Accepting the Lance (Liaden Universe, #22)
Exiled from Liad after bombing a city to save it from The Department of the Interior’s infernal weapons and plans, Clan Korval has gone to ground on the back-water planet Surebleak, whose people are as untamed as its weather. The old Boss-controlled fiefdoms largely fell to Pat Rin yos’Phelium’s influence, but the world is restive, the influx of outworld lawyers, guns, and money a brewpot for armed dissatisfaction. Far beyond the surface of frigid Surebleak Korval’s farflung trade network needs a serious reset to recover from exile. From flagship Dutiful Passage to the experimental—if centuries old—self-aware Bechimo co-captained by the Delm’s blood-sister Theo Waitley, the clan’s ships are prowling space lanes seeking trade. Meanwhile, Old Tech from a failed universe—the ancient but revived Tinsori Light—and the machinations of the mysterious Uncle are coalescing into dangerous opportunity or nefarious trap. And the Department of the Interior is not done with Clan Korval yet. They seek a final fully reckoned revenge, with Surebleak and Korval’s ships and people everywhere in the crosshairs.

Accepting the Lance (Liaden Universe, #22) Details

TitleAccepting the Lance (Liaden Universe, #22)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 3rd, 2019
PublisherBaen
ISBN-139781982124212
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Space, Space Opera, Fiction, Fantasy

Accepting the Lance (Liaden Universe, #22) Review

  • Dan
    January 1, 1970
    So very good, with so many threads advanced, or resolved. Well worth the cost of the eARC. Lee and Miller just keep getting better at their craft.
  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Nice, wanders a bit but closes off a plot thread.Spoilerish -- was the ship supposed to be familiar? Like the series that was cut short at another publisher?
  • Teresa Carrigan
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent addition to the Liaden Universe. Satisfying conclusion, with room for more stories - which is good because the authors have a contract for several more books.This review is based on reading the eARC edition purchased from Baen.
  • Eden
    January 1, 1970
    2019 bk 405. I am going to have to go back and read this again. Accepting the Lance wraps up a number of primary issues in the Liaden Universe - enough that I have to wonder if there will be a #23. The universe has expanded so much that I have lost a few threads and esp. with this one realize that I need to read a couple of books that came before this one. I did like this book, the bedel continue to fascinate me and I missed the children's involvement in this one. Talizea made a few brief 2019 bk 405. I am going to have to go back and read this again. Accepting the Lance wraps up a number of primary issues in the Liaden Universe - enough that I have to wonder if there will be a #23. The universe has expanded so much that I have lost a few threads and esp. with this one realize that I need to read a couple of books that came before this one. I did like this book, the bedel continue to fascinate me and I missed the children's involvement in this one. Talizea made a few brief appearances, but non of the others I so much enjoyed - and when did Diglon get married? That threw me completely.
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  • MAB LongBeach
    January 1, 1970
    Accepting the Lance ties up all of the "contemporary" story lines in the Liaden Universe in a satisfying way. Because of that, this is definitely not a good starting place for the series. But those who have been following it should be satisfied.There is a lot going on here, so many of the ongoing characters are on-stage only briefly, but giving each their full due would drag the book out past enduring. The only thing that feels slighted is in the attack on the Department of the Interior's base. Accepting the Lance ties up all of the "contemporary" story lines in the Liaden Universe in a satisfying way. Because of that, this is definitely not a good starting place for the series. But those who have been following it should be satisfied.There is a lot going on here, so many of the ongoing characters are on-stage only briefly, but giving each their full due would drag the book out past enduring. The only thing that feels slighted is in the attack on the Department of the Interior's base. A major development comes from nowhere; I felt off-balance through that whole sequence because of it.The ending is satisfactory, but leaves plenty of room for more stories in this universe. Recommended.
