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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Book series written 1980-2010s about a boy with supernatural hunting skills finds out he's an alien experiment

The book was written around the 1980's - 2010s. I believe it is the first book of a series. Can't seem to find it anywhere. Maybe banned for its science fiction or just no copies since it was last ...
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Book about sentient tanks, a fake war, fighting on the heart of a gas giant scoured by a neutron star, medical AI running rampant

I am trying to remember the name of a science fiction book I borrowed from a library in BC, sometime between the years 2005–2008. I don't believe it was part of the Bolo series, though have had that ...
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Science fiction book - defending earth with space shuttles

Read this a while ago: the space-opera theme of aliens attacking Earth. The defenders fly "space shuttles" armed with rockets (perhaps originally intended for meteor defense). Notably the ...
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1980's book that had a small paper rocket ship the reader would push across the page and through little slotted holes to get to the next page

Looking for a book I had as a little boy in the early 1980's about a rocket ship. It had a small paper rocket ship that I would push across the page and through little slotted holes to get through to ...
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Book about a boy who's kidnapped by an alien after getting in a car accident

The story begins with a father and son on a night trip in a car when they encounter an accident caused by something hitting their vehicle. The son survives the accident, but instead of the police ...
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Book series with parallel earths and a secret governmental agency

What's the book series where there are secret pocket/parallel earths, and nobody knows that they live in a pocket/parallel earth?  The story is set in the present. The main character is from a ...
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Video Game competition brainwashes kids into soldiers

I remember reading this book when I was young but I can't seem to find it anywhere. The plot follows a boy who embodies ADHD characteristics. His school curriculum is programmed by a computer. For ...
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Fantasy book that I read some years back involving a city of elves, giant hornets, and a desert crossing

The only thing I can remember is that the main character was invited to a city of elves by his elf friend. The elf friend might have been the prince of elves or some sort of nobility. I also remember ...
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Book series with the first book having a very pretty mystical girl in fog

I checked out a book half a year ago, and because chrome doesn't remember history past 90 days and the library has no records due to privacy concerns, I can't seem to find back that book. All I know ...
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Book where the main character builds machine to travel to another Earth to see his parents

I'm looking for a book where the main who has red hair and green eyes (I think) character builds a machine to travel to another Earth to see his parents. Here a few things that happened that I ...
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Book series about a girl with magic ability; her brother is revealed to have magic ability towards the end

In 2009, our teacher used to regularly read us this book series about a girl with some sort of magic powers and her brother, who has none. I remember very little other than a few fragments. At one ...
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Time travel book where a father loses his children by changing his past

I’m trying to locate a book with only a minimum of memory of the book, other than I really enjoyed it! It’s time travel, and the premise is that a man (a father/husband) is given the chance to travel ...
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Sci-fi book with humanoid aliens disabling modern starships, dross, and a picture of Tobruk being destroyed

I'm looking for a sci-fi book I read in Italy in the early '90s but looked much older (70s or 80s would be my guess) and had a non-Italian author name. I don't remember the cover, only that it was a ...
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Book identification. Very old Sci-Fi picture book with spaceships traveling in space and taking off from the Earth and strange aliens on other planets

I am looking for an old Sci-Fi picture book I had in the 80s. This book had large color pictures of spaceships traveling in space and taking off from the Earth. Plus it also had pictures of strange ...
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Book where boy is transported to another world, solves riddle where answer is "strengths"

I don't recall if this was a standalone book or a book series and I don't recall any of the characters' names at all. I read this book 6+ years ago and I only remember these details: The main ...
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Book series from Forgotten Realms about siblings who are members of the city guard who solve crimes

Book series from Forgotten Realms, written in the late 1970s through 1980s. I think about a brother/sister who are members of the city guard who solve crimes? Sorry about the limited details but I was ...
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Sci fi paperback. Antarctica, highly polished aluminum, melting ice, ancient alien ship

So the book has an alien ship found in Antarctica in melting ice. There is a part about polished aluminum(?)
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Older sci fi series of books that take place with settlers from Earth on a planet (possibly called Harmony?) that is now cut off from Earth

People emigrated to this planet from Earth through a rift that is now closed. Remnants of older alien civilization, including an amber city that is dangerous to humans. Some amber colors have powers,...
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Fantasy book series with a female shapeshifter lead who is taken to another realm by the creator of werewolves

I can't remember the name of this fantasy book. The female lead is a shapeshifter and has a bad mate. Then the creator of werewolves shows up and takes her away. He can also control shadows. He is a ...
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In "Le Chevalier aux épines", what are the 3 deaths of this character?

In the end of the third and last tome of "Le Chevalier aux épines" by Jean-Philippe Jaworski (currently only available in French), What are the 3 causes ? I'm OK with 2 of my 3 guesses, but ...
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Book read to my class in 1985, with a person/robot on cover with golden armor, standing next to a large rock looking out into the distance

I'm not very hopeful of ever finding this book because I was in grade 3 and don't remember much. Also, it was in 1985, which is so long ago now, but I guess it's a clue because it was published before ...
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Sci-fi book with gender bending characters and space station on Venus?

