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]
A novel about a computer that attempts to create art? Help me identify this sci-fi book. [more inside]
Seeking places in Haruki Murakami novels. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
If you please—I urgently require a few good recommendations of novels that have India as a backdrop. [more inside]
Looking for good used bookstores in Denver.... [more inside]
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]
I know about road movies. What about road books? [more inside]
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]
Why do/did certain old novels censor names of towns/shires/boroughs? [more inside]
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]
Classic Novel filter : What would be considered classics in 1980s, 1990s, 2000s? Must reads? [more inside]
I've just read a classic SF novel and I'm looking for some other titles in a similar vein. [more inside]
Please recommend novels whose heroines are similar to the protagonist of Excellent Women, by Barbara Pym? [more inside]
Best-selling childrens' novels of the last 20 years (age 8+)? [more inside]
What is the correct way of writing paragraphs in a novel? [more inside]
What novels are on the middle school syllabus these days? or What novels should be on the middle school syllabus? [more inside]
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]
BookFilter: I’m pregnant and would love recommendations for fictional books including or centering on pregnant characters. [more inside]
I loved fairy tales as a child, and now that I am (nominally) a grownup, I love the "retellings" of fairytales — the fleshed-out versions which, for example, feature actual character development instead of lines like "she was as beautiful as she was good". I love Robin McKinley's retellings of "Donkeyskin", "Sleeping Beauty" and "Beauty and the Beast" (which she did twice for good measure), and Gregory Maguire's surprisingly political Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. What other good grown-up fairytales are out there?
Help me think of great novels that were written when their authors were unusually young. [more inside]
I'm doing research (for a writing project) into Film Noirs and Mystery Pulps, and I'm looking for good selections of a certain plot type: the "missing person" scenario. [more inside]
How many type written pages make up a novel? [more inside]
What are some great novels and movies about breakups and divorce? [more inside]
What were some of the most influential novels of each decade of the 20th century? [more inside]
I like to learn things, but textbooks are boring! I find comic books gripping in ways that normal books aren't. Can you all offer examples of educational, information-rich comic books (or, if you prefer, "graphic novels")? [more inside]
Recommendations for historical fiction about Paris? I'll be there for a couple of weeks, and have found that historical novels can really help me sink my teeth into a place. I have no particular era in mind, so the period is less important than the setting and the writing.
Looking for inspiration in two kinds of books. Perhaps you've got some recommendations? 1) Novels with very short "chapters" or fragments or pieces, that combine to make a whole; 2) Books boldly written, whether that be a writer being bold with timelines, punctuation, language, etc. (examples of both types of books inside). [more inside]