A novel is a book of long narrative in literary prose. The genre has historical roots both in the fields of medieval and early modern romance and in the tradition of the novella. The latter supplied the present generic term in the late 18th century.

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Three characters, one of them an older female archer, go on a quest

OK, so when I was 12 (around 1993 or 1994) I checked out a book from my school library. The book had 3 characters it was centered around with the boy being the main character (I think) of the story. ...
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Does Orciny actually exist?

In “The City & The City" by China Mieville, we seem to learn very little of this (possibly fictitious) third city. Is there any evidence that it really exists in the story or is it purely ...
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Man becomes flag-bearer to the King and falls in love with King's wife

I read a novel in 2003-2004 which is written in English and had multiple story lines in it. One was about a man that became the flag bearer to the king and and falls in love with the king's wife. ...
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Boy lives in a cave with aliens and later goes to war with them

I read a book where a boy befriends these nice aliens and lives in a cave with them while another alien invasion wages on earth. In any case, he eventually comes out of the cave, and yells or thinks ...
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Fantasy novel with wizarding academies and a quest for a powerful spell

I know this is going to be extremely vague but I'm looking for an old book series. I can't remember a whole pile about it other than there were a band of adventurers on some form of quest involving ...
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Help remembering a story where partial stasis is taking place

I have forgotten most of the story plot, but I think it starts with a guy being taken from his home planet aboard a ship. It's not an FTL ship which has a stasis field, chemical injections or ...
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Sci-fi novel: giant horizontal statue of naked woman on alien planet

Read a sci-fi novel years ago, set on an alien planet that featured a giant statue of a naked human woman lying on the ground. If I remember, the statue was hundreds if not thousands of kilometers ...
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Do readers prefer sci-fi series over standalone novels? [on hold]

Is there more inclination towards a series of sci-fi works over standalone novels? I've particularly observed this over the last couple of years. For example, the winners of the 2014 and 2015 Locus ...
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Fantasy novel with a boy who must cross the Steppes on a quest

I read this book a long time ago. It was the story of a young boy who leaves his village for a quest, must cross the steppes. He has a stone that does something to him, he is given or finds a ...
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Neuromancer: What is the “sprawl”?

In William Gibson's novel Neuromancer the word "sprawl" is often used, which is also reflected in the title "Sprawl Trilogy". My problem is that I am reading the German translation of the book, but ...
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An alien lands on earth and hides in a tree

I read this book in paperback form in the 80s. So, this thing, with an incredible name (eg. XVASRASNMN) - would be very difficult to pronounce - is part of a swarm - Definitely part of some kind of ...
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Book Identification: a man and two women on a journey to fulfill some sort of prophecy about the end of the world

This is an older fantasy book I read 10-15 years ago-ish. My recollections of it are vague, but I recall it had a medieval-ish setting, and was told from the point of view of a man who is joined on a ...
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Book About An Otter set in medieval times?

Does anyone remember a book that featured an otter. It was set in medieval times and all the characters were animals and he had to save the kingdom. And I just can't remember the name. Please help!
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Looking for a fantasy trilogy from the early 2000s

Back in the early 2000s I read a fantasy trilogy and I remember neither the author's name nor the book titles. No series name either, I'm afraid. Here's everything I still remember: Author, books, ...
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A novel about a book with pages from another book?

I was shopping for books when I found one that intrigued me. The story: A man buys a book and reads it, only to find that the pages are misprinted. So he returns it to the store, and gets a new ...
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Book where a mysterious force transports most of the humans from Earth to various other planets and times

I forget the title and author, but he described the opening as such: a mysterious force, likely aliens, removes a large proportion of humans from Earth, and transports them to different planets, while ...
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YA Fantasy Novel with a girl who finds a forest inside her house or a book

In 2009 I read a Young Adult fantasy novel where a girl finds a forest in her home(or a book), and travels through it. It also had a personification of death involved. I think it was published ...
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Looking for a book about the moon being a spaceship with an AI

I read this in the late 90's if I recall correctly. Can't remember title or author. American astronaut is doing a survey of back side of the Moon. He is shot down and captured by the AI that controls ...
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Werewolf Novel about a secret agent werewolf Multilingual

I read a werewolf novel once about a "secret agent" werewolf. I remember he was multilingual and at some point in the novel he was masquerading as an Italian (Calabrese) and I remember he got snippy ...
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The devil is a discredited sociology professor in a simulated reality

The book starts out with the threat of an asteroid hitting Earth. The hero and heroine find themselves in a café (or was it a bar? - the cover has a devil with a whiskey on the rocks if I remember ...
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Planet with three sexes [closed]

I've been looking for a sci-fi book series that I read in the 1970's. There were several different planetary cultures mentioned. On one of them, there were three sexes; males, females and a third sex ...
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Story where radically different cultures live together and are defined by rulesets, some choose not to see each other, a house is used as a spaceship

I think this novel came out in the 2000s. There are many cultures that live close together but are very different, for example some pretend to be pre-industrial. One of the main characters is a ...
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Graphic novel with red - headed girl at a magic boarding school

I was just wondering do you guys know a graphic novel that was about two girls in a boarding school and the main girl had red hair and her mother died in childbirth and and I think she has a wolf ...
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In TNG novels, how did this key character leapfrog another for promotion?

Entire question is spoilers for TNG novels. I'm not into reading Star Trek novels, but I somehow stumbled upon the publisher's description for Takedown: Question:
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Which novel involves vampires, burning satellites, space travel, and body modification?

