The Kid Travels to NYC

If you read my review of Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan, you’ll know that I recently went to New York City and with that came some bookish adventures!

Besides some generic sight seeing I ended up FINALLY getting a chance to visit Strand Bookstore! 18 Miles of Books, as well as The Stephen A. Schwarzian Building at the New York Public Library main branch on 476 Fifth Avenue (42nd St and Fifth Ave) the big one with the lions in front, guarding all the books obviously.🦁

I was sad to learn that their Rose Main Reading Room was closed for renovations, you might not know the name but it’s used in the beginning of the first Ghostbusters film in 1984. Besides being very hot in the building, when we went there was a Hamilton exhibit! Seeing old documents, maps, books, and learning a bit more about Alexander Hamilton was awesome.

My favorite part was to see all of the bookish gifts to buy for that special reader in the family. Items ranging from totes to socks to pins and poster sheets from stores like Out of Print as well as the Library’s own resources. Traveling to the gift shop where you stared at the walls of all the novel associated presents you’d like to buy, you now can hear the Hamilton Broadway soundtrack filtering through the speakers. My eyes wandered over everything as I was rapping along with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom Jr. Absolute heaven.

The Strand was again another bookish dream come true. The gifts and tote bags I wanted to buy along with every book ever. Downstairs in their basement the shelves of books continued as well as a vinyl section that I was dying to purchase!

The floors were filled with every and any title you could think of. I had a blast in the Comic and Graphic Novel section as part of the wall had a section devoted to employees favorites to read. Shout out to the worker who loves Saga! Hey now 💁 psst…this employee clearly knows what he’s talking about because it’s one of my favorite comics I’ve discovered since reading☺️

Just walking through the aisles and looking at the vast amount of reading material was awesome and even though we were on a bit of a time restraint that afternoon, it was a really great time! It’s close to Union Square which looked like such a blast and I’m sad I didn’t get to spend more time there but… I mean, I did get to gawk at books so it wasn’t too bad of a deal.

I sadly ended my trip back home on a train that was a half hour late, my feet were killing me from walking with no socks on and a shoulder that had a heavy bag I’d been carrying around and hadn’t been able to put down yet. Mix that in with an old train and I end up getting to share a seat with one of the worst passengers ever. UGH. I can’t even think about the torturous trip without getting all ragey again.

Full details here:


Hopefully I can get back to the city soon enough! I always enjoy going and feel very at home there 💕


The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – Review

The Girl on the Train | Available for Purchase: « Barnes & Noble « Book Depository
Author: Paula Hawkins
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Release Date: January 13, 2015
Pages: 325 hardcover
Received Copy: Hardcover, signed copy

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

Right before I went to Chicago for ALA Midwinter in 2015, I had seen some buzz about The Girl on the Train, even word that Stephen King had given some praise and as someone who has written some amazing thrillers and horror stories I definitely made sure I wanted to keep my eye out for it. Turns out, Paula Hawkins was signing at ALAMW and I stood in-line for a meet-and-greet and grabbed my signed copy. It then sat on my shelf forever because I’m such a procrastinator when it comes to good buzzed books. I usually know I’ll read it fast so I keep the anticipation higher by setting it aside.

A few weeks ago The Girl on the Train had released a teaser trailer and I thought oh boy, time to read it to avoid spoilers! [currently trying that for Me Before You as well as failing horribly with The Martian aka I saw the film before I even got a quarter through the book] I finally grabbed the book off the shelf and dove straight in. OVERALL, I did enjoy the book–I usually tend to do this thing where I’m fresh-faced after finishing the book and think, that felt like a bit of a masterpiece (this wasn’t but this situation has happened before) and then I start reading comments/reviews on Goodreads after I’ve marked it Read and I start realizing all the plot holes I blew by just to finish it. Whoops. The story was definitely appealing, I can always find a way to sink into a well-written mystery for sure and reading about a murder and having a who-dun-it scenario always keeps me on my toes like the detectives or the accused.

