Between the covers book club

Dear lovely ladies,

I hope this won’t come as too much of a surprise to you, but I feel it is time to end this chapter of my life. This will be my very last book club post on the blog. So very much has happened since I first put my Fifty thoughts out there, sharing on Fan Fiction in the hopes of finding my feet after my world had tilted on its axis, my views radically shifted because of a book I happened to buy.

Did you know that Meander was born from that moment? I never intended for it to get as big as it did, for garnering so many readers and, eventually friends, from all around the globe. All I meant to do was purge this story that I couldn’t let go, but instead it took me on a helluva’ ride, a journey of self-discovery that’s left me forever altered. I hope you know I was blown away by your overwhelming support as you embraced my story, all the reviews, the feedback, the patient (and sometimes downright impatient 😉) waiting for the next chapter, the mid-week teasers and the speculation, the encouragement and, like I mentioned earlier, the friendship that came along with this blog and the book club.

On the 13th of May, 2012 I posted my first chapter on Fan Fic with no more than a vague notion of saying goodbye. As you already know, that was not to be. 72 chapters later, with almost 400 000 words in Meander alone, a handful of short stories, a blog migration with a steady book club component, and just over 4000 reviews just on FF, saw me to this point in time, a time where I have to accept that all good things must come to an end.

Am I a little sad? Yes, hand on heart, I can say that I feel the sting of goodbye. 😔 From here we forged our own little world, first bound to Christian and Ana, and then later, we found each other in the books that followed. The commitment, love and time that’s gone into cultivating the blog, has been my privilege and I thank you for making it possible, for being there and always being so positive. The vast majority of you are silent readers, and I respect that, but know that I see you in my stats and views. I know you are there, the vocal ones (you know who you are, girls – we all do 😉😂) as well as those of you who choose to simply watch and read from the sidelines. I thank ALL of you for seeing me through.

But it is not all bad news. I’m not going anywhere, after all. I will still be here, the blog will continue hosting Meander if you ever feel the need to spend some time with my version of Christian and Ana. And despite the book club coming to an end, you can still see what I read and how I felt about that story if you follow me on Goodreads. Between the blog, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter and Co, I’m sure you’ll find a way to get hold of me should the urge ever strike ya.

Now, for the very last time, let’s chat books. Sadly, with another crazy week behind me, I didn’t get to finish anything, but Tripping on a Halo by Alessandra Torre, is proving to have a very interesting premise. Not sure where she is going with this quirky tale, but so far, I’m happy to go along with the trip.

 

Also, I’m still enjoying A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon, book 6 in the Outlander series. As predicted, the sh!t did indeed hit the fan with more drama for my beloved pair. I think I handled it well, though. At least I didn’t have a sleepless night worrying about the characters. Let’s call that progress, eh?

I’m not sure where I’ll be going next, but please find me on Goodreads if you are keen to connect with my reading journeys. Also, it gives me the opportunity to see what books you are falling in love with. Click the link to find my Goodreads handle here.

With that, it’s time for my final farewell. For all the clicks and the likes, for all the reviews and advice, the suggestions, and the feedback, the constructive advice, that likes and the shares, the book suggestions and dissection of the Fifty movie franchise, for the jokes and the videos, the emails and chats, for keeping the blog a happy place despite differing views, for standing up for me when the occasional harsh review appeared, for being your beautiful and very best selves, thank you, lovely ladies. You’ve been nothing short of spectacular. MERRY CHRISTMAS! May 2019 bring you joy like you’ve never known and the peace I know we all want for our precious world.

In the evergreen words of Looney Tunes:

58 thoughts on “Between the covers book club

  1. Ann Y says:

    Feels like another piece of our beloved Fifty will be over. Thanks for your great writing with Meander and all the great book reviews. Best of luck in all you do and Merry Christmas.

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  2. Anna says:

    Thank you! I am going to miss your emails so much! 😘xxxooo

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  3. Mary Carraway says:

    Oh no! Say it isn’t so! I’m one of those silent readers, but did post a couple times early on. To this day, I reread Meander when I need my Fifty fix. It’s an awesome story. As for the blog, I looked forward to my weekly fix from you and the girls. I will miss your communications. Best of luck and have a great holiday season.

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  4. gmbizette says:

    I have lost count how many times I have reread Meander! On of my all time favorites FSOG Fanfiction!
    Thank you for sharing your immense talent! I am sorry to see you go, but understand! Best of luck!
    Merry Christmas!

