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Ready Player Two
Ready Player Two: A Novel | Ernest Cline
206 posts | 166 read | 8 reading | 64 to read
The highly anticipated sequel to the beloved worldwide bestseller Ready Player One, the ridiculously fun and large-hearted (NPR) near-future adventure that inspired the blockbuster Steven Spielberg film. Praise for Ready Player One Enchanting . . . Willy Wonka meets The Matrix.USA Today An addictive read . . . part intergalactic scavenger hunt, part romance, and all heart.CNN Delightful . . . the grown-ups Harry Potter.HuffPost As one adventure leads expertly to the next, time simply evaporates.Entertainment Weekly Gorgeously geeky, superbly entertaining, [and] spectacularly successful.Daily Mail (UK) A smart, funny thriller that both celebrates and critiques online culture.San Francisco Chronicle A geek fantasia, 80s culture memoir and commentary on the future of online behavior all at once.Austin American-Statesman
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MellieD1974
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So far I am enjoying this. I LOVED Ready Player One, and Armada. I anticipate I will love this too.

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Coleen
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Pickpick

Straddling the “pick” vs. “so-so” on this one, but ultimately going with Pick. No, of course it‘s not as good as Ready Player One because that was amazing and there‘s just no way a sequel could ever be as good. But I don‘t think this deserves quite the bad rep it‘s gotten. Cline does try too hard sometimes w/ the 80‘s references, but there were still some moments of genius in there. Didn‘t care for the epilogue, tho.

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bela_deters
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i enjoyed making this my first read of the year, while it did start a bit slow once the action picked up it was very easy to get through. i definitely enjoyed the original more, but it was still fun to see a continuation of the story. while it‘s definitely not my favorite, I don‘t regret reading it

BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 1w
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Brandenc
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Mehso-so


In this novel wade after winning a contest tells the friends about the new release of the ONI more problems begin to arise. Overall I am hooked with this book it got me because of all the excitement from ready player one. I do think that you need to read or watch ready player one to understand this book because a lot of it relays off the first book. Overall I think the book is great and am really looking forward to finishing it. I‘d rate it 4.5/5

MissYaremcio Thank you for the review Branden! I just needed the theme and how it is present! 4/6 1mo
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AutumnRLS
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Currently reading Ready Player Two. A Gentleman in Moscow took me a long time to get through, but I'm really glad I read it. A Walk in the Woods was good, but suffered from having been written 25 years ago. If you can get past the misogyny and fat shaming, the rest is interesting.

mcctrish I felt the same way about A gentleman in Moscow. It begs not to be rushed and I struggled with that at times, but it was a transporting novel 2mo
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OriginalCyn620
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Pickpick

I know this book has gotten its fair share of hate, but I really enjoyed it! I absolutely LOVED Ready Player One, and while this isn‘t quite as good, it‘s still a fun ride. At least it was for me! The Pretty In Pink and the Prince chapters were awesome!

#bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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SpeculativeFemale
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Pickpick

I'm calling this one a pick, overall, but I have to admit, it was a bit of a slog through parts of it. It did pay off, but it took a bit of tenacity to get through to the end.

Soubhiville Agreed. The Prince scene pushed it into pick territory for me. 2mo
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SpeculativeFemale
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Cooler weather calls for homemade bean soup and a good book!

I'm still undecided on the book, though. This one drags on a bit more than the original, I think, but the characters and the adventure are enough to keep me going for the moment. Hoping for a strong ending!

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yvo_about_books
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The blogging slump seems to be very stubborn indeed, but at least I'm baking again? 🤷‍♀️ I made these mini #boterkoek pies/cookies today as I was feeling nostalgic. #ambaking 🥧🍪

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thanek
Pickpick

Yeah I really enjoyed this book. Some people say it‘s not as good as the first one and yeah I can see where they‘re coming from, but this matches perfectly the effort that the original put in. It also looks at the dangers of virtual reality to a greater degree. I really like this book,

DrexEdit Haven't read this one yet. Looking forward to it! Welcome to Litsy! 😊👋 3mo
thanek Thanks! 3mo
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staci.reads
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Panpan

Feeling sad about this one. I loved the first book and recommend it frequently. This one, though - man, what a slogfest 😔. At least I can cross it off my tbr list. It was my October #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

bookishbitch Good to know. I also loved Player One. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks I definitely felt like this one was more gimmicky than the first book... while I'm sure I'll reread RP1 again, I don't see myself ever revisiting this one. 3mo
Graywacke Bummer. Sorry about this one. 3mo
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MrWillems
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The author tried hard to make it just like Ready Player One, but didn't succeed at capturing the same excitement. The book dragged on without having any good moments.

