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Trying to find two books/stories I read as a kid

One was I believe a short story about a boy who had a remote-control that froze time... [more inside]
posted by diocletian on Jan 7, 2017 - 3 answers

Horror stories about authors writing fiction about their mothers

I'm looking for cautionary tales about authors who wrote fiction with thinly-veiled or semi-autobiographical or explicitly acknowledged characters based on their real mothers. [more inside]
posted by alicat on Jan 5, 2017 - 11 answers

Need a writing program/application

I'm pretty sure this has been asked before, but I can't find anything within the last few years. I'm looking for a writing program that looks clean but has some basic editing features. TextEdit is too basic but Word is too fussy. Any new, good programs these days? Must be available for Mac. Fancier features are OK as long as it doesn't start looking or feeling like Word. Cost isn't so important.
posted by ancient star on Jan 5, 2017 - 12 answers

Need author recommendations from the Indian Subcontinent or the diaspora

I am looking for recommendations for contemporary fiction authors who either write about life in the Indian Subcontinent (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh) or Nepal, or about life for the diaspora (in whatever other country). Authors I've enjoyed reading: Chitra Banerjee Divakunari, Anita Desai, Thrity Umrigar, Kamila Shamsie, Meera Syal, Anita Nair, Vikram Seth (maybe he's not as contemporary anymore), David Davidar, M.G. Vansanji, Jaishree Misra I'm not interested in books about the colonial experience such as EM Foster or Paul Scott.
posted by darsh on Jan 4, 2017 - 21 answers

Unscary Detective/Mystery books in "exotic" or "outdoors" locations.

ISO mystery/detective authors where the protagonist is mostly not in danger. Bonus if it happens in an exotic (to me - from urban US) locale, or in a nature setting. Must be NOT SCARY! (Previous likes/dislikes inside). I've seen the other threads on this, but can't tell from that which ones are scadn which not. [more inside]
posted by bluesky78987 on Dec 26, 2016 - 17 answers

Award-worthy fiction in audio?

I have occasionally enjoyed audiobooks, but it's been hit and miss. My attention isn't 100% with audio, so books that are relatively simple to follow seem best, right? And of course a great reader is crucial. I usually read recent books classified as "literary fiction," and I have a huge to-read list. Which ones should I pick for audio and which should I save for paper? [more inside]
posted by Frenchy67 on Dec 26, 2016 - 12 answers

Novels featuring airline life

I just finished reading Noah Hawley's excellent "Before the Fall", and the sections I most enjoyed were those focused on the lives of the pilots and stewardess. It brough back to me how much I loved the non-fiction book "Skyfaring", about the life of a civilian airline pilot, and also - in a slightly different key - the movie "Up In The Air". Any suggestions for novels - or, alternately, memoirs or movies - focusing on people who live their lives in airplanes and airports? Not particularly interested in military pilots, but novels that never actually leave the terminal would be OK. Thanks all!
posted by LingeringMoon on Dec 15, 2016 - 19 answers

I need a brain planner for people bad at thoughts

This is bothering me way more than it should. Ballers is a show about someone who tries to help young football players be better with their money. There is another show or movie about someone helping another kind of professional be better with their money, but I can't think of it or google it. I can't even think of what the other profession is or who might star in this, but I'm sure I've seen it. Does any of this sound familiar?
posted by michaelh on Nov 30, 2016 - 4 answers

Nina, Kim, Dorcas, Millicent

Finished reading A Brief History of Seven Killings the other day. Great book, but I've been bothered by a theory I'd been developing about one particular storyline. It's left unresolved and none of the reviews I've read have honed in on it, which, well, probably says that I'm overthinking it, but I have to ask. Details (and Spoilers!) below. [more inside]
posted by mannequito on Nov 29, 2016 - 3 answers

Identify a Book My Grade-School Class Read in 1988

Help me to remember a long-lost fantasy book my grade-school class read in or around 1988. [more inside]
posted by saladin on Nov 18, 2016 - 6 answers

Need a specific kind of character from books, movies, folk-tales, etc.

