Highly Recommended!

..."perfect stories" in TV, film, literature, etc., must-grab gadgets, goodies for your gadgets, tastes to savor, and other adventures and experiences in time and space most heartily endorsed and personally advocated

Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049

(written by Hampton Fancher & Michael Green, based on the novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Philip K. Dick)

Highly Recommended!  |  mystery, sci-fi, film, thriller, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Harrison Ford, film based on novel, Michael Green, Hampton Fancher, Philip K. Dick, Ana de Armas, Edward James Olmos, Sylvia Hoeks, Sean Young, Barkhad Abdi

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I Am Pilgrim

I Am Pilgrim

(written by Terry Hayes)

Highly Recommended!  |  books, thriller, suspense, Terry Hayes

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Planet Earth II

Planet Earth II

(presented by David Attenborough)

Highly Recommended!  |  nature, TV series, British, documentary, flora & fauna, David Attenborough

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Turn of Mind

Turn of Mind

(written by Alice LaPlante)

Highly Recommended!  |  books, crime, suspense, literary fiction, Alice LaPlante

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Logan

Logan

(written by James Mangold, Scott Frank, & Michael Green, based on the comic book "Old Man Logan" by Mark Millar & Steven McNiven)

Highly Recommended!  |  drama, sci-fi, film, action, thriller, Stephen Merchant, Hugh Jackman, film based on comic/graphic novel, James Mangold, Scott Frank, Michael Green, Mark Millar, Steven McNiven, Dafne Keen, Patrick Stewart

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Happy

Happy

Why More or Less Everything Is Absolutely Fine (written by Derren Brown)

Highly Recommended!  |  books, nonfiction, philosophy, design your life, Derren Brown

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Taketsuru Pure Malt

Taketsuru Pure Malt

Japanese whisky blend

Highly Recommended!  |  Japanese, drink, whisky/whiskey

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The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

Quieter ~ Lighter ~ Dries Faster ~ More Ergonomic ~ Less Damaging to Your Hair = What more could you wish for?

Highly Recommended!  |  gadgets, beauty

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Arrival

Arrival

(written by Eric Heisserer, based on the short story "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang)

Highly Recommended!  |  drama, mystery, sci-fi, film, thriller, Forest Whitaker, Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams, film based on short story, Eric Heisserer, Ted Chiang, Michael Stuhlbarg

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Eastbound & Down

Eastbound & Down

(created by Ben Best, Jody Hill & Danny McBride)

Highly Recommended!  |  TV series, drama, comedy, sport, Jody Hill, Danny McBride, Ben Best, Steve Little, Katy Mixon, Elizabeth De Razzo

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Lion

Lion

(written by Luke Davies, based on the memoir "A Long Way Home" by Saroo Brierley)

Highly Recommended!  |  drama, film, biography, Sunny Pawar, Abhishek Bharate, Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, film based on memoir, Saroo Brierley, Luke Davies

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Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures

(written by Allison Schroeder & Theodore Melfi, based on the novel by Margot Lee Shetterly)

Highly Recommended!  |  drama, film, historical, biography, film based on novel, Kevin Costner, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kirsten Dunst, Theodore Melfi, Allison Schroeder, Margot Lee Shetterly

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Almond-Flavored Ceylon

Almond-Flavored Ceylon

raw almond aroma, mouthfeel of marzipan, nutty sweetness—in a cup

Highly Recommended!  |  drink, tea

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Super Secret

Super Secret

(produced & directed by Nnenna Ijiomah)

Highly Recommended!  |  short film, comedy, animation, Nnenna Ijiomah

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Johnnie Walker Platinum Label 18 Years Old

Johnnie Walker Platinum Label 18 Years Old

blended Scotch whisky

Highly Recommended!  |  drink, whisky/whiskey, Scottish

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Develop & Build Your Meditation Habit

Develop & Build Your Meditation Habit

Sattva: Meditation Tracking & So Much More

Highly Recommended!  |  meditation, phone app, software

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Earl Grey Moonlight

Earl Grey Moonlight

traditional earl grey tea with a touch of vanilla and cream...

