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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
Exile - R.A. Salvatore While I enjoyed “Exile”, I can’t say I liked it as much as Book 1 of the Dark Elf Trilogy. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty to like about “Exile”…it’s filled with action (much more than “Homeland” had), and features a compelling story and interesting characters. However, I couldn’t help but feel that the second chapter of the Dark Elf Trilogy was too dark for its own good, but more on that in a moment…

What Salvatore does well in “Exile”, he does very well. I was afraid Drizzt wandering the Underdark would get old quickly, but Salvatore never ran out of imaginative creatures to throw at Drizzt and his allies. Also, I’ve always said one of Salvatore’s greatest strengths is his incredibly detailed action sequences, and he does a great job with that here (sometimes TOO good a job, as some of the gorier moments are definitely not for the squeamish). Also, Drizzt’s dysfunctional family makes a return, and they are so deliciously evil, they make for great antagonists. Wicked Matron Malice, cruel Briza, manipulative Dinin, they’re all in rare form and their machinations are captivating to behold. I can certainly say I was never once bored reading “Exile”!

But, as I said before, the overly dark tone did detract from my enjoyment. One major problem for me is that Salvatore’s trademark humor is almost completely absent this time around, and without a little levity thrown in, the book just feels grim and depressing. Drizzt himself spends the first few chapters as “The Hunter”, which has him reacting almost solely by instinct and displaying very little personality. Later, Drizzt encounters some allies, which introduces more likeable characters to the mix, but also adds to the grimness of the tone…one character in particular is so mired in tragedy, that I wouldn’t be at all surprised if more than a few readers were reduced to tears! I can’t deny Salvatore’s effectiveness as a writer, as his ability to make me empathize with his characters is a testament to his talent. However, despite “Exile” being a great novel, I can’t say I’d recommend it to anyone looking for any kind of “feel-good” story.