You know how you can just remember a few details about some subject from your youth, and it's going to bother you until you can reveal the full scope of that memory? Yeah, I'm right there. I'm looking for a series of books. They were in the SF/F section in the 1980s. They were probably popular because their covers resembled Frazetta prints, and they tended to be really violent (i.e. jumping on the popularity of Conan). [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis
on Nov 19, 2013 -
What are some exceptionally weird tie-in novels and comics? I'm looking for books which are especially weird as a result of not fitting the tone or form of the source material, or of the usual tie-in product. Preferably in fantasy, sci-fi, & horror. [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast
on Oct 6, 2013 -
A while ago I read an essay/article/rant online re a fantasy author / series and I'd like to read it again but google is failing me because I can't remember any specifics. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry
on Apr 23, 2013 -
My first name that book question. It will be a stumper. All I remember is that it was a sci fi or fantasy anthology, I read it in the 1990s (so it might have been older, but not newer), and in one story a woman walked behind the village/city town, between two mountains/hills to a Lake of Tears and cried there for some sort of loss. This is a ridiculously small amount of information, I know, but it haunts me.
posted by Vaike
on Jan 4, 2013 -
I'm just finishing up the third book
in Ben Aaronovitch's "Rivers of London" series, and I've really enjoyed these books. What fantasy book(s) should I read next to suit my current mood? [more inside]
posted by taz
on Dec 18, 2012 -
Requesting intelligent, well-written "realistic" epic fantasy book suggestions. Having George R.R. Martin withdrawals. Need more severed heads & engaging dialogue and relatable bleakness, less "you're the one," stilted conversations and Randomly capitalized Words. [more inside]
posted by apostrophe
on Jul 10, 2012 -
Merlin amazed by a digital watch! Help me remember a book I read as a kid! Normal guy gets zapped to fantasy other world/past. [more inside]
posted by PlutoniumX
on Jun 26, 2012 -
I'm trying to track down a book about a girl and mirrors that lead into another world/ It's some time since I read it so the details are a bit sketchy... The girl lives in an apartment filled with mirrors. Very early in the story, she is drawn through a mirror to a different world that includes a castle and a king that had lost his mind. Mirrors are very different in this world - they are very powerful objects that can be used to translocate etc. She becomes a powerful mirror manipulator...
posted by greenhornet
on Jan 10, 2012 -
Fantasy ID filter: book read in the late 80s, early 90s. Child in fishing village, purchased as a slave or servant by a traveling magician. Beautiful city in decline, animal (fish?) shaped necklace with a seed in its mouth? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine
on Sep 20, 2011 -
I read this book for the first time a few years ago and really enjoyed it, and have been itching to reread it. I read a lot of fantasy and sci-fi but the title isn't coming to me, and my books are in storage so a cursory riffling of assorted tomes isn't possible. [more inside]
posted by judomadonna
on Aug 31, 2011 -
Please help us find a book my friend saw mention of somewhere. Or recommend other books. [more inside]
posted by KChasm
on Aug 5, 2011 -
Searching for the name of a (trilogy? or longer?) of SF/Fantasy books I read in the late 1980s or early 1990s. [more inside]
posted by KirkpatrickMac
on Apr 23, 2011 -
Help me find a fantasy book in which the ex-king is turned into a deformed midget court jester. [more inside]
posted by bindasj
on Feb 24, 2011 -
Help me identify a pulp sci-fi/fantasy book from around the 1970's w/a male protagonist who ends up in a fantasy land and can "shift" objects to make them appear when he needs them. [more inside]
posted by dadici
on Jan 11, 2011 -
Can you identify this book? I read it in the mid-1980s. It may or may not have been a YA (Young Adult) title. The protagonist was a young girl, and her society lived peacefully up in the trees. She was interested in seeing the world down on the surface. There may have been another society down there. At one point she lost her temper with someone (a pet?) and blurted out something like "I would like to dead
you!" at which her family was shocked and horrified at her violent thoughts. I particularly remember being struck by that part, that she understood the concept of killing but didn't know the verb. [more inside]
posted by tomboko
on Dec 27, 2010 -
Help me identify this book.
It's a fantasy novel with a medieval setting that had a lot of references to woodchucks in it. The characters were not anthropomorphized animals, but there was a running joke about the word woodchuck with apostrophes in it, and I believe there was a picture of a woodchuck in a family crest or something like that on the cover.
