Monday, February 29, 2016

Shadows of Self Review

Shadows of Self
By: Brandon Sanderson
Rating: 5/5 stars

Plot:This book follows a few months after the ending of The Alloy of Law. We still see the world from the view of Wax Landrian and the rest of the characters, as they try to save the city from a greater evil than humanity has ever seen. I cannot say much more for the plot without major spoilers, but just know this book does more than continuing the story. This book ties everything together from all previous Mistborn books!

Characters:

  • I cannot talk too much on the topic of characters because some of my favorites from this book will be spoilers, however they all have Sanderson's witt and quirk to them. I love it!
  • I liked seeing in this book how the characters grew into their full potential and took on the city of Elendel the way they saw fit. These characters have been growing on me although I am not thinking that they will ever mean as much as the original Mistborn characters do...
  • The intertwining characters from the original trilogy and this one made the book even more enjoyable, seeing some of the old "gang" just had me laughing and struggling to contain my glee!

Quotes: 
  • "'Has anyone ever told you that you're surprisingly wise?' Melaan asked, 'All the bloody time,' 'They're idiots. You're not wise, you're playing them. You're doing this on purpose.' She grinned. 'I love it.'(Sanderson Chapter 19)."
  • This is a little section of the banter that went on between Wayne and the Mistborn crossover character Melaan, I love the witt and sarcasm laced through this book!
General: 
  • This book makes Alloy of Law look like child's play honestly this is what a great series is supposed to make the reader feel! 
    • Nostalgia 
    • Heart-wrenching Happiness!
    • Exhilaration 
    • Love for every second that they are able to read!
  • This is yet another, slightly better example of why I love Sanderson's style so much, he is master-full at interweaving old plot lines back to the forefront of a story. Pure Genius!
Rating: 5/5 Stars 


Just so you all remember this series must be read after the original Mistborn Trilogy! 

Happy reading Guys!



Friday, February 26, 2016

Week In Review

Weekly Review 
2-26-16
This may not be completely bookish but I thought I could put out there so you guys know what a typical week in chaos with me is like. If you guys like these comment saying so and I will continue them each week!

Because of this crazieness at University I was unable to read much:
  • One Chemistry 2 exam 
  • Homework loads that could physically bury me 
  • A few minor mind melt downs about life, and the work load I have.
Some Things I am gonna catch up on this weekend:
  • Reading,
    • I will mainly be reading Shadows of Self By: Sanderson in hopes to finish is and get the review up for monday.
    • Start Ulysses By: James Joyce or Peter Pan 
  • Watch Reign! 
  • Watch Flash!
  • Catch up on around 250 youtube videos I have on my watch later :)
All in all this weekend is a chill weekend with plenty of reading and nerdy things happening all around. 

Please do not forget my giveaway for the ENTIRE UK Mistborn Trilogy by: Brandon Sanderson ends this coming week! Just follow me on twitter @Komondor70 and comment on the blog post with something you like on the blog or want to see more of! 
Happy Reading!
Check back Monday for a review of Shadows of Self

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Book Buying

Recent Purchases:
I have bought a few books this past week. Mostly I wont lie because school has been so stressful and these are my reward for getting through these up coming exams. I have bought all of them from  Triftbooks.com so I spent total maybe $35 dollars on the lot.
  • I know my book ban says one book for every few I read but I caved this time because of stress at school, up to this point it has worked. 
  • I will be going back to that same read two books buy one ban now, however I needed a pick me up.... :)
The Books!:
  • 20th Century: Ulysses (The Corrected Text)
    • Twentieth Century Classics
    • By: James Joyce
    • Plot:"Two characters, Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom, go about their separate business, crossing paths with a gallery of indelible Dubliners. We watch them teach, eat, stroll the streets, argue, and (in Bloom's case) masturbate. And thanks to the book's stream-of-consciousness technique--which suggests no mere stream but an impossibly deep, swift-running river--we're privy to their thoughts, emotions, and memories."
    • $4.56
  • Washington Irving: Brakebridge Hall, Tales of a Traveller, The Alhambra 
    • Library of America Edition
    • This is a collection of Irvings novels and I recently read Rip Van Winkle and fell in love with the style and his tone, so I couldn't wait to get more from him!
    • $3.79
  • Leaves of Grass 
    • By: Walt Whitman
    • I did see this in the shop the other day, I was curious as to what it was but not at full price. When I saw it on ThriftBooks for only a few dollars I decided to jump on the deal!
    • $4.43

