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  1. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    4/5stars This was really cute and wholesome if a bit cheesy. Very confused how it's a series though as this first volume felt very complete to me 4/5stars This was really cute and wholesome if a bit cheesy. Very confused how it's a series though as this first volume felt very complete to me

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer

    Become You is the newest series from the stellar creator of Orange, mangaka Ichigo Takano. Taiyou is a high school student whose worked hard to become a musician. Now he wants it all, dreaming of stardom with his band. Only his band mates are done with music and quit. Taiyou tries all sorts of tactics to convince his talented classmate Hikari into forming a new band with him. This is their journey of lights. Right from the first chapter of Become You vol 1 I fell for the upbeat, energetic and per Become You is the newest series from the stellar creator of Orange, mangaka Ichigo Takano. Taiyou is a high school student whose worked hard to become a musician. Now he wants it all, dreaming of stardom with his band. Only his band mates are done with music and quit. Taiyou tries all sorts of tactics to convince his talented classmate Hikari into forming a new band with him. This is their journey of lights. Right from the first chapter of Become You vol 1 I fell for the upbeat, energetic and persevering Taiyou. The way Taiyou daydreams can be a little confusing at first, but a reread helped clarify what was happening and what wasn’t. He wishes that there was some easy, supernatural way to attain his dreams (don’t we all!) but in the end realizes it’s all down to hard work. When Hikari starts to cooperate though is where Become You vol 1 really starts to charm. Taiyou is hilarious as Hikari tries to train him. We see the heartbreaking side to Taiyou as we learn music was not his first love. The role of a teacher who should be mentoring talent instead of squashing it made my blood boil. Unfortunately it’s quite true to life. The friendship in Become You vol 1 totally won me over. Taiyou is such a joy you so want him to succeed. But I also love how Hikari reacts to Taiyou. I already know that this is going to be a beloved series if these two continue to grow together.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This was my first Ichigo Takano manga and what a tear-jerker! I found the message of this to be something I really needed to hear right now, so the story definitely resonated with me. The art is lovely, and the characters are interesting. I just wish I knew a bit more about them. And the song that the manga was written for - the lyrics are so beautiful, and definitely hold a message we all ought to listen to. I’m already impatient for the next one, even though it’s not released until August 2020 This was my first Ichigo Takano manga and what a tear-jerker! I found the message of this to be something I really needed to hear right now, so the story definitely resonated with me. The art is lovely, and the characters are interesting. I just wish I knew a bit more about them. And the song that the manga was written for - the lyrics are so beautiful, and definitely hold a message we all ought to listen to. I’m already impatient for the next one, even though it’s not released until August 2020 😭 In the meantime, I’ll definitely be checking out more of Takano’s work.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Cute. Only one exchange prevents this from crossing the BL line: Cute. Only one exchange prevents this from crossing the BL line:

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Gabrielle

    Ichigo Takano can do no wrong.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    Actual Rating: 3.5 stars This is labeled as "volume 1" but why does it feel like it ended? If there's a volume 2 I won't be mad, but I'm also okay with it being a one and done? It was cute and I absolutely love the art style, but I wasn't completely blown away by the story. Actual Rating: 3.5 stars This is labeled as "volume 1" but why does it feel like it ended? If there's a volume 2 I won't be mad, but I'm also okay with it being a one and done? It was cute and I absolutely love the art style, but I wasn't completely blown away by the story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    stef the gargoyle

    don't break my heart, i swear to god don't break my heart, i swear to god

  8. 4 out of 5

    RoRo

    3.5 stars Character Development: N/A (for all mangas) Diversity: Kinda Likes: I liked the music about this book. Dislikes: At some parts of the book it was a little confusing. What mood should you read this book in?: Emotional, Music Pace: Fast Likable Characters?: IDK Characters or Plot?: Character and PLot so 50/50 Overall, I took off 1.5 stars because I expected more from this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Elys

