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Need the title of a space-based science fiction novel

Around 10 years ago I read a science fiction paperback novel (that I think had been recently published) and I can't remember what it was called. All I can remember is that it was largely set on a spacecraft and there were a group of Humans investigating a series of horrible deaths on a planet and on another spacecraft. They found the bones of the missing people buried on the planet they were investigating.
posted by DarrenLB on Aug 6, 2014 - 5 answers

Pairing fiction with eras in common

So two books I really love are Heaven to Betsy and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I love how they go into the details of the period they take place, particularly the fashion and food. It was also only recently I realised that they take place roughly around the same era. It really surprised me because they are so completely different to one another. Francie has an alcoholic father and the family can barely get food on the table; Betsy's biggest ordeal is falling in love with a boy that doesn't like her back and not studying for an essay contest. So my question is two-fold and is aimed at requesting book suggestions. [more inside]
posted by like_neon on Jul 25, 2014 - 23 answers

Thoughtful-but-entertaining novels for the nonliterary type?

I'm teaching an introductory course on prose fiction (reading, not writing). What fun post-1900 novel should I put on the syllabus? Should be intelligent, but needn't necessarily be, you know, Literary. [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on Jun 10, 2014 - 40 answers

Historical British Detective Novel(s)

I'm looking for suggestions for a book that could appeal to a diverse set of people (i.e. my family). Some historical fiction set in England/Scotland/Wales/Ireland, with a detective-style plot, seems like it would work. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by benito.strauss on Jun 8, 2014 - 29 answers

BookFilter: English fiction with lots of Spanish language elements

I'm looking for recommendations of English-language fiction that heavily features Spanish-language elements. I'm working on learning Spanish again (I had 3 years in high school, about 10 years ago) and thought it would be fun and useful to read novels that incorporate Spanish heavily, kind of an immersion strategy. [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 on Dec 30, 2013 - 11 answers

Chapter One: The End.

Tell me the story of how you managed to keep your novel organized! [more inside]
posted by mittens on Dec 16, 2013 - 15 answers

Can you help me make the Great Native American Novel reading list?

I like to learn about different places and cultures by reading fiction set in those places and with characters from those cultures. Can you recommend to me a contemporary novel about American Indians? I'm particularly interested in books about Native American communities in the continental US. [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Dec 7, 2013 - 17 answers

ID this novel: Group of people wake up at remote snowbound house?

I read this book in the late 80's but it might have been published earlier than that. More scattered details inside. [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake on Oct 29, 2013 - 3 answers

writing scenes that are roughly but not completely contemporaneous

Help me understand how, in suspense fiction, to transition between scenes that are happening at roughly the same time, but extending for different timespans. [more inside]
posted by mittens on Oct 16, 2013 - 6 answers

Tips & tricks for capturing the 'voice' of a piece of fiction?

How do you go about consciously aping the voice/tone/style of a particular genre of fiction or writer? [more inside]
posted by Erberus on Aug 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Sci-Fi novel predicting Google Glass

I'm trying to remember the name and author fo a sci-fi novel that predicted the idea of Google glasses and their impact on society. I can clearly remember one of the characters, a youung person, complaining that all these old people had these glasses that recorded everything that happened around them and could send that data directly to the police. It was kind of an Orwellian Big Brother feel to society. You were always being watched, recorded, reported, etc. I was reminded again about this after reading an article on NPR about the first police arrest recorded on Google Glass. Does anyone else remember this book or the author? Thanks in advance for the help.
posted by corwalch on Jul 9, 2013 - 13 answers

Young adult novel with nuclear pool?

I'm trying to remember the name of a young adult novel I read (in the 80's or 90's) where a character is forced to do some work with radioactive materials at the bottom of a pool.
posted by Jahaza on May 23, 2013 - 7 answers

What book did I read?

I have very little information. Maybe you read this too, though. Fiction with fantasy/paranormal elements, early or mid-90's, female author, gay romance/sex, ghosts, condom factory, divorce, maybe some Wicca? [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk on Apr 9, 2013 - 0 answers

What was this '70s or early '80s horror novel featuring spiders?

