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No one ruffled Cisnetta Fowler’s feathers like Major Atrates Geswin, the infamous Ugly Dukeling. Her first glimpse of the handsome alien hybrid had her dismissing his crass moniker, until his abrasive attitude proved the gossip to be true. He was an arse, but an arse that she both needed and wanted. Thankfully, Cisnetta was one tough bird who never turned-tail and ran. No one ruffled Cisnetta Fowler’s feathers like Major Atrates Geswin, the infamous Ugly Dukeling. Her first glimpse of the handsome alien hybrid had her dismissing his crass moniker, until his abrasive attitude proved the gossip to be true. He was an arse, but an arse that she both needed and wanted. Thankfully, Cisnetta was one tough bird who never turned-tail and ran. Major Atrates Geswin, second-in-line to the Andrake dukedom, found himself locked in a skirmish with an astounding woman. Cisnetta Fowler handled his insults as if he passed her fluffy ducklings. But rather than softening him, she inflamed his Otar-alien side, spurring him to seize, to demand, to want… All that stood between his victorious claiming of her was a vicious, pet swan with a neck-wringing fetish. As far as Atrates was concerned, Cisnetta was his for the taking. ---------------------- Cosmic Fairy Tales is a collaboration in which several authors are retelling beloved tales with a science fiction romance twist. Each book is a standalone, containing its own Happily Ever After, and they can be read in any order. Be sure to explore the other titles in the collection: The Hunchback by Regine Abel The Frog Prince by Tracy Lauren Contaminated by Amanda Milo The Ugly Dukeling by Bex McLynn Jackie and the Giant by Honey Phillips Escaping Wonderland by Tiffany Roberts Rampion by Susan Trombley The Lion and the Mouse by Emmy Chandler


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No one ruffled Cisnetta Fowler’s feathers like Major Atrates Geswin, the infamous Ugly Dukeling. Her first glimpse of the handsome alien hybrid had her dismissing his crass moniker, until his abrasive attitude proved the gossip to be true. He was an arse, but an arse that she both needed and wanted. Thankfully, Cisnetta was one tough bird who never turned-tail and ran. No one ruffled Cisnetta Fowler’s feathers like Major Atrates Geswin, the infamous Ugly Dukeling. Her first glimpse of the handsome alien hybrid had her dismissing his crass moniker, until his abrasive attitude proved the gossip to be true. He was an arse, but an arse that she both needed and wanted. Thankfully, Cisnetta was one tough bird who never turned-tail and ran. Major Atrates Geswin, second-in-line to the Andrake dukedom, found himself locked in a skirmish with an astounding woman. Cisnetta Fowler handled his insults as if he passed her fluffy ducklings. But rather than softening him, she inflamed his Otar-alien side, spurring him to seize, to demand, to want… All that stood between his victorious claiming of her was a vicious, pet swan with a neck-wringing fetish. As far as Atrates was concerned, Cisnetta was his for the taking. ---------------------- Cosmic Fairy Tales is a collaboration in which several authors are retelling beloved tales with a science fiction romance twist. Each book is a standalone, containing its own Happily Ever After, and they can be read in any order. Be sure to explore the other titles in the collection: The Hunchback by Regine Abel The Frog Prince by Tracy Lauren Contaminated by Amanda Milo The Ugly Dukeling by Bex McLynn Jackie and the Giant by Honey Phillips Escaping Wonderland by Tiffany Roberts Rampion by Susan Trombley The Lion and the Mouse by Emmy Chandler

30 review for The Ugly Dukeling: Cosmic Fairy Tales

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Roberts

    A lovely, fun, sweet read with a historical flair that had me smiling almost the entire time! Cisnetta was a wonderful woman, so understanding and patient, and perfect for Atrates. As for Atrates, our hero, I adored the foul tempered, possessive, insecure man. And his relationship with with Cobbs, Cisnetta's pet swan, was just hilarious. Wonderful writing, and amazing world-building, especially for a shorter read. And the heat between the hero and heroine was through the roof! Loved it!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    *WARNING* contains sexual content I think the the fairytale of the "Ugly Duckling" and this one are really nothing alike, although, I believes the moral is the same, but you should read it and judge for yourself. This is definitely different with the frenesia concept (not telling what that is). Genetically modified beings traded for technology. All things sci-fi, not to wordy and of course an HEA for the perfect SFR.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shan ~ A ~