    This. was. so. precious. my. heart. is. aching. "Become You" was definitely an impulse buy for me and I picked it up based on the cute cover, so I definitely didn't expect the EMOTIONS it brought out. Taiyou and Hikari make the perfect pair of opposites, with one being puppy-like and the other the grumpy get-out-of-my-face type. While I did like the guitar training sessions and the banter, I did kind of wish it went beyond practicing and wanted an expansion beyond school and the cafe. Still, I rea This. was. so. precious. my. heart. is. aching. "Become You" was definitely an impulse buy for me and I picked it up based on the cute cover, so I definitely didn't expect the EMOTIONS it brought out. Taiyou and Hikari make the perfect pair of opposites, with one being puppy-like and the other the grumpy get-out-of-my-face type. While I did like the guitar training sessions and the banter, I did kind of wish it went beyond practicing and wanted an expansion beyond school and the cafe. Still, I really, really like this first volume and will definitely pick up the next! Also: Hikari yelling at Taiyou every time he shows up in something extra like a neck scarf or a large bow tie killed me. 10/10. Best moment? *both characters are sharing a moment of feelings and positivity* Taiyou: can i hug you? Hikari: *in bold font* NO.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Temi Panayotova

    It was extremely adorable and satisfying to read! But I need the second vol!

  11. 4 out of 5

    birar rose

    i love this manga i hope to read more i hope they more. it make me feel hopeful!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laura Grace

    "Being positive…takes a lot of courage." I feel so seen on page with this manga. It made me cry at the end because that feeling OF being seen is such a powerful and beautiful thing. I've always been told that my optimism and being a bright person is a good thing, but there are times I feel I fail, that I break. I saw SO much of myself in Taiyou and his daydreaming, his depression, and his encouraging and bright attitude. It is one of the best manga titles I have read concerning depression (with S "Being positive…takes a lot of courage." I feel so seen on page with this manga. It made me cry at the end because that feeling OF being seen is such a powerful and beautiful thing. I've always been told that my optimism and being a bright person is a good thing, but there are times I feel I fail, that I break. I saw SO much of myself in Taiyou and his daydreaming, his depression, and his encouraging and bright attitude. It is one of the best manga titles I have read concerning depression (with Strobe Edge volume 6 now being number two) and just left me deeply thankful for the mangaka pouring her heart into this story and sharing it with readers. I never thought of being positive taking a lot of courage, but when I read that, I could not keep the tears at bay any longer. Taiyou's bright personality and always reaching for his dreams, despite his own weaknesses or incapability, spoke to my heart in a time I didn't know I really needed to know I wasn't alone in my own dreams I'm pursuing. When I started up my small online business recently, I started because I wanted to own the items I was selling, but just like Taiyou wanting to be a musician and make people smile, that is EXACTLY my hope and dream for my small business. I felt his heart so personally when he shared that with Hikari because it sounds stupid, but in our hearts it's what we really desire and want. This was such an excellent read! I genuinely felt seen and definitely want more of this story! I was eyeing the preorder a while back on Amazon and was so bummed when it appeared canceled, only for me to do some more research this morning and found it IS going to be releasing (volume two that is)! I absolutely love Taiyou and feel he is going to be such a special character in my heart because of how deeply I connected to him and his struggle. <3

