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Children's book about Quaker riddles?

Children's book about Quaker riddles? I read it as a kid, I remember a hell of a lot about it -- except of course the title. [more inside]
posted by blue_bicycle on May 18, 2012 - 5 answers

longform for fiction

Longform.org for fiction? [more inside]
posted by aesacus on May 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Writer seeks readers: possible LTR

Tell me stories of people finding unusual routes to getting their books to readers. I have written a book and would love to hear about people who found readers through more DIY channels. Not interested so much in how to self-publish, as in hearing stories to help me find the next step for my creation. [more inside]
posted by bobbyno on May 13, 2012 - 20 answers

It Shall Rise From the Ashes

What are the great novels of Detroit? All genres welcome, but latter half of the 20th century preferred. Thanks!
posted by gerryblog on May 9, 2012 - 11 answers

movies where someone is told to wait 24hrs to file a missing persons report

I'm looking for specific movies where someone is told they have to wait 24 hours to file a missing persons report. (This is not true, and there are many many places that will tell you it's not true "despite what you see in the movies," but it's surprisingly difficult to find those movies.)
posted by hannahmae on May 6, 2012 - 15 answers

Fiction that's like Game of Thrones

I'm looking for something like game of thrones, but real. Epic, sweeping historical fiction with complex stories, political intrigue, backstabbing, and moral ambiguity. [more inside]
posted by Green Winnebago on May 3, 2012 - 53 answers

Chick Lit in the City

I want chick-lit books set in New York City or London. [more inside]
posted by cereselle on May 1, 2012 - 14 answers

Triangle-shaped literary magazine?

I am looking for any information about a triangle-shaped literary magazine that was published in Northampton, MA in the 1980s. [more inside]
posted by mattbucher on May 1, 2012 - 7 answers

Its a total eclipse of the Hrothgar

Falling in love all over again: help me re-learn the Battletech fluff. [more inside]
posted by Slackermagee on Apr 30, 2012 - 10 answers

What is it like to be arrested as a juvenile?

What's it like to be arrested as a juvenile? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Apr 24, 2012 - 6 answers

Give me something to read, please!

I need more Young Adult dystopian or suspense fiction, with a dash of romance. [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork on Apr 23, 2012 - 32 answers

Akashic Books Noir Series. Which are your favorites?

Akashic Books Noir Series. Which are your favorites? Each book is an anthology of original short stories. It looks like they've published over fifty volumes. I find they differ greatly in style and overall quality of writing. It makes sense... each anthology has its own editor. I'd like to read the volumes that have the best quality writing, and are the most fun. Here's what I've read so far, in most favored order: [more inside]
posted by valannc on Apr 21, 2012 - 3 answers

Uplift

Please recommend novels that deal with Uplifting sentient species, bootstrapping technology, a la David Brin's Upllift novels and Vernor Vinge's Zones of Thought series. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Apr 18, 2012 - 22 answers

Stories of abuse

Looking for good short stories or essays about abusive relationships [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair on Apr 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Looking for good workplace fiction

Please recommend to me some good workplace fiction. [more inside]
posted by enn on Apr 16, 2012 - 21 answers

Recommend good horror novels and short story anthologies

Recommend good horror novels and short story anthologies [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Apr 14, 2012 - 27 answers

What are some contemporary coming of age novels?

What are some contemporary coming of age novels? I am in a reading group and our current theme is "the adolescent experience." But most novels we have read thus far speak to the experiences of past generations. What are some novels, written for adult audiences, that might describe the experience of a modern adolescent in our society? [more inside]
posted by slopepheasant on Apr 14, 2012 - 30 answers

Please help give my fictional character child care advice.

Please help give my fictional character child care advice. [more inside]
posted by kyrademon on Apr 12, 2012 - 36 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

Can you help me find this puzzle/interactive fiction website?

I'm looking for a website I found years ago that combined prose and pictures to create a series of puzzles, but I do not remember what it was called. The notable thing about it was that it had 12 puzzles, and they are dispensed to you weekly, with a story and master puzzle arcing across all twelve, leaving you with a 3 month interactive experience. Does this ring any bells? [more inside]
posted by shovel_mage on Apr 11, 2012 - 4 answers

Authors who write (or wrote . . . if they're dead) Twilight Zone and Outer Limits-esque stories?

Authors who write (or wrote . . . if they're dead) Twilight Zone and Outer Limits-esque stories? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Apr 5, 2012 - 26 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

As you read the question, you realize: you know the answer, and you've known it all along.

Any advice on how to switch from writing in second person to writing from a first- or third-person viewpoint? [more inside]
posted by jfoo on Apr 4, 2012 - 4 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

Fiction with unusual narrators

Reccommend me some fiction with unusual narrators! [more inside]
posted by marginaliana on Apr 3, 2012 - 60 answers

A tin foil for humanity

Please recommend sci-fi featuring “noble” androids. [more inside]
posted by audi alteram partem on Apr 3, 2012 - 26 answers

What is this "future archeology" picture book?

Help me find a funky "speculative archeology" picture book from the mid-nineties in which archeologists discover 20th century items and ponder what they may have been used for. [more inside]
posted by menialjoy on Mar 31, 2012 - 7 answers

Books like The Wicker Man and Harvest Home

I'm interested in fiction books reminiscent of The Wicker Man and Harvest Home. Horror or mystery stories of strange nature cults/paganism/mystery religions...Not so much stories of Da Vince Code or Name of the Rose but more the former two titles.
posted by snap_dragon on Mar 30, 2012 - 15 answers

What is this book?

