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Late 60's or early 70's book based on War of the Worlds

This was a UK paperback, somehow the protagonist was on Venus with two or three companions. They discovered that 'the jungles' are populated by tribes of wild humans transplanted from Earth. Venus ...
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50s Young adult book about aliens from Venus who came to Earth and ignored children

My husband clearly remembers an odd book from the fifties that was science fiction but was treated as fact. It came from a school library so it should have had a well known or at least a good author. ...
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Book series: Sentient dinosaur-like academic travels to a city of living books

I'm seeking a relatively recent (last 10 years) fantasy series translated from the German. The title is something like City of the Living Books. The tone is humorous, and is appropriate for children,...
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Book about about a powerful alien civilisation visiting Earth, aliens refuse to give Earth helpful technology

Sometime between 1982 and 1984, I borrowed a book from the school library, which was about a powerful alien civilisation visiting Earth. Humanity asked for medicines and technology to help with its ...
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Graphic novel where teenager is confronted by a man with robotic arm, a girl and a “pig man”

I remember reading this graphic novel in my public library but it is no longer there. The book or its cover art was somehow related to a slaughterhouse. I know it’s really weird and strange, but I was ...
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Book about a girl who drains your life upon touching you, is hunted by a group which wants to weaponize her

There was a book I read but I can't remember the name of it; I think it was "Shattered" something. It was about a girl who drained your life upon touching you. It was set in the future and there was ...
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Young adult fantasy book about a woman's body being caught in a fisherman's net

I read a book when I was young (late 80s early 90s) that I remember bits and pieces of, but can't remember the title. The book starts off with a young woman's body being pulled from the water in a ...
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Novel about a tattoo that comes to life and jumps off the person's body

It was a sci-fi book with a red and orange cover on the hardcover edition. I'm pretty sure the author was male but wasn't by Bradbury or Asimov or anyone like that. I think it was published in the ...
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Book about two aliens who become the devil and god

I remember starting a paperback book my sister had when I was a teenager, in the late 80s or early 90s. It featured two aliens left behind on Earth. They become the basis for mankind's idea of the ...
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Story where aliens visit Earth seeking engineers and pick up a sanitary engineer

The premise is that aliens visit Earth seeking engineers to help them in some great task. Unfortunately, the guy they find is a sanitary engineer (a toilet cleaner, essentially) who gets dragged into ...
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70s Book about a girl who gets replaced with an android

Read this book in the 70s. Looking for a book about a young girl who gets replaced with an android. It replaces her in her real life and she gets to eat all the candy and chocolate that she wants. ...
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Post apocalypse book where a Scottish highlands chief takes charge

Mid to late eighties book from a UK library. It begins as society is approaching breakdown, a heredity highlands chieftain is visiting the Glencoe Massacre monument and also mentally working out a ...
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Older scifi book about a woman who lives on a barge on a colonized water world. Gets involved in political intrigue when she meets a man

The setting was a largely water world colonized by humans. Since colonization it has been isolated and experienced technological regression. The protagonist is a young woman who works on her own, ...
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Book series set in space where a ship crashes whilst transporting a prisoner who can see in the dark

I read a book series in the early 90's, I was in 5th grade when reading it so it was in 93 or 94, that took place in space. It may be a trilogy... the second book follows right after the first and ...
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3 Children/teenagers move to an old castle, as a foster home, due to an accident [closed]

I think I read this book in about 2009/2010ish. I am pretty sure this is strictly a fantasy book. I don't remember much, except these 3 kids/teenagers have this accident happen to them where they ...
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YA post apocalyptic book from the 90’s where a teen wake and up to find everyone gone

This is how I remember the book. It starts with the main character (young teen boy) who wakes up to his family gone, he goes outside and the whole street is desolate, no one. He takes a car and goes ...
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Book about accidental time travel using a mirror to ancient Egypt

I am looking for a book about time travel. In modern times, a boy (and a girl?) see a person walk into a shop, they quickly become angry at the person for no reason and chase him into the street. ...
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80's (?) book about the life of an unusual captain of a starship, who is both male and female

I read a (paperback) book in the late 80's about the struggles of a starship captain who struggled against prejudice and other issues, because he was born of the union of two different beings. This ...
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Book I read a very long time ago where magic was called “charm”

I'm looking for a book I read maybe 20 years ago. I don't remember a great deal but the magic in the book was called charm. At one point someone tracked another person using charm by putting their ...
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Book where ship of prisoners crashes and create a new society [closed]

A ship of prisoners are being transported and it crashes. Then it is about how they deal with each other and create rules. I remember them walking. I remember a scene where a character you like didn'...
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1980s Kids book series about a sports star who played a game similar to American football and joins a war against aliens

I'm looking to track down a series of short books I read in the late 1980s in the UK. I think they were between 8-12 books quite short (100 pages at most) with a different bold colour for each cover. ...
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1980s sci-fi book with space beetle and someone who thought he was a vampire but wasn't

I don’t remember the title or author or much about the plot. I would have read it sometime in the early 1980s and before 1983. It had a really weird space beetle (genetically engineered) and some guy ...
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Book trilogy with humans exploring a star system and finding creatures from Irish folklore [closed]

The story line is about humans exploring a star system, and finding species from Earth's Irish folklore, who had left Earth a long time ago.
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Sci-Fi book in which a guy travels a virtual reality world along with friends

I remember only some of the parts to the book and it will sound kind of weird, but, I really want to figure out what book it was. Some of the parts I remember are, a guy is in a virtual reality type ...
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Man wakes up amnesiac, potentially started a war

I'm trying to find a book I read mid 70s or so about a man who wakes up in a psychiatric hospital with no memory. He eventually finds out that he was one of the people who started a war (possibly ...
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Post-apocalypse book/short story about a man who is a clone of one of the last humans