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Jobridge
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I got a new job at the library!!! This is my first check-out with my staff card 👾 I‘ve been so excited to read this 🤓

Nute Congratulations on your new job! A job where you are surrounded by books all day long must be most pleasurable.😃 4mo
Jobridge It really is 🥰 4mo
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carylwaite
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Pickpick

I‘d give this a 3/5. Another review mentioned that Wade‘s self-flagellation in the first part of the book gets tedious. And it really does. I enjoyed the quest for the Seven Shards although as much as I love Prince, that section seemed long. And I dozed during the Tolkien part but that is normal for me. Still, I enjoyed it and if there is a movie made, would probably watch it.

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jlowery999
Panpan

I just can't quite put my finger on what it was about this sequel. After loving the original so much, were my expectations too high? The beginning was definitely slow. I felt like reading an encyclopedia would have been more exciting and I almost bailed. It got ever so slightly more interesting but still dragged. I do sort of wish I had never read it, and just ended my experience with the OASIS on a high note.

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Kewolayn
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My physical book pile for #deweys24hourreadathon! These are from past hauls because I bought an ebook reader two months ago and have been glued to it since. (I have a separate pile for ebooks😅)

I‘ve been following the group for years but it‘s the first time I‘m finally participating!

#reversereadathon #readathon #deweyaug

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Bits
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Panpan

Reread Ready Player One and it's still great, but Ready Player Two suuuuucks sooooooo baaaaaad. I wanted to like it, but it's unlikable. Save yourself the frustration and skip it, even if you're a fan of the first one. It's just bad. 😬🤷‍♀️

@TheAromaofBooks
Ready Player One March #doublespin
Ready Player Two July #doublespin

Kimberlone I didn‘t *hate* RP2, but was profoundly disappointed, and I agree it should be avoided if you want to save the magic of the first book. 6mo
Bits @Kimberlone Agreed! Profoundly disappointed. 😒 6mo
Reagan You are so right, RP2 is terrible. 6mo
TheAromaofBooks I definitely struggled a lot more with RP2. I didn't exactly regret reading it, but while I definitely see myself rereading RP1, I'll never revisit RP2. It was so much clunkier & felt like it was trying too hard. I also felt like the ending was not satisfying. 6mo
Bits @TheAromaofBooks Definitely clunky and forced. I found the quests painfully slow and bogged down. I wanted to see the characters through to the end, but you're right, the end was just meh. Oh well! It's off my TBR! 😆 6mo
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Skyrimir
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Man, this podcast is cathartic after being the only person in my book club who just really hated Ready Player Two. This podcast is like Mystery Science Theater/Rifftrax for bad books. After this one I may read along with Midnight Sun (I love Twilight but also know it‘s garbage, lol).

ferskner Oh my gosh this is a great recommendation! I love being snarky about books. 6mo
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K.Wielechowski
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Pickpick

The beginning is really slow, full of angsty exposition & self loathing, also hints at action, then nothing happens. Saying that, the last half made it worth it.
The High Five band together to save the OASIS (after bringing about the cause of the crisis to being with) after users are trapped by new ONI headsets that allow users to experience the OASIS like never before. Anarak is back with a very Frankenstein-esque plan & only Wade can stop him.

vonnie862 Listening to this right now! Good to know that it gets better. 😊 6mo
K.Wielechowski @vonnie862 yeah I was a bit iffy on it too but it does, just hang on 😁 6mo
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SheReadsAndWrites
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ElizaMarie
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Mehso-so

