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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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90s (or earlier) Arthurian book: women training to be witches, evil Merlin and Excalibur called Caliborne

I'm looking for a book that I read in the mid 90s. It was about 3 sisters meeting Morgan le Fey in modern times and training to be witches. The overall plot assumes the legend if King Arthur was ...
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YA books about clones escaping from a facility and on the run

YA trilogy. Read it around 2004-05. Random find at the library, don't know the publishing yr. The first book has 2 clones (male, dunno age but between 10-16) living in a very controlled environment ...
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Science fiction book about tree people

It had something to do with humans that had evolved into bird/lizard-like people that were taller and lived in the trees. Also standard humans that were considered short and strong by the bird people, ...
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90s (or earlier) sci fi book about demons being an ancient alien race

I'm trying to remember this book I read back in the 90's but I suspect may be older. Humanity gets discovered by three alien superpowers and they split humanity into three groups and take over/...
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Book bout a race of giant lizards (possibly aliens) that shape shift into humans they bred with humans

I'm desperately trying to find the title of a book I read years ago. I believe it was written in the 80s(?) I picked it up from a 2nd hand shop about 20 years ago. It was about a race of giant ...
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Why the “gambler” from dostoevsky is so popular? [closed]

I think there is a reason for every popular romance to be popular. But when I read the Gambler I didn't find any interesting reason. Such an interesting reason which makes this romance such popular.
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1950s or earlier book with electrical currents living on Pluto

My first sci-fi book I ever read was in the early 1950's in Europe (probably 1952) and it had 10 stories about a different form of life on every planet, including the sun. All I can really remember is ...
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Book where a group of teenagers travel to a fantasy world

15 to 20 years ago I read a book (a trilogy I think) about a group on teenagers from a world similar to ours, who traveled to a fantasy world. I don't remember much about these books, just some ...
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Space opera book with telepathic female main character

I read this book sometime in the mid-late 90s. It's set on other worlds and in space, mostly human characters. What I remember: the female main character (FMC) has telepathic and telekinetic powers ...
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Book where an ancient space ship run by an AI was discovered

I read a book once where humans discovered an ancient space ship. The spaceship was run by a very advanced AI. To travel to distant places, it froze all the humans in place and disconnected itself ...
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Fantasy book trilogy about painting

I'm looking for a a book series (trilogy?) set in a fantasy academy about a teenage boy who is an artist’s apprentice who works with special pigmented magic paints, so that we can walk into the world ...
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Looking for this dystopian book involving a brother and sister that have powers similar to an angel?

I’m looking for this book centered around a group of teens that get trapped inside an amusement park. The rest of the world including the parents of the main characters parents have been turned into ...
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SciFi novel concerning future (this year) and music broadcast from star system [duplicate]

Publication: I would wager a guess at around 1970. Plot Points: It is set in the year 2019 and a program to detect extra-terrestrial life hears music broadcasts from a star system. They go to the ...
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Book about a prince on an ice planet

I read a book back in the 90's most likely from a school library. The main character was some lost prince who travels to an ice planet for some reason. The cover had him on the ice planet with some ...
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Books of scary stories with two or three plots each

I was in 4th or 5th grade and I remember reading these books, they were like scary stories and each book had two or three plots. One was about this boy that stole an apple from his neighbors ...
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Female cats taking over worlds and fighting humans

This was a book series I read years ago. It was about a female warrior cat species traveling through space and taking over worlds and humans trying to fight back. The males were a sub-species only ...
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Sci-fi book series: escape from Earth , brain implants, engineer with stored fixes in his head

I'm looking for a series that I read years ago (around 10 years ago, but it's really hard to recall, so many books, so many years) and all I remember is that at the conclusion of the series, humanity ...
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Flower Forest on an Earth locked with one side facing the Sun

Long before this story begins, aliens swept through the Solar System and wept as they slammed the Moon into the Pacific Ocean and extremely slowed the Earth's rotation, making a day as long as a year. ...
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Looking for sci-fi book based on Hinduism/Buddhism

Setting: The remnants of Earth (they called it something that started with a "U") Opening: I recall the book opening with someone with a long name who preferred to only keep the middle part of his ...
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Sci-fi/fantasy book - ships on steel runners skating across ice sheets

I must have read this one about twenty years ago in my early/pre-teens, and can now remember little more than that it involved wooden sailing ships set on steel runners to skate across huge ice sheets....
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Middle school science/fantasy book about global scientists who regress to gorillas in order to more easily live off the grid

I read this book and another by the same author about a teenager with telekinesis and they were amazing. I'd like to find them so I can share with my kids. I thought the author was named Dale, but ...
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Children's Fiction: Trilogy, pre 1975

This was a series of books published prior to the mid-seventies: Trilogy; Full colour illustrations; Adult central character, not a child; Aliens schooled in water, but were, individually, very small;...
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Book about an organic space elevator

I am trying to find a book about humans going to Mars and finding a giant 'tree' that works as a space elevator. They transfer the tree to Earth (can't remember if they used seeds and grew a new one ...
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Horror book about a man being tormented by ghost

Is there a book about a man being tormented by ghosts that haunt his home, only to find out at the end that HE was the ghost all along? It turns out, he was the one doing the haunting, but I guess he ...
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Aliens abduct humans to crew a ship and represent Earth in an ongoing war. Humanity doesn't have space faring capabilities

The story begins with some mysterious glowing objects falling from the sky, and intrepid humans taking a closer look at said objects. As they approach the object like rock pinch them, some dying and ...
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Which story is the movie Wandering Earth based upon?