Highly Recommended!  |  drink, tea, Sri Lankan

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Forward March

Forward March

(created by Pierrick Barbin, Rimelle Khayat, Loïc Le Goff, Guillaume Lenoël & Garrick Rawlingson)

Highly Recommended!  |  short film, fantasy, animation, Pierrick Barbin, Rimelle Khayat, Loïc Le Goff, Guillaume Lenoël, Garrick Rawlingson

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Hibiki 17 Years Old

Hibiki 17 Years Old

Japanese whisky blend

Highly Recommended!  |  Japanese, drink, whisky/whiskey

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The Cyclist

The Cyclist

(story by Casey Barteau, Christopher Bryan & Jonathan Povoski)

Highly Recommended!  |  romance, sci-fi, short film, horror, Jonathan Povoski, Christopher Bryan, Casey Barteau

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Casino Royale

Casino Royale

(written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade & Paul Haggis, based on the novel by Ian Fleming)

Highly Recommended!  |  film, action, adventure, thriller, Judi Dench, Ian Fleming, film based on novel, Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Giancarlo Giannini, Robert Wade, Paul Haggis, Neal Purvis

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Design Your Life - Prioritize the Things that Really Matter

Design Your Life - Prioritize the Things that Really Matter

Productive: priority-reminding, goal-tracking app

Highly Recommended!  |  phone app, software, iPhone, priorities, design your life

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Irish Breakfast tea

Irish Breakfast

malty, citrusy, spicy, jammy, brisk & buzzy tea

Highly Recommended!  |  drink, tea, Sri Lankan, Indian

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The Boondock Saints

The Boondock Saints

(starring Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, Billy Connolly)

Highly Recommended!  |  crime, film, action, thriller, Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, Billy Connolly

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Hibiki 12 Years Old

Hibiki 12 Years Old

Japanese blend of Yamazaki & Hakushu malt whisky & Chita grain whisky, partly matured in plum liqueur barrels

Highly Recommended!  |  Japanese, drink, whisky/whiskey

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Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow

(written by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth, based on the novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka)

Highly Recommended!  |  books, sci-fi, film, action, adventure, Christopher McQuarrie, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Tom Cruise, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Doug Liman, Dion Beebe, Brendan Gleeson, Kick Gurry, Franz Drameh, Masayoshi Haneda, film based on novel

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Keemun Encore tea

Keemun Encore

rich, smoky, toasty, malty, smooth tea

Highly Recommended!  |  drink, tea, Chinese

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A History of Violence

A History of Violence

(written by Josh Olson, based on the graphic novel by John Wagner and Vince Locke)

Highly Recommended!  |  crime, drama, film, thriller, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, David Cronenberg, Josh Olson, John Wagner, Vince Locke, Viggo Mortensen, William Hurt, film based on comic/graphic novel

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Would I Lie to You?

Would I Lie to You?

(starring David Mitchell, Lee Mack & Rob Brydon)

Highly Recommended!  |  TV series, British, actor David Mitchell, Lee Mack, Rob Brydon

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Fortunately, the Milk

Fortunately, the Milk

(written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Skottie Young)

Highly Recommended!  |  Neil Gaiman, British, sci-fi, fantasy, children's books, Skottie Young

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The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything

(written by Anthony McCarten, based on the novel by Jane Hawking)

Highly Recommended!  |  drama, romance, film, biography, geek, Eddie Redmayne, Anthony McCarten, Jane Hawking, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior, film based on novel

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A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind

(written by Akiva Goldsman, based on the novel by Sylvia Nasar)

Highly Recommended!  |  drama, romance, film, Ron Howard, biography, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Akiva Goldsman, Sylvia Nasar, Russell Crowe, film based on novel

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The Sparrow

The Sparrow

(written by Mary Doria Russell)

Highly Recommended!  |  books, sci-fi, fantasy, spirituality, Mary Doria Russell

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Good Will Hunting

Good Will Hunting

(written by Matt Damon & Ben Affleck)