  13. 4 out of 5

    Manon「マノン」

    2nd Read (July 2020) ”I wish all the pain could disappear from the world. But without pain, people can’t recognized kindness.” Ashie Taiyou is 17 year old high school student whose dream is to be a musician. He’s a member of the school’s music club where he plays guitar, but his bandmates decide to quit in order to focus on their studies as the university’s exams are approaching. While hunting for new members, he is going to cross path with Tsukimoto Hikari, a fellow classmate. Taiyou won’t stop a 2nd Read (July 2020) ”I wish all the pain could disappear from the world. But without pain, people can’t recognized kindness.” Ashie Taiyou is 17 year old high school student whose dream is to be a musician. He’s a member of the school’s music club where he plays guitar, but his bandmates decide to quit in order to focus on their studies as the university’s exams are approaching. While hunting for new members, he is going to cross path with Tsukimoto Hikari, a fellow classmate. Taiyou won’t stop asking him to join the club multiples times and from there, an unlikely friendship is going to start. Taiyou and Hikari are the complete opposite, from their appearances but also their personalities. While Taiyou has light hair and has an easy-going personality, Hikari is the cliche dark-haired guy who sit in the back of the classroom and who barely talk to his classmates but can be quite blunt when he does. As Taiyou states about him, he’s pretty mysterious and he is keeping secrets. Moreover, Hikari is a music prodigy while Taiyou is struggling with guitar but he is working hard in order to improve and he isn’t the type who give up easily. And I think that’s the core of the manga, perseverance. Even though Taiyou is struggling and can lack confidence sometimes which makes him think that he is talentless, his true talent lies in his perseverance. All of those insecurities make him so believable. Even though I liked both of the main characters, I related to Taiyou a lot more. Indeed, I daydream a lot and my insecurities and the lack of confidence I have in myself, make me my worst enemy just like him. Although, I am a big fan of blunt and introverted characters like Hikari, so that explains why I love him so much. I can’t wait to see their friendship evolved in the next volumes. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Takano’s manga if we didn’t have romance. In volume 1, the romance is not central to the story at all, which I guess is normal because it’s the introduction to the story and to the characters but I’m really curious as to how it is going to develop in the future volumes. Sakura is the typical childhood friend who lives close by and who the main character has been in love with for years. I loved their friendship even though I feel bad for Taiyou because it is a one-sided love. I hope that Sakura’s is going to be more present in the future because I’m curious about her and would like to learn more about her. If you are familiar with Takano’s work, then you will know what to except: strong friendship, tormented pasts, heavy topics, overcoming hardships and incredible characterization. One of the recurrent theme in this one is dreams, which made me thought a lot about Takano’s previous work, Dreamin’ Sun where dreams were also an important theme and the main plot line was based around this. Of course, it goes hand in hand with the future, so you will find conversations centered around university, exams and career. I can’t finish my review without talking about the art style. Takano’s art style is incredible, I don’t know what to say anymore because she is my favorite artist and I do think that the drawings were even better in this one than in Orange and Dreamin’ Sun. I guess I feel that way because a lot of them were focused on the Taiyou’s and Hikari’s faces in order to showcase their feelings and good, so good! I can’t wait for the next volumes. And of course, Ichigo Takano is still my queen! 1st Read (October 2019) Ichigo Takano is my Queen!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I find the MC hella annoying.

  15. 5 out of 5

    beth f.

    This was so good!!! This resounded with me both musically and artistically. The main character, Taiyou, is trying his hardest to learn how to play the guitar. He got the inspiration from one of his fellow classmate, Hikari. The depth and true feeling behind each of these panels just hit me so hard. All of the characters are richly fleshed out and they seem so lifelike. Ichigo Takano really knows how to both tell stories, but how to create real loveable characters. I really love this book and the This was so good!!! This resounded with me both musically and artistically. The main character, Taiyou, is trying his hardest to learn how to play the guitar. He got the inspiration from one of his fellow classmate, Hikari. The depth and true feeling behind each of these panels just hit me so hard. All of the characters are richly fleshed out and they seem so lifelike. Ichigo Takano really knows how to both tell stories, but how to create real loveable characters. I really love this book and the message it has for people. Cannot wait for book two!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Adrian Pilkington

    Super excited to read the second volume. Finished this quick in a car ride on a trip and it was cute and refreshing. I think it sends a good message about hobbies that we at one point loved, but quit or stopped because of one reason or another. The main character has an adorable personality, but also depth. I remember quitting clubs/activities that I once loved because I just couldn’t deal with the pressure or I didn’t have enough support, but this book sends the message that it doesn’t mean you Super excited to read the second volume. Finished this quick in a car ride on a trip and it was cute and refreshing. I think it sends a good message about hobbies that we at one point loved, but quit or stopped because of one reason or another. The main character has an adorable personality, but also depth. I remember quitting clubs/activities that I once loved because I just couldn’t deal with the pressure or I didn’t have enough support, but this book sends the message that it doesn’t mean you don’t love those things or can’t go back to them, it just means you need time away.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Diamond Keeling

    The only reason to get this manga 5 stars is not the art( which is very pretty), the story behind it though is the meaning behind it. I really enjoy the manga, however I regret reading it because I have to wait for it and I wanted to go the next volume.

