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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

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

Sci-Fi Illustrated Book of Alien Planets and Creatures?

When I was a kid, I had an illustrated sci-fi book that was basically a catalog of alien planets and their exotic animal life-forms. I was able to find it on the internet again a few years ago, but have since forgotten the title. Illustrations I remember from the book: a red alien cat-like creature; a slab of rock with eyes and bloody fangs. Things I remember about the book when I looked it up recently: it was listed as a non-canonical book in another series, and was intended as a handbook for a fictional trade/commerce federation. What is this book?
posted by not_on_display on Aug 9, 2013 - 3 answers

What book did I just read?

What book did I just read? [more inside]
posted by Cosine on Apr 4, 2013 - 19 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

Page turning sci-fi for non-sci-fi buffs

I am seeking recommendations for classic science fiction that will be entertaining and enjoyable for my book club . [more inside]
posted by mairuzu on Jul 11, 2011 - 52 answers

Follow the power lines

Identify a post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel for me - the only thing I remember about it is the hero(ine?) following the rusting stumps of electricity pylons through a bleak, post-apocalyptic (nuclear?) landscape. [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on Dec 7, 2010 - 14 answers

Book Identification: Cyberpunk VR Read/Write?

SF book filter: cyberpunk novel in which a virtual-reality programmer discovers a way to make nerve-induction interfaces write thoughts and feelings to the brain, in addition to merely manipulating sensory perceptions. Powers that be do not like, hilarity ensues... [more inside]
posted by lordcorvid on Dec 6, 2010 - 3 answers

Dystopia in miniature!

What sci-fi novels feature small community habitats which are the petri dishes of social/political experimentation? By "habitat" I mean a structure or ship that's totally isolated and self-sufficient. Dystopia in miniature! [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on Feb 13, 2010 - 45 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

Help me gain the wit that Iain M. Banks thinks I should have.

In Look to Windward by Iain M. Banks there is a part where one of the Estodiens say to Quilan, 'I hope you have the wit to realise you past two little tests there, Major, not one'. It appears that I do not have the wit. Possible spoilers inside. [more inside]
posted by Nufkin on Sep 20, 2009 - 5 answers

What is the title of this book?

Identify a book for my girlfriend please. Read in the mid 90's maybe had 'children' in the title. Sci-fi novel about children held captive with woman in a castle after being placed with her through a government forced foster system (children are lent out to childless people for one month). They survive nuclear meltdown and years after by being put into suspended animation. [more inside]
posted by Uncle on Aug 9, 2009 - 5 answers

What is this science fiction book?

Several spaceships enter a region of space and disapear. Another spaceship goes to investigate, containing humans and other futuristic sentient species. They find themselves at the bottom of an ocean that is composed of deuterium isotope water. There are sentient creatures living on the ocean floor. Later, two humans are captured by a group of cockroachy creatures. Hilarity ensues. In the end, they escape. A sequel seems possible. What is the book? Who is it by? Is there a sequel?
posted by lazy robot on Sep 6, 2008 - 7 answers

What sci-fi book is this?

I remember reading this sci-fi book a long while ago, but I can't remember anything easily googleable. Can anyone help identify it? [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Feb 10, 2008 - 2 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

Nerd Oprah book club

I need books for a sci-fi discussion group [more inside]
posted by Jacen on Oct 9, 2007 - 49 answers

Help me identify this sci-fi book please!

Many years ago I read this really good sci-fi futuristic book (at least when I was little I thought it was really good). I would really like to find it and read it again. Please help! [more inside]
posted by Jenny is Crafty on Mar 1, 2007 - 9 answers

Does self-publishing a book impact the potential for mass-market publication?

Once I've made my sci-fi novel available via Lulu.com, will it still be viable to shop around to agents and editors for potential mass-market publication? Are there factors that influence it? For example, if it sells a lot, is it considered a good buy by a publisher, or has it basically had its first run?
posted by JWright on Dec 8, 2006 - 9 answers

Bring me to the edge of my seat, and then push me over!

What's the most exciting novel you've ever read? I mean this in the simplest sense: an exciting plot. I'm looking for page-turners. Novels that keep you on the edge of your seat and refuse to let you sleep until you finish them. I'm looking for genre novels -- but I don't care what genres: Mystery, thriller, sci-fi, etc. (though sci-fi/fantasy has been done-to-death here, so I'm really more interested in other genres.) Oh, I care about words. So no matter how exciting, I'll quit reading if the prose is crappy. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on May 25, 2006 - 148 answers

ScifiBookFilter: My uncle has been trying to figure out this novel he read around the 70s.

ScifiBookFilter: My uncle has been trying to figure out this novel he read around the 70s. [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 on May 22, 2006 - 3 answers

Good sci-fi/fantasy series?

Book recommendation (more inside unless you are moz in which case, you cannot look.) [more inside]
posted by sugarfish on Dec 2, 2004 - 57 answers

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