My 10 year old girl loves to read. When she gets started, she loves it, but it's the "getting her started" that I have a problem with. [more inside]
: I'm looking for recommendations of books, preferably in the sci-fi/fantasy genres, that have a 'big reveal' somewhere in there that changes the whole perspective of the book or protagonist. Examples would be The Inverted World
, The Prestige
, or Ender's Game
, for example, or the first Star Trek
film, or some Lovecraft stories — the whole thing, and all events narrated, appear in a different light after, you know? [more inside]
Need help identifying a book from childhood. [more inside]
I'm looking for stories featuring grand, visceral, over-the-top, self-indulgent revenge. Why not suggest a few? [more inside]
I'm looking for an example novel(s) that features several separate third person viewpoint characters with seemingly different plot strands at the beginning but whose plots converge as they go on and they end up meeting further on in the novel (if only briefly). I want to see how the author handles these meetings and the meta narrative of several stories merging into one. I would prefer mainstream rather than literary as I'd like to seem something straight forward rather than overly tricky and would prefer sf but please don't let that constrict you as I'm more interested in the mechanics rather than the background and any genre would do.
[Book filter] Please recommend stories about people who find out (through trail and error) what they really want, and eventually get there (after a bunch of detours). [more inside]
A few years ago I saw a series of illustrations about a post apocalyptic Earth. The people had regressed to medieval life and there were still advertisements and cars and passenger planes from the previous era. [more inside]
We're looking for books of fairy tales well-suited to bedtime reading. [more inside]
I'm a fan of certain authors, critics, and academics whose taste and sensibilities are similar to my own. I'm currently looking for a way to search for books based on the blurbs or editiorial reviews about them from authors that I admire and trust.
Example: 1. Philip Roth's recent assessment of Jonathan Franken's writing was prominently blazed on the latter's most recent book.
2. Warren Buffett has referred to Dale Carnegie's book "How to Win Friends and Influence People" as one of the few books that changed his life.
3. Charlie Munger, Buffett's partner in arms, referred to John Cialdini's book on influence as one having a permanent influence on his thinking on that topic.
4. Harold Bloom, the critic, has impressive recommendations on Henri Cole's newest volume of verse.
Is there a database that I can use to help me scour who's been recommending what and how.
Please recommend me classic children's literature to read aloud to five-year-olds. [more inside]
I have never been a reader. I want to be. Recommend where I can start; online at lunchtimes at work. Bonus points for shorter stories (at first). [more inside]
Please help me ID/ find a source for a specific ghost story about starved ghost children eating the new occupants of a house! Quickly... [more inside]
After enjoying a 1920 screenwriting book
by the flapper humorist Anita Loos, I am wondering what other pre-WW2 writing advice books might be fun and interesting to read. Any suggestions?
Another lost book question: I though FOR SURE it was Kick in the Head Stories, but upon rereading, it's not. Possibly misremembered, mildly NSFW. [more inside]
I read this book of creepy short stories when I was younger and I can't find the book. One story was about a kid who is turned into a plant and another was about a guy being buried in the Hoover Dam. [more inside]
Please recommend stories about mental battles. Specifically, people overcoming deep-seated fears or beliefs. [more inside]
Recommend good horror novels and short story anthologies [more inside]
How do I communicate my thoughts about books I have read? [more inside]
Looking for fiction books about musicians, especially with a single musician as the main character [more inside]
Where did I read Ursula K. LeGuin's short story "Solitude"? [more inside]
I'm having a baby soon and I want to buy a few children's books to have something to put in the new bookshelves and later on read to my baby. What books do you recommend? [more inside]
It's my grandmother's birthday next week, and I'd like to give her some sort of book with cute and funny short stories/jokes, a la Reader's Digest
. It should also be clean humor only
. Any suggestions? [more inside]
Suggest your favorite short autobiographical humorous stories. [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]
Help find me a Book of Short Stories that you could use as introductions for various talks/discussions/presentations... [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]
Pulpfilter: Trying to find a story (possibly Doc Savage?) involving the protagonist buried up to his head and given only a fork-full of water/day to survive. [more inside]
What is your favorite travel book/essay/blog? Who are your favorite travel writers? [more inside]
Looking for books written by someone who lived a normal stable life and due to a tragic unexpected event beyond their control, their life was turned upside down. [more inside]
Looking for suggestions for stories, novels, or comics in the vein of Mervyn Peake and China Mieville. [more inside]
I demand to know your favorite short story anthologies. [more inside]
Have any of these books changed your life? [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]
I'd like recommendations for short stories that are strange, humorous, or have a surprising twist. [more inside]
John Updike's death reminded me that I have a book of his short stories. Which ones should I read first? [more inside]
Bookfilter: I am trying to remember a story. It is either a short story, or the epilogue of a book. I am 90% certain it was written by Isaac Asimov. [more inside]
reminded me of something I needed to ask. -> What are some good books to read to kids, for those of us who are not very good at (or comfortable with) being characters or using different voices? Surely there are some librarians on Ask Mefi that have experience with storytime? [more inside]
I'm looking for werewolf literature. Any fiction with a halfway decent plot. Novels, short stories, folklore. Comics or graphic novels also okay. [more inside]
What are some good sci fi novels/short stories that focus on robots? Difficulty: no Asimov. [more inside]
If you please—I urgently require a few good recommendations of novels that have India as a backdrop. [more inside]
I'm looking for a series of hardback science fiction anthologies I dimly remember from childhood (sometime in the mid 80s). I think it had a one word title with a number, and the series went up to at least number five. I remember two stories in particular... [more inside]
Stories about healthy, "normal" marriages? [more inside]
Realistic accounts of meth use? [more inside]
i am looking for a children's book that my friend read when she was in elementary school (5-10 years ago.) the book is about a boy and a girl who go on an adventure through a magical world and save the people from a monster. then, the girl dies, and the boy has to boil her in a pot to bring her back to life. [more inside]
Novels, short stories, movies--all are welcome. I find shadow stories spooky and interesting. My fave was a kid book called "The Shades" which explains how the shadows of people live their own lives. Know of any others?
Children's Story Filter: Help me find a story about the Apple family. [more inside]
I want to write a Christmas-themed essay for my book review blog, and I'm trying to come up with some Christmas lit to review. It might be fun, for instance, to gather together a selection of Christmas tripe such as Santa's Christmas Prayer
(link not safe for those who have any literary sensibilities and have just eaten) and go to town on it. Or, at the other end of the spectrum, to write something about Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
. Which Christmas novels/stories/poems do you love and loathe? I don't review movies, so text only please...
Can you help me identify two children's stories/books? [more inside]
my favorite book when i was a kid was a book with a series of 2-minute or so short stories. inside the front cover there were pictures that symbolized the stories and i would point to the one i wanted my dad to read. i remember some of the stories. one story was of a little girl who wanted a yellow raincoat. a second story was about a boy named Pele or something. a third story had to do with Couscous the detective. i have a 1 yr old son and i wanted to get that book for him but i can't find it. anyone have any ideas what this book might be called or how to get it? thanks
Can you identify this science fiction story? My friend's been looking for a copy for years...[more inside]