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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. 5: Earth to Earth - Alan Moore, John Totleben, Rick Veitch, Alfredo Alcala "Although my expert contact is charging one million dollars for a ten-minute consultancy, I think you'll agree he's worth it. We need to destroy an indestructible being. My contact is a specialist in that area. Gentlemen...Mr. Lex Luthor!"

I wish I could say Alan Moore's epic run on Swamp Thing maintain the same incredible level of quality throughout, but I've always felt he fizzed out towards the end, and the fizzling started here. The horror elements of the previous editions are mostly dropped, and instead this edition is more...well, comic-booky! Swamp Thing's lover, Abby Chase, is arrested in Gotham City for "crimes against nature", which leads to an enraged Swamp Thing willing to do whatever it takes to free her. The best part of this edition (besides the awesome Batman vs. Swamp Thing duel, of course) is the dramatic elements surrounding Abby Chase's arrest. As we watch former friends turn their back on Abby, "disgusted" with her for daring to love Swamp Thing, we truly feel Abby's pain and humiliation.

"Earth to Earth" is still worth reading mainly for Abby's powerfully resonating story, but the horror elements are sorely missed here, and a rather silly story which involves Swamp Thing traveling to another planet is just tedious. Disappointing, considering the level of quality of the previous editions :(