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"Happy families are all alike," but I want to read about them

"Happy families are all alike," which presumably makes things difficult for novelists, who need conflict to drive plot. But since I don't have a lot of great relationship models in my life, I'd like to read some novels about people with good marital or romantic relationships. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by ThisIsNotMe on Aug 11, 2011 - 27 answers

What novel would make a great low-budget film?

What novel would make a great low-budget film? Any genre. Bonus for strong female lead under the age of forty, but not necessary. [more inside]
posted by michaeldunaway on Jul 28, 2011 - 27 answers

I'm looking for good intermediate-level German novels. In German, that is.

I'm looking for good intermediate-level German novels. In German, that is. [more inside]
posted by colfax on Jul 21, 2011 - 16 answers

Books on con artists, deception, foul play and secret double lives?

Recommendations for thrilling true-life tales of bluebloods behaving badly? [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Jul 8, 2011 - 21 answers

toke-lit

What are some contemporary novels about potheads or that feature weed-smoking? [more inside]
posted by fryman on Jun 9, 2011 - 19 answers

LIBERTARIAN ENGINEER SAVES THE WORLD

Give your best examples of the SF/ Survivalist/ Wish Fullfillment sub-genre "libertarian engineers do everything better" or "objectivist superman saves history". More specifically ones where someone is the last man on earth/sendt back in time and constructs a free market utopia through sheer smarts and rationality ( with himself on the top of it, of course). [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Jun 9, 2011 - 28 answers

Mysteries without conventional detectives

I need mystery novel recommendations! Looking for good mysteries with unconventional characters as the lead. [more inside]
posted by echo target on Jun 3, 2011 - 57 answers

Good translations of Cervantes and Tolsoy?

I'm up for tackling some big all-time classics, especially Don Quixote and War and Peace, and I'm wondering which translations to get. [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Apr 29, 2011 - 19 answers

Thrill me

Looking for recommendations for thriller novels. Preferences insdie. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Apr 28, 2011 - 17 answers

Give me girl power-- but with nuance.

I'd like recommendations for books, stories or non-fiction accounts of women wrestling with societal norms to achieve their goals and having trouble overcoming their own internalized ideas of gender. [more inside]
posted by DeusExMegana on Apr 23, 2011 - 26 answers

Trying to remember childhood novel titles

Looking for titles for two fantasy books from childhood, the publishing time frame is 1970~1990ish. Scenes from Game of Thrones reminded a friend of them... [more inside]
posted by nightchrome on Apr 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Seeking novels with mysteries (murder, chiefly) where the crime is not solved but the ending is nonetheless totally satisfying.

History is full of unsolved mysteries and crimes. I'm seeking novels with mysteries (murder, chiefly) where the crime is not solved but the ending is nonetheless totally satisfying. [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones on Apr 12, 2011 - 20 answers

He said, I said, she said

Help me prove my friend wrong. What are some works of fiction (novels, short stories, even poetry) written by women, but from the first-person point of view of a male character? [more inside]
posted by Nixy on Apr 1, 2011 - 61 answers

Where is everyone talking about the books they read?

Where can I find thoughtful book discussion and analysis on the internet? [more inside]
posted by tumples on Mar 28, 2011 - 7 answers

Books similar to the novels by Velma Wallis?

Recommend me novels with Native American themes similar to Velma Wallis' Two Old Women and Bird Girl and the Man Who Followed the Sun. [more inside]
posted by skjønn on Mar 26, 2011 - 13 answers

Your favorite alternative Los Angeles novels?

What indie/experimental/small-press/"weird" novels set in Los Angeles would you recommend for an "Alternative L.A. Literature" list? [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall on Mar 20, 2011 - 17 answers

help me remember who this writer is

Trying to remember a novelist (literary, non-best-selling). First novel included a character who was a "lifestyle consultant" in LA, telling rich people which music they should like, what kind of glasses to drink expensive Scotch in, etc. Second novel about a '60s radical on the run for a long time. The writer now lives in upstate New York, running, I think a bed and breakfast. Both books were excellent.
posted by Lizzle on Mar 16, 2011 - 1 answer

Fiction about cities?

Can you recommend great fiction about cities and the urban experience? [more inside]
posted by crackingdes on Mar 16, 2011 - 32 answers

Did best-selling novels have more sex a generation ago?

Are modern best-selling novels less likely to have sex scenes than the best-sellers of a generation ago? [more inside]
posted by Clambone on Feb 21, 2011 - 18 answers

Dance-Club Book Club

ISO works of fiction about disco/techno/dance music! [more inside]
posted by taramosalata on Feb 15, 2011 - 8 answers

Graphic Novels Without the Graphics, Please

I love superhero fiction. I love stories that look into what superhero powers would be like--its psychological and social ramifications. I love the mythology that has developed around superheroes. I love the darkness and moral complexity many modern superhero stories involve.... But I just cannot get into comics or any visual storytelling of that sort. So, can you point me to any good novels about superheroes? [more inside]
posted by meese on Feb 6, 2011 - 33 answers

Scenes From a Marriage

What are some novels in which the plot primarily revolves around a marriage? [more inside]
posted by Nixy on Feb 5, 2011 - 46 answers

Manga suggestions?

Graphic novels, manga collections? [more inside]
posted by fifilaru on Jan 25, 2011 - 18 answers

Sequels that equal the prequel.

