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David R. George's Crucible Trilogy explores the legacy of one pivotal, crucial moment in the lives of the men at the heart of Star Trek -- what led them to it, and to each other, and how their destinies were intertwined.For Doctor Leonard McCoy, life takes two paradoxically divergent paths. In one, displaced in time, he saves a woman from dying in a traffic accident, and iDavid R. George's Crucible Trilogy explores the legacy of one pivotal, crucial moment in the lives of the men at the heart of Star Trek -- what led them to it, and to each other, and how their destinies were intertwined.For Doctor Leonard McCoy, life takes two paradoxically divergent paths. In one, displaced in time, he saves a woman from dying in a traffic accident, and in doing so alters Earth's history. Stranded in the past, he struggles to find a way back to his own century. But living an existence he was not meant to, he will eventually have to move on, and ultimately face the shadows born of his lost life.In the other, he is prevented from saving the woman's life, allowing Earth's history to remain unchanged. Returning to the present, he is nonetheless haunted by the echoes of an existence he never lived, and by fears which will bring him full circle to the shadows he never faced....

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McCoy: The Provenance Of Shadows Reviews

  • Wendy
    2019-03-11 21:34

    Ugh, I'm done. I can't take any more of this, I just can't. I know Trek novels are not Great Literature by any stretch of the imagination, but this is bad even for a Trek novel. I will elaborate when I am able to use a real keyboard and not a touchscreen.Added 13 May, 2014Okay, here's the elaboration I promised. I hope you weren't expecting paragraphs and paragraphs, because I don't think I have that much to say.This book is terrible for a couple of very simple reasons. For one, I was on page 39 when I quit and still nothing had happened. McCoy saved Edith, which we already knew was going to happen, in one timeline; in the other, they all sat around in Sickbay speculating on why Kirk and Spock were being weird. McCoy walked Edith from the scene of the near-accident to the mission, then from the mission to her home, and there was a lot of internal monologuing. 39 pages of 'oh, I just love humanity so much, I have to do what I can to help.' It's so, so padded out.And that was another problem. George spends way too long trying to get across to us just who these people are. Newsflash: this is a Trek novel, and not only that, a Trek novel based on a particular episode! We already know all of these people! You don't need to convince me that Edith Keeler is a great humanitarian by having her repeatedly think and say, 'I just have to help!' We know.It's pretty melodramatic as well, but in a really...odd way. People weep crystalline tears in specific millimeters. The attempted juxtaposition of poetic description with exact, near-scientific terms just didn't work for me, at all.The real problem just boiled down to pacing. It was padded to make it longer, which makes everything too drawn out, and probably caused the melodramatic fluff, because every sentence had to be backed by a paragraph of something. If this is just George's writing style, then...ick. Not for me. The beginning of the book, at least, is sooo sloooow that if the rest of the book was that way, then chopping out all the fluff would have made the book easily a third shorter, if not more.In short, I didn't like it, at all, I didn't finish it, I never want to finish it, I got rid of it already, and I don't recommend it to anyone. It was more disappointing because McCoy is my favorite, but next time I'll know better.I guess that was a few paragraphs, wasn't it?

