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Forgot the title of humorous sci fi book with a quirky space captain where everyone is turning into “glass”

I posted this question on another website, but I've yet to find the name of the book. I remember some very specific details, but nothing I can type into a search engine (I've tried). Here are the ...
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Book finding: second world war tale of 2 kids, narrated in real time [on hold]

Morning all, I'm trying to find the title of a book for a friend. Here is the synopsis: Nazi-occupied France, 2nd World War, narrated in real time (the whole story in the book is about 4 hours). One ...
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Book about a girl whose hair changes with the seasons

I read this book probably early 2000's but it would of been published in the 90s I think anyway in the story it's a girl who has to go journey somewhere (I don't really remember the main bits of the ...
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Kids sci-fi story, probably late 80's/early 90's: boy plays arcade game that is actually a test by ailens

And before anyone says it, no, I'm not talking about the Last Starfighter. But it is a fair amount like that. All I remember is the beginning, which goes something like this. Boy finds an arcade ...
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Was Aragorn perfect? [closed]

A charged levelled at Tolkien is that his characters are sometime a bit too perfect. Was Aragorn designed by Tolkien to be a perfect man? Did he ever make any mistakes? Was he even tempted by the ...
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Name of book where Christ returns as a woman, it starts with a meteor strike in Israel

Meteor strike in Israel on a secret government facility and a woman survives. Later on she performs miracles and is eventually murdered and ambiguously rises. The story is told from the point of view ...
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70s scary stories youth anthology. Very eerie black-and-white drawings. a ghost saves a kid from drowning

I'm looking for a book or books that I used to check out of my school library in the early 70s. It was an anthology of short spooky stories for 'tweens or teens. It had several ery eerie ...
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Eden: Technical and reproductive clones, alphas, and “semigods” living underground

About 20 years ago I've read a novel about a civilization of clones. The main part of the population were "technical clones" (TCs), responsible for maintaining the habitat (?). Benefits like a greater ...
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Secret agent that also sings opera and travels through windows

I read this story about 5 years ago, but it was not new at the time. It was probably written in the 90s to early 2000s. It was part of a series, I think referred to as the author's "Hundred World" ...
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A lone spaceship captain that has to go to Andromeda

I read this many years ago, possibly 30 years or so. Primary audience as I recall is the more mature sci-fi crowd. The story is about a lone spaceship captain flying interplanetary cargo hauls in our ...
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Story ident : Man investigates teen ESP

It starts off with a research campus thing run by a man investigating the supernatural abilities. He gatherss group of teens all of whom have a special ability (I can't recall exactly what) and they ...
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Looking for a sci-fi book I read once a while back

I can't really remember how long ago it was, but I think the book was marketed towards children/teens. All I remember is the basic premise of the story. Some story about these unusual little blue ...
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Kids book about aliens taking a human as a pet

I've had this book in my head for ages and no google search has found it. I read it in the primary school library many years ago so it definitely had nothing sexual in it. It was a scifi novel where ...
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Trilogy of books about dragon souls inhabiting humans normally warriors

It has been a long time since I read the first book but will remember what I can. There were dragons, but they could not survive alone; they needed human hosts, and were beneficial to the human. There ...
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Need help finding fantasy book series

I am trying to find the name of a fantasy book series I read many years ago. It has a grandfather wizard who lives in a tower. His grandson who is also a wizard who becomes a king and his sister who ...
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Are there any plans to novelize the Hobbit movies?

I know this question sounds either ignorant or sacrilegious but Peter Jackson clearly added a lot of material and characters that don't exist in the original Hobbit book, either from other Tolkien ...
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Trying to find a young adult lit series with a girl with hidden magical powers

Trying to find a young adult lit series about a girl who has hidden magical powers. The villain sends a boy (I think named Eric) to bring her to him and he falls in love with her. Along their way ...
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Help me identify this book about friendly aliens living covertly on Earth

I can't remember the name or much of the plot of a book I read as a child in the 1970's. It had to do with friendly aliens that looked like humans. They lived covertly on Earth. The book cover had a ...
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Recent book trilogy with a princess who had a dragon, and a servant boy

I read the first two books a few years ago so details are hazy. I remember it was probably a young adult fiction series. It was a trilogy and the last book came out this year (2014). There was a ...
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In The Hobbit, what was the first race created?

Since there are many species of different creatures in The Hobbit, I was pondering on the subject of how and when each race was created. Which race was created first and which order were the other ...
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The title of an SF where a robot became conscious and a friend of a boy?

When I was an elementary school student back in the late 80's through early 90's, I was forced to read some books as vacation assignments. There are some books which I still remember I liked, but I ...
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Book identification - quest to defeat impending magical death

I read a book (or trilogy?) in the 90s about a boy who gets cut on the chest by a knife. It's a magical wound that will kill him within a few days or weeks. A good wizard assembles a group of ...
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Blindfolded child told they have deadly powers associated with their vision

There exists a book that I have not read in years. In said book, the main character discovers they have deadly powers associated with their vision, and that since they are hard to control they must ...
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What is the “other wind”?

What does the wind in the title of Ursula LeGuin's The Other Wind refer to?
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Identifying a children's fantasy book series [duplicate]

There's this children's fantasy series I've been trying to find for years from one book I've read in my youth. From what I recall it was a long-ish series (7-8 books?) and I believe that the powers in ...
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Looking for scifi book similar to The Day of the Triffids

For years I have been searching for this science fiction novel that I read in my childhood (somewhere between the 1950s and 1970s). It is similar in concept to The Day of the Triffids. The main ...
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If writing in a Descriptive Book simply links to an age, then how does editing that book change the linked age?