For this story there are so many annoying characters and there are so many suspects that I couldn’t keep track. I think with 100 pages left to the story, there was this one bit of description and dialogue that put things into place and I ended up figuring out a good majority of the reveal. That’s not to say that this book didn’t hold my interest because it did.

The novel has multiple points of view switching every now and again, usually I despise this in a book but it also switched time periods–going a few months and years back, so it wasn’t too bad. The points of view switch end up setting up all of the scenes from different angles–I felt like I could see the picture Paula was trying to paint, so to speak. Also funnily enough this novel is based on irritating main characters so you really never get too attached to any individual. There were some relatable characteristics but in general I was swept away by trying to figure out the mystery and help piece together what main character Rachel was trying to figure out as well.

If you’re looking for a good beach read or just in the mood for a page turner I would definitely recommend it. I think I read somewhere the book is very Gone Girl meets Read Window so I would check it out if that’s your thing👍

Trailer Review:

I wanted to give you a little trailer review as well because that was the whole reason why I finally picked the book off my shelf to read 🙂

  • Really disappointed this story isn’t set in the London suburbs like the plot originally is. We didn’t need an American adaptation. This also, aesthetically doesn’t look right because the houses are close together in a neighborhood close to the train, aiding Rachel to witness Megan and Scott’s lives
  • Emily Blunt also looks nothing like what Rachel is described as: a bit overweight from her binge-drinking and lack of regard for healthy living and the deterioration of her marriage, meanwhile this is not even remotely what Emily looks like
  • This teaser gives A LOT away if you’ve read the story so…spoilers
  • This music also misconstrues what the audience is seeing–but again, if you’ve read it, you can pick up on that

Hey 2016, why so serious?

Oh hi, do you remember me? I’m alive and well (well, mostly well) and it’s been a crazy January so far!

First, happy 2016! I really have been meaning to do several posts but I kept on failing, silly me😁 And now that we’re nearing the end of the first month of the new year (already, I know–insane!) I figured I’d recap the month. I promise I’m going to try harder for February about being up to date with more posts, Top Ten Tuesdays, Waiting on Wednesdays, Mini Reviews, etc.

As for a wrap-up of my end of year and all the reading I tried to get in before the new year, let’s take a walk down memory lane!

Yeah, so comic central over here on The Kid’s Goodreads 😕 I met my challenge which is all that counts–2016 is ready for me to read 60 books, an in-between for 2014 & 2015 which I think will be a decent, happy medium. I’m off to an okay start…not too far behind but still maintaining a good pace.

I also started the month off with Book Rock Betty who is now the newly formed Brave New Betty to watch the sun rise at Valley Forge to mark the freshness of the new year! While the sun rising was pretty non-existent [see pics] we grabbed coffees, did some soul-searching, had a feast at the diner (where we had minor drama with a snippy waitress), we made some goals and decided to look forward to great changes for the New Year.

January also marked my third year attending ALA Mid-Winter!! Visiting the snow-less Boston (last year let’s remember how they were under like 72″ of snow in like five mins) and I had such an awesome time!

The book haul I got was fantastic (thank you, THANK YOU publishers!!!) and I got to check out some fascinating US history in the process! I’m a history nerd so walking the Freedom Trail and climbing the Bunker Hill monument was memorable and felt really good as an American🇺🇸

Lunch at Blunch and guest starring as a Star Wars jedi

Freedom Trail where we stop along for sweet treats👅at Sweet Cupcakes bakery

And of COURSE!!! While I look hideous in these pics, I had fun seeing some of my favorites!! (Along with meeting a bunch of new bloggers/readers too!) Alyssa, Elizabeth, and Brittany💋👯☺️ #bloggersunite

January also took away one of the greats…actor and literary friend playing Professor Severus Snape

Lastly, I’m still majorly on the hunt for a full-time job. I have babysitting that helps but unemployment is like basically done, and I just want to find something where I’m not so bored and wasting brain cells. This October I turn the big 3-0 and I’d like REALLY REALLY want to start acting like an adult.

….aside from book goals (going to try and do a recap of 2015 book accomplishments), I want to try and keep up the motivation, I’m continuing therapy, and most importantly I’m trying to focus on good friendships.

