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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 children’s book where a kid makes a fake mainframe and hides inside with a typewriter answering questions

From the sixties I think? A series character I thought was Homer Price but isn't. The mainframe has a name similar to Univac.
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Book series about a boy who becomes a Space Emperor

I read a series of books back in the 80's about this family that was escaping from one of Jupiter's moons. They met up with some pirates, I believe the Daddy was killed then they arrived to safety. ...
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Story about Jesus being kidnapped by the church

I remember very little about this book (actually, I do remember pieces, but I know that I tend to misremember and mix books up that I read, so I will omit the details that might lead you down a wrong ...
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A boy who becomes a sorcerer only when he falls asleep

I remember reading this book around 2003 when I was in middle school. I believe it was a bit older than that, however. I'm sure it was about a boy who becomes a sorcerer when he falls asleep and ...
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Military and Strategy smart and clever female lead winning wars

I stumbled on a book recommendation on youtube that I can no longer find. The plot is about a female lead I believe was discovered or hired (I cannot remember) by the male lead ( I think) and she was ...
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Book about aliens coming back to Earth to recover a lost spaceship

There was a book I listened to a long time ago about an alien ship traveling through deep space to come to Earth. The premise was that there was a ship lost on Earth around the time of the great ...
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Looking for title of old Star Trek TOS book where Spock is captured and gets earring

Two decades ago I read a lot of the old TOS novels. There was one novel where Spock was captured (on a planet iirc) and made prisoner of a female person/ alien. She equipped him with accessories like ...
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Book with black and white witches

All I remember is that there are two sides. Pretty sure they were something to do with black and white witches One of them is half white half black All I remember is he kills a lot of people and ends ...
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Book about a boy and girl in a city with evil gods

I can't remember this book title but I really want to reread it. It has a blue and gold cover and was published in or around 2019. It has a pretty short title from what I remember. It is about a boy ...
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Book series involving a girl in Scotland who finds out she's special, and a boy with Celtic symbols on him who helps her hide

It's about a girl in Scotland, I believe, and she finds out she's really special and she needs to be hidden because people want to take her and use her. (I forget what for; I think her blood is ...
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Book about a boy who becomes a sorcerer

I'm desperately looking for a book series about a boy he, I think, becomes a sorcerer. He goes to a Christmas party with his family and finds a man waiting for him, again I think. His father is absent ...
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Sci-fi book series about a teenage detective, possibly named Diamond, with a floating AI assistant

This is a book series I read over a decade ago, probably sometime from 2008-2013. I'm fairly certain the target audience was young adults. The setting has many of the hallmarks of a dystopian future. ...
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Book about a guy playing a simulation game

Trying to track down a book I read in middle school (23 now), about a guy/boy playing a simulation game. I don’t know much else, except that he played that simulation game. In the game he was like a ...
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Urban fantasy book/saga about a boy with many phobias who found out he belonged to a group of people with powers

I picked a Spanish translation of this book up in the library 6 years ago but I can't remember the title or the author. I am pretty sure it was a male writer, though. The saga it belonged to had a ...
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Book series c.2000 where the main character has the power to communicate with and manipulate plants

For many, many years I have been scouring the internet looking for a book series I read when I was about 8 years old which really started my love for fantasy. What I remember is below: The MC is in a ...
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Book about an orphan girl who found out she's from a different world/realm and can't tell her mortal boyfriend/friend [closed]

All I can remember is that there was a an orphan girl who found out she's from a different world/realm. She can't tell her mortal boyfriend/friend.
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Book in 90's (?) about rewriting your own genetic code

I read a book in the 90s about a group learning how to rewrite their own genetics and teaching each other... calling the ability learning how to "read" or "write". they were ...
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Female lead book series with Chinese dragons, superheroes, and shadow powers

I read the first two books in a relatively new series nearly a decade ago about a world with super heroes and one of them was a British character named something like Mr. Mystery (but not that) who ...
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Young adult urban fantasy series, teens given artifacts that grant unique powers per artifact, monsters want those artifacts

I read a series of books in sometime between 2016-2020 where there are specific artifacts that whoever holds them and is the "owner" of them both can make use of its abilities and become ...
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Fantasy book with three stories in it, including one about a monk indebted to a dark force and one about a warrior imprisoned in a slave camp

This book had three different stories running in it. One was of the monk character who became indebted to this dark force that made him a killer. Stones were not to be stepped on in their belief ...
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Book in which the main character is a female wizard who can read minds

I think the main character started as a young girl, but may have switched to a guy's perspective at times. She was a wizard, and when learning the magic process, she was taught that she had to ...
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A kids book, there were 3 or 4 kids being main characters and each had a wand that controls an element

I don't remember much about it. But these 3 or 4 kids get a wand, and when they split the wand, each piece controlled an element. I also remember that an antagonist was a giant with 3 pairs of eyes, 3 ...
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Story with a character called "the Haitian"?

