s Day present finally came in… well one of them 🤪 still waiting for the major one but love this one 🥰🙌🏽

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mdolan995

“He felt her hair, smelling of lilac and gooseberries, brush his face and he suddenly knew that he‘d never forget that scent, that soft touch, knew that he‘d never be able to compare it to any other scent or touch. Yennefer kissed him and he understood that he‘d never desire any lips other than hers, so soft and moist, sweet with lipstick. He knew that, from that moment, only she would exist.”

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zezeki
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Bailedbailed

Okay, I'm finally ready to admit, this is just not working for me. I might give novels a try in the future, but for now, I just don't want this unfinished read hanging over my head anymore. It's time to move on.

TheBookHippie It‘s like that sometimes. 6mo
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KCofKaysville
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Really good stories of Geralt the Witcher or monster killer in a magical world. I haven't played the video game or seen the series, but it is good reading if you like swords & sorcery.

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mdolan995

“…I‘d ride up to village enclosures or town pickets and wait. If they spat, cursed and threw stones, I rode away. If someone came out to give me a commission, I‘d carry it out.”

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KCofKaysville
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Started this which is on Netflix now but I haven't seen it. A coworker was reading it.

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keithlafo
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Pickpick

Since I recently finished another playthrough of The Witcher 3, I figured I‘d start reading the series. This first book is engrossing, intriguing, and fast-paced. Can‘t wait to continue the rest of the series.

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mdolan995
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Just started this book. A perfect way to start the day.

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Smlambert725

“‘People‘—Gerald turned his head—‘like to invent monsters and monstrosities. Then they seem less monstrous to themselves. When they get blind-drunk, cheat, steal, beat their wives, starve an old woman, when they kill a trapped fox with an axe or riddle the last existing unicorn with arrows, they like to think that the Bane entering cottages at daybreak is more monstrous than they are. They feel better then. They find it easier to live.”
#April2022

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AutumnRLS
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Finally found a moment to post my March roundup.

Still enjoying old Harlan Coben books.
Adam Grant was interesting & a nice change of pace.

I loved The Final Girl Support Group, but didn't like the narrator.

Absolutely loved A Beginning at the End though the subject was emotional after the last two years.

And the Witcher... I've become completely obsessed - show, games, and books. Can't wait to binge the rest.

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MrsHood
Mehso-so

Maybe not the best book to start the series with - as I would have preferred a more cohesive novel than a disjointed collection of stories. The show is better. However, I‘ll read blood of elves next and get back to you!

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KeepCalmWithBooksAndCoffee
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DcSunshine
Mehso-so

It‘s ok! It‘s not Game of Thrones or Harry Potter fantasy. It‘s average fantasy. A few too many times we are introduced to ideas or characters too quickly, making it confusing. Multiple times I checked to see if this was the first book. Still, glad to have read it and will have book 2 a try (but I‘ll be less forgiving).

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La_Cori
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Mehso-so

⭐⭐⭐
Loved the stories (and I knew them from the tv show) but I didn't like the writing style, it's too flat and monotone for me.
I'll keep reading the series, because I want to know more of Geralt, Yennefer and all the others.
This was my #doublespin for February @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 9mo
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La_Cori
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New in!! I'm alternating the audiobook and the ebook..
I loved the Tv series and now I want to know more about Geralt of Rivia!

Traci1 I loved the first couple of books and book 5 the most. Geralt is such a great character. 10mo
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Periwinkle
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Mehso-so

It's a compilation of short stories. Most of the stories will be familiar to you if you have seen the tv show. It was a fast read for me.

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Twainy
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BOOKS! Yesss! 10 new books because it‘s still No Buy January 😫🤣

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Ddzmini
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I don‘t know if everyone has seen this but 🥰🤨

Emily92Bibliophile Was blown away by season 2! Would love to read the books soon- maybe audiobook as well! (edited) 10mo
Ddzmini @Emily92Bibliophile I‘ve read the books way better then the show… even though I love the show as well 🤗 10mo
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sdbruening
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Awesome!! Reading this series because I saw the Netflix show. The book is just as confusing as the show with so many names and places unexplained. I need a map and family trees. Other than that, it was very exciting. The show captured the characters‘ personalities very well. The connection to some fairy tales was cool. Yennefer is introduced in the last story. It‘s told in several stories connected between each by a present-day visit to a temple.

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sdbruening
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Ohhhh I don‘t remember them saying this in the show. Geralt became a Witcher because of the law of surprise!

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sdbruening
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🤪 Lamented king was an oaf as far as woman‘s affairs are concerned, and couldn‘t be trusted to count to nine 😂

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sdbruening
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Rumpelstilzchen reference

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sdbruening
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Cinderella reference. Darker of course.

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sdbruening

There are so many references to fairy tales in The Witcher that they don‘t even mention in the Netflix show! Like Beauty and the Beast with Nivellen (but darker with his lady Vereena is a bruxa) and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with Aridea and her “mutant” stepdaughter Renfri/ Shrite.

