For a coworker: I'm trying to track down a translated YA novel my co-worker remembered reading as a child in Russia. [more inside]
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]
Help me remember the title of this book? [more inside]
My mom is trying to remember a book she read in the late 80s that had vampire pigs in it! [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
I am trying to find a book I read as a child in the early/mid 90s. Set in the UK. [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
Trying to name a novel where a couple finds each other throughout different lives/reincarnations by placing newspaper ads. [more inside]
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]
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]
My partner read a novel a few years ago at a book exchange in a hostel. Here's what she remembers:
- 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.
What was this trashy romance novel about blonde twin sisters I read ~20 years ago? More of what I remember inside. [more inside]
i really like the slow/subtle treatment of ennui/cultureshock/different manifestations of love/and the engaging "nonplot"
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]
Looking for a book whose title I can't remember, but whose cover I can picture perfectly. [more inside]
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]
Somewhere between '80 and '82, I read this book that featured spiders... [arachnophobes: do not click!] [more inside]
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]
Another episode of Ask Metafilter, book-title detectives. [more inside]
Where can I find short plot summaries of books, especially prequels to genre novels? [more inside]
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]
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]
Help me find this dimly-remembered SF novel, if you please. Near-future dystopia, high unemployment, unemployed people are treated in humiliating ways, they adopt mysterious insects as pets, the insects give off calming pheromones. More poorly-remembered details inside, one of them NSFW. [more inside]
Looking for specific book recommendations that are superb and by female authors/female authors of color. [more inside]
Help me remember the title of this genre novel about a military nurse named Honor? [more inside]
Blurb for my new (upcoming) novel: how well does it work? [more inside]
Looking for a thriller mass-market paperback novel that I read in the late 1990s that was about brilliant students at a medical school - murder, conspiracy, etc. [more inside]
Looking for standalone fantasy novels or duologies. [more inside]
Looking for alternate science and/or space fiction. [more inside]
South African novel? A Boer seduces a black girl, they have sex in his Mercedes Benz. The book deals with the seduction that comes before, and the problems afterwards. The white guy is NOT cast as a villain. My friend read this book in the 70s and is looking for it. Thanks!
Recommend mystery fiction, especially mystery fiction by authors whose works were adapted into Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes
Recommend mystery fiction, especially mystery fiction by authors whose works were adapted into Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes [more inside]
I read an odd (and very stupid) novel around 1997. Please verify that this book exists and wasn't a product of my young addled mind. [more inside]
Excellent Action Scenes In Books? I'm looking for examples of tense, fast paced action sequences in novels and short stories. The written equivalent to the cinematic on-the-edge-of-your-seat-oh-crap-the-person-may-die-how-will-they-escape thing. Bonus if the situation is complex yet reads like a clear, clockwork machine. [more inside]
Forgotten-YA-Novel-Filter: Help me remember a book I read when I was in middle school. It involved a teenage girl, a church, and grave rubbings! [more inside]
Please help me remember the name of an old scifi novel about an alien that sucks knowledge out of other people's brains, killing them. [more inside]
What-was-that-book-filter: 70's or 80's (?) heist (?) novel that involved shutting down L.A. by closing a couple of freeways and the central telephone switching system. [more inside]
What are the best oral histories to read? [more inside]
A recent conversation reminded me of something I once read. It was in a Playboy magazine, likely mid-80s, and it was either a short story or an excerpt from a novel if Playboy even does that kind of thing. From what I remember it was written in the first person about a guy (a reporter?) who hears about this Vietnam vet that has learned some art of tattooing which acts as the perfect camouflage. [more inside]
Looking for non-depressing fiction about Russia (any time period). Is there an equivalent to Connie Willis's wonderful Blackout/All Clear? [more inside]
I'm looking for a web novel/short story: sci-fi, underwater research facility, end of society, etc. [more inside]
Looking for books or movies with the same humor as Mike Judge's movies. [more inside]
Reclaiming my forgotten past, what was that book again? Guy invents some sort of medical apparatus, it is used by a surgeon on guy's gifted daughter, gifted daughter's soul dies? [more inside]
Help me remember a book: artificial lake, main character keeps seeing headlights under the water, turns into a murder mystery [more inside]
What novels with a heavy focus on gambling should I read? [more inside]
YANML: I mentioned at work that I am in the process of writing a novel, and someone said that the company owns anything I create while employed there. Is that true? [more inside]
Identify a science fiction/fantasy novel from the 1980s, possibly YA, where they lived in the trees and where talk of killing others was taboo?
Can you identify this book? I read it in the mid-1980s. It may or may not have been a YA (Young Adult) title. The protagonist was a young girl, and her society lived peacefully up in the trees. She was interested in seeing the world down on the surface. There may have been another society down there. At one point she lost her temper with someone (a pet?) and blurted out something like "I would like to dead you!" at which her family was shocked and horrified at her violent thoughts. I particularly remember being struck by that part, that she understood the concept of killing but didn't know the verb. [more inside]