Into the Dim



When Fragile, Sixteen Year Old Hope Walton Loses Her Mom To An Earthquake Overseas, Her Secluded World Crumbles Agreeing To Spend The Summer In Scotland, Hope Discovers That Her Mother Was Than A Brilliant Academic, But Also A Member Of A Secret Society Of Time Travelers Trapped In The Twelfth Century In The Age Of Eleanor Of Aquitaine, Hope Has Seventy Two Hours To Rescue Her Mother And Get Back To Their Own Time Along The Way, Her Path Collides With That Of A Mysterious Boy Who Could Be Vital To Her Mission Or The Key To Hope S Undoing Addictive, Romantic, And Rich With Historical Detail, Into The Dim Is An Outlander For TeensInto the Dim

Janet Taylor lives in such a small town in Arkansas that if you happen to sneeze when you pass by, you ll totally miss it Cause, you know, you can t sneeze with your eyes open For real try it it s impossible Her first novel, INTO THE DIM, which debuted 3 1 2016 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is about a 16 year old girl who travels through time Totally on purpose and stuff.Her second book, SPARKS OF LIGHT HMH, 8 1 2017 is the sequel, and continues three months after INTO THE DIM leaves off She s a reader fan first and a writer second She lives with her fantastic husband, two hilarious sons, and Dorda the diabetic dog who won t win any beauty contests, but has a nice personality.She would think you re the coolest thing since AC on a hot day if you d like her on Facebook Follow her on Twitter or visit her web site And if you felt like adding INTO THE DIM to your Want to Read well golly She d probably come over to your house and do cart wheels on your front lawn probably PS check out the bracelet on Janet s pic That s a teeny tiny Tardis Uh, Whovian much

[Ebook] ↠ Into the Dim Author Janet B.  Taylor – E17streets4all.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 436 pages
  • Into the Dim
  • Janet B. Taylor
  • 05 February 2019

10 thoughts on “Into the Dim

  1. says:

    In my sixteen years on this earth, no guy had ever, ever flirted with me The redneck boys where I was from preferred girls like my cheerleader cousins Size two Blond Busty Brainless. This book is being marketed as Outlander for teens It isn t It s a serious insult to teens to say they re incapable of appreciating anything beyond this cliched, slut shaming drivel.Time travel doesn t even rear its head until the poor reader me has sat through pages and pages of innate, inexplicable spe In my sixteen years on this earth, no guy had ever, ever flirted with me The redneck boys where I was from preferred girls like my cheerleader cousins Size two Blond Busty Brainless. This book is being marketed as Outlander for teens It isn t It s a serious insult to teens to say they re incapable of appreciating anything beyond this cliched, slut shaming drivel.Time travel doesn t even rear its head until the poor reader me has sat through pages and pages of innate, inexplicable specialness, mysterious boys with pretty eyes gasp , and listening to a narrator who is beautiful without knowing it, stupid and yet somehow the key to everything, and completely, most definitely, NOT one of those slutty girls Oh, wait a minute, who are those slutty girls , again Well they re blonde, obvs Cheerleaders, because duh Both a size two and with ginormo boobs something which is actually quite difficult without expensive surgery, but I digress Like ewww, guysBut then again, I m not one of those slutty St Sebastian girlsHonestly, can anyone actually stand this girl Like with Outlander, this book takes us to the Scottish Highlands After Hope s mother dies, she goes to stay with her extended family in a huge beautiful house, where she s about to discover her mother s deepest secret time travel Scotland Intriguing new setting Family secrets Time travel Holy shit, sign me up Too bad that Hope is too busy becoming obsessed with a local boy to actually do anything interesting Does she explore this fascinating new place Like hell she does Do we meet some awesome Scottish characters Not unless you mean undeveloped characters called things like Mac and Bran , who all talk like Scottish people might have talked, say, five hundred years ago.I don t know who to recommend this for Younger teens who enjoy Bella Swan style wish fulfillment Maybe Those who like reading about a boring, chaste, slut shaming, oh so misunderstood chosen one SureYou haveknowledge of history, and archaic languages, than many learned professors could absorb in their lifetime Do you now understand why You ve been training for this since you were four years old We need that knowledge We need youOh, hell.And back to the language for a second it really is just ridiculous Present day Scottish people aside, when Hope finally gets her ass in gear and goes back in time nearly a whole millennium, everyone she meets just drops a bunch of g s and f s and inserts apostrophes instead Are you fucking kidding me If you re a teenager and you think Outlander sounds interesting, bloody hell, just read it Not this annoying high school rom com version that may result in the loss of brain cells.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Pinterest

