Questions tagged [books]

Use this tag on [story-identification] questions when the work is a book series or when the written media is unclear but use a more specific tag where appropriate e.g. [novel], [novella], [short-stories], [anthology-book], etc. Use this tag to indicate the question is about the book version or adaptation of a work. For differences between the book and other versions, such as a movie, use [adaptation-comparison].

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Looking for a book series about every single fantasy trope ever

A group of people from Arthurian times, including king Arthur himself find themselves in another world/land and they must rebuild a city after a war (??) has ravaged the lands? (Yay portals) Then ...
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Looking for dragon book

Looking for a particular book. I read it almost 10 years ago. The main character gets trapped in a (well?) and dragon’s blood drips on to him. The blood slowly turns him into a dragon (Or gives him ...
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SciFi story involving genetically modified servants

This is a story I read at least 20 years back. I can remember a number of scenes, but frustratingly few key words that I've been able to make a meaningful search on. Probably childrens or possibly ...
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Book on civilizations in different geological periods of the Earth

I am trying to remember the name of a scifi book, the only thing I remember is that in the history of the book, there was a civilization in every geological period on earth. Unfortunately this is the ...
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Book where young people around the world are chosen to go to the moon

I have a vague memory of reading a book where young people around the world are chosen to go to the moon (I guess like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or a competition or something along those line)....
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Something about space gates that ships can travel through

I read this book a few years back so it would be roughly 2017 or before. The main character is a young adult (possibly named Alex?) serving on the humans' space navy. The technology is such that ...
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Work about Earth or humanity being destroyed for being peaceful

I'm sure it was a book, but it could have been a film, or even a video-game plot element. Apologize if I've mixed up any facts – I don't think I've come across this again in the last 20 years! I read ...
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Book about small people living hidden from humans in a big city

About 10 years ago I read this book about small people (they were a different race than humans I think) who are living in a big English or American city. They hide from normal people and live in lost ...
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Young adult book about telepathy across time

There’s a YA book I read a few years back and I forgot the title. It’s about a boy in New England who lives in this old house and he gets very sick, and in his mind he hears a girl from colonial ...
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Sci-fi pre-1985 children's(ish?) book series about a boy who lived next door to an old scientist

When I say this series has been haunting me for a couple of decades, it's an understatement. I remember loving this series, but I also remember it being a bit weird, and maybe even a bit science heavy ...
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1980s Book, probably fantasy, set between reality and a fantasy world like 1600s Spain

Probably printed in the 1980s. As I recall it was split between reality and a fantasy world that resembled 1600s Spain. The cover had a man riding a winged horse. There is a book "Orlando Furioso" ...
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Book where a boy moves to a town where only young kids are superheroes

I read this about 3 years ago, around 2017, I think as an EBook. The protagonist is an adolescent, not quite a teenager, who has moved to a small town. I think the town itself is in a valley. I do ...
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Science fiction story about aliens that turn into butterfly or moth-like creatures at the end of their lives

A long time ago (not later than the early Nineties) I read a novel or a short story that I'd wish to read again but haven't been able to find so far. It's science fiction, probably written in the ...
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Two kids go back in time by accident

There’s this book I remember reading this like 2 or 3 years ago about two kids that accidentally time traveled back in time due to some mistake in a time machine. They just happened to be near the ...
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Futuristic dystopia book where kids have superpowers and were fighting in a war for their countries; had multiple character point of views

The book had a red cover and the synopsis said something like “what would you do if your country told you you were the key to winning the war?” The main boy character in the story had powers similar ...
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Sci-Fi book about a colony ship

Looking for a book I read in the early 1980s. A large colony ship is heading to another planet. All I can remember is a couple quotes and situations: The captain (or some authority figure on the ...
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Tall male in a giant spaceship which in the past was used for biological warfare [duplicate]