Somewhere between '80 and '82, I read this book that featured spiders... [arachnophobes: do not click!] [more inside]
posted by batmonkey on Mar 28, 2013 - 7 answers

Looking for novels featuring good parenting

I want to improve my parenting skills for my almost-2-year old. I don't have a lot of role models nearby, so I'd like to do some reading. I tend to put off reading non-fiction, even if it is well-written about a topic I am interested in. However, I will read novels even if they aren't very good and I don't really have time to read them. [more inside]
posted by SandiBeech on Jan 15, 2013 - 15 answers

I want to learn about the birth of dystopias, fictional and real

I'm looking for books, stories, films, documentaries, articles about the birth of dystopic societies. Examples could be a prequel to the Hunger Games (how did this fictional world come to be?), an article about people's lives in a nation where democracy was overthrown, stories about how Jews and non-Jews reacted to the early days of Hitler's rise, explorations of the slow realization that an ostensibly democratic nation is now really run by a strongman or single powerful party. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Jan 9, 2013 - 8 answers

Which post-Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories are worth reading?

What are the best non-Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories, collections, and novels?
posted by jsturgill on Dec 7, 2012 - 20 answers

Novel recommendations

Looking for specific book recommendations that are superb and by female authors/female authors of color. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Nov 8, 2012 - 53 answers

Book blurb: does it work?

Blurb for my new (upcoming) novel: how well does it work? [more inside]
posted by reacheround on Sep 11, 2012 - 21 answers

Better living through alchemy.

Looking for alternate science and/or space fiction. [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Jul 22, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me find a specific book!

I'm looking for a fiction novel I read in the early 90's. I think it was called something like 'Wire World'. Set in London, present day, about two opposing groups who got around via secret zip-lines attached to the buildings. It was written by an ex-screenplay writer. I remember it being a fun read and would like to find it again. No such luck with the Google, you're all I've got to turn to, askMeFi'ers!
posted by drinkmaildave on Jul 12, 2012 - 2 answers

Recommend mystery fiction, especially mystery fiction by authors whose works were adapted into Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes

Recommend mystery fiction, especially mystery fiction by authors whose works were adapted into Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jun 11, 2012 - 14 answers

Identify science fiction novel

A science fiction book set in a post-apocalyptic world that has been snowed in. [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on May 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Looking for novels about AI in the very distant future

Looking for sci-fi novels with a theme similar to Karl Schroeder's Ventus. [more inside]
posted by Burhanistan on Apr 11, 2012 - 16 answers

Kitty Hookers!

Please tell me that the book described below actually exists, and is not a hallucination resulting from my troubled childhood. [more inside]
posted by OompaLoompa on Apr 4, 2012 - 8 answers

So Betty and HP go on an adventure

Trying to remember a novel I read that sort of had Betty Page and HP Lovecraft in it [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Apr 3, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me resurrect this novel?

Forgotten-YA-Novel-Filter: Help me remember a book I read when I was in middle school. It involved a teenage girl, a church, and grave rubbings! [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Dec 1, 2011 - 11 answers

Canadian Giant and the Magic Gemstone

Identify This Book-filter: My partner has a vague recollection of a book he read as a kid, and we're curious about what it might have been. Here's his description: It would be from the '80s, or possibly early '90s. It was a novel for children or young adults. It was small press, possibly from Atlantic Canada; I'm fairly sure it was Canadian. It had something to do with an old house, and there was a giant, and a magic gemstone of some kind -- I think it was an opal.
posted by bewilderbeast on Oct 25, 2011 - 3 answers

Help me find a good, realistic political novel

I'm looking for a realistic political novel that's not a spy thriller. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Sep 17, 2011 - 17 answers

Help an editor keep their cool

I've been asked to type up and edit a work of fiction for a friend / relative / neighbor, and it's driving me nuts. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Sep 16, 2011 - 27 answers

Please jog my memory...