For 2016 I want to start shedding some of the dead weight that I know I have in this personal department. Lost relationships, failed friendships, also letting go of other people’s BS because I’m ….for the *most part* a good person and an even better friend. With some people I know, they tend to take it for granted and I don’t want to be the person who gets walked on all over. Some people only want to keep me at a certain distance and I just have to accept that. My brain can be a haunted place where I create more craziness than probably what’s going on, but I’m on the hunt for people I want to be around that accept me for who I am and not someone you once in a while make time for. I do have a few friendships that work like that but is somehow an agreed upon friendship.

Sorry for the heavy but Happy 2016, besides every other celebrity dying, can we just like have this year be semi-positive?


ALSO!!! One last thing!! I STARTED ANOTHER BLOG!! I’m going to try and do another post on that, but if you’d like to check it out I created The Bionic Fangirl, @bionicfangirl, where I’m keeping you up to date with pop culture fun times! I’m hoping to get it going, still a little tricky juggling both😊

NYCC 2015 – Official Con girl status👌

Oh my god it’s been FOR-EVERRRRR but finally have put together my post-NYCC thoughts and I’m ready to report on my first comic con experience!

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 Captain America-stars


Okay, so let it be known this is an image heavy post and I’m going to review as best to my experience/knowledge as I can.

Let me start by saying that this is my first comic con of ANY kind and I had seriously high expectations. I mean I was expecting levels of this:

I’ve followed SDCC religiously for like five years now, which amateur by most, but to me who lives on the east coast, never tried to attend, never had anyone to go, non-existent funds–this was probably never going to happen which was why I usually lived vicariously through others who I have online friendships with and most media sites that cover the insanity that is San Diego Comic Con.

Earlier this year I did try and score passes but wasn’t able to, not that I thought I had much of a shot anyway. Personally as someone who would love to experience it, I think it’s kinda shady that people who attend the year before get an early-bird chance to go the following year. It doesn’t free up space for newbies, like myself, to get the chance to. Not everyone can afford every year and, yes, this particular Con is like thee Mecca of Cons but I still hope for one day it happening. The thing that was super disheartening was it was in New York City and this specific city usually has ALL the goods and there weren’t as many popular fandoms I was hoping to have panels or discussions about focused here.


Hunger Games – Mockingjay Pt. 2 November release date …where were they?
Star Wars: the Force Awakens December release date …where were they?
The Walking Dead ACTUALLY premiered in MSG, just a mile or so away from the Javits Convention Center…yet no Walking Dead panel
Sherlock Christmas Special has a December release date …where were they?
Victor Frankenstein has a November release date …where were they?
Spectre (not sure if Bond falls into Comic Con…but I wouldn’t say Pretty Little Liars does either, which was DEFINITELY there, so idk, but I’d rather that represented than PLL) has a November release date …where were they?
The 5th Wave has a January release date …where were they?
Deadpool has a February release …where were they?
Batman vs. Superman and Allegiant have March release dates and where were these early promotions?


Pretty much all of these mentioned were at SDCC in July of 2015, but they have upcoming release dates a couple of months after NYCC and you’re telling me none of these were apparently not available? That’s where I got my hopes up and was severely let down. New York City is an epic city that usually gets the hookup and it was clearly missing during their Comic Con.

I’m not completely bashing it because I definitely got to see some really cool stuff. I’ve expanded into the comic world more, so I ended up getting more excited to see my favorite comic and graphic novel artists and authors I’m currently reading than anything film/TV-wise. For all the geekdom I have immersed myself into all these years there’s still a bunch I have not gotten into so certain things were out based on that alone.

my boyfriend Sean Bean – Legends panel

my boyfriend Sean Bean – Legends panel

authors and artists for Image Comics' Paper Girls

Paper Girls – Image Comics

Chad Coleman aka Tyreese – The Walking Dead

Chad Coleman aka Tyreese – The Walking Dead

The Wicked + the Divine

The Wicked + the Divine – Image Comics

Emma Swan – Once Upon a Time panel

Emma Swan – Once Upon a Time panel

Agent Coulson & Skye – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Agent Coulson & Skye – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.


