Suntup Editions Announces The Next Print From Their Covers Collection: “Christine”

Written by Stephen King and published in 1983, Christine is a horror story that centers around a vintage, and yes haunted, 1958 Plymouth Fury dubbed “Christine” by a previous owner.  I remember reading this one in my junior year of high school and like most King books, I couldn’t put it down.

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As for his inspiration for the novel, here is what King once said.  “One night as I was turning into my driveway, I saw the odometer numbers on my car turn from 9999.9 to 10,000. I found myself wondering if there might not be a story in an odometer that ran backward-the car, I thought, would get “younger” instead of older, finally collapsing into its component parts. The next day I started writing it. I thought it would be a funny short story-a kind of American Graffiti. Instead, a fairly long novel came out, a supernatural tale about girlfriends, boyfriends, and Christine.”

Suntup Editions’Covers Collection is comprised of a series of extremely limited edition, fine art prints featuring the cover artwork from Stephen King’s most beloved novels, signed by the original artist.  Here’s their announcement for this release.

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This beautiful painting graced the cover of the signed limited edition of Christine, published by Donald M. Grant in 1983! This wrap-around cover art has been a fan favorite for decades, and we have reproduced this gorgeous piece, from the original, and it looks amazing! It has been fully restored, and color corrected to be a truly faithful reproduction of the original.

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Large Size: 24″ x18″
Small Size: 16.25″ x 12.5″

Publication Date: October 1, 2017
Available for Pre-Order: September 15, 2017

CLICK HERE TO PREORDER THIS VERSION

These prints are hand-signed by artist, Stephen Gervais, and the first 20 include an original Remarque, which are already pre-sold to print subscribers.

Exclusively available through Suntup Editions for your private collection, and limited to just 50 signed copies per size, worldwide.  If you would like a framed option added to your order, please reply with either “Custom Frame” or “Generic Frame.”

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Shipping October 1st: A beautiful, glossy poster is available independently of The Covers Collection series of signed limited edition fine art prints. This poster measures 20″ x 14″ and is not signed or numbered. You can think of these as a “Gift Edition” version of the limited edition fine art print series.  CLICK HERE TO ORDER THIS VERSION

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3A Toys Steel Age Joker Is The Baddie We’ve Been Waiting For

Ashley Wood and 3A Toys bring a unique take to every project so when they announced “Steel Age,” a 3A x DC Comics 1/6th scale collection, we couldn’t wait to see what they concocted.  First up was Batman (which is featured as our background) and now we get the maniacal, menacing Clown Prince of Gotham, The Joker.

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Features:

  • Officially Licensed by DC/Warner Bros
  • Fully Articulated
  • Fabric Tailored Clothing
  • LED Illuminated Eyes

Includes:

  • Revolvers x2
  • Detachable Bangs x2
  • Interchangeable Left Hand x4 (Relaxed, Pointer, Gun Grip, Fist)
  • Interchangeable Right Hand x4 (Relaxed, Pointer, Gun Grip, Fist)

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With his glowing red eyes, damaged cyborg face and bizarre revolvers, this one is a must for fans of Ashley Wood’s brilliant re-imagining of one of the most deadly villains in the DC Universe.

3A’s Steel Age Joker will set you back $240 and will be available for preorder on October 4th.  Bambaland Orders Include Free Worldwide Shipping via Courier .

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“Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets” Coming To Homes This November

Packed with out-of-this-world action unlike anything you’ve ever seen, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets heads to 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), and DVD November 21 from Lionsgate; and on Digital HD November 7 and On Demand November 21. Based on the best-selling French comic series “Valérian and Laureline” by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières, published by Dargaud – visionary writer/director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Lucy) advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga produced by Virginie Besson-Silla.

