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Robots in fiction for a high school audience

What are some short stories, books and movies that feature robots or artificial intelligence in prominent roles? Looking for accessible conversation starters; could be classic sci-fi or more contemporary stuff. This is for a high school class of students with a wide range of English skills and cultural backgrounds. We'd like to come up with a list that would have something appealing for everyone, and would be appropriate for a school setting. [more inside]
posted by beandip on Jan 12, 2014 - 34 answers

 

DIY MBA

I've reached a point in my career where I'm starting to need to knowledge that comes with an MBA, but not the actual degree. What are the best books you've read that cover the hard and soft skills of an MBA? [more inside]
posted by the_shrike on Jan 9, 2014 - 12 answers

Short-ish novel with psychologically diagnosable main character?

For an abnormal psych class I have to read a novel with a main character that has a DSM-5 diagnosable disorder and then diagnose them based on the book. One problem: all the good ones are probably already claimed. [more inside]
posted by MonsieurBon on Jan 8, 2014 - 68 answers

Literary crime fiction

What are some decent, non-idiotic, contemporary crime/mystery novels? [more inside]
posted by denika on Jan 8, 2014 - 45 answers

I am Looking for the Name of a Comic Book Series Where The Bad Guys Won

Hi there. I am looking for a comic book mini-series, probably from the 1980's but possibly from the 1990's. It is not a Marvel or DC series. The premise of the series is that 5 or 10 years before the series begins, a Dr. Doom-like character leads an army of supervillians and actually defeats all the superheroes, killing or depowering them. The mini-series ran for 5 or 6 issues. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
posted by jack.brodey on Jan 7, 2014 - 8 answers

Seeking Obscure Subculture Fiction

Please recommend fiction about obscure subcultures. Basically, I'm looking for the fiction version of this question. More contemporary books (written recently and about contemporary subjects) are preferred but not required.
posted by Xalf on Jan 6, 2014 - 15 answers

What can you send to UK prisons?

What can you send to UK prisons - are books really banned now? [more inside]
posted by maiamaia on Jan 5, 2014 - 7 answers

Best Discussion Books for Book Club

It is time once again for my book group to nominate and then vote on the books for the upcoming year. Any suggestions? Criteria within. [more inside]
posted by RoadScholar on Jan 4, 2014 - 22 answers

Books with shameless cheating

I would like to read something where one character cheats on another an offensive amount and can manipulate his/her way out of it. The cheating should be with various (a lot!) people and not about love. I guess like the dynamic in American psycho / wolf of Wall Street but more about the cheating and lying. Movies/songs are ok to.
posted by LaunchBox on Jan 2, 2014 - 28 answers

Tell me how you read.

I want to up my reading game. Help? [more inside]
posted by bluloo on Jan 1, 2014 - 17 answers

Books/philosophical readings that have made an impact on your life

I'm at a bit of a crossroads in my life. This New Year's has been an introspective one for me, and has had me really contemplating my life's purpose - what I have accomplished thus far, and what I wish to accomplish from this point on. I've been doing some reading on the importance of finding and nurturing a purpose in one's life, which has certainly made a positive impact on my overall attitude and outlook. I want to discover more standouts from any genre - self-help, goal-setting, philosophical or otherwise - that have helped you, my fellow mefites, see the world and your respective circumstances in in a different, more positive light. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Jan 1, 2014 - 27 answers

When should an author respond to reviews?

I'm an author. I've seen enough other authors flame out when responding to criticism that I know never to respond to negative reviews. But I'm sometimes tempted to respond to positive reviews of my book on Amazon, Goodreads, or other sites-- perhaps with a short "Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it;" perhaps with a longer reply if it seems appropriate. Should I ever do that? If so, when? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Jan 1, 2014 - 34 answers

Novels set in Westchester, NY?