  • Ulysses (Penguin Modern Classics Edition)
      • By: James Joyce
      • The plot is the same as the edition above, the reason I purchased two was to see which I like better and then with the second I will hold a giveaway for.
      • $4.47
      • Walden & Other Writings (Modern Library Edition)
        • By: Henry David Thoreau
        • Plot:"Introduction by Ralph Waldo EmersonCommentary by Van Wyck Brooks and E. B. White Naturalist, philosopher, champion of self-reliance and moral independence, Henry David Thoreau remains not only one of our most influential writers but also one of our most contemporary."
        • $12.00 (New)
      • The Call of the Wild & Other writings (Oxford Library Edition)
        • By: Jack London
        • Plot:"In addition to The Call of the Wild, the epic tale of a Californian dog's adventures during the Klondike gold rush, this edition includes White Fang, and five famous short stories - `B√Ętard', `Moon-Face', `Brown Wolf', `That Spot', and `To Build a Fire'.
        • $4.44
      These are all books that I want to read within my lifetime, although this summer I am going to attempt Ulysses so we will see how well that goes :) 
      I am going to be praying that these are the editions that come to me, they are what was specified on the website. Although Triftbooks is known to send me the wrong editions from what they have listed. 


      Hoping everyone has a Great Reading filled Day and week, I will see you all on Friday with a new post!
      Don't forget to enter the Allomancer Me Giveaway! It ends very soon, Giveaway post is in the older posts (http://mybookishempire.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-allomancer-me.html)

      Monday, February 22, 2016

      Come watch with Me!

      Fantastic TV series:
      Reign!

      This show is one of my favorite shows on Netflix and still airing on the CW! It is essentially the perfect fantasy novel rolled into a show with some epic actors and supporting scenery!

      Plot:"Mary, Queen of Scots, faces political and sexual intrigue in the treacherous world of the French court."

      What I love about the Show:
      1. The historical context of Mary Queen of Scots going to France to live, and rule with Francis.
      2. The setting of Tudor time period France
      3. The cast, they are all great actors and actresses 
        1. There are some wicked, and evil characters
        2. Some sweet and naive characters
        3. And some low class nobles to fill the ranks at French court.
      4. The plot is always thrilling and intriguing for every las minute of the show.

      Things I dislike about the show:
      1. They are only 40 minutes each episode
      2. They always end on an amazing cliff hanger 
      3. The third season is  not on Netflix yet :(
      If you guys are ever in need for an amazing TV show I am recommending this one! It rivals Arrow right now for my favorite TV show of all time.

      Currently Reading:
      My weekend plans were a bust, I read maybe a chapter of Shadows of self and nothing of Traitor Baru :( I knew this weekend was going to be full of work for University but it took over my life way more than I had anticipated, hopefully by Friday a review of Shadows of Self will be up.

      Friday, February 19, 2016

      Friday Reads

      Friday Reads!
      Hey everyone, I am putting up this post to update you all about how my TBR for the month has changed.

