23 July 2015

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson


Every horror-lover has heard of this book. A classic of the genre, praised by the likes of Neil Gaiman and Stephen King. Chilling, disturbing, blood-curdling. Alright, I seriously think something is wrong with me. Because this book was neither chilling nor terrifying. And it was a real nightmare for someone suffering ...

23 July 2015

Silent Scream by Angela Marsons


I have to admit I’ve been fooled. Fooled by Amazon reviews. I have long stopped paying attention to reviews, because you never know if they are genuine or not, but this time I stumbled upon a book in the mystery section, which had more than 1000 positive reviews, and very ...

23 July 2015

Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich


Another lesson I need to learn: do not trust the best-seller lists. If someone is a best-selling author, it means absolutely nothing. I know I'll be learning English all my life, and there's no better way than reading acclaimed authors, who are famous for their writing skills and vocabulary. So, ...

23 July 2015

Welcome to AWISL


I see you’ve found my new website! Welcome to AWISL: Authors Writing In a Second Language. If you have been following my blog at idblind.blogpost.com, then you know I have been planning this website for a while. At last it’s ready! As I've said before, I am going to review books and ...

23 July 2015

Game of Thrones and Writing Advice


  Because it's late at night and I am feeling sleepy, instead of giving new advice on writing, I will copy-paste an old post from my blog. I still firmly believe in what I wrote back in March, and as we say, "Repeatition is the mother of learning" (a very bad ...

19 August 2015

Should I Write in My Mother Language or in English?


If you are visiting AWISL.com, then there’s a possibility that you are an AWISL too: an author writing in a second language. I am an AWISL, and it’s tough. I’ve lost the count of how many times I’ve re-read and re-written the same sentences, how many times I’ve checked the ...

19 August 2015

Author Jealousy


This is something I’ve been thinking about for a long time. So many times I have seen popular authors tell us that we should treat other authors not as rivals, but as business partners. That one author’s success is the success of all authors. I call it bullshit. Another author’s ...

20 August 2015

Why Do Authors Ask for Reviews?


If you’re an avid kindle reader and don’t shun indie books, then you might have seen the same request at the end of almost every book by an indie author: please leave a review. Many readers find this off-putting, but trust me, we don’t have much choice. Indie authors have to ...

24 August 2015

No to Amazon Exclusivity


Experienced indies have long found out what’s best for them, but the newbie authors still ask this same question: KDP Select or No KDP Select? KDP means Kindle Direct Publishing. If you want to self-publish your book with Amazon, you register at KDP.com and upload your book. Fast and simple. But ...

01 September 2015

Key Lime Die: A Key West Culinary Cozy by Summer Prescott


Title: Key Lime Die: A Key West Culinary Cozy Book 2 Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Key-Lime-Die-West-Culinary-ebook/dp/B013II8PG6/   I had really missed reading a short, cozy mystery, and when my friend Leiah from So I Read This Book Today lent me Key Lime Die, I couldn’t be happier. It was supposed to be one of those fun, ...

01 September 2015

He said, She said


If you have read my review for Key Lime Die, then you know this post is about what not to do when writing a book. This is just my opinion, not a testament to good writing. The book was filled with an immense amount of telling instead of showing. But what irked me the most ...

01 September 2015

Cheesecake and Me


There is only one thing better than reading a book, and that is reading a book with a nice slice of something sweet and tasty :D Voila'! My new creation!   No idea why I used to think that making a cheesecake has to be something complicated. I'd order it at bakeries ...

05 September 2015

1/2986 by Annelie Wendeberg


Title: 1/2986 Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/1-2986-Annelie-Wendeberg-ebook/dp/B00NS53SX0 Genre: Sci-fi, Dystopian I finished this book 10 minutes ago and I want to write a review ASAP, while the memories are still vivid. But I don’t know where to start from. Usually I start with the plot, then discuss the writing. With this book I’ll go with ...

05 September 2015

Nefertitis Heart (The Artifact Hunters Book 1) by A. W. Exley


Title: Nefertiti's Heart (The Artifact Hunters Book 1)  Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Nefertitis-Heart-Artifact-Hunters-Book-ebook/dp/B0139OZJYK/ Genre: Steampunk, Historical I was so excited to start this book. As soon as I saw the title I thought, “That's it! At last!" Being crazy about Ancient Egypt and all kinds of mysteries, I’ve been dreaming of an Indiana Jones type ...

07 September 2015

Game of Thrones (again)


I did it!  I finished The Song of Ice and Fire. All 5 books. Nearly 5000 pages. I’ve never read a series so long. A few years ago I purchased Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time (11 paperbacks, thick and heavy), and up to this day I’ve read only the first ...

