Please recommend stories about mental battles. Specifically, people overcoming deep-seated fears or beliefs. [more inside]
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]
I want to read some more great fantasy novels and want your recommendations. [more inside]
Recommend good horror novels and short story anthologies [more inside]
What are some contemporary coming of age novels? I am in a reading group and our current theme is "the adolescent experience." But most novels we have read thus far speak to the experiences of past generations. What are some novels, written for adult audiences, that might describe the experience of a modern adolescent in our society? [more inside]
How do I communicate my thoughts about books I have read? [more inside]
I want to start writing creatively, and am thinking of participating in NaNoWriMo this year. How do I get started? [more inside]
What are the books and films that The Hunger Games
rips off pays homage to? [more inside]
Graphicnovelfilter : I am very much a novice when it comes to graphic novels but have enjoyed the realist works of Joe Sacco (The Fixer & Palestine) and The Burma Chronicles (Guy Delise) initially kickstarted along time ago by my stumbling upon Harvey Pekar (American Splendour). What other graphic novels of this nature should I be tracking down? I'm interested in International Relations / Politics / History / Travel / Journalism / Espionage - as well as more esoteric perspectives on the world - so anything ticking these boxes would be great.
Are there any good novels that use Greek trade in or around the 6th c. BC as a way of exploring ancient cultures?
Are there any good novels that use Greek trade in or around the 6th c. BC as a way of exploring ancient cultures? Also, how far did Greeks travel during that time? Did they make into India? To the British Isles?
Looking for novels with first-person narrators, in the style of Conrad's Heart of Darkness (specifically Marlow), E.L. Doctorow's Homer & Langley, Sandor Marai's Embers, etc. [more inside]
I read An Instance of the Fingerpost, which presents four narrators remembering one event, and loved it. I also love epistolary novels (oh, Dracula) for the same reason, but most of them don't quite play with narrator unreliability enough. What other Rashomon-style novels are there? Or, barring that, other dense, complex novels with one extremely unreliable narrator?
Have any recommendations for post-Cold War spy/espionage novels? [more inside]
I'm looking for a recommendation for a graphic novel for a 30 year old lesbian journalist. I want something funny, sharp, dark, etc. [more inside]
Looking for some suburban/small-town fiction or memoirs - think Tom Perotta, Lake Wobegon, or Northern Exposure. [more inside]
Help me MeFites! Help me find the books that will allow me to space out during the holidays. I'm looking for some engrossing, non-taxing, but not stupid, novels to read that will take me away from my ordinary modern life and its attendant pressures. Can you help? [more inside]
I'm looking for novels that explore jealousy in romantic relationships, particularly featuring a partner who is jealous or insecure about the other person's romantic past. Ex-boyfriends/ex-girlfriends haunting the relationship would be excellent. Any recommendations? ("Literature" preferred--i.e., trashy novels aren't my thing.)
I entered graduate school in literature six years ago, and since then I feel like I've lost track what's happening in contemporary literature. Help me catch up: What are the essential works of the last six years?
I'd like to broaden my reading in Spanish, and would like recommendations for books, originally written in Spanish, which are canonical enough to have been on Spanish or Latin American high school reading lists, or canonical enough that someone educated in Spain or Latin America might assume familiarity. [more inside]
I want to read more science fiction novels that deal with Artificial Intelligence or the Singularity or both. What do you recommend? [more inside]
I am in need of period-specific fiction. Specifically the 1920s. [more inside]
I don’t get the zombie and vampire love at all, but there is one fantasy archetype that has always fascinated me: the witch. What witchcraft-themed fantasy fiction can you recommend? The novels can feature the witch as a sympathetic or heroic character or as the villain, and can be terrifying, erotic or funny. They just shouldn’t be poorly conceived or written. I’d like examples with of a readable calibre, please. To give you something to go by, I enjoyed Gregory Maguire’s Wicked, but found Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour horribly bloated.
Please help me to find graphic novel/illustrated novel/comic strip novel/picture novella/comic book (whatever they're called) suggestions for my seven year old daughter? Preferences inside. [more inside]
Can you recommend some good books that have characters that I would actually aspire to be like? [more inside]
I dimly remember some lines from a poem or novel that go something like, "The something something, which something something, something something something, that nothing [heals/helps]" Basically I remember the cadence, but very few of the words. The lines were very poignant. What were they? [more inside]
I'm looking for novels or movies that feature teenage protagonists suffering from depression, schizoid tendencies or similar psychological defects. [more inside]
Please recommend books you enjoyed that are 99 cents or less for the Kindle. Bonus: blogs that cover the same. [more inside]
Cozy winter reading suggestions, please! Bonus points for books that won't make me hurl. [more inside]
What epic book should I read next? [more inside]
"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]
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]
I'm looking for good intermediate-level German novels. In German, that is. [more inside]
Recommendations for thrilling true-life tales of bluebloods behaving badly? [more inside]
What are some contemporary novels about potheads or that feature weed-smoking? [more inside]
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]
I need mystery novel recommendations! Looking for good mysteries with unconventional characters as the lead. [more inside]
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]
Looking for recommendations for thriller novels. Preferences insdie. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Where can I find thoughtful book discussion and analysis on the internet? [more inside]
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]
What indie/experimental/small-press/"weird" novels set in Los Angeles would you recommend for an "Alternative L.A. Literature" list? [more inside]
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.
Can you recommend great fiction about cities and the urban experience? [more inside]
Are modern best-selling novels less likely to have sex scenes than the best-sellers of a generation ago? [more inside]
ISO works of fiction about disco/techno/dance music! [more inside]
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]