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  5. Anna says:

    I have read Meander so many times , everytime I need my fifty fix . Love it more each time . It’s the best and so are you . Looked forward to book club every week . Will miss this . I understand , sometimes life sometimes gets in the way but I am so happy you will still be active in other ways . Not totally leaving us .
    Please never take Meander away 🙏😘🎄

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  6. Sarah Franken says:

    I’ve read your blog, your wonderful fan fiction, and weekly book club musings since the beginning. What a lovely journey it has been! Best of luck wherever great books take you!

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  7. Angela says:

    Thank you for the lovely little email every Sunday. I will miss it X

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  8. Lynn says:

    Many thanks from the bottom of my heart ❤️

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  9. Katherine says:

    Ah Monique I actually got shivers reading this. Thank you for all the hard work you’ve put into not only the book club but also into the fabulous Meander.
    Good luck in whatever you undertake next, no doubt you will be successful. I’m looking forward to the day we see a book published by you.
    Your blog kept me entertained when things weren’t going too well for me, I was always guaranteed a giggle 😂😂
    I have made some fabulous friends (you included) through the blog who I have no doubt will be in my life for a long time to come.

    Take care ladies and once again thank you Mon, it’s been a pleasure xxx

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    • Monique Lain says:

      Oh Katherine, shivers? I have tears, girlfriend. You and your fabulous shenanigans have come ALL the way with me! Literally through thick and thin. I always marvel at how we all connected. Perhaps it’s our age that makes it so wonderful. We didn’t grow up with the tech we have today, so this connecting across borders and countries is not something we take for granted. For me, it’s still like magic. I couldn’t be happier knowing that I brought you a smile. You and all the readers certainly brought that to me in spades. Of all the responses to the mid week teaser, yours was by far the most entertaining! I STILL think back on it fondly. Keep shining, lovely and thank you. 🌹

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      • Katherine says:

        I was probably one of the impatient readers you spoke about. Many a mini breakdown I had over the midweek teaser usually in the middle of my work day. Everything stopped when your email popped up. The funniest thing for me was the engineers in the office pretending they had no interest in FSOG or Meander but dying to know what was happening next. It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to be on this journey with you 🍀 a little 4 leaf clover for the best of luck in all your endeavours xxx

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        • Monique Lain says:

          LOL! Yes, I think you may have been an impatient reader, Katherine! I remember the teaser used to drive you nuts. 😂😉 I love that you got the engineers involved against their better judgment. So funny! 😂 And thank you for your well wishes. I shall hold them close to my heart 💗

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  10. Alison says:

    Thank you for making my Sunday’s .. it’s always been a pleasure reading your emails xx
    I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy new year xx

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  11. Karen says:

    Me too – all of the previous comments! Even though I have been a mostly silent reader, including all the comments, I count you all as friends! I will miss you all.

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  12. Sharon says:

    Dear, sweet Monique. What a writer you are. Beautifully said.
    Thank you so much for your dedication. Between the Covers was absolutely a naughty pleasure I looked forward to every Sunday! Your beautiful blog lasted longer than many marriages! It was such fun to share the Fifty and Meander journeys with you, Katherine, Crystal, Lissa, and so many other fabulous ladies. (And the occasional gent.) Rather educational at times as well, in the most unexpected of ways!
    Adore you, girlfriend. Well done. Virtual hugs and toasts to all!!
    Merry Christmas and wishing everyone many great passionate readings in 2019!!

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    • Monique Lain says:

      LOL! Sharon! Too funny! Longer than some marriages? Yes, I suppose that may very well be the case, not that I’ve ever thought of it that way. 😂😉
      It has been fun. True words, girlfriend. And one very educational journey, like you said. Who knew?! 😳 Hopefully we’re all a little better off having connected in our shared love of broken billionaires! 😂😂
      Your concluding words are touching. I hope you know I feel the same. Thank you for coming along on this wild ride and all your fantastic shares. 🌹

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  13. Diane Blackmon says:

    Oh my goodness, I took it for granted you would be here forever. I’m one of those silent fans of this blog, but I read every week. Thank you so much for your fifty version, it’s fantastic, I’ve read it at least three times. Now I’m ready for another. The best of luck 🍀for your future plans.

