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Child reading books in the summer

Hi, My 10 year old girl loves to read. When she gets started, she loves it, but it's the "getting her started" that I have a problem with. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Jun 27, 2014 - 33 answers

SF/Fantasy books with a 'big reveal'?

RecoFilter: I'm looking for recommendations of books, preferably in the sci-fi/fantasy genres, that have a 'big reveal' somewhere in there that changes the whole perspective of the book or protagonist. Examples would be The Inverted World, The Prestige, or Ender's Game, for example, or the first Star Trek film, or some Lovecraft stories — the whole thing, and all events narrated, appear in a different light after, you know? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Apr 18, 2014 - 43 answers

Young Adult Detective Bookfilter

Need help identifying a book from childhood. [more inside]
posted by Ham Snadwich on Feb 13, 2014 - 11 answers

Not just revenge, but REVENGE.

I'm looking for stories featuring grand, visceral, over-the-top, self-indulgent revenge. Why not suggest a few? [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 on Dec 16, 2013 - 53 answers

Several characters in search of a plot

I'm looking for an example novel(s) that features several separate third person viewpoint characters with seemingly different plot strands at the beginning but whose plots converge as they go on and they end up meeting further on in the novel (if only briefly). I want to see how the author handles these meetings and the meta narrative of several stories merging into one. I would prefer mainstream rather than literary as I'd like to seem something straight forward rather than overly tricky and would prefer sf but please don't let that constrict you as I'm more interested in the mechanics rather than the background and any genre would do.
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Nov 14, 2013 - 50 answers

You know where you want to go, but you don't know for sure...

[Book filter] Please recommend stories about people who find out (through trail and error) what they really want, and eventually get there (after a bunch of detours). [more inside]
posted by fix on Oct 13, 2013 - 24 answers

An illustrated post apocalypse.

A few years ago I saw a series of illustrations about a post apocalyptic Earth. The people had regressed to medieval life and there were still advertisements and cars and passenger planes from the previous era. [more inside]
posted by Our Ship Of The Imagination! on Aug 28, 2013 - 7 answers

Books of stories to read aloud

We're looking for books of fairy tales well-suited to bedtime reading. [more inside]
posted by The Notorious B.F.G. on Jul 29, 2013 - 11 answers

How do I search for books that have been blurbed by certain authors?

I'm a fan of certain authors, critics, and academics whose taste and sensibilities are similar to my own. I'm currently looking for a way to search for books based on the blurbs or editiorial reviews about them from authors that I admire and trust. Example: 1. Philip Roth's recent assessment of Jonathan Franken's writing was prominently blazed on the latter's most recent book. 2. Warren Buffett has referred to Dale Carnegie's book "How to Win Friends and Influence People" as one of the few books that changed his life. 3. Charlie Munger, Buffett's partner in arms, referred to John Cialdini's book on influence as one having a permanent influence on his thinking on that topic. 4. Harold Bloom, the critic, has impressive recommendations on Henri Cole's newest volume of verse. Is there a database that I can use to help me scour who's been recommending what and how. Thanks
posted by RapcityinBlue on Jul 12, 2013 - 3 answers

Looking for classic children's literature to read to my class of five year olds

Please recommend me classic children's literature to read aloud to five-year-olds. [more inside]
posted by schmoo on Sep 15, 2012 - 32 answers

Reccomend me where to start my lunchtime reading

I have never been a reader. I want to be. Recommend where I can start; online at lunchtimes at work. Bonus points for shorter stories (at first). [more inside]
posted by Cogentesque on Sep 7, 2012 - 29 answers

Please help find a source for a specific ghost story

Please help me ID/ find a source for a specific ghost story about starved ghost children eating the new occupants of a house! Quickly... [more inside]
posted by Jeanne on Aug 15, 2012 - 0 answers

Old books on how to write stories?

After enjoying a 1920 screenwriting book by the flapper humorist Anita Loos, I am wondering what other pre-WW2 writing advice books might be fun and interesting to read. Any suggestions?
posted by steinsaltz on Jul 27, 2012 - 15 answers

Can you help find a misremembered book?

