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ISO Good Mystery Series (novels)

I think I'd like to begin following an author who writes mysteries featuring a regular protagonist and cast of recurring characters, but I have some d'ruthers. Can you help match me up? [more inside]
posted by taz on Jul 20, 2013 - 30 answers

Looking for dialogue with a certain form

I'm looking for lines of dialogue from movies, novels, or elsewhere, in which someone says that something is not an X, even though it is an X, just not a mere X or typical X. An example of the type of exchange I'm looking for: "Wow, you spent a year's salary on a car?" "A car? This is isn't a car. It's a Lamborghini!" The second person knows that their Lamborghini is a car, but means to express that it isn't just a car. (It's important for my purposes that the person doesn't say 'just'.) There must be some recognizable instances of this type of speech, but I'm drawing a blank. Any ideas?
posted by painquale on Jul 7, 2013 - 16 answers

Horror independent of increased knowledge?

Are there any horror works which do not derive increased horror from increased knowledge? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Jul 4, 2013 - 28 answers

What are some national novels and poems?

A while back, I read Noli Me Tángere by José Rizal, which is sort of the national novel of the Philippines. I've just borrowed The Knight in the Panther's Skin from the library, which is seen as "Georgia's national epic". What are some other national novels? (I've seen the Wikipedia national epics list, but I'd prefer novels to epics, I think, unless they are really outstanding.) If you have particular translations/editions to recommend that'd be great as well.
posted by Jahaza on Jul 1, 2013 - 25 answers

What are your favorite novels about contemporary-ish space exploration?

I'm looking for books where characters are exploring the solar system using space ships that are technologically within (or somewhat close to) our capability to build today. Bonus points if those novels are character driven.
posted by Hoenikker on Jun 14, 2013 - 21 answers

Recent Translations of Japanese or Korean novels?

I've been on a Murakami bender for a while, and I have only two novels of his left to read. I'd like to find some other Japanese or Korean novels in translation, now that I can see the end of all this is near. [more inside]
posted by Hennimore on Jun 3, 2013 - 10 answers

What are some good novels where the protagonist is in his/her mid-20s?

I tend to like humor, but other genres are acceptable. If this is too broad a category, we can limit recommendations to those where being in one's mid-20s is somehow central to the novel.
posted by jtothes on Apr 9, 2013 - 19 answers

Seeking funny novels about Chicago, Wicker Park, and if possible the Cub

Seeking funny novels about Chicago, Wicker Park, and if possible the Cubs. Prefer to avoid genre fiction and the self-published. [more inside]
posted by BWA on Mar 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Taking Suggestions for Library of Low Stakes Fiction

My taste for bleak fiction is making me miserable. Help me lighten it up. [more inside]
posted by murfed13 on Mar 18, 2013 - 19 answers

The World According to Someone Other Than Garp

I recently read and enjoyed John Irving's The World According to Garp and The Hotel New Hampshire, and was wondering what other novels, by other authors, people have enjoyed that have a similar subject matter and vibe to Garp -- specifically, birth-to-death stories of writers or creative individuals, with leisurely, meandering plots and profound things to say about living, loving, and learning. This thread had some good suggestions, but I was looking for something more specifically Garp-y -- set in the 20th/21st century, with a middle-class male protagonist in fairly mundane circumstances (nothing fantastical or on the fringes of society), and spans the entire life of the protagonist. Mood should be melancholic but not overly bleak. Thanks for any suggestions.
posted by El Sabor Asiatico on Feb 21, 2013 - 38 answers

Novels about model trains destroying the world

A friend has bet me that there are no novels in which model trains or model railway enthusiasts are portrayed as villains or otherwise threaten humanity. Is this true? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Feb 18, 2013 - 14 answers

Suggest me some great (but not overt) combinations to read together.

Last week I read David Foster Wallace's "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again" (thanks to this FPP), while in the middle of reading Moby Dick. I found them resonating together so well: the high tragedy mixed with low comedy, the elaborate descriptive asides, the playing with formatting, the casual authorial self-hatred, the obsession with morality, to say nothing of the mechanics of the ship and the sea. All this without a single over reference back to Melville. What are some other great co-reads (or movies/TV/opera/album/etc.) to get that enriching resonance? Subtle is good: think tone, theme, shape more than plot or character. If you've caught Laurence Weschler's McSweeney's series of Convergences (published in book form here), that's more what I mean. The reader/viewer makes the connections without being led by the author (So, for instance, King Lear & Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres are too overtly linked). Bonus points for something that goes well with Cloud Atlas (the book, not the movie).
posted by rikschell on Feb 18, 2013 - 17 answers

