(A) Anything fantasy or sci-fi. A Song Of Ice And Fire
is my current favourite. All of Dan Abnett
's Warhammer novels,
, Robert Jordan
and Terry Pratchett
favourites too. Need to get around to Neil Gaiman
and David Eddings
Definitely need to read more of the 'classics'. My problem with the
'classics' is, most of them deal with issues I find really boring.
They're usually about romance, racism, politics or some other deep,
intellectual subject. Where are the vampires, dragons, swords and
sorcery, or the shit getting blown up? The heroic battles with the
evil nemeses? Aside from Shakespeare, who goes to admirable lengths
to include many of those things and Alexandre Dumas, pickings are
slim in the heroic magic dragon warfare department. Plus, there's
the time factor. There's only one of me, and thousands of books.
Every time I go to Waterstones, one of my favourite authors has
written a new book it seems (Dan Abnett usually about five, he's a
machine or something).
the Lord of
Basically I like almost anything that has a combination, or all,
Swords, magic, dragons, vampires, aliens, shit getting blown up,
space ships, war.
I like comedies too, but I tend to find TV series better than films
for that. For every Anchorman or Zoolander there's 20 piles of shit
(usually starring the once-awesome Ryan Reynolds...).
The absolute winningest film of all time has to be Interview with the
though. Apparently the film does a poor job of telling
the story in the books. On that basis, the books have jumped up a
few notches in my 'to read' list.
As for TV shows, I love most of the quirky Channel 4 comedies (The
IT Crowd, Black Books, The Mighty Boosh, Green Wing, etc). Plus
anything historical or fantasy. And some non-American cookery shows
(Great British Bake Off, Masterchef (especially the Australian
Anything Alan Partridge-related is also must-watch. Currently
listening to the audiobook version of I, Partridge. It's
and that sort of thing. Also more traditional rock and
Favourite bands include: Edguy
(and everything else
does), Iron Maiden
, Sonata Arctica
, Judas Priest
, Black Sabbath
, Amon Amarth
, Blind Guardian
, Rhapsody of Fire
(pre-Ultimate Beatdown or whatever their latest absolute
abomination was called. First two albums, awesome. Inhuman Rampage,
decent, trailed off at the end. New album? Awful, awful, awful),
is/was better by far, but I didn't mind the DiMaio stuff),
, and the
and post-Eurovision win. Jorn Lande
has the greatest voice
Basically anything with guitars that doesn't take itself too
seriously (and in the case of Yngwie Malmsteen, stuff with guitars
that takes itself far too seriously). Fantasy themes help. I think
Manowar's 'The Gods Made Heavy Metal' pretty much sums up my
tastes. That, or Dream Evil's 'Heavy Metal Jesus'. Edguy's 'Judas
At The Opera' also.
Bands I like but don't include as 'favourites' (because then people
expect me to know stuff about them) include: Motley Crue
, Guns n Roses
, Bon Jovi
, Led Zepplin
. I like that sort of stuff, but I
can't give you an 80 page essay about their history and discography
like some people can. I also don't own many albums (usually just
greatest hits compilations, if anything). They're definitely
classed as 'my sort of thing', though.
I'm somewhat of a fan of 'comedy music' too, such as Stephen Lynch
and Richard Cheese
Against The Machine
. Bill Bailey
sort of counts here too
Also I've recently been getting into the newer Pendulum
stuff, and stuff like
, I also
like bands such as Chimaera
at rock nights, but I probably
wouldn't listen to them at home.
Scroobius Pip is also a firm favourite of mine, although I wouldn't
really class myself as a 'rap fan'. To be fair, I haven't really
looked too hard for "proper" rap, I'd probably like it if I
(D) Italian/French food. Or Pasties! Oooh, and Nelson Squares
. Does anyone
remember those? UPDATE: They do an inferior variant of Nelson
Squares in Warren's now, replacing the pastry with shortbread and
calling it Nelson Slices, pffft.
Basically, yeah.. I like home-cooked food. I'm not averse to
takeaways, but I try to eat reasonably well.