Books: I seem to go through phases. For a long time, anything
written by Alexandre Dumas would have topped the list. After
unpacking, I've been reminded that I went through a phase where I
really enjoyed mysteries (The twenty Agatha Christie books were the
first clue). After that The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Three years
ago I got really into the Flashman Papers
. Finished A Dance with Dragons the week it came out,
which was gripping even if I'm not altogether happy with it. This
should probably also tell you how much I enjoy the Game of Thrones
This should give you a better idea, most recently read:
-The Day Aberystwyth Stood Still by Malcolm Pryce (I have an
inexplicable fondness for this series. One day it will lead to an
actual visit to the place, not totally unexpected disappointment,
and a sudden realization that there really isn't a night train to
-Cardinal's Blades Trilogy by Pierre Pevel (I reread this in French
because that's the original language and it's been awhile since
I've done any serious reading in another language. )
-Just finished Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson.
-I just started reading The Stockholm Ocatavo and I'm captivated. I
have to say historical fiction is probably second on the list after
fantasy in my favorite genres.
Movies: Lots of stuff, nothing that really stands out as being more
totally awesome than anything else.
TV: I should probably mention that I didn't take my TV with me when
I moved three years ago, I was going to buy a new one when I missed
it... still waiting for that to happen. This means the only shows
I've kept up with since then are The Daily Show and Downton Abbey.
I think neither you nor I will believe how excited I was Phyllis
Logan (Mrs. Hughes) made a surprise appearance on the Downton Abbey
panel at Dragon*Con. (Now I have shocked some of you by admitting I
go to Dragon*Con and the rest of you by admitting I spend my con
doing things like going to the Downton Abbey panel.) Sometimes I
also watch various internet videos.
My tastes in music are very broad. My playlist stretches from Die
Ärzte to the Wildwood Valley Boys. That doesn’t mean I like
everything, but I tend to have songs within most genres that I like
from Classic Rock to Norwegian Folk music (yes, really). I had one
of my pre-set stations on my satellite radio set to a bluegrass
station, back when I had a subscription. Now my buttons are set to
NPR and some oldies stations. I do not expect our musical tastes to
be similar, that level of awesomeness would only be possible in
some work of fiction.
Also I have a surprising fondness for Gilbert and Sullivan
Food: I like anything Middle Eastern, Italian, Chinese, Thai, and
I'm probably forgetting a few others. Also, steak.
I also enjoy, but have not been able to find in Atlanta:
Montreal-style bagels, smoked meat, and a decent poutine. (I'm
still pretending I couldn't just learn to make poutine anytime I
like, because I would like to have at least some chance of making
my New Year's resolutions work this year.)