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  • Kathy Martin
    January 1, 1970
    In this 22nd adventure in the Liaden Universe a number of plot threads are tied off. It is a novel filled with changes.TerraTrade has sent a survey crew to assess Surebleak's potential as a trading hub. However, one of the crew is prejudiced against the planet because Clan Korval has settled there. He is convinced that Clan Korval are pirates who subjugated the world to Korval's desires which is almost true. Nonetheless the current plan is not to make waves while the inspectors are on planet.But In this 22nd adventure in the Liaden Universe a number of plot threads are tied off. It is a novel filled with changes.TerraTrade has sent a survey crew to assess Surebleak's potential as a trading hub. However, one of the crew is prejudiced against the planet because Clan Korval has settled there. He is convinced that Clan Korval are pirates who subjugated the world to Korval's desires which is almost true. Nonetheless the current plan is not to make waves while the inspectors are on planet.But Theo and Bechimo arrive being trailed by on overzealous scout who wants to decommission and reprogram Bechimo because he's a complex logic - a self-aware and self-governing space ship. But Val Con makes a judgment in his role as a Scout Commander that complex self-aware machines are people and may not be interfered with if they have jobs and are socially responsible. This is an epic, potentially universe changing idea. When a group of these complex logics, most of them war machines that survived the Old Universe, are pointed at Surebleak by the Commander of the Department of the Interior as the next phase in the DOI's plans to wipe-out Korval, Theo, her crew, and her ships are there to stop the invasion in a very Delgado sort of way. Theo teaches the invaders consensus building as a way of problem solving and averts the invasion without a shot being fired. While these things are going on at or near Surebleak, another plot thread begun in an earlier book has some survivors of the DOI going off to try to defeat it. It is a longshot attempt that is led by Rys Lin pen'Chela who was a former Agent of Change who was adopted by the Bedel who live secretly on Surebleak.Speaking of the Bedel, they have long been on Surebleak having been dropped off by their ship which never returned for them. Only now a message comes in and they find that they have been found and a ship will be coming for them. The problem is that most of the current generation of Bedel have made Surebleak their home and don't want to go back. Still another plot thread has a Boss Surebleak wanting to return things to the bad old days and wants to retire Boss Conrad (Pat Rin) and the Road Boss (Miri and Val Con). No one knows who Boss Surebleak is but our heroes are pretty sure he/she is another part of the plot set up by the DOI to eliminate Korval. The consequences of this lead to the development of voting as a way to indicate support for either Boss Conrad or Boss Surebleak which is an idea that is very new to Surebleak and not much more common on Liad. All of these plot threads and others I didn't talk about are wonderfully woven into a fascinating story that brings us up-to-date on many of the characters who have starred in earlier books in the Liaden Universe series. But I still want more! What about Shan? What about the children who are now young adults? What will happen as a result of Val Con's judgment? What is happening at Tinsori Light?
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  • Jo (Mixed Book Bag)
    January 1, 1970
    Finally it all comes together. Lee and Miller have been showing us parts of the story in each previous book. Now all of those parts and characters come together as the DOI tries to destroy Koval and Surebreak. Lots of tension, danger and suspense as each characters finds their part to play
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  • Bookwirm
    January 1, 1970
    As with many high number books of a series, there are a number of threads and storylines to follow. Without thorough familiarity of the series, this could make the book a bit confusing. However, an enjoyable story and a resolution that brings many of the threads together again. If you are a fan of Clan Korval, I heartily recommend!
