The Supernaturalist

by Eoin Colfer

Paperback, 2004





Scholastic (2004), Paperback, 267 pages


In futuristic Satellite City, fourteen-year-old Cosmo Hill escapes from his abusive orphanage and teams up with three other people who share his unusual ability to see supernatural creatures, and together they determine the nature and purpose of the swarming blue Parasites that are invisible to most humans.


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267 p.; 7.5 inches

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LibraryThing member SamuelW
This is definitely not a book to be read in a ‘silence-only’ place, as Colfer’s unmistakeable brand of humour is present on every page, with witty quips and hilarious one-liners that will have a reader laughing out loud with glee. A style of humour that is briefly glimpsed in the Artemis Fowl
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series lives up to its full potential in The Supernaturalist, made possible by a series of cleverly designed, wisecracking characters.

Colfer’s skill with writing fast paced action scenes is incredible. Having read a few books recently that had a go at action and failed, I noticed an impressive contrast with the action in The Supernaturalist. Scenes involving nitrous-oxide-powered-car racing, warehouse gun-fights and nuclear explosions all enable Colfer to brew up more of his masterfully-written, fast-as-a-movie style action that will have readers on the edges of their seats, grinning madly.

In my opinion, however, the most brilliant aspect of this book is the setting. Colfer has succeeded spectacularly in creating a realistic, imaginative future scene, and has even more realistically practised talking about that future as though he were in it, and everything were perfectly normal. Comments such as those regarding a very old truck, (so old that it actually had real rubber tyres instead of plastic treads,) make real a dingy future where the modern city is situated under a satellite that stores information, and nobody ventures outside without a gas mask when the refraction of sunlight turns the city smog any colour too close to red. It was this wonderful ambience that gave me such fond memories of The Supernaturalist from my first reading two years ago, and compelled me to read it again. It’s a must-have for people such as Future Problem Solvers who want to practise thinking futuristically and creatively.

This book gets both thumbs up from me – in my opinion, it’s just as good as Artemis Fowl. Highly recommended for fans of Colfer’s work, and anybody else who likes books.
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LibraryThing member JohnGrant1

Colfer is best known for his humorous fantasies -- like the Artemis Fowl series -- and I expected this to be more of the same. Although this has some humour interspersed, especially early on, in fact it's a pretty dour -- and really fairly damn' fine -- piece of science fiction. In a future
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dystopian city, young Cosmo escapes from the sadistic clutches of those who run the orphanage in which he's been incarcerated and used as a guinea pig for various potentially lethal drugs and allies himself with a gang of outcasts who, like himself, can see the ethereal parasites that, Valkyrie-like, cluster to any scene of death, the grosser the better, and feast upon the souls of the dying. Using technology they have developed, the outcasts slaughter as many of these being as they can, despite the ignorant efforts of the city authorities to stop them. But is everything the way Cosmo and his buddies think it is? This is a surprisingly serious, surprisingly good piece of work.
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LibraryThing member hopeevey
It's a fun adventure story, with sweet characters, and just enough plot twists to keep it interesting. I'm not at all surprised my nephew liked this one.
LibraryThing member agrudzien
Cosmo has grown up in an orphanage -- not because his parents died, but because his parents didn't want him. In the orphanage, he and the other boys are "employed" as guinea pigs for everything from medicine to weapons. Only after a near death experience during his escape does Cosmo notice the blue
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beings that seem to kill humans after they are wounded. He then becomes friends with others that can see the creatures and fights each night to extinguish their race.

Not my favorite Eoin Colfer, but still an interesting story with the fabulous other-world-in-your-backyard I love him for.
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LibraryThing member sara_k
The Supernaturalists are not people who really love going without clothes (joke from the book) they are a group of people who can (for different reasons) see otherwise invisible aliens. Cosmo Hill is an orphan of some sort, he was abandoned, found, and given over to a home for non-sponsored
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children. At the Clarissa Frayne Home, the government makes some of their expense back by using the children as testers for dangerous products or some not so dangerous products with nasty side effects (like antiperspirants that itch and burn when applied to scraped skin).

After an accident and forced escape, Cosmo almost dies and suddenly he can see strange blue creatures sucking the life force out of him and his friend. A group of young people show up, blast the creatures, and save Cosmo. They reveal themselves as Supernaturalists who aim to save people from the strange aliens. They say that the aliens seem to be multiplying faster and faster. There is intrigue and misunderstanding with both a moral victory and the acknowledgement that the "evil" keeps on but moves to a less obvious place.