    I don't read much sci-fi and this book reminded me of why I usually don't. Names that I'm not sure I'm pronouncing correctly, the siphoning bezeten (and similar things) that isn't something that I can relate to. (I'm totally unimaginative). What I did like here is the rest of the story. I like Cisnetta and Astrates. I even liked Cobb. I probably would have been more into it if it had been told without the extra elements mentioned above. Even though the sci-fi elements are hard for me to get into, I don't read much sci-fi and this book reminded me of why I usually don't. Names that I'm not sure I'm pronouncing correctly, the siphoning bezeten (and similar things) that isn't something that I can relate to. (I'm totally unimaginative). What I did like here is the rest of the story. I like Cisnetta and Astrates. I even liked Cobb. I probably would have been more into it if it had been told without the extra elements mentioned above. Even though the sci-fi elements are hard for me to get into, the writer made it worth my while to continue the story.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Oh, I liked this one. A powerful man who's internalized all the abuse his father has thrown at him for being a hybrid and a woman who chooses to see more than the surface and who gently guides said man into accepting himself with her own acceptance. GOOD STUFF. Atrates is...he's kind of like an unsocialized animal when he first crosses paths with Cisnetta. He grumps and snarls and is not good with social cues. He also dislikes this failing in himself and that makes him even grumpier. Fortunately Oh, I liked this one. A powerful man who's internalized all the abuse his father has thrown at him for being a hybrid and a woman who chooses to see more than the surface and who gently guides said man into accepting himself with her own acceptance. GOOD STUFF. Atrates is...he's kind of like an unsocialized animal when he first crosses paths with Cisnetta. He grumps and snarls and is not good with social cues. He also dislikes this failing in himself and that makes him even grumpier. Fortunately for him, Ciss sees straight through all his snarling and broodiness and gives him kindness in return. Which confuses the poor guy. He's used to being a freak (or a stepping stone for societal gain) and he has no idea how to categorize her when she doesn't treat him as one. As for Ciss, she really does see him. Not the obvious physical differences that set him apart, but how his father chipped away at his sense of self until he lashes out as a protective measure. MAN, I like snarly alien dudes. And I LOVE the moment their walls come tumbling down when they realize their special someone isn't going to cut and run and leave them on their own. *thumbs up* -Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sofia

    Don't get me wrong, it's a cute story, but the plot was so choppy. The introduction we are given to the world this story is set in wasn't clear to me and seemed all over the place. There was no clear cut sentence telling me the backstory of this world and that ruined some of the story. I also didn't understand some of the plot line involving certain characters within the story. All in all, two stars.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jannie Cv

    A fairytale fantasy! This story just doesn’t want to be stuck in a single category. It’s fairytale, with sci-fi setting, in a country firmly ensconced in days of yore. I adore our broody hero and his helpful, rescuing lady-love. The quirky, humorous phrasing tickles my fancy. The word-play is fun! There are many allusions to the Ugly Duckling fairytale, but this is a unique story that delivers the same moral message. Colorful, witty, and thoroughly enjoyable!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Jo

    I'd like to think by now I've read my fair share of sci fi romance and this is without a doubt the most confusing story I've ever read. I thought about quitting multiple times because I could not follow what was going on. And even after finishing it, I'm not quite sure I understand the Frenesia...or whatever it is. What is bezeten? Why is it important? What does it mean to their race? I'm not going to say I'm the brightest crayon in the box, but I'm also not the dullest, so if I missed all these I'd like to think by now I've read my fair share of sci fi romance and this is without a doubt the most confusing story I've ever read. I thought about quitting multiple times because I could not follow what was going on. And even after finishing it, I'm not quite sure I understand the Frenesia...or whatever it is. What is bezeten? Why is it important? What does it mean to their race? I'm not going to say I'm the brightest crayon in the box, but I'm also not the dullest, so if I missed all these answers it was either because of information overload or the answers simply weren't there. The siphoning was confusing...it could obviously only be done between people of opposite sex. Cis was the siphoning partner between one same sex couple and I wasn't comfortable with the fact that they both thought of her like a sister, but this siphoning processes caused them to become aroused. Seriously, I don't understand any of it. McLynn did a very poor job of setting up this world. I gave it three stars because the last 30% did finally start to work on the romance, but overall I'm still confused and only satisfied because the characters have their HEA. The hero was a jerk in the beginning but turned out to be a sweetheart in the end.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anuschka