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets stars Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad), Golden Globe® nominee Clive Owen (Children of Men), Academy Award® nominee Ethan Hawke (Best Supporting Actor, Boyhood, 2014), Golden Globe® & Emmy® winner John Goodman (voice) (“Rosanne”) with 7-time GRAMMY Award® winner Rihanna, and Golden Globe® winner Rutger Hauer (Bladerunner). The film features a soundtrack by Oscar® winner Alexandre Desplat (Best Original Score, The Grand Budapest Hotel, 2014)

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In the 28th century, Valerian (DeHaan) and Laureline (Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha—an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence, and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

The Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets home entertainment release features the five part documentary “Citizens of Imagination: Creating the Universe of Valerian” which delves into the creation of the characters in the film, including both humans and alien lifeforms, along with insight into the production design, special effects, and stunts.

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The home entertainment release also features a “The Art of Valerian” photo gallery, and Enhancement Pods. The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray versions feature Dolby Atmos® audio remixed specifically for the home-theater environment, to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray also features Dolby Vision™ high dynamic range (HDR), growing Lionsgate’s library of titles featuring both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. Dolby Vision transforms the TV experience in the home by delivering greater brightness and contrast, as well as a fuller palette of rich colors. Together with the captivating sound of Dolby Atmos, consumers will experience both cutting-edge imaging and state-of-the-art sound technology for a fully immersive entertainment experience.

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.

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4K/BLU-RAY/DVD/DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “Citizens of Imagination: Creating the Universe of Valerian” Multi-Part Documentary

o   Paper, Ink, Flesh, Blood: Origins and Characters

o   To Alpha and Beyond: Production and Stunts

o   Denizens of the Galaxy: Humans and Aliens

o   The Final Element: Visual Effects

o   Wrap Up

  • Enhancement Pods
  • “The Art of Valerian” Photo Gallery
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Travel To Thra In “Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Board Game” From River Horse

Jim Henson and Frank Oz have bewildered fans with their dark, fantasy adventure film, “The Dark Crystal” for the past 35 years.  Now, board game company River Horse is giving fans of the film a special treat with their upcoming project, “Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Board Game.”

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“Will Jen and Kira manage to find the Shard and heal the Dark Crystal? Find out in this fun family board game for 2 to 4 players based on the classic The Dark Crystal movie by Jim Henson.”

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Here is what you get with the game:

4 highly collectable figurine renditions of the main characters:
2 Gelflings – Jen and Kira (with Fizzgig!).
2 Skeksis – skekSil the Chamberlain and skekUng the Garthim-Master
• Rules booklet – 24 pages.
• 2′ × 2′ game board – lavishly illustrated with inspiring new artwork featuring all the legendary places from the movie, including Aughra’s Observatory, the Valley of the Stones and the Crystal Castle.
• 25 World cards, 9 Mystic cards, 7 Skeksis cards and 15 Minion cards.
• Over 20 game tokens.
• 6 polyhedral dice (D4, D6, D8, D10, D12, D20).
• 4 character sheets and 4 Special Ability cards.
• Cardboard stand-ups and bases: 4 Garthim, 1 Slave Podlings, 1 Gourmand Skeksis and 1 Slave-Master Skeksis
• 1 Orrery turn track (top and bottom, with plastic connector).

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We are very excited about the “4 highly collectable figurine renditions of the main characters!”  The game is slotted to be released in early 2018 and you can preorder it HERE.

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Universal’s Classic Monsters Get The Spusta Treatment In This Amazing Print Set From Dark Hall Mansion

Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman, The Mummy, The Bride Of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and The Creature From The Black Lagoon are all synonymous with one word “classic.”  It is this group of “monsters” that Universal Pictures made some of the most beloved horror, science fiction and suspense films of all-time.   Names like Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, and Lon Chaney Jr. are forever linked to these creatures of the silver screen and today, Dark Hall Mansion pays homage to them with an outstanding print set.

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For this project, Dark Hall Mansion gave the creative control to one of their favorite artist, Marq Spusta.  Marq’s signature style has graced many a concert poster for bands like Widespread Panic, Dinosaur Jr, Primus, Dave Matthews and more.  Now he is focusing his talents on seven figures who have stood the test of time and still enchant fans worldwide to this day.

