What are some works of SFF that showcase beautiful language on a par with All The King's Men, Gilead, and Raymond Chandler's detective novels? I've read plenty of SFF that has transported me, but little that's struck me as gorgeously written. Thanks!
What elements of Arab culture (history, fashion, calligraphy, ...), including literature, would you choose to build a fantasy or sci-fi world (or any other type of word) that you'd like to visit time and again? [more inside]
RecoFilter: I'm looking for recommendations of books, preferably in the sci-fi/fantasy genres, that have a 'big reveal' somewhere in there that changes the whole perspective of the book or protagonist. Examples would be The Inverted World, The Prestige, or Ender's Game, for example, or the first Star Trek film, or some Lovecraft stories — the whole thing, and all events narrated, appear in a different light after, you know? [more inside]
Help me find books that convey a jolly feeling of appreciation for the wonders of modern life. Ideally these would be books that have a sci-fi or fantasy feel, but in which nothing overtly magical or fantastic happens. The best recent examples I can think of are Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, which has all the elements of a fantasy novel but is set squarely in our world, and William Gibson's most recent novels, all of which feel fantastic to me but are grounded in real life. [more inside]
For an upcoming project I'm putting together what's meant to be a comprehensive timeline of important (even "necessary") works of American science fiction since the late 19th century. [more inside]
Give me your most well written genre fiction! [more inside]
Can you recommend me some fiction, comics, and movies that are parenting positive--especially mom-positive? [more inside]
I am re-re-re-embarking on my periodic quest to actually develop competent Spanish skills. (I'm Hispanic, it feels obligatory.) Something I've never had previously--books I actually wanted to read for fun that were not translated from English. So: Are there Spanish-language authors to look for who're writing science fiction and fantasy? Especially of the YA variety? [more inside]
TolkienFilter: What happened to the rings Sauron gave to the elves, dwarves, and men?
What fantasy/SF/steampunk/cyberpunk novels feature guns or other modern or futuristic weapons with enchantments or magical effects on them?
Please help me find contemporary literary/fictional characters that make you want to love them, hate them, or -- even better -- both. [more inside]
I am going to be bored by A Dance with Dragons, aren't I? [more inside]
Ask whether the universe of the story recognizes the existence of persons. Is this distinction between SF and Fantasy original with Ted Chiang? Can you think of any counter-examples that don't fit? [more inside]
Please help us find a book my friend saw mention of somewhere. Or recommend other books. [more inside]
Recommend me a fantasy novel (that matches some particular tastes) [more inside]
What are the best magical duels and battles in literature? Sorcerors blasting each other with lightning bolts, the metaphysical shenanigans of Last Call etc, whatever. I haven't actually read the Harry Potter books, so if there are any particularly good wizard battles in that, do say.
Please help me remember a book I read as a child/teenager. [more inside]
I'm writing a postgrad research paper on Michael Ende's The Neverending Story. I'm keen to hear from anyone who has done any academic work on the novel, or those who have a personal interest in understanding aspects of the novel. Very little in terms of scholarly research exists on the topic to date . My particular focus is a Jungian analysis of archetypes within the novel. It's an introduction of sorts, a quick overview (10 000 words) of a topic I have the potential of working onto a longer thesis.
Recommendations for erotica [more inside]
Suggest absorbing fiction about mysterious England. [more inside]
I'd like recommendations for short stories that are strange, humorous, or have a surprising twist. [more inside]
Help me find just the right book for a week spent rebuilding the Appalachian trail... [more inside]
Do you remember a fantasy novel where a princess describes soldiers as looking like plastic soldiers?
Help me find the first book I hated. When I was about 12 years old (IIRC, it may have been a couple of years later) I read a fantasy novel that I absolutely hated. It was the first time I disliked a book for aesthetic reasons. It was a fantasy novel set in a largely magic-less faux-medieval world with a princess as the main protagonist. What I remember best is that there were a lot of completely inappropriate descriptions from the point of the view of the princess. The one that's really stayed in my memory was that the protagonist likened marching soldiers to plastic soldiers (the world of the novel had no plastics).
Help me find this quotation. The gist of it is something like this: in current times, fantastical metaphors are the only way of describing the convoluted reality of experience. [more inside]
I'm hoping someone can help me remember the title of a book I read a long time ago. When I was in middle school, I picked up a fantasy book at the library that I absolutely loved. This many years later, I can't remember the title or author for the life of me. [more inside]
Looking for more fantastic narrative adventure literature. Any suggestions? [more inside]
I'm looking for high quality erotic fantasy/sci-fi novels. Any recommendations?
Children's SF-Fantasy: For years, I have been trying to remember the name of a book I read as a child, in the mid-1980s. It is a novel, appropriate for 8-12 year olds, in a vaguely medieval/fantasy setting. The main character (I think) is a boy who goes into a forest (on a journey? a quest?) - he meets a girl there who is a firewitch, with really bright orange hair. Sorry for the vagueness, but I was about eight at the time, and haven't been able to find it since. [more inside]
I want to introduce the world of comics/graphic novels to my 12 year old daughter (I used to read Creepy, Eerie and Heavy Metal when I was her age but I haven't touched a comic book since). I just ordered "The Complete Moonshadow" simply based on the cover art and some glowing reviews I found. My daughter's taste leans heavily toward LOTR style literature. Recommendations welcome.
Fantasy afficionados: I read a series of four fantasy books when I was in high school, and I only have a basic memory of what they were about. Help? (mi) [more inside]
Please recommend fantasy novels for someone who doesn't like fantasy novels (more inside). [more inside]
I'm looking for well-written sci-fi / fantasy, set in other worlds or the future, that isn't didactic or idea-driven.
Like many other geeks here, I grew up reading sci-fi and fantasy. But I gradually got tired of it, because so much of it was poorly written or antithetical to my tastes. But I still yearn for other worlds at times, so I'd be interested in recommendations. [more inside.] [more inside]