  • Abby
    2019-03-18 22:19

    Provenance of Shadows by David R. George III is an interesting Star Trek novel. At times, I want to say it’s the best of the McCoy-centric novels (at least those that I’ve read), because the exploration of what McCoy’s life would have been if he had been maroon in the past after saving Edith Keeler is well-written, engaging, and occasionally adorable.As other folks have said in their reviews here on Goodreads, these portions of the novel are slow-paced, but I found that to be the best part. We got to sit and spend time with how these characters think and react. It made each of them feel alive.In contrast are the parts of the novel that explore the effects of “The City on the Edge of Forever” in the normal timeline, after Jim stops McCoy from saving Edith. This storyline is sort of… ehhhh. Most of the time it feels like the author is just listing off events, hoping that our familiarity with the episode or movie will carry the emotional punch for us. And in that context, I found myself looking more forward to the chapters without the classic crew, which... I shouldn’t. I mean, if it’s well-written, I should be looking forward to both storylines, but I shouldn’t be eager to leave the Enterprise; I should be feeling its loss when Jim and Spock and Uhura and the rest aren’t there. In fact, the only tangible emotional connection that the author puts any effort towards is Tonia Barrows, McCoy’s date from “Shore Leave.”On one hand, good for David R. George III for expanding the role of a one-off pseudo-love interest yeoman and making her a physicist, but why a romance? (view spoiler)[Why does that have to be the major connecting point between his two lives? (hide spoiler)]Now in the author’s foreword for the book, he mentions that there are so many stories about these characters already, what could he say that has not already been said. So I suppose I understand his lack of focus on the triumvirate friendship, but what about Uhura or Sulu or Scotty or Chapel or even Rand? Heck even Chekov and M'Benga, who McCoy wouldn’t have known before the incident with the Guardian, would be interesting friendships to explore. Why not build up McCoy’s relationship with these people (view spoiler)[instead of making these two timelines hinge on a character we barely know (and who therefore ends up supplanting the importance of the entire Enterprise crew in McCoy’s life) (hide spoiler)]?Especially considering the time period in which McCoy was living in in the past, focusing on his friendship with Uhura or M’Benga would have been excellent in contrasting his two lives. also considering how much M’Benga’s name is said throughout the book, you’d think he would have a bigger role.To sum up: Provenance of Shadows = Good in the past timeline, emotionally lacking with an unnecessary romance in the normal timeline.

  • Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
    2019-03-19 21:43

    This was the first book in David R. George's Crucible series and takes place right after the events that occur in the Star Trek original series first season episode, The City on the Edge of Forever. In this book, the story is split into two perspectives although both of them are Leonard McCoy. The first is just as he episode ends, with Edith Keeler dead and Spock, Kirk, and McCoy going back to their own world and time. The second perspective however, assumes that Kirk and Spock did NOT find McCoy, and he saves Edith from death and ends up staying on Earth in that time period.I enjoyed this book for a lot of reasons. Leonard McCoy is a fascinating character and the entire book is told from his point of view, so I felt like I learned quite a bit about his character that I may not have known otherwise. Additionally, this book felt like a love letter to the original series. There are countless quotes and references from the various episodes spanning the three seasons and if you are a fan of the show you will enjoy that aspect as much as I did! Also the writing stlye is great, I really enjoyed the use of detail and description, and also the dialogue that the author used.There were a couple of things about it however, which detracted some enjoyment out of it for me. First of all, in the beginning there was a chapter from Joanna's (McCoy's daughter) point of view. I was really excited because I was expecting her character to be developed more and wanted to learn more about her. Unfortunately, that never happened again aside from that one chapter which left me confused as to why it was in there in the first place. Secondly, the tone of the novel seems to shift around the middle somewhere. I don't want to give too much away but basically the theme changes from being about how McCoy has changed the past to why he can't keep a relationship going. I felt like the former was the more pertinent idea.In any case, this book rocked, and I would recommend it to anyone who loves Star Trek!

  • Mariah
    2019-03-22 23:40

    While I do not read a ton of Star Trek authorized fiction, I have read Star Trek novels across the spectrum of quality. McCoy: The Provenance of Shadows, the first in the Star Trek: Crucible trilogy celebrating the 40th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series's first airdate, is by far the best. The writing is superb, and the parallel story lines are masterfully crafted. Deriving its tale from the number one Star Trek: TOS episode, "The City on the Edge of Forever," the novel follows two diverged pathways Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy's life could have taken after the events of said episode: one where he is returned back to his proper time to continue his life in the era he is familiar with, and one where Kirk and Spock fail to retrieve him from the 1930s, forcing him to live out the remainder of his days in the 20th century. Both realities are written with the finest detail without boring the reader. Admittedly, the most engaging of the two stories, in my opinion, is the 1930s narrative, in which McCoy adapts to 20th century life. Perhaps the accessibility to that era makes it easier for the reader to enjoy the story more than its futuristic counterpart, but nevertheless the tale proves to be the strongest of the two.This is a novel I will return to again and again. It is, by far, the best in the Crucible trilogy, and I consider it to be among the best Star Trek authorized fiction published up to date.