  18. 5 out of 5

    tia

    THIS IS NO VOLUME 2?! WHY?! I'M ALREADY FALLIN'IN LOVE AND IT'S NO VOLUME TWO?!!!!!!😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 THIS IS NO VOLUME 2?! WHY?! I'M ALREADY FALLIN'IN LOVE AND IT'S NO VOLUME TWO?!!!!!!😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Collins

    as i expected, i got a little ~emo~

  20. 4 out of 5

    Azia

    Even though I hoped for a little more backstory for each of the characters, the story is still enjoyable. I loved Taiyou and his gentle, determined spirit. And even though not much is known about him, Hikari is also a character you can get attached to, if not due to his mysteriousness then to his eventual support of Taiyou and his aspirations. This is a friendly buddy novel focused on dreams and the journey to achieve them. I'm excited for the next volume, though I feel like there will be some s Even though I hoped for a little more backstory for each of the characters, the story is still enjoyable. I loved Taiyou and his gentle, determined spirit. And even though not much is known about him, Hikari is also a character you can get attached to, if not due to his mysteriousness then to his eventual support of Taiyou and his aspirations. This is a friendly buddy novel focused on dreams and the journey to achieve them. I'm excited for the next volume, though I feel like there will be some sad, dark times ahead. It is Ichigo Takano after all.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Luke Reynolds

    Takano's art is easily the highlight of this first volume in this manga series about friendship, music, and discovering passions and what they can do to bring people together. At the beginning, I was a little uncertain about where this would go, but Taiyou's backstory on what he did before music and what connected Hikari and Taiyou from their junior high years was touching and heartwarming. Takano's art is easily the highlight of this first volume in this manga series about friendship, music, and discovering passions and what they can do to bring people together. At the beginning, I was a little uncertain about where this would go, but Taiyou's backstory on what he did before music and what connected Hikari and Taiyou from their junior high years was touching and heartwarming.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kira Schumacher

    This is first and foremost: wholesome. But the topics of chasing your dream, despite your starting point, and the emotions that move the characters run deep. This asks a lot of really good questions. And I only found out it's by the same mangaka who did orange after I read it, but it makes so much sense! This is first and foremost: wholesome. But the topics of chasing your dream, despite your starting point, and the emotions that move the characters run deep. This asks a lot of really good questions. And I only found out it's by the same mangaka who did orange after I read it, but it makes so much sense!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cassidy Flam

    So. Freaking. Cute.

  24. 5 out of 5

    sophie

    this? was perfect and i need more right now

  25. 5 out of 5

    D.T. Henderson

    A good manga debut always has a way of drawing you in and making you want to learn about the characters. I think Taiyou’s adorable with his optimism and aggressive (almost stalkerish and obsessive) need for friendship. His backstory is a little wow. Talk about 0 to 100! (view spoiler)[ These evil teachers be getting me, man. How are y’all still teaching? (hide spoiler)] Things seem overly melodramatic so far, but the gorgeous artwork and the sweet characters make me want to read vol 2. 3.5["br"]>[ A good manga debut always has a way of drawing you in and making you want to learn about the characters. I think Taiyou’s adorable with his optimism and aggressive (almost stalkerish and obsessive) need for friendship. His backstory is a little wow. Talk about 0 to 100! (view spoiler)[ These evil teachers be getting me, man. How are y’all still teaching? (hide spoiler)] Things seem overly melodramatic so far, but the gorgeous artwork and the sweet characters make me want to read vol 2. 3.5

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I loved this so much. I didn't know it was going to get so emotional, but boy, did it ever! I can't wait to see how all the relationships develop. I loved this so much. I didn't know it was going to get so emotional, but boy, did it ever! I can't wait to see how all the relationships develop.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Raquel

