Lucky Bastard

Lucky BastardMeet Nick Monday A Private Detective Who S Columbo Than Sam Spade, Magnum PI Than Philip Marlowe As San Francisco S Infamous Luck Poacher, Nick Doesn T Know Whether His Ability To Swipe Other People S Fortunes With A Simple Handshake Is A Blessing Or A Curse Ever Since His Youth, Nick Has Swallowed Than A Few Bitter Truths When It Comes To Wheeling And Dealing In Destinies Because Whether The Highest Bidders Of Nick S Serendipitous Booty Are Celebrities, Yuppies, Or Douche Bag Vegans, The Unsavory Fact Remains Luck Is The Most Powerful, Addictive, And Dangerous Drug Of Them All And No Amount Of Cappuccinos, Lucky Charms, Or Apple Fritters Can Sweeten The Notion That Nick Might Be Exactly What His Father Once Claimed As Ambitious As A Fart That Is, Until Tuesday Knight, The Curvy Brunette Who Also Happens To Be The Mayor S Daughter, Approaches Nick With An Irresistible Offer , To Retrieve Her Father S Stolen Luck Could This High Stakes Deal Let Nick Do Right Or Will Kowtowing To Another Greedmonger S Demands Simply Fund Nick S Addiction To Corporate Coffee Bars While His Morality Drains Down The Toilet Before He Downs His Next Mocha, Nick Finds Himself At The Mercy Of A Chinese Mafia Kingpin And With No Choice But To Scour The City For The Purest Kind Of Luck, A Hunt Titillating Than Softcore Porn All He Has To Do To Stay Ahead Of The Game Is Remember That You Can T Take Something From Someone Without Eventually Paying Like Hell For It

Less Than Hero,

[Epub] ➟ Lucky Bastard Author S.G. Browne –
  • Hardcover
  • 368 pages
  • Lucky Bastard
  • S.G. Browne
  • English
  • 13 March 2017
  • 9781451657197

10 thoughts on “Lucky Bastard

  1. says:

    Nick Monday pretends to be a private investigator in San Francisco, but he really Wait a second Nick Monday in San Francisco This guy has to be related to our own mark monday I assume this is some kind of long lost cousin, but since Nick is kind of a jerk, mark remains the only good Monday.Anyhow, Nick Monday does some detective work but that s just a cover for his real profession, luck poaching As Nick explains, there are people born that are inherently lucky or unlucky and some have the ability to steal that luck just by shaking hands However, he can t just keep the luck forever so he processes it and sells it off Nick made a huge mistake a few years back when he broke one of his own rules and poached bad luck for a big payday Unfortunately, that evil karma has clung to him like body odor even after he sold it, and it all seems to be coming to back on him on one bad day in which a Chinese gang leader tries to coerce him into poaching for him while the government hounds him to dose the gangster with bad luck Plus, a beautiful woman tries to hire him to find out who swiped her father s good luck and Nick is the guy who did it so that makes for an awkward situation.I loved S.G Browne s Breathers and Fated so I was disappointed that this one didn t measure up to those two In fairness, I had some fairly specific problems with this book that may not bother other readers as much as they did me.First off is that Nick is a relentless smart ass who constantly pops off when he has every reason in the world to keep his mouth shut Secondly is that Nick is kind of a moron who spends most of the book being drugged, beaten and kidnapped by various people So our protagonist is almost completely passive and yet reacts to every situation like a bad stand up comic I almost thought I d picked up a Harry Dresden novel by accident.Third is that the most interesting part of the book is the whole luck poaching angle yet we never get any feeling of how that whole underworld acts other than Nick s exposition It would have been helpful if we d actually got some interactions with that aspect other than Nick s memories and explanations of how it works in between kidnappings Finally, and this definitely falls in the pet peeve category, the whole idea of passing along the luck is that it s done by drinking urine The poacher snatches the luck and then processes the urine and sells it off to be guzzled by the customer, but in a pinch, the luck can be absorbed by sucking down some straight pee So by the end of the book we ve got Nick pissing into Cokes and drinking them down, and urine is used as the primary weapon against the bad guys.Just No I read a lot of crime and horror, and I can pretty much sit there with a book in one hand and a sandwich in the other through the most depraved scenes imaginable, but everybody has their own limitations Mine is reading repeatedly about people drinking their own piss I don t care how much good luck I can absorb, I ain t acting like a cup of urine is a glass of lemonade.It sounds like I m trashing this one, and that isn t my intention It s still got an interesting premise as well as some funny stuff Fans of Christopher Moore would probably find it entertaining, and I ll still be checking out whatever Browne does next I just hope it doesn t involve consuming bodily fluids.