  • Iordanis
    2019-02-20 01:18

    The first part of the Crucible trilogy covers a period of almost five hundred years exploring two different timelines resulting from the events of the legendary TOS episode "The City on the Edge of Forever". The 'old' timeline during which Leonard 'Bones' MacCoy struggles to emotionally adapt in the tumultuous period of the thirties is by far the most exciting of them although excessively long. On the other side, the standard timeline mostly recaps known episode and movie plots and it is not really engaging save for the very last part of the book. Yet the scope of the story is outstanding and it summarises just everything that makes the Star Trek franchise what it is: extraordinary ships, exotic adventures, gallant captains, camaraderie, humanitarian values and some more.

  • Meike Ziesecke
    2019-02-27 20:25

    zeitweilig etwas langatmig. so richtig gepackt hat es mich nicht. werden den zweiten Band dann eher nicht lesen

  • Michael Kellar
    2019-02-21 23:22

    This is the first five star rating I've ever given a Star Trek novel. Even though Dr McCoy has never been one of my favorite characters, this novel was well imagined and very satisfying.

  • Shannon Luchies
    2019-02-19 22:41

    Interestingly this is, in my opinion, the best of the Crucible trilogy. Very good book, both with the time lost version of McCoy and the 'moderrn' one. Strongly recomended.

  • David King
    2019-03-15 03:23

    Provenance of Shadows by David R. George III is the 1st book in the Crucible trilogy of Star Trek novels which were written as part of the 40th anniversary celebrations. The story starts off after the events that occur in the Star Trek original series first season episode, The City on the Edge of Forever. From that point on we get to follow two stories from McCoy’s perspective. The first of these is where we see what happened to McCoy in the 1930’s on the assumption that Kirk and Spock didn’t manage to rescue him from the Guardian of Forever. The other story follows McCoy’s life after his rescue right up until his death.This novel is without doubt a character piece, it tries to explore the reason why McCoy is the man he is. McCoy has always been a fascinating character and George has done a great job in bringing him to life in a manner that fits in with what we know of him. We do get to learn some interesting facts about him and whilst some of the psychological elements seem a bit melodramatic it was still thoroughly interesting.However, there are a few issues with this characters driven approach. Basically, George has spent so much time exploring McCoy and padding out the story that the pacing is incredibly slow. Everything seems to be overly drawn out and because George decided to use the TV show as the basis for the overall plot points, most of what we see in the novel in terms of events is already known to us. This means, that there is no suspense or real excitement in the novel beyond what you may feel in regards to the exploration of McCoy’s psyche.The 1930’s period does give George much more leeway and he has tried to add in some original events. However, even here the pacing seems rather slow and there is still a basic lack of surprise as we already know from the TV episode that the events around WWII are altered by McCoy’s presence. This part of the story however, really strives to explore the human condition via McCoy’s interaction with the other characters in this time period and I really enjoyed following this.Overall, this is an interesting novel which tries to explore and explain McCoy the character. It does have some pacing issues and beyond the character exploration it doesn’t have the most exciting or entertaining of plot lines. However, if you are a fan of McCoy you would be mad to miss out on this novel which is almost a shrine to the man and his time within the Star Trek Universe.

  • Mikael Kuoppala
    2019-03-07 00:42

    In 2006 David R. George III received the honor of penning novel trilogy celebrating the 40th anniversary of Star Trek. His aim was to write a book about each of the three lead characters, tying their lives together through the most acclaimed episode of the original series, "City on the Edge of Forever". "Provenance of Shadows" is the first book of the bunch and it concentrates on Leonard McCoy, the much-loved country doctor who traversed to the final frontier and beyond.The story stems from the aforementioned classic episode quite directly: in that story McCoy is accidentally sent to the Earth in 1920's under the influence of narcotics. There he does something to alter the timeline. The episode detailed the process of correcting history, but we never got to learn how events transpired in the alternate timeline. Now we do. Half of the novel follows McCoy through the events of a history straying away from our own. Simultaneously, another story thread follows the main timeline of the series and movies, giving us unseen glimpses into McCoy's life. The two storylines both shine alone and are further accented by the pacing they offer each other.David R. George III has created a rich, nuanced narrative packed with beauty, deep character insight and heavy themes. He wonderfully explores human compassion, hate and intolerance in the story set in the past and illuminates McCoy's character tremendously with the scenes of the future we all think we know already. The book is very emotional- at times bordering on either sappy or indulgently somber- but manages to maintain dignified composure through deep depiction and analytical insights into McCoy and humanity as a whole. This is sharp, aesthetically honed stuff that makes you think and makes you feel.I heve to point out, though, that the beginning of the novel is somewhat slow and heavy, which might make the well over 600 pages ahead feel like a sizable feat. But it’s worth it to continue reading, as “Provenance of Shadows” eventually turns into a truly giant novel with exceptional rewards.