How to transition from commenting on blogs to "real" writing

In the last 9 years, I've written a Russian novel's worth of blog comments. Can you help me channel this energy into personal writing projects? NOTE : I am NOT interested in blogging. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Feb 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Novels of Dragons

Please recommend to me books prominently featuring dragons that will meet my rather high (and specific) standards. Lots of details to calibrate your suggestions inside. [more inside]
posted by Caduceus on Jan 24, 2013 - 37 answers

Looking for a page-turner that doesn't depress me

Can you recommend me a book with interesting, well-drawn characters and a page-turning plot that is not horribly depressing? Maybe (but not necessarily) something of the chick-lit variety? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Jan 24, 2013 - 39 answers

Spoiler filter - novels/scripts where the protagonist was in a coma/dead

Spoiler filter - novels/scripts where the protagonist was in a coma/dead (etc) the whole time? [more inside]
posted by tzb on Jan 18, 2013 - 46 answers

This book! Book of my youth!

I have vague memories of two fantasy/scifi novels I read back when I was a child in the early-mid 90s, and I wish to seek them out again on the basis of these memories. But I can't remember enough to be able to find them. Help me? [more inside]
posted by kafziel on Jan 11, 2013 - 7 answers

I like Kazuo Ishiguro. What other contemporary novelists/novels should I read?

My taste in novels has generally tended towards the classics but lately I feel like reading some good contemporary fiction. Please recommend some recent-ish books that are well-written and well-crafted, have emotional depth and deal with human relationships in insightful and moving ways. Kazuo Ishiguro is an example of the kind of writer I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by zeri on Jan 4, 2013 - 24 answers

Looking for creepy reads

I'm looking for recommendations for creepy and/or scary novels and nonfiction. [more inside]
posted by indognito on Dec 23, 2012 - 32 answers

Fantasy novels featuring talking cats, telepathic cats, sentient cats, intelligent cats, etc.?

Please recommend to me some fantasy novels that feature talking, telepathic, or otherwise sentient cats. Ideally with human companions, but a society entirely composed of intelligent cats could be cool too. Thanks!
posted by Jacqueline on Dec 18, 2012 - 53 answers

Help me find a romance novel for my Granny

Recommendations for novels similar to Nicholas Sparks style, please? [more inside]
posted by chiababe on Dec 10, 2012 - 10 answers

Looking for great crime novels with some depth

Seeking recommendations for (non-American/British) crime novels that also serve as interesting social commentary [more inside]
posted by 1901gunner on Dec 2, 2012 - 17 answers

Where are the metasatirical horror novels?

I've been tasked to find metasatirical horror novels: horror novels (or short stories, I suppose) that explore, criticize and parody their own genre tropes. What are the prose equivalents of The Cabin in the Woods and Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon?
posted by Faint of Butt on Nov 30, 2012 - 15 answers

who uses fUnNy gRaPhIcaL cOnVenTiOnS??!$%?

I am looking for examples of authors who have used unconventional graphical conventions in their work, published in traditional dead-tree form (books, magazines etc.). Excluding graphic novels, comics etc. Obvious example would be e.e. cummings using lower case; perhaps other poets who use text unconventionally. but novels? There's the big S at the start of Joyce's Ulysses. But what authors have exploited the graphical possibilities of the printed medium in an extensive way? thanks.
posted by cogneuro on Nov 27, 2012 - 46 answers

Winter reading recs?

My Nook is hungry- and I have silly tastes- recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Blisterlips on Nov 15, 2012 - 52 answers

More animal novels

Where can I find more "animal fiction" like this? [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on Nov 11, 2012 - 39 answers

Novel recommendations

Looking for specific book recommendations that are superb and by female authors/female authors of color. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Nov 8, 2012 - 53 answers

Everything is Amazing and The Bestest

What are other modern fiction titles with superlatives? I'm thinking of "Everything is Illuminated" and "Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever". [more inside]
posted by whimsicalnymph on Oct 31, 2012 - 24 answers

Finding a Novel that is Strange but Also Everyday

I'm looking for a novel that strikes a tone between the strange and the intimate/everyday. I've been watching a lot of Fringe lately and I've been in the mood for a book that provides characters interacting with Lovecraftian, Lynchian, or Cronenbergian horrors while the characters themselves remain (or attempt to remain) relatable and slice of life.
posted by sendai sleep master on Oct 12, 2012 - 56 answers

Exciting unpredictable thrillers with intelligent characters?