Highly Recommended!  |  drama, film, Robin Williams, Stellan Skarsgård, Minnie Driver, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

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The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game

(written by Graham Moore, based on the novel by Andrew Hodges)

Highly Recommended!  |  British, drama, film, thriller, biography, Andrew Hodges, Graham Moore, Matthew Goode, Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, film based on novel

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Prisoners

Prisoners

(written by Aaron Guzikowski, cinematography by Roger Deakins, music by Jóhann Jóhannsson)

Highly Recommended!  |  crime, drama, mystery, film, Roger Deakins, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Denis Villeneuve, Aaron Guzikowski, Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano

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Sicario

Sicario

(written by Taylor Sheridan, music by Jóhann Jóhannsson, cinematography by Roger Deakins)

Highly Recommended!  |  crime, drama, film, action, Daniel Kaluuya, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt, Roger Deakins, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Denis Villeneuve, Taylor Sheridan

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The Drop

The Drop

(written & based on the short story Animal Rescue by Dennis Lehane)

Highly Recommended!  |  crime, drama, mystery, film, Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace, Dennis Lehane, film based on short story

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Philomena

Philomena

(written by Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope)

Highly Recommended!  |  drama, film, biography, Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope, Judi Dench

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Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club

(written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack)

Highly Recommended!  |  drama, film, biography, Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack, Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner

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The Mighty Boosh

The Mighty Boosh

(written by & starring Julian Barratt & Noel Fielding)

Highly Recommended!  |  TV series, British, fantasy, comedy, music, Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry, Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt, surreal

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Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips

(written by Billy Ray)

Highly Recommended!  |  drama, film, thriller, biography, Billy Ray, Tom Hanks

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An Idiot Abroad

An Idiot Abroad

(starring Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant)

Highly Recommended!  |  TV series, British, comedy, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, documentary, travel, Karl Pilkington

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Room

Room

(written & based on the novel by Emma Donoghue)

Highly Recommended!  |  drama, film, Emma Donoghue, Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, film based on novel

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Extras

Extras

(written & directed by and starring Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant)

Highly Recommended!  |  TV series, British, drama, comedy, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Ashley Jensen

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The Wrong Mans

The Wrong Mans

(written by & starring James Corden & Mathew Baynton)

Highly Recommended!  |  TV series, British, thriller, comedy, Dawn French, Mathew Baynton, James Corden

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Moon

Moon

(created & directed by Duncan Jones, written by Nathan Parker)

Highly Recommended!  |  drama, mystery, sci-fi, film, Kevin Spacey, Matt Berry, Duncan Jones, Nathan Parker, Sam Rockwell, Clint Mansell

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Why Work?

Why Work?

Arguments for The Leisure Society (written by various authors)

Highly Recommended!  |  books, nonfiction, philosophy, politics, ideology, anthropology, leisure, essay

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The Godfather: Part II

The Godfather: Part II

(written by Mario Puzo & Francis Ford Coppola)

Highly Recommended!  |  crime, drama, film, Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro

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The Wolves in the Walls

The Wolves in the Walls

(written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKean)

Highly Recommended!  |  books, Neil Gaiman, fantasy, horror, Dave McKean, children's books

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Rocky

Rocky (I thru V)

(written by and starring Sylvester Stallone)

Highly Recommended!  |  drama, film, sport, Sylvester Stallone

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Japan

Japan

Culture Smart! The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture

Highly Recommended!  |  books, Japanese, nonfiction, culture

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Die Empty

Die Empty

Unleash Your Best Work Every Day (written by Todd Henry)

Highly Recommended!  |  books, nonfiction, creativity, Todd Henry

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Ten Zen Seconds

Ten Zen Seconds

Twelve Incantations for Purpose, Power and Calm (written by Eric Maisel)

Highly Recommended!  |  books, nonfiction, Eric Maisel, meditation

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Good Morning Vietnam

Good Morning, Vietnam!