    This was a relatively good start to the manga series Become You. Mostly slice-of-life with music themes and a small dash of fantasy (though I think so far that’s mostly due to the main character’s overactive imagination, but we’ll see). The story follows a third year high schooler named Ashie Taiyou who wants to be a musician despite not being the best guitarist. Being the only member of the modern music club he tries to recruit fellow classmate Hikari who used to play piano but he isn’t interes This was a relatively good start to the manga series Become You. Mostly slice-of-life with music themes and a small dash of fantasy (though I think so far that’s mostly due to the main character’s overactive imagination, but we’ll see). The story follows a third year high schooler named Ashie Taiyou who wants to be a musician despite not being the best guitarist. Being the only member of the modern music club he tries to recruit fellow classmate Hikari who used to play piano but he isn’t interested. Ashie doesn’t give up though and as he grows closer to Hikari they both slowly open up about traumatic experiences they had in junior high. This first volume did a great job setting up the characters and making me intrigued by them, but I’m still not attached to any of them and the plot hasn’t fully revealed itself yet. I need a little bit more from this series before I’m truly invested in the story. Ashie was a relatable protagonist. He wants to follow his dreams but is aware of all the obstacles he faces. He wants to be there for his friends but doesn’t know how. He wants to believe in himself but is also worried about what others think. He felt like a legitimate high schooler with these worries and I liked that disconnect from how high school boys are usually portrayed in manga (only caring about girls and being vulgar). This manga is being told by him in a way where it seems like he’s reflecting on his high school years. It sounds like it might be heading in a sad direction though I hope it’s not. I’m intrigued by Hikari only because you don’t get to know much about him. He used to play the piano but stopped for some reason in his third year of junior high. He’s a grouchy loner who bounces back and forth between wanting to help teach Ashie how to play guitar and wanting to be left alone. He’s interesting because he’s mysterious but that’s the extent of his character in this volume. Sakura is the only female character of importance so far and is already being relegated to love interest. She does photography, supports the protagonist, cries...and that’s about it. After reading manga for years I’ve come to terms with the fact that the number one importance of most female characters is for them to be love interests. I’ve accepted it but am somehow still disappointed every time. Perhaps her character will get more develop past being a love interest but I have very little hope (it’s practically nonexistent). The art has a classic manga style with a realistic twist to it. It’s not anything incredibly unique that stands out. It works for the story and I liked that the characters looked more realistic. I kind of regretted picking this up after I found out that the second volume hasn’t been completed yet. I’m not sure if it’s even been started on despite the first volume already being out for almost two years. The ending does leave me super curious as to what happens next, but I am wary of manga that have been out this long without any continuation whatsoever. I don’t like starting something that’s never going to get finished, so I want everyone who picks up this volume to be aware of this. If another volume does come out eventually I’ll be happy to pick it up!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Eli

    4.5/5 stars This was a really quick but good read. I loved Taiyou’s determination and although he is a very hopeful and optimistic person, he struggles with a lot of fears and past negative experiences that had undermined him in the past. Hikari was a lot more reserved and mysterious but we saw him warm up to Taiyou and even play the piano alongside Taiyou in his little performance at the end. I’m really curious to know what that’d sound like animated as well. Both characters are dealing with the 4.5/5 stars This was a really quick but good read. I loved Taiyou’s determination and although he is a very hopeful and optimistic person, he struggles with a lot of fears and past negative experiences that had undermined him in the past. Hikari was a lot more reserved and mysterious but we saw him warm up to Taiyou and even play the piano alongside Taiyou in his little performance at the end. I’m really curious to know what that’d sound like animated as well. Both characters are dealing with their own internal struggles. Taiyou with his fear of failure and having been literally brought down and mistreated by his old art teacher who constantly undermined his art which he was so passionate about. Taiyou’s left hand was injured when he grabbed the knife the teacher was about to use to destroy his artwork. Hikari loves music but it seems he tired of the piano or lost his passion for it (suspecting it has to do with his left hand’s middle, ring, and pinky fingers being “messed up” as he put it. Also an interesting touch that it’s both their left hands which seem to have gotten injured.) But they both know they love music so it doesn’t matter that they’re not perfect at playing their respective instruments, they just want to have a good time and share their passion for their music. Taiyou mentions that he had been feeling really depressed after the incident he went through with his art teacher but he saw Hikari playing which inspired him to try out music, saying: “To me Hikari was like an angel guiding me through the darkness.” I like to think that just as Hikari helped Taiyou get inspired to play music, Taiyou inspired Hikari to get back into the piano. Likewise Hikari says he found Taiyou’s art the most interesting when he saw them at the school’s galleries so he was kind of bummed when Taiyou’s art was no longer on display. Another detail I love about this manga is that it was all inspired by a song named just like this manga: Kimi ni Nare or Become You (which is a really good song, I’d recommend it). I just find it really cool how one media can inspire another like this. I totally get when it was shared the artist cried while drawing as they listened to that song on loop because I do the same as I write lol. All in all I look forward to future volumes and I’m glad I got into reading this as it’s been in my radar for quite a while now.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Janis Kay

