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rmaclean4

Joined January 2017

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Little Bee by Chris Cleave
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David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
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Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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I almost DNF'd this but I am glad that I stuck with it. It started like an x-rated Bridget Jones and it was hard for me to read about how Queenie was being abused. But then the story turned for me and I realized this was a story about how to get better. 3 🌟

TrishB Same 👍🏻 I wanted to shake her in the first part and hug her by the end. (edited) 5d
rmaclean4 @TrishB I am so glad I stuck with it 5d
Cathythoughts My copy is in #hibernation ... I should get back to it , Littens are liking it 5d
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Hope to start the Inheritance trilogy today or tomorrow. ❤️ N. K. Jemisin!

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Purge | Sofi Oksanen
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Quick lunch time run to my local independent bookstore (avenue books) to pick up this beauty. Hope to read it this month for Women in Translation Month! So sad that work cuts so much into my reading time!!

TheSpineView I know! Just think how much reading we could do if we didn't work!💜📚 1w
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A beautiful brutal graphic cry of pain. Written like poetry and reads like a memoir. It does not feel like fiction at all. Another book that I would like to study to understand all the references and the intricate structure.

cathysaid This author is going to be at the AJC Decatur Book Festival this year (Atlanta)! 1w
rmaclean4 @cathysaid would love to hear him speak about the book!! Are you going? 1w
cathysaid I'm not sure yet...it's Labor Day weekend and we may have guests. But if not I hope to! 1w
rmaclean4 @cathysaid it is on my bucket list! I have always been curious about it. 1w
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How to Stop Time | Matt Haig
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These are the books that I picked up in one of my favorite bookstores in Louisville KY.

catiewithac I so need the brake for bookstores bumper sticker! 2w
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Gingerbread: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Great weekend with my daughter in Louisville KY! Bourbon and books. This is the haul from Half Price Books.

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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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Amazing...I see why it has gotten so much attention. So layered yet I really connected with all the characters. I listened to this on Scrbid and read the physical book. Great to hear the sound recording that are described in the book and get to see the pictures referenced. This is a text I would love to study. 4.5 🌟

Samplergal I just was looking at this and left it in my cart. Going back and buying it. Thanks. #manbooker 2w
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@bromeliad I just picked this up from the library for Women in Translation Month. Have you read this author? Her novel Please Look After Mom is one of my all time favorites. The Court Dancer is also good but more straight forward. Hope to get the tagged book started this weekend.

a.bookish.byrd I, too, really liked Please Look after Mom. I‘ll be waiting to see how you like this one. I haven‘t read anything else by this author, though. 2w
bromeliad Heard of her, but haven't read her yet! I'm excited to see what you think! 2w
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Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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I found this disappointing. I love the Wayward children series. This book felt repetitive and much longer than it needed to be. It had the signature fairy tale elements but dragged for me. 2 🌟

monalyisha Bummer! 2w
Prairiegirl_reading 🙁 disappointing to hear. I also enjoy the wayward children series. Wanted this to be good. 2w
rmaclean4 @monalyisha agreed! Really wanted to love this. 2w
rmaclean4 @Prairiegirl_reading right there with you. 2w
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"Is it true that human beings are fundamentally cruel?" This is the central theme of this study of human brutality. Difficult to read in the vividness of the violence but beautiful in it's writing. As I read this I thought of various genocides around the world and that central question asked by Han Kang. 4 ?

rmaclean4 Finished this during #deweys24hourreadathon. 3w
Readerann Wow, that sounds like an intense book (but very much worth reading). Good luck on the 2nd half of your RAT! 3w
rmaclean4 @Readerann it was super intense...next read need to be a fantasy!! 3w
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#WITmonth hope to finish this tonight during the #reversereadathon.