Another lost book question: I though FOR SURE it was Kick in the Head Stories, but upon rereading, it's not. Possibly misremembered, mildly NSFW. [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur on Jun 5, 2012 - 1 answer

Need help finding a book of short stories from my childhood...

I read this book of creepy short stories when I was younger and I can't find the book. One story was about a kid who is turned into a plant and another was about a guy being buried in the Hoover Dam. [more inside]
posted by theuninvitedguest on May 31, 2012 - 4 answers

How A went from thinking B to C

Please recommend stories about mental battles. Specifically, people overcoming deep-seated fears or beliefs. [more inside]
posted by fix on May 3, 2012 - 7 answers

Recommend good horror novels and short story anthologies

Recommend good horror novels and short story anthologies [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Apr 14, 2012 - 27 answers

How to read and talk about a book?

How do I communicate my thoughts about books I have read? [more inside]
posted by v.barboni on Apr 1, 2012 - 14 answers

Fiction about a musician

Looking for fiction books about musicians, especially with a single musician as the main character [more inside]
posted by grokfest on Jan 1, 2012 - 15 answers

I figured out what it was, now where was it?

Where did I read Ursula K. LeGuin's short story "Solitude"? [more inside]
posted by endless_forms on Nov 14, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me find some books for my baby's room.

I'm having a baby soon and I want to buy a few children's books to have something to put in the new bookshelves and later on read to my baby. What books do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Nov 1, 2011 - 60 answers

What clean humor book should I get for my fundie grandmother's birthday?

It's my grandmother's birthday next week, and I'd like to give her some sort of book with cute and funny short stories/jokes, a la Reader's Digest. It should also be clean humor only. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by iamfantastikate on Sep 21, 2011 - 22 answers

Bedtime stories

Suggest your favorite short autobiographical humorous stories. [more inside]
posted by mutt.cyberspace on Jun 19, 2011 - 11 answers

LIBERTARIAN ENGINEER SAVES THE WORLD

Give your best examples of the SF/ Survivalist/ Wish Fullfillment sub-genre "libertarian engineers do everything better" or "objectivist superman saves history". More specifically ones where someone is the last man on earth/sendt back in time and constructs a free market utopia through sheer smarts and rationality ( with himself on the top of it, of course). [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Jun 9, 2011 - 28 answers

help find book of short stories

Help find me a Book of Short Stories that you could use as introductions for various talks/discussions/presentations... [more inside]
posted by fozzie33 on May 26, 2011 - 6 answers

Graphic Novels Without the Graphics, Please

I love superhero fiction. I love stories that look into what superhero powers would be like--its psychological and social ramifications. I love the mythology that has developed around superheroes. I love the darkness and moral complexity many modern superhero stories involve.... But I just cannot get into comics or any visual storytelling of that sort. So, can you point me to any good novels about superheroes? [more inside]
posted by meese on Feb 6, 2011 - 33 answers

Escaped in the nick of tine!

Pulpfilter: Trying to find a story (possibly Doc Savage?) involving the protagonist buried up to his head and given only a fork-full of water/day to survive. [more inside]
posted by swashedbuckles on Jan 6, 2011 - 4 answers

Who are your favorite travel writers?

What is your favorite travel book/essay/blog? Who are your favorite travel writers? [more inside]
posted by rinosaur on Oct 29, 2010 - 30 answers

Stories about sudden terrible incidents which overturned a life

Looking for books written by someone who lived a normal stable life and due to a tragic unexpected event beyond their control, their life was turned upside down. [more inside]
posted by vizsla on Oct 11, 2010 - 22 answers

Looking for some good sf pulp fiction

Looking for suggestions for stories, novels, or comics in the vein of Mervyn Peake and China Mieville. [more inside]
posted by Ritchie on Sep 28, 2009 - 11 answers

Short stories like this are the only stories here.

I demand to know your favorite short story anthologies. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Jun 23, 2009 - 30 answers

readingvaluefilter

Have any of these books changed your life? [more inside]
posted by SinisterPurpose on Apr 15, 2009 - 55 answers

Please scare me.

I want a book that I have to put into the freezer. I've read this question, which was looking for thrillers, and this post looking for short stories, but I can't seem to find a thread looking for scary, engrossing novels where supernatural is okay. [more inside]
posted by Addlepated on Mar 31, 2009 - 31 answers

Odd tales

I'd like recommendations for short stories that are strange, humorous, or have a surprising twist. [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Mar 8, 2009 - 57 answers

"No longer alive to obstruct the process."

