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we want stories to spoil

My honors student is planning out her thesis and is looking for enjoyable short stories (that are in the public domain, preferably) that end in a twist. Details (and a few spoilers!) inside. [more inside]
posted by anaphoric on Jul 14, 2014 - 17 answers

Modern Life is Magic

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]
posted by spacewaitress on Apr 10, 2014 - 18 answers

Highfalutin' Genre Fiction

Give me your most well written genre fiction! [more inside]
posted by latkes on Nov 4, 2013 - 49 answers

Like Virginia Woolfe... But happier!

Bookfilter: Books that are beautifully written but funny, feel-good (at least at the end) and preferably with some female characters that are cool. [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Oct 18, 2013 - 22 answers

You know where you want to go, but you don't know for sure...

[Book filter] Please recommend stories about people who find out (through trail and error) what they really want, and eventually get there (after a bunch of detours). [more inside]
posted by fix on Oct 13, 2013 - 24 answers

Help feed my Kindle! Books for a long time away

I've been in South America for six months and running out of books to lose myself in. I read a lot of big long books-do you know of some more? [more inside]
posted by lightgray on Sep 17, 2013 - 24 answers

[Book Recommendation Filter] A comprehensive history of Savile Row

I'm looking for book recommendations for thorough, engaging, and rigorous histories of Savile Row tailoring and/or books that talk about the history and philosophy of fine men's tailoring and dress. I'm not averse to books with technical information, as well as historical and cultural information. Thank you!
posted by moxie_milquetoast on Sep 15, 2013 - 4 answers

2 read or not 2 read? Need answer fast-turn to p 740. Asking for a fiend

This reminded me my friend that she finally got a copy of To Be Or Not To Be the other day -- and her tween who is wicked witty and wants to read more Shakespeare is going to be stuck for a couple of hours for then next few weeks during "homework time" doing nothing and required to remain quiet. Is this tweenish friendly? [more inside]
posted by tilde on Sep 3, 2013 - 5 answers

What 20/21 century literature classics do you recommend reading for GRE?

Hi everyone. I am an international student considering the option of going to the US to do my graduate studies. I am currently studying for the GRE. As I am not a native English speaker (Portuguese), the verbal section is really difficult for me because of the vocabulary. As I got bored of studying vocab flashcards, I am know thinking of reading a book with a great diversity of words. What recent books do you recommend reading? (remember that I am completely unaware of the what the best english literature may be)
posted by tsuwal on Aug 31, 2013 - 16 answers

Favourite examples of foreboding or suspense in literature?

What are your favourite examples of building tension or suspense in literature? Ideally these are brief moments, single paragraphs or small scenes, compelling the reader to continue on, worried about what will follow. [more inside]
posted by swrittenb on Jul 17, 2013 - 22 answers

Promote a literary event in NYC (Gowanus, Brooklyn) on short notice?

I would like to spread the word on a release party of sorts for a small publication that specializes in experimental poetry, literature, and conceptual writing. [more inside]
posted by archivist on Jun 10, 2013 - 5 answers

I read way too many books by white dudes.

I'm looking for recommendations for contemporary(ish) literary fiction written by folks who are not white men. [more inside]
posted by shakespeherian on May 7, 2013 - 55 answers

I need a culture fix!

If I were to choose 10 fiction and 10 non-fiction books to read within the next year to make me a better, more well-rounded conversationalist (for argument's sake, let's say within a college-educated professional audience), what books would give me the most bang for my buck? [more inside]
posted by dynamiiiite on Apr 23, 2013 - 37 answers

Looking for wonderful books I can read to my kids, one chapter at a time

My kids (a boy and a girl) are now five years old, and my wife or I read to them every night before bed. I'd like to start reading larger books to them which we can stretch out throughout a week or more, by reading them a chapter a night. Please help me put together a great reading list of age-appropriate books that will capture their imaginations and inspire happy dreams. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Apr 2, 2013 - 61 answers

What to read?

Seeking recommendations for fiction that features matriarchy / female led societies.
posted by travelwithcats on Feb 4, 2013 - 36 answers

Toooo maaany booooks

How do you decide what books to read? Recommendations? Reviews? Go to the bookstore and read a chapter? I often find myself overwhelmed with the zillions of choices. How do you narrow it down?
posted by SampleSize on Jan 9, 2013 - 40 answers

Blind me with science.

Help me discover recent 'Best Seller' scientific journal articles to read in 2013. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Dec 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Background reading for Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day

Another book recommendation question. I'm looking for a few general history books to read as preparation for diving into Thomas Pynchon's "Against the Day". [more inside]
posted by Lorin on Sep 4, 2012 - 9 answers

If only literary inference was axiomatic...

How do I get better at reading literature? Looking for books, lectures, and your perspective. [more inside]
posted by dragonfruit on Jun 25, 2012 - 23 answers

Should an 11 year old read Kafka?

Is Franz Kafka to intense to give to an 11 year boy? [more inside]
posted by senseofsurreal on May 10, 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

Keep me up at night!

Scare me please! I am looking for the scariest book out there. I have read most of Stephen King, The Exorcist, etc. But i want to find something new that will frighten me even more than the evening news...
posted by keep it tight on Feb 27, 2012 - 54 answers

Things learned by reading biographies

How did reading a biography learn you a valuable lesson, help you gain a crucial insight, change your worldview or impact you in some other, non-trivial way? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Feb 14, 2012 - 13 answers

How readable is A Dance with Dragons?