bromeliad Looking forward to your review! She's on my TBR. 3w
rmaclean4 @bromeliad I had such conflicting reactions to The Vegetarian. Have you read Han Kang? Her style is so specific. Beautiful and almost off putting at the same time. 3w
bromeliad @rmaclean4 No, I haven't read anything by her yet. I've been most interested in reading The White Book, but that's not set in stone. Also, unrelated: Disoriental is a FANTASTIC book. Have you read it yet? 3w
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rmaclean4 @bromeliad I have not read Disoriental yet but am pumped to finally get to it!! I hope to start it this weekend. Are you doing the Women in Translation month? I would love to know what is on your TBR if you participating. 3w
bromeliad I actually didn't know about it until I saw your post (and of course now I'm SUPER EXCITED to follow it!), but reading women in translation is a personal goal of mine, so I'm always working on finding/reading them. Right now, I've also got Olga Tokarczuk, Nawal el Saadawi, Qiu Miaojin, and Banana Yoshimoto that I can think of off the top of my head for TBR authors. 3w
rmaclean4 @bromeliad was Olga Tokarczuk nominated for the Booker International Prize?
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bromeliad Yeah she won it for Flights last year, and the book was also longlisted for the 2019 BTBA. (edited) 3w
rmaclean4 @bromeliad Have you read The Emissary By Yoko Tawanda? a 5 star read for me this year. 3w
rmaclean4 @bromeliad did you like Flights? I have read mixed things about it. 3w
bromeliad I havent read either the emissary or flights. Flights is on my list, and I'll add emissary too! 3w
Readerann I‘m doing The Reverse Readathon, too. I‘ll check on you! 3w
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Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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Looking forward to finishing this tonight during #deweys24hour #reversereafathon

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The Wall | John Lanchester
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Dystopian novel about England. The world building was effortless (I did not see the author working to create this world it was just revealed) and the story was engaging to a point. There was a detachment from the characters for me. Well written and I would be curious to read more work from this writer but this story held me at arms length. 3.5 🌟

Cathythoughts Interesting... I‘m getting least attracted to reading this one from reviews I‘ve seen. 3w
rmaclean4 @Cathythoughts I am glad that I had heard very little about this before I read it. Worth a read but would not be my pick for the Booker. 3w
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Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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Only finished one physical book this month and the rest were audio reads.
Freshwater: Akwaeke Emezi 🎧 4.5 🌟
Circe: Madeline Miller 🎧 4 🌟
A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II: Sonia Purnell 🎧 4 🌟
Dopesick : Beth Macy 🎧4 🌟
Early Riser: Jasper Fforde 🎧 3 🌟
A Woman Is No Man: Etsf Rum 📖3 🌟

Currently reading: David Copperfiled, Human Acts, The Wall and Middle Game.

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Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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Chores are done. It is beer and book time for me!

britt_brooke Perfect - enjoy! Interesting cover. 4w
rmaclean4 @britt_brooke I enjoy her YA fantasy...as far as I know this is her first adult fantasy. 4w
britt_brooke @rmaclean4 Cool - I hope it‘s good. I‘ve never read her, but I don‘t read much fantasy. 4w
Cathythoughts I like the sound of beer & book time ... I may have to be a copy cat later today 👍🏻😉 4w
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Celestial Bodies | Johka Alharthi
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Getting my #WITMonth TBR ready. Super excited to get to all three of these in August. I just need to finish the four books I am currently reading first!!

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Early Riser | Jasper Fforde
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Silly confusing whimsical delightful and diverting. A great rest between heavier reads.

rretzler Loved it! Love Jasper Fforde! Have you read the Thursday Next series? 4w
rmaclean4 @rretzler I read the first 4 books of the series and loved them. I wish he would continue the Shades of Grey series. He is so witty. 4w
rretzler I haven‘t yet read Shades of Grey but I own it. I also have The Last Dragonslayer to read. I did read and love the Nursery Crimes series too! 4w
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Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
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So excited to see my favorite read of this year on the Booker Long list!! I want to reread Lanny but I keep loaning it out to friends.

kathedron Lanny is the only one I've read so far. Loved it! 1mo
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Man Booker Prize | Frederic P Miller, Agnes F Vandome, John McBrewster
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So excited to see what makes the list!!

JamieArc I just saw a post that it‘s already been announced! 1mo
rmaclean4 @JamieArc sweet!! 1mo
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Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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Calling it quits for this #24in48. Happy to have finished 2 and started 3 more. Love this readathon!

