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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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Why is the “Law of Surprise” so important in the Witcher's world?

The Law of Suprise, in the Witcher's world, is a tradition dictating that someone who saves another men's life has the right to demand as a payment something unknown to both persons; a typical request ...
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Young Adult (likely Christian-ish) Sci-Fi book - young man crashes in alien planet, attacked by a pterodactyl, dwells in caves

The title had “:a novel” after the title (so, “Book Title: a Novel”) cause I remember as a young person wondering what that meant. It was a story about young man/teen who crash landed and was all ...
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Unidentified sci fi book that is referenced in Earthweb by Marc Stiegler

There is a book in Marc Stiegler's Earthweb (1999) but only a description of the book cover is given. Extract from Earthweb: The two walls with neither screens nor windows held a careful selection ...
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Scary short stories anthology book - House that was a crashed spaceship

I was hoping someone could help me remember this book of scary stories I read as a child. It was a collection of short scary stories. One was about a family living with an abusive father or ...
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Fantasy novel: magic school, talking rabbit, character bites off another character's fingers

The plotline as a whole is completely lost to me, but it was a big inspiration to my preteen self at the time and has shaped my creative development up to now. I'll list some of the big points that I ...
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Kids/YA chapter book with invisible spaceship and force field, 1988 or earlier

I read a kid's chapter book from my school library in 1988. I remember it was 1988 because that was the year George H. W. Bush was inaugurated and the whole school watched it on TV, and that's the ...
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Book where a boy travels to a dystopian future in which the government requires everyone to wear a tracking mini computer

It was written in English, likely from the 1950s-70s. I read it as a child, and in my memory, the book is titled “The Time Machine,” but it is definitely not the H.G. Wells’ book. The main character, ...
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Book in “Where's Waldo” style with 2 kids, 3 book-ish character and characters from other stories

I'm looking for a picture book with a Where's Waldo style I was reading when I was a child in early 2000s. You had to find the "main characters" of the book: a boy, a girl and 3 anthropomorphic books:...
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Book about a girl who can communicate telepathically with an orange cat

I’ve been looking for a certain book now for at least 5 years. It was a hardcover edition, with a mostly grey cover and a girl with an orange cat sitting. The book’s setting was in an apocalypse, or ...
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Book where an elf is possessed by a demon

The protagonist is an elf who is possessed by a demon. He has to bring this demon to where it can get free. The main character gets into a fight with two elves that have small dragon tattoos that also ...
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Modern troops transported from Germany to a fantasy realm after nuclear holocaust

Trying to find a book series I read in the last few years (1-3 years ago). I think it's a recent publication (maybe last 10 years but can't be sure). The first story involved: Nuclear holocaust ...
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What is this fantasy book that had orbs as a central plot device?

I’m trying to remember the title of a series I read years ago. A young girl, whose father disappeared mysteriously, somehow comes into possession of an orb. These orbs are part machine and part magic, ...
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Space pilot with a heart defect and a robot friend transports cargo with a crew

I read this series at least 10 years ago. The story-line takes place in outer space. The main character is the pilot of a starship/space ship/cruiser. He has a small but dedicated crew. I think early ...
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Cyber punk(?) detective novel with a cat thing as a “pet”?

I read this a couple years ago and it’s driving me crazy trying to remember. Futuristic detective novel where he has a semi pet called a cat thing(?) she is attracted to shiny things and he is always ...
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Series featuring a character named Sheera

I am looking for a sci-fi/fantasy series that included a character named Sheera. It would have been late 60's or early 70's. The world was cold and the concept of hell was an ice covered plain.
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A science fiction (maybe kids) book about a TV remote working as a time machine

I read this book a really long time ago (likely 18-24 years ago). A kid goes to his grandmother's house and the grandmother says she accidentally made the TV remote into a time machine that can pause, ...
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An older fantasy book about a primitive girl who lived with dragons

