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My hobbies include just about anything, really...except reading, I hate reading! Kidding of course, reading is my favorite hobby! I love not only reading, but creative writing as well. I'm currently working on a novel about a group of paranormal social workers who try to help creatures like themselves cope with being different while also protecting humanity from the more malevolent beings. Other hobbies include music, yoga, comedy clubs, movies, and video games. I read from just about any genre, but my favorites are fantasy/urban fantasy, mystery, science fiction, and graphic novels (that's what us comic-book geeks call them to try to sound more sophisticated). In my secret identity, I work as an accountant for a nonprofit organization . I know...accounting and creative writing don't exactly go together...what can I say, I'm full of contradictions! My rating system: 5 STARS - I absolutely loved this book! I couldn't wait to finish it, yet I also never wanted it to end! 4 STARS - I liked this book an awful lot! It would have been perfect, except for some minor issue or issues that detracted from my overall enjoyment. 3 STARS - I liked this book, but found it somewhat flawed. Probably would not read again, but might still give the author and/or series a second chance. 2 STARS - Overall, a disappointing read for me. It had its moments, but sadly the bad outweighed the good. 1 STAR - I hate the part of my brain that convinced me to read this book!

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Queen and Country: A Gentleman's Game
Greg Rucka
Swamp Thing, Vol. 6: Reunion - Alan Moore, Stephen R. Bissette, Tom Yeates, John Totleben, Rick Veitch, Alfredo Alcala "It ends...not with a bang...but with a whimper." :(

For me, Alan Moore's final edition of Swamp Thing was a major disappointment. It felt like Moore was trying to take a book that worked so well as a horror series, and shoehorn it into a more contemporary comic-book format. The opening two-parter featuring Swamp Thing's adventure with Adam Strange on another world is Moore's attempt at a science-fiction classic, but the end result is just silly. Even worse is the dull filler issue guest-written by Swamp Thing artist Rich Veith. The Green Lantern story felt way too out of place as well.

There is still some goodness to be had in this edition. Abby's encounter with her dead father harkens back to the series' horror-story roots (no pun intended). And the final 2 chapters tie things up nicely in a deep way. Still, if you go into Alan Moore's revered "Swamp Thing" run because you're a fan of scary stories, I suggest you quit after Volume 4, the final two editions are only a pale shadow of the brilliantly darker tales before them.