Looking for books set in Westchester County, New York, in any of the towns/ cities. So far, I have T.C. Boyle's World's End, Gish Jen's Mona In The Promised Land, and various John Cheever works. I want the "a ha!" moment, when I recognize a street or a founding family's name while I am reading. (Boyle did that so very well.) Fictionalized towns are OK too. Thanks!
posted by Neeuq Nus on Dec 31, 2013 - 17 answers

A "Great" Anniversary

I like to give myself literary new year's resolution and since this year will be the 100th anniversary of The Great War I think it would be fitting to read some literature and history of/from that era. I've read Guns of August and All Quiet On The Western Front. What else should I read?
posted by brookeb on Dec 30, 2013 - 37 answers

Around the World in Eighty Pages

I am trying to read my way around the globe. Can you please recommend me international fiction/memoirs that frame the contemporary culture, customs, and values of the country that it is set in? [more inside]
posted by sevenofspades on Dec 30, 2013 - 13 answers

Help me compile a list of 100 books to read

This year one of my goals is to read two books a week, help me make sure I get the good ones! [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday on Dec 30, 2013 - 35 answers

Call all book detectives! I'm looking for a book, the cover was blue...

Please help me find a book on toy making from the 1960s or 1970s (and that I read in the 1990s). [more inside]
posted by Calzephyr on Dec 30, 2013 - 2 answers

BookFilter: English fiction with lots of Spanish language elements

I'm looking for recommendations of English-language fiction that heavily features Spanish-language elements. I'm working on learning Spanish again (I had 3 years in high school, about 10 years ago) and thought it would be fun and useful to read novels that incorporate Spanish heavily, kind of an immersion strategy. [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 on Dec 30, 2013 - 11 answers

magical realism/surreal books by women

I love Kelly Link, Jeannette Winterson, Margaret Atwood, Karen Russell, and Aimee Bender. I would like to read more books like this. Women authors only please, and I'd also love to have more queer and of color authors in my library. Thanks !
posted by dysh on Dec 29, 2013 - 43 answers

Is it better to read Proust when you're young, or when you're old?

I'm approaching forty; there are only so many books I'll get to read in my life. With that in mind, I'm trying to plan out my reading at the start of each year (planning one year at a time, mind you -- my 40-year-old self doesn't get to be the boss of what I read when I'm eighty). [more inside]
posted by spacewaitress on Dec 28, 2013 - 27 answers

Hit me with your best music macrohistories!

Trying to find the perfect book to scratch a partner's literary itch for macrohistories related in some way to music. Details within. [more inside]
posted by Stacey on Dec 28, 2013 - 12 answers

Children's book: mid 1970s, a scary (for me) mystery

This is what I remember: A boy (and his dog?) wants to go outside, and he asks his mother for permission. She says "okay, but don't cross any streets in this fog!" [more inside]
posted by Melismata on Dec 26, 2013 - 3 answers

Books to make Statistics Interesting

If I'm going to succeed in a field I am considering (bioinformatics), I'm going to need to learn a good deal of statistics. I have limited experience in the subject and have never found the details of it especially compelling. Can you recommend some books on statiistics (not necessarily light on the details) that are well written and interesting? Something designed to get the layman interested in the details could be good, but textbook recommendations would also be good.
posted by garuda on Dec 20, 2013 - 20 answers

What's that book with the thing?

I'm trying to recall a business/self-help book. The main idea was that setting goals and pacing yourself is counterproductive, and that accomplishment happens by immersing one's self in a big idea. Steve Jobs, etc. I believe the cover was an illustration of a businessman opening a shirt to reveal a superhero costume. There may have been a critique of Tony Schwartz' energy management model inside. It was probably written in the last ten years. Can anyone name the book?
posted by michaelh on Dec 18, 2013 - 2 answers

Books with no or few words? (comic books okay)

My five year old is just starting to read, and loves looking through the Captain underpants books for their illustrations. I'd like to get him some books (or comic books) that have few or no words, or which he could at least follow without knowing the words. He's really into story, and I think it would entertain him, and also (for the ones with words) encourage him to read. His interests are the stereotypical boys ones -- sports, superheroes, etc, Suggestions?
posted by michaeldunaway on Dec 17, 2013 - 18 answers

Readings on Johnson and the Great Society

Looking for books/long articles about Lyndon Johnson and the Great Society- the history, the political effort, the hits and the flops. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Dec 17, 2013 - 4 answers

Learn me about the past.

