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What are your favorite novels from an aesthetic/writing style point of view?

What are your favorite novels from an aesthetic/writing style point of view? [more inside]
posted by archagon on Mar 17, 2009 - 90 answers

 

What graphic novels should I read?

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]
posted by wonderyak on Mar 12, 2009 - 52 answers

Recomend any good Wonder Woman stories?

Recommend any good Wonder Woman graphic novels/storylines? [more inside]
posted by bartleby on Mar 9, 2009 - 8 answers

21st Century Fiction

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]
posted by netbros on Mar 2, 2009 - 24 answers

Historical fiction about scientists

Your recommendations: Historical novels about scientists [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Feb 23, 2009 - 29 answers

She wondered if anyone knew what it was called...

English majors! What's that literary term? [more inside]
posted by moxiedoll on Feb 11, 2009 - 6 answers

Fictional Almost-Factual Encounters

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]
posted by taramosalata on Feb 5, 2009 - 31 answers

How do you read vividly?

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]
posted by Tufa on Jan 29, 2009 - 30 answers

Open a book, step into another place.

I like novels where the setting is almost as much of a star as the characters. What should I be reading? [more inside]
posted by cloudsandstars on Jan 23, 2009 - 48 answers

Selling novels/finding a literary agent

How does one sell a (mystery) novel? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2009 - 7 answers

Was Robinson Crusoe intended to deceive its readership into thinking it was true?

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?
posted by deeper red on Jan 6, 2009 - 6 answers

I wrote a novel. Now what?

Can I use viral marketing techniques to get my first novel published? [more inside]
posted by letahl on Nov 29, 2008 - 39 answers

Pirate fiction for a scurvy dog

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]
posted by Katemonkey on Nov 12, 2008 - 40 answers

To Book or not to Book?

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]
posted by Xurando on Nov 7, 2008 - 9 answers

Novels set in the 1970s?

What are some good novels set in the US of the mid-late seventies? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 21, 2008 - 17 answers

"Why do publishers add 'A Novel' to the titles of novels?": A Question.

Why do publishers slap on "A Novel" to the titles and/or covers of, well, novels? [more inside]
posted by CKmtl on Oct 16, 2008 - 22 answers

'Modern apocryphal' novels or movies?

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]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Oct 13, 2008 - 30 answers

Books To Make Time Fly

I would like some good, engrossing, addictive, fast-paced fiction: thrillers, conspiracies, mysteries, anything. [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia on Oct 1, 2008 - 48 answers

What are some novels with evil first-person narrators?

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!
posted by Beardman on Sep 13, 2008 - 61 answers

So... not Hemingway.

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]
posted by zoomorphic on Sep 12, 2008 - 43 answers

books about crazy ladies

I want to read more novels about women descending into madness and then getting well again. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by beccyjoe on Sep 2, 2008 - 44 answers

Help me choose a book to travel with.

I need a longish, interesting, well-written book (fiction) to read on an upcoming trip. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by mosessis on Aug 21, 2008 - 58 answers

Novels for a Murakami and Mieville fan?

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]
posted by DoubleMark on Aug 2, 2008 - 46 answers

The books you would take to a deserted island

I'm looking for books and graphic novels that are meant to be read multiple times. [more inside]
posted by spec80 on Jul 25, 2008 - 49 answers

Stories about WWI/WWII home fronts

Please recommend me some great books about the home front during WWI or WWII. [more inside]
posted by booksandlibretti on Jul 21, 2008 - 26 answers

I need a novel-writing soundtrack

Can you help me set the writing soundtrack to my novels? [more inside]
posted by changeling on Jun 26, 2008 - 23 answers

cold fiction for the hot summer?

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?
posted by taz on Jun 10, 2008 - 46 answers

Generic books (titled as such)

Did the Generic Food people put out Generic Books? [more inside]
posted by suki on Jun 2, 2008 - 5 answers

Novels, by Jodi Picoult but not.

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?
posted by 517 on May 9, 2008 - 9 answers

who are these children?

Yet another what-is-this-book/story question (sci-fi, possibly young adult, writen pre-1983) [more inside]
posted by pointystick on Apr 22, 2008 - 15 answers

Help me find the title to this novel?

A novel about a computer that attempts to create art? Help me identify this sci-fi book. [more inside]
posted by bradth27 on Apr 22, 2008 - 5 answers

Seeking places in Haruki Murakami novels.