In both the books and games of the Myst series, it is established that Descriptive Books do not create worlds, but simply link to already created worlds. If this is true, then wouldn't editing a ...
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Name of novel that I read years ago with dragons and a boy with a book

I don't remember the name of it at all, and the only bits of the novel itself that I remember was that there was a boy (can't remember his age) and he got a book. And like, once in a while, the book ...
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Decades of unaccounted time for Gotrek and Felix

Is there any book / short story / article dedicated to the decades Gotrek and Felix spent in Ind and Araby between the events of Giantslayer and Orcslayer? This is the only relevant quote from ...
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H. P. Lovecraft & his texts [closed]

Does anyone know why H. P. Lovecraft always (or very often) uses the &-sign instead of "and" in his texts?
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Looking for a short story about a man travelling alone on a planet

About fifteen years ago I read a short story about a man on a planet (possibly Mars or the Moon), travelling alone between bases. It's written in the first person and as he's walking across the ...
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Identify a book set on a spaceship orbiting a black hole?

I remember reading a book around 10-12 years ago about a crew on a spaceship which was in danger of crashing into a either a black-hole or a white dwarf / some other star. The book was semi-humorous ...
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A series of books about teenagers who go into space to land on Mars

I'm trying to identify a series of books about teenagers who go into space to land on Mars in the late 80's or early 90's. The three ships that go up are called the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria.
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Book about almost extinct warrior race with three castes: sen, kaa, ker

The aliens in this book are an humanoid alien mercenary race, fighting for some other aliens, against humans?. The Ker are the fighters, the sen are the wise ones, and the kaa the ...
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Book about kids killing vampire living in their hotel?

Can someone help identify this young adult book, I remember reading it about 10-12 years ago. Some teenagers go on a school trip to Whitby(?) and are staying in a hotel or something, and one of the ...
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Woman discovers her neighbour/housemate is a dragon?

I'm looking for a story where a woman discovers that her neighbour/housemate/landlord is a dragon. I think they share a (possibly old?) house, but maybe it's an apartment-building. I think ...
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The Devil's or Death's daughter running a bar for supernaturals?

I'm looking for book (first in a series?), where the daughter of the Devil or Death is running a bar -- I think mostly for supernatural patrons. I can't be much more specific than that, since I never ...
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Book about man who travels back in time to Middle Ages and can turn into a dragon

I am trying to find a book I read in the 90's. It is about a man who traveled back in time to the Middle Ages. He can turn into a dragon and there is a big war against serpents. If I remember ...
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Please help identifying short story about robots and a statue of a child [duplicate]

*I read this short story in a Sci-Fi collection when I was in middle school in the early 1980's. My school had a lot of older collections from the 60's and 70's. The setting is a post-war earth where, ...
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Book where humanity is almost destroyed multiple times by an alien race

I'm looking for an old science fiction book. In the book, the Earth was destroyed by an alien race, and all of mankind was destroyed except for a group of people who were off earth at the time. ...
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Looking for a book about magic shadows

I remember reading a book that was about a boy learning to control his shadow, everyone had their own shadow and his was particularly weak. I recall early on he had to fight someone much stronger with ...
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Halo reading order: can I start with the Kilo-Five trilogy?

I have Halo: Glasslands which is a part of the Kilo-Five trilogy.I know that Glasslands is set after the events of Halo 3 and Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, but is not a direct sequel to Ghosts of Onyx. I ...
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Book about time travel to the Eruption of Vesuvius era

I read this amazing book about time travel, where people seems to randomly travel back in time where: Main protagonists appear in or near Pompeii with memory loss. The book ends with the Eruption of ...
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YA Book, Read in the 90's, ballerina with a birthmark, man has always been watching her

I read this book in grade school in the 90's. It's a young adult book about a teenage girl. She's a ballerina and has a birthmark that signifies something. There is a male that has been watching ...
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Book where biological dust comes to Earth and causes havoc

I am looking for a science fiction book with a theme centered around an alien life form that sends a virus as a probe in space to look for life forms. This dust arrives at our planet and havoc ensues. ...
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Why was Benjen Stark visiting Winterfell?

Don't they have to quit their families when they join the Watch? Do such big houses have some privileges or something?
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Is there a sequel or prequel to Phillips Jose Farmers “The Unreasoning Mask”?

I have read this book some time ago and I never could find a sequel, prequel or any related titles. Does anyone know if any other books in this series exist or if there is a series at all?
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Why does Roose Bolton tell Theon how to pronounce My Lord?

In "A Dance With Dragons", Roose Bolton tells Theon Greyjoy that he should say "my lord" like there is mud in his mouth. I read the books in Turkish and this passage did not seem to translate well. ...
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Name of sci-fi book set in a distant future [duplicate]

Looking for a book where people were in a spaceship to another planet, and when they reached the surface someone on earth had developed a portal and stepped onto the planet at the same time, wearing a ...
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Book identification: time travel, own grave

I realise this isn't much to go on but any suggestions? Paperback book Written at least 10 years ago The main character is a woman She time travels There's a scene where she comes upon her own grave ...