Movie Review: The Conjuring 2

The Conjuring 2

Year Released: 2016
Directors Name: James Wan
Lead Actors: Vera Farmiga | Patrick Wilson | Madison Wolfe
Production Company: New Line Cinema | Atomic Monster | Evergreen Media Group
Genre: Horror | Mystery | Thriller



Storyline: In 1977, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren travel to London, England, where single mother Peggy Hodgson believes that something evil is in her home. When Peggy’s youngest daughter starts showing signs of demonic possession, Ed and Lorraine attempt to help the besieged girl, only to find themselves targeted by the malicious spirits.


I can be very harsh in reviewing horror movies. I have seen so many and not many scare me anymore. I stopped looking for a movie that scared me and more of a horror movie that I enjoyed and felt I could watch again. I enjoyed the first Conjuring movie. I thought it was really good and I have seen it several times now.

The second one is going to be no different. I have actually found myself thinking of a movie and wanting to watch it again, only to realize the movie I am thinking about is The Conjuring 2 and I can’t really afford to go see that again at the moment.

As far as the storyline goes, it was well written. It kept me interested throughout the entire movie, trying to figure out what exactly was going on. At times it even had me believing it was about a hoax instead of a haunting. The storyline moves along fairly quick and I don’t recall finding myself bored at any moment in the movie.

There are a few jump scares that I thought were very well done. Of course, you can see them coming for the most part, but a few will still surprise you.

As far as scary goes, there is one character in this movie that I thought might actually fallow me into my dreams. And I promise it wasn’t the nun that you see in the previews.
Although, the nun character is rather sinister and creepy, we all have seen her in the commercials. Everyone knows she or rather, it, will be in the movie. The character that really got me is called the crooked man, and while the animation of him is 80’s style CGI the concept was spine tingling.


The actors were fantastic as always. I love Vera Farmiga in everything she has done and she is the perfect actress for Lorraine Warren. Madison Wolfe, who plays Janet Hodgson is such an amazing actress. While I have not seen her in other movies, I do look forward to seeing her career flourish.the conjuring 2

Final Thoughts: I do not feel that I wasted my money to see this movie. I thought it was fantastic, suspenseful, and an overall great horror movie. The last few minutes of the movie was so intense that I think I forgot how to breathe. It had me on the edge of my seat. That is what I look for in a movie. A story that will put me on the edge of my seat and capture my attention so completely, I forget I am only watching a movie.

Have you seen The Conjuring 2 yet?

Movie Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane

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Year Released: 2016
Directors Name: Dan Trachtenberg
Producer: J.J. Abrams
Lead Actors: John Goodman | Mary Elizabeth Winstead | John Gallagher Jr.
Production Company: Paramount Pictures | Bad Robot | Spectrum Effects
Genre: Drama | Horror | Mystery


Storyline (From IMBd): Soon after leaving her fiancé Michelle is involved in a car accident. She awakens to find herself sharing an underground bunker with Howard and Emmett. Has she been saved from an apocalyptical event as Howard & Emmett tell her or are there other motives for her being held against her will?


I loved this movie. There was so much going on. First of all, the acting is fantastic. John Goodman was fantastic as always. I recognized Mary Winstead from Scott Pilgram v. The World and I think she did just as an amazing job in this movie as she did in her previous film. And of course John Gallagher Jr. played in the new movie Hush. I have not seen him in anything else, but what I have seen from him so far, I am a fan.

Michelle has run away from her life, for whatever reason. We have no idea where she is going or why she is leaving her fiancé. All we know is that she is upset and leaving town. Before she gets to where she is going, she finds herself in an accident. When she awakens she is chained to a wall, in what looks like a basement.

She soon finds out from Howard, the man who owns the bunker, that there has been a chemical attack and he claims he has saved her. He also tells her that the air is not safe so she cannot leave the bunker. Of course, like any normal person, Michelle questions it, even though there is another man, Emmett, trapped in the bunker with her. All she can do is try to trust this stranger that he is telling the truth, but he acts strange and she questions his true motives.