In this story, a man wakes up with no memory in a teleported chamber. Outside he finds a jungle/forest of a destroyed city with no human life. He meets a talking animal that becomes his guide and ...
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Fantasy world set in renaissance type era about a painter swordsman

This was a fantasy story set in a world of monsters and giants and adventurers and gods and seers and an evil overlord. The protagonist is a painter (with an Italian sounding name- Benotolli?). He ...
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80s Novel series about post apocalypse world where 4 soldiers try and bring order

Looking for a novel series I read in the 1980s about 4 soldiers (the leader was a US Marine Force Recon member). There was also a Navy Officer, Green Beret soldier and Air Force fighter pilot. They ...
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Book series about these teenagers with special powers and every book changed main characters

I remember reading this book back when I was in high school when I just first started out in 2012-2013. It was part of a series. I can't remember a whole lot about it. I believe the cover wasn't a ...
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A book about life as a ghost but being a ghost is only temporary

This was a book I read around ten years ago. I read it in Swedish, unknown if it was translated or not. I remember getting it from the "youth/young adult" section of the library, though that library ...
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Book like time safari with invisible and sentient dinosaurs

I'm looking for a book I've read couple years ago. The plot was similar to "A Sound of Thunder" and Time Safari. In rough sketches plot is as follows. A group of rich people embark on safari trip ...
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Book a friend read about an art heist/thief/forgery situation [closed]

They read it previously and have been looking for it over a year now. They don't remember much. They found it at our local public library and want to hunt it down again. The main character was named ...
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Book I was reading in the mid to late 90s about a private detective werewolf

I remember the main character was a private detective as well as a werewolf. There was an island he went to where all the inhabitants were females as well as werewolves. In one part they capture a ...
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1950 book series about human brains transferred into robots so that the Galaxy could be explored

I read this book series around 1950; I think there were only 2 books in the series. Scientists' brains are transferred into a space-exploring robots which would last for thousands of years. When the ...
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Book about psychic child, Immortals (men who drain boys for vitality), a boy's mother is reanimated as a shell

This was a book from my childhood. Read sometime in the early 1990s. The title was something like "the Prophet" or "the Seer". I think the cover was green or blue with a clam shell on it. I remember ...
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Post-apocalyptic book set on the Snake River

I read a book in middle school set on the Snake River, it was post-apocalyptic/post-cataclysm. The primary character escapes on a river barge, avoids danger, I think a cult and saves a young girl in ...
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Book about a teenage boy who helps ghosts stop a poltergeist and they help him win at football

A book about a teenage boy named Bart or Burt. He and his little sister (maybe more than one sibling) and their parents recently moved into a new house. Bart/Burt used to be a bookworm and nerd but ...
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Finding book: Small space-traveling crew make/sell drug and a creature begin linking people's drug dream together

Unfortunately, I can't recall when I read this story, what timeframe it was authored, or who the author may have been. But I can remember enough key information from the story I think someone familiar ...
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Sci-fi book opening with the description of a big spaceship wandering in space [closed]

Several years ago I ran into a sci-fi book in a hotel lobby, the book started something like this: The ship was big, very big, no one knew how big it really was, it wandered in space... This is ...
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Sci fi book about space military supply ship someone is stealing

The book is about a young officer straight out of academy. He gets chosen by the captain of a military supply ship to replace a dead cargo officer. One day he decided to open a crate to check that ...
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YA/childrens book I read in the mid-late 90s, about videogames & crocodiles?

I only have a few random memories of what this book is. I read this when I was in late elementary/middle school, so in the mid-late 90s (1994-1998 I'm guessing). I can't remember exactly what the ...
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Fantasy series about powerful mages outside of space/time and King stranded on a water world

I read a series of books which I don't believe is the Castle Perilous series as those came out at the end of the 80's and I think I read this other series in the mid 80's. It involved a castle and it ...
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Late 80s book with a militaristic space faring civilization where protagonist is an alien entity possessing a commander of the civilization

Trying to find the name/author of a book I've read a while ago. As far as I recall, this was a single book published in the late 80s (maybe 1987). Published in English. I want to say the cover had a ...
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Discovering Undersea Life during a Long Journey

Looking for a story which I read in the 2010s - it felt fairly recent, probably that decade. It may have been one of the Clarkesworld stories. It starts off in an underwater station on a mostly ...
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90's (?) chapter book: young boy creates a computer clone, switch places

I read this book back in Elementary School in the 90s. The young boy doesn't exactly like school so he makes himself a computer clone and they switch places and the clone goes to school and starts ...
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Book: Child taken aboard space craft and given complete control of how his room looks using an interactive screen

All I can remember is that there is a child on, I believe, a spaceship. He's given an empty room and is allowed to decorate it using a screen to choose what he wants. I'm not sure if this is a novel ...
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Young adult book about a kid who has a robot “sibling” who crashes on a planet full of child robots

Looking for a young adult book from the 80s about a kid who has a robot "sibling" who crashes(?) on a planet full of child robots. The title had some sort of acronym in it.
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Book with uncontrolled/subconscious teleportation across worlds

I read this book maybe 10 years ago. I read it in German; I don't think it was a native German book though, but rather a translation. There was a protagonist whom we followed across this book. The ...
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YA book series, main character named Thad, kept in a school where students were experimented on

He was kept in a "boarding school" but really it was a place where they experimented on students. Thad had powers where he would get angry and lights would explode. He could communicate telepathically ...
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Book about a man that can slow down time to almost a stand-still

It's about a man that can slow down time to "almost" static but not quite (maybe a million times slower). He does unusual things like freezing time while driving a car at 50 mph, and then opens the ...