This was somewhere in the 2008-2009 time frame. I'm pretty sure my dad gave me this book after he read it, and he read a lot of Clive Cussler-esque books (i.e., adventure possibly including sci-fi ...
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Novella about the accidential creation of a time machine, creator and two kids end up centuries in the past

Not a great read, but the author showed promise and I'd like to track this down... Paperback from the 1990s(-ish). An experimental physicist unwittingly builds a time machine that sends himself and ...
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Tiny book about a planet full of man-eating sunflowers

I'm trying to find information on a book I have read in my youth, or at least on the story it contained. I bought this book in a German bookstore somewhere around 1985-1995. It was one of several &...
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Short story about a Mercedes Lackey style honorable mercenary company tasked with unethical orders, such as attacking a village

I'm looking for a story I remember, either a standalone short story, or an episode in a longer book, about an honorable mercenary company that is somehow contracted to an unethical leader. They ...
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2000s YA sci-fi book, male protagonist, only one in each world who can travel between dimensions through the 4th one, everyone is him but different

I'm trying to remember a YA Sci-Fi book, probably from the 2000s, about a boy who is randomly attacked by what looks like wizards and robots. He is then saved by someone who appears to be an older ...
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Book in which a boy finds a trap door in an old man's garage that leads to a secret land

I'm trying to find a book by the plot: a young boy rescues an old man from a heart attack, makes friends and looks after his dog. There's a trap door in the old man's garage that leads to a secret ...
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YA Book about two siblings and their uncle, who built a magical cabinet

This has been bugging me for years. I read the first book of a small series (maybe only two or three books total) a few years back. YA fantasy, that I'm trying to remember correctly. I believe a ...
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Female protagonist who discovered some new species of creature that lived in the atmosphere [duplicate]

The book was about a female protagonist who discovered some new species of creature that lived in the atmosphere and she discovered it because it moved slowly across the stars at night blocking light ...
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Book about a man who is at the age where a lottery is taken of the elderly and he's chosen to be "put down", leaving a sad grandson

A man and his grandson are very close. When someone turns a certain age (70 or 80) they are put in a lottery of sorts and whoever is picked must be put to death, supposedly to control population. It ...
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I'm looking for a specific dragon book I read a few years ago

I have been searching for this book for a while now. I can still remember how it started. It was about a woman, the main protagonist imprisoned in a psychiatric ward. She was there because someone ...
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Fantasy book about a group of teens who escaped from a prison guarded by ogres, then found a civilization of elves

I remember that a group of teens (don't know the species) were kept in a prison guarded by ogres (I think). These teens would eventually escape into a desert. Only a few would survive and then find ...
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Book about humans on alien planet that has a regular mass extinction event

Do you know the name of a book about humans using technology to adapt to a planet where most life is regularly killed off? The species on this planet behave like insects. They mate like cicadas such ...
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Elemental novel where a boy is shown he can control elements and ends up being really strong at the end

I read this book a while back, before quarantine is all I know. It was a book that began with the main character accidentally destroying a cafeteria table. It's explained that it was because of his ...
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What’s that book reimagining the whole Helen of Troy story? [migrated]

So I remember reading this book when I was in 8th grade. I can remember the main concept of the book and the cover. The story is about two schools with a long standing rivalry. There’s this girl, ...
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YA book series about an orphan girl with violet eyes who finds out she has powers

I read this series probably 10 years ago. It has been driving me insane ever since wanting to reread it now. It was about a girl with violet eyes whose parents had died. She thinks she's an ordinary ...
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Book series set in the future on a spaceship

In the late 90s when I was in secondary school I read a series of books, potentially 3. They were set in the future and the story was set on a spaceship. The characters had genetic memories of modern ...
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Book about a boy who fights aliens by bringing TV commercials to life

I'm trying to find this book I read when I was younger (about 20years.) It was about a boy who brings TV commercials to life to help fight an alien invasion. Super weird, but it pops back into my ...
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90s or 2000s book about a young girl who somehow found she could access a magical realm

So this is a long shot, as I unfortunately don't remember many details, but I am trying to find a book I read about 20 years ago when I was a kid. I read it in my local library (in the UK) so it would ...
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Young adult murder mystery book series about a cop's daughter who works in the morgue after school

It's about this high school girl. She's a cop's daughter and she works in the morgue after school. Everything is fine until dead bodies start coming into the morgue looking fine on the outside but ...
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Novel with a college age protagonist in a world where something is causing people to be violent

I recently read a blurb somewhere about a book involving a college age protagonist. Something happens to make people turn violent (signal, virus maybe?) and he is forced to run. He is trying to get ...
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series about a boy who has a chip in his brain- he is taken in and hooked up to machines, to be used for years and he loses his memory

I don’t know much about the book, a friend told me about it a couple months ago. But what I remember is that people had chips in their brains and this one character has certain abilities. There’s some ...
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Book about a kid sent to a magic school; the magic system might have been plant-based

I read this book around 2011-2015. The book had a little kid (unsure of gender sorry) who lived with some kind of older family member, not a parent, who was sent with provisions off to a magic school. ...
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Teen space Sci-Fi book/series that was turned into cartoon, copyright issues with Star Trek

My co-worker is looking for a book/series from probably the 70's or 80's that was turned into a cartoon in the 80's or 90's but both the book and the cartoon ran into copyright issues with Star Trek ...
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YA novel about a male character who discovers he is the son of Lucifer/Satan

This wasn't my question at first, but I'm intrigued about the series, so I'm asking for this person and myself. There are at least 5 books in the series, and the 5th one was released in 2018. There ...
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Book where the populace is split between two sects, that of the “hand” and that of the “mind"

I am searching for a certain fictional book. In it the populace is split between two sects, that of the “hand” and that of the “mind.” Modern technologies and things that could be considered ...
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Book series about a guy who is saved from an assassin by a crew, taken to their lair and taught magic, before being sent back in time

Looking for a series of books featuring sci-fi, time-travel and magic that I read around 10 years ago. Plot points I remember: Book opens up with the MC having a family and living in a well-guarded ...
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Science fiction book about a world where bioengineered animals are used for common functions

A novel/book from the 90's. Society used genetically modified animals to perform basic tasks. For example, birds were genetically modified to be large enough to carry passengers like our passenger ...
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Sci-Fi book about an Indian warrior on a mission in a post apocalyptic earth

I read a Sci-Fi book about a post apocalyptic earth. An American Indian singer became very popular and made billions of dollars. He invested his fortune into indigenous people of earth. They were ...
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