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Another novel identiying question

Once again, I can't remember the name of a book I read a while back. I read it in 2006. I remember the plot pretty well but I'm unsuccessful with Google. The protagonist is a woman, age 30, and her employer has just died. She's extremely tall, which is a pretty important part of the story, I think. [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Sep 7, 2014 - 5 answers

How critical was being physically present to the success of your book?

How critical was being continually physically present for readings, signings, interviews and other events to the success of a book? Was most of your successful promotional efforts in the first year online or over the phone? [more inside]
posted by msk1985 on Aug 12, 2014 - 2 answers

Need the title of a space-based science fiction novel

Around 10 years ago I read a science fiction paperback novel (that I think had been recently published) and I can't remember what it was called. All I can remember is that it was largely set on a spacecraft and there were a group of Humans investigating a series of horrible deaths on a planet and on another spacecraft. They found the bones of the missing people buried on the planet they were investigating.
posted by DarrenLB on Aug 6, 2014 - 5 answers

Pairing fiction with eras in common

So two books I really love are Heaven to Betsy and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I love how they go into the details of the period they take place, particularly the fashion and food. It was also only recently I realised that they take place roughly around the same era. It really surprised me because they are so completely different to one another. Francie has an alcoholic father and the family can barely get food on the table; Betsy's biggest ordeal is falling in love with a boy that doesn't like her back and not studying for an essay contest. So my question is two-fold and is aimed at requesting book suggestions. [more inside]
posted by like_neon on Jul 25, 2014 - 23 answers

Captain Planet - but for grown ups

Please help me come up with a decent name for a group of four fictional characters who have power over the classic elements in an equally fictional world. [more inside]
posted by Youremyworld on Jul 15, 2014 - 25 answers

I'm looking for a romance novel I read in the mid-nineties

I am looking for a romance novel from around 1993. I know that romance novels are a dime a dozen but I am hoping that, somewhere in the hive mind, there is someone who loves trashy books with a better memory than me. Here are the major plot points: [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Jul 5, 2014 - 5 answers

Extreme Exposition

I wish to read fiction that has a very high ratio of exposition imparted to amount of actual writing. [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on Jun 19, 2014 - 16 answers

Thoughtful-but-entertaining novels for the nonliterary type?

I'm teaching an introductory course on prose fiction (reading, not writing). What fun post-1900 novel should I put on the syllabus? Should be intelligent, but needn't necessarily be, you know, Literary. [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on Jun 10, 2014 - 40 answers

Historical British Detective Novel(s)

I'm looking for suggestions for a book that could appeal to a diverse set of people (i.e. my family). Some historical fiction set in England/Scotland/Wales/Ireland, with a detective-style plot, seems like it would work. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by benito.strauss on Jun 8, 2014 - 29 answers

Young adult novel about becoming a girl becoming a fugitive?

In the late 90s, I read a lot of young adult novels - the plot of one in particular has stuck with me for years and I think about it way too much. If you could help me track it down I would be forever grateful. Basic premise, a teen girl sees something she shouldn't while at her father's house and she then goes on the run. [more inside]
posted by cessair on Jun 2, 2014 - 2 answers

Name that romance novel (with the weird plot)

Posting for daughter as I've not a clue: "I am looking for an older romance novel - 1970s? - that I read (and reread) between 1984-1990, but I cannot remember any of the characters' names, nor the title or the author. [more inside]
posted by BlueHorse on May 6, 2014 - 6 answers

BookFilter: Apocalypse novels for children

Back in 1987 or so, I read a children's/YA book that begins with a young girl who survives an end-of-the-world event (nuclear? meteor?) alone with her father and brother in a huge nuclear bunker. The second half of the book is about a girl with the same name who is a descendant of the survivors. Can you help me figure out what this book was? [more inside]
posted by mochapickle on Apr 14, 2014 - 7 answers

Name that book: a detective novel in Los Angeles

Help me remember the title of this book? [more inside]
posted by Cwell on Mar 27, 2014 - 5 answers

I need help finding a specific type of book.