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  • Bungluna
    January 1, 1970
    I have to say that the last few books in this series had begun to pall, as it seemed to me that the authors had introduced such a large cast of characters that the overreaching arc (the Department of the Interior and it's pursuit of Clan Korval) was in danger of getting lost in the chaos.I'm glad to report that this novel ties up most of the loose ends of the DiI story line, which leaves room to explore other stories, such as the emergence of IA beings into legal society.The Liaden cast of I have to say that the last few books in this series had begun to pall, as it seemed to me that the authors had introduced such a large cast of characters that the overreaching arc (the Department of the Interior and it's pursuit of Clan Korval) was in danger of getting lost in the chaos.I'm glad to report that this novel ties up most of the loose ends of the DiI story line, which leaves room to explore other stories, such as the emergence of IA beings into legal society.The Liaden cast of characters is too big to include in its entirety in one novel, imo, so I was not surprised that quite a few were left out of this story. That said, the main ones were there to wrap up what started (chronologically) in Mouse and Dragon and came to be known as a plot of much older existence. I was satisfied with the resolution offered in this novel and look forward to future adventures in the Liaden Universe.
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  • Thea Maia
    January 1, 1970
    A kick ass romp that had me laughing one minute and crying the next.I don't wish to spoil anything. What I will say, is that though some VERY big things happen in this book and it almost seemed like a finale in the series because so many threads get tied, it raised so many questions I am going to go right out and re-read the Crystal Variation books. Again. Which is not a bad thing! : )As a long and very loyal fan of this universe I say that this book is a gift. I thank the authors for it.I A kick ass romp that had me laughing one minute and crying the next.I don't wish to spoil anything. What I will say, is that though some VERY big things happen in this book and it almost seemed like a finale in the series because so many threads get tied, it raised so many questions I am going to go right out and re-read the Crystal Variation books. Again. Which is not a bad thing! : )As a long and very loyal fan of this universe I say that this book is a gift. I thank the authors for it.I really am breathless and wrung out having just read the ending. Expect a roller coaster of emotions!
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  • tiffany johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Spectacular as always. Great way to wrap up loose threads. Look forward to many more!
  • Louis R.
    January 1, 1970
    Love them and can’t even pretend to be impartial Another great one; the only tiny issue becomes that they have such an array of characters and plots that the pacing can getTricky and occasionally confusing. Loved the book though.
  • Debrac2014
    January 1, 1970
    Very good! I enjoyed the scenes with the old tech!
  • Paraphrodite
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars.A satisfactory conclusion to the DOI arc and a hopeful future for the people on Surebleak. As usual, there are lots of interconnecting scenes and simultaneous actions happening all over the place. Looks like I should have gone back and re-read more than just the last book to refresh myself a bit more!! The Tree meddling with Yulie Shaper and Emissary Twelve, The Six's missions, Theo and the Assembly of Old Tech, the Road Boss's lectures and that final shootout with Miri... there are many 4 stars.A satisfactory conclusion to the DOI arc and a hopeful future for the people on Surebleak. As usual, there are lots of interconnecting scenes and simultaneous actions happening all over the place. Looks like I should have gone back and re-read more than just the last book to refresh myself a bit more!! The Tree meddling with Yulie Shaper and Emissary Twelve, The Six's missions, Theo and the Assembly of Old Tech, the Road Boss's lectures and that final shootout with Miri... there are many memorable moments. Although I did miss the Uncle's presence. I hope this is not the end but the start of a new phase for Clan Korval, especially since we've now got a pair of young "cousins" as new Korval pilots.
