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Genius invents omnipresent personal lie detector, saves society

I'm trying to recall a book that I read as a paperback somewhere in the 1995-2005 timeframe. Protagonist is a genius, exhibits some spectrum behaviors Protagonist's life is deeply affected when, ...
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Identifying a story about boy with no memory of his past

This is a book which I partially read around 5 years ago, about a boy around teen age, who I believe has escaped from somewhere (probably some sort of facility) and has no memory of his past. The ...
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Boy travels through time using a calculator

I read a book from the late 80's when I was 13 or 14 about a boy who travels through time using a calculator. I don't remember too much detail...but I do know that he was on the run from a bad guy who ...
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Sci fi book about knights with swords and armor and “arc” weapons

I don't know a whole lot about this book I read years ago other than the fact that I remember LOVING it and really would love to read it again. I want to say that I read it in the late 80s and that ...
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A book with a telepathic woman awakened after a few hundred years

I'm trying to remember a book title, with a telepathic woman. She was sleeping in some kind of stasis, locked for years in a sort of capsule in space. Her consciousness was preserved, so she had to do ...
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Science fiction novel where Earth is invaded by aliens landing at the North Pole

I'm looking for an old sci-fi book which I read about 13-15 years ago. Unfortunately there isn't much I recall, only few bits and pieces from the first book: The story is about Earth being invaded by ...
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Book involving people turning into crystal

I'm looking for a book, the plot involves something along the lines of: On an alien planet a black crystal exists which when touched turns people into crystal or stone (petrifies them). This becomes ...
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What was the original cause of enmity between Stark and Lannister?

In A Game of Thrones, chapter 4 (the first Eddard chapter), we hear Eddard and King Robert talking about sending Lysa Arryn's son, Robert Arryn to be a ward of Tywin Lannister. Eddard is relieved that ...
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Book about a boy (man?) who was genetically modified by his father

I believe this book was published in the 1970s or 1980s. What I remember is that it was about a boy whose DNA was modified (using insect DNA?) before birth by his father, who was a genetic researcher. ...
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Book where character screams 'It Burns! It Burns!' as they become a female

Trying to find a book I read back 2000 I think. Desert planet, desert people dressed in black, captured human that becomes one if them, aliens that are fighting to take planet whose sex is decided as ...
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Book ID: Dragon Madness

There's one book that I can't remember that's been bugging me recently. I don't remember much of the book other than a plot point was that there was this ritual that a character either heard of or had ...
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Fantasy book help, read back in the early 1990's

I've been searching the net in vain for a long time now and got nowhere, well until I found this site. Here is to hoping you can help me. Back when I was in Secondary school (UK) in the early 1990's ...
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Looking for old (YA?) post-apocalyptic book with “breathers” machine and a wall

I read this no later than 1995, but it could be from much much earlier, maybe the 70s or 80s. I thought it was called "the wall" but it's hard to search. It was set in post-apocalypse. The earth was ...
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Alien sent to earth followed by a skeleton and robot from same planet

A few years ago, I remember reading a book where some kind of alien is sent to Earth and is followed by a skeleton and robot from the same planet. I also recall there being a monkey that used guns. ...
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Been trying to find this book for years…Furturistic, end of civilization, virtual thing

I've googled off and on for years, but I can't seem to find it. It's set a little bit into the future. Most humans have been wiped out by a virus, but there are three (or four?) cities left. Every ...
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Story about teen boy being harassed by harpy on trip to castle

There is a book that I have vague memories of reading years ago. I can't really recall much about the plot except that the a teen boy was on a quest or journey of some sort. At some point a harpy is ...
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Anthology book with story about robotic bombers

I'm trying to find the name of a book I had as a kid back in the 80's/90's that was a collection of science fiction short stories and in particular one story in it. The book: I remember the cover ...
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Book Involving an Author whose book creations come to life

I recall a book I read as a teenager that involved an author whose creations would form up in his attic ( I hope I'm not mixing that part up ). The main Character was a woman I don't know if she was ...
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The Maze Runner: Why did James Dashner kill off this character? Massive Spoilers

I just finished The Death Cure, and I don't think I can say that the end of any other trilogy has left me feeling more resolved. I loved it. But I don't understand why James Dashner chose to kill ...
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Which fantasy novel contains the “order of the foot”?

I'm looking for a book that I once read where wizards were divided into different factions. One of those faction had a foot as a banner and they provide the source (e.g. the magic) that the other ...
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Book about an alien boy sold because his species grows wings

I'm trying to recall a book I read in the 1990's. A smuggler or pirate (human) has a child alien he's raising to adulthood to sell its wings. The alien is the main character, he's a hunchback with no ...
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Identifying story set in a high-fantasy world implied to be post-apocalyptic

I read the books about 15 years ago, borrowed from a local library in Germany (books where in German, but I assume they where translation of an English book series). It was a book series set in a ...
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YA vampire novel with ties to the Dracula mythos. Renfield's name was flipped around to Dleifner

I think the book took place in a library? Maybe. I definitely remember Renfield's name being flipped around. Thanks!
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Book title of a girl with hidden powers when genetic engineering is a staple

Sorry but I only remember two main events that got stuck in my head. 1- Someone tries to rape her and she manages to get away but she doesn't know how she did it. (Some capability she wasn't aware of) ...
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Is there any news about the Lost Fleet books and spinoffs?

