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Fantasy books with a music as an element

My uncle is interested in reading science fiction or futuristic fantasy books that involve music as a strong narrative element. He has read some Anne McCaffrey that did this, as well as Patrick Rothfuss, but was hoping to find other options, and I drew a blank. Can you guys think of any more music-tinged works?
posted by graventy on Dec 18, 2014 - 42 answers

Help me identify this book!

I'm looking for a children's book I read in the mid-90s about a young girl who falls through a lake into another place. Sound familiar to anyone? I've got a few more details to share. [more inside]
posted by Mouse Army on Aug 31, 2014 - 3 answers

Modern Life is Magic

Help me find books that convey a jolly feeling of appreciation for the wonders of modern life. Ideally these would be books that have a sci-fi or fantasy feel, but in which nothing overtly magical or fantastic happens. The best recent examples I can think of are Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, which has all the elements of a fantasy novel but is set squarely in our world, and William Gibson's most recent novels, all of which feel fantastic to me but are grounded in real life. [more inside]
posted by spacewaitress on Apr 10, 2014 - 18 answers

Let's Play "Name That Book!"

Back in the early-mid 90s, preteen me read a surreal science fiction book that I checked out from my local library. I remember a few tantalizing details, and I'm curious to find it and find out if it was any good. The basics: Many-worlds, and characters move between them unknowingly whenever they talk on the newfangled quantum telephone. Something bad happened to the US in most/all universes, but nobody in the multiverse knows what. It Gets Weird. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Feb 14, 2014 - 6 answers

Googling "weird camel thing" surprisingly proved fruitless

I am trying to remember the name of a fantasy book I read around 1990 or so. It was written for pre-teens/young adults, took place on another planet, involved a longish journey on some sort of camel-esque creature and the development of a relationship between a trainee warrior-type and some sort of novitiate. Any ideas as to what this book could be? [more inside]
posted by HonoriaGlossop on Feb 6, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me remember this book about a maybe-Dutch not-wizard

Hi metafilter, I read this (fantasy?) book as a kid and only remember it vaguely. I was hoping someone could help me find it. Here is all that I remember, which might be made up or two books joined into one in my head: [more inside]
posted by c[,,] on Feb 1, 2014 - 3 answers

Book recomnedation: worldbuilding and self-aware, active characters

I again have time to consume books like a cookie-monster. I've avoided lists of classics-by-genera because I tend to like only 5% of what's on them. It's not that I specifically like reading dystopias or sci-fi - I liked the Poisonwood Bible for instance, as much if not more than Lord of the Rings. In addition to book recommendations, it would also be useful if, given the books listed below, you have any ideas for other trends that could help me search out books myself. Your advice is much appreciated! :) [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh on Jan 25, 2014 - 24 answers

Seeking a series of fantasy/war books from the 1980s

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 - 4 answers

Highfalutin' Genre Fiction

Give me your most well written genre fiction! [more inside]
posted by latkes on Nov 4, 2013 - 49 answers

THIS IS THE SECOND WEIRDEST STAR WARS BOOK EVER

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 - 15 answers

The perils of listening to your readers

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 - 2 answers

Sci fi/fantasy anthology book stumper

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 - 11 answers

Goldilocks ISO juuuuuust-right fantasy novel

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 - 12 answers

AllSummerInADay-Filter

It's time to play "Name That Book/Story Based on a Few Maddeningly Vague Details, Sci-Fi Edition". [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Aug 22, 2012 - 2 answers

Standalone fantasy novels?

Looking for standalone fantasy novels or duologies. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jul 24, 2012 - 29 answers

GAME OF THRONES is a gateway drug

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 - 57 answers

Kid with watch, saves day. Story at 11.

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 - 18 answers

I'm trying to track down a book about a girl and mirrors that lead into another world

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 - 4 answers

did I just watch The Last Unicorn too many times?

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 - 6 answers

Please help me figure out the name/author of a fantasy book.

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 - 10 answers

Please help us find a book. Or maybe don't.

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 - 10 answers

Forgotten book request

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 - 8 answers

Help me find a fantasy book in which the ex-king is turned into a deformed midget court jester.

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 - 3 answers

Trying to follow the light. But failing.

Bookfilter: something something FANTASY something something BLUE LIGHT something something BIG SNAKE. [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on Feb 11, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me identify a pulp sci-fi/fantasy book from around the 1970's

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 - 4 answers

Identify a science fiction/fantasy novel from the 1980s, possibly YA, where they lived in the trees and where talk of killing others was taboo?

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 - 2 answers

How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck if a Woodchuck was a 15 year old fantasy novel?

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 - 10 answers

Half-remembered book quest

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 - 7 answers

Please help me remember a book.

Please help me remember a book I read as a child/teenager. [more inside]
posted by KChasm on Aug 14, 2010 - 9 answers

I forgot the Title of this Fantasy Novel.

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 - 13 answers

Conan drops the F-bomb: fantasy books for adults

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 - 67 answers

Please tell me what to read!

Book-recommendation-filter: Can you help me find something to read? Parameters to follow. [more inside]
posted by Janta on Dec 22, 2009 - 33 answers

Back when it was OK to read fantasy novels in English class....

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 - 7 answers

Book ID: Painters trap their subjects in paintings by using bodily fluids.

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 - 3 answers

Potter, Norrell, and....?

Suggest absorbing fiction about mysterious England. [more inside]
posted by Doctor Suarez on Aug 2, 2009 - 54 answers

Michael Clayton's fantasy book about "riverwynders"?

What fantasy book was referenced in Michael Clayton? [more inside]
posted by brownbat on Jul 26, 2009 - 1 answer

Info on a old fantasy book

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 - 2 answers

Stand-Alone Fantasy Novels?

Stand-alone fantasy book recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Feb 19, 2009 - 57 answers

Book about being stuck in VR fantasy game

help me find this SciFiBookFilter- VR fantasy game [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Jan 7, 2009 - 18 answers

Please help ID these fantasy books

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! [more inside]
posted by snoogles on Aug 3, 2008 - 8 answers

Help me identify this fantasy novel

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 - 6 answers

Can you help me to find this novel from its plot description?

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 - 6 answers

help track down an old Fantasy Book?

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 - 5 answers

Help me find a book of Daemon's

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 - 12 answers

Pageturners with insightful character development?

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 - 33 answers

Books with bumbling wizards?

Recommendations for books with bumbling wizards? [more inside]
posted by killjoy on Sep 18, 2007 - 32 answers

What was that book of fantasy illustrations with the secret prize?

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 - 12 answers

Unknown fantasy book title

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 - 9 answers

Help me unearth a Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel I loved ten years ago?

Help me find a Sci-Fi / Fantasy book whose title I've forgotten! [more inside]
posted by arnicae on Feb 13, 2007 - 3 answers

If it were Chalker I'd know it.

Help find a SF book that my friend can't quite recall, but remembers themes of? [more inside]
posted by Meep! Eek! on Sep 1, 2006 - 7 answers

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