Readerann 14 hours is great! 1mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahh ⭐️💗👍 1mo
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Early Riser | Jasper Fforde
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#24in48 hour 36...book swag. My favorite bag bouth at Avenue Books in Knoxville TN. Listening to Early Riser while I do chores. It is delightful and silly!! I am about 9.5 hours will not reach 24 but love a weekend that I prioritize books.

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Rough topic and at times hard to listen to because of the depth of the problems. Well written and researched.

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An interesting and important story. I liked how the author played with the different stories time lines to create the suspense in the novel. That said, this reads like a first novel. It feels repetitive in places and I think it could have been tightened up with the editing. I will be interested to read this author's next work.

marleed I always find it interesting when I‘m reading a book and thinking about its editors- even if I like the book. That was the case for this. Honestly, in a year from now I may not remember this story‘s plot without reading the GR synopsis, but I‘ll remember the hundreds of references to chai! 1mo
rmaclean4 @marleed agreed!! 1mo
Hyggescence I‘m reading this now and I so agree. I feel like the story has a ton of potential but the execution is just okay. 3w
rmaclean4 @Hyggescence it was disappointing because I think the bones of the story were solid. 3w
Hyggescence @rmaclean4 totally. I was actually surprised that it wasn‘t more polished given all the acclaim it‘s received. 3w
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Rogue Protocol | Martha Wells
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Hour 6 (my hour 0) challenge for #24in48. SSF post. My TBR is heavy on the fantasy and Science Fiction. For Tor Publishing I ❤️ the entire MurderBot Series by Martha Wells!!

BookwormM Love the mug 1mo
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#24in48readathon TBR stack for this weekend. So excited!!

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So looking forward to this weekend!! #12in24readathon. Here is the short stack I will be pulling from. I am also listening to Dopesick ( amazing) so I need some fantasy to balance out the 💔 of the audio book.

batsy Lovely stack. I'm so curious about A Winter's Promise! 1mo
rmaclean4 @batsy me to!! Hope to get it started this weekend. 1mo
rmaclean4 Posted this before coffee...#24in48readathon 1mo
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Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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I found this compelling and surprising. I had read some negative reviews but loved the story telling. The image of the author being in the marble room of her mind with the gods that inhabit her was a powerful. So glad that I listened to the audio as the author read her own work. Trigger warnings for self harm and sexual violence. I will be very interested to read what this author writes next. 4.5 🌟

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Listened to the audio of this remarkable story about an extraordinary woman. Worked behind enemy lines in France during WWII . Narrated by Juliet Stevenson...love her narration. 4 🌟

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YA is not a genre that I tend to like (with the exception of Everything I Never Told You.) This is a coming of age story of a young women on the South Side of Chicago who's parents came to the US from Mexico. Like a lat of YA it read "thin" to me. It deals with very heavy subjects but the writing stayed on the surface. 2.5 ?

MoniqueReads305 That's a good description of this book... surface. There were so many hard hitting topics to explore and they were all surface level... just skimmed over. 2mo
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Spring | Ali Smith
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Lots of travel this month! Read one of the best books of the year as well as completed several reading challenge books:
Spring: Ali Smith 📖 5 🌟
The Hearts Invisible Furies: John Boyne 🎧 3 🌟
An American Marriage: Tayari Jones 🎧 4 🌟
Late in the Day: Tessa Hadley 📖 3.5 🌟
Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl: Andrea Lawlor love 📖 2 🌟
Currently reading David Copperfield, Circe and I am not your Perfect Mexican Daughter.

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Very interesting structure to this novel with fairy tales interspersed within the main narrative. I read this to fulfill the read a non-binary author category for the Read Harder challenge. Good solid writing... just was not my cup of tea. 2 🌟

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Spring | Ali Smith
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Brilliant! Her quartet of books based on the seasons are a commentary of our current times. A must read and one of Ali Smith's best. This will be one of the top books that I read this year. All the 🌟's

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Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
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May 2019 reading: Outstanding reading month. The real standout for me was Lanny by Max Porter. Is definitely one of the best books I have read this year!
The Plotters: Un-Su Kim 4.5 🌟
Lanny: Max Porter 5 🌟
Milkman: Anna Burns 4 🌟
Eloquent Rage: Brittney Cooper 4 🌟
The Wicked King: Holly Black 2 🌟
The Stone Sky: N. K. Jemisin 4 🌟
3 audio and 3 physical books

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I am so glad that I read this!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m listening to the end of this now and I agree! 3mo
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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This book demanded patience. I took it slow and enjoyed the writing...but at times did get frustrated with the stream of consciousness. Well worth the effort in the end. Fascinating commentary about the sexual oppression and repression.

