My heart belongs to Tolkien. Not very original, I know.
At the moment I am into A Song of Ice and Fire. Even less original, if that is possible.
I hope that lasts and doesn’t turn into another Harry Potter which I enjoyed a lot at the time but never picked up again after literally the day Deathly Hallows was released. I even enjoyed it, but I was done with it.
I’m with you on McMaster Bujold (pretty much anything she writes). Big fan of C. J. Cherryh as well, also James H. Schmitz.
Not big on TV or film anymore - did like ST:TOS and the Avengers (the British spy series, not the Marvel comics). Like Carl Dreyer’s films.
It’s music where I get out of hand (I’m sure @japhroaig can attest)…
I’m a big fan of Arnold Schoenberg, Béla Bartók, Karol Szymanowski, Paul Hindemith, Alban Berg, Erwin Schulhoff and Luigi Dallapiccola. Ditto Antonio de Cabezón, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, J. J. Froberger, Domenico Scarlatti and Antonio Soler; ditto Chopin, Brahms and Mahler (but the latter by preference in his orchestral songs).
Also a big fan of the late Jack Bruce, the late Gary Moore, the very much alive John McLaughlin and Jeff Beck, Jon Hiseman, Herbie Hancock, Vlatko Stefanovski, Living Colour and (most recently) Magma.
I watched a couple random episodes of Steven Universe with the kids, and I thought it was, you know, okay enough.
Then I actually watched several in a row, realised it’s not mostly just wacky random fun, and started again from the beginning. I am now a devoted fan who is not quite literally dying from the reduced update frequency
Loved Sandman, haven’t yet gotten around to Cerebus. I like a bunch of different things – Larry Gonick’s Cartoon History of the Universe is great, but I also love Superman (I’m about 25, 30-years out of date on most things), From Hell, old newspaper comics (Peanuts of course, Krazy Kat, Thimble Theater - I have yet to get Little Nemo collections… but… someday!), Fables (I haven’t read the last 2 or 3 collections – no spoilers!), Hellboy and accompanying universe, much of Alan Moore’s work - particularly Top 10, Tom Strong, and LoG [and that’s a twofer with the Kevin O’Neill artwork], From Hell. That’s also a twofer, and I’ve got Campbell’s Bacchus vol one waiting on the to-read shelf, alongside the Lee/Kaluta collected-expanded Starstruck.
Uh… I’ve got more graphic novels that computer books, but just barely. Maybe becuase I divest myself of stale programming books, but not the GN’s.
There are names on that list I’ve never even come across. I need to spend more time with Bartok, he is the epitome of cool. Some might argue cultural appropriation, but it was his culture transformed into something else. And his notes and field recordings still exist!
I’m torn between adding my name to the list of fandoms already praised–Doctor Who and Star Trek–and offering a couple of my more unusual ones–old horror/monster films, particularly Roger Corman and anything done by Harryhausen or with Vincent Price in it–and the original Twilight Zone.
It kinda pains me that I have to specify the original Twilight Zone although the reboots did some good things.
And billiards. On those extremely rare occasions when ESPN or another sports network broadcasts billiards matches–usually in December–I’m glued to the TV.
If you’re ever in Nashville I’ll buy you a pint. Or several. Or we can take the Yazoo Brewery tour. It’s not much–less than an hour and a half even when they’re stretching it–but you get a commemorative glass and several samples.
Robin Hobb! She’s one of the few authors I read in my youth whose work, when I came back to it 20 years later, made me feel even deeper appreciation (rather than the usual mix of nostalgia and embarrassment)
But… But… He appropriated from the Slovaks! And the Romanians! And the Bulgarians! And the Arabs in Basra!
More seriously, Bartók was one of the very first truly professional ethnomusicologists, he was extremely good at encouraging a pride in indigenous music-making in other nationalities, and he used his materials with great individuality and sophistication. Great composers steal like magpies. By the time they have finished stealing, though, the materials have become theirs entirely.
I’ll add that I was very good at limiting the list: I could have added quite a few more musicians I’m very fond of (probably starting with Prokofiev).
Off topic a bit: Can you have a look at this (over in the crafting thread) and tell me what you think? I’ve not got a lot of feedback yet, and I’m still in the “Have I done something good, or have I perpetrated a crime?” stage of things. If there is even a whiff of the latter, please let me know where you are catching the whiff, because this is also the “Better revise!” stage.
I liked it. I mean that in both ways since we have a Like function here. lol It’s kind of hard to say more with it being in a … quantized state? Music like that needs the human element to really … get. At least for me.