(starring Robin Williams & Forest Whitaker)

Highly Recommended!  |  drama, film, comedy, biography, Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, war

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Stronger Than Ever

Stronger Than Ever

(performed by Raleigh Ritchie, written & produced by Raleigh Ritchie & Chris Loco)

Highly Recommended!  |  videos, music, Raleigh Ritchie, music video, Jacob Anderson, Chris Loco

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Locke

Locke

(written & directed by Steven Knight)

Highly Recommended!  |  drama, film, Tom Hardy, Steven Knight

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Justified

Justified

(written & based on the short story "Fire in the Hole" by Elmore Leonard, adapted by Graham Yost)

Highly Recommended!  |  TV series, crime, drama, action, Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins, Graham Yost, Elmore Leonard, film based on short story

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The Equalizer

The Equalizer

(written by Richard Wenk, based on the TV series created by Richard Lindheim & Michael Sloan)

Highly Recommended!  |  TV series, crime, film, action, thriller, Denzel Washington, Antoine Fuqua, Richard Wenk, Richard Lindheim, Michael Sloan

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Off Balance

Off Balance

Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional Satisfaction (written by Matthew Kelly)

Highly Recommended!  |  books, nonfiction, Matthew Kelly, priorities, design your life

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Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers

Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers

(written by Leonard Koren)

Highly Recommended!  |  books, wabi-sabi, Japanese, art, nonfiction, Leonard Koren, culture

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Whiplash

Whiplash

(written & directed by Damien Chazelle)

Highly Recommended!  |  drama, film, music

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The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains

The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains

A Tale of Travel and Darkness with Pictures of All Kinds (written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Eddie Campbell)

Highly Recommended!  |  Neil Gaiman, British, fantasy, short stories, adventure, Eddie Campbell, horror

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Eats, Shoots & Leaves

Eats, Shoots & Leaves

(written by Lynne Truss)

Highly Recommended!  |  books, British, nonfiction, humor, language, Lynne Truss, punctuation

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Man on Fire

Man on Fire

(written by Brian Helgeland, based on novel by A.J. Quinnell, cinematography by Paul Cameron)

Highly Recommended!  |  crime, drama, film, action, Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Tony Scott, Brian Helgeland, A.J. Quinnell, Paul Cameron, Radha Mitchell, Marc Anthony, Christopher Walken, film based on novel

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The Revenant

The Revenant

(written & directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu)

Highly Recommended!  |  drama, film, adventure, thriller, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

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V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta

(written by Alan Moore, illustrated by David Lloyd)

Highly Recommended!  |  graphic novels, Alan Moore, sci-fi, David Lloyd, suspense

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Jurassic World

Jurassic World

(written & directed by Colin Trevorrow, based on characters created by Michael Crichton)

Highly Recommended!  |  sci-fi, film, action, adventure, Colin Trevorrow, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Omar Sy, Michael Crichton

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Magician

Magician

(written by Raymond E. Feist)

Highly Recommended!  |  books, fantasy, Raymond E. Feist

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One-Moment Meditation

One-Moment Meditation

Stillness for People on the Go... (written by Martin Boroson)

Highly Recommended!  |  books, metaphysical, Martin Boroson, nonfiction, meditation

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bose headphones

Silence Is Golden

Silence is undervalued.  We all deserve freedom from noise pollution—when we need it.  (i.e. my must-have gear when writing and on long-haul flights)

Highly Recommended!  |  gadgets, audio

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A Happy Pocket Full of Money

A Happy Pocket Full of Money

(by David Cameron Gikandi)

Highly Recommended!  |  books, metaphysical, nonfiction

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clef du vin

Bottle-Age Wine in Seconds

Just a one-second dip of the Clef du Vin transforms the taste, texture, and aroma of your wine as a full year in a chilled wine cellar would.  Even the cheap stuff.  (It works!)

Highly Recommended!  |  drink, gadgets, wine

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Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

(written by Neil Gaiman)

Highly Recommended!  |  books, Neil Gaiman, British, fantasy

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