In the 90s I read a 3 book series about a girl who lived with or was close with dragons. They lived in a desert like environment with the dragons having a clan like social structure. The girl had ...
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Fantasy book. YA. Teen girl. School. Tattoos corresponding to abilities, visible after pool of water. Girl with many tattoos

I'm looking for a YA fantasy-book. I think it's the first in a series. It's set at a magical school, where new students start in their teens (I think around 18). New students are taken to a cave, ...
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Book where son flies to different planets for shipping company and spy mechanic

I read something last year and can't remember what it was. The main character was a "trust fund type" who flew to different planets for his father's shipping company. But he would go to places that ...
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About a preacher that uses technology to deceive his audiences, leads humanity off a poisoned earth to 2 planets that forget about each other [duplicate]

Honestly there are so many bits and pieces I can use to identify the story and Google can't find a book with any of them. This is a book I checked out of a library in London about 6 years ago so maybe ...
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Book about aliens sending instructions to build a supercomputer

I didn’t read it, so I could get it wrong. Here as I remember it: People get in touch with aliens and they (aliens) send them instructions how to build supercomputer... But it appears to be evil and ...
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Book about a space war between humans and an invader previously prisoner of a Dyson sphere [duplicate]

It had: An AI that got its own planet An interplanetary train system, with portals on every planet An elf-like species that could travel through weird portals called "the paths" or something like it ...
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Book about a man with an alien cop that lived inside him, healed him when needed and chased a fugitive

I am looking for a book about an alien that lives inside a man. It heals him when need be. Takes place on a Pacific island. It is a sequel to a book of when the alien crashed on this planet. The ...
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Sci-fi novel from 1980s(?) about colony on Mars

Plot Summary: I honestly don't remember much of it, but here it is... There are some humans who have colonized Mars. Some of them just want to live peacefully on the colony, while there are other ...
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Sci fi story featuring aliens with segmented bodies, they lose a pair of legs when they breed

I really can't recall if a short story or SF novel or part of a book series. Or when I read it, just "a while ago". Or very much of the plot, all I've got in my mind is the aliens. They have a long ...
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Fantasy Novel where the main character could summon shadows

This was a book I read several years ago. It was in the Sword & Sorcery genre, and the main character can summon shadows. He had a connection to the world of shadows and was the child of a human ...
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SciFi book where a poor boy uses his brain to power a spaceship

I once read a borrowed scifi book some time ago, and I just can't recall its name or author. The story was about a poor boy on a poor planet in some distant future. He wanted to travel to another ...
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Story where Geralt needed help from a werewolf to infiltrate an enemy’s lair

For some reason I remember a story about Geralt of The Witcher series infiltrating an enemy’s hideout and needing the help of a werewolf to do it. In this story while looking for the entrance to the ...
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Book series with a shape shifting dragon girl

Does anyone know the name of the book series about a girl who finds out she can turn into a dragon and has to learn how to? She falls in love with a human guy who is fine with her being a dragon and ...
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Sci-fi book series with a spaceship below the ice in Antarctica

I don't remember much from the book, but what I do remember is this: Humans are the only sapient species in the universe (to their knowledge) Humans on earth have been watched over by other homo ...
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Book about 'lost' starship colonists living in a walled city

This was asked a long time ago on another site. The querent is still there and I've messaged him about this lost story....what he remembers:- Some generations back a star ship crew is marooned on a ...
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What was this book featuring a family becoming wealthy off investments via time dilation?