07 September 2015

Murder, Lies and Chocolate (Death by Chocolate Book 2) by Sally Berneathy


Title: Murder, Lies and Chocolate (Death by Chocolate  Book 2)  Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Murder-Lies-Chocolate-Death-Book-ebook/dp/B008QPW5J0/ Genre: Mystery, Cozy This was the 2nd book in the Death by Chocolate series, but stands on its own and doesn’t require you to read the first to understand who’s who. It also spoils the first book (naming the baddy ...

07 September 2015

Crime Scene - CSI Reilly Steel Prequel by Casey Hill


Title: Crime Scene - CSI Reilly Steel Prequel Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Crime-Scene-Prequel-Forensic-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00M1SNQO6/ Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller I love mysteries, thrillers, suspense, and anything else from the family of blood and murder. But this book never grew on me. I don’t think it was the book’s fault. Before picking up this short (120 pages) prequel to ...

07 September 2015

The Invasion of the Free Books


As you know I am accepting books for reviews. But because most of the time I receive romance which I don’t read, I have developed a habit of downloading free books from Amazon and reviewing them. And you know what? At the moment I have nearly 100 free books in my ...

07 September 2015

Summing up the Week


Let's see what I've been up to last week. Three articles on Writing/Marketing:  POV Switches He said, She said The Invasion of the Free Books   Six books reviewed: Key Lime Die: A Key West Culinary Cozy by Summer Prescott 1/2986 by Annelie Wendeberg Nefertitis Heart (The Artifact Hunters Book 1) by A. W. Exley Game of Thrones by GRRM Murder, ...

16 September 2015

I Don’t Read Romance


I have specifically stated in the review guidelines that I don’t read romance. Please do not offer me love stories or books with romantic elements. I’m not interested. Moreover, I am uncomfortable reading them, because most of these books are nothing but the author’s sexual fantasies. Really, I’m not interested ...

26 September 2015

Hopebreaker: A Steampunk Dystopian Fantasy (The Great Iron War, Book 1) by Dean F. Wilson


Title: Hopebreaker: A Steampunk Dystopian Fantasy (The Great Iron War, Book 1) Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Hopebreaker-Steampunk-Dystopian-Fantasy-Great-ebook/dp/B00QO2FQ52 Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Dystopian, Steampunk I received this book from a fellow blogger and friend Leiah from SoIReadThisBookToday. She’s so overwhelmed with review requests she kindly lends me indie books to review them. Sadly, I’m not having ...

26 September 2015

Pure Evil by Jesse Bastide


Title: Pure Evil Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NGJ8SCY Genre: Supernatural, horror, thriller I am a huge horror fan. The moment I see a free horror book on Amazon, it is doomed to appear on my Kindle. Sadly, this book was another disappointment of the week. The plot: What starts as an episode of playground teasing, ends ...

26 September 2015

This Doesnt Happen In The Movies: A Reed Ferguson Mystery (A Private Investigator Mystery Series - Crime Suspense Thriller Book 1) by Renee Pawlish


Title: This Doesn't Happen In the Movies: A Reed Ferguson Mystery Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/This-Doesnt-Happen-The-Movies-ebook/dp/B005DJHWRW Genre: Mystery, thriller, suspense Picked this up because it was free and because I love detective stories. I am beginning to think I need to give myself a break from indie books. This has been a disappointing week. While ...

28 September 2015

Before The Clock Strikes: A Kyle Simmons Thriller by E.G. Michaels


Title: Before The Clock Strikes: A Kyle Simmons Thriller Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Before-Clock-Strikes-Simmons-Thriller-ebook/dp/B00NTN7M4C Genre: Mystery, thriller, police procedurals I finished this book last night and can’t really remember what it was about. Is it my ADD again? No, not this time. It’s just that I absolutely did not care what was going on in this book. ...

02 October 2015

The Martian by Andy Weir


Title: The Martian Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Martian-Andy-Weir-ebook/dp/B00FAXJHCY Genre: Sci-fi I love Sci-fi. Both to read and to watch. I love the oldies: Yefremov, Azimov, Bradbury, Heinlein, Clarke… I haven’t had much luck with contemporary Sci-fi, but what I can’t find in today’s books I find in today’s movies. I love anything science fiction, if it doesn’t ...

05 October 2015

Mo(u)rning Joy by Kalan Chapman Lloyd


  Title: Mo(u)rning Joy Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/rning-Joy-Kalan-Chapman-Lloyd-ebook/dp/B015D3X5FK Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction I received this book for a review at the beginning of September. It’s October already, and I still haven’t reviewed it. For a long time I didn’t know what to write in my review. It was a topic I hadn’t ever encountered, a story ...