  2. says:

    Nick Monday is a private investigator on the outside, but what he really does is poach luck That s right, he is one of a very few people who can steal other people s luck and then sell it.Good luck comes in different grades, low, medium, and Top grade soft Each grade can mean different things to different people, but those with Top grade soft are those who will be the only survivor of a plane crash or the winner of the 33 million jackpot lotto and so on Top grade soft is also worth a ton on the street, which is why it s so hard to get despite the fact that people with this type of luck are easy to spot they usually make it on the news in some way or another But there are other poachers as well.Along with good luck, there s also bad luck, but it s not something most luck poachers want to get remotely close to It can stick with you for a while and the results are never good as you can imagine This premise alone made Lucky Bastard a must read for me, I had to see how this concept was realized And it worksmostly.There s lots of humor in Lucky Bastard and for the most part it hits its mark Told in first person, Nick Monday is your typical wise cracking urban fantasy protagonist in many ways So much so that at times it does start to get on your nerves For instance, this was used a ton, and I mean, a ton There will be a paragraph describing the situation or some concept such as physics or math or grammar followed by a single sentence paragraph I was never good at insert subject I ve read plenty of books, especially of the urban fantasy type but especially of the first person narrative type that use this and maybe my time with urban fantasy has gone on too long, but this was just over used by far.Luckily get it , this wasn t the only use of humor and otherwise Nick Monday always won me back in the humor department Another thing I had a hard time with was a bit of an inconsistency in the logic of the premise When people lose their good luck, for some reason their life essentially spirals out of control, especially those with the best kind of luck For instance, the mayor loses his luck and suddenly he loses his position and anything good in his life.With the existence of bad luck, it just didn t make sense to me that suddenly without your luck, you get bad luck For the most part, the whole luck thing works really well and this is only something small that I was able to get over pretty quickly, especially with how well this was written and how likeable the protagonist is.It could also just be me because all luck is treated or less as a drug and the different types of luck do different things So it was probably explained away in there somewhere, but this bothered me for a just a bituntil I got over it.Because it really is easy to get over any quibbles you have with an interesting premise like this and an easy going and often hilarious protagonist Lucky Bastard s a great read that s hard to put down I did have some problems, but they were relatively easy to get over because the whole novel flows so smoothly and it s hard to put down.I debated whether this could be turned into a whole series and while it definitely could, I really think this new shiny cool premise would get a bit old after this Then again, Browne s shown himself to be quite capable, so I could be wrong.One last thing to address before I finish is the action I mentioned that this book was hard to put down and that s in large part because Monday goes from one problem to the next, none of which is really his own doingwellthat s not entirely correct, but I don t want to spoil things too much Like any good urban fantasy, one problem piles on the other and while it was well handled in this book, there was also a lot of time where Nick Monday was being carried carted drugged dragged away to some other boss agency etc A LOT of time Every time you turn around he s being taken in by another of his multiple problems and it seemed like a lot of Monday s time was really not in his control.Obviously this also shows the deftness of Browne s hand at shaping this fun narrative while his protagonist s choices were cut down left and right And the premise itself helps to explain it away as well It s all luck.3.5 out of 5 Stars Recommended