I thought this movie was very inventive and fresh. The female protagonist is not some helpless woman that settles in and lets things happen to her. She fights the entire time, wanting to know the truth, wanting to be free. I loved that she was so head strong and did not, for even one moment, take what Howard said as truth. My only problem was how she so quickly trusted Emmett.


You can see from early on that Howard is a little sick in the head. We learn about his daughter and suddenly we see that he is trying to replace the daughter that he lost in a divorce. Now the question is, did he run Michelle off the road on purpose because she reminded him of her daughter, or was it an accident like he said.

No one seems to mention or even notice that Howard disappears from time to time. My thoughts around this time were if he was disappearing above ground, or if he had a secret room he hid in. I just found it a little odd because he was so paranoid that something would happen between Michelle and Emmett, I don’ t see why he would have left them alone.

But it didn’t seem to matter, seeing as at the end he kills Emmett. This is towards the end of the movie and I was sure I had figured out the movie at this point. I was sure that there were no attacks and this guy was just crazy and trying to replace his daughter and Emmett was in on it, to make the story seem real. But then he kills Emmett. I was obviously confused as to what in the world was going on at this point.

Michelle finally gets out of the bunker and escapes with her homemade hazmat suit. She quickly discovers that the air is safe and at first glance all seems right with the world. At least until the alien space ship appears!

**Spoilers Over**

This movie had me guessing through the entire thing. I didn’t know what was real and what was fake. Just when I thought I had it figured out, I was thrown for a loop. The writers did a fantastic job with this storyline. It’s not often that I am so confused through the entire movie. The ending was something that could be a proper ending, but also leaving the movie open for something more. I do hope that there is more to this story to come. The movie was thrilling, intense, and pretty crazy. There wasn’t a dull moment with Howard’s explosive temper and Michelle’s constant questioning.


Have you seen 10 Cloverfield Lane? What did you think about it?

Book Review: Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

Rating24 Nerd Girl Rating

Author: Stephen King
Release Date: June 2nd 2015
Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy
Genre: Horror/Mystery/Fiction
Pages: 448
Publisher: Scribner
Buy it : Amazon


First Line: “Wake up, genius.”

Blurb from Goodreads: “Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.

Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years.

Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life—for good, for bad, forever.



The cover is as delightfully horrific as the first book in the series. It’s so perfect for the story behind it as well.

Compared to Mr. Mercedes, this book was not nearly as good. It started off too slow and I almost stopped reading (listening as I was listening to the audio book.) But I continued on because I wanted to be read for the third book. At the end of the day, this was a good book, as Stephen King doesn’t write a bad book.

In the heart of it this book is about a boy, Pete, whose family is going through a lot. His father was disabled by the Mercedes killer, and can’t find a job. His mother is a teacher and her salary has been cut. He and his sister try to ignore how much his parents fight, but they know what is going to happen if things don’t change.

Then, Pete finds a hidden treasure. A trunk full of money and old mole skin notebooks. He sends the money to his family anonymously but keeps the notebooks for himself. When more money is needed, Pete lets out the secret to a man that may be able to sell the notebooks, but trouble follows.

It’s also about a man who is so obsessed with a story that it leads him to kill the author for selling out. Actually, the story opens with Morris killing John Rothstein. He hides the money and the books until he can get away with it, without raising suspicion. But he doesn’t expect to land in a situation where the trunk of his treasures stays hidden for 30 years and a young boy finds them first.

I thought this book really was a fantastic book. It was a slow build up and could be a little annoying at the same time. The boring part I think was where Morris was sent to prison for a different crime. You pretty much sit the his cell with him and I was just bored with the prison life. Part of it aided to the story, but some of it just seemed out of place and useless information. I could also be a little impatient and wanted to know what was going to happen next.

The ending was actually a little heartbreaking. I won’t say anything except something important is lost in the end and it was just a bummer to have a happier ending for some people.