06 October 2015

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins


  Title: The Girl on the Train Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Train-Novel-Paula-Hawkins-ebook/dp/B00L9B7IKE Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense Pages: 326 Status: Finished I hate it when this happens. I hate it when I guess the bad guy’s identity halfway through the book. But then, there were only 6 characters here, 3 women and 3 men, and it wasn’t hard to see ...

06 October 2015

Five Weeks in the Amazon: A backpackers journey: life in the rainforest, Ayahuasca, and a Peruvian shamans ancient diet by Sean Michael Hayes


  Title: Five Weeks in the Amazon Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Five-Weeks-Amazon-backpackers-rainforest-ebook/dp/B00PM987W2 Genre: Memoir, Biography, Travel Pages: 274 Status: Did Not Finish I gave up at 48%. I honestly tried, and I hate not finishing a book, but I can’t read this book anymore. “Five Weeks in the Amazon” is tedious. It was supposed to be a story of self-discovery, but ...

02 November 2015

I am alive


I am alive, I promise. I've just been a bit messy lately. Sick, jobless, and overall upset. But I am writing and reading and will post new revies soon. I just need to drink 1000th cup of tea. And decide what I am going to do with my life. It seems ...

16 November 2015

The Bank of the River by Michael Richan


Title: The Bank of the River Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Bank-River-Michael-Richan-ebook/dp/B00DC1RTCQ Genre: Horror Pages: 220 Status: Finished I love reading horrors, and I am always looking for new authors. Really, how much more can I read Stephen King? I’m a firm believer that there are other authors who can come up with scary stuff. Sadly, The Bank ...

16 November 2015

The Devils Grin (Kronberg Crimes) by Annelie Wendeberg


Title: The Devil’s Grin (Kronberg Crimes Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Devils-Grin-Kronberg-Crimes/dp/1481262262 Genre: Victorian thriller, Mystery  Pages: 240 Status: Finished First of all, Annelie Wenderberg is a fantastic writer. So this book is highly recommended to fellow awisls as an example of good writing. Annelie knows how to write well. Her pace is smooth, her vocabulary is solid, ...

16 November 2015

I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan


Title: I Know What You Did Last Summer Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Summer-Turtleback-School-Library-Binding/dp/0606151575 Genre: Thriller, Mystery  Pages: 200 Status: Finished The movie I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER came out in 1997. It was bloody, gory, filled with violence, and had Freddie Prince Jr. Sarah Michelle Gellar, and other young stars of the time. A typical ...

20 November 2015

Desprite Measures by Deborah Jay


  Title: Desprite Measures Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Desprite-Measures-Caledonian-Sprite-Book-ebook/dp/B00H6UKH5A Genre: Urban Fantasy Pages: 318 Status: Finished This is a very well written book, but totally out of my reading preferences. I received the book from the author in exchange for an honest review, so I felt compelled to finish it. While I usually read a book in ...

23 May 2016

I am alive #2


Ohhhh, where do I begin? I haven’t been active for ages. BUT! I had a good reason. Now at last I can think of me as a healthy person (more or less), and at last I can fully devote myself to writing. My head is full of so many stories, and ...

23 May 2016

Coraline by Neil Gaiman


Title: Coraline Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Coraline-Neil-Gaiman-ebook/dp/B0037B6Q66 Genre: Children’s fantasy Pages: 212 Status: Finished Recommended for awisls: Every Gaiman book is good for awisls.   I like Neil Gaiman. I think every newbie author needs to read him. But I read his books not for pleasure, but for learning. Somehow I fall asleep every time I pick a Gaiman ...

09 June 2016

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield


Title: The Thirteenth Tale Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0068PHS5Q/ Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense Pages: 418      Status: Finished Recommended for awisls: Highly recommended   This is a book that deserves attention if you want to enrich your language. As a textbook it’s one of the best. The language is rich, descriptive, vivid. As a fiction it was boring and too ...

09 June 2016

Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross


Title: Pope Joan Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002BH5HO4    Genre: Historical Pages: 434      Status: Finished Recommended for awisls: Highly recommended It is still arguable whether there was a female Pope or no. I personally think there wasn’t. Donna Woolfolk Cross thinks otherwise. And she has written a long novel, which although a fiction, contains a lot of historical ...

10 June 2016

Warcraft


As a fantasy lover I was looking forward to this movie, sometimes even counting the days. After the disappointment called Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, I had been longing for a new fantasy to dive into and spend a bit of magical time among the elves, orcs, dwarves, and ...