When I was a kid, there seemed to be a million of a certain type of romance novel on the market. They would be less "romantic" and more "dramatic" and "sordid", the type of books that would have, say, a pale pink cover with a picture of a tiger lily and a string of pearls, with titles like "deception" written in swooshy letters. [more inside]
posted by windykites on Mar 8, 2014 - 28 answers

What was that novel that mentions grissini as a sexual metaphor?

I read a novel that has lots of sexual scenarios, one of which involves a "frigid" woman who is repeatedly offered grissini (breadsticks) by a waiter as a subliminally sexual seduction. There was another ongoing scene in which a woman was a research subject for testing orgasm response. Why? Because I can't remember and like the pirate with the steering wheel belt buckle, it's driving me nuts. Thanks!
posted by haineux on Mar 3, 2014 - 3 answers

Paper or short excerpt of a book on early modern/victorian novels

I've been trying to find this paper I remember reading once (it was probably on Metafilter) but I can't seem to find it in the search. It was about a thoroughly mediocre early modern or victorian novel which was interesting because it taught readers the conventions of novel reading. It was full of scenes that showed characters reading novels and having emotional reactions. [more inside]
posted by taromsn on Mar 3, 2014 - 0 answers

Vampire Pigs?

My mom is trying to remember a book she read in the late 80s that had vampire pigs in it! [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on Feb 22, 2014 - 2 answers

I need to build a "social media platform" to market my novel -- help!

In order to get my novel published (comedic science fiction), I've been told that I need to build a social media platform (website, facebook, twitter, etc.) and that if publishers see that you have a following they're more likely to take a chance on you. I'm building a website and getting a facebook page in order, but I'm not sure I get twitter, I'd like input on where on the web my audience may already lie, and I need to get over my aversion to self-promotion. [more inside]
posted by rkriger on Feb 12, 2014 - 19 answers

Help me identify this fantasy novel

I bought it from a thrift store sometime in the 90's. Mostly, I recall there being an auction of magical/religiously significant items and a chase scene involving a golem. [more inside]
posted by darchildre on Feb 6, 2014 - 2 answers

Googling "weird camel thing" surprisingly proved fruitless

I am trying to remember the name of a fantasy book I read around 1990 or so. It was written for pre-teens/young adults, took place on another planet, involved a longish journey on some sort of camel-esque creature and the development of a relationship between a trainee warrior-type and some sort of novitiate. Any ideas as to what this book could be? [more inside]
posted by HonoriaGlossop on Feb 6, 2014 - 4 answers

Seeking names to one classic movie and a couple SF/F stories

My google-fu is not helping me on these, this is sort of a disjointed question, for whatever reason a few disjointed memories have come to mind recently from media I once consumed, I can usually figure out the sources if I can piece together this much memory but I haven't managed to with these ones. I read/watched these long ago. This is one classic romantic-comedy and various SF/F novels and short stories. [more inside]
posted by elista on Jan 27, 2014 - 6 answers

Recommend books that are like Stephen King short stories

I really like Stephen King's short stories, specifically those that focus on possessed objects or ghosts/demons/ghouls manipulating objects. I'm thinking specifically of Lawnmower Man and The Mangler. Can you recommend horror novels in a similar vein, by Stephen King or by others? [Spoilers for The Shining within] [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Jan 2, 2014 - 15 answers

How does the shrinking work in Michael Crichton's book Micro?

There's a Michael Crichton book (technically finished based on his notes) called Micro. It is about a group of people who get shrunk to miniscule size and are attacked by mundane wildlife. [more inside]
posted by Lorc on Dec 31, 2013 - 4 answers

BookFilter: English fiction with lots of Spanish language elements

I'm looking for recommendations of English-language fiction that heavily features Spanish-language elements. I'm working on learning Spanish again (I had 3 years in high school, about 10 years ago) and thought it would be fun and useful to read novels that incorporate Spanish heavily, kind of an immersion strategy. [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 on Dec 30, 2013 - 11 answers

Chapter One: The End.