We reached out to Marq and he was kind enough to take some time out of his hectic schedule to give us a little insight to this project.

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BLURPPY – WOW!  Seven Universal Monsters!  How daunting was it to take on seven of the most beloved monsters in cinematic history…all at once?

Marq Spusta – Well I appreciate that you used the word ‘daunting,’ as it certainly was a lot to tackle. Though it made sense for it to be a fully submersive process of going back in time with all these films and their original monsters.

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BLURPPY – What was your process for tackling a project of this magnitude?

MS – One at a time. With each film I waited until it was a good night for me to really absorb one film and process what I could do with the character. Most all my chosen moments and compositions for the monsters came to me while watching the movie for the first time. (I had not fully watched any of the films prior to taking on the project) I would start most these films kind of late at night and then I’d usually do a really quick sketch to work out my intentions before I went to bed. I would then work out a detailed drawing over the next day or so, and those are what I’d would present to Dark Hall Mansion and then ultimately to Universal to make sure they approved of the way the prints would look. We got most the concept drawings together and approved before I started the final artwork on any of them, as I wanted to be sure everything was cohesive within the series, and approved by Universal. As I worked on the final illustrations I would have the film paused in front of me, jumping from scene to scene to study details…which are often hard to pick out as these films can be so darkly lit. The legacy of these Monsters was enough inspiration to motivate me through out the process.

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BLURPPY – Personally, we lean towards Dracula but do you have a favorite out of this ghoulish crew and why are they your favorite?

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MS – Yeah, I’m kind of with you on Dracula being a standout. Just his whole creepy yet gracious host vibe, of all the monsters he is the most personable. Though Frankenstein’s Monster really starts to come out of his shell in Bride of Frankenstein, and that may be my favorite of the films. 

BLURPPY – Great minds think alike. Lugosi was so iconic in that role.  Which of the seven monsters was the most challenging and why?

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MS – I’d say Mummy, since he is only in his wraps and walking for one short scene and that was the version of the monster character I wanted to illustrate in my series. 

BLURPPY – What would you like to convey to the fans about this project?

MS –  I tried to have fun with it. These movies are such cornerstones and have shaped our culture in so many ways. While they were meant to frighten and thrill audiences, they were also funny, weird and extremely creative, and those are aspects I wanted to celebrate with my series of prints focusing on the seven monster characters.

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Below is the official press release from Dark Hall Mansion with lots of eye candy to get you hyped for this set of prints.

Dark Hall Mansion, http://www.DarkHallMansion.com is pleased to reveal its 2017 artist for our officially licensed “UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS” limited edition 7-print set, artist Marq SpustaAs a special surprise we’re offering a select early option to Pre-Purchase your set ahead of the general Halloween release thus reserving and locking your edition of choice now!!

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Dark Hall Mansion, under license from Universal Studios Licensing LLC, will release artist Marq Spusta’s distinctive take on each of the original 7 Universal Classic Monsters that shaped and defined vintage horror cinema for generations. Each of 7 limited edition prints addresses the legacy of each Universal Classic Horror film while very much retaining Marq’s personal style and the pathos that so informed these timeless classics.

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While revealing each of Marq’s completed “Dracula” and “The Wolf Man” pieces for each of the three 7-print edition sets we’re also pleased to share sneak peeks of Marq’s already Universal-approved comps knowing his fan base will enjoy process images along with the detailing of completed works. Marq’s distinctive use of color, his choice of paper stock and inks, along with his longtime printer of choice all ensure his direct oversight of each classic Universal print: “FRANKENSTEIN,” “DRACULA,” “THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN,” “THE WOLF MAN,” “THE MUMMY,” “THE INVISIBLE MAN” and “THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON.”

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Fans will appreciate that Marq’s longtime printer, Monolith Press, is handling the printing of all his Universal Monster editions with Marq’s personal oversight just as he’s done on DHM’s past official Spusta editions with the Beatles, Peanuts and other official film studio releases, and Monolith Press does not disappoint! Also know that Marq will be individually numbering and signing every Monster print within each set personally!

