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Help me read more horror fiction!

I don't typically read horror and I want to read more. Specific tastes inside. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on May 30, 2015 - 28 answers

Royalty-free space art / photography?

Where can I find royalty free photography and art for science fiction and space? Things like black holes, worm holes, spaceships, and futuristic technology? I'm looking for something with a Weyland Industries vibe to it.
posted by cyrusw8 on May 28, 2015 - 4 answers

Trans and/or non-binary vampires?

After this great thread on the Blue about books with non-binary and gender-fluid characters, I'm looking for books that feature non-binary, genderqueer, and/or trans characters -- who are also vampires. I'm aware of three novels with such characters, which I will list in smalltext after the jump. [more inside]
posted by daisyk on May 20, 2015 - 6 answers

*Stares unblinkingly*

I just realized that I really enjoy stories -- both fiction and nonfiction, and across all media and genres (movies, books, journalism, etc) -- about or featuring extremely focused people. Whether dedicated, pared-down, driven, or even obsessive, sympathetic or sinister, they fascinate me. (Examples inside.) I'd love recommendations for stories, articles, and other materials about people like this: [more inside]
posted by deathmarch to epistemic closure on May 12, 2015 - 49 answers

Throw the book at me

Wanted: novels about prosecutors. [more inside]
posted by ferret branca on May 11, 2015 - 8 answers

Lazyweb: Greatest *consistent* scifi/fantasy series novels?

What are the best scifi and/or fantasy book series that are consistently great from novel to novel? For my purposes this would be a series of at least three books, and probably no more than... six? ish? (I might be cutting it short; this is a general estimate of about how long my interest tends to remain keen. Not a dealbreaker if a bit more). I'm looking for the sorts of books that really draw you into the fictional world and have a lot of character building, with few or no "weak links" from book to book. [more inside]
posted by taz on May 9, 2015 - 45 answers

What was this trashy old scifi book?

A friend has told me about a book he remembers reading as a youth, and I am kind of maddeningly curious what it was. Any help? [more inside]
posted by kafziel on Apr 14, 2015 - 6 answers

Yet another book recommendation

I'm desperately searching for a new series. I'm in the mood for an academic leaning fantasy romance, which is almost too specific. Help me not go crazy in my search? [more inside]
posted by Krop Tor on Apr 13, 2015 - 37 answers

Name that story

In the future, people trade social reputation (gained via upvotes on live-streams of their days) for goods and services. Drama ensues when a young woman meets a young man who has gone back to the horrid old way of life: cash! Name that sci-fi short story. [more inside]
posted by isnotchicago on Apr 6, 2015 - 3 answers

Help me read the world

How can I read more about life in countries other than the USA? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Mar 31, 2015 - 21 answers

Great fiction in online game form

I'm looking for some short, easy, free, browser-based online games to play-- ideally ones that approximate narrative fiction in some way (well-defined plotline, focused exploration of a particular theme, etc.). The two I've got so far are One Chance and Every Day the Same Dream. What else should I be trying? [more inside]
posted by yersinia on Mar 30, 2015 - 5 answers

Please help find: SF story involving the Fates, laser, difficult terrain

I told a friend about a SF story I'd read, but I can't find the title and author. the plot: a person working for a satellite company is mapping Greece, and comes up with the idea of following the most difficult route at any given point. [more inside]
posted by librosegretti on Mar 30, 2015 - 3 answers

What book next?

I loved A Song of Ice and Fire, The Kingkiller Chronicle and the Stormlight Archive. I'm in book 2 of the Mistborn series and it's enjoyable but not as good as the previous. Where should I go next? Needs to be on Audible (I have a 2 hr commute every day).
posted by no bueno on Mar 28, 2015 - 21 answers

Looking for delightful books set in Scotland

In preparation for our upcoming trip, I want to immerse myself in delicious fiction set in Scotland. [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork on Mar 21, 2015 - 24 answers

Are there any post-apocalyptic stories focused on minorities?

Are there any "civilization is ruined, zombies/marauders/robots are killing the survivors, we must rebuild/get to the final refuge" stories in any medium where the main characters are not mainly caucasian people?
posted by Apocryphon on Mar 15, 2015 - 34 answers

Big Toes are Worth More

What was this novel/short story/screenplay/dream I read? Seeing Wow, that literally costs an arm and a leg! on the front page reminds me powerfully of a scene in something I read where a father plots his successive and continuing workplace injuries to maximize the insurance payouts, which are used for the benefit of his daughter. [more inside]
posted by books for weapons on Mar 13, 2015 - 4 answers

LatinFilter: help me modify this latin… phrase?