The book is a collection of stories of the protagonist travelling on his scavenged ship between planets and offering bioengineering services. Remember one story with an overpopulated planet he was ...
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Series name of a book about an outcast ex-rebellion general against a colony of planets with FTL capabilities

I read a book a while ago and I'm trying to remember its name. The book was about an outcast who used to be the general of a rebellion against a colony of planets. These planets had faster than light ...
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Looking for 1950's era book US is surrounded by a force field, and a British pilot lands and finds US degenerated due to radiation

I'm looking for 1950's era book. US is surrounded by a force field, and a British pilot lands and finds US degenerated due to radiation. I read this book in my grandparents' house in the late 70's/...
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Looking for an old sci-fi book/series about kids crashed on a planet

Ok, so it might be a long-shot, as I was around 12 when I read this book (or books?) — which was 30 years ago. I'm not sure if it was a series of books, or just one book which I never finished. The ...
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What is the name of the book depicting the story of a boy who finds a settlement of various creatures on a tree? [duplicate]

I remember reading a story of a boy finding a settlement of various creatures on a tree. Some points which may help in figuring out the book are as follows.: The book was in English. The title may ...
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Denmark, everyone over 30 dies from a disease

I'm looking for a book of which the story takes place in Denmark. The story: Everyone over 30 dies from some disease, probably a virus. Two boys take a ferry from one Danish island to another Danish ...
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1970s Book about post-apocalyptic world and no one knows how to make things

I read a book while in high school in the 1970s. It was a science fiction about a postapocalyptic world where no one knew how to make anything anymore. There was a big blob-like "creature" or ...
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Book in which a fake shaman accidentally summons an ifrit

Looking for a book with a female character with unusually dark eyes and hair in a desert setting. The girl also an orphan, and she can speak any language she'd ever heard (Arabic, Turkish and French ...
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Book about a boy who gives away his soul and becomes invulnerable/immortal; he later goes looking to get it back

Sometime between 2012-2015, I read a book about a boy who gave away (or maybe sold) his soul to a mysterious woman. The boy becomes effectively invulnerable and/or immortal, and I remember he goes on ...
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Book about a demon and spooky stuff investigator with a musical instrument

I've been thinking of a series of books I read when I was a teenager and I'd like to find them again! It's about a guy who captures demons with a flute or a pipe, something like a wind instrument. ...
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Book about a group mind arising from noninvasive brain-computer interfaces

I would swear it started with an S, symbiosis, symbiont, synergy, something like that, but google has nothing for me. The main character was a professional programmer. I think but am not certain her ...
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70's/80's children's book with a magic paint brush

I am trying to remember the name of children's book that featured a protagonist who came across a magic paint brush. This paint brush was used as part of the storytelling in that the character would ...
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Help ID a book about an incomplete/truncated sword, possibly due to dimensional or time-travel

I say incomplete, not broken sword, because when the main character draws it from its scabbard, the stub blade is described as ending in a shiny rounded shape, as if melted—not broken shards. There ...
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Post Apocalyptic book about “clones”

I read this book (might have also been more than one) as a teenager around 2010, borrowed from a local German library. I only very vaguely remember it. It was in German obviously but most likely ...
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Book series about an Australian adventurer with a metal arm

About 10 years back, I read a series of books about an Australian adventurer (ex-military Special Forces type of guy). The protagonist has a metal arm (he loses the arm in the first book I think). ...
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Sci-Fi book implant tech allows virtual experience of computers

I'll preface this description by saying I don't remember much about this book, so its possible that this detail is merely an annecdote used in the introduction and I'm not capturing the theme or plot ...
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Book(s): Space Opera - Young Man becomes Captain, Homemade AI becomes Real Girl

I believe I read this either in the late 1990's or early 2000's. I may have stumbled across it as an online story (similar to how "John Dies at the End" was originally posted online), but I remember ...
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Fantasy book: king's fool bound to him by magic, captive girl is secretly the fool's sister