I just have to talk about this because it is the one thing that bugged me most about this book. If you have not read the book and don’t want to be spoiled, you have been warned!

When Pete decides to try and sell the mole skin notebooks, he is blackmailed, first by Andy, the book store owner, and then by Morris. Andy tries to blackmail him by saying Pete will be locked away because he stole some money. Morris tells Pete that Andy’s murder will be pinned on him because his fingerprints are in the office where Andy’s body lays.

I don’t know about you, but when I was 17 I was a little smarter than Pete. The money was found. Sure, he should have turned it in to the police, but when your family is in desperate need, you don’t always think about what you SHOULD do with money that is found. If Pete had stopped for just a minute to think about it, he would have known that neither Andy, nor Morris had anything against him. I think in the end it would have saved his entire family a lot of trouble.

Yes, I am ranting a little bit because this whole issue just bugged me to no end. It annoyed me that Pete was so ignorant through the whole thing.

**Spoiler/Rant over**


By the end, I felt like this book was just a filler to build up to the last book. Maybe something comes back up in the last book that happened in this book. It was an okay read, but let’s face it, we just want to know what is going to happen next with Brady Hartsfield.

Book Review: Mr. Mercedes

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

Rating5 Nerd Girl RatingPlus Mustache

Book Review: Mr. Mercedes
Author: Stephen King
Release Date: June 3rd 2014
Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy
Genre: Horror/Fiction/Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 436
Publisher: Scribner
Buy it : Amazon

First Line: Augie Odenkirk had a 1997 Datsun that still ran well in spite of high milage, but gas was expensive, especially for a man with no job, and City Center was on the far side of town, so he decided to take the last bus of the night.

Blurb from Goodreads: In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.

Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again.

Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.

Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.


There is a lot going on in this book. Starting with amazingly goretastic cover. The cover is so simple and spine tingling all at the same time.

There are several characters, two main and several side characters, and yet, Stephen King somehow makes it work and keeps it from being too confusing. I listened to this book on audible and it wasn’t even hard to figure out which POV I was listening to when it changed around. The writing was fantastic as always. I never expect less from King.

The beginning throws you right into the story. The very first chapter you get to know a character, a little of his back story, and you find out what kind of person he is. By the end of the first chapter, that one character is no longer alive. It’s not a spoiler because it’s the first chapter. It’s a rollercoaster after that point.

The main character, Bill Hodges is a retired detective with only one major regret and that regret calls him out one day with a letter. The Mercedes killer tries to mess with Hodges, trying to push him over the edge and ends up giving Bill one more mystery to solve.

What I loved about this book is how Brady is trying to get into Bills head, trying to cause him to kill himself, and in the end it only gives Bill something to live for. Brady gives Bill a new lease on life, a purpose to continue on.

Another thing that I loved so much about his story is that Brady is such a real character. I mean, all of them are very realistic, but Brady is the scariest of them all. He is the crazy person who has killed just to kill. He may have had a strange life growing up, but at some point, a switch was flipped and this guy lost his mind. And as the reader, you get to enter that mind and see how it works and how twisted it is. There is a reason that Stephen King is the master of horror. Somehow he knows how the mind of a psycho works.

This whole story has made me so cautious of things and people around me. Brady Hartfield is a computer repair tech and an ice cream truck man. These are the people that are in our lives every day. The next ice cream you buy could be from a mass murderer. Then again, we have had plenty of serial kills that were average Joes that no one would suspect.

This book made me uncomfortable, fearful, and in the end slightly satisfied with several things. I may have laughed at inappropriate times. I would suggest this to all my friends, but I haven’t come across a Stephen King book I didn’t like.










Book Review: Cupcakes,Trinkets, and other Deadly Magic Meghan Ciana Doidge


4 Nerd Girl Rating


Author: Meghan Ciana Doidge
Release Date: June 21st, 2013
Series: The Dowser (Book 1)
Genre: Fantasy/Mystery/Urban Fantasy
Pages: 232
Publisher: Old Man in the CrossWalk Productions
Buy it : Amazon


First Line: The vampire stood at the door to my bakery.