My partner has brought it to my attention that she is in search of a specific sci-fi book that she read 10-12ish years ago. Below is her word for word description of what she remembers: I am looking ...
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Fantasy novel circa 1986-89 fantasy novel with a He-Man type (with an axe?) on a bright blue cover [closed]

This was my favorite fantasy book as a kid. The details I remember: Circa 1986-89. Not a well known title or part of a series Bright blue cover with the title in yellow The title was short, ...
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Magic/fae book series about a girl who finds a stone/rock and comes to some realization about its magic

There were at least 3 books. I believe told from different perspectives. There was a scene where someone is attending a girls boarding school, and the headmistress has one of the magic stones in her ...
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Older sci-fi book about passive human-like herd animals vs predatory breeders

Older sci-fi book about intelligent herd-like animals. I read this book many, many years ago. I only remember that it loosely included these elements. It was an older science fiction book about a man ...
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Fantasy book with chaos lands that mutate adventurers based on their intrinsic attributes or habitual actions

I remember reading this book in high school which would have had to be before 1992. My memory isn't great though so it could have been after but I don't believe so. In this book (or series) there was ...
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Boy who is also a prankster gets body swapped with his school principal

The story contains a boy, who loves to prank people and in general, just not follow the rules. The former principal, who was much more lenient retires and a new, stricter principal joins whom everyone ...
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YA scifi book I read in the early 90s about a girl and her archaeologist uncle

When I was in junior high in the early 90s we read an excerpt from a sci-fi novel for class. It was about a young girl on an alien planet. I think she was with her uncle who was an archeologist. ...
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1990s or 2000s book where a boy is a ghost but his family doesn't realize it

I think this book was written by a well known author, not niche. There is a boy who is interacting with his family (or at least his mom) but it turns out he has died. There is something about his body ...
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Searching for a book series involving time travel and immortality

I read it a few years ago. It was a newer book. I remember the series wasn't completed yet. It involved a man that gets sent back in time. He helps a village with some sort of irrigation system (I ...
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Partly NSFW sci-fi book where the US is divided; I read it around 1996 - 2000

The book I am looking for is a sci-fi-ish book. I don't believe that it is a series From what I can remember of the book the US was split and one side was the former US and the other worshiped some &...
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Science fiction book about genetically engineered shapeshifter spy

I'm searching for a science fiction book about a man on the run. After a chapter or two, his pursuers catch him in a busy space station/planet ; you learn he's a genetically-modified spy who can ...
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Book about a girl searching for her father in a world Roma came from

My friend read this book and can’t remember the name and I’ve been trying to find it too with no luck and I was hoping you lovely people might be able to help. Here’s what I know: It was clearly ...
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80's teen novel about survivors fighting an alien invasion of earth

I'm trying to find a sci-fi story I read in the mid 80's which I think was for roughly the 10-15 age range. Things I can remember: I think the protagonist was a teenage boy. He might have had a dog. ...
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Fantasy book about a school boy after WWI who is transported to a Tolkien-esque fantasy world

It was set right after WWI I believe because they mentioned the Great War. It was set in England at first following an academy school boy who by some manner is transported to a Tolkienesque fantasy ...
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Book about land in the Mediterranean Sea before the sea came in [duplicate]

I read a trilogy written I think in the 1970s about a man on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean. Somehow he travels back to prehistoric times when there was still a land wall blocking out the Atlantic ...
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Virtual reality world entered by touching a door handle

I think this is a longer work. It must be >15 years old. In the universe of the story, virtual reality is a commodity technology and is obvious virtual reality in use on commodity systems. But the ...
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Kids book where the main character has metal under his skin

I read a book when I was in school in the UK, probably around year 2000, all I remember is the main character I think is found by a group of kids and they look after him. He gets increasingly unwell ...
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Fantasy book series involving an orphan, a kingdom in which women were second class citizens, and a city hidden in mountains

I vaguely remember that there was an orphan and some kind of forgotten and, I think, forbidden magic. There were kingdoms and, in one of them, women were second class citizens but they formed a kind ...
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Fantasy book series with a school for magical hero children

I read one book from a book series while I was in primary school over a decade ago. There was a school of kids in a fantasy world of monsters and a trio of these kids go on a quest to save their ...
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Book featuring digital Artificial Life, virtual reality using idle compute cycles

In the early to mid 90's I recall reading a book where a computer scientist is asked to create a virtual reality for life to exist after death, using the idle cycles of networked computers from around ...
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Help identifying a novel about repeated doomed expeditions to a deadly alien structure [duplicate]

Years ago, there was a sci-fi novel that I read about a series of ill-fated expeditions to explore an alien structure in space. It popped into my head for some reason, and it's been driving me crazy ...
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Ganymean illustrations

Are there any illustrations of the Ganymeans from James P. Hogan's Giants series? The only one I can find is the cover of the second novel, The Gentle Giants of Ganymede, and it's too small to make ...
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Urban fantasy book series with female lead who has a dirty talking parrot that has lost its feathers

I am looking for a book I started reading fairly recently. I can only remember a few details. The female lead has a dirty-talking parrot that has lost its feathers. In the beginning of the book she is ...
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Post-apocalyptic novel from the 80s about survivors travelling in a land train across America

I need help finding a book (I read in the 80s): Post-apocalyptic novel about a group of survivors in some kind of land train traveling across America. The leaders keep people inside all the time, due ...
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Fantasy book series where a woman gains magic by having twins?

I'm looking for a book series where one of main characters gains magic by having twins. She was not born with magic but after an arranged marriage with a magician she gains part of the power of her ...
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Trying to find name of book written before 2000 where society can genetically modify themselves

Trying to find name of book where a scientist created a virus that would allow people to rapidly change themselves genetically, including adding animal features, become blonde, musclemen, etc. The ...
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What was the book about Uncle Vanya, no not that one

So not the classic from Anton Chekhov, this one was about a tribe of prehistoric hominids where Uncle Vanya was a member of the tribe that insisted that they were evolving too slowly. He was the one ...
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A book about a boy who traveled to a D&D-style planet

There’s a book I read as a middle-schooler about a boy who used to play this game with his friends. It turned out the avatars they created from the game all exist in a different universe or planet. It ...
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Book about a boy who easily sees through regular magic tricks, but then finds a magician who can use real magic

I’m trying to find a book about a boy who hates his birthday, because every time his parents bring him a magician, he can just see through their tricks. Then he finds one magician who actually has ...
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