Looking for the title of a book I saw last year. [more inside]
posted by metaphorik on Mar 29, 2012 - 3 answers

New Sci Fi Book Club that doesn't suck?

Is there a science fiction book club with really good (nebula, hugo, clarke award quality) books? I love Stross, Schroeder, Vinge, Bacigalupi, Chiang, Stephenson, Reynolds & Mieville ...but I've already read everything they've written. How can I separate the wheat from the chaff with new or unknown authors?
posted by leotrotsky on Mar 29, 2012 - 13 answers

YAYA (yet another young adult) Fiction ID

Please help me identify this young adult novel (comatose teen explores afterlife with long-dead caveman). [more inside]
posted by audi alteram partem on Mar 27, 2012 - 3 answers

Recommend a novel!

Please suggest the most riveting, distracting, absorbing fiction! [more inside]
posted by amro on Mar 22, 2012 - 63 answers

Who are the best prose stylists in science fiction?

Who are the best prose stylists in science fiction? [more inside]
posted by pete_22 on Mar 21, 2012 - 68 answers

In search of a malady...

Writing a story... What is a malady or health issue that is 1) hereditary, 2) difficult to diagnose in an unborn child, 3) makes life particularly difficult (mentally or physically) for someone who has it? [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Mar 16, 2012 - 31 answers

Can you identify this radio short story?

Can anyone identify a short story I heard on the radio involving a college professor? [more inside]
posted by Jahaza on Mar 9, 2012 - 3 answers

Can you identify this book?

Help one of my colleagues identify a short story (we think) for a patron! [more inside]
posted by naturalog on Mar 8, 2012 - 1 answer

How to choose writing form?

To writers: how do you consider questions of which form in which to express your ideas - short story, essay, novel, poem, even unconventional forms like very short fiction or experimental plotless fiction or aphorism collection or blog posts (to the extent they're their own thing)? Are there any good articles or books that wrestle with this dilemma?
posted by shivohum on Mar 8, 2012 - 8 answers

How does your writing group work?

My fiction writing group is wondering if there's a better way to critique each others' pieces. How does your writing group do it? [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo on Mar 6, 2012 - 10 answers

i've been accepted to my creative writing mfa program! help me do it right.

i've been accepted to my creative writing mfa program of choice! help me do it right. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2012 - 11 answers

What is the name of this blasted book?

What is the name of this SciFi book? [more inside]
posted by BlueHorse on Mar 1, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me remember an upsetting YA novel

Help me remember a young adult novel I read as a kid. The main character was a teenage girl and there was an upsetting incident involving a kitten and a doormat. [more inside]
posted by embrangled on Feb 27, 2012 - 3 answers

Remind me what it's like to be 15!

Help me find some quality books that would be easy reads for my 15-year old female cousin. [more inside]
posted by JannaK on Feb 25, 2012 - 28 answers

Weird fiction writers other than Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft whose works are worth reading?

Weird fiction writers other than Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft whose works are worth reading? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Feb 24, 2012 - 30 answers

Top Secret Desk Jockey

What exactly does one do in a "desk job" for a covert organization? [more inside]
posted by baronessa on Feb 24, 2012 - 12 answers

Best books that act as writing coach for fiction?

What are the best books, articles, or websites that act as a kind of "writing coach" for fiction, which walk you through, like an encouraging but demanding mentor, the psychological, technical, and purely logistical issues of writing and then publishing short stories or novels?
posted by shivohum on Feb 22, 2012 - 14 answers

Looking for Young Adult Science Fiction Trilogy

Trying to find a Young Adult Fantasy Trilogy--Can't Remember the Name [more inside]
posted by Eyeveex on Feb 21, 2012 - 22 answers

Author, Author!

You all did such a great job of helping with my Black History Month question, that I am returning with another similar question about African American authors of fiction--specifically SF Bay Area-based, "classic", not controversial... [more inside]
posted by agatha_magatha on Feb 16, 2012 - 8 answers

What is this weird movie with regenerating body parts!

I remember a science fiction movie (or maybe a TV show?) that took place... in a space ship or very futuristic setting. There were aliens (I think, or man-created approximations of human beings?) that, when parts of their bodies were cut off, they would not only regenerate the limb but the spare limbs would regenerate BODIES. The atmosphere of the movie was very... orange? Dark? The details are all very fuzzy. I believe I saw it on cable TV, and I was definitely older than five but younger than twelve. So, 1989 to 1996. It scared the crap out of me when I was a kid and gave me nightmares for years. Help! [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Feb 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Sorry, you aren't profitable enough to live.

I'm looking for what are (probably) Science Fiction or Dystopian stories/novels based on the premise that a person's value in society is based on how profitable he/she is to a bank. I.e., a person who didn't live his/her life in such a manner as to be profitable for a bank would suffer negative consequences as a result. It sounds uncomfortably close to reality, nowadays, so I figure someone wrote the stories I'm thinking of years ago. Any ideas?
posted by pjern on Feb 13, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me identify a dream world Sci-fi story

Please help me identify a Science Fiction short story about a dream world taking over from the waking world. It was very Philip.K.Dick ish. [more inside]
posted by expatbore on Feb 10, 2012 - 9 answers

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