History Buffs of MeFi: Please share your most favorite, most compelling sources. Movies, books, graphic novels, fiction - everything is fair game. [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Dec 17, 2013 - 24 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

What are some cool American-history-related books/games/movies for kids?

Looking for a fun gift for an 8-year-old that might fuel his interest in American history (or any history) ... Any ideas? (Some specifics provided inside.) [more inside]
posted by pokermonk on Dec 16, 2013 - 11 answers

What book is similar to "Number the Stars" for my 9 year old?

My nine year old just read "Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry. It is her first introduction to really high quality historical fiction. She is excited to read more books that teach her about history, but are also fun to read because they are fiction. Do you have any ideas about historical fiction books that are excellent quality like "Number the Stars" but that are age appropriate for my nine year old? Thank you.
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Dec 15, 2013 - 42 answers

Smart detective fiction?

What are some particularly intelligent or well-written novels in the suspense/mystery/detective fiction genre? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Dec 12, 2013 - 55 answers

Seeking First-person Accounts of Poverty in the United States

I have of late been reading and watching first-person accounts of poverty in the United States. The most recent being Invisible Child. I would like to continue reading stories told from the perspective (or about the perspective) of those living in poverty in the US. Books, documentaries, articles are all welcome.
posted by xingcat on Dec 11, 2013 - 25 answers

Book recommendations for a nerdy, super smart, often silly uncle?

What newly released books would my nerdy, geeky, incredibly smart, completely rad uncle enjoy? [more inside]
posted by missmary6 on Dec 10, 2013 - 26 answers

Looking for fairy tale book, read in the mid-1970s.

Children's book filter: Am thinking it was Sleeping Beauty, though it may have been Rapunzel or some other fairy tale with a wicked queen and a princess. [more inside]
posted by Melismata on Dec 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Multiracial fairy tales?

I am looking for kids books that depict fairies that aren't all white. Sometimes, one can find some variation in hair color - but little in the way of anything that doesn't look classically european. I am mainly looking for books for little kids, Dr. Seuss reading level.
posted by jammy on Dec 10, 2013 - 8 answers

We may not pay Satan reverence, but we can at least respect his talents.

Thief-kings and tricksters: more of this character archetype, please! [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Dec 8, 2013 - 29 answers

Cuckoo cuckoo?

My girlfriend just read and deeply enjoyed The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling). She is not a regular reader of detective fiction. Can you recommend other books she might like? [more inside]
posted by raisindebt on Dec 7, 2013 - 11 answers

Can you help me make the Great Native American Novel reading list?

I like to learn about different places and cultures by reading fiction set in those places and with characters from those cultures. Can you recommend to me a contemporary novel about American Indians? I'm particularly interested in books about Native American communities in the continental US. [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Dec 7, 2013 - 17 answers

The Gothic Industrial

Please recommend movies, books and video games that feature broken-down factories, derelict space-age laboratories, and modern ruins of all kinds as a primary setting. If there's something supernatural going on in there, so much the better. Examples within. [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Dec 6, 2013 - 26 answers

How to get books in classroom quantities for cheap?

I'm looking to get 25 to 50 copies of a certain hardback book that was published in 2000. It's the Spanish "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," and it retails for $13 on Amazon. How can I get them closer to wholesale price? [more inside]
posted by wnissen on Dec 5, 2013 - 6 answers

More recent nonfiction about pharmaceutical drugs

I love reading nonfiction about pharmaceutical drugs, their development, use, methods of action, etc. What's out there lately that I should read? Recent books I've read inside. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Dec 5, 2013 - 12 answers

Are there any adult fiction writers for guys anymore?