    Hardship eventually becomes happiness Absolutely great book. Totally loved it. It starts out slightly confusing, but as you read everything becomes clearer. At rates did not have an easy childhood, his father was abusive. Cisnetta sees him and knows exactly how treat him, which really confuses him as she does not act like what he sees as normal. My favorite character was Cobbs. He was so funny!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Beccie

    "Denial only silences the truth; it doesn't change its nature. Thus, the truth remains, seen but not heard, lurking about in the corner, being very awkward and pathetic." I found this book to be sweet and endearing. The characters were easy to become attached to. I will be reading more books by Bex McLynn for sure

  10. 4 out of 5

    Peggy Miller

    Light over dark! When you have a true connection with someone nothing can stand in the way you really look at your partner. This is a unique sci-fi series that takes classic fairy tales and you get some amazing enjoyable stories.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tima

    Loved it! I found the patience that the female lead had with the male lead uplifting and the depth of her own story that provided that was encouraging. I appreciated the rawness of the male lead and that the author clearly showed the insecurity that led to many of his actions. I liked the symbiosis of their situation as well. Well written and edited and lots of fun to read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Happeeone

    Cobb stole the show! I loved that grouchy goose and I loved this story. It was a bit hard to follow at times. I had to reread some paragraphs over a few times for clarity but overall was a really great read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    Once again, I am charmed by another story from this author. This is a retelling of The Ugly Duckling, but with a bit of science fiction twist to it, which I adore, since I love my sci-fi. There is some new terminology to learn, but the author does a great job at helping you understand them quickly, instead of being halfway through the book, with you still scratching your head, wondering the meaning of a word. This story was a bit shorter than some of her other works, yet I was not left with Once again, I am charmed by another story from this author. This is a retelling of The Ugly Duckling, but with a bit of science fiction twist to it, which I adore, since I love my sci-fi. There is some new terminology to learn, but the author does a great job at helping you understand them quickly, instead of being halfway through the book, with you still scratching your head, wondering the meaning of a word. This story was a bit shorter than some of her other works, yet I was not left with feeling like I was missing out, or overly rushed to hurry and fall in love with the characters. As with most shorter novels, insta love, with not much depth, is expected because it's harder to convey all those feels with fewer words. With this book, however, depth was given. I appreciate the fact that I was shown reasons to feel love towards the two main characters, as well as feel their falling in love for each other. I think we all can identify on some level with both the main characters in this book. I identify with Ciss because she has a calm, and patient, demeanor with an open acceptance of people for who they are, and not what society expects them to be. I strive for that very thing with the people in my life, and the new people I'm lucky enough to meet, is to love them as they are. On the flip side, with Atrates (love his name, btw), while I can't identify with his gruff sexiness that makes our Hero all the more yummy, I can identify with the insecurities he feels in himself for his perceived differences, while at the same time, he tries to hide that deep down, he desperately wants to be accepted and loved for all his differences. I love all the warm feels I got from reading this and getting to see that love and acceptance went both ways for both of them and made each other whole. Personally, I loved this book! I have yet to read anything by this author that has left me unsatisfied. If you want a short read that still gives you all the feels while enjoying the backstory, I definitely recommend this book. If you like longer novels that are even more fleshed out with all the feels, I definitely recommend this author! Happy readings!! P.s., I forgot to mention how much I love reading something that's not bogged down in grammatical errors...❣️

