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1. Slaughter-House Five by Kurt Vonnegut
2. Two Bear Mambo by Joe R. Lansdale
3. The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan
4. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchet
5. Gun, With Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem
6. Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
7. Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
8. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
9. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammet
10. The Grifters by Jim Thompson
Favorite TV Shows:
1. Six Feet Under
2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
4. The Shield
5. Breaking Bad
6. The Wire
9. Doctor Who
10. Boardwalk Empire
All Time Favorite Movies:
2. Taxi Driver
3. Le Samourai
4. The Godfather (1&2)
5. Brothers Bloom
6. Bride of Frankenstein
7. Repo Man
8. The Royal Tennanbaums
9. Paths of Glory
10. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
All Time Worst Movies:
Vampires Suck (My girlfriend dragged me to it. About fifteen minutes in I broke up with her)
Favorite Actors or Actresses:
Nathan Fillion, James Marsters, Alyson Hannigan, Summer Glau, Alan Tudyk...oh screw it, Anybody who has ever been a main character on a Joss Whedon show, Woody Harrleson, Brandon Lee (RIP), Heath Ledger (RIP), Denzel Washington, Bryan Cranston, Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Walton Goggins, Matt Smith and the other recent Doctors, Neil Patrick Harris, Adrian Brody, Anne Hathaway, Rachel Weisz, Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Evan Rachel Wood, Robert Mitchum (RIP), Robert Deniro, Al Pacino, Chloe Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Noah Segan, and Andy Serkis.
1. Martin Scorsese
2. Rian Johnson
3. Jean Pierre Melville
4. Joss Whedon
5. Christopher Nolan
6. Shane Black
7. David Fincher
8. Daren Aronofsky
9. Ben Affleck
10. Woody Allen
Well, let's start with what I recommended in comic shops.
When I was growing up, Comic shops resembled gangs of NY in the Warriors. You didn't cross the lines in your support. While so much has changed in NYC, you get to experience the feel of all of these stores that are literally maybe 1 mile away or a 15 minute subway ride from each other.
and AGAIN, in this town...NYC is the Constantinople of the USA. That being when the Roman Empire was in decline, the East never missed a beat. Recession? Dunno about that. Rent and property continues to sky rocket. Print is dying? Dunno anything about that. Comic book stores struggling? Don't know anything about that.
That's why I was shocked I had to take a bus outside of the downtown area of Austin to reach the famed Austin Books...and still can't believe you can't do online ordering on their site because that's a big part of how the NY stores make their money and pay rent.
The best art museum in NYC is PS 1 in Jackson heights, Queens. PS=Public school and literally, they built an international museum of contemporary art out of a public school.
The other museum that is quite interesting is, Cooper-Hewitt Design museum...The Frick, Neuve gallerie, and Folk art museum are fantastic and more comprehensive breakdowns of genres as opposed to the MET which is the amusement park of museums.
Never liked he Guggenheim but that's just me.
Since you seem to like off the beat museums, I would go to the Gagosian gallery. Since there are too many to type, I would go up and down 19th street to the 24th street between 10th and 11th ave. Along that area, there are a lot of marked and unmarked galleries. One building I think has 18 galleries within a building. Name escapes me, since I became a family man I don't have as much free time. Anyways, Chelsea is one area.
The other spot is the Drawing Center in Soho.
As for comedy Clubs, Carolines is one where second tier comics work.
Back to comic book stores, they are territorial in NYC, so I would compare Midtown comics (there are three branches in Manhattan) with Forbidden Planet (Union Square) with St. Marks (East Village), and Jim Handley's Universe. The crowd is different as well as the feel of the stores.
NYC is not really family oriented town. It's more for late twenty something single professionals. If you want to avoid tourist spots, avoid Times Square, herald Square, Grand Central...I would explore Alphabet City area, East Village, spend time in Brooklyn, Queens. How much time do you have?
It would help if you narrowed it down because every thing and anything here is available 24/7. For example, comic book stores. There are 19 just in Manhattan 14 miles long and 4 miles wide. Do you like low key, open very late, more intimate, more old school, what kind of community?
No problem there. In fact, I should have just used that, I've been trying to find it in the podcast tabs. And yeah, my encyclopedia LEOG stops somewhere around Volume... I'd say 3, but it's been a while since I had to use it, and I think my brain purged all that so I can do the Geeks@College archiving (No, that isn't a shameless plug... well, it's not an intended shameless plug)
I actually didn't like ME1 when I first played it. I got bored with it and quite. Then when ME2 came out, it was getting such RAVE reviews that I figured I'd give it a shot, and god DAM is that a great game. So after going through the game twice to play it differently each time, Porter from the site convinced me to give ME1 another shot.
I still don't like it nearly as much as ME2. For me I got tired of every place I went to in the game looking exactly like every other place I'd been, only with the crates moved around a little so that I'm supposed to think it's not the same place, and I absolutely HATED that rover that you had to drive around. I NEVER want to have to drive up another rocky cliff side in that thing ever again. I did however really like the story, and that's how I ended up playing ME2 for a 3rd time, because I wanted to see how my ME1 save file would effect my game, and it actually changed a lot of things in some very cool ways.
There are things I liked about ME1, but to me ME2 is just head and shoulders above it. The graphics are drastically improved, all the places you go look unique, the story is much tighter, and I like the combat more. The only thing I didn't care for, is the same thing most people didn't care for in it.. :-)
Can't wait for ME3, I just hope Bioware doesn't screw it up with all the Multiplayer non-sense they keep spewing about it. Sometimes they say it will effect the single player, and sometimes they say it wont. That's fine if they want to tack on some Multiplayer I'll never even look at, but making it actually have an effect on how my single player game works is just lame.
What did you think of the end of Red Dead? That was some pretty intense stuff. Rockstar is really good at telling good stories in their games.
I thought Arkham City was GREAT, and I loved that ending with the Joker.
I TOTALLY get what you're saying about Skyrim. I actually bought it about three weeks ago, and haven't even started it yet. Not because I think it's going to be a bad game, but because I'm afraid of how much of my life it's going to suck up. Ha ha. :-)