Books: Neuromancer by William Gibson is a perennial
favorite. I enjoy the fantasy genre but the incredible
expanding plotlines of epic authors like Terry Goodkind and Robert
Jordan lost my interest. Contrast with the fantastic Mistborn
trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. I read the Incarnations of
Immortality series by Piers Anthony and loved all seven books of
it. I liked the Dark Tower series by Stephen King, but I
thought the ending was a little weak. And, true to my geekly
origins, I do enjoy reading scientific and technical
literature of all stripes.
Movies: The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Matrix (but not
its two successors). I don't tend to see as many movies as
other people because I don't own a television.
Music: I tend toward rock of various stripes, be it metal
(Symphony X, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Edguy, Anthrax, Iced
Earth, Serenity, Astral Doors), hard rock from the 80s
(Queensrÿche, Poison, Tesla, Skid Row, Ratt, Whitesnake), or
somewhat more recent miscellany like the Smashing Pumpkins and
Radiohead. I absolutely adore Tool; I'm such a slut for hard,
hard rock in weird meters like 5/4 and 7/4.
Food: I'm particularly fond of Thai, and I was spoiled by
living in Chicago with half a dozen Thai restaurants a short walk
away. I'll go for just about any place with three or more
stars. At home, I like to whip up fancy things with reduction
sauces and all that jazz.