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kameka Johnson

    Interesting read. Wish it was longer Interesting read. Wish it was longer. Gave it 4 stars because the plot needed a bit more development. I'm interested in reading more from this author.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Serena Buffaloe

    Not Ugly , just different !! This is the 3rd book in this Cosmic Fairytales series that I have read. They have all been exceptional , and this book is no exception !! In this story , we have an " ugly " hybrid Atrates, who is the 1st born s Son of the Duke. This Duke only really wanted the technology that was promised by integrating Atrates into his family . So , just as soon as he received this tech , he divorced the Duchess, and his New duchesses son became the heir !! Poor Atrates , and his Not Ugly , just different !! This is the 3rd book in this Cosmic Fairytales series that I have read. They have all been exceptional , and this book is no exception !! In this story , we have an " ugly " hybrid Atrates, who is the 1st born s Son of the Duke. This Duke only really wanted the technology that was promised by integrating Atrates into his family . So , just as soon as he received this tech , he divorced the Duchess, and his New duchesses son became the heir !! Poor Atrates , and his Mother were forced to the dowger house , and he was pretty much an outcast.Every one knows who he is , and because he looks different , and acts different , he believes that the people he encounters don't care for him over much ..... Fast forward years later , as the old duke lay dying, Atrates returns. In this story the inhabitants have issues with frensia. It took me a while to catch on , but for women it leads to almost a fanatical energy that must be siphoned from a male. The reverse for men , in that they must take from a female . Cisnetta has a LOT of her energy to give and even with two partners , she seems to have an excess. What follows is a romantic story of acceptance and love, along with a tiny bit of humor, and understanding . Don't know about you , but I " read " in an accent sometimes , and this book flowed better for me in an Old English accent !!! Now , I am on to the next book in this series !!!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Anderson

    Such a great story and mash-up! I was provided an ARC for an honest review. When I learned of the Cosmic Fairy Tales, and Fairy tale/Alien mash-up idea, I was really intrigued to see how the author would pull off this well known story with the Alien twist, and she does not disappoint. By taking these familiar tropes and crafting something completely new, and something so good is truly the mark of an amazing storyteller. I will admit that I could not put this book down until I reached the end, and Such a great story and mash-up! I was provided an ARC for an honest review. When I learned of the Cosmic Fairy Tales, and Fairy tale/Alien mash-up idea, I was really intrigued to see how the author would pull off this well known story with the Alien twist, and she does not disappoint. By taking these familiar tropes and crafting something completely new, and something so good is truly the mark of an amazing storyteller. I will admit that I could not put this book down until I reached the end, and even with the HEA was left wanting more stories from this remarkable world - and from Cobbs! I really enjoyed the way that this story unfolded, and while using the very familiar "Ugly Duckling" elements still managed to be sweet and touching. I ended up feeling that this would have been a book that I would have selected to read - even without the hook of the mash-up idea. I love wounded book boyfriends and Atrates is very swoon worthy! Cisnetta while a bit quirky is such a sweet match for him, I love how they found each other. And the humor, Cobbs is just too funny! Well done! I can't wait for Bex's next book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Book Stacks

    Swan This is a cute and hot fairytale based on the ugly duckling story with lessons we can all learn from this book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nancy VanSpunky Reads

    Oh, how I loved this book! Major Atrates Geswin, who's second-in-line to be duke, is quite a grumpy curmudgeon. Atrates is an alien hybrid, a halfling, who is scorned by his regal father. He's called home, as the old man is on his deathbed. Atrates would rather be as far from the estate as possible when he, literally, runs into the beautiful and vexing Cisnetta. Cisnetta Fowler is in the employ of Trone, Atrates' brother. She is the protector of abused women and the owner of one very unruly Oh, how I loved this book! Major Atrates Geswin, who's second-in-line to be duke, is quite a grumpy curmudgeon. Atrates is an alien hybrid, a halfling, who is scorned by his regal father. He's called home, as the old man is on his deathbed. Atrates would rather be as far from the estate as possible when he, literally, runs into the beautiful and vexing Cisnetta. Cisnetta Fowler is in the employ of Trone, Atrates' brother. She is the protector of abused women and the owner of one very unruly black swan. She knows how to deal with a male with ruffled feathers. Be patient during the world building in the first couple chapters, because then you'll discover how brilliantly this story has been written! It's technical, but all makes great sense as the story unfolds. Ciss is a gentle soul with a frenetic energy. She gets the job done at ALL hours. Atrates has something she needs and she has something that soothes Atrates, as well. To find out what happens you'll definitely want to read this "Ugly Duckling" story re-fashioned! It was a right, clever romp!! 5 stars