Blurb from Goodreads: If you’d asked me a week ago, I would have told you that the best cupcakes were dark chocolate with chocolate cream cheese icing, that dancing in a crowd of magic wielders — the Adept — was better than sex, and that my life was peaceful and uneventful. Just the way I liked it.

That’s what twenty-three years in the magical backwater of Vancouver will get you — a completely skewed sense of reality. Because when the dead werewolves started showing up, it all unraveled … except for the cupcake part. That’s a universal truth.



To be honest, the blurb doesn’t do this book justice. I bought this book because of my love for Felicia Day and her book club on Goodreads called Vaginal Fantasy Book Club. Funny, I started reading the book the day of their live chat about the book.

I actually thought this was going to be some dirty romance novel. I guess my idea of what the book club was about was a little off. Forgive me.

I loved this book though. I knew there would be werewolves in it because of the blurb. But then there is a vampire! Seriously, you throw in a vampire and I am sold. I just love vampires.

On to the book…

This book was fun to read. Jade is such a lovely character. She loves to bake (me too!) and owns a cupcake shop. This is like my dream…so it was super easy for me to slip into this book and really get sucked in.

There isn’t much that I can say without giving away spoilers, but I will say, I am so annoyed that we still don’t know what Jade is. She is half witch and half what? I need to know!

Overall, I read this in just a few days because it was just so great. The story was fast paced, and didn’t linger on useless details. There was just a little hint of a romance…that didn’t go over well…and lots of mystery. Was the twist ending obvious?? Yeah, it kind of was, but I still appreciated the twist.

As soon as I finished this book I bought the next book. I haven’t read it yet, but I am excited to get into it.

I enjoyed this book, even with all the bad reviews, I still enjoyed the book. It did put me in the mind of the True Blood series, but there were cupcakes and I am okay with this. Reading is what you do for fun. I had fun reading this book and would probably read it again one day.

The cover though…the cover could use a little more creativity, but you can’t go wrong with cupcakes…

Searching the Library

card catalog

I just found out that this week is National Library week.  It’s like a week just for the weirdos like me that are more comfortable in libraries and book stores than anywhere else.  Yes!  Although, I do not spend a lot of time in libraries simply because I don’t like to give books back that I love, so I just buy them all.  And that leads to a problem seeing as my bookshelf is so full there is no room for anymore new books.  Oy!

I am studying to get a certificate in Freelance Writing and I came across a section the other day that kind of blew my mind when I really thought about it.  When I was in high school we used to write papers all the time just to improve our writing and research skills.  I always made the worst grades on these papers.  I can write all day but the moment you tell me what to write I decide to rebel.  It’s a horrible issue.

Anyways, part of learning how to research was learning how to use the card catalogs and understanding the Dewey Decimal System.  Let’s be real here, who actually understood all that mess?  It seemed like it was just too much to remember, at least for my teenage mind.  I didn’t have time to remember all that stuff, I was too busy dreaming about vampires and drooling over my latest crush.

I remember the card catalogs though.  I remember how just looking at the cabinet with all those cards in it was just so overwhelming and I got tired looking at it.  I hated trying to find what I was looking for in those things.  And I never went to a library outside of school to do any kind of research.  I was such a lazy student.

This of course was all before everything went digital.  When I started thinking about it I actually got a little sad.  I miss those cabinets filled with cards of information.  I miss having to search through all of the mounds of information just to find what I was looking for.

My local library now has a few computers dedicated to just searching for the book or topic you are looking for.  Of course the Dewey Decimal System is still in effect, but no one knows what the numbers stand for anymore.  At least I don’t, or didn’t.  Now, you go to a computer and type in a few words and BAM, you got what you were looking for, or at least a list of things that you could possibly be looking for.