Tell me the story of how you managed to keep your novel organized! [more inside]
posted by mittens on Dec 16, 2013 - 15 answers

Can you help me make the Great Native American Novel reading list?

I like to learn about different places and cultures by reading fiction set in those places and with characters from those cultures. Can you recommend to me a contemporary novel about American Indians? I'm particularly interested in books about Native American communities in the continental US. [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Dec 7, 2013 - 17 answers

Murder Mystery/Thriller buffs, I need your help for Nano!

I debated whether to post this as I am not sure it is an acceptable use for AskMe, but I am stuck and need help! I have pantsed 39K of what I would describe as a plotless mess of an anti-novel, but I am determined to fiinsh. So even though this feels a bit like cheating, I am asking for advice related to plot issues in my Nano. [Warning - contains spoliers lol!] [more inside]
posted by marienbad on Nov 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Bookfilter: YA Roller Skating Novel

I am trying to find a book I read as a child in the early/mid 90s. Set in the UK. [more inside]
posted by drunkonthemoon on Nov 14, 2013 - 3 answers

What do you wish you'd read before you left college?

I'm helping to design a course for college juniors and seniors in the health sciences. What books (textbooks, popular non-fiction, or even novels), articles, essays, and websites would be most helpful for the students as they finish up their degrees? [more inside]
posted by terrierhead on Nov 12, 2013 - 19 answers

What was this novel I read in high school?

In high school English class, I remember reading a novel but can't recall the name or really much of the plot. I don't even remember liking it, but I still need to know the title! Here are some of the details I remember. A couple gets married, and then they have a child seven or so months later. They weren't together before the wedding, so it's known the husband isn't the father. The wife had other children from a previous marriage/relationship. I believe the grandparents also play a central role. The father works at a furniture store or for a cabinet maker? At one point, he joins some religious group and they have a gathering at his house. Somebody leaves a water ring on a nice oak table and the party fizzles out shortly after, even though they successfully remove the ring with soap. Any guesses?
posted by mmmbacon on Nov 5, 2013 - 2 answers

ID this novel: Group of people wake up at remote snowbound house?

I read this book in the late 80's but it might have been published earlier than that. More scattered details inside. [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake on Oct 29, 2013 - 3 answers

"They all ate the mushrooms, and died." In the novel, that is.

A bunch of years ago I read the first chapter of a French novel. It was funny. In that first chapter the narrator's family spends a day picking mushrooms, then eats them for dinner and they all die. The writer was French (possibly Belgian), with a 'punchy' name as I remember it. The novel was 'comic' (I think), and not especially long. I want to say it was written between the 50's and 60's but don't remember why I think that. There's a chance the author is also known for some other, non-writing endeavor (a la Nick Cave). I never wrote down the name of the novel or the writer because both had lodged in my head. Well, they've become dis-lodged and recently I went mushroom picking and spent the whole time trying to remember this novel and/or its author. Please. I've googled to no avail.
posted by From Bklyn on Oct 22, 2013 - 6 answers

More reading material, please

My partner keeps rereading the Phrynee Fisher series. He likes them because they're on his E-reader, detective stories, and they pass the Bechdel and Russo tests. He likes the characters in these novels: these are relatively happy people for the most part. Please, O MetaFilter. He's ready for a new series. What else is out there?
posted by aniola on Oct 19, 2013 - 13 answers

Novels without protagonists

I'm looking for examples of novels without protagonists. See inside for details. [more inside]
posted by naju on Oct 16, 2013 - 31 answers

writing scenes that are roughly but not completely contemporaneous

Help me understand how, in suspense fiction, to transition between scenes that are happening at roughly the same time, but extending for different timespans. [more inside]
posted by mittens on Oct 16, 2013 - 6 answers

Can anybody identify this novel?