So. I mean... it had a “good“ ish story toward the end (when they got to the point), but... I know the whole references nostalgia thing is the main thing with that, but... ugh... took so long to deal with it! Like too long! Or I just didn't care. Anyway, this was my #DoubleSpin Book

#BookSpinBingo
@TheAromaOfBooks

TheAromaofBooks I had similar feelings about this one. In the first book, the 80s trivia felt natural & fit with the flow of the story, but in this one it just felt like Cline wanted everyone to be impressed with his research on a couple of select areas. I didn't hate it, but I don't see myself rereading it the next time I reread RP1. 6mo
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ElizaMarie
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So, my husband and I listened to Ready Player One on one of our road trips, he liked it. I hated it.. It had a lot of “look at me, I am super nerdy and that makes me cool and you are stupid for not knowing obscure 80s references“. He told me Ready Player Two was “better“ .. We got it on audible, he listened, I hadn't .. It's been sitting on my back burner, but.. I had been meaning to .. here goes.

#DoubleSpin
@TheAromaOfBook

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Reagan
Panpan

I hated it.

-fin-

EvieBee 🤣🤣 7mo
Reagan @EvieBee honestly painful to finish. 7mo
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Reagan
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There is not a cloud in the sky and hardly any breeze and it is so HOT. We‘re not an extreme heat zone. It‘s literally snowed during every month of the year here. My sister is celebrating this heatwave by finally joining Litsy after years of me talking about it. She‘s @BRB_ImReading and she hasn‘t posted anything yet 😬 but she will. Sometimes she even recommends good books 😂

Jas16 Welcome to Litsy @BRB_ImReading 7mo
OriginalCyn620 @BRB_ImReading Welcome to Litsy! 🥳 7mo
BRB_ImReading Thank you! 🤩 7mo
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reema
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I really loved Ready Player One so this was quite a big disappointment for me. It tried too hard to replicate the magic of the first and flopped.

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Reagan
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This one seemed like a really slow starter! It‘s taken me weeks to get 100 pages in and now I am finally feeling okay, let‘s do this and read this book. Current assessment is first 100 pages are a bit of a slog.

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MommyOfTwo
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Trying to finish my book with a yummy drink. I‘ve enjoyed this book so far, hopefully the end is good.

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RamsFan1963
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Pickpick

This teetered between a soft pick and a so-so. It's too long and seriously drags in several parts. The first part of the book, where Wade goes from loveable underdog of RPO to rich arrogant douche bag of RPT, almost had me ready to bail. Things picked up once the quest began and the high stakes started ticking down. I found the ending a major let down. Wil Wheaton's narration is excellent as usual.
3 💻💻💻
4th book #NutsInMay @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 8mo
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Chelleo
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I‘m behind in postings completed books but I can‘t resist posting about this one even though I‘m not done. The world building in this is sooooo good! I really want to visit Shermer and the Afterworld!

Ruthiella Reviews of this are so split! I‘m happy to read the positive ones because I definitely want to read it at some point! 8mo
Chelleo @Ruthiella Glad I didn‘t read them 😂 I‘m really enjoying this book! 8mo
RamsFan1963 @Ruthiella If you want to read this, I'd definitely got the audiobook route. I bailed on the printed book earlier, but I'm enjoying Wil Wheaton's narration much more. 8mo
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Chelleo @Ruthiella I just finished and can see why people are split. I was all in until the very end...even so I still enjoyed it. 8mo
Chelleo @RamsFan1963 Great narration! 8mo
Ruthiella @Chelleo @RamsFan1963 Thanks for the tip. I read the first book in print but have heard many great things about Wil Wheaton‘s narration. 8mo
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Sharpeipup
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Thanks @RamsFan1963 for the tag!
1. Tagged
2. Foreign country
#two4tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 🤗 8mo
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Reagan
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I know that this book is pretty divisive, but I‘m ready to tackle it. I loved Ready Player One and never got around to Armada. I‘m really hoping that I fall into the ‘loved it‘ camp! 😬

RamsFan1963 I tried the book then switched to the audiobook. I'm enjoying Wil Wheaton's narration better. 8mo
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Reagan
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The one where she realizes she never posted her #bookspin bingo card. And that she didn‘t review the #bookspin book she finished. #winning

