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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‚Ä®

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

Looking to get Lost again...

Looking for a new book or series to read, and I'd like a specific theme: that of a protagonist(ish) mastermind. More info included, as well as some minor spoilers for those who have never seen Lost, and would like to. (Just a friendly warning!) [more inside]
posted by thatbrunette on Apr 16, 2010 - 25 answers

Novels about English Village Life

I'm making a reading list and I'm looking for some novels about English village life. What I have so far you can view here. Any suggestions of books and authors I may have missed? I am looking for fiction that is in print and more than likely available at most public libraries in the states. [more inside]
posted by zzazazz on Mar 30, 2010 - 34 answers

Beautifully Written Books for Young People

What young adult novels (or chapter books for kids) are written in particularly elegant prose styles? (Bonus points if the story and characterization are good, of course, but I'm especially looking for books where the writing style itself is beautiful.) Examples include The Graveyard Book, Haroun & The Sea of Stories, and When You Reach Me. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Mar 18, 2010 - 45 answers

What great novel have you read recently?

Dear MeFites, what fabulous book recommendations can you give me for a week of becoming one with the sand? I will have about 5 days in paradise and my plan is to read as many books as possible. [more inside]
posted by ohyouknow on Mar 15, 2010 - 31 answers

I dig, I dig

Looking for recommendations on novels/nonfiction about (ideally modern or underwater) archaeology. [more inside]
posted by MimeticHaHa on Mar 7, 2010 - 8 answers

A Year of Reading Plague Novels

What are some good Science Fiction novels about plagues? Alternately, what are some good non-genre novels about plagues? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Feb 25, 2010 - 49 answers

Media on 1920s NYC

Please recommend me some novels and movies set in 1920s New York City. [more inside]
posted by Phlogiston on Feb 21, 2010 - 12 answers

We're coming to get you, Barbara!

I love The Walking Dead. Can anyone recommend similar (though not zombified) comics? [more inside]
posted by eunoia on Feb 18, 2010 - 29 answers

Literature or cinema that takes one through the decades

What are some good miniseries, movies, books, and/or autobiographies which span decades, leaving the reader feeling like they have been on a long, intimate journey? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Feb 1, 2010 - 73 answers

Help make me uncomfortable.

Looking for a reading list of things that will make me productively uncomfortable. (tl;dr inside) [more inside]
posted by Nonce on Jan 20, 2010 - 59 answers

Boom! Thwak! War and Comics

PS240: Boom! Thwak! War and Comics. I teach in the political science department at a small liberal arts college, and I'm fortunate to have quite a bit of flexibility in new course design. For 2010-2011, I'm putting together a new course on war and comics/graphic novels. Awesome, right? I know. But what else goes on the syllabus? [more inside]
posted by brozek on Jan 12, 2010 - 32 answers

Please recommend a great Washington, D.C. political thriller.

Book filter: can you recommend a good political/journalistic novel set in Washington, D.C. that meet the following criteria? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Jan 10, 2010 - 17 answers

Looking for a seaworthy gift for my dad.

Book-recommendation-filter: help me choose a book to get for my dad for Christmas. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Dec 20, 2009 - 28 answers

The perfect novel?

Help me find that perfect novel for a Christmas present. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2009 - 15 answers

Being an inquiry into extant instances of prolix and lapidary prefatory remarks upon a narrative.

What are some good long-winded title pages from old books and novels? [more inside]
posted by meadowlark lime on Nov 16, 2009 - 11 answers

Academic novels from student perspective

I'm looking for academic novels from the student's perspective (apparently this is a subgenre of campus novels called varsity novels). Bonus for books considered "young adult." [more inside]
posted by alicat on Nov 15, 2009 - 28 answers

Modern novels of youth [20s-30s] and figuring out life?

Modern novels of youth [20s-30s] and figuring out life? [more inside]
posted by mattsweaters on Nov 14, 2009 - 38 answers

Pulp Filter

Pulp Filter: I'm looking for books (fiction or non) that read like the recent Bond films: dark, thrilling, brutal, and glamorous.
posted by roger ackroyd on Nov 6, 2009 - 25 answers

Recommend a sequence of novels leading from action trash to literary treasure

I am looking for recommendations for a sequence of novels that might lead an adult fan of very trashy action to the real gold. [more inside]
posted by hifimofo on Oct 29, 2009 - 11 answers

I am looking for excellent, quick reads...

What are some of your favorite novels under (or around) 150 pages? [more inside]
posted by ieatwords on Oct 28, 2009 - 59 answers

Political extremism in literature

Novels where political extremism is an underlying theme. [more inside]
posted by thesailor on Oct 26, 2009 - 32 answers

Perhaps a chair coated with glue?

With NaNoWriMo looming ever nearer, I would like to hear your best tips, tricks, habits, and techniques for staying chained to the keyboard. [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk on Oct 22, 2009 - 26 answers

Help me find this possibly Young Adult novel.

BookFilter: I'm looking for a novel that I read several times in the early '90s; despite having read and enjoyed it several times, I've forgotten the title and author! [more inside]
posted by Skoloxia on Oct 21, 2009 - 9 answers

Novels about early Christians but not about Jesus?

Non-religious novels about early Christians that aren't about Jesus. [more inside]
posted by empath on Oct 19, 2009 - 24 answers

Can you recommend American female novelists who've had their debut novels published within the last 3 years or so?

Can you recommend American female novelists who've had their debut novels published within the last 3 years or so?
posted by Kattullus on Sep 26, 2009 - 30 answers

Pan and the what?

What is the name of this fantasy book that I only vaugely remember? [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt on Sep 18, 2009 - 2 answers

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