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  14. Siti Klinkner says:

    Like mamy others, I’m surprised n sad that u want to close this chapter nevertheless I respect your wishes. best of luck for your future endeavours. love your fiction version n had read more than twice. ❤️💐🎁🇨🇭. to a good start to 2019 & many more years Stay healthy & happy. keep us posted if u changed your mine.

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  15. Yvonne says:

    Another one of your silent readers who will miss you and the banter with the other ladies every week. Thanks for giving us your time and talent and great book suggestions. You really are a wonderful writer and I hope to see you published one day! Happy Holidays and best of everything in your future.

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  16. twinkie55 says:

    Oh, my goodness I will miss your messages every Sunday and you good read reviews. It had become a pat of my weekly routine. Thank you for it and more especially Meander. What a great read that was and I continue to refer friends to it. Wishing you everything of the best with your future pursuits. May success continue to be your platform.

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  17. Sheila H. says:

    I am another silent reader who is going to miss your emails and your book reviews. I appreciate that all good things must end but we have all been friends during the time we have spent in the book club and reading Meander. I was so pleased to read that you are leaving Meander up as I have just started to read it again. I always keep popping back and reading my favourite chapters, but this time it is re-reading first to last chapters. Like everyone else I will miss you and I am sorry that it has to end. However, I do expect to hear or read somewhere that Monique has written a book! You are a brilliant writer and I am still looking forward to your book so please keep that in mind, I will not be the only one who would like to purchase and read your first book.
    I wish everyone in the book club a very Merry Christmas and my best wishes for a very Happy New Year and hope that 2019 turns out well for everyone.
    Thank you Monique for your story/emails and your friendship, take care now and I wish you and your family all the best as well for 2019 and hope you too have a good Christmas. I am going to sign off now, because I can fell myself getting upset and it would not do to cry all over a laptop.

    Take care everyone, miss you all.

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    • Monique Lain says:

      Aww, Sheila. How beautiful. I’m sortI made you feel sad. You are not alone. It was a hard choice to make. You’ve also been along on this ride with me for a ling time. It’s so lovely of you to check in and say goodbye. Thank you for all your support and kind words. It’s been an absolute pleasure. Go well, dear friend. 🌹

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  18. Julie Knight says:

    I have a lot to thank you for ….you see, i come from Bosnia and quite frankly, books similar to fsog are not something you can find a lot of in bookstores. So after i read fsog I was so “high ” on it and googled “what to read after fsog”. It was than that i discovered world of FF and Meander. It was one of first stories i read and to this day it’s still my favorite! Than i followed your blog and started reading books you recomend…well those books that i find online because…hello…Bosnia here…
    So, in a way bigger than you think, you influenced my life in such a way that i am forever grateful.
    I am one of those silent readers ( i rarely placed comments ….sorry) but please know that your opinion was relevant and apretiated…i will continue to value your opininon via goodreads or fb …kind regards, julie

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    • Monique Lain says:

      Hi Julie 🤗 What a touching comment. That was heartwarming to hear. I feel honoured to have had an impact on your life. Please don’t apologise. I appreciate every one of my readers, silent or not. So glad you could join our slice of Fifty. ❤️ If you have access to Goodreads, please feel free to follow me there to continue to see my book choices and reviews. 🌹

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  19. Debbie Graham says:

    I also was a more silent reader, but did post frequently early on. I am going to miss your emails and recommendations….but totally understand the need to move on to your next chapter. I’m happy that this will stay active, as it’s about time for me to reread Meander. 🙂 I hope you have the best that life has to offer. Cheers to you!

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  20. jo scott says:

    Monique.
    Wishing you all the best for the future. I have enjoyed reading your blog and will
    definitely miss it.
    Regards
    Jo
    ________________________________

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  21. Mariana says:

    Oh my! I’ll miss you and your blogs 😭 From the first time I read your fanfic till this day, I consider it the best one❤️
    I wish you very good luck and happiness!
    Merry Christmas and lots of love all the way from India 😬😘

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  22. Lissa Jeri says:

    Sitting here on a lazy Saturday night and thinking when I can access the new post tomorrow and….then I remember. I won’t have my fix or my outlet about things I don’t exactly discuss in my off-line life.

    So perhaps indulge me a few thoughts as a farewell.

    It was fascinating to find a community that was (rationally) connected to FSOG through a superb piece of fanfic and then advanced to a clearinghouse for genre books where we could yell our yeas or nays on what’s been published and pick up more than a few good recs. And all along the way discuss the transformative relationship we had with FSOG and then survive 3 excruciating attempts to bring our experience with the book to the screen.