Great characters and interesting plot and much better in my opinion than the Artemis Fowl books.
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LibraryThing member Crewman_Number_6
Well written, but not as engaging as his other stories. I felt like I was hanging a bit at the end.
LibraryThing member The_Hibernator
In this gem of teen speculative fiction, Cosmo Hill makes a death-defying escape from an abusive orphanage, only to be propelled into a rogue group of spook-chasing youths. As the plot unfolds, Cosmo learns about eerie similarities between life in the orphanage and his new life as a
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Supernaturalist. Fans of Colfer’s typical wit, humor, and creativity will again be thrilled. However, I have to admit that I was a much bigger fan of the Artemis Fowl books. This book had a more obvious opening for a sequel, and some of the plot twists were predictable, even if they were cute. If you are an Eoin Colfer fan, this book is definitely well worth a read. If you are new to the author, try Artemis Fowl first.
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LibraryThing member tjsjohanna
This was an interesting sci-fi book set in a future earth time. The world Colfer creates is a fearsome mix of the familiar and the horrifying potential progression of all our worst characteristics. The storyline didn't quite work for me. I didn't understand how this group that was fighting
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"parasites" could have been so wrong for so long - the whole manipulation thing didn't quite convince me. But the world was interesting and I enjoyed that part of it very much.
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LibraryThing member pachun
“There were only three ways out of Clarissa Frayne: adoption, death, or escape.” Most boys in Clarissa died at age 15 as a result of many harmful experimentation. Cosmo Hill, a no-sponsor was a year away from being 15 and he didn’t want to take any chances of dying here. A near death
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experience gives him a way to escape, only to be taken and cared for by a group three outcasts by the name of Supernaturalists. Cosmo joins the team to fight off invisible blue creatures called parasites only seen by a few, Cosmo and two of his other teammates (Stefan and Mona). However, after finding that their killing tactics only helped the creatures to reproduce, Cosmo Hill finds himself back at Clarissa Frayne to try a new solution to destroying the parasites completely.

The Supernaturalist is a great book for science fiction enthusiasts. The book is fast paced and easy to read. Told in a third person narrative, the author reveals thoughts of characters as well as great action-packed details. A must-have book for middle school aged boys and girls.
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LibraryThing member cranbrook
In the future, in a place called Satelite City, fourteen-year-old Cosmo Hill enters the world, unwanted by his parents. He's sent to the Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys, Freight class. At Clarissa Frayne, the boys are put to work by the state, testing highly dangerous
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products. At the end of most days, they are covered with burns, bruises, and sores. Cosmo realizes that if he doesn't escape, he will die at this so-called orphanage. When the moment finally comes, Cosmo seizes his chance and breaks out with the help of the Supernaturalists, a motley crew of kids who all have the same special ability as Cosmo-they can see supernatural Parasites, creatures that feed on the life force of humans. The Supernaturalists patrol the city at night, hunting the Parasites in hopes of saving what's left of humanity in Satellite City. Or so they think. The Supernaturalist soon find themselves caught in a web far more complicated than they'd imagined, when they discover a horrifying secret that will force them to question everything they believe in.
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LibraryThing member TheoClarke
Pacy sf thriller with Colfer's usual wit and interesting characterisation of his ensemble cast.
LibraryThing member lpg3d
I have to rank this book somewhere between The Worst Boy In The World and Artemis Fowl. It was very enjoyable, but still not up to the level of the Fowl books. That being said, I wouldn't mind reading a sequel.
LibraryThing member mybookshelf
Cosmo Hill, named for where he was found, has been in an orphanage for fourteen years. The Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys uses Cosmo as a test subject for every product the Institute can make money from. Then a near-death experience enables Cosmo to escape, but also to see
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the Parasites, sucking life from unsuspecting humans. This is the City of the Future, and Cosmo and his newfound friends must do whatever they can to beat the Parasites.

Three youngsters rescue Cosmo from the Parasite that he first sees making a meal of himself. They are the Supernaturalists, who have banded together to try to rid Satellite City of the Parasite problem that only they seem to be aware of. Realising that Cosmo, too, has become a “Spotter”, they take him in, and for the first time Cosmo feels a part of a family, even his new family are a little peculiar.

