What's this novel? I just got a reference request to identify the book/series that has vampires and "bats with big bladders under their bellies". Vampire books are not my forte. Complete question inside. Help? [more inside]
What are the best non-Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories, collections, and novels?
Just caught a screening of Pulp Fiction on the big screen, and I have a question about Vincent's reading material, re: origin [more inside]
A world with binary suns and multiple satellites that can still be livable by a diverse (even lush) assortment of life forms - true or not? [more inside]
Fiction for a rainy weekend? [more inside]
Books / resources about monastic life? I am thinking of writing a story set in a completely fictional setting, and I'd like to research more ideas of what life is like in a monastery or abbey. [more inside]
Recommend me some seriously good romance/erotic romance fiction? [more inside]
As a reader, how do you feel about invented language versus familiar words in imaginary worlds? [more inside]
Why are third acts so difficult to execute well? [more inside]
Does anyone remember the name of an independent "interactive fiction" game that appeared on MeFi a while back? The gist of it was that there was a "writer" and a "player", and the writer created scenes visually (in an old school 8-bit, top-down view), and the player would respond with his/her action textually, and the writer would then update the graphics on the screen to reflect the actions of the user. The completed stories could then be uploaded to a common site for all to share. It was very cool, but I can't remember its name for the life of me.
Can you help me identify a 25+ year-old short story that describes someone unable to cross a city street? [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of visual timelines in movies, video games, or fiction. Scenes where a span of time is represented metaphorically, preferably as a physical object, diagram, or action. A good example is this scene from Me and You and Everyone We Know in which two characters use a street as a visual metaphor for their potential relationship. [more inside]
What novels or movies have a vivacious, charming person drop in and change everybody's perspective or shake the place up?
Looking for specific book recommendations that are superb and by female authors/female authors of color. [more inside]
What are other modern fiction titles with superlatives? I'm thinking of "Everything is Illuminated" and "Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever". [more inside]
You don't need permission to dress up as a copyrighted character, but do you need permission to write about it?
My novel involves a costume party with some guests dressed as recognizable characters from films, TV, etc. I'm clearly not trying to claim them as my own and it's just all Halloween costumes, but am I asking to get sued? [more inside]
Help me choose what to read next! Am currently reading Richard Russo's Empire Falls and need suggestion on where I should head next. [more inside]
I looked at my bookshelf recently. Nearly every writer on there is dead and male. I should rectify this. Which books by women, living or dead, might I like? Details inside. [more inside]
Is there a name for that Victorian(?) thing where a work, usually a novel, has a second, alternate title? [more inside]
I'm looking for a sci-fi book about young people who traveled to an alternative universe on multiple occasions. There was something about a power station and the story may also have mentioned a triangular symbol. It turns out that their switching between universes was limited for some reason. [more inside]
Halloween Filter: Help me with a name and tagline(s) for my 'business' of getting people to sign over their soul to eternal damnation. Tech startup parodies most welcome. [more inside]
[book-filter] Need help tracking down a sci-fi novel(s) read in the late 80's or 90's containing special abilities provided by nanochips. [more inside]
I'm a huge fan of science fiction book cover art (especially the 50s through the 80s) and I like to use ideas from them to make posters for my band. If you need examples: this should explain what I'm looking for. I'm wondering if there are existing resources for science fiction cover art or general science fiction art that mirrors this sort of style and substance? I especially need resources that are fair use, free to modify etc. etc. We use these posters to advertise our shows at places which usually have a cover charge -- so I will need content that I can modify to use "commercially". [more inside]
Looking for instances, whether fictional, religious or otherwise, of the idea of the "double". [more inside]
Looking for stories featuring/about bards/musicians/historians. [more inside]
I just finished Gone Girl the other day and am looking for similar reads. Without spoiling anything this book features intelligent and unpredictable characters with twisty plotting, including a significant script flip halfway through. Would love similar page turners that keep you guessing without being too formulaic or lowest common denominator!
I need suggestions of fictional or non-fictional books or films that deal with illness or dying in relation to humor/the absurd. [more inside]
Speculative fiction about historical gradualism: I'm looking for SF stories which begin in the real historical world (past or present) and then gradually diverge from it, without any single decisive turning point. [more inside]
You helped me feel depressed through novels. Can you now help me feel good about being alive and connected to humanity through books? [more inside]
Looking for novels about or by authors from the Central Valley of California. [more inside]
Blurb for my new (upcoming) novel: how well does it work? [more inside]
William Faulkner famously said, "The best fiction is far more true than any journalism." But where the heck did he actually say this? Does anyone know the book or article or interview where this quote originated?
What makes an original work particularly suited to being followed by fanfiction? [more inside]
Looking for recommendations for novels, short stories, or character-heavy nonfiction about life as an American adolescent boy or young man during the first half of the 20th century. [more inside]
Can you help me expand my “popular epidemiology” book collection by recommending books that are similar to The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett and the following titles? [more inside]
I'm looking for novels where the protagonist loses weight / gets fit. This doesn't need to be the central thing in the book, but while the protagonist saves the world from the zombie apocalypse, finds true love or destroys the ring in the fires of Mordor, can s/he also get in shape? [more inside]
I want to make a fake dating profile to do research. Is this unethical? [more inside]
Help, mefites! Y'all're amazingly great at tracking down obscure music and books with little info, so I hope you can help me. Two YA books, both read in the late 1970s: 1 - urban kid gets involved with a gang called the Scorpions. Also, his family was so poor he had to eat cereal with water. 2 - fantasy novel - there were goblins who were destroyed/harmed by butter. Any ideas?
Book People: what are the best resources to hear about new books? [more inside]
Please help me remember the name of a supernatural short story about a boy who buys a ship's figurehead at an auction. Plot summary inside. [more inside]
Is there a good database for YA fiction of the 90's? [more inside]
What are the realistic odds of a movie studio buying rights to fiction? What steps could one take to even attempt this? [more inside]
I'm intrigued by the notion that our civilization is not the first technological civilization to arise on Earth. After all, our ancestors several tens of thousands of years ago were as clever as we are. I'm looking for SF treatments of this notion. Recommendations? Non-fiction claiming to evaluate actual evidence of such a civilization is welcome, too.
Please help me find contemporary literary/fictional characters that make you want to love them, hate them, or -- even better -- both. [more inside]
I'm trying to remember the name and author of a science fiction short-story. Description inside. [more inside]
After enjoying a 1920 screenwriting book by the flapper humorist Anita Loos, I am wondering what other pre-WW2 writing advice books might be fun and interesting to read. Any suggestions?
I need some historical fiction book recommendations. [more inside]
Looking for alternate science and/or space fiction. [more inside]
Help me find this bookfilter: An writer's guide 'interview' with your own fiction character to help uncover their traits and depths. Or, a similar list of interview questions to learn a lot about someone in a short time. [more inside]
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!