Books: Primarily a ton of 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, Hemingway's short
stories (which beat out his novels pretty strongly) and assorted
historical nonfiction. I also am a fan of a fair number of what can
best categorized as 'Dead British Poets', with Byron at their head.
In the end, it's all about stories, really, and there are always
more of those around. I generally give any recommendation a
fighting chance, regardless of what it is.
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, Blind Guardian and Dan Swano's
Nightingale. Recently it's been a lot of the Gaslight Anthem. I was
raised on metal by an older brother, but every genre has its
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 up there, as well.