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  • Lis Carey
    January 1, 1970
    The team sent off to take down the Department of the Interior are running into some interesting challenges--and an unexpected development.Someone calling themself "Boss Surebleak" has demanded that Boss Conrad and the Road Boss be "retired," in the Surebleak sense, all their property stripped from their families, and those families deported from Surebleak, and Surebleak returned to its "native" laws and customs.Theo, Bechimo, and crew are working off two serious demerits Theo and Bechimo earned The team sent off to take down the Department of the Interior are running into some interesting challenges--and an unexpected development.Someone calling themself "Boss Surebleak" has demanded that Boss Conrad and the Road Boss be "retired," in the Surebleak sense, all their property stripped from their families, and those families deported from Surebleak, and Surebleak returned to its "native" laws and customs.Theo, Bechimo, and crew are working off two serious demerits Theo and Bechimo earned while entering the Surebleak system in their previous adventure. The Portmaster is being hardnosed about it, which she admits is not really fair, but...There's a Terra Trade survey team on planet, evaluating the port for the upgrade to "regional port, all services" status that it clearly needs for Surebleak to continue to grow. The presence of Clan Korval, and the bad reputation the Department of the Interior has managed to saddle them with, is of course one of the biggest obstacles to this. The fact that Theo, while being the Delm's sister, isn't really Clan Korval, is a detail that the Portmaster can't really expect to sell to the Terra Trade team. While doing their public service work, they find a gathering of Old Tech ships and devices, some of them from the old universe. Currently, the Old Tech intelligences are discussing whether or not the orders they have to destroy Surebleak are valid. Obviously, hot-headed Theo is the right one to convince them they're not, right?Meanwhile, the Bedel have received an automated message from the Ship. When they reply, the Captain will notify them of when to be ready for their very late pickup. But do they want to go? A couple of generations at least have been born and have grown up on Surebleak. Some of them have strong local ties.And if that's not enough excitement, a Turtle has arrived, not one of Edger's clan, but she does know Edger. Her name is Emissary Twelve, and she's been sent with some really bad news. If repair work on the damage done, apparently by the Gilmour Agency's mining operations, doesn't start soon, Surebleak will come apart in just twelve thousand years.So, yes, okay, that particular disaster is on a timescale that makes it seem more urgent to Turtles than to humans, but still, why wait?There's a lot going on here, and it's a lot of fun, if also pretty high stress to everyone involved. The Liaden universe, the Surebleak culture, and the new and old characters continue to grow and develop. It's an enjoyable and satisfying story.Recommended.I received this audiobook as a gift from a kind friend.
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  • Julie Herman
    January 1, 1970
    I admit it. I adore Miller and Lee. Honestly, the books just keep getting better, giving long-time readers new understanding of the universe they have built and the characters they have created. In Accepting the Lance, Clan Korval has its hands full rebuilding trade networks and building new alliances after the Department had them banned from their home planet of Liad. While most of the Department is in disarray, there are still solid threats to be dealt with. If that wasn't enough, old threats I admit it. I adore Miller and Lee. Honestly, the books just keep getting better, giving long-time readers new understanding of the universe they have built and the characters they have created. In Accepting the Lance, Clan Korval has its hands full rebuilding trade networks and building new alliances after the Department had them banned from their home planet of Liad. While most of the Department is in disarray, there are still solid threats to be dealt with. If that wasn't enough, old threats resurface to threaten the very universe. Space Opera is one of my all-time favorites, and the books in this series delivers each and every time.If you are new to their series, I would start earlier in the list of titles--the last few have been complex. The author's website suggests the following titles for those entering their universe: Agent of Change, Conflict of Honors, Local Custom, Scout’s Progress, Balance of Trade, Fledgling, Crystal Soldier, Necessity’s Child, Dragon in Exile, Alliance of Equals. Grab any of them and settle in for a great read Once you read one of these, you will be hooked for life.
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  • Dawn Siemer
    January 1, 1970
    All wrapped up with a neat bowThis book suffers a bit, in my opinion, from too many characters doing too many different things in too many places. There's Val Con and Miri dealing with a plot to discredit Surebleak Port. Theo must handle a potential invasion by independent logics. Rhys and his fellows are at the same time taking the fight to the Department of the Interior. And the Bedel ship says it's coming--only a couple generations late. This could have been 3 different books.On the positive All wrapped up with a neat bowThis book suffers a bit, in my opinion, from too many characters doing too many different things in too many places. There's Val Con and Miri dealing with a plot to discredit Surebleak Port. Theo must handle a potential invasion by independent logics. Rhys and his fellows are at the same time taking the fight to the Department of the Interior. And the Bedel ship says it's coming--only a couple generations late. This could have been 3 different books.On the positive side, the action doesn't stop and we get to check back with most of our surviving old friends from previous books. The overarching Department of the Interior plot is concluded, so this may be the last Liaden Universe book.TheDespite the split party issues, I recommend the entire series.