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    Rating 2.5 of five The Book Description Meet Nick Monday a private detective who s Columbo than Sam Spade, Magnum P.I than Philip Marlowe As San Francisco s infamous luck poacher, Nick doesn t know whether his ability to swipe other people s fortunes with a simple handshake is a blessing or a curse Ever since his youth, Nick has swallowed than a few bitter truths when it comes to wheeling and dealing in destinies Because whether the highest bidders of Nick s serendipitous booty are celebrities, yuppies, or douche bag vegans, the unsavory fact remains luck is the most powerful, addictive, and dangerous drug of them all And no amount of cappuccinos, Lucky Charms, or apple fritters can sweeten the notion that Nick might be exactly what his father once claimed as ambitious as a fart That is, until Tuesday Knight, the curvy brunette who also happens to be the mayor s daughter, approaches Nick with an irresistible offer 100,000 to retrieve her father s stolen luck Could this high stakes deal let Nick do right Or will kowtowing to another greedmonger s demands simply fund Nick s addiction to corporate coffee bars while his morality drains down the toilet Before he downs his next mocha, Nick finds himself at the mercy of a Chinese mafia kingpin and with no choice but to scour the city for the purest kind of luck, a hunt titillating than softcore porn All he has to do to stay ahead of the game is remember that you can t take something from someone without eventually paying like hell for it My Review I like noir novels I like silly, funny premises with little, if any, connection to reality I like some supernatural plot bunnies, like the you can t see it but he s Not Like You This should be outta the park Nope.S.G Browne is new to me, so I don t know if his previous books, Breathers and Fated, would appeal to me I rather doubt it, based on this book s impression on me The humor in the book is mildly amusing, not laugh out loud funny I don t think the writer was going for full on Wodehouse, but he never got to ironic Robert Benchley level chortles, or Joe Keenan level madcappery Lots of running around on this one very bad day for Nick Monday, our hardboiled sleuth Oh my yes, fuss and feathers and kerfuffle None of it to much point, though, and no particular reason it all happened on this day All hell busted loose on Wednesday Huh Why s that I thought, as I read along, where are the memorable linesthe turns of phrase that are so apt and witty that I ll want to quote them in my review Where indeed.Nick Monday, the P.I cum luck poacher, is in the same stubborn, contrary mode as Hammer or Spade, but one doesn t buy it He s not a hard luck, hard case, tough guy loner with a gun and a drinking problem and a tude He s an emotionally deprived kid brother with a mean streak whose moral compass points to me His qualms about poaching people s luckthat is, taking from them the thing that has made them fortunate and allowed them to have success in their liveshave nothing whatever to do with the wreckage that leaves behind him, but instead has to do with how Nick Monday sees himself.I guess it s a perfect fit for the times Noir heroes reflect the concerns of society Chandler and Spillane and Hammett reflected the fact that men are supposed to do the Right Thing by the weaker members of society Sometimes that meant killin them as needs killin , and humanity being humanity, there will always be those In those writers books, it was invariably the rich and the powerful, the greedy selfish ones, who needed killin Nick Monday steals people s inborn gifts Sam Spade gives back the ill got gains co opted by the vicious, selfish fucks who are never satisfied, never have enough.I ll take Spade and Company.

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    Monday is my new favorite day of the week If you consolidated all the good luck in the world and placed it in a warehouse the size of California, a chunk the size of Connecticut would be relegated for this novel While these references may not mean as much to you now, they ll certainly hold meaning when you purchase your own copy of this novel And if you want to get lost in the world of Nick Monday, who has nearly as much wit, charm, and charisma as the late Robert B Parker s Spenser, then it s exactly what you should do.Finding the perfect book is like connecting with the right lover It doesn t happen very often, and you don t always know what you re looking for, but when it does, you feel like one lucky bastard, like the universe opened up just for you and swallowed you whole And no matter how many good, or not so good, books you read in between, you keep seeking out the one connection that brings meaning and fulfillment to your life For me, this was one of those books.Why It all started with the main character, the heart and soul of this novel Nick Monday might as well be my alter ego Sure, he s a man that poaches luck for a living, and other than some good luck and good fortune in my life, I haven t been able to poach so much as a four leaf clover But S.G Browne is too good of an author to focus solely on Nick and let the other characters waltz on top of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel And instead of creating yet another PI, he adds an interesting twist to the genre by having his PI poach luck for a living and work as a PI on the side.All in all, I can t recommend this book highly enough, and by being handed this book, I felt like I had my own four leaf clover placed in my palm I do hope S.G Browne considers a sequel, because Nick is a character I d like to revisit.I was lucky enough to receive this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

