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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Name The Book: Magic Romance Book

From what I can remember, that book is about a girl who has magic powers that are now fully developed and a man trains her and shows her how to advance in her magic. Part of the story is set in Prague....
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Alien guides human history to deliver circuitry to repair damaged spaceship [duplicate]

There was a science-fiction story or book where an alien lands on one of the moons of Saturn or Jupiter with its damaged spaceship. The alien is extremely intelligent, powerful and has a long, long ...
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Book about a fantasy world where the more runes you have, the stronger you are, and the nobility have loads [duplicate]

When I was a kid, I remember reading a book about this fantasy world where you can be imbued with runes. I apologize if this is vague but I will jot down some memories I have of it: The more runes ...
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Girl lives underground with horrible people whose names all start with “W” or “U.”

It's a children's book. In the underground world, everyone's names start with the same letter and there is a king. I remember they were not nice people. She goes above ground and meets a boy, and they ...
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Book about a boy who doesn't have magic and anyone who doesn't have magic is banished [duplicate]

I'm finding a book about a kid who doesn't have magic but most people do and the people who don't have magic are banished to a place outside of the city. The boy tries his best to pretend his magic by ...
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Children's book about a child that falls into a puddle and travels through a dark, twisted realm

In the 1990s, when I was a child living in England (UK), I had an illustrated story book that my mother had bought me which was about a young child who falls into a puddle on a rainy day. When the ...
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Story about future special forces fighting nano-tech aliens

The main plot of the story is that all the different special forces (SAS, Royal Marines, Delta Force, GSG-9, etc.) are fighting aliens made from a sort of nanotech grey-goo. The alien goo is ...
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Book series about superpowered teenaged clones with tattoos on their heels

I remember a lot of the plot except for characters’ names or the series/books names. Basically a teenage girl learns that her grandfather/caretaker was a scientist who participated in cloning humans ...
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High fantasy book series about a boy who's attacked by a werecat, and is discovered to have a magical talent

The boy leaves his village with a female wizard. On their way to the magic academy, he is attacked by a cat were-creature, and is infected and turns into a werecat himself, which gives him more ...
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Name of sci fi book where academy entrance exam is “impossible”

I can almost quote the text, I recall it so well, but which book it comes from is escaping me. I want to say "Starship Troopers", but that really doesn't fit. The protagonist is a young man ...
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YA fantasy book; a boy and a girl meet in a dream world

I have been searching for this for years! I got it out of the library when I was 12 or 13 so about 15 years ago now, but I have no clue when it would have been released and my family have no idea what ...
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Help in identifying a book series where two boys and a girl journey through different worlds

I read a book of this series a long time ago. It wasn't the first in the series. There were three main characters I think. I don't remember the plot or the motive but the characters were going ...
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Fantasy book series about two children climbing trees that take them to other worlds

I’m having a really hard time remembering the name of a book series… It was about two children who find trees that when climbed take them to other worlds. There were many different trees and each one ...
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Trying to find a children's book series from the 1980s [duplicate]

In the mid-1980s I read a series of books (possibly a trilogy) aimed at the 9+ age bracket. I don't remember much about the story except that it was set in a distant galaxy (no Earth references), and ...
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Book Identification: Gas Giant with breathable atmosphere and burning core

I am trying to remember the name of a science fiction book I borrowed from a library in Ohio sometime between the years 2001–2009, though it was probably closer to the end of that period than the ...
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Book where a young boy's father worked in a museum and he had to go through history

A young boy's father worked in a museum. He had to go through history and ends in Egypt. The boy had to collect something and there were playing cards in the back of the book. It's a series that has 5 ...
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Choose Your Own Adventure type gamebook about a knight vs a demon

My brother and I remember a choose your own adventure type game book that we can't find. The cover depicts a young knight crouched towards the bottom of the cover, wearing silver/blue armor and ...
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Short Story about Teenagers with Computer Chips Implanted in Their Brains

Maybe I’ve just totally imagined this, but I swear I once read a book or a short story about this group of teenagers who had computer chips implanted in their brains. I keep thinking about it and ...
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YA Book series. Cover had a girl with glowing pink tattoos on her back

This book was a series that I read this in middle school (2017-2018). The cover always had one of the characters on it, covered in glowing tattoos/markings. I specifically remember one of the covers ...
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1990s or so fantasy book where a common girl falls in love with a prince and discovers she has magical gifts

I vaguely remember it being written by a female Australian author and I believe it was published in the later 1990s or so. It was a trade paperback. It starts with a young woman working in her family’...
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Escape from the Hives

This book may go back as far as the '60s. The story was about how all the general populace lived in 'hives' and the world was run by an elite that decided everything with no consultation. The peons ...
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Fantasy series in which an evil overlord creates a wall of darkness

A fantasy series of books from before 2000, in which an evil overlord created a wall of cloudy darkness (mists?) which slowly engulfed the world. He imprisoned a girl - the main character I suppose - ...
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Trilogy(?) of books with an empire/kingdom setting, a hidden king, and “lightsabers” powered by blood

I'm trying to remember the name of a series of books (I think it was a trilogy) that I believe originally dates from the late 1980s or early 1990s.. What I can remember of the plot is as follows: ...
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Novel in which aliens invade Earth, human teenagers look very similar to the alien teenagers

The aliens have been winning the war and the humans realize that their teenagers look similar, so they train teenagers to be warriors to infiltrate their camp. On the way in, they are ambushed and the ...
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Metal scarce, priests control the limited tools, disbeliever becomes one of them, fled Earth long ago

Several years ago I read a sci-fi novel which I'm now trying to track down again. It focused on one member of a society of people living on a world where metals are extremely rare. All metal tools are ...
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Name of YA fantasy book (1960s or 70s?) where siblings travel back through time to save grandparent from a fire

