Non-religious novels about early Christians that aren't about Jesus. [more inside]
Can you recommend American female novelists who've had their debut novels published within the last 3 years or so?
What is the name of this fantasy book that I only vaugely remember? [more inside]
What is this book?-Filter: I read a novel some 20 years ago, and cannot remember who wrote it or the title. Please read [more inside]
RedGreenShowFilter: I've got a bunch of crisp paperback romance novels I've scavenged from dumpsters around town, and I'd rather turn them into something than read or try selling them. What can I build
using them? I'm thinking clear box tape instead of duct, so the corny covers will still be visible. Bonus points for something handy. [more inside]
What are some or how can one best find science-fiction novels that are good by general literary standards? [more inside]
Children'sBookFilter: Please help me identify these two young reader novels which I read many years ago. [more inside]
Recommendations for erotica [more inside]
My uncle recently mentioned to me that he's never read any book written by a woman. Apparently this is because he doesn't think they'll be any good - he seems to think women can only write romance novels. I find this both horrific and hard to believe, but he seemed serious. So, Hive Mind, I need your help in drafting a list of the very best books written by female authors. Help me teach him the error of his ways! [more inside]
[LibraryFilter] What are your best
resources for (fiction) reader's advisory (children, YA, adult)?? [more inside]
Show me the Best Online Science Fiction book list... Not a title, but a list! [more inside]
No quiero literatura: I'm looking for recommendations for genre fiction in Spanish. Help me avoid being overfaced when I arrive in the library. [more inside]
I've just finished reading Let The Galaxy Burn, a collection of Warhammer 40k short stories, and I really liked it. What are some other good Warhammer 40k books? [more inside]
Looking for good sexy action novels. Not really interested in porn or erotic fiction where sex is the primary conceit; rather I am interest in action, thrillers, suspense, etc., but with a healthy dose of sex. Not really interested in romance either; I tried Jacqueline Carey and Emma Holly but could not get into them. I will try any other genre though. Sex with Aliens? Yeah -- that sounds interesting. I liked the Species movies. Sex with Vampires -- sounds biting. I enjoyed True Blood. I guess I am looking for good erotic thrillers in print but something I can take to the pool without looking too much like a pervert. Bonus points if it comes in an audio version so I can listen at work. Thanks!
Recently finished 2666. It is on a pedestal by itself, with my award for "Best Novel Ever." Now, everything I try to read seems jaded, inferior, or doesn't measure up. Help me get beyond this and find something interesting to read
How often are the stories of a comic, novel, play, TV series, movie, or song conceived by the writer's friend, relative, acquaintance, neighbor, mailman, dog, etc? [more inside]
I once heard about a series of novels about WWI pilots in the vein of the Aubrey-Maturin series, or Flashman. Might have had "Hell" in the title. It was basically about a bunch of crazy guys who knew that they had a good chance of dying. IIRC, the commander of the group had to justify buying silk scarves for the pilots to keep their necks from chafing. Any ideas?
I need to compile my summer reading list ASAP. Please give me some suggestions. [more inside]
[BookRecommendationFilter] Looking for funny, happy books. [more inside]
I want a book that I have to put into the freezer.