My sister remembers it too, so I am pretty sure it exists, but we can't remember any further plot details and google is not being helpful. Any guesses?
posted by bq
on Oct 14, 2010 -
Please help me identify a book - I've tried Google so many times, it suspects I'm an automated robot [more inside]
posted by sleepcrime
on Sep 22, 2010 -
I read a book about a young, girl wizard over 10 years ago and can't remember the name. It starts off with an old wizard who walks into a town where the 10th son of the 10th son of the 10th son was just born, and he transfers upon the baby all of his wizarding power. But the baby isn't a son, it's actually a daughter and this sets the scene for the rest of the book when the girl grows up to become the only female wizard, which rubs a lot of the wizarding community the wrong way. [more inside]
posted by wei2k
on Jul 9, 2010 -
I am looking for fantasy (as in, swords and sorcery, dragons, etc) books written for adults. [more inside]
posted by Forktine
on Jun 23, 2010 -
Book-recommendation-filter: Can you help me find something to read? Parameters to follow. [more inside]
posted by Janta
on Dec 22, 2009 -
Okay, fantasy novel ID two-fer. Book One: people live in villages that are suspended on the side of an enormous cliff and a girl is born who has wings. Book Two: set in a world made up of bits of earth suspended in a void, cape-fighters, a spider-god.... [more inside]
posted by otolith
on Oct 28, 2009 -
IDThisBookFilter: I'm looking for a fantasy book by several authors which features a family of painters who can trap people in a painting if they mix their bodily fluids in with the paint. [more inside]
posted by snoogles
on Aug 5, 2009 -
Does anyone know the name of this book.I was 14 in 1977 and I read a book that had a black army and a white army that was based on chess pieces. I think the main character was a white pawn named Pawn, he was was trying to sneak into the black armys castle and was killed about 2/3rds into the story by a black chess piece, the book ended with a big battle between the two armies. The book may have been between 60-100 pages and may have been a young readers book written in the 1950s or 60s. I would appreciate any help in locating info on this.
posted by Ron Ducz
on Jul 14, 2009 -
IDaBookFilter: I'm looking for the name of a female fantasy author whose last name is around the end of the alfabet. One of her books is a parallel world version of the French Revolution, another has the protagonist infiltrating a sect. Bonus points for another book inside!
posted by snoogles
on Aug 3, 2008 -
About six years ago, a friend lent me a fantasy book, I'm trying to figure out what it was called.
The main character was raised (and possibly summoned) by a wizard deep in the forest, near the beginning of the book the wizard's power starts to flag and the young boy has to leave.
He ends up in a castle and when he hears certain words it triggers memories from his past life.
posted by atrazine
on Jun 8, 2008 -
In the early 80's, I read a library book that featured a heroine stumbling into a parallel world and encountering chicken-legged vampires (not Baba Yaga) and their master. I can't recall the title nor author of this novel and you will earn my eternal gratitude if you can identify this work for me so that I can locate and read it again. [more inside]
posted by Carmody
on May 19, 2008 -
A long time ago I read a fantasy book which featured several American college students entering a fantasy realm whilst playing Dungeons and Dragons (or some role playing game of similar ilk). I remember one of the main characters was a wheelchair bound guy whose fantasy character is a dwarf warrior... Can anyone help me track down the title or series of this book?
posted by Scramblejam
on Apr 1, 2008 -
I was told of a book of Daemon's, where the protagonist is a C coder who gets transported to a magical world where his code can do magic. [more inside]
posted by Pontifex
on Jan 17, 2008 -
I'm looking for novels that are pageturners (genres preferred: science fiction/fantasy, magic realism, mystery/suspense/thriller) but also have psychologically acute character development. Any recs?
posted by Malad
on Dec 20, 2007 -
Lost book question: When I was a kid, our upstairs neighbors lent me a book of wild fantasy illustrations that contained a hidden puzzle. There was a sizable prize for whoever figured out the riddle. [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic
on Apr 6, 2007 -
I'd appreciate some help trying to remember a fantasy book I read when I was younger, but I can't remember the name of it. [more inside]
posted by tjbarrett
on Feb 28, 2007 -
I'm hoping someone can help me remember the title of a book I read a long time ago. When I was in middle school, I picked up a fantasy book at the library that I absolutely loved. This many years later, I can't remember the title or author for the life of me. [more inside]
posted by jxpx777
on Jun 18, 2006 -
NameThatBookFilter: Sci-Fi/Fantasy with an interesting way of gaining magical powers (not safe for the easily squeamish inside). [more inside]
posted by forforf
on Feb 20, 2006 -
I'm searching for an Epic Adventure/Fantasy novel or series to read. I loved Lord of the Rings and feel that is a great example of what I am looking for and what I mean when I say "epic."
posted by mi6op
on Nov 18, 2005 -
Children'sLitFilter: I am looking for the title of a long ago read children's book that is sort of "Alice in Wonderland"-esque. It involves a little girl going into a fantasy world, but instead of going through the looking glass, she goes into a snow globe. [more inside]
posted by Futurehouse
on Apr 20, 2005 -
Since everyone else is doing it.
[Bookfilter] Fantasy book (or perhaps trilogy), It may have been classed as young adult (I found it in a middle school library). Main character is a member of the ruling class who are distinguished by their violet eyes. Main character goes on your standard fantasy book quest.
Can anyone remember seeing this?
posted by Octaviuz
on May 10, 2004 -