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19th Century Children's TV Drama

I was watching "The Secret Garden" film yesterday and it made me remember a TV fantasy drama I watched when I was young. I would have watched this mid 80's but the program could have been a repeat. ...
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Book series describing the end of the Age of Reason and the return of magical creatures to the world

Looking to try to identify the name of a series (or its individual books) which I read in the 90's. I've only read the first one/two in the series and I believe that they were still being written at ...
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Looking for a YA book about a magical nanny that heavily featured lady bugs

I remember a YA book that involved a family who's babysitter/nanny was implied to be magical, and as I recall she was heavily associated with lady bugs. But I can't remember what the name of the books ...
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Looking for a short story of a medieval town where wishes were granted unintentionally

A friend just pointed me here after I asked this on Facebook. I haven't had any luck there, so hopefully a more dedicated forum might help track it down. :) This has been bugging me for about 20 ...
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Real-World Origin of Avrupa(n) and Hijer(o) in Patricia C. Wrede's 'Frontier Magic' Series?

In this alternate history/reality fantasy series, set in a Frontier North America with magic, there are 3 main magical theory systems mentioned - Aphrikan, Avrupan and Hijero-Cathayan. Aphrican magic ...
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“The Enchanted” 1984 - confused by the plot

I watched the film The Enchanted last night randomly and unless I misunderstood something in the film, how and more importantly why did the strange family that lives in the woods turn into humans? It ...
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What is the origin of the vampire's drudge?

I have recently come across the idea of a vampire's drudge: a slave to do a vampire's bidding. However, I have not been able to find the origin of it. In fact, the only references to it I am able to ...
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Is there an encyclopedic book of fantastic materials?

I do not believe this to be a list-type question, surely only one or at most two such books have ever been written. I am searching for a book somewhat in the vein of Barlowe's Guide to ...
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Looking for a Trio based Fantasy series for Children [closed]

I'm looking for a Trio based Fantasy Series for Children, please help. It is based on Harry Potter like theme, not very old – released after Harry Potter. It's a fantasy series, featuring three ...
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Virtual Reality Computer Game set in a Fantasy World

I need help remembering a paperback style book that had a fantasy adventure computer game being played by a young boy and then followed up I believe by his older sister whom I presume had to rescue ...
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Looking for a young adult medieval fantasy written prior to 1976 about a girl banished from the royal court

The girl is at court with her beautiful social butterfly sister. The beautiful sister messes up but the Queen blames the influence of the other sister because she doesn't want to loose the beautiful ...
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Book Title ID request: Boy with horse companion and tele/pyrokineses - unknown author and date

I am looking for a book I found in the library about 6 years ago. It was in tatters then, and the librarians didn't know it existed so I'm assuming it was pretty old. It's high fantasy, and revolves ...
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Is she able to kill with a mirror?

The Bad Queen uses mirrors to communicate with whoever she wants. So you often see her calling someone ("Mirror, give me the Hunter"). As you then see the called subject, it must answer by taking a ...
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Sci-fi quest/adventure book where progress was determined through clues/keys in the illustrations with red boss demon at the end?

This was a book I borrowed from the library in the late 80s early 90s. The fantasy picture book adventure progressed through various hostile scenes/worlds/dungeons and you were prompted to search for ...
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Worst Sci Fi / Future Fantasy Cliches [closed]

I am creating a futuristic fantasy setting for my latest novel. In your opinion what are the most over used cliches that I should avoid when creating the setting? Many thanks.
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Help me find a book trilogy about a girl, dragons and Nicholas Flamel

I've been trying to track down this trilogy of books I've read when I was a teenager. The fact I've only read them translated to Lithuanian language, doesn't help. I don't remember much, but the few ...
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A Blessing of Unicorns?

According to Penny Arcade, A group of Unicorns is called "A Blessing Of Unicorns" Where was that stated? Why was it really called a blessing? ..was Gabe spot on?
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Help me identify this book about a mysterious girl and evil non-human pursuers?

Some elements that I remember: Bluey-green cover with a medallion on it Almost certainly set in London Half of [city] is semi-abandoned, maybe partially flooded? Begins with protagonist ...
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What's the name of this series?

It's a world that includes fire, water, air, earth, shadow and light users. This world has at least one archipelago with a king, that's died in the previous squashing of rebellion, his descendant ...
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What's the difference between faries and pixies? [closed]

I am struggling to find a difference? I honestly do not know a difference, I have tried all kinds of folklore books. Tell me a difference?
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Fantasy book series title from the 80s about a world governed by a book of laws

I read a series in the 80s and am trying to figure out what the name was. Here is what I can remember about it. Starts out with a guy, think he is a truck driver, giving a lift to an old man. Then ...
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Elemental novel where a boy discovers he has the power over fire and later over all elements

Written in 1989 or before, overall, the novel is about a world where people can have various minor powers and the more powerful ones have control over elements and they are called elementals – fire, ...
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Do authors ever create conflicting canon to irk fussy fans? [closed]

I know that this site is the haven for anyone who loves to dig deep into their favorite Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Even for a new visitor, from scrolling through this site shows that there's an awful lot ...
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1980's book about a man who glows green and can use magic based upon how long his mom was in labor?