I've read this question
, which was looking for thrillers, and this post
looking for short stories, but I can't seem to find a thread looking for scary, engrossing novels where supernatural is okay. [more inside]
What are your favorite novels from an aesthetic/writing style point of view? [more inside]
Apparently I'm a fan of graphic novels now, but I don't even know where to start. I love (LOVE!) Preacher
; I liked Watchmen
. What should I read next? [more inside]
Recommend any good Wonder Woman graphic novels/storylines? [more inside]
Who are the new exciting, young novelists of the 21st century? I suddenly find myself with a lot more time on my hands for reading. [more inside]
Your recommendations: Historical novels about scientists [more inside]
English majors! What's that literary term? [more inside]
Seeking relatively well-known, canon-caliber fictional accounts of imaginary encounters between actual, historically significant figures -- especially encounters that could well have taken place, but which we know did not or remain undocumented. Philip Levine's poem "On the Meeting of Garcia Lorca and Hart Crane" typifies what I'm looking for. Mark Twain's _A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court_ does not (respectable evidence out there of a historical Arthur notwithstanding). The literary field is rife with examples, I know -- say, some novel casting Charles Lindbergh and Adolf Hitler into a tete-a-tete. But, ack, I'm drawing a blank. [more inside]
Since I began a reading life (at about age eight)
, I have had a problem: my mind automatically places action in just a few places familiar to me from my life: my house, the main street of my hometown. Whether the action in a novel takes place in 16th century Scotland, or the Black Forest, or under the Unisphere. Are there ways to get around this, or to learn to read fiction more actively, and, fantastically/creatively? [more inside]
I like novels where the setting is almost as much of a star as the characters. What should I be reading? [more inside]
How does one sell a (mystery) novel? [more inside]
Robinson Crusoe was originally published without reference to Defoe, seemingly pretending to be a genuine account (see the original opening page
). Would the readers of that first edition have genuinely thought the story was true? How many early novels relied on this kind of blurring between reality and fiction? Was this an important element accounting for the initial success of the novel form? As a side note, does anybody know of any good and accessible written histories of the novel format?
Can I use viral marketing techniques to get my first novel published? [more inside]
I want to read novels about pirates. I don't care about genre, I don't care about quality (much), I just want lots and lots of Age of Sail
pirates. [more inside]
How much of book one do I have to explain in book two, if book two is part of a series I'm writing? [more inside]
What are some good novels set in the US of the mid-late seventies? [more inside]
Why do publishers slap on "A Novel" to the titles and/or covers of, well, novels? [more inside]
Can you recommend any really good novels (or movies) that portray something in the Old or New Testament in a new way, or which add to the Old/New Testament, such that they could be considered 'modern Biblical apocrypha'? [more inside]
I would like some good, engrossing, addictive, fast-paced fiction: thrillers, conspiracies, mysteries, anything. [more inside]
What are some reasonably well-known, preferably famous, examples of novels with evil first-person narrators? All that's coming to mind is Humbert Humbert, but he's too aware of his own nastiness for my purposes. I need novels where the undiluted dastardliness of the first-person narrator affects the entire moral framework of the story, so that you might be forgiven for suspecting that the author actually sides with this monster. Cheers!
ProseFilter: Nabokov's Lolita
was once hailed as "a love letter to the English language." I'm looking for modern and contemporary authors with similar aspirations. [more inside]
I want to read more novels about women descending into madness and then getting well again. Any suggestions? [more inside]
I need a longish, interesting, well-written book (fiction) to read on an upcoming trip. Any suggestions? [more inside]
NovelFilter: Hive mind, I have come to the shocking realization that my to-read queue is empty. I really enjoy the surreal side of Murakami (Hard-Boiled Wonderland, Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, etc.), and I've recently been remembering the absolutely wonderful creations in Perdido Street Station. Help me find new novels that will send my mind to weird and fantastic places! [more inside]
I'm looking for books and graphic novels that are meant to be read multiple times. [more inside]
Please recommend me some great books about the home front during WWI or WWII. [more inside]
Can you help me set the writing soundtrack to my novels? [more inside]
Two of my favorite books for summer are "Winter's Tale" by Mark Helprin and "Smilla's Sense of Snow" by Peter Hoeg; I'd like suggestions for other (preferably hefty) novels with complex/absorbing story lines and wintry settings or themes to help me stay sane 'til September. Got an ice book to recommend?
Did the Generic Food people put out Generic Books? [more inside]
My mother likes Jodi Picoult novels. I don't know much about the author but I am looking for similar novels. What novels should I be looking for?
Yet another what-is-this-book/story question (sci-fi, possibly young adult, writen pre-1983) [more inside]