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Story Identification: Book about a man traveling in three worlds on an adventure

Read this book about 20+ years ago: Not sure what genre, perhaps YA fantasy, even though it was about a middle-aged and childless gentleman who lived alone and loved reading children's stories. From ...
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Looking for a sci-fi book series that starts with a girl who tries to commit suicide and is pulled into an alternate universe

The series starts out with a girl who doesn't think life is worth living any more. When she tries to commit suicide she is pulled into an alternate universe. This only able to happen because she is a ...
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Is eating in Miyazaki films tied to Japanese culture?

In several Miyazaki films, eating seems to hold strong weight as a method of performing magic. For example: Spirited Away: Chihiro's parents are transformed after eating the spirits' food No Face ...
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The Devil and Michael grudgingly team up

I'm trying to recall a co-authored book about the Serpent and the archangel Michael joining forces to prevent the end of the world because the Seal was broken prematurely. Does this sound familiar?
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Looking for a sci-fi / fantasy book about a boy named Flea

In this story, it is in the far future so that it feels like a fantasy story. The protagonist is a boy named Flea with one shriveled leg. He gets dumped in a hole by his adopted family of orcs (or ...
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Looking for a Book - With two main characters/stories the main guy has a diary he finds that talks to him

I read this book a while ago and I wanted to read the second one when it came out. But I can't remember the name. It starts off with main character who is on a school research project and he finds a ...
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Children's fantasy book about a brother and sister [closed]

I can't remember a lot of details I read the series in 2009 as a child but I remember a brother and sister, a magic hermit who helped them, I think there was a magic sword and maybe a holy grail, not ...
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Fantasy Book; Rapunzel-like Tower on Cover; Green in pallete; Mage; Short book; 70s-80s

I need help identifying a book. It centered around a magician. The book was fairly short (Under 200 pages or a little over if I remember). I remember the magic system was original. The cover has ...
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Did C.S. Lewis create the lamp-post in response to a comment by J.R.R. Tolkien?

J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis had a pretty legendary rivalry/friendship. In particular, it's fairly well known that Tolkien aimed for "higher" fantasy, compared to Lewis. I've heard some people ...
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Help Finding a Fantasy (I think) novel - It Had A Snake eating its Tail on the Cover

Never fear I can in fact remember more about it than that! The cover was black and it had a silver snake eating its own tail on the cover. The book was about a boy who is hired by a company to travel (...
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A fantasy story about a man who discovers two groups of alien creatures similar to ants. He becomes a god to them [duplicate]

Circa 60's or 70's.The creatures are antlike colored red and black, I think. The creatures worship him and erect statues of him. He becomes cruel and behaves badly with them. The ants go to war with ...
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Has the name Althus been used before in a Fantasy series? [closed]

Not sure if this question is ok here or not but... I am writing a fantasy novel and I have named my main character Althus and I am just wanting to make sure that it has not been used before... ...
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I'm looking for a book about inter dimensional travel

My teacher back in primary read the class a book about an orphan boy that somehow gets like a ticket or something to go test a game by a famous video game maker. There are several kids there, that the ...
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Fantasy book about mages, factions and a fighting house

I am looking for a novel in which there are several factions of different mages such as the 'red faction' that has to do with fire and truth. The main story is about a boy who joins the fighting mage'...
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In the Incarnations of Immortality Series, who really created the Universe?

In "With a Tangled Skein" we learn that Clotho, the youngest aspect of Fate, is responsible for gathering raw void and spinning it into souls, which contain a mix of good and evil. When Niobe is ...
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Identify a fantasy novel about a boy who gets taken to another world to be a soothsayer

I read this book probably in the mid/early nineties. Or well, I read part of it. I was a teenager and my parents were mormons, my Mom saw that there was some sexual stuff in the book and took it away. ...
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What was the first parasite to appear in speculative fiction?

Parasites are a mainstay of modern science fiction and fantasy. From the Yeerks to the Vord to xenormorphs to The Host to GM tapeworms, speculative organisms that feed on other organisms will make an ...
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Looking for 90s/2000s teen fantasy book about kids pulled into an RPG

The book was about kids who did a role playing game every summer. They are separated for a summer and somehow fall into the game/world they created. The first one falls into the world through a bush ...
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What is a na-baron?

In The Promise of Blood there are a couple mentions (I'm not too far in yet) of "na-baron"s. From context I can figure that it's some kind of nobility, but what specifically is a na-baron? For ...
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Help identify a modern fantasy short story

I'm going a bit nuts trying to figure this out. It's one of those things where it's not really important, but I can't find something I sort of thought I knew and it's nagging at me. Basically it's a ...
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Are Marwick and Sam a gay couple?

Sam live alone with Marwick isolated on an island. Suddenly they disappear and are traveling together. The book series is for younger kids, and I don't think Angie Sage would write a direct gay scene ...
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Looking for fantasy book series involving a ship and a rainbow

I'm really upset because I thought I had remembered the title correctly only to find that I had somehow been thinking of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader which is not the series i'm looking for. It's a ...
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Fantasy novel where man buys house and discovers a portal to another world

In the late 80s, early 90s a fantasy book came out that I only read the first part of before I lost it. The premise was intriguing and I have always wanted to return and discover what happened. From ...
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80s Short story or novella written from a cat's point of view as they cross a parking lot

Short story or Novella from a pulp magazine in the 80's written from a cat's point of view, involved crossing a dead expanse (a parking lot) and a fear of castration by a human (My human would NEVER ...
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Fantasy book series with non-human races and labyrinth

I'm trying to identify fantasy book series I encountered some time ago. Here are things I remember: it was a fantasy setting but with some s-f elements; with many worlds and possibility to travel ...
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What book has a magic forest behind a grandmother's house?