I'm trying to remember the name of a novel I read when I was in school. I believe it was Canadian, and the main character was a goodhearted but simpleminded, somewhat overweight female prostitute living in a small town. I also believe the title was her nickname; I thought it was "Sweetie," but that has proven to be incorrect.
posted by The Card Cheat on Oct 12, 2013 - 4 answers

THIS IS THE SECOND WEIRDEST STAR WARS BOOK EVER

What are some exceptionally weird tie-in novels and comics? I'm looking for books which are especially weird as a result of not fitting the tone or form of the source material, or of the usual tie-in product. Preferably in fantasy, sci-fi, & horror. [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast on Oct 6, 2013 - 15 answers

Looking for romance novels where "still waters run deep".

Looking for well written, character-driven romance novels or romantic novels where the hero is in fact alpha/dominant/protective/whatever but also smart enough to realize that it's not always the most useful thing to be. Specifically, looking for heroes that are introduced as unassuming, "normal" characters or introduced as unable to harm/control the heroine (e.g. because of a spell) where it later turns out to be untrue. [more inside]
posted by ethidda on Oct 4, 2013 - 9 answers

Name that reincarnation novel

Trying to name a novel where a couple finds each other throughout different lives/reincarnations by placing newspaper ads. [more inside]
posted by Flannery Culp on Oct 1, 2013 - 6 answers

Modern Greek or Roman fiction not centered on military or leaders?

Ancient Roman and Greek civilizations set my imagination ablaze, and while I've loved Homer's works right now I'm interested in works written in, say, the last century that take place in those times, or thereabouts. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Sep 24, 2013 - 25 answers

Novels in 1st and 3rd person

I would like to find novels told from the point of view of at least two characters where one portion is written in the first person and one is in the third.
posted by bananafish on Sep 11, 2013 - 33 answers

TV in novels?

What novels and short stories do a good job of depicting television? Mostly I'm interested in characters watching TV, but I'll also accept answers like 1984—where (a slightly different version of) TV plays a major role in the plot.
posted by Hoenikker on Sep 8, 2013 - 23 answers

Young adult illustrated novel?

I'm drawing a blank on the title and author of a YA book I perused in a bookstore a few years ago. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Sep 4, 2013 - 2 answers

Help my partner identify a novel she read in South America.

My partner read a novel a few years ago at a book exchange in a hostel. Here's what she remembers:
posted by HeroZero on Sep 2, 2013 - 5 answers

Where can I find a word-count tool to track my writing goals?

I'm looking for a word-count tool that will allow me to: set a goal for words written by a specific date, enter in the words I have written each day, see how many words I remaining toward my goal, and how many words I will need to average each day to reach my goal. [more inside]
posted by Tevin on Aug 26, 2013 - 7 answers

Tips & tricks for capturing the 'voice' of a piece of fiction?

How do you go about consciously aping the voice/tone/style of a particular genre of fiction or writer? [more inside]
posted by Erberus on Aug 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Sci-Fi novel predicting Google Glass

I'm trying to remember the name and author fo a sci-fi novel that predicted the idea of Google glasses and their impact on society. I can clearly remember one of the characters, a youung person, complaining that all these old people had these glasses that recorded everything that happened around them and could send that data directly to the police. It was kind of an Orwellian Big Brother feel to society. You were always being watched, recorded, reported, etc. I was reminded again about this after reading an article on NPR about the first police arrest recorded on Google Glass. Does anyone else remember this book or the author? Thanks in advance for the help.
posted by corwalch on Jul 9, 2013 - 13 answers

ISO ripped bodices and heaving bossoms.

What was this trashy romance novel about blonde twin sisters I read ~20 years ago? More of what I remember inside. [more inside]
posted by peacrow on Jul 2, 2013 - 8 answers

if i liked the movie l'avventura, what books will i like?

i really like the slow/subtle treatment of ennui/cultureshock/different manifestations of love/and the engaging "nonplot"
posted by sawyerrrr on Jun 25, 2013 - 8 answers

Young adult novel with nuclear pool?

I'm trying to remember the name of a young adult novel I read (in the 80's or 90's) where a character is forced to do some work with radioactive materials at the bottom of a pool.
posted by Jahaza on May 23, 2013 - 7 answers

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