Is there an equivalent of IMDB
i.e. A site that lists all books written by a particular author with ratings, reviews, comments etc? English language based.
posted by mairuzu
on Jul 3, 2008 -
What literature is written about Spain or the experience of living in Spain by American authors? [more inside]
posted by mizrachi
on Apr 6, 2008 -
My brother is being tormented by being unable to identify a mental image of a photograph of a man who he believes to be an author. He can't recall a lot of details, but here's what he has; I told him if anyone could help, it would be you guys, so don't let me down. :)
- Male, relatively young, dark hair, beard
- Probably an author, or if not, at least someone well-known
- Possibly German or Russian, maybe of Jewish descent
- Name may be Joseph or something similar, but not Stalin
- Pretty sure it's a black & white photograph, which probably places him in the early 20th century
I know this isn't a lot of information, but I figured it was worth a try....
posted by greenmagnet
on Mar 17, 2008 -
I've been reading 'New Kings of Nonfiction' by Ira Glass and love it. I want to read more articles and books in this vein. [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Feb 27, 2008 -
In your opinion, who are the best female science fiction authors? What are the best scifi books written by women? [more inside]
posted by taz
on Feb 8, 2008 -
What'sThatBookFilter: A not-recent, nonfiction book by a female editor in which she, among other things, writes letters to her authors? [more inside]
posted by Drohan
on Dec 21, 2007 -
Smallish bunch of creative writer-types (who've met up in person a couple of times) would like somewhere to hang out online: please suggest what kind of website might suit us best. [more inside]
posted by freston
on Nov 28, 2007 -
Who are some literary figures who either 1) had a knack for words or 2) who analyzed other people's words?
posted by Java_Man
on Aug 7, 2007 -
Our group blog (WordPress 2.1.1) confuses our IDs, and so sends email notifications to the wrong author. Also, this screws up loads of other stuff too. [more inside]
posted by dash_slot-
on May 21, 2007 -
I just found out that the dystopian/futuristic movie Children of Men
is based on a novel by P.D. James. It made me think of the excellent short story The Machine Stops
by E.M. Forster. It made me wonder: are other examples of mainstream authors experimenting with speculative fiction? [more inside]
posted by nanojath
on Apr 22, 2007 -
As I get older (and possibly more cantankerous) I'm becoming less willing to spend good money on potentially bad books (well, maybe not bad per se, but books I don't enjoy). Once upon a time, in the increasingly dim past, I used to purchase many books on the assumption that some would prove worth reading. Now, books are becoming increasingly expensive in Australia, and I'm consequently becoming more and more demanding that the book be worth reading before I part with my cash. [more inside]
posted by planetthoughtful
on Apr 15, 2007 -
The author of THE PRINCESS BRIDE and BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID doesn't have a website or any other presence on the web. I'd like to write to him. It's not so easy as simply writing to his publisher, as he isn't releasing novels or nonfiction these days, so I'm not sure who his publisher would be. Apparently he's spending his twilight years touching up screenplays for other writers.
At any rate, I'd like to send him a letter. He lives in New York. Sadly, "William Goldman" is a fairly common name in NYC, so my search isn't getting very far.
posted by jackypaper
on Mar 1, 2007 -
Help me to let go of my bias against women's fiction. What fiction books written by women would a "real" man like? [more inside]
posted by Xurando
on Feb 13, 2007 -
Looking for inspiration in two kinds of books. Perhaps you've got some recommendations? 1) Novels with very short "chapters" or fragments or pieces, that combine to make a whole; 2) Books boldly written, whether that be a writer being bold with timelines, punctuation, language, etc. (examples of both types of books inside). [more inside]
posted by dobbs
on Dec 6, 2006 -
Who are scholars and/or popular authors writing on the impact of the Internet as a communications medium, specifically those talking about how the Internet removes previous time and/or space biases that are inevitably present in other forms of communication technology (telephone, television, radio, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo
on Nov 1, 2006 -
I'm looking for books by famous people that they wrote early in their career or under a nom de plume. [more inside]
posted by clairezulkey
on Jul 26, 2006 -
How to (tactfully and successfully) get some major names to look at some of my writing? Of course there is [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater
on Jul 18, 2006 -
Why do some authors cross out their own printed name when they sign their books? [more inside]
posted by Ritchie
on Jun 25, 2006 -
I've forgotten the name of an author I used to read as a child. His last name ended in "aard", I think, and maybe started with a K or an L? He wrote a number of books about dogs... [more inside]
posted by vorfeed
on May 25, 2006 -
Which famous sci-fi author bet another author that if he wrote the worst book he could, it would become a hit? [more inside]
posted by pornucopia
on Mar 21, 2006 -
Oh dear. So I had this website that I spent a good couple of hours going over, but being at work, completely neglected to bookmark or save.
It had a number of clever author/poet biographies, most of which I can remember were in the Byron Shelley Keats vein/era, and each of the authors' names had a made-up nickname inserted in the middle. As in... "William Butler 'Ghostie' Yeats" or somesuch. Also, there was a very nice glossary of musical piece definitions, most of which were words I was previously unfamiliar with. [more inside]
posted by redsparkler
on Nov 20, 2005 -
I recently read something about bias in the publishing industry, but can't find it now. The piece said that novels/books of poetry are mostly purchased by women, yet there are still significantly more men authors than women. Has anyone else read this and know where I can find the information again?
posted by rockstar
on Nov 14, 2005 -
I went to a first meeting of a book club tonight, and it was an utter failure. We need, at the very least, a great book with broad appeal to discuss at our next meeting. [more inside]
posted by divka
on Oct 24, 2005 -
I have a number of favourite authors - who I would buy books from - on spec - so I'm keen to know when their next work is coming out. Is there a site that tracks 'forthcoming' books...so I can plan ahead?
posted by mattr
on Apr 10, 2005 -
I'm trying to get into reading again, and am looking for fiction authors who write well-defined characters and seem genuinely to like people. [more inside]
posted by Tuwa
on Mar 26, 2005 -
After reading this fascinating thread
, I'm curious: How many published authors are among our number? I'd love to see who's here and what kinds of books you've written.
posted by Vidiot
on Dec 28, 2004 -
Friends who write books: My question is simple. If a friend has had a book published (not their first by any means) by a well-known publisher and one notices several typos in the text, is it best not to mention them? Or is it polite to commiserate with said friend over the lack of thoroughness on the part of the publisher? I don't want to be rude, but I want to show that I really have read the book.
posted by different
on Dec 10, 2004 -
I recall reading an article critizing some of today's popular writers (Clancy and King were two I recall) for being bland or suffering from too much Strunk and White. What then are some modern writers who gush with their own, unique style? [more inside]
posted by grefo
on Nov 29, 2004 -
I've been reading a lot of Hunter S. Thompson lately, and have become addicted to his "Gonzo journalism
". Can anyone reccomend any weblogs, online zines or young authors that display that kind of brazen, muckraking writing style?
posted by Jimbob
on Nov 1, 2004 -
Writing political commentary. I have a friend (no, really) who has a lot of talent for writing political opinion pieces. He's had letters published in Time and in the International Herald Tribune. Now he'd like to start submitting some articles he has written, but he doesn't know where to send them. He's looking for small publications where he could get started, and he isn't necessarily looking to make money from this. In terms of slant, he describes himself as a civil libertarian, free-trader, legislative minimalist when it comes to issues of morality and mores, pro-redistributive lefty who veers right on issues of unnecessary regulation.
Any ideas on where he might find his niche? Much appreciated!
posted by hazyjane
on Jul 16, 2004 -