    More fascinating (for me) was to watch how the connection to FSOG waned and grayed (again, perhaps a bad pun there) to where it is a sweet, fond memory and a delicious secret to pop back to anyone of the books and read favorite passages.

    But even more fascinating, was seeing how FSOG allowed us to segue into an enjoyment of the development of the whole genre of erotic romance, with all the subgenres that could be offered. How Monique weekly led us through her journey through the books, with the ups and downs of reading ecstasy and disappointment. I was introduced to so many new books and stories and ideas. And I will be forever appreciative that I bumped into her work and ultimately her weekly book club. Thankee!!

    I want to make a final comment: that I hope that everyone continues searching for books that please them and turn them on. There’s a reason why we read genre, yes, almost addictively. For some, of course, it is a substitute for what they cannot have or are afraid to search for in real life. That’s fair and for many reason, as close as they can come (bad pun?), but nonetheless, please try to achieve in real life what is achievable. Then again, there are only so many self-made billionaires who are good in bed.

    But there is another reason I suggest everyone keep on truckin’…I mean, keep on reading genre. For the butterflies in the belly, for the tingling nether regions, for the softening of the sex (all quotations from genre, of course). Because I think reading genre prolongs our physical response into aging. For women, sex is (too much) between the ears. We read it, we feel it…it’s almost the same. And, if, for whatever reason, we cannot have the real thing, or cannot achieve something within the real thing, we will always have Paris, I mean, genre. And it will keep the motor running and keep between the ears running and thus, will keep between the legs running (something weird about that phrase)…and I think will keep us functioning and emotionally younger for a lot longer than our sisters who shut down the machinery both emotionally and physically.

    With thanks to everyone. Will miss you all.
    Monique…you rock.
    Lissa

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    • Monique Lain says:

      Hi Lissa 🤗 What a beautiful encouraging message! What you say is absolutely true. Firstly, it always astounded me how we all connected, and I was blessed to see the world map in my stats! Literally from every small and large corner of the world. Like magic, it was for me. 🥰
      And the next point you made about keeping the flame burning? I second that! In our super busy lives and all the demands that press in from all sides, keeping a spark for the boudoir is essential, and it certainly does start between the ears. I will miss you all right back! 💗

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  23. Crystal Stearns says:

    Well Mother fucker, Monique. I go away for a few weeks and looks what happens. You are leaving us. You all gave me so many laugh that I am going to miss. You helped me find my kind of books and you never once though I was crazy for liking the type of book. I feel a bit untethered right now. Like a mother shoving her child out the door.
    I want to thank you for a wonderful blog and a place where like minded people could come and discuss.
    I’ll tell you now that my New Year resolution is going to be to not but any books in 2019 but to reread what I have and enjoy what I missed during the first read. I will start with you story Monique and think of you.
    Good bye ladies, I will miss you more that you will know.
    For the last time
    Crystal Wolf Pussy
    USA

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    • Monique Lain says:

      Oh Crystal! You were an absolute highlight for me too! No, never thought you were crazy. I strive to be just as spunky as you are when I have grown-up grandkids! You were a delightful pleasure and very entertaining to boot. Keep sparkling, beautiful lady. Your hubby is very lucky to have you. You know where to find me. 🌸

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  24. MAC says:

    Once on a blank page a whole new world began…
    Inquisitive and looking just to understand.
    I clicked on a Fifty Blog, it was just by chance…
    But sometimes fate works more by fate than by circumstance.
    I was pulled right in and got so hooked
    I read at lightening speed…
    Feeling part of something as others joined along
    Monique became not just a friend but a ‘basic need’…
    You may not have started to touch us all
    But that is what you’ve done…
    Making each of us feel a part of what you had begun.
    We 😂laughed so hard
    We 🤣cried some too…
    We 🎉celebrated highs and lows and special holidays…
    We saw some clips, Fifty Shades it changed our sexy ways!!
    None of us have ever met and yet I feel I have
    It is a special gift you gave
    As your axis tilted you chose to write, I see that as brave…
    Now look at all the stalkers you brought upon yourself
    If we could give you an award to put up on your shelf…
    It would be one of heartfelt thanks, a blog that rocked for sure…
    A talent for the sexy words and panty-melting scenes
    If not for you I would have them only in my dreams!!!!! ❤️

    Okay…I know its a bit corny but hey we understand that corny is cool. Sexy is always in fashion and you never know who you are destined to meet unless you put yourself out there. MAC was born when I met you. And all the other ladies who have been here…it does not truly feel that long. It has been a pure pleasure to have known and read with all of you. This blog is what turned me back into a reader. So its a sad day for us as a group but only for a second cause if not for Fifty shades and your need to write we would have missed your incredible story and each other.
    I have already followed you on goodreads! Ladies it has been an amazing ride.
    Thank you Monique ~ for leaving your imprint on my heart.
    Wishing you all the best in the New Year and always.