The Supernaturalists are Stefan, Mona, and Ditto. Stefan is the tormented leader of the group with a particular vendetta against the Parasites, who he believes killed his beloved mother. Mona is younger than Stefan, around Cosmo’s age. She is beautiful, and her gang background makes her a very talented mechanic. The third member of the group is perhaps the most unusual: although he looks like a six-year-old, Ditto is twenty-eight years old, the product of some unsuccessful genetic modification.

Together with Cosmo, these three patrol the city at night, looking for accidents that cause pain, which will cause the Parasites to turn up. Their equipment is not as sophisticated as the combat-trained lawyers’, who also prey on accident victims, but it is usually sufficient to do their job and get away in a hurry. Eventually the Supernaturalists become aware that their operations are being watched and condoned by the corporation controlling the city, but maybe that’s not really what they want…

This story is set in Satellite City, a city supposedly operated entirely by the Satellite orbiting not too high above. But lately things have been going wrong- the Satellite is overtaxed and is causing accidents. In fact, those ‘in the know’ begin to suspect that the deterioration is related in some way to the Parasites, and of course it is up to the Supernaturalists to find their own way of solving this problem.

This is an exciting book, with a number of unexpected twists in the plot. I would recommend it to all children who like fast cars and shooting aliens, but also enjoy clever writing.
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LibraryThing member elizabethholloway
Satellite City: the city of the future, where air pollution has changed the color of the sky, lawyers are the first responders to accidents or violence, and orphans are sent to the Clarissa Frayne Institute for Paternally Challenged Boys where they serve as guinea pigs for product, drug and weapons
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testing until they die. One such orphan is Cosmo Hill, who dreams of escape. One day he gets his chance when a malicious guard chases him and he is nearly killed. As he lies in excruciating pain, a blue creature, invisible to most people, begins to suck away his life force. He is rescued by three young people who take him and nurse him back to health. This group is the Supernaturalists. They are the self-appointed guardians of the human race who are trying to annihilate the blue creatures that are invisible to most people. As Cosmo starts to work with them he feels part of a family for the first time. However, the group soon discovers that they are working for the very thing they thought they were working against. Their friendship is tested and nobility prevails.

This is a disturbing and believable portrait of a future world, destroyed by pollution and corrupted by greed. The rules of this world are consistently followed and internally logical. The characters and events are compelling. Colfer creates tense action scenes and build suspense through the book. It is appropriate for grades 5 and up.
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LibraryThing member 15Sophie
Book Review:
The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer

In the future, in a place called Satellite City, Cosmo Hill (14yrs old) is sent to Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Chanllenged Boys. The boys that go to the Institute test highly dangerous products and at the end of most days, they are covered
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with all sorts of painful wounds. Cosmo realises that if he doesn't escape the Institute he will die in the 'orphanage'. When the moment finally comes, Cosmo seizes his chance and breaks out with the help of the Supernaturalists, a motley crew of kids who all have the same special ability as him-they can see supernatural Parasites, creatures that feed of the life force of humans.The Supernaturalists patrol the city at night, hunting the Parasites in hopes of saving humanity in the city. The group soon find out that they have been caught in a situation more complicated than expected, when they discover a horrifying secret that will force them to question everything they believe in.

