I'm not that great at favorites... Mostly because they change with
my mood. That said, I'll give it my best shot.
The Count of Monte Cristo was the first ~significant~ book that
made an impression on me and I go back to re-read it from time to
time. I like a good deal of Dumas writing, actually. I've always
had an appreciation for Poe--Edgar Allan: my personal favorite of
his being 'The Fall of the House of Usher'. I couldn't mention
either of these without also including Mary Shelly. Hopefully you
see the pattern. Hopefully you're not judging me because of
As for books that have been written in the last century, I tend to
read noir-ish crime, spy, thriller (preferably all rolled into one)
novels: think Robert Ludlum, Frederick Forsyth, or even Alan Furst.
I also enjoy sci-fi and fantasy fiction, typically of the darker,
grittier, dare I say noir-ish, variety. And, yes, I've read the
Song of Fire and Ice... The first three books anyway... And the
Wheel of Time... The first seven or eight books anyway... Love
lighter reads like the Dresden Files and most history books as
I've been on a non-fiction bent lately. Just finished reading
Walkable City and am neck deep in Lawrence in Arabia.
This is an easy one. With the exception of gore and horror flicks,
I love all movies. Describing the range of movies that I enjoy is
down right silly because of it, but I'll throw a couple out there
just to give you an idea. A handful of my favorite movies of all
time--for varying reasons: Bladerunner, Total Recall, Sabrina,
Roman Holiday, Singing in the Rain, Spaceballs, A Fish Called
Wanda, Hot Fuzz, Super Troopers, Better Off Dead, Leon, City of
Lost Children, Shawshank Redemption, Princess Bride, The Usual
Suspects, My Fair Lady.
I used to be quite a film junkie, and though I still consider
myself one, I have to admit my numbers have dropped significantly.
Lately, most of the movies I'm watching are independent films
(Safety Not Guaranteed, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People) or
compulsory blockbusters (basically anything Marvel).
So, I don't really watch TV, but I do have a handful of shows I
enjoy watching. Or, at least that's what my Netflix 'recently
watched' page tells me. A random selection, in no particular order:
Psych, Archer, House of Cards, Burn Notice...
In general, if it's light-hearted and fun, I will most likely enjoy
it. Yeah, I know, how did House of Cards get in there? Eh, I don't
like following rules.
Long story short, anything rock or folk from the 60's to present.
Add a lot of soundtracks--which is what I typically listen to while
working, some good techno and electronica usually finds its way
into my play lists, and--yes--even some classical. Basically, I'm
all over the place.