The text on at 19th century English shilling includes the text "GEORGIUS III • DEI GRATIA" What would the translation be if, instead of "the grace of God" I wanted it to say, "the grace of The Swan?" [more inside]
posted by TangoCharlie on Feb 27, 2015 - 4 answers

New Women SF/F Authors

Reading this thread made me realize that I am completely unaware of the current state of SF/F. Who are some female SF/F authors from the last 15 years that you would recommend? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Feb 26, 2015 - 21 answers

Oh baby, I like it raw.... (Trouble finding a short story)

I'm having trouble finding any point of reference for a short story I was recently reminded of regarding a husband who suddenly gets the impulse to drink blood/eat raw meat. If I recall correctly, he just masticates the meat for the juices. It's a long drawn out thing of trying to hide this weird compulsion from his wife, making himself out to be a monster, but in the end it resolves well. [more inside]
posted by ThrowbackDave on Feb 25, 2015 - 4 answers

Car man hates person man. They have a fight, car wins.

Asking for fiction: this question involves no real people at all. What would happen to a person who gets their leg pinned between a revving car and a building? How long would it take for such an injury to heal? [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Feb 18, 2015 - 13 answers

Looking for gore-free, non-explicit movies, shows, book suggestions

Horrors, psychological thrillers, mysteries, etc. Please no vampires, werewolves, or high fantasy, but mega points for ghosts and hauntings!! [more inside]
posted by Drosera on Feb 17, 2015 - 43 answers

The most perfect chocolate cake in fiction?

I vaguely recall a Louise Erdrich story which has a character obsessed with finding the recipe for the most perfect Sacher Torte that he tasted when he was young. Which book is it? [more inside]
posted by ovvl on Feb 7, 2015 - 3 answers

Fantastical beings need help GTD, right?

Superheroes and vampires and dark overlords (oh my!) don't operate in a vacuum. They have meetings to schedule and budgets to balance and dry-cleaning to be picked up but obviously they can't be bothered with such mundane details. I want to read stories about the staff that gets those things done. I've wandered across a couple that I have enjoyed and would love suggestions in the same vein, especially if they are funny or lighthearted and play on the contrast between the extraordinary and the banal. [more inside]
posted by ElDiabloConQueso on Feb 2, 2015 - 21 answers

Fiction (books) about single moms being awesome!

Post-divorce, I could use some reading about single moms doing interesting things/ dealing brilliantly with their situation/ generally kicking butt. Fiction preferred, school-aged kids in the picture would be ideal. Thanks in advance!
posted by metasarah on Jan 19, 2015 - 13 answers

an unwilling muse (or I'm not THAT awesome)

My ex sort of boyfriend has been writing (and publishing) identifying "fiction" about me for nearly seven years. Lately, the stories (my friends forward them to me with worry, they're that identifiable) are darker. What options are available to me to stop it? [more inside]
posted by sweltering on Jan 18, 2015 - 20 answers

Characters that are funny because they are an Übermensch?

I'm looking for examples of characters from any medium (TV, movies, literature, etc) who are funny because they are unrealistically awesome or capable of inhuman feats. Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Jan 14, 2015 - 53 answers

Novels of indeterminate gender?

What are some novels in which the genders of some or all of the central characters is not revealed to the reader? [more inside]
posted by kenko on Jan 9, 2015 - 26 answers

Living in the shadow of a ziggurat

I've been listening to ancient Babylonian and Sumerian music, and would like to further immerse myself in this world, fictionally. What can I find as far as fiction (alt-hist, hist-fic, etc.) set in pre-Abrahamic Mesopotamia?
posted by dmd on Jan 7, 2015 - 9 answers

Kids these days

What is the best fiction that accurately portrays the thoughts and lives of teenagers or young adults in 2014? [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Jan 6, 2015 - 13 answers

Harvey, my 6 ft tall invisible ..green.. blue.. orange.. PINK rabbit

You write fictional works of some sort. The medium doesn't matter. You need to track details for the background and reference them periodically in order to have good continuity. Have you found a good system that works for you? What might that be? Or do you know of any articles, resources, etc on the subject? [more inside]
posted by Michele in California on Jan 6, 2015 - 11 answers

Short Story No Woman Can Get Pregnant Without 9-Months of Illness

Years ago, I read a short story about two biologists (geneticists?) who are friends. After a global plague that makes all women infertile, one of the geneticists devices a treatment in which women can again reproduce, but they spend their entire nine months of pregnancy with blue, flaking, itchy skin and extreme sickness. The second geneticist realizes that the first has actually devised both the plague and the cure. He asks his friend why he did it. "Because I never wanted another child to be born unwanted," the first geneticist replies. I probably remember some of this imperfectly, but that was the gist of it. Does anyone happen to know the author/title? Thanks in advance!
posted by Chasuk on Dec 31, 2014 - 2 answers

Take me armchair traveling: your favorite works of travel writing?

I won't be able to afford much travel in the next year or two. In the meantime, I'd love to be swept away with rich and vivid descriptions of faraway places. The more introspective, the better. Can be either non-fiction or fiction; essays/short stories or longer format writing; graphic novels are fine; am open to any locations. Bonus points if it also focuses on local food, and/or has an ethnographic approach, and/or is written from a woman's perspective. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Dec 28, 2014 - 36 answers

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

Break a Leg!