Overall it was pretty decent for my first go at a Con. Definitely wished there was more stuff I was into and more I had been looking forward to attending, but it is what it is. Who knows what 2016 has in store for me but I’m ready for all the fandom things!

Halfway thru 2015 and . . . .

While I can’t believe it’s already the end of JUNE, I know JUNE– really?!, I wanted to do a mid-year recap of what I’ve accomplished so far reading and what I’ve participated in, who I’ve met up with–the whole shebang!. I actually have had quite a bit I can mark off my lists that I’ve put together over several Top Ten Tuesdays (which came in handy)!

So we’ll start with the most exciting first–ALL THE READING! I set my Goodreads Challenge goal for 2015 at 75 books. As of this writing of this post I’ve achieved 51% of the goal, reading 38 books! Now I will admit, a bunch are comics so while I didn’t factor that into my original goal, I’m not changing what I was originally striving for. I’m branching out to new genres and have also hit some major reading slumps gobbling up 6 books in a month and then not reading anything for a few weeks in a row. It’s been tough.

Looking back at my Top Ten Tuesday lists, I’ve compiled some of the reads I was truly anticipating that I’ve gotten a chance to read! I still have a ton that I have yet to buy and place on my shelf but I was lucky enough to attend a conference (we’ll get to that in just a bit) which had me scoring some of those books without purchasing them and breaking my bank!

My absolute favorite thing that I’ve done this year, like I mentioned before, was diving into the comic world! I’m trying to be better at keeping up with them so I am currently addicted to reading The Wicked + The Divine! The cover art and all round artwork throughout the comic is just the prettiest. Ironic I call it pretty considering several heads are blown up at points haha, but still, great storyline and worth the read 🙂


I actually didn’t attend many author signings this year, but I *was* able to attend ALA Midwinter in Chicago and I caught the tail end to BEA, but not the actual conference, just headed up to NYC to meet some bloggers and fellow online friends! We’ll get to that later as well 😉

Another one of my favorite parts! A good chunk of the lovely ladies that I talk to on social media were at these events and was so excited to finally put a voice and real face to the name instead of just seeing them virtually. *womp womp* I also got a chance to meet a whole bunch of other bloggers/friends who were attending which was awesome! The more the merrier 😀


As of right now I really don’t have much on my plate. There will probably be the occasional signing that’s around here locally and I’m really, REALLY, REALLY going to try for ALA Midwinter 2016 in Boston! But that’s far off, as long as I save $$ it’s probably within reach 🙂 What I’m participating in right now is something seriously fun, #OTSPSecretSister gifting feature that a bunch of bloggers and readers join in and buy a few pick-me-up presents for several months. It’s hosted by Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide, Alyssa from Books Take You Places, and Amy at Tripping Over Books and I’m having such a blast treating my secret sister and getting the BEST THINGS from mine! This past month I’ve gotten the reveal, although for month one I had an inclination and hoped I was right (I WAS what!what!) and am super excited to sign up for the next round! I’ve met some awesome bloggers through the gifting feature and walk away with some great treats as well 🙂

Besides that I don’t have much on my plate but here are some pics of the Secret Sister fun! Make sure you join in for Round 3 with signups that start in July!

the secret sister that gifts to me (aka Mother of Dragons) Alyssa (@WithTheBanned)

the secret sister that gifts to me (aka Mother of Dragons) Alyssa @WithTheBanned

yay! Elizabeth @BookYAbber is my secret sister

yay! Elizabeth @BookYAbber is my secret sister


See you back in December for another wrap-up! xx Linz aka The Kid

edit: OMG I FORGOT!! I WILL BE ATTENDING TWO DAYS OF NYCC (New York Comic Con) AND I CANNOT FRICKIN’ WAIT! Already there’s so much to look forward to because NYCC tweets every now and then about which guests will be attending for 2015! Ultimate goal in life is SDCC attendance but like, I need a MAJOR miracle to get to be that lucky, so I’ll settle for East Coast NYCC! Okay okay, that’s all for now!

waited in the virtual queue for 1.5 hours, but worth it 🙂

ALAMW – aka meet all the bloggers and get all the books!

alachic copy

Yay! Very fun post to write up 🙂 And first bookish post of 2015! WOO HOO! I was so thankful last year the discussion of ALA MidWinter came up and I was able to buddy up with co-bloggers Nicole and Ashley from The Quiet Concert to make the trip to Chicago in January 2015! I had a blast at the one in Philadelphia in 2014 by me and had never been to Chicago before so it was a no-brainer I should jump at the chance to get an exhibits pass.