15 June 2016

Tuf Voyaging by George R.R. Martin


Title: Tuf Voyaging Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Tuf-Voyaging-George-R-R-Martin-ebook/dp/B009SS9632 Genre: Sci-fi, Action and Adventure Pages: 448                          Status: Finished Recommended for awisls: Recommended   Have I said already that I love George Martin’s writing? I guess I have to repeat it at least once a month :))) “Tuf Voyaging” is written as well as the rest of Martin’s books, and consists ...

15 June 2016

Author Lois Duncan Has Passed Away


Just learned that author Lois Duncan has passed away today. She's probably most famous for "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and other YA suspense novels (I had reviewd IKWYDLS back in November 2015). I didn't knew Lois Duncan personally, but I am so saddened by the news of ...

21 June 2016

10 Ways To Seduce a Writer


There are a lot of memes over the Web about the writers. Very often we are portrayed as nutjobs, insomniacs, introverts, edgy, crazy and even suicidal. There’s a bit of truth in all of these characteristics. But we can be cute and sweet too. All you need to do is ...

01 July 2016

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller


Title: The Song of Achilles Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Song-Achilles-Madeline-Miller-ebook/dp/B006IE2IO8/ Genre: Historical Pages: 369                          Status: Finished Recommended for awisls: Highly recommended I am a big Greek Mythology fan. Not just a big fan, I love, love, love Greek Mythology. Have loved it since early childhood. I can tell you all about Hercules and his Twelve Labors, about ...

01 July 2016

The Autobiography of @ by Jeff Abugov


Title: The Autobiography of @ Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Autobiography-short-story-Jeff-Abugov-ebook/dp/B00RUVRW8U Genre: Humor, satire Pages: 24                            This has to be one of the most hilarious books I've ever read. I have to admit I don’t remember how this short story has appeared in my Kindle. Probably it has been on a free promo, and I have ...

06 July 2016

Vivaldis Virgins by Barbara Quick


Title: Vivaldi’s Virgins Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Vivaldis-Virgins-Barbara-Quick-ebook/dp/B000SCHBY8/   Genre: Historical Pages: 308                             Status: Finished Recommended for awisls: Recommended Advice: Read with Vivalid’s music sounding in the background. The Plot: Fourteen-year-old Anna Maria, abandoned at the Ospedale della Pietà as an infant, is determined to find out who she is and where she came from. Her quest takes ...

06 July 2016

Broken Dolls by Tyrolin Puxty


Title: Broken Dolls Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Broken-Dolls-Tyrolin-Puxty-ebook/dp/B015JMSTF6/   Genre: Children’s Books, Scary Stories Pages: 176                             Status: Finished Recommended for awisls: Recommended One of the most original stories I’ve read in 2016. Touched me. Left me with a moist feeling in my eyes. I picked up the “Broken Dolls” because it was free and because it had ...

18 July 2016

Wreckage by Emily Bleeker


Title: Wreckage Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Wreckage-Emily-Bleeker-ebook/dp/B00NAJZDIM/    Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense Pages: 305                             Status: Finished Recommended for awisls: Not Recommended   This review might contain spoilers. Four people get stranded on an inhabited island. Two of them have been rescued. They are lying about what really happened during the past two years on the island. They say the ...

18 July 2016

Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


Title: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Book 1) Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Miss-Peregrines-Home-Peculiar-Children-ebook/dp/B004FGMDOQ/ Genre: Teen and Young Adult Pages: 352                             Status: Finished Recommended for awisls: Not Recommended I had heard a lot of negative things about this book before I picked it up. I have to admit it wasn’t as bad as ...

01 August 2016

Mr. Mercedes (The Bill Hodges Trilogy Book 1) by Stephen King


Title: Mr. Mercedes (The Bill Hodges Trilogy Book 1) Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Mercedes-Bill-Hodges-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B00HW2EHEO/ Genre: Crime, Suspense, Thriller Pages: 417                             Status: Skipped Recommended for awisls: Not Recommended Stephen King has taught me a lot. His older stuff is brilliant (with a few exceptions). He’s one of the best short story writers. He’s the King of Horror. He ...

01 August 2016

Throttle by Stephen King and Joe Hill


Title: Throttle by Stephen King and Joe Hill Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Throttle-Kindle-Single-Joe-Hill-ebook/dp/B007QXV9S6/ Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller Pages: 50                               Status: Finished Recommended for awisls: Recommended When 50 paged short story is sold alone, I expect it to be a powerful thing. Otherwise, why would you sell it alone, instead of combining it with a few other stories, ...