I just saw yesterday The Wandering Earth Project . While it is a Chinese movie, pretty well-made, this is perhaps the first time I came across the concept of using propellers, earth-engines to push ...
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Coming of age fantasy book- main character trains by dying fighting demons

In this world there are two distinct classes, the upper class being generally bigger and faster than the lower and magicians belong to the upper class regardless of their race. Magicians can access an ...
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80s-90s Sci Fi book about a transformed Earth invaded by aliens

Looking for a book from the 80-90s. Earth has been infected by alien life forms, sort of seeded. The planet has been transformed, and a group of humans are fighting it, I believe they were a military ...
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80s/90s sci fi book/story: bored protagonist is mind-wiped and sent by interstellar government on an unhabited planet to form a new society

I am looking for an old sci fi book which I read over a decade ago. I don’t know the publication date but I guess somewhere in the 1980s or 90s. It was quite a short story. It was about a person in ...
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Book about alien crashing on Earth; starts “LIFE” so man will evolve & create tech to fix the ship [duplicate]

Book about alien crashing on Earth; starts "LIFE" so man will evolve & create tech to fix the ship.
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Historical interracial fictional romance. A black girl with red hair travels in time and falls in love with a viking

I'm looking for a book about a black girl with red hair who is whisked into the past and falls in love with a Viking. I've tried google and goodreads but to no avail.
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Sci-fi book: portals appear in London and send a failed artist towards a designated path where he operate a giant superweapon

A few years ago I bought a book on my way to another country. I bought the book before the flight at an airport kiosk. It was a sci-fi book about a failed London artist having a row with his brother ...
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Book series about vampires, shape shifters

I remember reading a book series where the books were set in the same universe. There was some kind of threat coming and there were some people with special powers who would be able to stop it. They ...
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Book that has illegal car racing with a car powered by NOS [duplicate]

I read this about 15 yeas ago, maybe more. I believe it was aimed at YA, but it may have been for adults. In the beginning the main characters are attending an illegal drag race. They've built the ...
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Dictionary or Encyclopedia of Fantasy or Fairy Tales from the 1960s

I remember seeing an illustrated dictionary or encyclopedia of fantasy stories or fairy tales in a book store during the period of 1961-1968. I remember a few details about some of the entries. The ...
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Book set in ancient Egypt, search for fountain of youth and a cult doing stem cell regeneration

I read this book maybe five or six years ago and recently remembered the strange story in it and I can't remember the title or author to find it again. Here's what I remember of the story: this old ...
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Book with legacy programming code on a space ship that the main character hacks to escape

I'm looking for the title of a book I read a long time ago in which programming code or snippets of code have amassed on board spaceships. This process took a long long time. The story uses these ...
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Book series of warriors who channel magic through singing

I’m trying to locate the name of a series of books I read about 20 years ago. I think they were older but not certain. I think there were 5-8 books in the series. The main ...
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Non-serious book about children selected to be heroes by aliens

I'm looking this book I read 5-10 years ago (I read a Finnish version but think it was a translation from English, I think the author had an English name). I think it is intended for children or ...
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Book about a teenager and alien [duplicate]

I am trying to find the title of a book that I read in the late 90s early 00s. I think the book was part of a trilogy. This is what I can remember about the story, a teenage boy leads a normal life ...
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Book about a place full of crazy people where one sane person is also locked in

About 15 years ago my mum told me about a book she read and I'm trying to find out what the title is. It wasn't a series but a single book and was most likely in English. It was about a walled off ...
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Encyclopedia of aliens

As a kid I had a book about aliens. It was a pseudo-encyclopedia of sorts with different kinds of articles and chapters about extraterrestrials. I was so young at the time, I don't remember a great ...
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70's (or earlier) sci-fi book: character enters a world where the sun reflects the climate upon epileptic fits

I read this book in the 1970s. The central character comes in and out of a world where the color of the sun reflects the climate/chaos. The character enters the world when he experiences an epileptic ...
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1960's book about a stowaway on a moon rocket

I remember a book about a worker who got caught in a moon rocket, crashed through the crust and survived. Was joined by a chimp named Cheeky who was in the rocket and met a moon man with translucent ...
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Scifi book about intelligent blob aliens and nanotech

I read it years ago and just can't remember what it was called or who wrote it. It's about blob aliens and nano tech. Humans are a spacefaring species and have met and live along side, on many ...
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Book: main character dreams of evolving from lower life forms while he is in cold sleep

I can't remember a lot of details other than a scene where the main character is dreaming about being a trilobite who has discovered that he can eat well if he stays close to a large predatory mollusk ...
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Book (or series) about a boy who sees “mirrors”

I read a book quite a long time ago (5-7 years) and I would love to revisit it but I can't remember the name anymore. It was a about a boy who saw "mirrors" flowing around. Later on, he found out ...
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Book: suicidal girl is saved by a dragon in human form, dragon community faces internal strife

Read this book several years ago for free on my Kindle. It began with a girl's attempted suicide interrupted by a man. I believe he heals her? We later find out he is a dragon. He lives with several ...
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SciFi series, one book about some criminal with his extra fat cells in suitcases

It was a series, something like Spaceways Patrol or something. Kind of pulpy, maybe, around the 80s. Small books, maybe around 150 pages. One of the books had some guy who was storing his fat ...
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Sci-Fi book where patients in a coma ward all live in a subconscious world linked together

I'm looking for a book that I think I read about forty years ago. About a number of patients in a coma ward that lived in a subconscious world run by another powerful patient also in a coma... somehow ...