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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Novel about the rise of a man in a society where people were ranked from 100 to 1

All I can remember about the plot is the rise of a man in a society where people were ranked from 100 to 1. He starts off low, becomes a gangster, makes some money, goes legit, loses an arm and ...
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Trilogy about a girl who walks on water

I'm trying to identify a trilogy of (I think YA) novels. The main character was able to walk on water. A different boy also was. I think that the series might have been named after it's word for these ...
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Novel about alien symbiotes persecuted after they reject their hosts

Two alien races are living in sybioses. The symbiote is an energy creature of some sort. The host aliens do something violent (maybe an action in a war?) that causes the symbiotes to decide to ...
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Will there be a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them novelization?

Warner Bros is making a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film with a script from JK Rowling. Is there any official word from Rowling or any of the producers at Warner Bros if she or anyone ...
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Do witches and wizards play vinyl records?

In the movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, there's a scene where the students are preparing for the Yule Ball. Professor McGonagall is instructing the boys and girls, while Filch is choosing ...
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looking for fantasy novel series: orphaned boy living as a commoner regains his inheritance

Having just finished the Mageborn series by Michael G. Manning, I was reminded by the events in the first book, The Blacksmith's Son, of another fantasy novel series. Here are the similarities that I ...
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Novel about a cult who survived the destruction of the planet earth by living on a large fragment of it

A number of years ago I saw a hard cover book, red in colour, with golden coloured line drawings covering the front and back. I can't remember the title, but I do remember some of the blurb on the ...
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Is there a connection between the Stephen King short story 1408 and the novel Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami?

I recently read the novel Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami which features a horror/fantasy element in the form of recurrent dream sequences involving an man who is half sheep and offers the ...
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3-part YA book about nuclear war in the UK - any ideas?

This book affected me so much I couldn't read the third story the first time I borrowed it from the library. Went back to it from curiosity when I was about 13. It's called something like 'The ...
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Trying to identify story of a girl who teleports through rings/portals

Another request to help identify a book read in my youth. Elements I think I remember: Certain kids can see rings or portals floating in the air. This is apparently made possible by a small extra ...
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Identifying a novel read circa 1966 regarding a pink “thing” that entered a psychic astronaut’s mind? [duplicate]

The plot of this circa 1966 story had to do with “astronauts” who travelled telepathically rather than physically. On one such exploration, the protagonist encountered a big pink “thing,” which ...
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Help i.d.'ing a sci-fi read ca. 1966, re- a pink “thing” that entered a psych-astronaut's mind?

The plot had to do with "astronauts" who travelled to other worlds telepathically rather than physically. On one such exploration, the protagonist encountered a big pink "thing," which somehow sort ...
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Story ID from an in-text poem about dragons

I read this book, maybe 8 years ago or a bit more. It is fantasy, and humor, and I think part of it was set here and part in a low-tech magical world. I believe one of the characters was a math ...
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Sci-Fi Novel - Humans are slaves to aliens who enjoy intoxication, circa 1985-ish

A book I never finished that I think of several times a year. I recall very little of this book, only that it has tormented me for nearly 30 years. What I do remember is that humans are slaves to an ...
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Novel from 70’s/80’s. Nuclear Sub has accident. Damage places crew in suspended animation. Resurrected to fight aliens as man can no longer fight

A nuclear submarine has an accident, leaking material and radiation from the reactor, resulting in the crew being placed in suspended animation. They are partially resurrected as a novelty, acting out ...
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Novel from 70's/80's. Book collector buys a lot of books, finds a rare one. Starts to study book then people start to die

An avid book collector chances upon an auction and buys a lot of assorted books. I think the auction was held in a chateau. The lot of books turns up and, when he goes through them, he finds something ...
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Book where boy who doesn't have magic but everyone else does

I remembered reading a book about this boy. He doesn't have magic, while everyone does. His uncle is a famous wizard, and helps him get into a wizard school. Later on, it was revealed that the boy ...
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Trying to identify a story from a quote - “poke, poke - die, die”

I read this book quite a while ago, about 8-10 years. The book is fantasy based, set in a medieval-ish world (with magic). The protagonist is a man, goes on a journey, fights lots of bad guys. The ...
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Looking for novel: group abducted by asteroid ship containing other alien abductees

Looking for a novel I believe was published between 2010-2013. It had one, maybe two authors, one of which was also a screenwriter. The book was about what appeared to be an asteroid approaching ...
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A book where one can learn psi powers from a book

Looking for a couple of book titles. You can learn PSI powers from reading a book. There is a meeting place that is in a bubble in the heart of a star. They also use it to hide from other humans — I ...
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Identify book or long story in which a young Rudyard Kipling appears out of his time

In this book (or possibly long story) from maybe 20 years ago, time is fractured or jumbled. Characters from many different times mysteriously appear. The events may be set in the vicinity of ...
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What is the title of this then future Cold War era book

I remember finding this book by chance on Wikipedia a long while ago. I'm writing a piece and want to reference this story. In this book (published most likely around the 1970s and 80s) in the then ...
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Was there ever a sequel to Alan dean foster's The I Inside?

I read The I Inside as a teenager and loved it. I've looked around but never seen anything about a sequel, although the author left the ending where there could easily be one. Has anyone ever read ...
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Looking for older YA fantasy book with young boy magician + familiars + orbs

I'm not sure I have enough information to truly make finding this book possible, but I thought I'd try! I read this fantasy novel when I was probably 12 years old or so - so 1995 ish. So I'm sure it ...
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Why was Sarah Kerrigan abandoned by Arcturus Mengsk?