      This weekend I intend to read as much as possible to stay on track with reading goals for the year and to keep you guys up to date with fun and new recommendations!
      1. Shadows Of Self 
        1. By: Brandon Sanderson 
        2. These books are so addicting it isn't funny! Wax and Wayne are an amazing cast of characters and EVERYONE SHOULD READ MISTBORN AND THEN THESE :) I am hoping to finish this one out today, as classes end early.
      2. Bands of Mourning
        1. By: Brandon Sanderson
        2. I am not gonna lie I know when I finish this book I am going to want to start the third book so it is going on the list!
      3. Traitor Baru Cormorant 
        1. By: Seth Dickinson 
        2. This is a buddy read with a bunch of my friends and they have already started. I am going to bite off a lot and say that I am going to try to read over half of it this weekend! I will update my twitter with my progress @mybookishempire
      These reads are all exciting but an even more exciting thing is the fact that I will be doing a live chat for Friday reads with my good friend Paul from A Common Touch of Fantasy on youtube, be sure to join us at 8PM EST on his channel!

      Wednesday, February 17, 2016

      Books I Love...

      Great Book Recommendations

      These are some of my favorite novels that I do not often mention on the blog, however I would love to continually gush about the Mistborn Trilogy and all the supporting worlds. Anyway here are some of my favorite undehyped books on my blog.

      Eon & Eona By: Allison Goodman 
      Plot: "Twelve-year-old Eon has been in training for years. His intensive study of Dragon Magic, based on East Asian astrology, involves two kinds of skills: sword-work and magical aptitude. He and his master hope that he will be chosen as a Dragoneye--an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune. " (Goodreads).
      • The characters are great! 
      • This world takes a hold of the Chinese mythology and gives it a run for its money.
      • Great imagery inside this rich world.
      • I am due for a reread soon, I will host a Readathon for them if anyone wants to join.

      All the Light We Cannot See By: Anthony Doer
      Plot: "Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

      In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge."(Goodreads)
      • This story holds a very rich story set in a time period that most of us have not seen before in literature.
      • This novel captures the atmosphere impecably. Now I am dying to visit St.Malo France.
      • The entwining stories gave the plot a very realistic feel that many stories lack.
      • These characters have become to be apart of my fictional family, they are so sweet and innocent.
      A Monster Calls By: Patrick Ness 
      Plot: "The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

      This monster, though, is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor."(Goodreads)
      • This book has a heart wrenching story with wonderful illustrations.
      • This story has a message about growing up that I feel we all need to hear.
      The Power of One By: Bryce Courtenay 
      Plot: "No stranger to the injustice of racial hatred, five-year-old Peekay learns the hard way the first secret of survival and self-preservation - the power of one. An encounter with amateur boxer Hoppie Groenewald inspires in Peekay a fiery ambition - to be welterweight champion of the world."(Goodreads)
      • This is a very heavy hitting novel about the power of oneself that is uplfting and empowering
      • I loved the characters and plot.
      • I will be re reading this soon if any want to join.
      A Walk In The Woods By: Bill Bryson
      Plot: "The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America–majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way–and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woodswill make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in)"(Goodreads)
      • As an Eagle scout I can appretiate the issues that arose in this memoire and would love to partake in an adventure like this one day. 
      • The men in this book are hilarious for anyone who has been hiking or spent a great deal of time in the wilderness. 
      • Great Book

      My Favorite online Book retailers

      Amazing Online Book Retailers

      There are many retailers that I will typically shop from, Amazon being one of the top because of my kindle and I previously had 2 day shipping, however now I am going to switch up where I get books from. 

      Books-A-Million:
      I have talked about this site many times before on the blog, however I have never truly said why I love this site. 
      • Fast shipping inside the US
      • They have great customer service and will help you with as much as they can.
      • One of the widest selections of books aside from Amazon.
      • Great prices, they are new books keep that in mind however they are fair considering the money also is supporting that author.
      • Link: Books-A-Million Page

      AbeBooks.com:
      I found this site years ago, and what it does is it brings all of the used books being sold by independent sellers, as Ebay does.
      • This site houses many thousands of retailers world wide!
      • The selections are incredible for both used and new books.
      • You can select an area of the world you would like to search and most often there will be a retailer shipping in that region.
      • The service is spotty at times depending on which seller on the site you deal with. 
      • Many many many foreign editions of books can be found for cheap prices, which is great.
      • Link: AbeBooks site