The trip started up as I met up with Nicole to fly [mostly ;)] side-by-side from Philly to Chicago. Sadly the airport spent practically an hour to de-freeze planes which gave me ample time to make small talk with the guy next to me, I had the window seat–my favorite!
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  While polite to make small talk if necessary you don’t need to talk the entire plane ride, whoops, like I did. Frequent traveler, I’m sure I annoyed the people behind me and I felt bad but it did make the trip go by fast, & he was a Chicago native!

Finally Nicole and I were able to depart the plane where we ended up sharing the train all the way from O’Hare into the windy city! A million stops but much cheaper, well for some of us at least 😀

When you are buying a ticket for the CTA, even if you commute to other big cities like Philly/NYC, read the kiosk because you could end up with five tickets instead of just one ticket like moi did LOL!

Up and out of the underground we made it into the city, the real actual part of the city we needed to be to find our hotel. The Wyndham Grand on the Chicago Waterfront was super nice and very accommodating. We stayed high up on the 33rd floor which was really pretty. Ashley was waiting so patiently for our arrival, that after a quick drop off of our stuff to the room we were off to get the yummiest and famously known in Chicago: Deep Dish Pizza. Getting a glimpse of the city at night, walking over the river, as well as bizarrely enough smelling chocolate which was delicious simultaneously the worst thing to smell when you have a sweet tooth and are starving. Deciding on eating at the famous Lou Malnati’s, we ordered ahead, a large pepperoni devouring it in no time. Well worth the wait 🙂 A bonus for the night was posting my pizza pic to Instagram and then this happened:

So hilarious to know fellow friends and bloggers were sitting downstairs from where the girls and I were eating at that very moment. We found them and chatted a little bit, excited for tomorrow’s events in attending the conference: ALL THE BOOKS!

When posting to social media, tag it up so you can run into friends! Or possibly creepers, but more likely friends 😉

Walking back to our hotel we got another glance at the city, hoping to mark our route to the shuttle for bringing us to the convention center where ALAMW was being held. The subway cars that fly by through the city are just the coolest. Sadly I didn’t get a picture of it, but I was able to have everyone stop so we could all do a photoshoot of a very iconic place (don’t mind that the performers seem like they’re circa 1990, as @jaimearkin pointed out haha!)


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Stop to see all of the famous things you can, they’re always the most fun! And make your friends snap shots too!

After setting my alarm for 7PM instead of 7AM needless to say our morning was slightly rushed (whoops, and I was seriously annoyed at myself for doing that), we found some Einstein Bagels, grabbed our teas & coffees and set out for the city rolling our small suitcase ready to be filled with books!

they win because of mustaches, obviously

they win because of mustaches, obviously

FINALLY we arrived: MADE IT! And what a sight it was! I’m sad I didn’t take more pics but I was so very excited getting bookish totes, speaking with reps from all the publishers: Little Brown, Harper, Penguin, Random House, Disney Hyperion, Harlequin, etc. It was great to speak with contacts, not only to establish a report but find out what to look out for in 2015! Everyone was super awesome and what a delight to make up for the WORST AND ABSOLUTE DISASTER BOOKCON WAS! Also, best part was meeting up with fellow bloggers (finally, damn the distance and virtuality, we can now see each other in person!) 🙂 I met so many new faces and faces I’ve been talking to for a while now. BEST PART!! Talking books, real life, and all geeky things really can make a girl happy ❤


The power of social media is always fun (see pizza IG above) and showing some author love and my tweets show up on a big screen using the #alamw15 hashtag, last column on the right, second tweet woohoo!)