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  • Andy Zach
    January 1, 1970
    In "Accepting the Lance", Sharon Lee wraps up many threads of her 22 volume 'Liaden-verse' series, while still leaving room for future volumes.Those who haven't read the series, would do well to begin with 'Crystal Soldier'. In this universe, the Liadens are escapees from one universe, under attack from a universe and star destroying force called 'The Enemy" to the Terran universe, where we live. Liadens are physically similar to humans. In a creative wrinkle, Sharon Lee makes prominent use of In "Accepting the Lance", Sharon Lee wraps up many threads of her 22 volume 'Liaden-verse' series, while still leaving room for future volumes.Those who haven't read the series, would do well to begin with 'Crystal Soldier'. In this universe, the Liadens are escapees from one universe, under attack from a universe and star destroying force called 'The Enemy" to the Terran universe, where we live. Liadens are physically similar to humans. In a creative wrinkle, Sharon Lee makes prominent use of psychic powers of telepathy, precognition, and telekinesis, combined with faster than light travel by humans and alien species. I recommend the series to those who like strong, unusual characters who get tested to the limits. Readers of both science fiction and fantasy will enjoy the series.
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  • Margaret
    January 1, 1970
    Bravo! People complain that the story arc is not contained within one book when we are talking about reading a series book. On the other hand, the payoff is that much greater if you have diligently read all of the previous books in the series sometimes. And this is one of those times. Magnificent!Accepting the Lance is the direct sequel to Neogenesis. (On the other hand, the next Liaden book will be back to Jethri Gobelyn, the human Trader adopted by a Liaden clan, and will be the direct sequel Bravo! People complain that the story arc is not contained within one book when we are talking about reading a series book. On the other hand, the payoff is that much greater if you have diligently read all of the previous books in the series sometimes. And this is one of those times. Magnificent!Accepting the Lance is the direct sequel to Neogenesis. (On the other hand, the next Liaden book will be back to Jethri Gobelyn, the human Trader adopted by a Liaden clan, and will be the direct sequel to Trade Secret.)Accepting the Lance involves Clan Korval's role on Surebleak, Theo Waitley and Bechimo (her AI ship), the Department of the Interior, and, just to make it interesting, a Clutch turtle.Space opera at its finest! Highly recommended for longtime series fans and, yes, first-time readers would also enjoy this book!
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  • Anne Yentsch
    January 1, 1970
    A good readLooked forward to this book as I have always enjoyed the Liaden universe. But I found myself quite confused about the plot, who was who and what their role was in overcoming the enemy. This occurred about two thirds of way through book. A little more clarity and perhaps fewer characters would have provided more coherence. Of course, as curious readers familiar with the individuals who have appeared and lived through disparate adventures in the earlier books, we all want to know how A good readLooked forward to this book as I have always enjoyed the Liaden universe. But I found myself quite confused about the plot, who was who and what their role was in overcoming the enemy. This occurred about two thirds of way through book. A little more clarity and perhaps fewer characters would have provided more coherence. Of course, as curious readers familiar with the individuals who have appeared and lived through disparate adventures in the earlier books, we all want to know how our particular favorites were doing. But I would have been happier if the authors had produced two books instead of compressing so many events and adventures into one.
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  • Avid Reader
    January 1, 1970
    3.5*s but upped to 4 as it Finished off a number of threads quite nicely but there were a lot of balls in the air and I had a job keeping track of them all, and remembering some of the back story. I love the Liaden universe, and I absolutely love Lee and Miller’s writing and characterisation but I am not really a fan of these episodic stories, which have been the standard for the last few books. I’m hoping that the next one will concentrate on a few characters with an in depth meaty story, 3.5*s but upped to 4 as it Finished off a number of threads quite nicely but there were a lot of balls in the air and I had a job keeping track of them all, and remembering some of the back story. I love the Liaden universe, and I absolutely love Lee and Miller’s writing and characterisation but I am not really a fan of these episodic stories, which have been the standard for the last few books. I’m hoping that the next one will concentrate on a few characters with an in depth meaty story, fingers crossed.