      BookOutlet: 
      You all have heard me talk about this wonderful place where the books are cheep and the customer service is great! 
      • The people manning customer service really love to help and enjoy handling your claims!
      • The shipping is fast
      • The books are usually packaged in great conditions
      • The prices are the lowest around for new quality books!
      • Link: BookOutlet Page

      ThriftBooks.com:
      Another ebay style site where you can search for titles from all genres and their prices are unmatched.
      • This site is not a place for someone who wants pristine books, they usually are worn or damaged when they arrive to you.
      • However they love to help you with customer service issues when they can.
      • The shipping is cheap and fast
      • The books can be found for a few dollars instead of $10+
      • Link: ThriftBooks Page
      Each and every one of these retailers have been a contributor to this blog by supplying me with a place to find books relatively cheaply. And now it is time I repay them and direct you all to them, please check them out they are so happy to help and make sure you are able to enjoy the hobby of reading. 

      Monday, February 15, 2016

      The Alloy of Law Review

      The Alloy of Law
      Review

      Plot:
               "Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.
      Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history or religion. Yet even as science and technology are reaching new heights, the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world. Out in the frontier lands known as the Roughs, they are crucial tools for the brave men and women attempting to establish order and justice.
      One such is Waxillium Ladrian, a rare Twinborn who can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will. After twenty years in the Roughs, Wax has been forced by family tragedy to return to the metropolis of Elendel. Now he must reluctantly put away his guns and assume the duties and dignity incumbent upon the head of a noble house. Or so he thinks, until he learns the hard way that the mansions and elegant tree-lined streets of the city can be even more dangerous than the dusty plains of the Roughs." ( Sandersons Website)

      Characters:

      1. Wax: Snarky, and witty. He is a very amusing character who I cannot wait to read more about in the coming books. He is caring and charming (to the ladies) and I am hoping to see if any of these flirts work in his favor or just hinder him. 
      2. Wayne: Uneducated, and witty. He may not be book smart but he is Roughs smart. I hope that these books in the series will feature him more often with his wit and lack of social understanding.
      General:
      • Sanderson is my favorite author, because of his very unique world building and complex and witty characters.
      • I love the way Sanderson writes in such a clear and concise sentences with great supporting lead characters.
      • This is a very fast paced and fun ride that everyone should read! AFTER COMPLETING THE MISTBORN TRILORGY.
      • I am sorry this is such a short review however this is Sanderson so all I can say is MUST READ NOW!
      • A side note, these covers are actually very fitting of the story and I may like them more than the UK covers. I know this is hard to believe but the UK do not seem to hold as much symbolism as the US covers do.
      Tag Line: 
      Mistborn meets the wild wild west... 

      Rating: 5/5 *****/*****

      A must read for all Sanderson fans..


      Friday, February 12, 2016

      Valentines Day (Love it or Leave it...)

      Love it, Or Leave it... 
      Tag (original)

      This is a very relaxed tag I have created for the Valentines day holiday!