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Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
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I read this while traveling. It has been a long time since I could experience a book from start to finish with few interruptions. I loved this story...poetic, messy, charming. Made me think of White is for Witching and Ali Smith. Love this author! Highly recommend!

CareBear Stacked! The books behind it support your recommendation 🤣 4mo
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The Plotters | Un-su Kim
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Loved this thriller translated from Korean. I was very investeded in the main character, Reseng. Beautiful writing. Highly recommend!!

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The Orphan of Salt Winds | Elizabeth Brooks
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April Wrap up!

The Fifth Season: N.K. Jemisin 4.5 🌟

The Orphan of Salt Wind: Elizabeth Brooks 4 🌟

The Obelisk Gate: N. K. Jemisin 4 🌟

Everything Under: Daisy Johnson 3.5 🌟

The Other Americans: Laila Lalami 2.5 🌟

Heart Berries: Terese Marie Maihot 3.5 🌟

All Quiet on the Western Front: Remarque 5 🌟

The Incendiaries: R. O. Kwon 3 🌟

6 audio and 2 print

1 classic 1 nonfiction and 2 Si/Fi

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Nicely done! 📖💖 4mo
TheSpineView Good job! 👏 4mo
rmaclean4 @TheSpineView thanks! What was your top read of April? 4mo
rmaclean4 @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego have a book you would recommend from your April reads? 4mo
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Mehso-so

Not sure I will remember this book in six months. I was not very invested in the characters and the story telling was very straight forward. Had some interesting observations about faith and the lies we tell ourselves and others.

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I am reading a classic a month. April was All Quiet on the Western Front. This classic anti-war novel had so much more impact on this reread. Heartbreaking. A must read. So glad I got to study it in college.

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The Plotters | Un-su Kim
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Got a couple of bonus days in NYC due to travel delays. Went book shopping and started The Plotters this morning. I am hopeful that we will sleep in our own bed tonight!!

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Two author events in one week at our local independent bookstores!! Great to hear Crystal Marie Fleming as well as Michael Knight speak about their work.

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I inhaled this second book of the Broken Earth series. The relationships are complex and at time confusing, making the reading even more compelling. Can not wait to read the final book in the trilogy.

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Obelisk Gate | N K Jemisin
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Time for a break. I have loved listening to book two of The Broken Earth series while I get my to list done. #readathon

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The Orphan of Salt Winds | Elizabeth Brooks
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Enjoyed the suspense of this historical novel set in England during WWII. Told in alternating chapters from the protagonists p.o.v at a 12 year old and a 70 year old. It had a haunting and Gothic feel.

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Just started this one. I know very little about it!

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The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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Wow!! All the stars for this first book in The Broken Earth series. Reads like the best literary fiction in a Si/Fi world. Recommend highly!! The narrator was wonderful. I can not wait to see where we head next.

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The Court Dancer: A Novel | Kyung-Sook Shin
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This month I had reading ADD, starting five books within a week and have not finishing any of them! As a result the books that I have completed this month have all been on audio from either the library or through Scribd.

White Fragility: Robin DiAngelo 4 🌟
The Court Dancer: Kyung-Sook Shin, 4 🌟
The Grapes of Wrath: John Steinbeck 4.5 🌟
The Cruel Prince: Holly Black 3 🌟
Harry‘s Trees: Jon Cohen DNF

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The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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Started this on Friday and am flying through it. So compelling. I love how she switch's between different narrator perspectives.

hermyknee ♥️♥️♥️ 5mo
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The Cruel Prince | Holly Black
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This is just fun. No great originality....just fun.