I want to become a reader again, but my latest trip to the bookstore made me sad. Ignoring the fact that it was hard to find fiction books amidst the tablets, the toys, and the teen fiction section, I found an assortment of 'chicklit', Tom Clancy, Steven King, Dean Koontz and an assortment of right-wing survivalist fiction. I want to find something that isn't David Sedaris. I want to find something that isn't non-fiction. I want to find something that isn't ... isn't this... Aren't there any great under-the-radar-haven't-been-overhyped-into-michael-crichton-yet authors? Or is this it... have I reached the end of an appreciation of fiction and I am now condemned to purgatory with nonfiction and biographies? Help! [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog on Dec 4, 2013 - 62 answers

Help me find a vaguely remembered, possibly imagined, cookbook?

I could have sworn I once saw a cookbook which was less about recipes and more about learning to create your own recipes. Cannot find it anywhere, though! [more inside]
posted by AmandaA on Dec 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Toddler Bedtime Books

Looking for recommendations for books about bedtime or ending with the character(s) asleep. My not-quite-two-year-old seems to actively get much sleepier when we read bedtime orientated books. Goodnight Little Bear and Goodnight Moon have both worked to help calm him down for bedtime, and I'd like a bit more variety in my night time book repertoire. [more inside]
posted by HMSSM on Dec 3, 2013 - 47 answers

If I like reading The Last Psychiatrist, what else would I like?

I love the Last Psychiatrist. I don't agree with everything she writes--but I like a lot of things about her. I like that she combines deep knowledge with hand-wavey speculation. I like that she's a fearless contrarian. I like that she's funny. I want to read more writing about society, science, the arts, whatever, that's as toothy as the stuff she does. This can be in book, magazine, or blog format. Where do I go?
posted by insteadofapricots on Dec 3, 2013 - 9 answers

How do I figure out age appropriate comic book/media (ages 9-11)?

I have a niece and two nephews. As the one among my siblings who's into comic book culture, my brothers have started asking me for input and recommendations for the kids, and I'm finding myself having some trouble. A lot of superhero comics may or may not be age appropriate and I also worry about some of the weird sexist subtext in a lot of stuff. I am asking this partially for input in picking Christmas gifts, but also in order to be a better family resource. [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze on Dec 3, 2013 - 17 answers

An Ogre by any other name ...

Yet another asking for a friend book recommendation. Looking for teen / older tween books that are based in/around Florida, punny, humor-wordplay, fantasy based, not that usual go-to-guy. [more inside]
posted by tilde on Dec 3, 2013 - 7 answers

Looking for those inkless, perforating library stamps.

Sometimes, one of the first pages of a library book will bear an identifying stamp made of perforations punched through by a special tool. This practice seems to have disappeared, and Googling for it has only frustrated me. What is the tool called and where can I find one? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft on Dec 2, 2013 - 10 answers

Where should i start with Captain America and Thor?

Recently i've been getting into marvel comics more, more specifically Thor and Captain America. I've almost finished vol. 1 of Thor:The Mighty Avenger that basically talks about him and Jane and i'm really enjoying it so far. I think they only have 3 trades for that so after i finish that series where should i go from there? As for Captain America i've never read any of it, but i think i'd like to start out with something newer that gets into his orgins first and then going from there. I wouldn't mind reading any of the other Avengers as well like Hawkeye, Black Widow, Hulk, and Iron man but i don't know where to start with any of those either. But if anyone has some ideas i'd really appreciate it!
posted by earthquakeglue on Dec 1, 2013 - 5 answers

Requesting book recommendations for a one-year-old

My one year old niece loves books that "do things" - especially ones with flaps to lift. Her favorite thing to do when she wakes up is to play quietly with her books for about 20 minutes, and I'd love to encourage that. I would like to get her some books for Christmas. I've purchased Fuzzy Bee and Squishy Turtle for children before, and they were well-received, but the children were younger (in the 6 month range). Are Fuzzy Bee and Squishy Turtle too young for her? Can you recommend any other books that she might like? Her parents are open to anything, as she doesn't have many books and they'd like her to have more, but they're first time parents and not sure what she'd like either.
posted by RogueTech on Nov 30, 2013 - 20 answers

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