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ronika

    So this book was such a great retelling of a great fairy tale! I loved the imperfection (mostly their own perception) of both the hero and the heroine! They are perfectly imperfect in every way! Atrates (What a name right?!?!) has been dismissed his whole life as imperfect and as a result has become bitter and angry. Cisnetta Fowler is a caretaker/savvy business woman who has also been treated horribly for things that have nothing to do with her ability to help Atrates's brother and run a So this book was such a great retelling of a great fairy tale! I loved the imperfection (mostly their own perception) of both the hero and the heroine! They are perfectly imperfect in every way! Atrates (What a name right?!?!) has been dismissed his whole life as imperfect and as a result has become bitter and angry. Cisnetta Fowler is a caretaker/savvy business woman who has also been treated horribly for things that have nothing to do with her ability to help Atrates's brother and run a women's shelter of sorts (can't give away too much!). As if their story isn't wonderful enough there is a side set of characters that I absolutely adored! Both Atrates brother (Trone) and his lover (Naosim) are wonderful additions to the story and I want them to also have a their own HEA story. Plus! There is Cobb! He's Cisnetta's pet swan! All attitude and pure beauty! Gotta love that in a black swan!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nerdy Housewifey

    Okay So this was sci fi written like a regency novel. I do not like historical romance and avoid it like the plague so this was not my cup of tea at all. For it reading like a historical novel it was also bogged down by a lot of the sci fi elements. I know those two things seem like they counter each other but I promise it’s true. So much time was spent on the alien race and their agreement etc I feel like the relationship was a rush job. I barely got to know the two main characters and *snap* Okay So this was sci fi written like a regency novel. I do not like historical romance and avoid it like the plague so this was not my cup of tea at all. For it reading like a historical novel it was also bogged down by a lot of the sci fi elements. I know those two things seem like they counter each other but I promise it’s true. So much time was spent on the alien race and their agreement etc I feel like the relationship was a rush job. I barely got to know the two main characters and *snap* love.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marina Simcoe

    I simply adore the way the author skillfully blended the charm of a historical romance into this clearly Science-Fiction story. It was something I've never seen done before, and wouldn't have expected to work, but the result is amazing! The characters felt alive. Atrates—strong and even brutish, yes so very vulnerable, my heart broke for him. And Gisnetta—practical, level-headed, and with a difficult past herself. The sex scenes were superbly crafted, leaving me hot and bothered and in a near I simply adore the way the author skillfully blended the charm of a historical romance into this clearly Science-Fiction story. It was something I've never seen done before, and wouldn't have expected to work, but the result is amazing! The characters felt alive. Atrates—strong and even brutish, yes so very vulnerable, my heart broke for him. And Gisnetta—practical, level-headed, and with a difficult past herself. The sex scenes were superbly crafted, leaving me hot and bothered and in a near 'frenetic' state myself. :) And the world building left me wish for many more stories set in this world. This is a second book I've read by Ms McLynn, and she has already become one of my one-click authors.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lillianne Arai