  2. says:

    When the thees, thous and wherefores sprang naturally from my lips, I felt a pang of gratitude for my mother s insistence that I master all those archaic languagesWhat s with all the time travel books lately Is it because of the popularity of OutlanderIs time travel the new vampire or something It s a tough subject around which to write a book, and it can go wrong in many ways This book is an example of how time travel can be fucked up.To be clear, I do not expect this book to b When the thees, thous and wherefores sprang naturally from my lips, I felt a pang of gratitude for my mother s insistence that I master all those archaic languagesWhat s with all the time travel books lately Is it because of the popularity of OutlanderIs time travel the new vampire or something It s a tough subject around which to write a book, and it can go wrong in many ways This book is an example of how time travel can be fucked up.To be clear, I do not expect this book to be anywhere close to Outlander This is YA and concession has to be made for the writing and the complexity or lack thereof But again, I emphasize, just because a book is YA does not give it permission to be shitty that is condescencing towards the YA audience.You want time travel Hold on to your seats and grab a few cups of tea, or rather, a few espresso shots Because you re going to need the caffeine so, so badly It takes a long ass time to even get to the rollicking time travel aspect, and before that, you get to hear the main character freak out, slut shame, fall into infatuation, and learn about the minutiaes of time travel For a good third of the book God help me, I was so bored.The main character is a stupid twit I didn t like her She s a special snowflake if there ever was oneYou haveknowledge of history, and archaic languages, than many learned professors could absorb in their lifetime Do you now understand why You ve been training for this since you were four years old We need that knowledge We need youWhoo Whooooo So special So special that she can do ALL THE THINGS thatexperienced,knowledgeable,well trained adults can t And she was born with it.Born with it Maybe it s Maybelline Maybe it s bullshit I hate the whole born with it crap.Not only is she so smart and special, but she s beautiful without knowing it Give me a fucking break He peered at me I can assure you if we d ever met, I d remember I have an uncanny ability to remember pretty girls Pretty Me Yeah Sure. Seriously, I m so sick of the whole pretty without knowing it bullshit And then there s the condescension and the slut shaming For someone who s so average and normal, our main character sure hates other girls, you know, the pop culture loving, fashionable average Janes whom she deem all to be without a brain in her head And then there s this little comment that made me see redBut then again, I m not one of those slutty St Sebastian girlsThe time travel aspect is ludicrous The concept of it was so confusing and boring I can t even explain it to you if my life depended on it It s also fucking simplistic Girl, you can t just travel back 1000 years in time and magically understand the language We sound way fucking different now as we did 100 years ago 1000 years You wouldn t even recognize English as it was People sure as hell didn t talk like thisI pray on catchin a glimpse o the new queen, the wife said Do ye know, we hear she went on Crusade with her first husband, that Frenchie king Her voice lowered They say she rode with her tatties on full display to entertain the troopsThe time travel aspect was absurd, to say the least This is not a book worth reading All quotes were taken from an advanced reader copy and subject to change in the final edition.

  3. says:

    Can I give this 10 stars I freaking LOVED this book First I want to thank HMH for sending me an advanced copy to read.Ok so my review have you ever seen the movie Timeline with Paul Walker and Gerard Butler No Here s the imdb link check it out well this book reminded me of a mix of Timeline and a YA version of Outlander yes there s a hot Scott lol there s also a hot Brit as well and before you say oh crap there s a love triangle I will tell you th Can I give this 10 stars I freaking LOVED this book First I want to thank HMH for sending me an advanced copy to read.Ok so my review have you ever seen the movie Timeline with Paul Walker and Gerard Butler No Here s the imdb link check it out well this book reminded me of a mix of Timeline and a YA version of Outlander yes there s a hot Scott lol there s also a hot Brit as well and before you say oh crap there s a love triangle I will tell you that no there isn t one just some really hot boys So I m not going to be spoilery in my review but I loved everything about this book It was the perfect mix of sci fi and historical with great world building, mystery, and swoon worthy romance And the time period Janet used I don t recall seeing in any YA book before It was so cool seeing her vision of Eleanor of Aquitane, who was a badass female in time period I also loved the time travel rules in this book they re not confusing like some I ve read Ok so I m gonna stop I feel like I could ramble on for days about this book.Lets just say if you like Outlander, time travel, romance, mystery, history hell even if you don t Read this book as soon as you can