  • Angela
    2019-03-21 02:23

    Oh my God - the end-all, be-all Star Trek (or any tie-in) book for me. Remember that episode when McCoy jumps into the enormous Cheerio of Space and ends up causing Hitler to not-lose and not-die? YOU KNOW. The one where Kirk falls in love with Joan Collins and Spock fashions the Internet out of 1930s junk material (mostly wood). REMEMBER NOW?Anyway, like all good Star Trek episodes, this one left some MAJOR issues hanging. Such as, umm, the fact that McCoy bifurcated the world line and thus there's a second McCoy running around some second universe out there. In this most wonderful of books, a book that captures Star Trek's multicultural, zany-physics-professor essence in all its glory, we follow BOTH MCCOYS.McCoy #1 is basically a rehash of the TOS seasons and movies, with a little bit of filler from his life off-screen. Like, his dating life. You know.McCoy #2, meanwhile, soon realizes that he's stuck in 1930s New York City FOR KEEPS. And he better get a move on and fix himself a life! So, being industrious, he jumps a train down South and becomes the good ol' country doctor he always was, living amid the small town trials and tribs of Peachville, Georgia (or whatever it's called). That is, until Nazi fighters start bombing America. WTF! You may ask. WTF indeed. WTF, thinks McCoy. Ah yes - he and the Cheerio messed up the world line. And remember when Spock told Kirk about the whole WWII/Hitler issue? Oh, shit, consequencesss. Now McCoy gets to live through it. And so do we!Sooo good. This book hit all my buttons. It was engaging, intelligent, silly and - at times - absolutely addictive. It made a real effort at portraying non-white, non-male characters (well, apart from the good doctor), and its eventual moral was a progressive, almost post-Freudian, "yo, therapy is awesome and will make you better at relationships!" thing. Adorable and funny, engaging and sad. Highly recommended.

  • Lindsay Stares
    2019-03-13 02:36

    Provenance of Shadows (Star Trek Crucible: McCoy) David R. George III, 2006 These books have been tempting me from the shelf of the local library for a while now, and I finally broke down and borrowed this one. I used to read Star Wars novels, but I haven't read much licensed fiction in a while.Premise: During the episode “City on the Edge of Forever,” Doctor McCoy went back in time, and created an alternate timeline. Kirk and Spock restored history, but on some level, McCoy both returned to the Enterprise with his friends and lived out the rest of his life in the 1930's.This book started strong. I really enjoyed the beginning; it was fun and fast, and the idea of following alternate McCoy was great. The problem was, it couldn't sustain its pace.The book is split between alternate McCoy living in the past and standard McCoy (of course, no relation to 2009's New!McCoy) living in the 2200's. The story following AltMcCoy is actually really strong overall, it has good character work, interesting plots, etc. The best scene in the book is when McCoy realizes how he changed history, and his horror that he can't do a thing about it.However, the other half of the book devolves quickly into a fan-fic-esque tour through the rest of the Original Series and the movies. The narrative never stops in one time long enough for me to care about what is going on, and the connections to the other story are tenuous and obnoxious. Far too much of it is direct references to episodes, etc. It's a really frustrating read.The end of the book was hokey, pandering and dull. The beginning was intriguing enough and it was a quick enough read that I might flip through another book in the series next time I'm at the library, but if it's another “This is Your Life” ramble, I'll pass.