    I have read/seen a number of these music/band series and this is not jiving with me (bad, bad pun). This was listed as middle grade, but it features upperclassmen as the characters (AND it's published in a seinen -YA/Adult males- magazine), so I think it should've been in the 9-12 grade category. As simplistic as Taiyou is, there is a lot of complex emotions being revealed across the board that most middle graders wouldn't fully grasp (this is a "slice of life" manga, not a Detective Conan-like I have read/seen a number of these music/band series and this is not jiving with me (bad, bad pun). This was listed as middle grade, but it features upperclassmen as the characters (AND it's published in a seinen -YA/Adult males- magazine), so I think it should've been in the 9-12 grade category. As simplistic as Taiyou is, there is a lot of complex emotions being revealed across the board that most middle graders wouldn't fully grasp (this is a "slice of life" manga, not a Detective Conan-like mystery/adventure). Going librarian: this had to have gotten at least one starred review, but I feel like somewhere the 'genre translation' didn't click as I'd never recommend this to under age 14. Teen/adult fans of the genre should take to this well, though. The story itself is fine! Don’t get me wrong. I definitely feel for Taiyou and the others, BUT it was the expectation going in: I was expecting a friendship MG story and got emo YA. It made YALSA's* 2020 list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens -one of 13 manga series- so we know a lot of people like it! It's just not my cup of tea. I also really feel this had an almost 100% conclusion at the end, but there's apparently 2 more out/coming? Guess it's gonna be around for a bit. *YALSA is the Young Adult Library Services Association sub-org of ALA (American Library Association), both of which I am a member.* **This was [NOT] included as part of my assigned reading as a reader [BUT I wanted to read it anyway] for the Garden State Teen Book Awards (GSTBA) -part of the New Jersey Library Association (NJLA)'s Young Adult Services Section (YASS). Mouthful! Books on the GSTBA ballot were published within the past 2 years and are selected from 'best books' lists from that time. We read and propose/choose which books will be included on following year's ballot. Teens then vote for their favorites and the winners are notified in time for our annual conference.**

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lou (Lou and Life)

    I bought this book on a whim when me and my boyfriend was shopping for anniversary gifts for each other. I own other mangas by this author but I have yet to read them so I thought to buy it and to try out the start of a new series by him. Especially because I have heard such high praise about those books. I really liked this book and the message that it was portraying about chasing your dreams. I wasn't moved by the message, but I think if I was reading it when I was younger or when I was in an u I bought this book on a whim when me and my boyfriend was shopping for anniversary gifts for each other. I own other mangas by this author but I have yet to read them so I thought to buy it and to try out the start of a new series by him. Especially because I have heard such high praise about those books. I really liked this book and the message that it was portraying about chasing your dreams. I wasn't moved by the message, but I think if I was reading it when I was younger or when I was in an unpredictable time in my life then those words would mean a lot more to me. It's reassuring to see characters go through the same thoughts as you do. I did think that as a result of the book focusing more of the development on Ashie in achieving his dream that the pacing of the book was slow, and that nothing really happened in terms of the plot. I would describe it more of a slice of life manga instead. I did still read the book in one sitting. I will keep the book and keep an eye out for when the next book will be published because I do want to see what happens next. I did really like the portrayal of friendship in this book as well. In addition, this volume had no romance in it so if you were a fan of mangas but not of romance then this could be the manga for you. Overall, I enjoyed this book. I will keep an eye out for the next book in the series and I will probably read the other books by this author sooner rather then later because I did like this book and it has made me more curious about the authors other works.

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