I just finished Gone Girl the other day and am looking for similar reads. Without spoiling anything this book features intelligent and unpredictable characters with twisty plotting, including a significant script flip halfway through. Would love similar page turners that keep you guessing without being too formulaic or lowest common denominator!
posted by yellowbinder on Sep 24, 2012 - 26 answers

Help me figure out what to read next!

Yet another "please help me find more books to read" query [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Sep 17, 2012 - 32 answers

Mountain books

I am looking for literary works about mountains. I imagine they exist, because being in mountains and climbing them and seeing everything from up high is such a powerful experience. I know there are movies about this (for instance the silent ones by Arnold Franck), and I suppose there must be an equivalent in writing. Ideally, they would be rather lyrical or poetic texts. Any ideas, hive-mind?
posted by MrMisterio on Sep 14, 2012 - 21 answers

You can assume we've already considered Of Mice & Men.

Looking for novels about or by authors from the Central Valley of California. [more inside]
posted by psoas on Sep 13, 2012 - 21 answers

My name is Christopher John Francis Boone

Please recommend books that are similar to 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' (not just ones about autism). [more inside]
posted by fix on Aug 29, 2012 - 22 answers

Good options for young adult novels I can read with my community college developmental writing classes?

What are some good options for young adult novels I can read with my community college developmental writing classes? The novels don't have to be "young adult" per se, but they should be engaging and high interest. [more inside]
posted by TrarNoir on Aug 20, 2012 - 19 answers

Standalone fantasy novels?

Looking for standalone fantasy novels or duologies. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jul 24, 2012 - 29 answers

Great "fun" science fiction novels? (Think: Ready Player One)

What are some great "fun" science fiction novels? (Think: Ready Player One) [more inside]
posted by petah on Jul 8, 2012 - 27 answers

Do you know the title of this book?

I'm trying to recall the title of a young adult novel I read a few years ago. Help! [more inside]
posted by instantfail on Jul 2, 2012 - 4 answers

Can this book be saved?

An editor asked for the full manuscript of my young adult novel. The problem? It isn't finished yet. What do I tell her? [more inside]
posted by Shoggoth on Jun 19, 2012 - 16 answers

All scientists are mad, really.

Seeking novels about scientists! All genres welcome; women protagonists, protagonists of color and non-Western protagonists preferred; weirdos also acceptable. [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Jun 7, 2012 - 45 answers

It's fantasy, it shouldn't be so limited.

There is no shortage of fantasy novels set in a fantasy world based on Europe. But what about fantasy worlds based on other cultures? [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi on Jun 2, 2012 - 54 answers

Of course, sir. I'll take care of it.

Help me find historical fiction starring the kinds of people described in this awesome comment. [more inside]
posted by The demon that lives in the air on Jun 1, 2012 - 8 answers

2 for 1 Bookfinders Special

MeFi bookworms, do you know either of these books? [more inside]
posted by jaimystery on Jun 1, 2012 - 1 answer

I want to read novels like they're visual novels! Without making them visual or anything.

The Internet having destroyed my abilities of concentration, I'm looking for anything, preferably a web app, that can help me read large texts, like novels on a sentence-by-sentence basis. [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto on May 26, 2012 - 6 answers

help queer my summer reading list please!

What are some great (somewhat) recently released novels/books/memoirs with queer/LGBTQ themes or characters? [more inside]
posted by kylej on May 23, 2012 - 31 answers

Please recommend me some novels (or movies) about being a confused 20-something.

Please recommend me some novels (or movies) about the confusion and ridiculousness of being in your early 20s. [more inside]
posted by ad4pt on May 9, 2012 - 28 answers

It Shall Rise From the Ashes

What are the great novels of Detroit? All genres welcome, but latter half of the 20th century preferred. Thanks!
posted by gerryblog on May 9, 2012 - 11 answers

How A went from thinking B to C

Please recommend stories about mental battles. Specifically, people overcoming deep-seated fears or beliefs. [more inside]
posted by fix on May 3, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me find the best strange science fiction novels.

Help me find more speculative/science fiction novels like Geoff Ryman's The Child Garden and Michael Swanwick's Stations of the Tide! [more inside]
posted by overglow on Apr 20, 2012 - 10 answers

Recommend fantasy novels

I want to read some more great fantasy novels and want your recommendations. [more inside]
posted by luvmywife on Apr 19, 2012 - 50 answers

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