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YA Literature for Young Lesbians?

My niece mentioned/complained to me recently that there is very little YA lit for and about lesbians. I took a look on goodreads and found a couple of lists with what appear to be a nice selection of books. However, on reading further, I'd like to narrow the list down to actually well-written or otherwise reasonably good books. Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by janey47 on Sep 17, 2015 - 25 answers

Hiding a cheesy plot device in plain sight

[FictionFilter] In the era of doxxing and all that, is it possible for a tech person with a high-profile position to keep his personal info -- and real name and identity -- under wraps? [more inside]
posted by St. Hubbins on Sep 15, 2015 - 15 answers

How would tide-affected life forms function if transported to space?

What life forms from Earth are specifically affected by the moon and tides, and do we know anything about how these plants, animals or other living creatures would be affected by putting them in outer space? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Sep 15, 2015 - 5 answers

Ongoing fictional podcasts

After a post on the Blue last week, I started listening to The Black Tapes and am looking for other podcasts that tell an ongoing fictional story. [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never on Sep 13, 2015 - 10 answers

Fiction combining suspense/thrill/plot with humor

I am interested in books that manage to combine a successful plot-driven approach (particularly thrillers or other airport-style reading, like Crichton or Dan Brown) with humor, either in the form of characters, dialogue, or narration. When has it been done successfully? When has it been attempted unsuccessfully? Are they like oil and water, and if so, why? [more inside]
posted by Clyde Mnestra on Sep 12, 2015 - 27 answers

What sci-fi or fantasy books should I read next?

I recently started reading a bit of sci-fi and fantasy books - these genres are new to me and I'd like to read more. I've especially enjoyed time travel books. The challenging part for me is that I'm an impatient and/or lazy reader. If a book doesn't grab me from the beginning, I just can't bring myself to keep reading. So - what fantasy or sci-fi book (or series) do you think I would enjoy? [more inside]
posted by kdern on Sep 10, 2015 - 59 answers

Fictional books with Huguenots

Can anyone recommend some fictional books featuring the Hugueonots? I don't need it to be as specific as setting in East London like this question from September and I prefer fiction. I really like The Virgin Blue by Tracey Chevalier so anything like that would be lovely.
posted by like_neon on Sep 9, 2015 - 2 answers

fantastical reverse culture shock

Which stories deal with the aftermath of someone who had spent time in a magical world but is suddenly thrust into mundanity, and instead of being "oh glad I'm back to normal" they wish to return? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Sep 6, 2015 - 43 answers

Books with extensive, fake sources

I'm looking for fiction with extensive sourcing/citations that are entirely fake. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Sep 6, 2015 - 52 answers

Books like Schulz, Babel, Bulgakov?

Please can you recommend books similar to Bruno Schulz's, Isaac Babel's and Bulgakov's Master & Margarita? [more inside]
posted by maiamaia on Sep 2, 2015 - 14 answers

Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore is perfect!

My daughter is turning 11 next year and I am writing her a Harry Potter inspired story (fanfic) of her very own. She is the star character in a story about her first year at Hogwarts. Can you help me name some of other characters? [more inside]
posted by Youremyworld on Aug 17, 2015 - 16 answers

Cuddlin' on the Couch With the Elder Gods

I recently read (and adored) Scott Hawkins' "The Library at Mount Char". If I could find a real-life product similar to the apprentices' robes in the book, I'd be SO delighted. Here's every description of the robes that I could find: "rough cotton", "a gray-green cotton thing along the lines of a kimono with a hood, tied at the waist with a sash", "vaguely monk-like", "loose, oversized sleeves". Any idea where I can snag such a thing? Thanks, Hive!
posted by julthumbscrew on Jul 24, 2015 - 4 answers

Vacation reading sought, car trip with a young child edition

I'm looking for absorbing newer fiction in two genres: 1) young adult fantasy and 2) 'literary' with female protagonists (for example Room, the Secret Life of Bees, anything by Alice Munroe). Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Jul 21, 2015 - 21 answers

Faster rate of mutation in bacteria problem in isolated ecosystems?

Spoilers for Kim Stanley Robinson's "Aurora" ahead. So, the story is like this: A multigenerational arkship is on it's way to Tau Ceti, they find their primary target for colonization hostile and discuss whether to move to another planet in the same system, live there in domes while terraforming it. One reason for not doing this is stated thusly: [more inside]
posted by SweetLiesOfBokonon on Jul 15, 2015 - 6 answers

now c here

I'm looking for a good anthology of time travel stories to give to someone. [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Jul 8, 2015 - 6 answers

Fiction with survival and prepping themes

[Book Filter] Looking for fiction that features survivalist/prepping themes... [more inside]
posted by Busmick on Jun 26, 2015 - 31 answers

YA fiction for tween girls, please

Please suggest good summer reading for tween girls (11/12) who also happen to be going through their parents' divorce. [more inside]
posted by yawper on Jun 19, 2015 - 33 answers

Looking For Short, Fun and Smart Fiction

I currently work such long hours that I don't have much time to read. I can't read the types of books that I normally would want to - literary fiction - because I am too exhausted to really concentrate at night and I just don't have the time. I also don't want to be stuck in a 400 page novel for 3 months. details inside [more inside]
posted by kbbbo on Jun 17, 2015 - 24 answers

A story I want to read again.

I want to re-read a story or a book (or maybe even a graphic novel) I've read before, but all I can remember about it is a single line, spoken during a crisis by a character that (I think) is supposed to be more intelligent than those around them: "I'm dry of ideas." I thought the line was from one of the Douglas Adams books, but if it is, Google is proving unhelpful. Thanks!
posted by Mooski on Jun 16, 2015 - 4 answers

What is some good science fiction like this?

I'm interested in good science fiction in any format (book, film, comics, etc.) that explores that idea that we are not alone in the universe, but wildly mismatched with everybody or nearly every else in terms of civilization stages, kinds of technology, perception, etc. [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Jun 10, 2015 - 44 answers

Recommendations for commando fiction?

I would like to read some good (ok, decent) fiction about special forces operatives and operations (SEALS, Delta Force, made up badasses). I know nothing about this genre, although I assume it exists. My preference would be that it not be obvious that it's written by someone to the political right of the John Birch Society, but I don't know if that's possible.
posted by OmieWise on Jun 9, 2015 - 36 answers

Ray of Light (pre-Madonna)

Looking for the origins of a semi-common trope in fiction: under certain conditions (i.e., on a certain day of the year), a ray of light shines through a small opening or into a particular place and illuminates a secret. [more inside]
posted by sleevener on Jun 3, 2015 - 12 answers

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 - 46 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

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