John Updike's death reminded me that I have a book of his short stories. Which ones should I read first? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Jan 30, 2009 - 9 answers

Bookfilter: Name that sci-fi story.

Bookfilter: I am trying to remember a story. It is either a short story, or the epilogue of a book. I am 90% certain it was written by Isaac Asimov. [more inside]
posted by judge.mentok.the.mindtaker on Nov 16, 2008 - 9 answers

Good books for the Non-Ham to read to small children

This post reminded me of something I needed to ask. -> What are some good books to read to kids, for those of us who are not very good at (or comfortable with) being characters or using different voices? Surely there are some librarians on Ask Mefi that have experience with storytime? [more inside]
posted by nomnomnom on Oct 19, 2008 - 12 answers

Stories about or featuring werewolves

I'm looking for werewolf literature. Any fiction with a halfway decent plot. Novels, short stories, folklore. Comics or graphic novels also okay. [more inside]
posted by Ritchie on Oct 16, 2008 - 38 answers

Robot-themed sci fi recommendations?

What are some good sci fi novels/short stories that focus on robots? Difficulty: no Asimov. [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Jul 19, 2008 - 23 answers

Books on India

If you please—I urgently require a few good recommendations of novels that have India as a backdrop. [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy on Jan 13, 2008 - 55 answers

My god, it's full of Stars

I'm looking for a series of hardback science fiction anthologies I dimly remember from childhood (sometime in the mid 80s). I think it had a one word title with a number, and the series went up to at least number five. I remember two stories in particular... [more inside]
posted by Artw on Jan 13, 2008 - 11 answers

Stories about healthy, "normal" marriages?

Stories about healthy, "normal" marriages? [more inside]
posted by callmejay on Jan 11, 2008 - 41 answers

Meth stories?

Realistic accounts of meth use? [more inside]
posted by dersins on Jul 31, 2007 - 51 answers

Looking for a specific children's book

i am looking for a children's book that my friend read when she was in elementary school (5-10 years ago.) the book is about a boy and a girl who go on an adventure through a magical world and save the people from a monster. then, the girl dies, and the boy has to boil her in a pot to bring her back to life. [more inside]
posted by comfortinsound on Apr 2, 2007 - 8 answers

Stories that involve shadows?

Novels, short stories, movies--all are welcome. I find shadow stories spooky and interesting. My fave was a kid book called "The Shades" which explains how the shadows of people live their own lives. Know of any others?
posted by largecorp on Dec 15, 2006 - 7 answers

An Apple a day

Children's Story Filter: Help me find a story about the Apple family. [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Dec 11, 2006 - 3 answers

I'd like a little Christmas tripe with my Christmas trifle, please...

I want to write a Christmas-themed essay for my book review blog, and I'm trying to come up with some Christmas lit to review. It might be fun, for instance, to gather together a selection of Christmas tripe such as Santa's Christmas Prayer (link not safe for those who have any literary sensibilities and have just eaten) and go to town on it. Or, at the other end of the spectrum, to write something about Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Which Christmas novels/stories/poems do you love and loathe? I don't review movies, so text only please...
posted by orange swan on Nov 28, 2006 - 13 answers

Children's stories

Can you help me identify two children's stories/books? [more inside]
posted by peep on May 5, 2006 - 8 answers

2-minute childrens book

my favorite book when i was a kid was a book with a series of 2-minute or so short stories. inside the front cover there were pictures that symbolized the stories and i would point to the one i wanted my dad to read. i remember some of the stories. one story was of a little girl who wanted a yellow raincoat. a second story was about a boy named Pele or something. a third story had to do with Couscous the detective. i have a 1 yr old son and i wanted to get that book for him but i can't find it. anyone have any ideas what this book might be called or how to get it? thanks
posted by dstrouse91 on Feb 24, 2005 - 10 answers

Identify this science fiction story?

Can you identify this science fiction story? My friend's been looking for a copy for years...[more inside]
posted by deliriouscool on Nov 18, 2004 - 8 answers

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