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 -
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 -
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 -
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.
posted by mmmbacon
on Nov 5, 2013 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
I'm looking for examples of novels without protagonists. See inside for details. [more inside]
posted by naju
on Oct 16, 2013 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
- About a family (a father, son, and daughter-in-law) who are taken by the secret police of a fictional South American dictatorship (a stand in for an unnamed Argentina or Chile). The characters are tortured, and the novel focuses on their psychological recovery afterwards. The woman might be pregnant.
- She read it in English, but it may have been a translation.
- The title was some word that she thinks translated as "fish" or "sea god" or something similar. She thinks it maybe began with "P," but she's not sure.
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
NovelFilter: please help me identify a novel which begins with a suicide - there is a wealthy (they have a cook & a maid) family dinner, someone leaves to go to the restroom, finds the daughter in a pool of blood. I also remember that the father continues to chew on his food as he stares in shock at the body, an uneaten ice-cream cake, and possibly that the suicide results in the narrator marrying the daughter's fiance.
That's all I got - any ideas?
posted by forallmankind
on May 18, 2013 -
Identify this book. Literary novel, probably a first novel, published between 1994 and 1997, written by a guy who had taught writing at Harvard. The only thing I remember in it is an obsessive character in the desert who has welded multiple trailers or mobile homes in a circle so he can obsessively walk in circles inside them. [more inside]
posted by Unified Theory
on May 13, 2013 -
I have in mind two (fiction) classics on the subject: An Enemy of the People (Ibsen) and The Winter of Our Discontent (Steinbeck). I would appreciate it if you could guide me to other valuable works on this issue.
posted by Basque13
on Apr 23, 2013 -
I read a novel when I was in high school that was written I think back in the seventies or maybe the sixties. I have been trying for awhile now to remember the title and the author. I've done some searches, but I can't narrow down my search terms to where I can get search results that would be helpful. Please help me remember! [more inside]
posted by Fukiyama
on Apr 18, 2013 -
I have very little information. Maybe you read this too, though. Fiction with fantasy/paranormal elements, early or mid-90's, female author, gay romance/sex, ghosts, condom factory, divorce, maybe some Wicca? [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk
on Apr 9, 2013 -
Somewhere between '80 and '82, I read this book that featured spiders... [arachnophobes: do not click!] [more inside]
posted by batmonkey
on Mar 28, 2013 -
[novel filter] I'm searching the recesses of my mind to locate a half-remembered passage from a fictional novel which provides a beautiful meditation on the fact that all humans are essentially the same; and not getting very far. What I can remember is that one of the characters is projecting themselves into the shoes of others (or one particular 'bad' person? I can't recall) - murderers, rapists, etc - and noting that there is little that separates him or her personally, or good people in general, from those we deem the evil. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by mrme
on Feb 23, 2013 -
Is the dietary advice the doctor gives the captain to help his hemorrhoids in the novel Captain Corelli's Mandolin
good advice in the real world for this condition? [more inside]
posted by bluefly
on Feb 20, 2013 -
All I remember is that it was a "young adult" book, it took place in Pittsburgh (I think... I remember that there were three rivers that met together in the town), and that there was like a big funicular type thing featured prominently in one of the suspenseful parts. Possibly this was the Duquesne Incline. The protagonist was a teenage girl, possibly visiting relatives? She was chased by a guy on the cable car/ funicular thing. Any ideas?
posted by wurly
on Feb 1, 2013 -
I've recently started listening to Scriptnotes
, a great podcast by John August and Craig Mazin about screenwriting. Is there a similar podcast about novel/short story writing, or indeed writing in general? Podcasts I already subscribe to and key things I like about Scriptnotes inside. [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave
on Jan 18, 2013 -
Help me fill in this vague recollection of a story I read? I read it probably as recently as last year. I don't remember if it's a short story or an incident in a novel. [more inside]
posted by Infinity_8
on Jan 17, 2013 -
What was this young adult (or children's) novel I read about a girl growing up in Appalachia or the Ozarks? It might have actually been two different novels. [more inside]
posted by lunasol
on Jan 15, 2013 -
I want to improve my parenting skills for my almost-2-year old. I don't have a lot of role models nearby, so I'd like to do some reading. I tend to put off reading non-fiction, even if it is well-written about a topic I am interested in. However, I will read novels even if they aren't very good and I don't really have time to read them. [more inside]
posted by SandiBeech
on Jan 15, 2013 -
I'm looking for books, stories, films, documentaries, articles about the birth of dystopic societies. Examples could be a prequel to the Hunger Games (how did this fictional world come to be?), an article about people's lives in a nation where democracy was overthrown, stories about how Jews and non-Jews reacted to the early days of Hitler's rise, explorations of the slow realization that an ostensibly democratic nation is now really run by a strongman or single powerful party. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak
on Jan 9, 2013 -
Where can I find short plot summaries of books, especially prequels to genre novels? [more inside]
posted by aspo
on Dec 19, 2012 -
Name that YA book or story! Young boy/teen is in a cabin or hut in the Arctic. There is also a murderer. It may be the kind of thing where there are a few people in the cabin, and one of them is a murderer, and people are being killed one by one. Very sketchy details follow. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack
on Dec 18, 2012 -
I'm just finishing up the third book
in Ben Aaronovitch's "Rivers of London" series, and I've really enjoyed these books. What fantasy book(s) should I read next to suit my current mood? [more inside]
posted by taz
on Dec 18, 2012 -
What's that novel?
In high school I read a book about 2 children surviving the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. It was my first introduction to the Khmer Rouge,and I'm desperate to find out what it was called. [more inside]
posted by robotot
on Dec 13, 2012 -
What are the best non-Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories, collections, and novels?
posted by jsturgill
on Dec 7, 2012 -