I used to be part of a sci/fantasy book club and I remember getting a compilation of the years best sci/fi-fantasy. One of the stories revolved around a young man who worked in a toy shop? and he ...
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Looking for the name of a fantasy book about a knight that saves a woman in tower

When I was kid, I remember reading a beautifully illustrated book about a man that rescues a maiden who is imprisoned in a tower by an evil knight. However, I don't remember the title or the complete ...
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Story ID About a wizard who's name translates as “no one”

Looking for the name of a series of books about a wizard who makes a pledge to the gods and in return is granted extended lifespan (there are 3 booming thunder sounds to signify acceptance of his ...
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Book where children trained in magic, fashioned aerial vehicles

Pretty sure I read this when I was a kid. Perhaps 7 years ago. Newish then. This kid is struggling to carve his magic "flying insect" vehicle. He suddenly finds inspiration and models it on a ...
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A novel with a talent magic system

I'm looking for a fantasy novel, pre 2000. It's young adult fantasy. Magical abilities involved talents similar to psychic abilities. One character could hide the group, preventing others from ...
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The name of a fantasy book where the “wizards” constructs their towers in their minds

I read a book 5-10 years ago where there were some wizards/monks/something similar where their success as wizards is limited to their concentration skills which they use to "build" their towers filled ...
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Help with title of an old Japanese anime about a quest involving magical creatures?

When I was young (so this was about 30 years ago) I saw this cartoon about a character (I don't even remember if it was a young man or woman) who was sent on a quest. I think he or she had to defeat ...
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Is there a relationship between Stanley Steamer and any business?

Stanley Steamer received his name in 'Dragon on a Pedestal (1985)' having previously been the Gap Dragon. I recall becoming aware of Stanley the Dragon about the same time I became aware of television ...
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How large are the layers of the nine hells in the Forgotten Realms?

I recently read about the structure of the nine hells or 'Baator' in the Forgotten Realms setting. I was wondering how large each of the different layers actually are. I mean, are they endless or are ...
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Is there a substance like phraxdust in the real world or other fantasy writings?

Most stories will have similar weapons, aliens, space travel etc, but in The Edge Chronicles there is a substance called phraxdust that can purify water when mixed with contaminated liquids. I have ...
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Fantasy Trilogy from the 80s, main character is an excellent archer, short but not a hobbit, more like a race of short elves

OK. Back in the late 80s/early 90s I read a great book with the following plot line: Race of short people (not exactly hobbits, more like short elves or something) were living in peace in their ...
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Siblings survive an attack in a religious war and are helped by siblings of a different species

I remember getting a book at an airport once ( part of a trilogy ) on my way to a vacation. I really want to read it again so any help would be apreciated. The book is about a kingdom devided by ...
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Book ID - A guy talks his way out of jail with magic

So I was suggested a book that was really good. She can't remember the title, but supposedly the opening scene has the main character in jail, and he talks his way out of jail by talking to nails and ...
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Book Identification: Fantasy book that turns out to be post-apocalypse

I really want to reread a book I read years ago. I can't remember the title, but I remember that for most of the book it just appears to be a classic fantasy book, but part way through the main ...
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Fantasy novel from the 80s, quest led back home

Read this book in my religious high school's library back in the 80s. It was a book about a young man who goes off on a fantasy quest, only to realize that the answer to everything was right back at ...
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Graphic short stories series about a boy falling through a hole which sends him to a fantasy world of monsters and magic?

Some details I remember: Was around in early-mid 90's, the series came out in weekly installments (something you could get from your newsagent). The story begins when a schoolboy falls into a hole ...
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Animated television series, 1995 - 1997

The show was about an aggressive alien thing that came from outer space and infected the humans. The people started killing each other and the only way that they could be stopped was with alien robots ...
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Fantasy short story with soul-taking magic users

I read it several years ago but I have no idea when it was published. What I remember is that some people are born with a magical talent and some people are born with the ability to take that talent ...
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A book about an exiled princess, possibly 80's or early 90's

I'm looking for a book I read in the early 90's about a princess who is exiled after her family is murdered. I remember her family shared the throne with another family (her cousin I think). I believe ...
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Scientist trying to disprove witchcraft falls in love with a witch

I'm trying to find the exact name of the author and the novel. Situation: I know the supposed russian transliteration/translation of the novel/author. When I Google for the work, using my best ...
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Mid 90's book series with a young boy being taught by a sorceress

I'm trying to figure out a fantasy series I read in the early to mid 90's. It wasn't the Belgariad or Eye of the World but it is so similar that I forget its name. A young simple boy gets caught up ...
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What is the assumed name of Jon Snow's mother, as told to Arya Stark?

Related to the book series A Song of Ice and Fire: I forgot the assumed name of Jon Snows mother that was told to Arya Stark by a lord (forgot his name - first name Edrik I think), in the third book, ...
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An old novel on a “maneater” island

I cannot remember the title, neither the author, of a novel I read some time ago. Please help me, this thing is driving me crazy. The novel was about the crew of a ship that approach to a desert ...
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Reading order of Tolkien's middle-earth books [duplicate]

I have these books written by J.R.R. Tolkien: The Silmarillion The Hobbit All three LOTRs Which reading order is the best to get the complete story? The one I wrote up above, or?
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Differences between dragon, drake, wyrm and wyvern

In many different books including Dragonlance, Tales from the Sword Coast, Magic: The Gathering and other similar fantasy series, I've seen references to dragons, drakes, wyrms and wyvern (which may ...
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book about 2 children who traveled through time using a circle of stones

This book is about 2 children who traveled trough time using a circle of stones similar to Stonehenge. It was read to me in 5th grade... Around 1985... I am having trouble remembering more details. ...
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What is this novel about a man who could enter the minds of animals?

I read a book a few years back, and would love to read it again. The overall plot I don't remember much of, but the main character could enter the minds of animals. It was a huge taboo to do so, and ...