  • Christopher Valin
    2019-02-27 23:25

    As usual, I rated this book as a Star Trek book, not in comparison to other sci-fi, or books in general. I've never been a big fan of Dr. McCoy, so I wouldn't normally have bought this book. However, I originally picked it up because I had been told on a message board that it explained how McCoy's going back in time and saving Edith Keeler in "City on the Edge of Forever" created the violent Mirror Universe in "Mirror, Mirror." There's actually no indication of this being true that I can see, although I can see how someone could extrapolate the story and come to their own conclusion. It was interesting to see what happened to McCoy after saving Edith's life, and how that eventually led to a delay in the US entering WWII, although that timeline moved a little slow at times. I also thought it was interesting to see what was going on in McCoy's head during some pivotal moments from the Original Series and the films. I just wish the author had stuck to McCoy's POV during those scenes. I realize this is part of an interlocked trilogy, but since Kirk was a minor character here, it didn't make sense that we would occasionally see the story from his view (and others'), such as when he saved the whales from drowning in the Klingon ship at the end of STIV (especially since it basically just went through what we already saw in the movie). I would have much rather read what was going on with McCoy at that time, and stuck with the one perspective. Other than that, I don't have any complaints. I highly recommend this book to fans of TOS, especially if you like good doctor.

  • Nat
    2019-03-13 03:41

    + Really enjoyed McCoy's alternate life in 1930s and beyond, save for how it concluded. Why did that even have to finish off like that? What real purpose did it lend for alt McCoy? Especially considering Lynn. A lot of McCoy's issues were on some level addressed and it is Lynn who, at the end, bears it alone+ I was under the impression that there would be something grand done with the time aspect (the difference in M'Benga numbers due to time travel) -- not to say that identifying another piece of the puzzle that is the universe is anything less, but I was expecting it to be this massive plot thing that somehow tied in with alt McCoy's timeline+ Really liked how the timelines blended, and how the author slipped the instances in so it was sometimes a 'blink and you miss it' moment. + The author really could've stripped back the text to make a starker story. There was a bit much 'padding' at times. Overall, a fun indulgent read of a pretty solid character piece on Leonard McCoy.EDIT TO ADD Dec 13 2016 || I think about this book sometimes and always wish it could've been more than one it was. I was totally expecting something to happen to fish McCoy out of the 30's timeline, or for him to come clean to Lynn. Or for the author to address some of the half-thoughts (eg. Joanna) that he added but never really expanded on.

  • Rich Meyer
    2019-02-21 04:45

    I have to say that this is one of the single best Star Trek novels I've ever read, from any of the various franchises. I'm a TOS man myself, and I've always liked the tales that center on the other crew members besides Kirk and Spock. This book, featuring Dr. McCoy, covers two versions of the character's life; the actual one that we know from the original series, the movies and the premiere episode of Next Generation, and a second trapped on Earth in the 1930s, after saving the life of Edith Keeler (from the classic episode "City on the Edge of Forever"). The story seamless welds together the high points of the real McCoy's career that we've seen with a bounty of new material based on those brief encounters. Both stories, told in alternating chapters, are fairly enthralling. It isn't high literature, of course, but it is written just like the original series shows - fun, incisive, and full of meaning. I wasn't planning to read the other two books in the Crucible series, but I think I'll have to now.

  • Lee
    2019-02-23 01:39

    I'm knocking just one star off this really excellent novel because for most of the novel I kept asking myself just where it was going. The events of McCoy's life are presented in almost painstaking detail. Beginning during the Original Series episode "The City on the Edge of Forever", McCoy: The Provenance Of Shadows explores two stories. In one, McCoy is prevented from saving the life of Edith Keeler and returns to Enterprise just as happened in the episode. In the second timeline, McCoy succeeds in saving Edith's life and thereby changes history. It was an excellent look at the characterization of McCoy and I really enjoyed reading the story behind the story we already know as well as the "What might have been"

  • Thomas Jackson Jr
    2019-03-10 01:16

    McCoy: The Provenance Of ShadowsThis book is amazing , it takes place during the original series episode The City on the Edge of Forever but it is told from the point of view of Dr. McCoy. It takes place in the 1930-1955 and also takes place in the 23rd century. I feel as much I would love to go more in to the plot of the story it would give way to much away. What I can say is this 1st off , this book is part one of a trilogy . The 2nd book is told from the point of view of Spock and the 3rd from the point of view of Kirk. I have not yet read the 2nd or 3rd books yet but I plan to. Now the 2nd thing I wanted to say is that if you are a hard core Star Trek fan then you will like this book.