I have read all the books in the Lost Fleet series and the Spinoffs The Lost Stars Series. Im curious if the author has ever said if he will be making more of these lovely things?? Cant find anything ...
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Ghostly book I can't remember the name of

I once read a book about a family that moved into an old Manor house. The family experience ghostly writings on a wall, and if I recall correctly they carry out a written conversation with the author ...
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Story Identification- Book about kids playing a D&D-like game that invades the normal world

So, I read this book as a child, and have been trying to remember its title for a couple of years, with no success. the story was about a group of kids who were playing a role-playing game, and ...
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Novel about a man living in an empty shopping complex

I read a book, when i was a kid, that had a man that was hiding in an abandoned shopping complex, that appeared to be in a skyscraper (It had multiple levels, at least.) The guy was mortally afraid of ...
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Book in which girl's father marries a woman with two children who are all immortal

I remember reading a book about a teenage girl's father marrying a woman with a son and daughter. The teenage girl soon finds out that something was weird about this new family. And what's fishy is ...
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Is it important to read The History of Middle-earth in order?

I'm almost done reading The Silmarillion, and I have a few options available as far as what I should read next: Unfinished Tales, the Reader's Companion to LotR, and The Return of the Shadow. This ...
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Trying to find title of book where a robot has a bomb in it

After considerable research, I have been unable to identify this book. I'm trying to find a book that I read ages ago (and have subsequently misplaced) that seems impossible to find because it has a ...
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book identification about kid turning into plant

I am having difficuly rememering the title of a book i read when i was in grade school. I recall reading a book about a kid who was slowly turning into a plant due to his science fair project, i do ...
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Looking for a book about a slave that gathers friends and goes into a desert to find a dragon

I remember reading this book back in late 90's. It is about a slave that gathers some friends and goes into a desert to find/fight a dragon. There is also a revolt/uprising in the slaves home town. ...
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Female doctor wakes up in a destroyed village holding a child

Trilogy where a woman doctor (I believe) is transported to another world and wakes up in a destroyed village and holding a child. If my memory is correct in the novel she uses magical stones also. She ...
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Are there handicapped Elves?

In The Silmarillion, we read about Maedhros, whose hand was amputated in order to free him from the manacle which had kept him suspended from the mountain called Thangorodrim. The hand never grew ...
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Fantasy book where a young prince becomes a mage

I've been looking for this book for ages now. When I was younger (11-12 years old, so the early 2000s) I once read a story where a young boy, who may have been either a young prince or a squire of ...
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Fantasy book where main protagonists are brothers. One a warrior, the other a mage.

It has been quite a while, but I remember being enthralled. I do remember one other thing about the book--the mage brother was physically weak and had to be helped around by the warrior brother. I ...
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Is there a place I can go to see the most science fiction and/or fantasy books sold of all time?

From the wikipedia article on Stephen R. Donaldson and his "The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever": The Chronicles were originally published as two trilogies of novels between 1977 ...
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Looking for a YA book about teenagers in space

I read this book sometime between 1993 and 1997, and it looked like it had been recently published. The cover was blue/green, unusually plain. I seem to recall that it was written by a woman. The ...
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Is there any evidence that Tolkien thought of Samwise Gamgee as being particularly fat?

In adaptations of The Lord of the Rings, Samwise Gamgee is consistently portrayed as being overweight. In Peter Jackson's movies, for instance, Sean Astin was specifically asked to put on a good deal ...
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Fantasy book about dwarf-like underground dwellers

I read this first book years ago and remember only that at the end the character who had been one of the two main protagonists led a breakaway group out of the underground by crossing a lake. My ...
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Characters taken back in time and into other bodies. Made revolvers to help. “Heroes” in title?

I read the first book in the 90s. The characters are taken back in time and into other bodies. There is a man, woman and a dwarf at least. They use their modern knowledge to help rule. They make ...
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Are there Paranoia (RPG) inspired books? [closed]

I am looking for fiction based on the Paranoia universe. Are there any books in that universe and if not, are there any good fan fiction? i tried a quick look but could only find official campaigns ...
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Does any of The Hobbit's negative impression of Wood Elves survive in Tolkien's other writing?

In The Lord of the Rings, the only Wood Elf we get to know is Legolas, who is obviously awesome. But in The Hobbit, the image we get of Wood Elves is far less positive. We are told that they "are ...
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Book about dragons blood that heals

I read a book in early 1990's about these people that hunted dragons for their blood. It could give them powers or heal them or something like that. If I recall correctly it was a stand alone book. ...
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Who accompanied Gandalf and the hobbits on their journey towards the Shire near the end of Return of the King?

In his comments on this question, Omegacron insists that the Rangers rode with Gandalf, Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin in the chapters "Many Partings" and "Homeward Bound". I frankly don't see it. ...
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Why didn't Tolkien do more with the Stone-Giants?

In The Hobbit, the heroes shelter from a storm in the mountains and see a group of stone-giants throwing boulders at each other. The Stone-giants were out, and were hurling rocks at one another ...
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Girl living in mountains befriends weird boy living in grasslands, discovers she's the weird one

Looking for a rare science fiction book from when I was in Junior High. We read this close to the same time we read the Chrysalids and Lord of the Flies. This book was about a girl and a boy that ...
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Was Elrond always supposed to be an Elf?

This passage in The Hobbit puzzled me: The master of [Rivendell] was an elf-friend... He was as noble and as fair as an elf-lord, as strong as a warrior, as wise as a wizard, as venerable as a ...
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Novel with boy space traveler and his alien buddy

I read this book probably 5-6 years ago. The main plot was about a boy who travels through space to individual planets with an alien buddy of his or something like that. I remember that they lived in ...