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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!

Currently reading

Queen and Country: A Gentleman's Game
Greg Rucka
Batman: Collected Legends of the Dark Knight - James Robinson, John Francis Moore, Archie Goodwin, P. Craig Russell, Tim Sale, Kevin O'Neill, Alan Grant "Blades" by James Robinson still remains one of my favorite Batman stories ever. While other writers often fall into the trap of portraying Batman as so intelligent and infallible that he seems almost supernatural (cough Grant Morrison cough), this story reminds us that Batman is all-too-human, and he is a lot more sympathetic because of it. A powerful, emotional tale featuring a disillusioned knight and a tragic villain.

"Hothouse" by John Francis Moore is a fun Poison Ivy story. Hothouse doesn't try to reinvent the character or shake up the Batman mythos, it's simply an exciting adventure featuring Ivy in all her seductive glory, particularly the scene where Batman briefly falls under her spell!

As for the Bat-Mite story...meh! In the 90s, DC had a mandate that every single Batman character had to be grim-and-gritty, so Alan Grant tried to give us a darker Bat-Mite...it works about as well as you might expect...not very! A lame attempt, but fortunately it's only one issue long, and since the other two stories in this collect are SO good, I didn't deduct a star just for Bat-Mite.