  4. says:

    Hope Walton s mother was believed to have been killed in an earthquake eight months ago Her father has moved on with his life and met someone new but Hope still believes there s a chance her mother could be alive After the service for her mother Hope receives an invitation from her mother s sister to come for a visit while her father travels Not wanting to be left with her grandmother that has never accepted Hope into her family since Hope was adopted, she battles her anxiety and boards a pla Hope Walton s mother was believed to have been killed in an earthquake eight months ago Her father has moved on with his life and met someone new but Hope still believes there s a chance her mother could be alive After the service for her mother Hope receives an invitation from her mother s sister to come for a visit while her father travels Not wanting to be left with her grandmother that has never accepted Hope into her family since Hope was adopted, she battles her anxiety and boards a plane to meet her mother s family.When Hope arrives at her mysterious aunt s home she is told that her aunt had to leave for a few days Hope is full of questions, especially when it s let slip that her mother had been there right before her supposed death but no one is answering Hope s inquiries until she stumbles upon some strange artifacts and costumes beneath the manor Only after Hope s discovery do her newly acquired family let Hope in on their secrets They are a group of time travelers and her mother has been trapped in twelfth century England, left by another group of time travelers who have been in somewhat of a feud with Hope s family.After scanning a few reviews before picking this book up and reading it myself I was a little iffy going in as to what I would find I have to say when finished though I m glad I gave it a fair shot and read it all the way through because I really enjoyed the story once it got going In the end I decided to rate this one 4.5 stars The beginning gets off to a bit of a rocky start which is what seems to be turning some readers away from the book Hope almost seemed a lot younger than she is supposed to be to me but we learn that she s been home schooled by her mother her whole life and not allowed to have friends with anyone her own age and also has a slew of anxieties and phobias She makes a few questionable comments in the beginning but there is actually logic behind them so I overlooked them myself and waited to form an opinion Hope at one point says boys prefer girls like my cheerleader cousins Size two Blond Busty Brainless Ok, if you were raised in a family that treated you as an outcast your whole life because you weren t like them then it s a bit understandable that you would be jaded towards that type Again later she makes a comment about the slutty girls at a school, well that s after the boy she had just met denied knowing her unless she went to that school and they had hooked up After the rocky start and finally getting into the time traveling I really enjoyed Hope as a character along with all the others in the book and the story line Perhaps the beginning could have been a tad better but once the story takes off it s a completely enjoyable read with a lot of adventure and a great look into a historical era Looking forward to see where this series heads in any future books I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Forreviews please visit

  5. says:

    Oh, this was so much fun Henry II Eleonor of Aquitaine are my favorite historical figures and the chance to travel back to their world was thrilling This is similar to Outlander in that the present time period is set in Scotland along with the traveling through time, but that is where the similiaries end Obviously, the main difference is that this is geared toward YA audiences, so it s language is lighter andmodern The time traveling, also, in this hadof a purpose I really r Oh, this was so much fun Henry II Eleonor of Aquitaine are my favorite historical figures and the chance to travel back to their world was thrilling This is similar to Outlander in that the present time period is set in Scotland along with the traveling through time, but that is where the similiaries end Obviously, the main difference is that this is geared toward YA audiences, so it s language is lighter andmodern The time traveling, also, in this hadof a purpose I really recommend this if you are looking for a story just to have fun with I m seriously excited to see where Taylor will take me in the next book of the series which is set to publish next year Ugh, the wait begins 4 stars

  6. says:

    His mouth came down over mine, stopping my words, crushing me to him in a kiss we both knew would have to last us for a long, long time.I AM BEGGING YOU CAN I HAVE ZE NEXT BOOK LIKE RIGHT NOW I AM ABOARD THE MOST FANTABULOUS SHIP IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLDANDTHIS BOOK GAVE ME ENDLESS CARDIAC ARREST BECAUSE OF THE PALPITATIONS I FELT EVERYTIME BRAN S NAME WAS MENTIONED THIS BOOK MADE MY EYES ITCHY AND PROBABLY WORSENED MY ALREADY HORRIBLE VISION THIS BOOK GAVE ME TONS OF WHIPLASH BECAUSE OF THE His mouth came down over mine, stopping my words, crushing me to him in a kiss we both knew would have to last us for a long, long time.I AM BEGGING YOU CAN I HAVE ZE NEXT BOOK LIKE RIGHT NOW I AM ABOARD THE MOST FANTABULOUS SHIP IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLDANDTHIS BOOK GAVE ME ENDLESS CARDIAC ARREST BECAUSE OF THE PALPITATIONS I FELT EVERYTIME BRAN S NAME WAS MENTIONED THIS BOOK MADE MY EYES ITCHY AND PROBABLY WORSENED MY ALREADY HORRIBLE VISION THIS BOOK GAVE ME TONS OF WHIPLASH BECAUSE OF THE PLOT TWISTS THIS BOOK MADE ME ANTI SOCIAL THIS BOOK OBVIOUSLY ROBBED ME OF MY GRAMMATICAL SENSE AND THIS BOOK WILL PUT ME IN A FREAKING LITERARY COMA BECAUSE OF ITS GLORIOUSNESSSOI AM OFFICIALLY BEDRIDDEN AND CURRENTLY FUSSING WITH MY OXYGEN MASK AND DIFFERENT TUBES ATTACHED TO MY BODY AS WE SPEAK BYE, CONSCIOUS PEOPLE READ THIS AND KNOW THAT I HAVE ALREADY PREPARED A BED FOR YOU BESIDE MINE GO ON PICK UP THIS BOOK.5 BILLION STARS Disclaimer An all caps review doesn t always mean bad, mkay I was just highkey fangirling Ain t nothing wrong with that So please don t sue me

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    Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children s Book Group and NetGalleyAll the air whooshed from my lungs as I stared into my mother s face, woven into an object that was nearly nine hundred years oldThis was a YA sci fi story about a girl who had to travel back into the past to rescue her missing mother.Hope was a strong character in this book who never gave up It was quite interesting to learn Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children s Book Group and NetGalleyAll the air whooshed from my lungs as I stared into my mother s face, woven into an object that was nearly nine hundred years oldThis was a YA sci fi story about a girl who had to travel back into the past to rescue her missing mother.Hope was a strong character in this book who never gave up It was quite interesting to learn about her eidetic memory, and she certainly put it to good use when it came to finding her mother, even if her phobias had held her back previously.The storyline in this involved Hope going back in time to the period where her mother had last been in an effort to find and rescue her, we did get a couple of interesting twists though, and I didn t see how Hope was going to deal with one pretty major one that her mother threw at her I did find the pace a little slow though, which made the story drag a bit in places.There was a little bit of romance in this, but not a lot, and it was a little bit complicated.The ending to this was fairly happy, and I was glad how things worked out with Hope s mom, and a certain other person, even if the romance front left us with a bit of a cliff hanger.6.5 out of 10

  8. says:

    I will admit to being a little wary of reading this book because of the tag line comparing it to Outlander Not that Outlander is bad, but I m slightly afraid of the historical aspect.I really liked this cast of characters, especially Hope She s quite possibly the smartest person ever and sort of awkward and it was entertaining reading her figure everything out I always love when someone who was totally underestimated rules everything.The overall story is quite interesting and I was instantly I will admit to being a little wary of reading this book because of the tag line comparing it to Outlander Not that Outlander is bad, but I m slightly afraid of the historical aspect.I really liked this cast of characters, especially Hope She s quite possibly the smartest person ever and sort of awkward and it was entertaining reading her figure everything out I always love when someone who was totally underestimated rules everything.The overall story is quite interesting and I was instantly intrigued There wasn t anything too confusing and the timeline was pretty stable I don t know anything about the historical people mentioned, but I really hope they do exist because there are some serious bad asses.The ending wasn t too cliffhangery, but I am quite eager to see what happens next Huge thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review