      • What is your favorite OTP (one true pairing)?
        • Lady Vin and Elend Venture 
        • I love these two on so many levels! they have the most sass and witty banter that I have seen in a long time. I love these guys more than anyone can know :)
      • What world would you like to spend Valentines day in?
        • Prague: The Daughter of Smoke and Bone 
          • By: Lainy Taylor
        • This setting of Prague would give an entirely new perspective to me and my girlfriend.  would love to walk the streets and see the street performers and the wonderful street vendors, as well as the incredible architecture!
      • Who is your fictional Best friend? 
        • Eona 
        • Eona By: Alison Goodman 
        • She is sassy, and badass with a great sense of humor. She is unique and willing to challenge any status quo that she does not believe in.
      • What book would you like to be able to read with your significant other?
        • The Power of One 
          • By: Bryce Courtenay 
        • I would love to re-read this book with my girlfriend and share all f the wonderful moments of young Peekay learning the ropes of life. I loved this novel so  much, it houses some amazing lessons with a great cast of characters. This book would give us a great conversation and decent amount of time together because it is so long.
      I Tag:
      1. Kaitlin Kitty G on Youtube!
        1. Kitty G Channel
      2. Chelsea Outlaw
        1. The Reading Outlaw Channel
      3. James Chatham
        1. James Chatham Channel
      4. Elizabeth 
        1. Books and Pieces Channel
      5. Paul 
        1. A Common Touch Of Fantasy Channel

      Wednesday, February 10, 2016

      Exam Chaos!

      Hello everyone, 

      I am putting up this post just so you all can see I am alive :) 
      I have an exam this morning and I will be going on holiday today as well, so making a post would only take away from what I have going on. So I will not have a bookish post up today, however there will be a new and creative post on Friday, inspired by Valentine's day! 

      Please go check out the giveaway and all the other recent posts, I am sure you missed one ;) 

      ~All the best 
      Wil...

      Monday, February 8, 2016

      February TBR

      February TBR
      This may be a touch ambitious, however I am very much in the reading mood and would like to tackle a lot of books this month.

      The Book Line Up:

      • The Alloy of Law
        • By: Brandon Sanderson 
        • Page count: 332
      • The Book of Strange New Things
        • By: Michel Faber
        • Page Count: 584
      • Theft of Swords
        • By: Michael J Sullivan
        • Page Count: 649
      • The Traitor Baru Cormorant
        • By: Seth Dickinson
        • Page Count: 399
      Average Daily Page Count: 93 

      I know myself enough to know that this is very unreasonable but I am going to try and hope that they are going to take me a lot less time to read than past books... Shoot for the stars right...

      What are you all reading this month? 
      Don't Forget to check out the Giveaway 


      Friday, February 5, 2016

      Currently Reading!

      Friday Reads

      I would first like to appologize for my seemingly rushed posts, I am in College as you all know, and I have had exams for the passed two weeks and still have one this upcoming week! I am going to be done on Wednesday. After this I will have very interactive posts and more time to devise creative ideas for the blog. I sincerely appretiate all of you have stuck with the blog through everything that has happened, be sure to check out my Alomantic Me post and enter the GIVEAWAY!

      Currently Reading:
      • The Alloy of Law 
        • By: Brandon Sanderson
        • 23% done! I am hoping to finish this one this weekend and have a review ready for Monday!
      • The Red Knight
        • By: Miles Cameron
        • Page 35,  this book is very dense and rich so I am going to hold off until exams are done to continue on. I am aiming to complete it this month... :)

      Wednesday, February 3, 2016

      The Allomancer, Me!

      The Allomancer, Me!
      /Giveaway!


      • As you all know well I love the Mistborn series By: Brandon Sanderson! I am beginning the second series in that world and wanted to make an allomantic profile of myself if I could be in the world of Mistborn. IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS SERIES YET IT IS A MUST! I will be hosting a readalong for them during the summer if you all wanna join!

      My Abilities:
      • Mistborn: Meaning that I can control and use all of the allomantic metals out there.
        • The most exciting one I would love to use is steel and atium combined!
      My Clothing:
      • I would model my clothing after the style of the time, I pictured late victorian era with a suit on and some a unique monocle. 
      • For evening wear I would dawn my jet black mistcloak and step out of the very stuffy and confining roles of being a gentleman of the time. 
      My Stature: 
      • I am tall, around 5'10
      • Lanky or thin whichever you call it...
      • I do have glasses but those can be altered if I go into Mistborn
      • favorite color is green
      • A place I would love to see in Luthadel would be the city of a thousand spires (Lord Ruler's Castle)
      My Friends:
      •  First in the Mistborn World I would seek out the dazzling Lady Vin and Elend and I would see where the rest of it took me. It would be an adventure that I would not forget anytime soon. 
      I am going to make this into a Giveaway!