I read this book about 30 years ago. But I cannot remember the author, book title, nor even the characters' names. It is a mission to rescue a girl, I think of royal blood of a conquered kingdom. She ...
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Old book about a child who found a box containing aliens that could alter gravity and time [duplicate]

When I was about 12 (c. 2002), I read a fiction book, but today I can't remember its title or who wrote it. May have been a two part series, and I'm not sure how old the book was at the time. ...
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70s (or earlier) book about telepathic or psychic young people, one of them unwilling to accept their powers

Here’s the little I can recall from this book I read in the early 1970s: It involved psychic, or perhaps telepathic, young people (I don’t think they were children, maybe more like teenagers, though ...
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Book about a girl who can shapeshift into various forms, like hyena and squirrel

I probably read this young adult series (possibly a trilogy?) in 2015-ish. I don't remember much of the plot, but there was a girl who could shapeshift. I remember one scene when she transformed into ...
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90s Sci Fi book about new religion [closed]

Looking for book I read 25 years ago. Been searching off and on for ten years. The book began with a middle-aged man who had been secretly writing a new bible in his parents' attic. One day they ...
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Book about a computer virus transmitted via sound

When I was in high school, back in the mid-90s, I read a book about a world that had been infected by a virus that enhanced technology, could turn speakers to mics, etc. It was even transmitted via ...
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Children’s space book from around 1970

I was in second grade in 1970 and my teacher read a book that I cannot find, but I don’t know the name. All I have is that there were two main characters, maybe a young brother and sister, who travel ...
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Book where non magical people are sent out of the city to a village

The book was about a boy who was born with no magic in a magic run world and he somehow gets by school without getting caught by making gadgets. Then all of a sudden he decides to join a magical sport ...
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80's-90's book with an inter-generational ship, society in despair, mythical creatures appear and kidnap kids for a quest [duplicate]

Read this book in the 80’s or 90’s. Sci-fi fantasy set aboard a generational ship, people despair because life has no meaning. Suddenly mythical creatures start appearing and some children are ...
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Book about implanting minds in new bodies and a young woman who sells her body to an old woman and wakes up in a new one [duplicate]

I read this book sometime in the early 2000s, and I believe it was published around then too; definitely no later than 2007. I vaguely remember the cover being minimalist blue with a naked woman's ...
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Book about a magical castle powered by a spinning crystal

I read this book a long time ago. Only remember bits. Magical castle with a spinning crystal that powers it A fight happened that cause the spinning crystal to start a slight wobble Main character ...
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Book with a “blob” monster from outer space

As a kid, I read a book with a blob-like creature. The creature lands on a farm and gets the cattle, farmer and then wife. It spreads and appears unstoppable. Somehow scientists find a way to use ...
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Book series about teens who gain enhanced senses after adopting a wolf [duplicate]

I'm looking for a book series about a group of teens who developed increased senses after adopting a baby wolf that was experimented on. The main character is a girl that becomes friends with a group ...
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90s (or earlier) sci-fi fantasy book/story with intellectual talking bears who can't stand the smell of humans

I am trying to find a story/book I read as a kid (mid-90's). The story was sci-fi/fantasy, and had a section where the hero(es) interacted with a group of talking bears. The bears were intellectuals ...
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Fantasy story about a boy who finds a dragon egg

I'm looking to identify a book I read in the very early 2000s, it was about a boy who found a dragon egg (I think it was set in England) there was a merlin-type character who helped him and a side ...
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Book series about an orphan named Colin who fights demons for a council of mages

It was a book about a male lead young adult. It started off at a school and I believe his name was Colin but I could be wrong. He is a mage or has powers. He goes to a academy of sorts and learns to ...
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Book - Human kidnapped by aliens and forced to fight other aliens [duplicate]

I read this book more than 25 years ago so it's likely 70's or earlier as it was "older" when I read it. It’s not long, maybe 300 pages? Involves human and other species I believe it was at least ...

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