  9. says:

    4 of 5 stars at the BiblioSanctum While Into the Dim is not without its flaws like calling it an Outlander for teens might be a bit of a stretch , there s still no denying this book has its charms The story is impressively robust for a YA time traveling book, and what it lacks in world building and logistical explanations, it makes up for with pure entertainment and plenty of fun twists along the way I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed myself.Most of this story actually takes p 4 of 5 stars at the BiblioSanctum While Into the Dim is not without its flaws like calling it an Outlander for teens might be a bit of a stretch , there s still no denying this book has its charms The story is impressively robust for a YA time traveling book, and what it lacks in world building and logistical explanations, it makes up for with pure entertainment and plenty of fun twists along the way I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed myself.Most of this story actually takes place in the twelfth century, but first there s a considerable introduction to establish our main protagonist and her circumstances We begin with sixteen year old Hope Walton at the funeral for her mother Sarah, an academic who was lecturing overseas when an earthquake struck and brought the building down around her Eight months later, her family has finally given up the search for her body and accepted that she is gone To help deal with the grief, Sarah s sister has invited Hope to spend the summer with her in Scotland, and after much reluctance, Hope eventually realizes she has nowhere else to go and accepts.Now this is where the adventure truly begins Hope arrives in Scotland and learnsabout her family than she d ever bargained for Turns out, her aunt is a leader of a group of time traveling agents who are battling another group of rival time travelers to locate a powerful gem lost somewhere in history That, and Hope finds out that her mother Sarah might be still alive, but trapped in the past There may be a way to bring her back, but only a small window of opportunity to make that happen, and Hope will need all the training she can get to prepare her for the mission of her life.Hope and her new friends, fellow time travelers Collum and Phoebe, end up journeying back almost a thousand years to 1154, the year of Eleanor of Aquitaine s coronation as queen consort of England As the focal historical figure for this novel, I thought she was a most fascinating choice One of the most powerful women of her age, Eleanor led an incredible life and was appropriately portrayed as an important character in Into the Dim Also, the High Middle Ages was a period of much significance and change in Western Europe, creating an intriguing backdrop for the novel We re plunged into this world to experience the social, political and religious climate of the times, and author Janet B Taylor certainly does not skimp on details of the sights, sounds, and unfortunately the smells.For me, there were only two major weaknesses, and they kind of go hand in hand with each other The first is Hope herself A poster child for book smart, street stupid if I ever saw one, our protagonist was born was a photographic memory, but her brilliance is also offset by her staggering social ineptitude Kept out of that inbred travesty they call an education system by her snobby and overprotective mother, Hope grew up completely clueless, which would perfectly explain the scene where she meets Bran Cameron for the first time This segues into my second gripe the romance I m still appalled by Hope s reaction to Bran at their first meeting, where she catches him taking stalkerish photos of her with his camera without her knowledge But instead of running for the hills to the closest police station, what does Hope do She flirts with the creepy creeperish creeper, and finds his behavior totally adorable and flattering Ew, no Sadly, this soured the rest of the relationship for me.While engaging, the plot is also nothing too deep The historical aspects and science behind the time traveling will not hold up to heavy scrutiny, though to be fair, that s not really what this book is about Yes, you ll definitely have to roll with some punches, but the story is entertaining and holds up well I liked the fast pacing, as well as the no nonsense way Hope and her friends come up with creative ways to solve problems.It s worth mentioning too that I listened to the audiobook version, which was amazing Before this, I had never listened to anything read by Amanda Ronconi, but her performance for Into the Dim made me an instant fan They couldn t have chosen a better narrator With her wide range of accents, she was perfect for a book like this, which features characters from the US and from Scotland Then, there are those characters from the past Ronconi s Olde English accents are convincing, as is the slight French lilt she gives Eleanor of Aquitaine when she reads her lines I can see how listening to this book might beimmersive experience, compared to reading the dialogue as it is written.All in all, Into the Dim is quite a lovely novel, even with its flaws It s a simple, straightforward book, which serves its purposes to be fun and light hearted, but that s not to say there aren t a couple of unexpected surprises thrown in as well I found it very refreshing, given the string of bad luck I ve had with the YA genre lately, and I ended up enjoying this a lotthan I expected