In a way it takes away from the mystery of libraries.  The magic has dimmed because things are so easy to find now.  I never go into the library looking for anything though.  I go just to browse the shelves of books to see if I can discover anything new.  I am one of those people that judges a book by it’s cover.  I can’t help it, if the cover is interesting I am more likely to read the book.  And I haven’t read a lot of older books because…well…the covers are boring and I just can’t get into them.

I know I should read more of the classics, I haven’t even been able to bring myself to read Dracula and I love vampires!  I might read it one day, just not any day soon.

Back to libraries.  I know that things must be easier being able to connect to a digital database and type in a few words.  It cuts down tremendously on time spent researching.  It is probably a blessing to librarians as well, not having to worry about organizing the cards after some brat teenager decided to rearrange it.  Believe me, I saw several kids do that in high school.  I secretly wished horrible things on them for being so careless.

I know I have said it in many post before, but it is really sad how dependent on technology this world has become.  Yeah, there is a mystery and magic related to technology, but it’s not the same.  Standing at a computer is not the same as searching through cards and accidentally coming across something you didn’t expect.

It’s funny how I resented the card catalog when I was in high school and how much I miss them now.  Maybe their are libraries that still have them, after all, the older generation sometimes refuses to get with the technology hype.

What do you think?  Do you miss the card catalogs?  Do you even remember them?

Smell of Death

For the past week my house has smelled like death.  It’s not because my house is dirty and it has nothing to do with the new puppy that I brought home Saturday.  See I live in the country and there are all kinds of smells that linger, but none have ever been this bad.  We have debated on what it could be and every time we think we know the cause something happens to disprove our theory.  So I took it upon myself to tell the story of why there is a dead body under my house.

The Story Begins

Ten years ago we moved into this house.  It was a quick decision, we didn’t have a lot of time to find anything better.  Not only was the home available, but it was with in our price range as well.  We jumped on the chance to buy the house, even with the horrible smell of the inside.

The previous owners had owned dogs and kept them in the house.  Which is fine, I love having animals in the house, but the owners didn’t house train the dogs.  Every room in the house was covered in carpet and that carpet was soaked with dog pee.  Add that on top of the house being shut up for months and it being the middle of summer, you can imagine the smell that buried itself into your nose.  I think I could actually see the green fumes of stink flowing out of the floor.

Even after removing the carpet the smell did not go away.  The dog urine had leaked into the wood under the carpet.  We had to pull up the carpets and cover the wood floors with baking soda to soak up the urine and get rid of the smell.  That was only the beginning of the reservations we had to do to the house, but that is when the trouble started.

While removing the carpet we found a loose board.  I know what you are thinking, “That only happens in movies.”  But you are so very wrong. It happens to people who settle for a home in a bad neighborhood.  It’s not a bad neighborhood because of crime.  No, it’s a bad neighborhood because most of the families that live here are related.  They were related to the previous owner and that owner actually died in this house.

Don’t worry, this isn’t a ghost story.

Under the loose boards we found letters.  Me being the curious girl that I am I had to read them even after my dad told me to throw them away.  I hid them in my journal until everyone was asleep that night.  Sometimes it’s best to let certain things go and I really wished I had listened to my dad.  I wish I had throw away those letters.

The first letter was normal.  It looked like a sweet love letter.  The writer of the letter was talking about how she would love some man until death.  A little extreme, but some love stories are like that…right?  I continued to read the letters and the last few really struck me as odd.  It seems that the writer of the letters was in love with a married man.

I didn’t know that the man was the previous owner. I found that out later.  I also found out that the man didn’t die of natural causes.  It seems that he was poisoned by his wife and the woman who loved him.  The poor man didn’t see it coming.  What I gather, he loved his wife but the woman from the letters was a high school sweetheart who didn’t know how to let go.  He hid the letters so his wife wouldn’t find them.

