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Books: Primarily science fiction and fantasy. China Mieville,
(Perdido Street Station) George R.R. Martin, Neil Gaiman (American
Gods), Orson Scott Card (Speaker for the Dead), Frank Herbert
(Dune), Neal Stephenson (Snow Crash), Stephen Erikson's Malazan
Book of the Fallen series, Glen Cook, Ray Bradbury, Robert E.
Howard, Clark Ashton Smith and H.P.Lovecraft, Catherynne
Stuff outside those genres include Natsume Soseki's Kokoro, Morgan
Llewelyn, Bei Dao, Luo Guanzhong, Gu Cheng. I'm also a quasi
Movies: Blade Runner, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Serenity, The
Princess Bride, Tombstone, The Seven Samurai, Howl's Moving Castle,
The Quick and the Dead, Equilibrium, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Pitch
Black, all things Akira Kurosawa and Zhang Yimou.
I'm falling way behind on the moviewatching front lately.
Television: Firefly, Jericho, Criminal Minds, Scrubs, Rome, Bones,
Leverage. Shows I like have a bad habit of getting cancelled,
Music: Far, far too much to list. Music, even moreso than books, is
something I talk and think entirely too much about. Everything from
the Gin Blossoms, Iron Maiden, Jeff Buckley, Siam Shade, Loreena
McKennit, L'arc~en~ciel, , The Cure and U2 to Savatage, Deep
Purple, Pain of Salvation, Evergrey, Porcupine Tree, Eluveitie,
Therion, Orphaned Land, Iced Earth, Queensryche, Blind Guardian and
Dan Swano's Nightingale. I was raised on metal by an older brother,
but every genre has its gems. I'll listen to (almost) anything
In terms of composers - Hans Zimmer, Joel Goldsmith, Basil
Poledouris, Jeremy Soule, Yasunori Mitsuda, Motoi Sakuraba, Nobuo
Uematsu, Yuki Kajiura, Yoko Kanno.
Basically, anything with a good melody, lyrics or awesome riffs and
I'm sold, regardless of the genre, though I have a special place
for moody prog rock. I think Opeth is arguably one of the most
significant musical acts of the last 20+ years.
Food: I was practically raised on Italian food, but I think sushi
or any sort of Japanese food, along with Indian, usurped the top
two spots. Thai food is a contender, as well.