Artwork courtesy of my 9 year old

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Both the artwork & your progress are looking good!! 8mo
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candc320
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Pickpick

Enjoyed this audiobook as much as the first. As before there are lots of pop culture references and quests the characters have to embark on. I enjoyed the new time-sensitive, life-in-the-balance aspect that kept me listening. I‘m really looking forward to this one (hopefully) being made into a movie! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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AJBowers
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Current audiobook 🎧

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One_With_Books
Pickpick

Yep, it was as good as the first one, if not better in parts! 😊

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Vanessa
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Panpan

If you loved or even liked RP1 — don‘t mess it up by reading the sequel. I don‘t understand how the same person wrote both of these. I made myself finish RP2 because we got it for Christmas. Santa must hate me... I hope he‘ll forgive me now that I‘ve done my penance. (continued in comments)

Vanessa After about 3000 pages of “I‘m Wade, this is what happened before and why I suck, blah blah,” this becomes a “tell-not-show” plot dump of every ridiculous techno-twist imaginable so that it can be made into another 80s/future mash-up film. Quest after quest after quest for the seven Siren‘s shards, each of which is won by characters having just the right tool in their inventory or just the right knowledge of useless trivia/skill, often at the last (edited) 9mo
Vanessa minute.

It was more tedious than suspenseful. I feel like I just listened to one of my kids narrate 18 hours of Minecraft in excruciating detail.
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TheSpineView I also was not a fan of book 2. Big disappointment!😕 9mo
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The_Literary_Jedi
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Pickpick

Picks up immediately after ‘RPO‘ with an unexpected bad guy who pulls some high stakes. This has an ending that makes you sit up and say “huh, imagine if.” Same format as before with others taking lead in quests which was nice. Wade has a decent arc and we learn more about other characters. I enjoyed & recommend for fans of The Arcade Series or the casual reader. You don‘t need to have read ‘RPO‘ to read this really.

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One_With_Books
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I really hope this one is as good as the first one. 😬

#reading #series #books #bookworm #ernestcline #nerdy #nerds #games

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Ares
Pickpick

Not as good as the first one, and it actually had me in doubt if I would rate as pick or so-so... still flagging as Pick. The story is entertaining, Nice visit back to the Oasis and although a but chaotic and rushed, I didn‘t want to stop reading

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Roary47
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Mehso-so

I did not like this one as much as the first, but it plays on your movie, video game, and music interests. I just was not a fan or did not relate to the references it was making. It had a big pull to Sword Art Online. If you know what that is it has a very similar main plot.

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Sharpeipup
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A sequel that was as good as the first!

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OneCent76
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Pickpick

It took me quite a bit to get into this book and I almost gave up! But it finally got interesting and I did end up liking it. Favorite parts were John Hughes and Prince. I will rate a pick but it was almost a bail!

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brandierickson
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It‘s not what I would call a Good Book, but it is definitely a Fun Book!

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Cruble88
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Pickpick

This book did not disappoint at all! It was a continuation of the first one and brought me all the happiness I felt the first time around. #RP2 #epicadventure #popculture

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Jovy
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Mehso-so

There really was no need for a book 2. RP1 was fresh and exciting, and the sequel was not nearly as engaging. I thought it was still OK though, until I got to the very disappointing ending. Game over pls.

#SeriesRead2021

TheSpineView I agree with you! 👍📖📚 10mo
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bookstoregoblin
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Finished this bad boy today and I have to say...not bad? Definitely not as good as the first one but it‘s still a fun ride along quest with some stellar characters. Decent character development, even more quirky pop culture references and an ending that I didn‘t see coming but enjoyed none the less. Fully worth a listen because Wil Wheaton turns totally tubular in a come and go SoCal accent that I personally found hilarious. #nowlistening

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cathysaid
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The first one is good. But this one is not. Gotta #DNF it.

Eyelit I‘ve heard that from quite a few people. That‘s unfortunate because the first one was so good! 10mo
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ARTDJG
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Ready ... for another film adaptation.

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