HIVEMIND! I'm looking for a character from some domain of culture who pretends not to be human to convince other people that they have special powers. For example, a person might pretend to be an alien to convince other people that they can read minds, or something of that sort. The more classic and well-known the example, the better (although it doesn't have to be). Thanks!
posted by mrmanvir on Nov 17, 2016 - 19 answers

Modern short stories with a clever revenge twist.

What are some short stories that feature a clever way of taking revenge on a villain?
posted by storybored on Nov 17, 2016 - 10 answers

Looking for fiction with a change in POV, both character and narrative.

I'm looking for any novels or short stories that feature both a change in character point of view along with a change in narrative point of view. [more inside]
posted by perhapses on Nov 15, 2016 - 32 answers

Dubiousness AND Non-Dubiousness Sought

My 7th graders need to learn how to fact check on the internet in a productive way. So what researchable (fairly) low-controversy examples (both true and false - I want a mix) could they fact check in a short amount of time? This list has some examples of what I'm looking for, though some are not 7th grade appropriate. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Nov 13, 2016 - 30 answers

"This land is flat because of the war"

Long-shot identify this quote for me, please. "don't you understand? This land is flat because of the war" from a novel, this was an extract played on CBC radio about 15 years ago. The scene was two women driving through the part of France affected by World War I and it talked a lot about the effect of the war on the land. I don't remember anything else, but it's a good bet the author was Canadian.
posted by Space Coyote on Nov 11, 2016 - 2 answers

Books by Irish authors set in the Nordic region

Please help me come up with some books that are set (even partially) in Sweden but are written by Irish (including Northern Irish) authors. I am also interested in the other nordic areas, but my main focus is Sweden.
posted by J.R. Hartley on Nov 10, 2016 - 1 answer

Competence Porn

I love Leverage and I want more competence porn, especially ones centering women of all sorts and men of color. Happy endings only! Bonus if the people involved don't get into major ethical violations at the beginning and ending of each season and then pretend like it doesn't matter, à la Bones and NCIS. Double bonus if it includes the open ended character development Leverage gives me.
posted by Deoridhe on Nov 9, 2016 - 22 answers

What's good in zombie/post-apocalyptic fiction?

There appear to be many series of post-apocalyptic or zombie fiction. Which of these are good reading or worth the trouble? I guess vampires as in The Strain and The Passage count. (I have already read these, and I liked the former better than the latter.) I'm not interested in things like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
posted by OmieWise on Oct 25, 2016 - 24 answers

Antarctic Fiction

I know there are one or two posts on AskMe on this, but the last one was posted 2012 so I figure an update is due. [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Oct 16, 2016 - 23 answers

Salt Water Short Story - Canadian Edition

When I was taking CanLit in Grade 10, we read a short story that I really enjoyed and would love to re-read it. It was about a couple (on the prairies?) who needed a well drilled, and a shifty fellow tells them he can drill them a well. After lots of problems, the well finally produces... but only salt water. Can anyone help me find this story?
posted by Dressed to Kill on Oct 4, 2016 - 3 answers

Help me find this New Yorker short story

Short story about a male high school teacher who has a crush on his wild student. Help! [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Oct 3, 2016 - 5 answers

Fictional Anastasias

What novels, short stories, or movies have a female character named Anastasia? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Sep 22, 2016 - 10 answers

'Zones' in science and weird fiction

Looking for examples of science/weird fictions that deal with 'zones': intermediate or parallel realms - often forbidden - beyond the normal sphere of law or reason. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 21, 2016 - 44 answers

Classic and/or best books about the Canadian Maritimes

After my umpteenth round of reading Farley Mowat and getting overly emotional listening to Stan Rogers, it's time to expand my horizons a little. What novels or nonfiction books would you recommend that are about or set in the Maritimes? [more inside]
posted by kalimac on Sep 19, 2016 - 17 answers

Lovecraft-inspired fiction and cookbooks (unrelated!)

