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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
Batman: Year One - Richmond Lewis, Frank Miller, Dennis O'Neil, David Mazzucchelli Frank Miller became such a punchline after his abysmal "All-Star Batman" series, sometimes it's hard to remember that he was once considered one the greatest comic-book writers ever. But five pages into the sublime "Batman: Year One" is enough to show why the name Frank Miller used to command so much respect.

One of Batman's most famous quotes is "Criminals are a cowardly, superstitious lot", and Batman :Year One gives them a very good reason to be afraid! This retelling of Batman's origin fills in some of the gaps in Bruce Wayne's past, and introduces Gotham City to a Batman who doesn't just protect the city, he also haunts it!

But my favorite aspect of this book was the building of the relationship between Batman & Police Commissioner James Gordon. Here, Jim Gordon isn't the man who was often portrayed as doing little more than lighting the Bat-Signal. Instead, we watch as a tough cop fights back against the corruption that has infected the Gotham City Police Department. Perhaps the tagline for this book best sums up the relationship Batman & Gordon form..."He's out to clean up a city that likes being dirty...he can't do it alone!"

Yes, Frank Miller did lose his touch somewhere along the way, but this still remains one of the greatest Batman (and Gordon) stories ever told!