I'm working with an English teacher that has a speculative fiction class for seniors in high school. He’s looking for a book (possibly something he would use as a supplement in class but also for his own personal reading) on the history of science fiction literature. He’s looking for something that is a retrospective and contains some literary criticism (optional). It can be a textbook but doesn’t necessarily need to be. There seems to be quite a few on Amazon but if I could get it narrowed down that would be great.
posted by crios
on Jan 31, 2011 -
All great libraries have books in them, but how many great books have libraries in them? I just finished reading "Big Machine" by Victor Lavalle, and am currently reading "Kafka on the Shore" by Haruki Murakami (yes, finally!)
, and it's purely coincidental, but they both happen to feature libraries prominently. So now I'd like to know what other really good novels feature libraries in a significant way. [more inside]
posted by taz
on Dec 2, 2010 -
Midwestern Urban Fiction:
What are the great novels that exemplify or characterize (as opposed to "are set in") any of the industrialized cities of the U.S. Midwest (St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, the Twin Cities, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj
on Nov 3, 2010 -
What are your favorite epic, challenging, literary novels that weren't written by white males? Particularly interested in long books (400+ pages) or books with multiple voices/protagonists, but I'm open to all suggestions. [more inside]
posted by acidic
on Sep 8, 2010 -
I have a very narrow taste in fiction, and I'm running out authors. Overall, I like how
things are written more than what they say. But even given that, I'm terribly picky. Help me find more authors to love! [more inside]
posted by hopeless romantique
on Sep 3, 2010 -
I'd like to focus my next year or two of reading on award-nominated literary fiction. I'm aware of the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Awards. These two lists together could easily more than fill up that year or two, but what other prestigious national or international literary awards/prizes have a short list of nominated works? [more inside]
posted by cog_nate
on Aug 13, 2010 -
Summer Reading-Filter, bis
: what contemporary fiction or non-fiction can I get for our week in the sun that will be decidedly erotic, pornographic even, but still have some literary merit? My husband thinks Dan Brown is really enjoyable whereas I cringe at that kind of writing - my preferences go towards Booker Prize-type stuff. Separate recs for each of us, I expect.
posted by Dragonness
on Jun 9, 2010 -
LiteraratureFilter: this summer, my travels will take me to Copenhagen, Oslo, and Reykjavík. Please recommend fiction (either historical or contemporary) that is set in these cities and conveys the local atmosphere well. [more inside]
posted by halogen
on May 11, 2010 -
I'm looking for suggestions for a "common read" book for a large public university. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Madamina
on Feb 9, 2010 -
Please help me remember the title and author of a short story I read maybe 15 years ago. A handicapped woman, living with her sister and her sister's family, sees a man in church she feels quite sure is the devil. In order to get away from him, she struggles to regain the physical independence she had given up. (She had gone into a wheelchair because walking was possible, but too painful.) She does manage to become self-sufficient enough to move out on her own--and then wonders if it was worth it, after all. I am almost sure the author was Italian. Can anyone help?
posted by uans
on Nov 16, 2009 -
I crave a great novel that's as addictive as a popcorn movie. Please recommend me some literary
page-turners. [more inside]
posted by Beardman
on Jun 5, 2009 -
Edmund White's Caracole
was once called "the finest French novel written in English." What are some other books that reproduce in English characteristic aspects of a literary style associated with a particular foreign language?