Sarah Kerrigan, former Terran Ghost and later the Queen of Blades, leader of the Zerg, was a major character in both the Starcraft I and Starcraft II video game series and has appeared in several ...
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Trying to remember a fantasy book about a girl in a bottomless forest

Help! I read this book when I was a kid, absolutely loved it, and though I can remember the feeling of reading it, remember nearly nothing about it! It was some other world, where this society or ...
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Searching for a scifi novel incl. Evolution, telepathy, own state/country/isle and bad ending

I think that this was a rather old novel, some children developing telepathic skills on different parts of the world, getting in contact with each other, maybe some disabled telepath, and then them ...
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Looking for the Name of a Young Adult Fantasy with Giant Eagles Attacking a Canoe on the Cover

I read the book probably 11-ish years ago. Then I was 12 and got it from a community library. You'd probably describe the book as Childrens or Young Adult Fantasy. Of course this was before Young ...
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Looking for a sci-fi novel that featured a slave species called spacules (I think)

It was set in the distant future, on a world humans had settled such a long time ago that Earth is never mentioned. Humanity enslaved a native species called spacules (or maybe spicules).These were ...
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Looking for a time travel novel

I must have read it in the seventies or eighties, and I have no idea if it was a translation or not, and if so, what language it was in originally. A man dies during an accident (in a scientific ...
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Scifi novel with scientist studying 'celestial statues'. His daughter has a sexual relationship with a robot

About 10 years ago, I read a sci-fi book in French. I am hoping the book exist in English as well. The action starts in a spaceship. A scientist is studying "celestial statues" that were thought to ...
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YA novel: boy and girl adventure in a forest, one ends up moving away

I read a book with a very colorful cover about a boy and a girl who lived near each other and would meet on this hill every day in the summer to adventure through this forest. They make up spirits ...
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Book about crustacean aliens and a ship wrecked teenager?

I remember a book I read in middle school back in 2001/2002 about a teenage crustacean alien and a teenage human girl who was the sole survivor of a shipwreck on the crustacean's planet. In the book ...
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Novel about reincarnated lovers across history

I'm trying to identify a book I read about 15 or 20 years ago, probably published in the 80's. The main characters were two lovers repeatedly losing and finding each other across a lengthy period of ...
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Identify Superman novel: journey into space with Lex Luthor

The novel revealed Superman to be brilliant. Lex lost his hair in a science accident. Lex journeyed into space in a spaceship whilst Superman flew beside him.
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Fantasy Novel about Companion Orbs and a Quarantine Wall

I need help identifying a fantasy novel that I read in 2005. I seem to recall it was written by a male author, and I believe it was his first novel (although a trilogy was in the works). Here is ...
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Which book about relativistic space travel am I thinking of? [duplicate]

I'm trying to remember the title of a book I read years ago. I think it was "the travelers" or "the journeyers" or something like that. It was about a group of human scientists that go on a long trip ...
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Searching for the title of an early novel with a superman like character who is in the Civil War or World War I

In the military, his powers manifest and there are episode where he carries cannons, leaps into battle against the enemy with speed and super strength and is brought to the notice of commanding ...
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Name of a fantasy book with a red-haired protagonist?

I read this book in the early-ish 2000s (in English) and all I can remember are some oddly specific details. The protagonist was a girl with red hair who somehow meets up with her companions from her ...
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Tessering by what means in 'Wrinkle'?

In Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, did Mr Murry (Meg's father) use a device, a body motion, or only his mind to tesser? Did the non-earthlings tesser by the same means? Is such a detail given? ...
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A Sci-fi book about blue people who were enslaved

I believe it was a dystopian story about blue people who had been enslaved. I remember it as a sci-fi story. I don't remember anything else about it, just that there were blue people, they were ...
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Are there plans to turn The Eyre Affair into a movie?

I’ve been thinking about a movie adaptation of Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair and the rest of the Thursday Next series. Is there any official comment about such a movie?
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Looking for a Harry Potter like story with female lead

The book's cover was black with dark red around the character. The plot was about a young woman who was living in a poor family when her mother told her she was going to have her go to a boarding ...
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Looking for a novel: young man takes shortcuts through another dimension

This is a novel I read in the 60s. I thought it was by Nourse but it's not. The story was about a young man who used his mind to turn a corner into another dimension that allowed him to take short ...
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Trying to find the title of a science fiction novel where the monster is singing killer space fungus

Yep. Singing killer space fungus. I'm trying to find a science fiction novel that scared the bejesus out of me when I was a kid. This book was one of those paperback novels from the '60s or '70s. ...
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Title of a book about trying to control “the moment” [duplicate]

I read this book which I think is from the early 2000s. I don’t know what it is called, who wrote it, or who published it, so I’m hoping a kind soul can help me out. There’s this extra-dimensional ...
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Novel about elves who can be mortally wounded by iron

Looking for a book title about elves who can be mortally wounded by iron. The humans who interact with them in the fairy world...and then return to their own world, see the battle in the fairy world ...
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Novel that depicts a dystopian city trapped by fog

Things I believe I accurately remember: There was an airship/dirigible on the cover. The MC was a journalist. As stated in question there is a fog around the entire city (which is an island or ...
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Male and female astronaut fall in love on a mission and fall into the sun

I am looking for the title of a SF book about a male and female astronaut that are to go to the sun and back. They fall in love, missing the key moment to brake, which causes them to fall into the sun ...
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Looking for a book where the planet is a device to rebuild the universe

I'm looking for a scifi book with an old guy and a group of youngsters that find an anomaly on a planet that looks like a massive pit but ends up being a gate to another world created by this race of ...