  • Chris Williams
    2019-02-22 21:36

    In the original series episode, The City on the Edge of Forever, McCoy travels back to 1930 Earth and unknowingly altered history. When the Enterprise crew realized time had changed around them, Kirk and Spock traveled back to 1930 and prevented McCoy from making that mistake.This author tells two previously untold stories. One is the story of McCoy, lost in the past, in the timeline he has altered. Another is neatly and respectfully woven into the original timeline (this trilogy solely acknowledges the shows and movies as canon, and not other novels). The author gracefully tells two deeply revealing stories of two lives lived by the same man in such a way that I was always gripped by at least one of them. I carried this book everywhere until, finally, I found myself sitting in bed until after 4am reading the last 80 pages in one sitting.

  • The other John
    2019-03-05 00:38

    I was looking for a book to read on my flight back to the States and picked up this one. It basically has two story lines branching out from the Star Trek episode "City on the Edge of Forever". The first story line follows the life of Leonard McCoy after he saves the life of Edith Keeler and changes history, the second follows the life of Leonard McCoy after Kirk and Spock prevent him from saving Edith Keeler and they all return to the 23rd Century. How can this be? Well, the explanation is a bit lame. But the story is interesting enough for waiting room material. I'm tempted to check out the other Crucible volumes, if for no other reason than to find out how the Spock and Kirk tales fit together with this.

  • Gmartin
    2019-03-15 04:37

    This is my favorite original series book. excellent!

  • Nett
    2019-03-13 02:42

    Wow is all I can say. This was the best Star Trek book I have ever read (and I've read quite a few, to say the least). I read this back in 2007 and I remember rushing home from work to pick up where I left off. I'd read it every time I got a chance. This is a gripping book and I would recommend this to any Trekkers/Trekkies and even those who have never heard of Star Trek.This book delves into one of Star Trek classic's top voted episode, The City on the Edge of Forever. It takes McCoy through two time-lines. One route follows the end of the episode and the other surmises what happened if Edith lived. If I could give this book a 10, I wouldn't hesitate,

  • Zoe Blinko
    2019-02-28 00:25

    Fantastic. The deepest motivations, fears and pains of Leonard McCoy are explored thoroughly in an extremely enjoyable plot. Two timelines, branching from the events of The City On The Edge Of Forever, are posed, one with McCoy having to live life in the 1930s and the other, the return to the twenty third century, resulting in some unusual parallel moments. The author seems to tie McCoy's character arc together beautifully in the conclusion, increasing my love for his character.

  • Steve
    2019-03-16 00:31

    While this book started off slowly, and was recapping what had occurred on the episode of Star Trek that gave the idea for this series to the author, it soon picked up in a big way, and followed McCoy around in two separate time lines for over 35 years, interspersing the future time line with events from the TV show and movies to place them in context. Overall, it moved at a good pace, and the two story lines that were skillfully added to the future time line made a nice addition.

  • Mike Mcconnell
    2019-03-19 23:26

    I know #startrek novels are not exactly a bastion of the greatest modern literature but this was just rubbish. It's essentially two novels in one, alternating over chapters. The heavily Star Trek one seems to only have a cursory interest in the previous stories it utilises to firm a narrative backbone and the other is just a shallow and somewhat dull "McCoy in 1930s" dirge

  • Brian Frauenknecht
    2019-02-20 23:17

    This was an absolutely amazing book. I could not put it down. It was a great way to interact with some old friends again. And the time travel aspect of the novel kept me intrigued and kept me wanting to read it. I loved it. An amazing book!!

  • Cassa
    2019-03-17 22:28

    I was willing to overlook the poor prose style because of the great plot idea. I even overlooked the less-than-stellar (HA!) character development of Kirk--he's not the main character. But when the author had McCoy "seriously consider[ing:] suicide as a legitimate option," I had to walk away.

  • Randy Wiggins
    2019-02-25 22:21

    This was part of a triogy or interlocking novels set during the "City On The Edge Of Forever" episode of the original episode. I loved each book for various reasons but this was probably my favorite because it tells so much of dr. McCoy's story that has never been revealed before.

  • Bobo
    2019-03-22 22:31

    Very good in the "Crucible" trilogy

  • Adam
    2019-03-01 22:46

    Wow! Couldn't put it down.

  • Jana Babáčková
    2019-03-21 01:26

    Book with an idea! A lot of unsuspected details about Bones, it is easy to read and great from beginning to the end. If you like original TOS, go and read it, there is nothing else to say :o)