The book 'The Supernaturalist' was a very good book. It took me a while to get in to it but in the end I found it got more and more interesting and exiting as I read on. This book had very good description on the characters and the story but could have been more captivating at the start of the book so the reader hesitated to put the book down.
This book suited an age group from 10-15 years old(my age group), as the character was in this age group (14yrs) and so the reader reading this book could relate to what Cosmo (the main character) was thinking or what he was doing.
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LibraryThing member jordan777
The book, The supernaturalists, portrays the theme, survival. In the beginning, Cosmo Hill escaoes from his orphanage prison. In the middle a Parasite tries to kill him but the supernaturalists save him. near the end, he finds out that the Parasites are good and tires to save them form Fausinato
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who wants to use the Parasites.
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LibraryThing member francescadefreitas
Adventure story, orphans hide out and fight mysterious creatures that only they can sense. There are plenty of twists and turns as the back story of each character is reveals, but the action doesn't slow down. A cracking read by Chiwetel Ejiofor on the audiobook version.
LibraryThing member JanRex
The start of another winning series by Eoin Colfer. Likeable characters and interesting plot,
LibraryThing member numbert
Journy into the world of the supernatral! For any Eoin Colfer fans (Artimis Fowl) this is a must read. This is another book set in the future where the government is corrupt and there and blue "Life Suckers" that only sertain people can see. In this story you follow a group of these seers into the
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quest to eliminate the beasts. Comes with a great twist and is a great read.
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LibraryThing member yearningtoread
Cosmo Hill, nosponsor, orphan at Clarissa Frayne. Guinea pig for new chemicals and medicines. One of hundreds of thousands who long to be free of the dreadful orphanages. He has one friend, Ziploc. Well, if you could call him a friend. He was a nosponser like the rest of them, and the only one with
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the audacity to talk more than needed. If anything, Ziploc would get him into more trouble than he already was.
And that’s exactly what happens. When Ziploc, chained to Cosmo, jumps off a building to avoid being taken back to Clarissa Frayne, Cosmo is pulled with him. With the accident comes terrible consequences – Ziploc dies almost immediately from the force of the impact. But Cosmo…Cosmo is different. He’s alive, yes, but he’s also seeing things. The little blue creatures around him are sucking the life out of him - he can see the life flowing through their small bodies and back into the sky. It is then that the Supernaturalists come to Cosmo’s rescue, saving his life and killing many of the life-sucking Parasites. Cosmo soon discovers that he and only a few other people can see these blue Parasites, and he is pulled right into a mystery that he never would have dreamed existed.
If you’ve read my review for Colfer’s newer novel, Airman, you know that I’m a fan. This was my second Colfer book and once again, I was thoroughly impressed. I picked it up because I needed a filler for my free time, unsure of what I would find behind the cover of the book or if I would like it. However, I found within the first twenty pages that I loved it. Not only is it written fantastically well, but it has an atmosphere that was entirely unexpected. It takes place in a futuristic world, one where you would expect people to be living large. A world where everything is perfect. Where everyone has jobs and everyone is happy. At least, that’s what you would believe if you lived in the upper class of society. But this book takes place in the slums, where food is scarce, clothes are torn and used thin. Where children are trying to survive and gangs are strong and hard and cold.
The characters are believable, even with their strange, futuristic attributes and/or their flaws. Stephan is by far my favorite. Dark, handsome, tall…trying to be a leader but unsure of how exactly to help those around him. He loves his friends with a sacrificial love and only wants to rid the world of the Parasites that are sucking the life out of us all.
And the writing… Colfer is one of those writers who knows what he’s doing. He’s got the story structure, the characters – and the style. He is his own voice, and his voice carries like a shout in the mountains – one that echoes and echoes and echoes. One that will always be remembered.
I encourage you to read this book.
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LibraryThing member julie10reads
Set in the near future, the story concerns 14-year-old Cosmo Hill, an orphan living in Satellite City. The metropolis, a dystopia named for the metal Big Brother (a Myishi 9 Satellite) orbiting above it, offers “everything the body wanted, and nothing the soul needed.” Cosmo escapes the
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orphanage soon after the novel opens, survives a brush with death and learns that he is a “Spotter” with the rare ability to see Parasites, small blue creatures that allegedly steal energy from wounded humans. Along come the Supernaturalists, a team of vigilantes, all of them also Spotters, who spend their nights roaming the streets and blasting Parasites. But soon the Supernaturalists have reason to wonder if the Parasites are actually beneficial to society. Summary HPL

Another audiobook download for the trip to North Bay—my first Eoin Colfer novel. Chiwetel Ejiofor blew me away with his voice acting: various British, Irish, Russian, Mexican and American accents plus fast-paced narration that was like a word-based obstacle course.

Eoin Colfer gave each supernaturalist a distinct personality and story arc. The gadgetry was plausible and necessary to plot development. The dystopia seemed not too distant from our own—global politics based on the market economy. This book has it all: suspense, humour, pathos, an evil genius….

8 out of 10. For fans of Oliver Twist and the Matrix!
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LibraryThing member Rpatel1
The Super naturalist is a great science, fiction book for people who like to go over there imaginations.It takes place in a far futuristic city called satellite city. It's about a teenage boy named Cosmo Hills who is sent to an orphanage by his parents. Unwanted by his parents he realize that he is
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going to die if he stay here at the Clarissa Fray Institute and survives a dreadful death but he is saved by the super naturalist kids, who are known has spotter, who can see blue parasites that try to suck life on wounded humans. The super naturalist roam the night and blast parasites with these futuristic guns and weapons. The government tries to capture the super naturist. When they discover a horrifying secret that will force them to question everything that they believe in.