Seeking places in Haruki Murakami novels. [more inside]
posted by gomichild on Mar 11, 2008 - 10 answers

No Pride in my Prejudice

Help balance my male dominated library. Looking for authors that happen to be female and great reads (either literature or very good genre). Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by Gratishades on Mar 10, 2008 - 60 answers

Need title of explicit and racy romance novel where rough sex with relative left orphan girl barren

Help me remember title of really explicit and racy romance novel from the 70s or 80s please! The main character was a young orphaned woman who was in love with her rich caretaker who was a male family member who took her virginity so roughly that she required surgery and was left barren. [more inside]
posted by citystalk on Feb 16, 2008 - 3 answers

Where's the great Mormon novel?

There are about the same number of Mormons in the US as there are Jews. The founding of the Mormon religion happened relatively close to when large Jewish migration to the US began. Both Mormons and Jews had to deal with persecution. There are countless novels about the Jewish-American experience. Where's the great Mormon novel? [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo on Feb 7, 2008 - 35 answers

Looking for the name of a sci-fi book.

Looking for the name of a sci-fi book. Man is injected with a serum that causes him to shrink forever, eventually discovering there are universes smaller than atoms. [more inside]
posted by Gudlyf on Feb 7, 2008 - 9 answers

Books on India

If you pleaseā€”I urgently require a few good recommendations of novels that have India as a backdrop. [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy on Jan 13, 2008 - 55 answers

Where can I find the best old books in Denver?

Looking for good used bookstores in Denver.... [more inside]
posted by reenum on Dec 27, 2007 - 3 answers

Looking for an online store to easily find and purchase popular/classic books translated/written in European French. Mag subscriptions too!

I'm looking for popular books, novels, magazines, comic books...in European French (not Canadian French). I'd also like to be able to easily order/purchase them from home (preferably from places like Amazon.com). [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Dec 4, 2007 - 8 answers

if you're goin' my way...

I know about road movies. What about road books? [more inside]
posted by changeling on Oct 29, 2007 - 50 answers

Can you help me find a book that I read when I was young and impressionable which involved a man named Tristram tripping out completely and turning into a tree and after a little bit, become chained to the floor whilst having his penis threatened with nail scissors by his ex-girfriend?

I read a very strange book when I was young. The main character's name was Tristram, and it was very trippy. He turned into a tree, and there was weird, bondage type stuff going on with his girlfriend going at his penis with a pair of nail scissors. Do you have any idea what book this was? I'm guessing it would have been published in the late 60's/early 70's. [more inside]
posted by h00py on Oct 26, 2007 - 15 answers

Why censor town names?

Why do/did certain old novels censor names of towns/shires/boroughs? [more inside]
posted by haveanicesummer on Sep 28, 2007 - 17 answers

Intelligent, clever, recent novel suggestions?

What are some intelligent, very clever (funny is OK, but not necessary) recent novels that are readable but not trashy? Think along the lines of Zadie Smith's White Teeth and Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Avoiding verbosity (Rushdie) and anachronism (The Great Gatsby, etc.), what's left? [more inside]
posted by stvspl on Sep 16, 2007 - 52 answers

Classics of 1980s, 1990s, 2000s.

Classic Novel filter : What would be considered classics in 1980s, 1990s, 2000s? Must reads? [more inside]
posted by boyinmiami on Sep 14, 2007 - 37 answers

Can you recommend good post-apocalypse novels?

I've just read a classic SF novel and I'm looking for some other titles in a similar vein. [more inside]
posted by h00py on Aug 30, 2007 - 52 answers

Oh, Mildred Lathbury! Where have you gone?

Please recommend novels whose heroines are similar to the protagonist of Excellent Women, by Barbara Pym? [more inside]
posted by thehmsbeagle on Aug 23, 2007 - 16 answers

Best-selling UK childrens' books

Best-selling childrens' novels of the last 20 years (age 8+)? [more inside]
posted by long haired lover from liverpool on Aug 17, 2007 - 22 answers

The Art of Writing

What is the correct way of writing paragraphs in a novel? [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy on Aug 14, 2007 - 28 answers

What's on the syllabus?

What novels are on the middle school syllabus these days? or What novels should be on the middle school syllabus? [more inside]
posted by Wayman Tisdale on May 23, 2007 - 24 answers

Looking for epistolary novels

BookFilter: I've recently gotten done with Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger (link here). I'm looking for more books like it. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 23, 2007 - 19 answers

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