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    This review is also posted on my blog, Anatea s Bookshelf Into the Dim is one of those books that left me absolutely confused and I had no idea at first if I liked the book or if it was just another book in the sea of other books that I will forget about in a month Writing the review usually helps me sort out my thoughts It was the same with this one There were a few elements that I liked, but there were like waaaayones that I didn t like Time travel books are usually complex and This review is also posted on my blog, Anatea s Bookshelf Into the Dim is one of those books that left me absolutely confused and I had no idea at first if I liked the book or if it was just another book in the sea of other books that I will forget about in a month Writing the review usually helps me sort out my thoughts It was the same with this one There were a few elements that I liked, but there were like waaaayones that I didn t like Time travel books are usually complex and to allow some slips in the plot you d need a kick ass main character, preferably great support characters and swoon worthy romance if there is one My main problems in this book were the things that should have been amazing And then someI won t even mention that this book was supposed to be the Outlander for teens I won t even go there.After Hope s mother goes missing and is presumed dead, she gets an invitation to spend a summer with her aunt in Scottland, which isn t even questionable since her father decided to travel the world with his new girlfriend When Hope finally got to Scottland, she meets a guy who is taking pictures of her, her aunt is not even home and everything seems to be so secretive, but she can t figure out what everyone is secretive about Finally, she accidently stumbles into a room she wasn t supposed to find and everyone else decides to let her in on a secret Her family are time travelers, have been for generations The interesting thing is, her mom is not actually dead She is stuck somewhere in twelfth century London and Hope is the only one who can help save her, but the thing is, she only has a week to prepare for such a hard trip and overcoming all of her phobias might not be an easy task.I have to say, this book is 428 pages long, but I read it in fairly short time I kept turning the pages wanting to know what happens next No actually, scratch that I kept turning the pages wanting something exciting to finally happen And while I did enjoy the plot to some extent, I couldn t help but be irritated with soooo many things Right off the bat, I was annoyed with all of the Scottish talk accent What s up with that I felt like in some sentences I needed a dictionary to be able to fully understand what was written We could have definitely gone without that I m not even sure if people talk that way in Scottland, do you, Scottish people I already mentioned this earlier, but I really disliked our main character Hope She was this girl on whom everything depended She knew everything about everything, she had photographic memory, she knew all archaic languages should I even try to question the possibility of this and she was socially awkward Of course, she was Can you try to guess what else she was Homeschooled, you ask Bingo Hope is such a stereotypical I am so bad at everything even though I am really smart and I don t know I m beautiful kinda girl It s starting to get really annoying to have every second character be like this Where did the confidence go She also had all those phobias that could have made things a little better if the author went a bit deeper into that subject Unfortunately, she didn t, so it just made things worse because it became just one of the many things that were left unexplored and flat Hope is definitely fighting for the first place in the most irritating characters ever category along with Kora from Beyond the Red.I won t say much about romance, mostly because I didn t like it at all I didn t get it at all I didn t feel it at all It was like when someone tries to pair you up with a guy you don t like and he doesn t like you back, but you still have to be together No connection whatsoever And of course, it had to have an insta romance feel to it Just giving you a heads up.The plot was actually the only thing that I liked to some extent, although it could have been much better Everything was so simplified and even though it s a YA book, I think the teens are muchthan capable to understandcomplex explanations 12th century London was a bit disappointing, though I don t think a normal person back then could have gotten to the queen that easily It was all done a little bit naively and without checking first if a situation like that would be possible in real life I still enjoyed some parts.I hate it when finally we get a time travel book and then it turns to not be that good I am sorry to say, but I won t be recommending this one to anyone else But if you re just like me, you probably won t trust anything anyone says about a book you really want to read, then go ahead and read it You may even like itthan I did But do let me know if you did Blog Twitter Facebook Instagram Pinterest

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