I am going to be bored by A Dance with Dragons, aren't I? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Nov 8, 2011 - 35 answers

How to say aloud "Lord D——'s private chapel"?

How would you go about reading aloud a story with names redacted? [more inside]
posted by komara on Nov 6, 2011 - 8 answers

"The life so short, the crafts so long to learn"

I have never read Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, but I would like to. Please recommend to me your ideas for the best way to approach this. Web, Kindle or iOS friendly methods welcome. [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Oct 21, 2011 - 15 answers

Good edition of The Ambassadors

Could someone suggest a nice reading edition of Henry James's The Ambassadors? [more inside]
posted by feelinggood on Oct 14, 2011 - 3 answers

Morgan Freeman as the voice of God

Where can I find audio by actors with awesome voices reading various stuff? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on Oct 8, 2011 - 18 answers

Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Tell Me More About Someone's Work

More non-fiction please! As a strange antidote to having to read a lot of dry academic articles, I enjoy pleasurable non-fiction writing about jobs and work. Books I've liked in the past include May Roach (Stiff); Atul Gawande (Complications, Better); Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickeled and Dimed); and Tracy Kidder (House, Among Schoolchildren). I'd like recommendations for more non-fiction along those lines. [more inside]
posted by jeanmari on Sep 23, 2011 - 36 answers

Help me find a prose reading for my best friend's wedding!

My best friend is getting married! And I am doing the reading! Yay! Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find anything that really fits the couple. Halp. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Sep 22, 2011 - 20 answers

Books with characters who you feel like you get to know as real people

Literature distinguished by its richly drawn characters [more inside]
posted by grokfest on Jul 25, 2011 - 43 answers

Recommendations for Middle Eastern Postcolonial Literature

Help me find postcolonial literature from the Middle East. [more inside]
posted by melancholyplay on Jun 25, 2011 - 9 answers

Longer, place-oriented fruitcake books. Panforte?

Looking for fruitcake books strongly rooted in a sense of place. [more inside]
posted by rebekah on Apr 25, 2011 - 14 answers

Beach reading for snobs

I need extremely light and easy reading, but I am a snob. [more inside]
posted by serazin on Jan 25, 2011 - 90 answers

Get More Reading Done!

Seeking strategies to get all reading done within allotted time without sacrificing close reading on literature. [more inside]
posted by easilyconfused on Jan 21, 2011 - 8 answers

Literature's greatest wizard fights?

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.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Dec 17, 2010 - 38 answers

Please, no more Berenstain Bears.

Please recommend short books (15-35 min from start to finish) for middle schoolers who read at the 3rd through 5th grade level. [more inside]
posted by halogen on Nov 18, 2010 - 10 answers

Best English translation of the Mahabharata?

Please tell me, what is the best English translation of the Mahabharata? I'm not particularly concerned that it be a verse translation. I would prefer something that's available in electronic form (for reading on my Nook). Something that's public domain, and therefore available on Google books, even better. But these are preferences, not hard requirements. I'm more concerned with reliability of the translation. [more inside]
posted by Ipsifendus on Nov 12, 2010 - 5 answers

Midwestern Urban Fiction: Great novels that exemplify the industrialized cities of the U.S. Midwest?

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 - 25 answers

Help me love literature.

I'm looking for any advice that will get me excited about literature. [more inside]
posted by piratebowling on Nov 1, 2010 - 29 answers

Seeking a road map to the periodical world.

What are good resources for magazine/journal literacy, maps of the terrain of the periodical world? [more inside]
posted by RogerB on Oct 7, 2010 - 3 answers

Finding "A Common Reader" Again

I miss the Common Reader catalog. Have you missed it too, and do you know where to find a list of what was in the inventory?
posted by msamye on Sep 16, 2010 - 4 answers

Favorite passages to read aloud?

What are your favorite passages to read aloud to someone? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Sep 3, 2010 - 65 answers

How should I prepare to read The Recognitions?

How should I prepare myself to read The Recognitions by William Gaddis? Should I just dive right in? Any tips or advice that will help me get through all 956 pages?
posted by Houyhnhnm on Aug 11, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me create a list of epics that either destroy - or transform - students in college Lit classes...

I'm trying to make a list of epics that kill most people in college Lit - the really great ones that for many people are impossible to get through, but can be so worthwhile if they do. Here's a rough list so far: [more inside]
posted by soulbarn on Jul 28, 2010 - 65 answers

Fellow literature nerds, help me out here

Yet another reading recommendation request. Fellow literature nerds, help me out here. Specific requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by Lobster Garden on Jul 26, 2010 - 45 answers

A book I loved, I now hate.

What book(s) did you once adore and now cannot stand? And why? [more inside]
posted by mizrachi on Jul 19, 2010 - 96 answers

buscando libros maravillosos!

What are your Spanish book recommendations? [more inside]
posted by xqwzts on Jun 17, 2010 - 18 answers

Tell me what fiction I should read

Fiction for someone who prefers non-fiction. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by ishotjr on Jun 10, 2010 - 36 answers

Hooray for free stopovers.

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 - 13 answers

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