posted by Mummy of a Lady Named Jemutesonekh
on Apr 8, 2009 -
Looking for sci-fi/speculative fiction that deals with the issue of colonization, immigration, and refugees. The more details the better! Specifically looking for stories that deal (at least partly) with the stories of the immigrants themselves, and not just the abstract idea. [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs
on Apr 4, 2009 -
Help with my homework filter!! I want to compile a list of time travelers from literature, television and cinema. I am looking for a couple specific attributes. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur
on Mar 9, 2009 -
I'd like recommendations for short stories that are strange, humorous, or have a surprising twist. [more inside]
posted by Rinku
on Mar 8, 2009 -
Seeking relatively well-known, canon-caliber fictional accounts of imaginary encounters between actual, historically significant figures -- especially encounters that could well have taken place, but which we know did not or remain undocumented. Philip Levine's poem "On the Meeting of Garcia Lorca and Hart Crane" typifies what I'm looking for. Mark Twain's _A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court_ does not (respectable evidence out there of a historical Arthur notwithstanding). The literary field is rife with examples, I know -- say, some novel casting Charles Lindbergh and Adolf Hitler into a tete-a-tete. But, ack, I'm drawing a blank. [more inside]
posted by taramosalata
on Feb 5, 2009 -
Please help identify this author/book; Brazilian absurdist/surrealist, stream of consciousness fiction about a part-man/part something else that travels around and continually says a phrase like "holy f-ing s-".
posted by destro
on Jan 19, 2009 -
Can anyone recommend good novels about gay people? Not just genre fiction but actually literature? It seems to me there must be, but I've never been able to find any.
posted by blue shadows
on Dec 14, 2008 -
Suggest some magazines which publish short stories and poetry that are not stuffy and pretentious. Also, any science fiction magazines that are worth reading would be greatly appreciated as well. [more inside]
posted by scarello
on Nov 4, 2008 -
Short Story Askme: I read a short dystopian story many years ago set in a run-down, post apocalyptic future. A queue of people line up on a street to spit at a painting. The painting represents all the problems of the past. It is implied that the painting is The Mona Lisa. What is the story?
posted by bollockovnikov
on Sep 25, 2008 -
LiteratureFilter: Yo metafilterland. I'm on a quest for two things: literary representations of the new york city subway, the more personal and sensorial the better, and literary representations of a new york city without subways, circa before 1904. Non-fiction and suggestions are welcome as well, as are examples that use less stringent definitions of "text" (film, song lyrics, dance etc).
posted by billtron
on Sep 22, 2008 -
What are some good short stories in which time passes extremely quickly? [more inside]
posted by whir
on Sep 1, 2008 -
What is the title of this short story? Author? Any hints? About a boy and his younger brother (more detailed description of the story follows) [more inside]
posted by jujube
on Jul 20, 2008 -
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]
posted by overglow
on May 12, 2008 -
Trying to make a list of fictional drinks.
For instance: Clementine mixxes up a couple of "blue ruins" in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
and the Silver Jews' song Buckingham Rabbit
makes reference to "shattered dogs on the rocks."
What other fictional drinks can you think of? [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah
on May 4, 2008 -
Short-story filter: contemporary American story with a scene of a baby boy whose father cruelly dangles a pocketwatch just out of reach so as to get the boy used to disappointment. [more inside]
posted by headnsouth
on Mar 5, 2008 -
Help me identify this short story! It is a story told from the perspective of an infant as he is free-falling through the garbage chute of a multi-level housing complex after being discarded by his teenage mother. The story is divided into nine parts, with each part signifying the baby's arrival at each floor until he finally reaches the trash compactor at the ground level. [more inside]
posted by sansgras
on Jan 16, 2008 -
Short Story Filter:
I'm trying to track down a wonderful short story I read maybe 15 years ago. It focuses on a couple struggling with a dysfunctional marital and/or sexual relationship. The story is set somewhere in a snowy/icy climate, and the central conceit of the story is that the husband needs to free their car which is stuck in the snow. As the story unfolds, the author describes the back-and-forth rocking of the car as he slams it from "drive" into "reverse" and back again, and it becomes clear that the movement of the car is a powerful sexual metaphor. Finally the car rolls free and the dramatic release seems to provide hope for the relationship.
Does this sound familiar to anybody? I thought the title of the story was "Unstuck," but Googling has led me nowhere.
posted by AngerBoy
on Dec 11, 2007 -