I'm going to Powell's next weekend and planning on splurging on a bunch of books. I'm looking for recommendations on two totally different types of books from you lovely people - Lovecraft-influenced fiction, and cookbooks with good dishes I can take for my lunches. More details inside! [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown on Sep 11, 2016 - 14 answers

Short story or parable about a samurai and a supernatural loophole

Help me figure out where I read this short ghost story. [more inside]
posted by figurant on Sep 6, 2016 - 2 answers

Fiction Filter: How to hire an internet private investigator?

My character is looking for her birth father, who has an extremely common name: something almost as bad as 'John Smith.' She has a photo and last whereabouts for him from the 1970's. He is an artist with a very very small presence. The year is 2004, but his name puts mere googling out of the question. Whom does she hire to find him, how much will it cost her, how long will it take, etcetera?
posted by uans on Sep 5, 2016 - 6 answers

Fiction about non-UK or USA people doing leisure travel

Looking for suggestions of novels or short stories, in English, that have leisure travel as a central feature (that is holidays not emigration, relocation for study, etc.) - where the travellers are not from either the UK or the USA. No restrictions on time period, but after realism rather than fantasy travel. Any ideas?
posted by AFII on Aug 30, 2016 - 10 answers

Book recommendations for 5yo girl

I'm looking for recommendations of longer books to read to my 5yo daughter. We recently read The BFG and that was pretty much perfect - obviously I'll try some of Dahl's other books, although they do seem to feature an awful lot of cruel and abusive family situations. So, who's the Roald Dahl of the 21st century? [more inside]
posted by nomis on Aug 29, 2016 - 29 answers

Thoughtful, personal horror fiction

I'm looking for horror recommendations (defined as broadly as you wish). I'd like books with a deeper resonance, the kind you keep thinking about after you finish, but books that make you feel as well. My favorite writers are Shirley Jackson, Peter Straub, Caitlin R. Kiernan; I don't care as much for Lovecraft and the more cosmic stuff. Ideally this would be a book you would describe as being emotionally moving or compassionate as well as creepy. The further off the beaten path, the better.
posted by thetortoise on Aug 16, 2016 - 30 answers

Not-quite-Nordic not-necessarily-Noir?

The TV show Fargo is great. I really enjoy it. But aside from the great storytelling and filmmaking skill, I realized it ticks some boxes that I want more of: 1) crime 2) in flyover country 3) during the winter Can you suggest books, movies, or TV shows that meet these criteria?
posted by Monochrome on Aug 9, 2016 - 38 answers

Strange, dreamy books set by the ocean

Dear Mefi, another ‘books with a feel like…’ post. This time I’m after novels set by the sea (or by a lake if we must), but with a fabulist, magical or eerie feel. Not looking for out and out horror, just a feeling of strangeness in the air. Ambiguity a plus, and many bonus points if set in a run-down seaside town. Examples below the line... [more inside]
posted by reynir on Aug 6, 2016 - 35 answers

Novels with scenes set at performances?

I'm looking for prose fiction that has important scenes set at theaters/performances. [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Aug 4, 2016 - 37 answers

Literature Filter #233, vol. 16: Fiction Detective / Detective Fiction

Can you identify this (possibly Borges) short story? Years ago I read a story that I'd like to read again, if only I could find it. It went something like this: A detective is pursuing a murderer . . . [more inside]
posted by Herodios on Aug 3, 2016 - 5 answers

Seeking Creative Writing Instructor job.

Which job sites can I use to find Creative Writing Instructor positions?
posted by Ready2016 on Jul 29, 2016 - 7 answers

What should I write?

I have two book-length works I've been working on sort of equally over the past couple of months, and I feel like I need to commit to one of them fully and table the other one, so I can just go ahead and finish something. [more inside]
posted by staggering termagant on Jul 23, 2016 - 12 answers

Recommend some state-of-the-art mystery novels.