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All Marq Spusta 7-print “UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTER” sets are strictly limited with each of 7 individual (matching number) prints per set measuring 12″ x 12,” each screen printed with metallic ink highlights on select metallic paper stock with all editions hand numbered and individually signed by the artist.

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The “UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS” limited edition Marq Spusta PRE-PURCHASE option goes on sale this FRIDAY, SEP 8th, on DHM’s dedicated store page at: http://darkhallmansionstore.com at 12:30 PM-PST and locks that respective set for buyers but only while supplies last!

*Note: As the edition runs are extremely limited in relation to our usual demand for past Marq Spusta official releases, near all of which have sold out, and with demand expected to be high given the Universal Monsters connection, should we sell out of all editions via the PRE-PURCHASE option there will be no general DHM release for this series with all our sets instead going to PRE-PURCHASE buyers only.

*Please note this is a PRE-PURCHASE option with sets expected to begin shipping by this Halloween per production process and fulfillment team’s best efforts. Know our fulfillment firm will be standing by ready to ship out all orders, fully tracked, the moment editions are received from printers!

“UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS”
MARQ SPUSTA 7-PRINT MATCHING NUMBER SET

“SILVER SCREEN” EDITION OF 350
PRINTED ON METALLIC SILVER PAPER STOCK W METALLIC INK HIGHLIGHTS
$350

“UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS”
MARQ SPUSTA 7-PRINT MATCHING NUMBER VARIANT SET

“NIGHT BLACK” EDITION OF 100
PRINTED ON METALLIC BLACK PAPER STOCK W METALLIC INK HIGHLIGHTS
$450

“UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS”
MARQ SPUSTA 7-PRINT MATCHING NUMBER VARIANT SET

“DEEP RED” EDITION OF 50
PRINTED ON METALLIC RED PAPER STOCK W METALLIC INK HIGHLIGHTS
$575

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If You Love Stephen King Then You’ll Absolutely Covet “The Covers Collection” From Suntup Editions

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
― Stephen King, “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft”

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There is a certain magic that comes from the covers of your favorite books.  They set the tone and assist your ‘theater of the mind’ for what your are about to read.  It’s a brief glimpse of the journey ahead.  Personally I still love actual books.  The tactile experience, the act of turning a page all still resonates with me and so do great book covers.

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Growing up in Maine, it was easy to get lured into the utterly horrific, disturbing and sometimes inspiring Stephen King universe.  The prolific author is the pride and joy of the North East and his work is beloved by fans all over the world.  Since 1974’s “Carrie” to 2017’s “Sleeping Beauties” he’s managed to haunt our dreams and left us feverishly turning the pages of his books with demented and heroic characters and memorable often bizarre places.

 

Suntup Editions shares a love for King’s work and more directly, the art that has graced Screen Shot 2017-08-30 at 4.28.27 PMhis books over the years.  Owner Paul Suntup has been involved with books in one way or another for the past thirty years and has now embarked on a rather remarkable project.

Called “The Covers Collection” Paul is working directly with the artists who created the book covers for some of King’s most unforgettable stories.  To date, artists include Dave Christensen, Tony Mauro, Ned Dameron, Bob Giusti, David Palladini and Linda Fennimore, with more to be announced.

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These gorgeous prints are a must-have for any King fan.  We asked Paul about this enormous endeavor and kind enough to take time from his busy schedule to speak with us.

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Seeing the art without the cover text really give is a whole new life.  How did the “Covers Collection” start?

Paul Suntup –  Yes, it’s quite something to see.  The project evolved out of one of the custom-bound books I was working on.  I thought it would be a nice idea to contact the artist of the original jacket art, and see if  he’d be up to signing a small 6 X 9 print which I would include with the book as a free bonus.  In this case, it was Steven Stroud who did the Firestarter Cover.  So I contacted him, and he loved the idea.  Then it occurred to me that it would be really cool if we did a larger version, and that started me thinking that I could do this for other covers as well.  And the idea was born.  Now I have twenty covers in the series, and I’m working with fourteen artists, and adding more periodically.