I remember once I read a book in the library, and now I want to re-read it. I don't know the name though, however, it was such an entertaining read I can remember the story. 2 Children (1 boy 1 girl)...
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Movie where a group of soldiers encounter a temple that is not in the real world

I rented it on DVD from Blockbuster, possibly around 15 years ago. I think it's a group of American soldiers lost in Korea (might even be a Korean movie), who get trapped in a temple that is not in ...
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Looking for a fantasy trilogy about teenagers

I read the trilogy about 10 years ago, and my memory is a little sketchy but here are the things that I remember: A group of teenagers got sucked through a portal into a magical world where they, ...
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Fantasy series with black, white, red magic and magic mirrors

I am looking for the name of a series of fantasy books that, I read in the early 2000s (not sure on their release date) about a male protagonist who goes to a special temple to learn red magic. Within ...
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Book about a world of elfin-like creatures with bumps on their foreheads

It was a children's book my aunt once got me. Its a book about a world of elfin like creatures with bumps on their foreheads who are very akin to druids and kindly villagers and grotesque goblin like ...
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Fantasy novel - Male protagonist, written in third person, set in Celtic-flavored world

It's a fantasy novel which I picked up second-hand (and thus don't have a precise publication date) somewhere between 1992 and 1995. Based on the condition and cover style, I'd say it was published ...
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Fantasy Book - Unrequited Love, Female Protagonist Not Human?

I read this book at least ten years ago, and I remember very little. It was in the young adult/teen section of library, but it could have been mis-shelved. Setting is medieval-ish, probably UK/...
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Sci-Fi and Fantasy holidays [closed]

Star Wars Day is probably the most famous sci-fi/fantasy holiday. What others are there? Please only include examples that are celebrated by a significant amount of people.
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Story about orbiting rocks and dragons

I think I read that a few decades ago borrowed in a public library, a story about a world with floating islands orbiting an axis, not really on a planet. I think people were flying dragons between ...
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Story about Gargoyles and Ethics

This was about 20 years ago. The story concerned a rogue who had been cursed with a gargoyles arm (obsidian glass appearance). The aim was that in order to remove the curse he had to behave ethically....
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What novels or movies are set in these fantasy lands?

I recognize a few, but some I've definitely never heard of. And if they're on this map with the likes of Middle Earth and Westeros, I'm assuming they're pretty prominent in the fantasy world. Can ...
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Looking for the name of the book where a character enters another world in where he is part of a prophecy

I read this book in elementary school but don't remember the title, author or anything aside from a few vivid points. The story starts in the real world (I believe it's around WW2) where a boy ...
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Looking for fantasy book series from last 10-15 years

I'm looking for a book series that I read at least 10-15 years ago. It was definitely a series as I finished one book but lost track of it whilst waiting for the next book to come out. I'm sorry, I ...
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Where does the accepted image of fantasy clothing come from?

When I picture characters in a "medieval" fantasy setting like Lord of the Rings or D&D, I tend to think of them looking kind of badass - lots of hooded cloaks, leather armour, and improbable ...
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A fantasy book series about a boy leaving his farm and becoming a scout for an army

I read a couple of these years ago and I am trying to remember the name of the series. The first half of the series is about the boy and the second half is about his daughter I believe. The kid had ...
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What the earliest instance of an average human being magically summoned to another world, while being ignorant about the actual summons?

What the earliest instance of an average human being magically summoned to another world, while being ignorant about the actual summons? Basically, it's Summon Everyman Hero trope, but restricted ...
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90s/00s Trilogy. Young girl travels to other world that becomes Atlantis

In the first book, the protagonist is a young girl who travels between our world and a different one (possibly through a wooden gate in the barn next door that she finds the key to in an old coat?). ...
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Help identify Animated Fantasy TV Series

Back in 1992-1993 when I was a kid I saw an animated Fantasy TV series about some magical kingdom fighting some dark kingdom from another universe or something like that. I don't remember anything ...
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Where did the idea that trolls can regenerate come from?

It's pretty common, when you encounter a troll in a fantasy video game or fantasy table-top RPG the troll is able to regenerate from damage. Typically trolls only have 1 weakness; fire, which somehow ...
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Story where a reluctant hero goes on a quest

I'm going crazy trying to remember this book. It was definitely published before 1991. The only thing I'm fairly certain of is there was a scene where the hero falls asleep and there's a metaphysical ...
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Story where a young butcher's son was the long lost heir to an empire

Looking for a story (book) my father read when he was a young man in the 1980's about a young butcher's son who was the long lost heir to an empire. He was hidden on an island and grew up with some ...
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Help finding a book trilogy about magic monks/wizards and an evil empire/kingdom

When I was a kid, around 2008, I read a trilogy of fantasy novels that I've forgotten the name of. It's about a boy who lives on an island. His father, while doesn't hate him, is disappointed in the ...
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Spanish language fantasy movie: world seen from the movie projection room of the three Fates

Once back when TV went by radio waves I was watching late at night and saw the very end of a Spanish-language fantasy film where a man was (apparently) watching what was going on in the world while ...
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Young adult novel with a forest in it

A young adult book with a green cover where a young girl is in a futuristic world (touch screens in the school she attended) and feels different and some how she runs away to a forest. I remember ...
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What is the earliest instance of an “Adventurers' Guild” in fiction?

What is the earliest instance of an "Adventurers' Guild" in fiction? It doesn't have to be called an 'Adventurers' Guild', but the basic requirements are: It's a organization that expands and has ...