Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
I love Jim Butcher and the newest Dresden Files book will always be on my best of stuff I read list. Deal with it and fair warning for next year.
Nerdist Way by Chris Hardwick
Any listener to the Nerdist Podcast has at least thumbed through this book. I found it informative and an enjoyable read that taps into what makes my mind tick and motivated me to change some things in my life.
Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
In my view, I enjoyed the Percy Jackson books more than Harry Potter. Not to say they were better, just that they were more fun, slice and dice adventures that I could relate to in my little brain. Again, I love the Potter but for my money these books are great.
[Note: I didn't go to the movies much this year, but these are the ones I really liked enough to remember.]
Tucker and Dale Vs Evil
I really get a kick out of a good horror film and when Netflix suggested this little beauty on disc I just had to try it. And IT ROCKED. The release for it was tiny and the promotion was next to nothing, but this movie is one of the more inventive comedy/horror films you will ever see. At worst you could call it an American "Shaun of the Dead" sans zombies.
Best popcorn flick I saw with decent effects that made me really want to see The Avengers. Chris Evans really surprised me as the square-jawed, apple-pie eating Cap.
Did for the Muppets what Rocky Balboa did for the Rocky franchise. Songs so good I bought the soundtrack (except for one, cough, Cooper rap, cough) and a basic fun that brought me back to my childhood. Modern kids won't get it and I could care less. It almost isn't for them.
I was late to the party on this comedy and have been kicking myself all the way through the box sets. Well written, funny and engaging, I absolutely love this series.
Another late to the party show for me, Leverage is two parts A-Team, one part Oceans 11, shaken and stirred in a way that just drips cool and fun. The plots can get a little predictable, especially if you watch all 4 seasons in a row like I did, but the characters and acting more than make up for it.
Once Upon a Time
When your girlfriend suggests the two of you watch a show about fairy tales, you smile and nod and inwardly groan. Then Snow White pulls a damn broadsword on the Evil Queen and you hope this series lasts forever! Cleverly told and plotted, I hold this up to one of the happiest surprises I have had since I smirked at Buffy all those years ago.
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
What can I say that has not already been said about this game? This is one of the most engaging titles out there and I just... Go play it.
Batman: Arkham City
You are Batman. Gotham is a prison. Shit's going down. You stop it. As the goddamn Batman. You had me at Batman.
This is why I don't review video games. I pick the most awesome ones I can find and tell you they are awesome. Play Portal 2. You will thank me.
Thrilling Adventure Hour
This podcast fills me with joy. After years of listening to interviews, comedians, and others talk about random shit that made me laugh, here is fiction. Serialized radio plays that are both funny and highly addictive.
The interviews are both funny and deep and the guys dicking around make me wanna call my friends. Cannot say more without going back and re-listening, but then I would never finish writing this. Enjoy your burrito.
Ever been the librarian at the party that just trumps everyone else's work horror stories with one tale of library craziness that happened just last week? That's the LiberryCast.
To be honest, I'm not much of a music nerd. It just does not fall in my wheelhouse. So I looked back on the digital stuff I bought over the last year and my most listened to tracks. Here you go, in no particular order:
They Might Be Giants
She & Him
Me First and the Gimmee Gimmees
[Note: Comics are another area where I am lacking. Nothing has really grabbed me this year but the following and while I have a decent supplier for my crack, he can't always get the quality stuff. Plus, I have been lapsing and not reading as much as I used to. Kinda sad, I do love them so.]
The reboot of the DCU excited me. I picked up several titles such as Action Comics, Detective Comics Batman, and a few others, but this one is the only one that really grabbed me. I still read the others, but I guess I just like a team book. The art is not that bad either.
Ultimate Spider-man Reboot
Another reboot that I really was dreading (Make Mine Marvel), but I really fell for this book. Ultimate Spidey is what got me back into comics years ago and killing Peter Parker sickened me a little. But Miles Morales is a good choice for the next angsty, teenage spider-kid. At least he's not a clone.
[Note: This isn't even scratching the surface of all the Twitter folks I love, especially the Awesome Librarians. I made a list of those. If you aren't on that list, let me know. These are just three that I happen to adore.]
Steven Weber @TheStevenWeber
Who has two thumbs, starred on Wings and sends out the craziest tweets imaginable? This guy.
Joe Hill @joe_hill
One of my favorite authors and a damn informative dude.
T J Miller @nottjmiller
Comedian and actor, Miller is one of the oddest cats with a handle.
So that's what I got for 2011. Not all, but most. I didn't include blogs because most of them are either included here, linked to from their twitters, or just too numerous to name. Thank you everyone who read my drivel over the last year, both on the blog and on twitter. You have no idea how much this writing helps me. I plan to post more often, continue the Banned Library fiction, maybe make some videos, and continue not going slowly insane with public service.
I also want to thank the site That Guy With the Glasses for providing hours of entertainment, some of which lifted my spirits when I really needed it. They might not ever read this but every contributor to that site has made this year a happy one.
Finally, I want to thank one special person who I should thank more often for the love and support she gives me. Love ya, darlin, and I promise not to lay on the couch like a bitch. (She'll get that.)
Let me know in the comments if I missed something or if you have any thoughts on any of the above. If you have any story ideas or just want to contact me, tweet to @bannedlibrary or email email@example.com. Thanks again.