About a decade ago, I encountered a novel or a novella that I cannot locate. The setting was Earth, about one century into the future. I remember vampires and a mesh of satellites around the Earth ...
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Mid 20th century post-apocalyptic novel which utilized the term “the Mysteries”?

"The Mysteries" were descriptions of past cultural traditions such as religion or ethnicity which became mangled when half-remembered by survivors of an apocalyptic war or pestilence. I especially ...
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Book about post-apocalyptic survivors and slug-like alien invaders

I read this ~1995-1997, and I think it was new. For whatever reason, my school library had a copy. The story was about the few survivors of post-apocalyptia. Alien slug-like creatures had managed to ...
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Sci-fi Story Cop riding flying giant genetically engineered birds

It is a Science fiction novel. Set in Earth's future where giant genetically engineered birds are used as flying vehicles. If I remember correctly, it is due to end of fossil fuels. The main ...
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Dystopian novel where the last city moves on a giant track [duplicate]

Probably published late 1970s or early 1980s. A large group of people are organized into a small city that is in a huge contraption that has to keep moving around the earth after some apocalyptic ...
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Novel where bands of humans roamed a world controlled by intelligent machines

I'm trying to figure out the name of a science fiction novel. In it there were bands of humans which roamed a world. The world was controlled by intelligent robots or mechanized creatures I think. ...
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Seeking title/author of novel where alien disk placed between Earth and sun causes ice age

I read it in the early 90s, might have been published late 80s in Canada. The story begins with a mysterious disk that appears between the sun and the Earth and starts an ice age which wipes out ...
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A fantasy book about a woman who can speak with animals and is taken by the prince?

I think I read this around 2009 and my dad got it for me from a used book store so it could be much older. What I remember from the story is that it follows a girl who lives in isolation in a ...
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How does Trip escape from Ehrehin and Valdore?

In the novel The Good That Men Do, while on the ship with Ehrehin one moment Trip is passing out/dying and Valdores forces are closing in and the next moment hes on earth and he doesnt mention ...
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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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How do we reach Ultima?

When I was much younger, I was obsessed with a series of books that likely many of you are familiar with: Choose Your Own Adventure. In essence, each book was a self-contained role-playing game with ...
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Fantasy novel series where dragon fight alongside humans in wars

I am looking for a fantasy novel series where the male lead is a young boy who fights alongside a bipedal non-flying dragon in the army. The army has military units that are formed by these dragons ...
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Looking for a book about a genetically engineered person

This was a while ago and I can't remember very much, but I really loved this book but it was lost in a car crash :( Anyway, so the main character was grown and genetically engineered. At one stage he ...
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Book about apocalyptic event involving aliens

This book has one primary male protagonist who I think is a scientist of some type who the government decides needs to help defeat some alien (I'm pretty sure it's alien) apocalyptic event. In the ...
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Book about adults who were accidentally exposed to govt chemical testing as children and are now being killed.

There was a book, probably part of a series, that I read 10-15 years ago about a group of kids on a school trip who were accidentally exposed to chemical testing by the government. These kids grew ...
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Magic leaves “smudges” and a sorceress becomes a book

I could use some help identifying a book I read some time in the last year or so. The book goes between two different stories: 1) A student of magic finds a book in a cave that turns out to be a ...
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looking for book 1990s about good vs evil and point of view affecting those labels

I am searching for a book which I read in the early 90s about a man whose life has fallen apart. He gets swept up in a series of events which culminate in Ragnarok. The concept of the novel is the ...
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Young Adult Fantasy novel about some boarding school, classmates dying, and passing on?

This isn't science fiction, but it's kind of "fantasy" in a way. It's about some girl who gets sent to/starts to attend some sort of fancy boarding school or something like that. I know she falls for ...
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What is the tilte of Fantasy Genre Novel with 2 brothers (the sons of satan), female author?

The question is asking for the title of a novel, however this was also a series of novels. I remember many details of the plot, but am not certain if those details are from different books in the ...
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Story about a civilization which repeatedly rises and falls, because individuals can't stop reproducing

I'm looking for a story which has these elements: There is an alien species whose biology compels it to reproduce every couple of years, and they don't have a choice about it. As they develop ...
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Cloned scientists discover alien ship that travels backwards in time [duplicate]

In this series of books mankind has developed Virtual Copies of scientists to populate Probes sent out exploring space. One probe discovers a planet with an ancient Spire existing on the surface. An ...
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Help ID Australian novel. Sci Fi (soft) / Magical Realist / Slipstream. Published 1976 – circa late 1980s

Asking for a friend. Length; Novel (possibly novella or novelette) Publication Notes; Australian/Melbourne author (likely but not certain. It shows a lot of familiarity with Melbourne). Australian ...
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Blacksmith who is the namesake of a legendary hero

I remember reading a fantasy novel long ago in my late teens about twenty years ago. The protagonist is a humble blacksmith who is the namesake of a legendary hero in that (fictional) culture. He is ...
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Novel where light sail cuts throat and main character uses body of a ballpoint pen for tracheotomy

"Young adult" novel involving a light sail that cuts someone's throat and the protagonist uses a ballpoint pen as an air tube so he can breathe. Probably had the word "star" in the title. It might ...
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Searching for a book with a telepathic female

I read a novel in the 1980s in which the main character was a telepathic female. I believe the title included the word "Prime". I remember that it was part of a series. After she was done with an ...
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What's the name of book where copies of people are beamed to other planets?

Does anyone know the name of this book (might be a series)? Planets are colonized by people having copies of themselves beamed to the planet. A person walks into a booth on earth for a few minutes ...