Have been hoping to find this book again: read it a lot as a tween back in the early 70s. A brother & sister travel back in time to save their grandparent from a fire that engulfed a former wing ...
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1980s Science Fiction book with a manta-shaped ship, people who turn into animals and wind

I took out a book from the bookmobile in (1989?), and have never been able to track it down again. Memorable because it was one of the first adult sci-fi books I read, and I've been trying to track it ...
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Book: human-centric galaxy

I am looking to identify a novel or series of books where the human race it at war with an alien race. As the story (or series) progresses, it turns out that there is only one race of aliens in the ...
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Sci-fi book about old people switching bodies with kids to be young again

All I can really remember is that the gist of it was that these people would give pills to kids and old people that would make them switch bodies for a day. At some point some kids noticed that ...
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Late 20th century graphic novel about following a time tourist

Here's something I have been looking for over 13 years. Somewhere between 1995-2000 I read this graphic novel-type of book my father had. It was in a big format (letter?), printed in colors - it was ...
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A story about an alien race recruiting a human to try and fight star-extinguishing creatures

Context The book in question was written... probably around the '60s. It was printed in the Soviet Union and translated to my native language (Latvian), so there's a good chance it was never ...
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Factually-presented description of an interstellar colonization program

I believe I read this book in the mid-1980s, but I can't really be much more specific. I recall it being a book, definitely more than just a few pages in a magazine, but it might have been a ...
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Fantasy book about a girl who performs in a circus and gives magic tattoos

Set in a place that idolizes some woman who symbolizes good that makes tattoos appear on other's bodies (thought to be messages from her). Protagonist is a teen girl who was forced to draw the tattoos ...
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Fantasy book series about a boy who is unaware of a different realm he travels to; a grand wizard there asks him to join a quest to slay a dragon

You will have to bear with me, I haven't read this these books since high-school. That being said I am looking for a fantasy book series about a boy who is unaware of a different realm that he travels ...
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Book about a group of kids abducted from various historical disasters and then live in a time loop of 9/11 have to stop neo-nazis

This was a book where several kids who died in several historical disasters were given a choice by an old man about if they wanted to die in that disaster or come with him and be sort-of "time ...
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SF book series with main character that had a golden suit which was paired with a golden spaceship

It has been decades, but some details I remember. Humanity had become immortal either through technology or cloning. Set in our solar system. There was a super soldier who was actually the last ...
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Book where interdimensional shape changers invade Earth and the protagonists travel on a cobbled together train to fight them

It's about these shape shifting creatures invading Earth, and a team building a cobbled together train to go and find a way of eliminating them. I remember the train had a holly wreath on its front. I ...
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Book where the US creates Android children to protect itself from invasion

I read a story quite some time ago where the basic premise was that the United States was tragically low on children, and in order to protect itself from invasion (I'm not sure how that actually came ...
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Does Galadriel's phial help win the Siege of Gondor?

The battle of Battle of the Pelennor Fields happens at the exact time Sam recues Frodo from Cirith Ungol on March 15. In "The Land of Shadow," Sam says: ‘If only the Lady could see us or ...
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Book where the main character gets stuck in a VR world after going onstage to play it

The part I remember was when the main character goes into a big hall I think, where a game is getting released. And because of some other reasons I cannot remember he gets called onto stage to play it....
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Novel trilogy about electromagnetic ogres/goblins

Recently I remembered a trilogy of novels I read maybe around 2013/2015 which are about a boy who discovers there exists some ogres/goblins/(I can't remember exactly the term) in the world, and they ...
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Series of Books with a special bow making process

I'm looing for a series of books I read in the early 2000s in Germany (I think it was a translation from English, I remember 3 books with a yellowish color). It was a medieval/fantasy setting, ...
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Book with three young characters on an adventure: female with a rhino horn on her head, male with scales, and female's cousin

I loved this book but cannot remember the title or even any names from within the book itself. I read it a couple of years back. It was a physical book with a plain black cover. I believe the title ...
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SF book involving a NASA/military scientist finding a statue in an archaeological dig on Earth

I was browsing a book store within the past five years and read a blurb of a book on the SF section. I do not remember the author or title, but the plot was something along the lines of that in the ...
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Book where a man takes up a space race to find the corpse of his older brother

I'm searching for the title of a science fiction book that I read as a teenager. We follow a man who takes up his father's challenge, a space race to find the corpse of his older brother. During his ...
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Novel with gang conflict and cybernetics

This was a science fiction book from the 2010s. It might have been part of a series. It had a Hispanic teenage girl lead, I believe. She might have refused to get cybernetic enhancements for some ...
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Fantasy 3? book series in a castle with only one sane person

All this is from memory, so some stuff is likely incorrect: I read a first volume of a trilogy, now more than 20 years ago. On the back it was praised as the Tolkien who didn't need vast landscapes. ...
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YA book where the male protagonist has a father missing who was caught up in a war between humans and robots

I'm trying to find a YA book from the 2010s with robots. It had a male protagonist with a missing father who was caught up in a war between humans and robots. I think a friendly robot was smuggled ...
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Old fantasy book series with the two main characters being a human male and a spiderling-type female character

I read this book, or series of books, when I was a kid, maybe 27 - 30 years ago (I am 42 now) so the books are older than that. It involves a group of people that get separated. I believe it's time ...
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Book about a boarding school girl connected by soul to a boy she can't kiss

I read this book between 2013 and 2015. In the book, a girl's parents die (they may have been related to supernatural hunters or hunted). She is put in a boarding school where she is attracted to a ...

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