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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
And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie It's been a long time since I read this book...I was in my pre-teen years at the time! Because of that, I really can't give too detailed a review, but I can honestly say that this was the novel that ignited my life-long love for mysteries! Sure, as a kid, I had already been exposed to mysteries aimed at my age group...the Hardy Boys, Encyclopedia Brown, Scooby Doo (OK, that last one doesn't really count), but "And Then There Were None" was the first sophisticated mystery I ever read, and its effects are still with me to this day.

'Lil 10-year-old Dave Green was completely entranced by so many things in this novel...the bizarre death-threat in the form of a poem, the feeling of dread and helplessness the potential victims all felt, the chilling murders, the twist ending. I had read many books over the years, but this was the first book I actually FELT! Fear, excitement, gloom, and even joy when I realized the author had completely fooled me in the final few pages.

Sometimes I consider rereading this book, but as corny as it sounds, I'm afraid that reading it a second time may take away some of the magic for me. It's like when you watch an old movie you loved as a kid and find yourself saying, "This isn't nearly as good as I remembered!" No, "And Then There was One" was a book that had a profound effect on me, and even though it's been over 25 years since I read it, it will always have a special place in my heart :)