This was my third Eoin Colfer books and it has been amazing like the aother books as well. The author give the character from this book each different personalities, background, and stories of how they become a spotter. Each character is different like how they act and where they came from. He meets Ditto, a 28 year old guy who looks like a 6 years old kid. Stefan, who is an ex police officer and his around 18, is the leader. Mona Vasquez, who is a wonderful engine and she is only 14 years old, the same age as Cosmo. I recommend this book and rate it four and half.
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LibraryThing member akmargie
I want to live in Eoin Colfer's mind but I'm afraid as much as I'd be amazed I'd be terrified. He creates such fantastic yet realistic worlds like this futuristic urban wasteland. Again strong characters, great action and a fantastic story. Much like Pixar and Nora Roberts, Colfer now owns my soul.
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I'll read anything he writes, including the phone book.
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LibraryThing member sbhsenglish
The Supernaturalist is the newest Sci-Fi / Action book by the best selling author Eoin Colfer. It is set in Satellite City,a futuristic city custom built for the 3rd millemium. The main characters are Cosmonaut Hill, a 14 year old kid who barely escaped alive from the Clarissa Frayne Institute for
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Parentally Challenged Boys, a place where they test new products on people. Stephan Bashkir is the leader of the gang. He blames the death of his mum on himself and has a connection with the Myishi company that they are up against. Lucien Bonn, aka "Ditto", is the medic of the gang. He is an experiment gone wrong, and as a result, has turned up shorter then has was meant to be. However, as a side effect because of this he is able to connect and communicate with the creatures. Mona Vasquez is the newest member of the gang and organises all their transport needs as she used to be part of a drag racing gang. Ellen Faustino is the president of the Myishi company, which runs the Satellite controlling the city. She used to be Stephen's trainer.

Cosmonaut Hill has just escaped from the Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys. His only friend has just died from the electric shock treatment. He is dying and the life is being sucked out of him by a parastite on his chest. Suddenly, a gang of kids come and blast the creature away. The kids have come to save him and his new life as a 'supernaturalist' has just begun...

The Supernaturalist is a Sci-Fi book that i would highly recomend to people who are looking for a book with lots of adventure and action. It is full of mystery and action, making this book a great page-turner and a excellent book for young readers out there. There is not a moment when there isn't any shooting of parasites or escaping from exploding buildings. The plot of the story is developed into the action. The parisites at first seen like evil life sucking creatures... but is everything all as it seems?

I would rate this books as Highly Recommended. This is a book with just the right combination of action, mystery and sci-fi. It has a very cleverly woven plot to it and i am looking forward to reading some of Eoin Colfers other books.

Johnny Gao SBHS
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LibraryThing member br13amfu
The Supernaturalist is a novel that was written by Eoin Colfer. The first sentence of this review is the complete opposite of the novel itself. This novel is without a doubt amazing.It all starts with an almost teenager Cosmo Hill who lives at an orphanage.But this is no ordinary orphanage its the
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Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys.This institute is pretty much a place of horror.After much time, Cosmo realized that if he doesn’t escape he is goig to die in this murder trap.He escapes only to find that all off the city is looking for him. When he is about to get caught, something supernatural happens he jumps onto an electrical generator and escapes the search party. With little life left in him he sees these creatures who were “sucking”the life out of him.While unconscious a group of people called the Supernaturalists take him into hiding and now when Cosmo awakes he will have to fight alongside Stefan, Ditto, and Mona to stop the infestation of these creatures with their supernatural powers.

This novel is one of the best novels I have ever read.My opinion towards this novel is amazed and thrilled.I am amazed by this book because it fits the setting of the time and place this book takes place.Also, the story has an even mixture of pace and of events.What I mean is that this novel has enough pace or that the story escalates quickly enough so the reader wouldn’t be bored to death,but at the same time has events in the story that are detailed enough for the pace.This is something I really like.I am also thrilled towards this book because this book really fits “my style” of book.I like books with adventure,mystery,ficton, and so much more and this novel puts in the right “kind” of book at the right time in the story.The Supernaturalist is now at my top ten books and I recommend that anyone who wants to read a good novel should read this.
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