I'm looking for books or blogs about actors trying to break into show business. Fiction or non-fiction. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Dec 9, 2014 - 13 answers

Blog reviewing games of chess in fiction?

I'm sure I remember reading some entries from a blog that pithily reviewed games of chess from fiction (novels, TV shows, movies) for plausibility and quality, but I'm coming up with nothing when I google for it. [more inside]
posted by spielzebub on Dec 8, 2014 - 3 answers

More like Insomnia, please!

I just re-watched the 2002 film Insomnia. It was (still) great, and now I'd like recommendations for more things like it. [more inside]
posted by daisyk on Dec 6, 2014 - 7 answers

Christmas Present: Books for Mom edition

Every year I load up my Mom's Kindle library for Christmas. This year I'm finding a lot of stuff on the non-fiction end but very little fiction that is up her alley. Her fave books: Neal Stephenson's "The Baroque Cycle" and Gillian Bradshaw's "The Sand-Reckoner." Got a rec? Expanded explanation of her taste inside! [more inside]
posted by rednikki on Dec 5, 2014 - 13 answers

Literary writing about football

Are there any literary writers (i.e. not sportswriters) who've written about modern NFL football in the same way that Joyce Carol Oates has written about boxing / David Foster Wallace has written about tennis?
posted by jtothes on Dec 3, 2014 - 17 answers

Love-Hate Letters to a genre / trope /idea?

Can you recommend shows or books that act as great "love-hate" letters deconstructing and showing off the flaws in a particular idea or genre while also being loving examples of the genre? [more inside]
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory on Nov 27, 2014 - 23 answers

Please recommend fiction that exemplifies "a life well lived"

Which books explore the question "What does it mean to have lived well"? [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee on Nov 24, 2014 - 43 answers

Need Book Suggestions Please

Our recent cold, drizzly weather has me wanting to to curl up with a good book, but not just ANY good book, really specific specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by WalkerWestridge on Nov 22, 2014 - 17 answers

Looking for a Carlos Fuentes quote

Some years ago, I read a quote from Carlos Fuentes (in English) in some secondary source. I have no idea where I read it, but I would love to find it again! [more inside]
posted by tentacle on Nov 18, 2014 - 2 answers

Web enabled horror fiction?

Thanks to MeFi, I recently read Benjamin Rosenbaum's short story "Feature Development for Social Networking" - please recommend me some other high quality horror / supernatural fiction in which the Web plays a central role.
posted by ryanshepard on Nov 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Recommend some books! Not-for-me edition

What do horror, Louis Theroux "Weird Weekend", thrillers, the show catfish, and crime fiction have in common? That's right, stocking stuffers for Mr Moonlight. [more inside]
posted by Ms. Moonlight on Nov 14, 2014 - 14 answers

Take me on a tour of words, to places you remember

Someone recently told me that Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses and Tony Hillerman's Navajo Tribal Police mystery novels evoked a significantly New Mexico/Southwestern feeling to the point that these books helped them stave off homesickness when they were living elsewhere. What other novels and authors capture and portray a sense of place that makes you feel like you're back in a place that you remember? I know some authors are known for writing about certain settings, but which works really capture the place as felt by someone who lives or lived there?
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 14, 2014 - 30 answers

Names of characters that didn't exist, or were hidden in plain sight

I don't really know how to phrase the question, but I'm trying to remember or find examples of names of characters who were either complete fabrications or were presented under the guise of another identity all along (in fiction). Also does this trope have a name? [more inside]
posted by man down under on Nov 14, 2014 - 38 answers

Paging Counselor Troi: locating telepathic protagonists in fiction

I'm interested in how telepathy has been portrayed in fiction (written form) and was wondering if anyone could point me to some examples where the protagonist struggles with the trait and has to learn how to master/control it in order to stay sane. Note: I've read The Shining and its recent sequel. Thanks in advance!
posted by wallawallasweet on Nov 9, 2014 - 24 answers

How does classical rhetoric relate to prose fiction?

When I think of Wilde's or Dickens' prose, I think of classical rhetorical techniques such as paraprosdokian and chiasmus--and of course countless others. I'm looking for sources that analyze prose fiction--modern or canonical--according to models of classical rhetoric. Internet sources would be excellent, but I might spring for a hard-copy text if it's not too expensive. Thanks.
posted by jwhite1979 on Nov 2, 2014 - 3 answers

Holmes! Shandy! Švejk! Can it indeed be that you are alive?

There's a long tradition of Sherlock Holmes fans and scholars affecting to believe that Holmes, Watson et al. really existed. Has this custom been observed with any other fictional characters? [more inside]
posted by Perodicticus potto on Nov 2, 2014 - 13 answers

Spy fiction

I want your book recommendations. I have just finished watching the first season of The Americans, a TV series about two Russian spies who live as an American couple with two children during the Cold War, and was surprised that I loved it a lot. I want more of that, but I don't usually love this kind of tv series. So I thought, instead of looking for other tv shows like this, I could try to find some books that I like. [more inside]
posted by blub on Oct 23, 2014 - 19 answers

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