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sdbruening
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Nenneke. Badass.

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Mistry26
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Pickpick

Geralt is merciless assassin who‘s targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He wanders the country continuously seeking new assignments.
All the stories in the book are real page-turners. They are all different, the plots are easy to follow which keep the readers engaged.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this introduction to the Witcher. Really looking forward to starting the second one.

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Deifio
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@Allylu thanks for the tag
#thoughtfulthursday

1) I don't have any goals, I put 35 books down on Goodreads, very achievable
2) Balance, at least that's what I'm striving towards
3) Tagged, yes I like it

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AbigailJaneBlog
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Wow Jenny! What a lovely selection of gifts - I haven't had scented gel pens in absolute years, I giggled like a schoolgirl when I opened them. And those bookmarks, I've bought that set for a swap before and was very jealous that I had to give them away so I am very happy 😍 Looking forward to both books, especially the Witcher so thanks!

@jenniferw88
@candority

candority Those scented gel pens are so fun! 😊 11mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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My penultimate pick for #12booksof2021 (November) is The Last Wish.

Dark fairytale retellings at their finest, full of folk lore, monsters and witchering. As a big fan of the videogames, this was irresistible.

Also, somebody posted asking which literary character we'd kiss on NYE... mine would be Geralt of Rivia 😅😘 Just saying.

Traci1 Ooh good choice for nye. ❤ 11mo
RaeLovesToRead @Traci1 My sister drew me a picture of Geralt for Christmas 😅💕 11mo
5feet.of.fury Geralt 🥰 11mo
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RaeLovesToRead @5feet.of.fury 😁💕 11mo
Branwen SAME, GIRL. SAME! 😚😚😚 11mo
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen 😁🤣 11mo
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FantasyChick
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I'm a bit slumpy right now. Comes with the holidays. So tonight is for me. Comfy clothes, comfy blanket, comfy pillows. I've got a new book ready to start later on but first...I have a hot double date with a Witcher 😏

Enjoy the night Littens!

RaeLovesToRead I LOVE this game so much!!! My sister drew me a picture of Geralt (sans shirt) for Christmas 😅🤣 11mo
jessjess Ok can I be jealous you have a Switch? I love Witcher 3, although I play it on PC. 😍 it is one of my favourite games! 11mo
FantasyChick @RaeLovesToRead That is awesome! It is one of my absolute favourite games. 😍 11mo
FantasyChick @jessjess LOL the Switch was 100% a pandemic purchase when we were quarantined in 2020. So hard to find then but so worth it! My kids aren't allowed to touch it 🤣🤣 I played Witcher years ago on the Playstation and loved it. The new season gave me the itch to get into it again. I almost forgot ho lw fun it is! 11mo
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persephone1408
Bailedbailed

Its a hard bail for me...I hated how it was like short stories put together... When we got to the princess whom lost her kingdom because a man raped her, I bailed! I should've started with the blood of elves. Since I have the first 3 witcher books, I will try book one.

ChaoticMissAdventures I don't blame you, I am beyond ready for the end of rape as a plot device. 11mo
DivineDiana Thank you for your review. I will definitely pass on this one! @ChaoticMissAdventures I couldn‘t agree more. 11mo
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"People," Geralt turned his head, "like to invent monsters and monstrosities. Then they seem less monstrous themselves..." From The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski.

Two days until season two of The Witcher releases! ??? #witcher #fantasy #bookquotes #behindthepages

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jenniferw88
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1. Books by my favourite authors or set in 18th century
2. I've given this book to 2 littens this year...
3. Complete sets of HP - Slytherin and Ravenclaw editions.

#sundayfunday @ozma.of.oz

ozma.of.oz A fun gift! Thanks for posting! 12mo
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5feet.of.fury
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Pickpick

Really Good and it made me appreciate how tight they kept the Netflix series (I know verrrry little about the video games) Henry Cavill or nah it‘s a great high fantasy read. A real page turner, too.

#wintergames2021
#mistletoemaniacs
#wrapitupreadathon
#averymerryreadathon

RaeLovesToRead I loved it too! 😊❤ 12mo
TheSpineView Fabulous 📖📚📖 12mo
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5feet.of.fury
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Took this at the tattoo shop but really did not get comfortable enough to read 😂💉

wanderinglynn Ooh, that looks awesome. I hope you post a pic when it‘s finished. 12mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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Yay! That's my 70th book of the year, meaning I've completed my Goodreads reading challenge too!