Many years ago I read a sci-fi book where it followed the activities of a very wealthy family that would make investments on different planets and then (due to time dilation of close to light speed ...
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Book about a few men stranded on an island where they can build anything out of nothing e.g. nitrocellulose powered guns

I'm looking for a book I read when I was young, which told the story of some gentlemen stranded on an island "Crusoe style". If I remember correctly, it was placed in the early XX or late XIX century. ...
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Australian book about an immortal alien/human boy who never ages living in England and then Australia

There was a book I read around the early 2000s, and from the writing I think it would have been published around the late 90s to early 00s. I think I read it from around 2006-2010? The book is set in ...
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Book where character is describing aliens, turns out it's a Neanderthal describing humans

My wife remembers reading a book (70's? English language) about a character who is describing the aliens around him, by the end of the book it turns out he's a Neanderthal and the aliens are humans.
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80s (or earlier) book: Israel gets A-bombed and refugees come to UK

I can't remember much of the plot, there was mass migration to the UK... I'm not sure if there WAS a nuke explosion or if there was proof that there was a weapon ready to explode and thus the Jewish ...
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Book where girl plays a video game, when she dies her blood bubbles and dissolves her!

I read a book in junior high (I'm 26 now) that I cannot for the life of me remember what it was called and I'd love to read it again! I think it was a little sci-fi-y. There was a teenager (maybe a ...
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Steampunk book about a bounty hunter teen girl in London

I picked up a book a few weeks ago and read a few pages but then forgot the title. Here's what I remeber: Scene 1, London slums, night: The protagonist is a girl, dressed as a boy and wearing some ...
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Book about a genius test tube baby born to a scientist [duplicate]

I'm looking for the name of an author and an old sci-fi book about a genius test tube baby born to a scientist. He that becomes so smart but lacks empathy and is a killer. He also starts making ...
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Book SciFi/Romance: Female author travels back in time to WW2 and flies in a B-17 bomber

I'm looking for a SciFi/Romance book, where a female author - living with her (great-) grandmother(?) - is writing a biography about the crew of a B-17 bomber a relative (grandfather?) flew in during ...
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Was the painting “In the Ring of Saturn” by artist Andrei Sokolov used as a book cover?

The BBC News exposé 'Our Saturn years'; Cassini's epic journey to the ringed planet, told by the people who helped make it happen includes the text: “The Voyagers gave us a really wonderful ...
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Old book series about teenagers with dragon blood

I had this memory about these old books I used to read in elementary school, but I can’t think of the title. It’s a book series about these teenagers who all have dragon blood or DNA or something. ...
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Book about a prison sentence carried out by piloting a tank in wars

This is going to be vague but it was a book where a person (forgot the gender) choose to carry out their prison sentence in a tank fighting wars? I don't think they were allowed to leave the tank, ...
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Fantasy story about a knife that can cut holes to other dimensions [duplicate]

I read this story a few years ago (estimate: 8-10 years), so I was around 13-15 at that time. The language of the book was German, but I'm not sure whether or not that is the original language of the ...
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Cyber-punk style book, protagonist uses nunchucks and has nanites/bugs that heal [duplicate]

I read this at least twenty years ago, but have no idea how old the book/story was. Set in some indeterminate point in the future, typical have & have nots style. The youth battle each other ...
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Sci-fi satire book set in a post-scarcity society

I read a book many years ago set in a 'post scarcity' society where most work is done by robots/computers. Most people are unemployed and this group of friends, who sick of having no money, bored, no ...
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Book where planted berries make trees come to life that attack people

As I randomly remembered parts of this, it's driving me crazy I don't remember it. The book is the second in a series I believe. It follows a boy from a remote town that appears to be looking for a ...
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YA Poltergeist/Occult fiction of the 70s/80s

Trying to find title/author of a book I read in 1986ish. The plot involves a brother and sister going to a house and meeting a girl (maybe their new stepsister) who seems to know about the occult. ...
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Fantasy story about a magic sword with limited “charges”

I'm looking for a fantasy novel about a young soldier who meets an old sorcerer after a battle and persuades him to make a magic sword to help him get back to camp alive. Sorcerer grudgingly agrees, ...
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Revived man in world of women

Looking for old (paperback) book where men are revivified from dug up bones in a cemetery and then treated to make them stupid so that they can work in a factory. One escapes aided by a woman ...