Please help me identify this all but forgotten children's book. [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Jul 21, 2011 - 13 answers

What was that crime novel that used carmageddon as a plot point

What-was-that-book-filter: 70's or 80's (?) heist (?) novel that involved shutting down L.A. by closing a couple of freeways and the central telephone switching system. [more inside]
posted by dersins on Jul 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Roman fantasy, not Medieval fantasy!

Are there any genre fantasy books with a Roman setting? [more inside]
posted by valkyryn on Jul 5, 2011 - 26 answers

Please suggest some good oral histories

What are the best oral histories to read? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 27, 2011 - 18 answers

Help me plot a novel I don't even have an idea for!

Novel plotting filter: how do YOU do it? Do you think of a character first, devise the end and work backward from that, have a world/location in mind and try to discover what stories would occur there, what? [more inside]
posted by jasondbarr on Jun 2, 2011 - 19 answers

RaceWIN! Native American Science Fiction

RaceWIN? Native American-written dystopian/fantasy/science/ speculative fiction. I am looking for the name of the text and author of a contemporary Native American novel that is satirical and dystopian. [more inside]
posted by MidSouthern Mouth on May 31, 2011 - 13 answers

Help looking for a sci-fi story?

I'm looking for a web novel/short story: sci-fi, underwater research facility, end of society, etc. [more inside]
posted by Cpt. The Mango on Apr 26, 2011 - 5 answers

Looking for Lesbian/Bisexual Fiction

BookFilter: I am looking for well written fiction/novels where the main character is a woman in a relationship with another woman. Whether they are lesbian or bisexual doesn't matter. [more inside]
posted by deborah on Jan 11, 2011 - 40 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

Want to read about fiascos

Looking for books and/or movies about fiascos and disastrous but avoidable situations [more inside]
posted by reenum on Nov 22, 2010 - 25 answers

Quick, Popular Reads

Are there any short novels (~200 pgs. or less) that have made it onto the New York Times Best Seller List? [more inside]
posted by whimsicalnymph on Nov 9, 2010 - 27 answers

Looking for books about dirty cops

Looking for books about dirty cops. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Oct 27, 2010 - 18 answers

Best depictions of magic in fiction?

What are some short stories or novels (probably in the fantasy genre, but not necessarily) with the most awesome, clever, and/or thought-provoking depictions and conceptions of magic?
posted by shivohum on Oct 22, 2010 - 40 answers

Help me identify this SciFi novel.

Help me identify this SciFi novel. I can't remember the title or who wrote it. I read it back in the late 1970s or early 80s, so it is at least that old. [more inside]
posted by governale on Aug 10, 2010 - 4 answers

Mercedes Thompson in Blood Bound

This question contains spoilers for the second Mercedes Thompson novel "Blood Bound" by author Patricia Briggs. [more inside]
posted by ayc200 on May 16, 2010 - 2 answers

Books that vividly describe a city or town?

I'm looking for fiction that vividly describes the physical and social atmosphere of a city or town, the way Dickens captures Coketown in Hard Times. [more inside]
posted by cirripede on May 7, 2010 - 36 answers

Shorthand, but in German!

Name that children's fiction from the 70's/80's: it was a mystery that two kids (I think a boy and a girl) needed to solve. The solution turned on a note. It was in shorthand, but it turned out the shorthand was in German. I wish I had more, but that's it.
posted by lionelhutz5 on Mar 26, 2010 - 2 answers

In sixteen hundred and something something, recommend me a novel.

Please recommend an excellent historical novel about life in 17th-century North America (preferably New England). I'm re-reading Toni Morrison's A Mercy right now, and I'm looking for more stuff about the day-to-day life -- chores, food, bartering, the intersection of European colonists with indigenous American populations, etc. I s'pose I'd be okay with a nice non-fiction book, too, but the preference is for fiction.
posted by Greg Nog on Mar 10, 2010 - 34 answers

Help me find this book

Looking for a novel I once read about on Metafilter. Sci-fi / post-apocalypse: [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Feb 4, 2010 - 7 answers

Please recommend a great Washington, D.C. political thriller.

Book filter: can you recommend a good political/journalistic novel set in Washington, D.C. that meet the following criteria? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Jan 10, 2010 - 17 answers

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