If anyone isn't friends with me on GR and wants to be... add me using the link below ❤

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/35995783-rae

Gissy Yes! Congratulations 🎉 📚📚📚📚👏👏👏 12mo
vivastory Congrats 👏🎉🍾📚 12mo
vivastory (GR reading challenges are one of few life accomplishments that I get invested in 🤣) 12mo
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RaeLovesToRead @Gissy Thank you!!!! 😄😊 @vivastory Thanks! 😄 (I don't really feel I've accomplished much else recently, so I'm gonna chalk this up as a win 🥳😅) 12mo
Simona Congratulations 🥂🍾 12mo
eeclayton Congrats! 👏 12mo
RaeLovesToRead @Simona @eeclayton Thanks!! 😄😊 12mo
kplovesbooks Congrats!! Going add you now. 😊 12mo
RaeLovesToRead @kplovesbooks Yay!! 😁❤ 12mo
DaveGreen7777 WOO-HOO!!! 🥳🎉🙌 Congratulations, Rae! 📚 12mo
Ruthiella Well done! 👏👏👏 12mo
RaeLovesToRead @DaveGreen7777 @Ruthiella Thank you both!!! 😊😄 12mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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And that's a Bingo, my friends!

Woohoo 🥳🥳🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉💕

@TheAromaofBooks #bookspinbingo #doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!!!! 12mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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It's impossible for me to read this series without having the videogame in mind. It's one of my favourites of all time.. I was worried that reading the books would be a disappointment, especially since Andrzej Sapkowski is purportedly not a fan of the games.

I needn't have worried. Dark, morally ambiguous retellings of fairy tales, Witcher missions and tales of destiny make this a brilliant introduction to the world.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars

Jari-chan That picture! 😍 12mo
RaeLovesToRead @Jari-chan Thanks! It's a screenshot from the videogame - Geralt having dinner with Keira Metz 😊 12mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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Finally getting round to reading the first Witcher book. I'm an enormous fan of The Witcher 3, but apparently Andrzej Sapkowski doesn't like what they did with the videogames... I'm curious to read the inspiration behind them anyway...

If I finish this and Breathtaking in the next week then I've got myself a bookspin bingo!

IuliaC Is the Netflix series related to this book as well? 12mo
RaeLovesToRead @IuliaC Yes, but it was made more recently.. I still hope to watch it once I've read the books! 12mo
IuliaC @RaeLovesToRead good to know! 👍 I do the same, first read the books and watch the movies or series afterwards 😊 12mo
5feet.of.fury That‘s at the top of my TBR! I want to read it before season 2 comes to Netflix 12mo
RaeLovesToRead @5feet.of.fury I've read mixed reviews, but so far it's got all the atmosphere of the videogames! 12mo
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zezeki
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ADVICE NEEDED!
I started reading the tagged book many months ago, and then I stopped even though I've found it interesting, and now I picked it up again, but I'm not vibing with it. Have you read it? Should I continue with this or skip it and start with the novels? Or should I skip this whole series altogether? Or maybe I should wait for some better time when I'm more in the fantasy mood?😅😅🙈

xicanti I wasn‘t wild about this book (or the first novel), but I seem to be in a tiny minority. 13mo
SayersLover My vote: put it down until you‘re in the right mood again. Skipping and jumping doesn‘t really help if you‘re not in the right mood and forcing yourself to plough through (especially when you don‘t need to) is worse. Give yourself permission to read something else… 🙂 @zezeki 13mo
Read-y_Picker Read it. Don't really remember much, nothing really stuck and I haven't picked up the next one yet. Kept postponing my library holds until I just gave up altogether lol 13mo
zezeki @SayersLover I think I'll do that, I'm really not in the right mood now. 13mo
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LibrarianBanana
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Getting comfy for some reading time while doing school picks ups.

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TH3F4LC0N
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Mehso-so

Thought I‘d try the Witcher series since it‘s so popular. Having read The Last Wish, I‘m really scratching my head. Like, what the heck do people see in this book? The writing isn‘t really bad, but it‘s not that good either. The characters weren‘t that memorable or fleshed out. And you can really tell he hadda work to make make these stories into a semi-coherent whole. Just not that impressive. Will I continue with the series? Yeah, not likely. 😕

RamsFan1963 I felt the same way. I don't get the hype at all. 13mo
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hissingpotatoes
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Antiheroes who defeat magical creatures, but only because they get something out of it. Also overly talkative sidekicks.

#Movie2BookRecs Oct 21 #LetterC day 30: Constantine @Klou

Klou Perfect! 12mo
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rjsthumbelina
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Pickpick

I very much enjoyed this introduction to this world! Most stories are fairy tale retellings, which was a fun twist. Will definitely be continuing with the series.

#scarathlon #teamslaughter By my count, 10 of the stories in this collection have an element of mystery and/or suspense. So that's 15x10=150
#spoopathon #wickedathon #fallintoreading #spookoweenreadathon #trickortreatathon #spooktober #panspookathon #itsbritneywitch #bookspinbingo ⬇️

rjsthumbelina #outstandingOctober so 10 readathons x 7 hrs x 10= 700 pts 13mo
rjsthumbelina 700 + 150+ 1=851 points total for this one @Clwojick @Andrew65 13mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 13mo
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