    Sweet This was a good story. I didn’t get that many similarities to the ugly duckling but it was interesting the way it played out. I don’t have a great understanding of the dynamics of their world.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    5 UGLY-NOT-SO-UGLY STARS!! I just LOVE Fairy tales retellings and much more when there is a reverse character! To take such dear fairy tale and give it a new spin AND make it a sci-fy romance....that takes great imagination and talent!! Bex gifted us with Atrates and Cisnetta’s story where they both have to fight the hurt and damage done to them in the past. Atrates is the epitome of a damaged hero but the one that takes the glory is Cisnetta (IMHO), she is so clever, understanding and patient 5 UGLY-NOT-SO-UGLY STARS!! I just LOVE Fairy tales retellings and much more when there is a reverse character! To take such dear fairy tale and give it a new spin AND make it a sci-fy romance....that takes great imagination and talent!! Bex gifted us with Atrates and Cisnetta’s story where they both have to fight the hurt and damage done to them in the past. Atrates is the epitome of a damaged hero but the one that takes the glory is Cisnetta (IMHO), she is so clever, understanding and patient towards Atty...its really such a joy to read their love story. Cant forget our lovable Cobbs cant we?? He’s the cherry of this cake we never knew we needed!!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lenna

    Fun and cute I liked this take on the ugly duckling. It was cute and fun and the characters were very likeable. One thing that was tough was the world building. I had a real hard time understanding what was going on with transfers and the two species and figuring it out with multiple alien names and character names thrown in as I read. It might've been nice to have a "once upon a time" prologue explaining the aliens, the world they're all on and the transfers as a prologue. The story was cute Fun and cute I liked this take on the ugly duckling. It was cute and fun and the characters were very likeable. One thing that was tough was the world building. I had a real hard time understanding what was going on with transfers and the two species and figuring it out with multiple alien names and character names thrown in as I read. It might've been nice to have a "once upon a time" prologue explaining the aliens, the world they're all on and the transfers as a prologue. The story was cute enough that I got through it and still give it five stars.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bubbles The Book Pimp

    Another fantastic instalment from this creative author. A blending of historical romance/sci fi romance and fairy tale retelling of the ugly duckling. I adored the main characters. A was a wonderful gruff protector marshmallow riddled with angst and low self esteem and C was a perfect heroine for him. I really enjoyed this book, it’s another prime example of why this author is one to watch. Filled with originality, charm and wonderful chemistry. This book was unputdownable. Another fantastic instalment from this creative author. A blending of historical romance/sci fi romance and fairy tale retelling of the ugly duckling. I adored the main characters. A was a wonderful gruff protector marshmallow riddled with angst and low self esteem and C was a perfect heroine for him. ♥️♥️ I really enjoyed this book, it’s another prime example of why this author is one to watch. Filled with originality, charm and wonderful chemistry. This book was unputdownable.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Deanne Taylor

    Have no idea what to call this.....scifi, fantasy, fairytales???? How about we just go with awesomeness for the win???!! No idea how she does it but this is going to be a world that we need more of, I'm fascinated by these hybrids......need to know more. The side characters intrigued me too! Atratesand Cisnetta were perfect for a scifi fairytale......nailed this story and left me all happy and satisfied but wanting more too. Perfect way to feel after the end of a great read. Have no idea what to call this.....scifi, fantasy, fairytales???? How about we just go with awesomeness for the win???!! No idea how she does it but this is going to be a world that we need more of, I'm fascinated by these hybrids......need to know more. The side characters intrigued me too! Atrates and Cisnetta were perfect for a scifi fairytale......nailed this story and left me all happy and satisfied but wanting more too. Perfect way to feel after the end of a great read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    This is a delightful version of The Ugly Duckling fairytale. I love the character of Cissnetta who's reactions to situations is fresh and Atrates is tough and grumpy but with hidden depths. And then there is Cobbs (and what can you say about that!) All in all, a great read for fans of syfy romance and fans of fairytales. Enjoy!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shasha

    Sci-fi romantic fairy tale I enjoyed this sci-fi twist on the ugly duckling. The low self-esteem worked well for the story. I was irritated at the redundant descriptions in the beginning but they were short. And the cover model isn't dark enough to match the story. Read in KU

  29. 4 out of 5

    Atlantis Blake

    This retelling is so awesome, I enjoy reading it very much. Couldn't put the book down. I've always loved the way Bex writes and hope to read more of her books. I've enjoyed reading all of her books and I add this one to my reread list. I can't wait for more of her books. I'm so excited!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Utterly delightful Her characters are always a rare treat but the cantankerous swan stole my heart. Do yourself a favor and put McLynn on auto purchase. I don't think she's got a bad book in her.

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