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    As the world gets stressful my taste in reading turns to the irreverent As the political season ramps up and the talking heads becoming increasingly shrill I tuck my head back into my turtle shell and look for some blessed relief from all the noise There have always been a few trusty authors I ve turned to when looking for the right kind of off kilter humor to distract me when I ve hit my tolerance level for negativity and S.G Browne is a welcome addition to the list.Lucky Bastard, Browne s latest offering, is the story of Nick Monday a private investigator who really makes his living as a luck poacher The ability to poach luck is passed from one generation to the next both Nick and his sister Mandy are able to poach luck but Nick is the only one to take advantage of his parasitic ability Because of his strange vocation Nick drifts along the margins of society, only interacting with the occasional coffee barista and his gangsta rapping assistant Bow Wow for companionship.Nick s own luck used to be pretty good too, but an uncharacteristic decision to take a job poaching bad luck was all it took for Nick to end up in a tiny office in San Francisco taking actual investigating jobs just to have enough money to pay rent and buy cinnamon rolls at the local Starbucks So when Tuesday Knight, gorgeous daughter of the mayor, shows up in his office to offer him 100,000 if he can retrieve her father s stolen luck, Nick s in no position to refuse, even though he was the guy who poached it in the first place.But Nick s turn of bad luck seems to be lingering as and people seem interested in his particular talents and the constant kidnappings are making it awfully hard to get anything doneS.G Browne is often compared to Christopher Moore, and they do a have share a goofy sense of humor that pokes fun at sacred cows with a lightheartedness that is infectious and addicting What I particularly like about Browne s style is his gentle way of probing larger issues without adopting a preachy tone Lucky Bastard doesn t lend itself to heavy duty philosophy, but taking other people s good fortune does bring up some ethical dilemmas Nick s way of dealing with that issue is to deflect with lots of sarcasm and mocha lattes Lucky Bastard is a busy book that somehow manages to keep all the threads of the story under control Nick gets kidnapped on a regular basis often many times in one day Everyone involved in San Francisco s criminal underworld, from a luck obsessed Chinese crime boss to a guy who looks a lot like Barry Manalow, has an interest in Nick s talents It s amazing that a book with such a frenetic pace doesn t get frazzled by its own energy but it works.Nick is the only character that is developed with any detail and we live inside his head for the whole ride His view of the world is heavily influenced by pop culture and and a need for junk food to fuel his ability to metabolize the poached luck he carries in his system a process that also requires a catheter Nick breezily rationalizes his choice to poach luck for a living as he casually hands off bottles of luck to the homeless who camp on the stoop of his apartment building But when his sister Mandy is dragged into the situation, as leverage to use against Nick, he s forced to think about how his actions affect other people Lucky Bastard is a light, fun diversion It touches, occasionally, on the larger implications of what Nick does which is to literally sponge off of the good fortune of others But it isn t until he meets a bad luck poacher, and sees his strange, though occasional, altruism, before Nick can really confront his own shortcomings And it was at that point that I felt the book finally found the moral underpinning it needed to give the story some depth unfortunately that didn t happen until the end of the story Fortunately the book left off in an open ended fashion that may lend itself to a sequel and the chance to see how Nick evolves Overall I liked Lucky Bastard for its sense of fun and attitude Nick Monday is the kind of character you can easily spend some time with and feel lighter for it I might have wished for a little introspection but it isn t really necessary in a book that exists to entertain and provide a few laughs and Lucky Bastard does that extremely well.4 out of 5 stars

  6. says:

    4.5 stars Nick Monday is a San Francisco P.I., but that s just a front for his real job poaching someone s luck and selling it to the highest bidder He was born with the rare ability to steal luck bad or good through a simple handshake, and although it s an underground market, and people are beginning to believe the stories about luck poachers After a few slow months, Nick s business suddenly picks up all in one day he gets clients wanting him to investigate who stole another s luck, the Chinatown kingpin is demanding that Nick poach good luck for him, and new luck poachers seem to be appearing in town for no apparent reason.This was such a fun read It was both funny and a noir mystery at the same time Nick was such a likable main character, with a great voice for narrating beginning on the first page I loved the self depricating humor and all of his little takes on how luck works or how the world, in general, works I was on his side from the start, even though as Nick admits he doesn t always have everyone s best interests at heart The majority of the book takes place in a single day, chronicling what has to be the worst day of his life death threats, kidnappings, offers from numerous shady figures and through it all, Nick keeps his sense of humor and proves to be quite the hero to root for He s also surrounded by a very colorful cast, and it was so fun to see how much personality everyone had, no matter how briefly they were shown.The story itself was full of twists and turns, keeping me glued to the page because I couldn t wait to find out what would happen next or what kept certain characters motivated The story didn t move in the expected linear fashion, and the author dangled just enough information to get me curious before throwing in an unforeseen plot curveball I loved how creative it all was and the fact that the main story was set here, in the real world, with just a hint of underlying paranormal behavior ie, the ability to poach luck that enhanced the story instead of carrying the story It made for an interesting concept that kept the story s unpredictability even intriguing.While this is not for those looking for a hard, gritty mystery, it s a novel I recommend for anyone wanting an entertaining, mysterious romp In this book, it s not so much the who, what, where, and why that you re reading to find out it s about the story along the way and how everything turns out the way it does Closest comparison I can think of offhand would b some of Christopher Moore s novels I m glad I discovered this author and am looking forward to picking up of his work

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    Nick Monday is a private detective Nick is not just your run of the mill detective either Nick has a knack for taking people s luck You did not know that you could steal someone s luck Well you can Not everyone is born lucky, some purchase their own luck This is where Nick comes in Nick was sitting in his office when in walks a tall brunette Her name is Tuesday Knight She wants to hire Nick Someone has stolen her father s luck and she wants Nick to get it back Tuesday s father just happens to be the mayor of San Francisco The payoff is right up Nick s alley Soon Nick finds himself in over his head I have not read anything by this author yet So this was my first time seeing what Mr Browne had to bring to the table He brought comedic relief, some wacky and interesting characters, a sarcastic main lead all rolled up into a quick read Yep, that is Lucky Bastard Some are born lucky and others have to beg, steal and kill for it I liked Nick Monday He has an interesting personality He is someone that at times I could hate but then quickly turn around and cheer for him Part of the reason that I had this love hate relationship with Nick was that I found what he did as a job intriguing and I liked his sarcasm but on the other hand he could also be crude The sexual comments he made got old quick To be honest if it was not for Nick then I probably would have given up on this book a long time ago The rest of the characters I found just ok They never really grabbed my attention and they could have been anyone Although, this is a quick read This book was middle of the road for me but not always a bad thing.

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    Originally posted at a huge fan of mysteries featuring private investigators, I was eager to read this story I dived into it thinking that it would be a traditional read but was pleasantly surprised when it took a different turn.Yes, it is about a private eye going about his work, but it s got a quirky paranormal element thrown in and I think that s what makes it an appealing read Mr Browne did a wonderful job taking the everyday and giving it a unique twist Not just a different feel, but he threw in something strange like stealing someone else s luck It has some very funny scenes and I loved the narrator s voice which is the main character telling the story in the first person, present tense The background information on his life, his family, and how he came to steal luck from others was cleverly weaved into the tale.It s peppered with some interesting characters, while a few of them were slightly clich d, others were pure delight The dialogue is snappy, even zingy with one liners and come backs that had me laughing out loud at times At 358 pages I expected this to feel like a longer read but was surprised when I d reached the end and hadn t noticed how fast I d gotten through it.Lucky Bastard won t be for every die hard PI mystery fan, but if you re looking for something a little different, this is one to put on your to read list.

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    S.G Browne is one of those writers who gets in your head His comedic satirical prose lingers, questioning, taunting, and forcing you to think about your morals and your virtues, your fate and your destiny your who what when where why and how After reading Fated, I knew I would enjoy Browne s new novel, Lucky Bastard, a modern day noir staring Nick Monday, a luck poacher posing as a bad private investigator who gets in way over his head Fast paced and witty, the plot is actually too good not to be true By the time I was finished, I was left feeling nostalgic, singing Barry Manilow tunes, and second guessing handshakes with strangers A

  10. says:

    REVIEW ALSO ON had enough good fortune pun intended on my side to snag a copy of S.G Browne s ARC Lucky Bastard, due for release on April 17, 2012 Thanks again Scott This is Browne s third novel, behind Breathers a zombie romance and Fated which follows Fabio the physical embodiment of Fate This tale is centered around Nick Monday, a luck poacher who has the ability to steal other people s luck This author is so full of amazingly inventive ideas it s mind boggling As a lifetime stealer of luck luck poaching is an inherited skill , Nick is forced to move from place to place and rebuild his life on a regular basis In order to cover up his abilities, he has a part time job as a private investigator Generally, his life isn t very glamorous, even for a PI with extrasensory abilities His cases often involve infidelity and insurance claims Very occasionally he will answer a call to find and retrieve luck, coded as if one were placing an order for Chinese food Unfortunately luck doesn t come with a fortune cookie, although it would be a little tongue in cheek if it did.Despite these challenges, including an estranged sister who is living a life devoid of luck, Nick s narrative is fun and engaging He has a particularly quirky habit of referring to other people as the celebrities they look like, interacting with them as if they were actually that celebrity Most people have identifiers for others, it s another thing entirely to then treat that person in the manner befitting of that memory trick It s also particularly demeaning to the government agents whose names Nick refuses to learn Thankfully it s hilarious to us.One thing this novel has in spades is a wealth of information From the first to the last page, S.G Browne takes his time explaining exactly how luck poaching works, along with the nature of luck itself you re either born with it or you re not There is high grade luck, which can result in a person winning the lottery, gaining fame, or escaping death and medium grade luck that causes happy marriages, and being in the right place at the right time Finally, there is low grade luck which can result in such events as winning game shows or scoring a hole in one Luck is stolen through touch and ejected through a complicated system of bodily fluid exchange Read the book for on that, because I am not comfortable enough to get into it I m sure your mind is racing with possibilities.Throughout the course of the novel, luck is treated like a drug It is sold in secret, collected in secret, and it has addictive qualities Bad luck is akin to a hard drug, one so bad that once it s in your system there s no getting rid of it As luck dealer, Nick is unable to form relationships or stay in one place for very long Even his sister quits luck cold turkey It s an intriguing metaphor, one which Browne does an impressive job of portraying throughout the narrative Your luck is my drug could definitely catch on as a pop song.So how does a luck poacher know who to take luck from Celebrities and those in the public eye are often easy marks, giving themselves away with their success Amelia Earhart, Houdini, James Dean, Buddy Holly, John Belushi, Marilyn Monroe, and the Captain of the Titanic were all targets of luck poachers or rud to be according to Nick As a result of their luck being drained, they met tragic ends The loss of luck can also result in the end of a career, not necessarily in death but in falling out of the public eye See Charlie Sheen or Tiger Woods Major shifts in luck are also deemed to have disastrous consequences, which would explain a Stock Market crash or the French Revolution Or today s failing economy to bring it to the 21st century.To strengthen these examples of good luck see the aforementioned paragraph about celebrities , Browne brings in real life examples of incredible good fortune There is Vesna Vulovic, a stewardess who survived a 33,000 foot plane crash, Betty Lou Oliver a worker at the Empire State Building who lived through a plane crashing into the building and later a 75 story drop in an elevator when its cable snapped, and Joseph Samuel who was granted a pardon from his death sentence after two ropes snapped and a noose fell off his neck during his execution I have a giant weakness for real life events being explained in fantastical ways and luck being used is no exception Generally it s celebrities being vampires especially Lord Byron there are 3 Lord Byron vampire books that I know of but this was a nice change of pace Although I honestly wouldn t mind if every book had Lord Byron in it.Browne is particularly adept at humor, which also drove his other two novels I have included the top four quotes that I jotted down for your amusement I just can t get enough of Nick Monday s inner dialogue, his wit is so sharp Just because it s a bad idea doesn t mean someone hasn t tried it Look at the Edsel Or Battlefield Earth ZING ON YOU JOHN TRAVOLTA I m not expecting company Or a client Or the Spanish Inquisition About as subtle as a money shot in a bad porno I m Normandy I m Palestine I m a rectum at a proctologist convention The fourth quote gave me the worst d j vu Perhaps it s the narrative style or the three short fragmented sentences, but this quote seems so familiar to me in terms of structure Not content, I don t read proctologist jokes often Maybe I m just going insane Anyone else heard something similar to this Or do I have a brain tumor

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