       Rules:

      • Follow me on Twitter @komondor70
      • Tweet at me to enter you
      • Comment here for me to enter you
        • Tell me one thing you want more of on the blog.
        • Or tell me your favorite thing about the blog...
      • Be sure wherever you enter to tell me it is for the giveaway...



      Giveaway Winner: Will be chosen in exactly on March 7 2016! I will be choosing the best one and giving them...

      Winner will recieve:
      • Mistborn UK Trilogy set
      • Mistborn UK Alloy of Law


      Monday, February 1, 2016

      Books at College with Me!

      Books at College With Me:
      These are only two Shelves worth because I  have so many here... :)


      1. The Lies of Lock Lamora By: Scott Lynch
      2. Gardens of the Moon & Deadhouse Gates By: Steven Erikson
      3. The last Colony & Lock In By: John Scalzi
      4. Sin Eaters Daughter By:Melinda Salsbury 
      5. Karen Memory By: Elizabeth Bear
      6. A Conspiracy of Princes By: Justin Somper
      7. The Four Body Problem By: Cixin Lu
      8. The Way of Kings & Words of Radiance By: Brandon Sanderson
      9. Warbreaker & The Mistborn Trilogy By: Brandon Sanderson
      10. Six of Crows By: Leigh Bardugo
      11. The Martian By: Andy Weir
      12. The Wise Mans Fear By: Patrick Rothfuss
      13. Red Rising & Golden Son By: Pierce Brown
      14. The Fifth Wave & The Infinite Sea By: Rick Yancey 
      15. Welcome to Nightvale By: Joseph Fink
      16. A Clash of Kings By: George RR Martin
      17. Heir of Fire & Queen of Shadows By: Sara J Maas
      18. The Great Zoo Of China By: Mather Reiley 
      19. The Rook By: Daniel O'Maley 
      20. Just an Ordinary Day & Let me Tell You By: Shirley Jackson
      21. Library of Souls By: Ransom Riggs   
      22. The Goblin Emperor By: Katherine Addison
      23. Across the Nightingale Floor By: Lian Hearn 
      24. Tigana By: Guy Gavriel Kay 
      25. Theft of Swords By: Michael J Sullivan
      26. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress By: Robert Heinlein 
      27. The Vorrh By: B. Catling 
      28. The Sword of Shannara & The Elfstones & The Wishsong of Shannara By: Terry Brooks
      29. Rogues (Anthology)
      30. Some Remarks & SevenEves By: Neal Stephenson
      31. Leviathan Wakes By: James SA Corey
      32. The Kraken By: China Meiville 
      33. The Aeronauts Windlass By: Jim Butcher 
      34. Shirley By: Charlotte Bronte
      35. The Blade Itself By: Joe Abacrombie 
      36. Code Name Verity By: Elizabeth Wein 
      37. Uprooted By: Naomi Novik
      38. Rook By: Sharron Cameron 
      39. Dracula By: Bram Stoker
      40. HG Wells Anthology 
      41. The Dante Club By: Matthew Pearl 
      42. Southern Reach Trilogy By: Jeff Vandermere
      43. A Canticle for Leibowitz
      44. Walk On Earth a Stranger By: Rae Carson
      45. The Color of Magic By: Terry Pratchett 
      46. Smiler's Fare By: Rebeca Levine
      47. Steppen Wolf By: Herman Hesse 
      48. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell By: Susanna Clarke
      49. The Cemetary for Forgotten Books Trilogy By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon




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      • I am on Bloglovin now!
      • I post on Monday, Wednesday, Friday so be sure to check the blog on all of those days!
      • Comments are appreciated I love talking with you all...
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