Sequels by different authors that equal or better the work of the original author. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Jan 15, 2011 - 24 answers

On the Read

I'm taking a roadtrip through the United States and am looking for book recommendations - books that have been written by authors who are from the cities I'm visiting, books that take place in some of the cities I'm visiting, or even book about travel in general. [more inside]
posted by makethemost on Dec 19, 2010 - 19 answers

Help me find avant-garde comics/sequential art por favor?

I'm looking for avant-garde/experimental comics or sequential art. [more inside]
posted by fantodstic on Dec 17, 2010 - 22 answers

Book Identification: Cyberpunk VR Read/Write?

SF book filter: cyberpunk novel in which a virtual-reality programmer discovers a way to make nerve-induction interfaces write thoughts and feelings to the brain, in addition to merely manipulating sensory perceptions. Powers that be do not like, hilarity ensues... [more inside]
posted by lordcorvid on Dec 6, 2010 - 3 answers

I can't remember what I don't know

Middle school/young adult novels set in Quebec? [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj on Dec 5, 2010 - 10 answers

Once upon a time, there was a language textbook with a small, boxy declension table...

Can anyone recommend some good novels relating to language learning, linguistics, or translation? [more inside]
posted by ElectricBlue on Dec 3, 2010 - 25 answers

I want to go to a book to find a library

All great libraries have books in them, but how many great books have libraries in them? I just finished reading "Big Machine" by Victor Lavalle, and am currently reading "Kafka on the Shore" by Haruki Murakami (yes, finally!), and it's purely coincidental, but they both happen to feature libraries prominently. So now I'd like to know what other really good novels feature libraries in a significant way. [more inside]
posted by taz on Dec 2, 2010 - 31 answers

your head will collapse but there's nothing in it

I'm suddenly very interested in stories, novels, films, music, poems, and comics/graphic narratives that take insanity, altered states of consciousness, and/or terminal illness as a primary theme. My general preference is for science fiction and speculative fiction, but suggestions from other genres would be very good as well. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Nov 16, 2010 - 41 answers

Quick, Popular Reads

Are there any short novels (~200 pgs. or less) that have made it onto the New York Times Best Seller List? [more inside]
posted by whimsicalnymph on Nov 9, 2010 - 27 answers

Books about boats. Victorian boats.

Please recommend maritime novels and movies set in the late Victorian era.
posted by Hoenikker on Nov 7, 2010 - 19 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 find sci-fi novels set in the near future


Help me find books like Cory Doctorow and Max Barry would write (and perhaps write them)... [more inside]
posted by metametababe on Oct 9, 2010 - 18 answers

Let's solve a mystery (novel)!

I want to read fun books like what I read when I was young. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Sep 7, 2010 - 39 answers

What are your top five favorite hidden gem books?

What are your top five favorite hidden gem books? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Aug 3, 2010 - 47 answers

Novels for a Murakami Fan Part II: I'm Not Broke Yet

I previously asked a question here asking for book recommendations for a Murakami fan, and got an incredibly rich response. Thanks, hive mind! There's just one problem: I ran that list into the ground, and I need some fresh reading. Fortunately, I can now provide much more guidance towards recommendations! [more inside]
posted by DoubleMark on Jul 25, 2010 - 29 answers

Statutory Confession?

Bookfilter: Trying to remember the name of this crime novel about a 17 year old girl who poisoned and eventually killed her talented sister for attention. [more inside]
posted by karminai on Jul 23, 2010 - 4 answers

SF/F books that feature lesbians as main characters?

Please help me find fantasy and science fiction books that feature lesbians as main characters. [more inside]
posted by kyrademon on Jul 12, 2010 - 43 answers

Help me, sons and daughter of Gallifrey!

What Doctor Who novels should I read before the Doctor returns for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Jul 1, 2010 - 14 answers

Lost in Skane, without any sandwiches

I've been making my way through Henning Mankell's Wallander series and I hoped MeFi could give me some context about a few things. Including sandwiches. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jun 28, 2010 - 9 answers

Give me the Dickens

Saucy novel recommendations, please! I really liked Perfume, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and The Crimson Petal and the White. What are some other wry/dirty/dark period novels? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Jun 19, 2010 - 29 answers

help me complicate my life

Please recommend mystery/thriller novels with incredibly complex plots. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Jun 4, 2010 - 39 answers

What novel is this quote from?

I'm trying to find a quote from a book I read way back in my English Lit. days. The general gist of the quote is that the best or only way to avoid the angry fist of God is to make sure that you remain in the palm of His hand. It is a quote from a book written by an African American. I'm thinking Zora Neale Hurston or Toni Morrison maybe. I can't remember the actual wording of the quote, so google is not helping. Sound familiar to anyone? Thanks much.
posted by Zendogg on May 24, 2010 - 3 answers

86ing 2666?

Help me read 2666. Or, y'know, not read it. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on May 17, 2010 - 15 answers

Reading what you play

I need a list of video games adapted from books (or graphic novels). [more inside]
posted by ndicecco on May 15, 2010 - 23 answers

An interesting political issue at some point in history?

Please tell me about a time/place in history that had some interesting political issue that was very divisive at the time. [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers on Apr 23, 2010 - 14 answers

Bookfinding help

Looking for a book from the 80's, possibly a young adult novel. [more inside]
posted by pinky on Apr 21, 2010 - 4 answers

Make an online list of books I've read?

Do you know some sort of online database of books where you can make a profile and compile a list of what you've read? (more explanation) [more inside]
posted by CelebrenIthil on Apr 21, 2010 - 11 answers

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