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"If God could print a book so big that even he could not lift it, then it just might be this book, certainly the biggest book I've ever owned and just about the biggest book I've ever seen. This book is so big, I feared it might crush my grand niece visiting from England for the holidays. So I made sure it stayed on the floor. That would have ruined Christmas for everyone." Jan 02, 2015 01:34PM

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"Somewhere in the middle of the Oxen of the Sun, an English major's fever dream...wet dream?" Aug 18, 2014 07:03AM

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