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What was the initial reaction to this project from the artists you’ve worked with so far?

PS – The overwhelming majority of them were all over it.  I think they appreciated the fact that I was going to showcase their work without any modifications.  Something that really amazed me, as I was getting into this, and seeing scans of the original work, the covers on which they originally appeared.  There was no cover text and no modifications.  For example, in some cases the art on the cover was cropped, so I was seeing a part of this cover that I have never seen before.  This is the artwork, printed in a format and style that is faithful to the original, and now the general public can really appreciate these pieces for the first time.  The series, for me, is a way to honor the artists and their work.

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To date you have six prints in “The Covers Collection.”  When can fans expect the next one and how many more are lined up?

PS – As of September 1st, 2017, I have officially released six prints.  Those are Pet Sematary, Misery, The Shining, IT, The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands and Salem’s Lot.  I release a new one every month, and right now, that will continue until the end of 2018.  Subscribers are shipped their new print on the 1st of every month automatically, and non-subscribers can purchase prints individually.

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suntup-IMG_0457.jpgOur personal favorite print is “The Shining.”  It brings us back to our youth in the late 70’s.  I can remember that this was the first book that literally gave me chills and spooked the hell out of me!  Which print are you most enamored with?

PS –  See, that’s just wonderful to hear.  I love hearing things like this.  These images are so iconic to a lot of people, and like you, I too grew up on these.  The Shining is a great one.  I love them all, but if I were pressed to choose a favorite, it would be Pet Sematary.  Oh, and Christine, Firestarter, The Eyes of the Dragon, Needful Things, IT, WAIT… that’s more than just one and I just gave away from future prints!

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Patience is NOT one of my virtues so I can’t WAIT to see what you have in store for the month’s to come.  Can you tell us more about the prints themselves, like what paper is used, how they are printed, are they signed, etc.

PS Sure, so these prints are printed on a beautiful textured art paper that is very thick and is 100% cotton.  The papers are acid-free and have no optical brighteners, which basically means it’s archival, and will last a VERY long time.  They are issued in limited editions of only 50 per size, and there are two sizes.  All prints are signed by the artist, and some will include an original sketch, aka a remarque.  Also, we stamp all the prints at the lower right corner with the publisher’s mark.  This is a seal impressed onto the print as a distinguishing mark using a cast iron and brass embosser.  Framing options are available, and there is also an archival folio box, where you can safely store and collect the series.  In terms of printing, these are giclée prints.  I also offer an unsigned poster version as well.

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After speaking with you it’s obvious you have an unrelenting passion for King’s work, any message you would like to share with his fans?

PS –  Many of us have been impacted by his work, his imagination, the words he writes, the characters that he develops, and the worlds he creates.  If there were a message, well I think firstly it would be to his ‘non-fans’, and that would be, read his work!  He is a brilliant storyteller, and an equally brilliant writer.  Pick the best book to start with for you, seek advice.  And for his fans, I guess the only thing that comes to mind is that if you find yourself collecting his books, get educated first as to fair market prices, and make sensible purchases.  Collecting Mr. King can be immense fun, but if allowed to go unchecked, it could be particularly hard on your pocket book.  I would say, buy what you love nad what has special meaning to you, and make sensible decisions  Know that collecting his works is a marathon, not a sprint.  In fact, it might be best to consider it as a leisurely stroll in the garden.  Just stay away from the mazes. 

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Head over to Suntup Editions OFFICIAL WEBSITE to shop their store and see all the great things they have.  You can also follow them on TWITTER and FACEBOOK to stay up to date on new releases and Golden Ticket winners.  Huge thank you to Paul for sharing his passion with us and giving us a new collection to obsess over.

“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”
― Stephen King

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