    MAC 💕😎

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    • Monique Lain says:

      Oh, such beautiful words, lovely. I’m deeply touched that my words inspired yours above. It’s been a wonderful journey and such an amazing pleasure to share it with you. Like you said, highs, and lows, and all the laughs we could have in between. Magical doesn’t begin to describe the joy I’ve felt sharing this unexpected turn of my life. Thank you for being a beautiful part of it! 🌸

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  25. Laura Nolan says:

    I Will miss your many great book selections on here but I promise to look you up in good reads! Have a great new year and good luck in your future endeavors!! ❤️

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  26. Barbi says:

    OMG, I didn’t see this coming. I’m so sad! I really looked forward to reading your emails each week and can’t believe last week was the last post. I was checking my email today for the latest, couldn’t find it, and saw that I hadn’t read last week’s yet with all the Christmas goings on and then just read your news.
    Let me just say that I love, love, love Meander and have thoroughly enjoyed your thoughts and book reviews in the weekly emails. So often, I would rush to Kindle to download many a good book just from your reviews and comments. Will you be adding similar book reviews on your Goodreads page? I guess I’ve never checked to see if your reviews are there too.
    Are you still editing Meander or is it in its finished and final version now? I would certainly like to read it again!
    Can you recommend, or have you found, another newsletter/blog that has a similar flavor and reviews?
    Thanks again for the time and commitment in putting together your thoughts and reviews every week. You have certainly helped to keep my continued interest in this genre and you also have quite the writing talent. I hope you continue to put it to good use and don’t let it go to waste. All the best!

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    • Monique Lain says:

      Hi there, Barbi 🤗 Such gratifying words. Thank you for taking the time to let me know. That’s lovely to hear, about the book club and Meander. ❤️
      I don’t generally review on Goodreads but I do add my star rating. Anything I give 4 or more stars, as far as I’m concerned, is something I would recommend with ease.
      I would really like to get back to Meander for editing, but the story is complete as it stands now.
      Sadly I’ve not found other blogs that has the same taste I have in books, but over time I’ve come to trust a few individuals’ reviews on Goodreads. That’s quite handy, as is Goodreads itself. I find it very useful to help me remember what I read and how I liked it at the time. I also love the new month releases email!! ❤️
      Thank you for your kind well wishes. Happy new year! 😉

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      • Barbi says:

        Thanks for your reply. I really appreciate that you answered every question/comment; that rarely happens when I email someone with questions. Just curious if you would name those individuals whose reviews you trust. Sometimes people go by an alias and may not mind your broadcasting it but if it would be a breach of rules or security, I understand. Two more questions, is your Pinterest page up to date and will you be keeping it up to date? Thanks again!

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        • Monique Lain says:

          No worries, Barbi. It irritates me immensely when I go to the effort of emailing someone and they don’t bother to read it, then only answer some questions or answer them poorly. Drives me nuts! 😜
          The peeps I follow on Goodreads all go by their own names, so I believe they won’t like me sharing, however, nothing stops you from looking at my Goodreads “friend” list and picking some folks that you see have similar taste, but it would take some effort, going through their reading lists. Sorry. 😔
          As for Pinterest, I used to adore the site, went on every day to pin various things, but I haven’t been on in long months. I really dislike the way they’ve strewn it with add pins in your feed. When I first started it was free AND add free, now you can’t go a page down without being bombarded by stuff you DON’T want to see. For a site that’s so specifically taste orientated, I would much prefer to be able to “buy” an add-free version. So I guess my current answer would be no, I won’t be keeping it up to date even though I will keep my account. 😏

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  27. Barbi says:

    Thank you and totally understand about the privacy issue. I have used Goodreads but just not enough, I guess. I didn’t even think of that. Thanks again!

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