I'm interested in catching up with the latest developments in the evolution of the mystery novel. What should I read? [more inside]
posted by Mothlight on Jul 21, 2016 - 18 answers

What are some fictional examples of archaeology/ruins set in the future?

I'm looking for examples of archaeology of the present day, and/or of the ruins of the modern world, from the perspective of the future, as expressed in fiction or film. These could be major plot points, recurrent themes, or merely passing references. [more inside]
posted by Rumple on Jul 4, 2016 - 42 answers

What happened... In the Woods?

I've got a question about Tana French's In the Woods, which is an excellent mystery novel. To ask my question, however, I'll have to spoil a significant part of the story's mystery. [more inside]
posted by meese on Jul 2, 2016 - 8 answers

on an island, a traveler

Seeking fiction recommendations about scientists and anthropologists immersed in other cultures. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Jul 1, 2016 - 18 answers

(pulp) fiction about adventure aviation

I'm looking for recommendations for fiction, perhaps pulp fiction, about aviation, specifically the golden age of aviation in the '20s and '30s. I really enjoyed reading the Doc Savage novels, especially the ones with more of an aviation focus, but now I'd like to branch out beyond the Man of Bronze to other fast paced books that feature lots of flying in fantastic machines. Non-golden age aviation fiction recommendations welcome as well, if they capture the same sense of open mouthed wonder about flight that came through so strongly during the golden age.
posted by ChrisHartley on Jun 30, 2016 - 16 answers

Un-put-down-able novels for a fiction hater

I've browsed a lot of book recommendation questions here but haven't found a thread that quite suits my interests. I'm a mostly nonfiction reader, but most of my all-time favourite books are novels. I'd like to read more fiction but I'm having a hard time finding novels I like. All suggestions appreciated! [more inside]
posted by bellebethcooper on Jun 29, 2016 - 26 answers

Fiction recs for Philosophy class!

I'm teaching an introductory ethics course, and I'd like to see if the hivemind has better suggestions for short fiction that deals with either the purpose of a social contract, or demonstrates how social contracts go horribly wrong. [more inside]
posted by zinful on Jun 23, 2016 - 7 answers

it's not Vox but what is it?

Looking for a novel that involves a character whose job is to immerse themselves in a topic for about a month, write a column about it, and then move on to a new topic. [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jun 21, 2016 - 5 answers

Name for LIterary Fiction Genre?

Is there a name for the kind of novel that's basically a biography and (often quirky/odd) family history? [more inside]
posted by mark k on Jun 19, 2016 - 3 answers

Fictional depictions of jealousy

Looking for examples of songs/films/books/tv - anything really - which depict or explore jealousy - in particular retroactive jealousy, or relationships haunted by the ghost of someone from the past. [more inside]
posted by Nilehorse on Jun 15, 2016 - 39 answers

Fiction about people failing and then succeeding?

I'm going through a rough time in my life, and I'd love to consume some FICTION (especially sci fi / fantasy) where the characters have some kind of big important failure, and then recover. (Doesn't necessarily have to end with them succeeding at the same thing they originally failed. Them finding a different goal would be just as interesting.) Books, movies, TV, anime, webcomics, etc. all welcome. Please don't suggest nonfiction.
posted by Alioth on Jun 13, 2016 - 24 answers

Beyond "On the Road"

Looking for fiction and nonfiction about road trips. Ideally the narrative would be 80% about the journey rather than the destination, but that's not a hard rule. [more inside]
posted by book 'em dano on Jun 12, 2016 - 27 answers

Short fiction recommendations

What are your favourite collections of short stories written by a single author? [more inside]
posted by quaking fajita on May 28, 2016 - 71 answers

"Voodoo" is maybe not the right word

I'm presently reading a (post?)cyberpunk novel, Richard K Morgan's Broken Angels. Like William Gibson's Count Zero and others in the genre, voodoo, its practitioners, and its beliefs are an element of the plot and setting. I haven't got the faintest idea about the religion, not even what its proper name is. What should I read / watch to remedy this? [more inside]
posted by 4th number on May 20, 2016 - 10 answers

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