01 August 2016

Last Night I Dreamt About JK Rowling


I must have told a few times I am currently working on the first book of my new series, Abracadabra. The title is enough hint about the genre, isn’t it? Those who have finished my Witch Hollow series know that the new series will be about the Witchcraft Academy. I ...

03 August 2016

Covers: Original or Not?


A picture speaks a thousand words. New authors tend to forget how important the cover is. I’ve seen a great deal of abysmal covers, and of course most of them (if not all) belong to the books by indies. I was about to post some 20-30 of the worst covers I’ve ...

16 August 2016

Taking a Hiatus


I wish I didn't have to, but I think it's the right thing to do at the moment. I am totally into my new book and find it hard to manage a blog. This doesn’t mean I won’t be posting reviews. I may still do it once in a while. ...

01 October 2016

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


Title: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Night-Circus-Vintage-Magic-ebook/dp/B005AKFXZW/ Genre: Fantasy Pages: 401                             Status: Not Finished Recommended for awisls: Not Sure I can’t remember feeling so conflicted about a book before. Believe it or not, but I’m really upset for not liking The Night Circus. It has such great ratings on Amazon and Goodreads. ...

18 November 2016

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini


Title: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Mountains-Echoed-Khaled-Hosseini-ebook/dp/B009XIXVU6/ Genre: Contemporary Fiction Pages: 404                             Status: Finished Recommended for awisls: Recommended This was my first Hosseini book. All I knew about him was that he was a traditionally published author with highly rated books. While Hosseini’s genre isn’t the one I usually prefer I ...

18 November 2016

The Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle


Title: The Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1940026016 Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Technothriller, Science Fiction Pages: 464                             Status: Not Finished Recommended for awisls: Not Recommended I think it’s fair to expect something incredible from a book, which has 13.000 reviews on Amazon, is a bestseller and an upcoming movie. And when the ...

18 November 2016

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind, John E. Woods (Translator)


Title: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind, John E. Woods (Translator) Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0140120831/ Genre: Historical, Mystery Pages: 273                                               Status: Finished Recommended for awisls: Highly Recommended This is one of the most original and unusual books I’ve ever read. I think it’s in a genre of its own. The other book ...

11 December 2016

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman


  Title: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IORP664/ Genre: Contemporary Pages: 305                                               Status: Not Finished Recommended for awisls: Not Recommended I am probably a bad person. How else could I dislike a book that has more than 5000 positive reviews? A book, which everyone seems to love. Which will be a movie ...

12 December 2016

Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King


  Title: Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Bazaar-Bad-Dreams-Stories-ebook/dp/B00UDCI1AG Genre: Horror, Paranormal Pages: 510                                               Status: Finished Recommended for awisls: Recommended Here’s a funny thing. I have always loved King’s short stories. I had always been reading them in Russian translation. From the moment I started reading them in English, I stopped liking them ...

09 April 2017

Im back with Abracadabra! (sort of)


I haven’t been online for eight months! Wow, that’s a lot, isn’t it? When I took the hiatus, I was sure that in six months I’d be back with the first book of my new series. But come to think of it, the book isn’t done yet. And it’s really heartbreaking. ...

09 April 2017

Abracadabra: The Witchcraft Academy (Prologue)


  The old witch knew the magician was close. She could hear his heavy footsteps echoing in the dark corridor. She knew what he wanted, but she would be the last witch in the world to hand it to him. The lights of the castle were out, but the dark passages and ...

11 April 2017

The Road to Magic (Ch1, P1)


The door was locked. It had to be the one Aram was looking for. All the other gate doors inside that fern thicket were open, leading either to the mountains, or back into the village. But this low wicket gate with a small keyhole didn’t seem as simple as the rest ...

13 May 2017

Dune by Frank Herbert


Title: Dune Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Dune-Sequence-Frank-Herbert-ebook/dp/B004KA9UXO/ Genre: Science fiction, Fantasy Pages: 610                                               Status: Finished Recommended for awisls: Not Recommended Have you heard of “Dune”? You might have, if you’re a sci-fi fan. “Dune” is the highest selling sci-fi novel of all times. Why? I have no idea. “Dune” is the greatest book disappointment of my life. ...

13 May 2017

Dreamercialism (a short story)


I am walking down the streets of neon lights and gleaming billboards. A huge greasy doughnut is following me up to the corner of the street, blabbering on about his lemon custard and chocolate topping. I run away. The sparkly billboards dazzle me. I squint, then close my eyes. Someone ...