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Mervyn Peake is my favorite author. He wrote the Gormenghast
trilogy. I also quite enjoy China Mieville, Iain Banks, William
Gibson and Alan Moore. I'm also enjoying George RR Martins fantasy
series. Oh, and I love Alice In Wonderland. I have a copy of it
illustrated by Mervyn Peake, which is one of my prized possessions.
Oh, and also Lovecraft. This year I have been making a conscious
effort to read more books by people of color, women, and queer
people, and it has seriously improved my life. New favorites I have
discovered so far: A.M. Homes, Margaret Atwood, Saladin Ahmed,
Caitlin Kiernan, Ursula K. LeGuin, Junot Diaz, Junji Ito, Hagio
Moto. I have also been reading more comics lately, and really like
Matt Fraction and Joe Hill.
I enjoy movies, though I don't generally like going to the theatre.
I really like Citizen Kane, but I hate Casablanca. I like Hitchcock
movies, Kubrick movies, Cronenberg movies, Guillermo Del Toro
movies, and older John Carpenter movies. I like horror movies
(YellowBrickRoad, Let The Right One In, Lake Mungo, The Innkeepers
and Pontypool are a few of my recent favorites), scifi movies
(District 9, Alien/s/3 and Moon are some of my favorites),
thrillers (Vertigo, The Machinist, First Snow), and lots of others.
I generally don't much go for comedies, with a few exceptions (Dr.
Strangelove, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz). Based on box office
numbers, it is statistically probable that I like the Marvel
On television, though, I do often like comedy. I think comedy works
best with strong characters, and I think television shows can give
characters enough time to grow in more interesting ways than
movies. I love Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, The Daily Show,
Trailer Park Boys, and Futurama (possibly my favorite tv show.) I
also like shows like Fringe, A Game of Thrones, Eureka, Torchwood,
BSG, Lost, most of The X-Files, The Wire, Dexter, and Carnivale
(another contender for favorite show ever). I don't watch broadcast
television, though, I got spoiled by Netflix and now I can't handle
I hate music. (I don't hate music)
I enjoy food. Most kinds of food. Not a huge Thai food fan, but I
could be convinced. I am a sucker for weird candy and soda, so I
have to try every freaky variant on Mt. Dew, despite never enjoying
any of them, even regular MT. Dew. I like Viso energy drinks when I
want to get my jitter on.
I also love video games. I think they are the most exciting new
storytelling medium around, and storytelling is my favorite thing
that people do. To list a few: Mass Effect Trilogy (it ended fine,
I think), The Elder Scrolls, Deus Ex, Marathon, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.,
Katamari Damacy, Chrono Trigger/Cross, Portal/2, Bordelands/2,
Psychonauts, Minecraft, Burnout, Civilization, Persona, Silent
Hill, Bioshock/2/∞, Pathologic, Saints Row 2/3/4. Played Warcraft
for a few years, and was pretty good at it, but I don't right now.
I kind of hate gamer culture though, because it is so dominated by
misogynist, racist, entitled pissbabies. It's been that way for a
while, and gamergate really brought the worst of it out into the
light. On the other hand, there are some FANTASTIC women/poc/trans
game developers and critics that are fighting incredibly hard to
make gaming into a better, more inclusive culture, so that does
give me hope.
Board games are also a lot of fun! My favorite is Cosmic Encounter,
but there are a lot of other good ones.