Next up was getting in some sight-seeing, LOTS of picture taking, and one of the BEST, BEST dinners I’ve ever had!! And lastly the fun bar meet-up with all the YA bloggers in town 🙂 Sadly I was very foolish and was gabbing away and not taking pictures with all my new friends. Please enjoy the photos while your party continues to scroll

when the weather is forecasted as bad, most definitely make sure you prepare for the worst

After we got back to the hotel before sight-seeing, we re-booked our flights to leave earlier because the snow was supposed to be bad. And for once, the weather was as advertised because after Nicole and I had changed our flights, we were already bumped up an hour and forty-five mins later than scheduled. Sadly our time was cut short but we did walk away with enough books that we were 4-7 lbs. away from going over the weight limit for our luggage 😉


After boarding and waiting we were up in the clouds and back on our way to the east coast, ready for some football fun on Super Bowl Sunday. While we had one of the shortest trips ever, I want to get back to Chicago real soon! So much more I’d love to explore, the city seemed so fun and also better weather would help a lot. Snow and bitter cold kinda blows to make a seriously enjoyable weekend. BookCon was a disaster, I don’t think I can afford BEA plus it sounds very intense and I like the mellowness of ALA. I’m so very excited for Boston in 2016! (YES I’M ALREADY COUNTING DOWN UNTIL NEXT ALAMW!)

Until next time! Linz xx aka The Kid

Grand Finale of 2014

What a year it has been! 2014 has been full of exciting events, fangirl-ing meet-and-greets at author signings, and the most obvious of all– reading and buying some awesome novels 🙂 I wanted to take a little time to pick apart just how much fun went on in 2014 what I was very lucky to experience. A little therapeutic year in review if you will. Let’s step turn back time and wander down memory lane . . . .

ALAMW in Philadelphia BookCon 2014 YA Runs a 5K
Isla Is Coming Blog Tour Brooklyn Book Festival YALLFest

ALA Midwinter, Philadephlia •BookCon 2014 • YA Runs a 5K • Isla Is Coming Blog Tour • Brooklyn Book Festival • YALLFest
Rainbow Rowell • David Levithan • Stephanie Perkins • Sarah J. Maas • Susan Dennard • Tiffany Reisz • Jenny Han • Laini Taylor • Lauren Oliver • Matthew Quick • Sarah Dessen

Julie Cross • Sarah J. Maas • Rebecca Serle • Marie Rutkoski • Leila Howland
I’m so happy I was able to be introduced to these authors this year! Since I’ve become a more avid reader, these names and titles had been thrown around so I was super excited to finally read these awesome stories 🙂
These novels are actually all on my shelf, currently, most sadly collecting dust, but they’re there! They’re just waiting to be read and I’m hoping 2015 is the year I tackle more of my shelves! I’m going to participate in the Bout of Books the first week in January so I plan on putting a few of these titles in my mix and see if I can conquer and divide 😉

While I continue to dust off my shelves I think I might try and re-read a few of my favorites. In the past few years, Stephanie Perkins’ novels, Just One Day, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The DUFF are a few books that come to mind that I’ve decided to go back again to read again. Most are relevant to book to film but some are just classic favorites that I never tire of; now I’d like to aim to add a few more to this list to keep them company 🙂
I’m so incredibly guilty of starting things and never finishing them. Just look in my closet and find like 8 scrapbooks–all started and have a good chunk done but not fully complete. Well I do the same with book series. I have several I’m still into but just haven’t purchased or gotten copies of the book yet. I want to also note I’m super OCD about my books, so there are standards: some series are just good and they can be in paperback or kindle, some are so spectacular I *NEED* them in hardcover, and some I can just borrow from others so it can get difficult finishing them because of said rules I put on book buying/borrowing.

Last 1.75 books in Daughter of Smoke & Bone series • The Assassin’s Blade in Throne of Glass series • Shattered in the Slated series • Crashing Into You in the Pushing the Limits series • Gillian Flynn books
and last but not least….one category left!
Seriously if I don’t buy these books this year I will be so sad 😦 *cries all the bookish tears*


xx Linz aka The Kid