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  • Marti
    January 1, 1970
    Another beautiful, exhilarating tale! The authors perform the incredible feat of bringing together a number of story lines in organized, exciting, elegant fashion and honoring the reader with heartily satisfying resolutions. Obtain this book by hook or crook but save it while you enjoy the back stories told in earlier novels. Then you will savor every delicious word of this one. Trust me; there’s a reason you don’t find Liaden Universe books in used book stores. It’s because no one ever Another beautiful, exhilarating tale! The authors perform the incredible feat of bringing together a number of story lines in organized, exciting, elegant fashion and honoring the reader with heartily satisfying resolutions. Obtain this book by hook or crook but save it while you enjoy the back stories told in earlier novels. Then you will savor every delicious word of this one. Trust me; there’s a reason you don’t find Liaden Universe books in used book stores. It’s because no one ever willingly parts with their copies! Yes, they are just that good!
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  • Kalima
    January 1, 1970
    I have read all of the books in the series set in the Liaden Universe, and this new one does not disappoint. Others who spend time with these books will enjoy the familiar characters, and will have fun getting to know some new ones - learning to hate a couple of them, probably. I think someone new to the series would be able to figure out what is going on, and enjoy the plot as well as the characters. In all, it was a great read.
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  • Thom Davis
    January 1, 1970
    FinallyI believe this to be the final (finally) of the Liaden Universe novels. As such, it tied up a lot of loose ends and as a result, has more changes of perspective than most of the previous novels. I enjoyed many of the series, but still think Liaden men are sorta wimpy while the women seem to be the movers and changers in the series. Best novels in the series IMHO were Alliance of Equals and Fledgling.
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  • Sctechsorceress
    January 1, 1970
    Brilliant! I loved this book! I could hardly put it down. As usual, the authors have given new readers (or long time readers with poor memory) just enough information so that the story will make sense. And without slowing down the story for those who have been keeping up. I don't know how they do it, but as always, this book is the best one yet. Although I am sure the next one will be even better.
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  • Craig Sweeney
    January 1, 1970
    Loved itAnother excellent episode in this fantastic series. The authors wove together several plot lines which kept me turning pages. I did get a little lost with new names at (no spoilers) a critical plot point but the outcome was clear. These books are always about people and I love that. I’m panicked because this could be a stopping point- surely not, please?!? More, please.
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  • Hacksaw
    January 1, 1970
    An excellent wrap up and staging for what is to come.This long awaited story finishes a major story line, a minor one as well, and wraps up a few loose ends. However, there is set up for other stories not yet finished.The writing is what one expects from a Lee and Miller book: tight, thoughtful, flowing.This was satisfying, and leaves me wanting more.
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  • Joe AuBuchon
    January 1, 1970
    An entertaining story; actually several entertaining stories. Loose ends tied up and a story arc brought to a conclusion. -- With openings left for a number of other story lines to begin, or continue. In the Liaden Universe one grows interested in the characters and their interactions and fates. Indeed, a number of them are worth caring about. I am, as usual, impatient for the next book.
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  • KDinSC
    January 1, 1970
    So much awesomenessI love this author team and this series, and universe, and this latest entry in particular. How could one not? The story, the hairpin plot twists, the emotional roller coaster of a ride... Many answers, some solutions, and hints of new adventures before us! Go forth and read!
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  • James Hagan
    January 1, 1970
    22 books and numerous short stories in this universe and the quality has never gone down. By now the clan is family. Some things get resolved (mostly) but there are other paths opening. As usual, sorry I finished it so soon. If the schedule holds, I have to wait a year for the next one however it is always worth the wait.
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