My question is, why hide them when you could just throw them away.  Seriously, he could have told his wife about the loony woman and things would have been fine…Okay not really.  The woman from the letters would have still killed him.

Evidently the wife found the letters and decided that her husband was cheating on her.  Which, of course, he wasn’t.

So the man was killed by a ton of poison and the woman who wrote the letters was killed by the wife.  Crazy right?

After asking around about the people that used to live in my house, every one got suspicious and found out that I knew the story.  That is when the trouble started happening.  The woman who wrote the letters to the man, let’s say her name was Lucy.  I don’t want her family to find out I was writing about her.  Lucy was related to the people that live around here, and so was the mans wife.  They were sisters!! Isn’t it funny how sisters will fight over a man?  Of course, Lucy was the mans high school sweetheart.  Who knows how the sister ended up marrying him.

I was talking about how crazy both of the woman sounded.  The family didn’t take to kindly to that.  Since then we have had a ton of problems.

They have stolen our mail and our home was almost sold out from under us because we didn’t get the tax notice.  They tried to hook up to our well and steal our water.  They have even stolen power by using an extension chord plugged into the outlet we had to set up for our pool.  That isn’t even the worst.  We have lost so many animals to these people poisoning them!   The whole family has close relationships with poison.

The Threats

This is where we are now.  The family that surrounds my property want us out.  They want us to move so they can have this land and reclaim it as family property.  I am also aware that somewhere in the yard something of value has been buried.  I don’t even want to know what is hidden in the building behind my house.  It is on our property and we use it to store things, but I have never thoroughly inspected it.

About a month ago I heard the neighbors laughing and shouting nonsense about killing someone.  I didn’t think much about it.  They have a lot of parties and drunk rant all the time.  I just figured they were drunk again.

I was outside throwing my knives when someone walked down the road and into the house of my neighbor.  They glared at me the whole time.  I think I even heard them say something about how they were going to fix me.  I didn’t think anything of that either.  You just don’t threaten a girl who is outside throwing knives!  At least not if you are smart.

That brings us to this week.  The smell that has permeated the entire house and didn’t seem to be going away.  We thought it might possibly be a dead cat in the vents, or even a litter of dead kittens.  We thought that maybe it was the opossum or the raccoon that sometimes eats with my cats.  We just assumed it was an animal that created the smell through out the house.  Some animal that crawled under the house and died or was drug under the house after it was killed.

The Body

My brother and I decided to crawl under the house and have a look around.  I do not like crawling under houses.  Even thinking about it makes my skin crawl.  All the spiders and other crawly creatures that live in damp places.  Not to mention the snakes and the bones of all the pets that died under the house.

We didn’t have to go far, we just followed our noses and there it was.  The body.  It was bloated and gray.  Cold dead eyes that were once blue stared back at us.  The mouth was open wide as if the man had been killed mid scream.  I tried to hurry out.  I tried to scream. I tried to close my eyes.

But I couldn’t do anything.  I could only stare until I heard my brother gag.  It was then that I noticed the maggots crawling out of a slash across the mans stomach.  It was at that point that I also realized his guts were hanging out and my hand was very close to touching what had trailed behind the body.

I rushed out from under the house as quickly and my hands and knees could carry me and grabbed the phone to call the police.

Finding the Truth

The police were able to drag out the body and take it away.  The fact that there was no blood at the site they knew the man had not been killed there, of course it would be hard to kill someone under a house….wouldn’t it?  They raided our home to look for blood and weapons.  They even asked the infamous question “Do you have any enemies?”  We told the cops about the neighbors and what had been going on with them.

Later that day they told us what had happened.  My next door neighbor had actually placed the body under our house.  It seems she was mad at us for not sharing our well and she was mad at the man because he wouldn’t leave his wife to be with her.  Talk about a crazy family.

I feel like I have moved into one of those backwoods movies where the inbreeds fight over who gets to eat the human skin.  *Shudder*  Obviously it is about time to get out of this neighborhood before they come to kill me!

The End