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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Series about female warrior in Arthurian-like medieval Britain

This is a long shot as I have very little information to go on. In December 2002 I borrowed 2 novels (in English) from a friend. The novels were fairly new at the time. Not more than 2-3 years old. ...
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Book which opens with the death of a very large alien and the dispersal or suicide of its human subjects/servants/soldiers

In (possibly) the late '70s or the early '80s I read the first chapter of a book in a store. It was in English. I meant to go back and buy it and forgot. All I remember is this It opens with a human, ...
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First contact book where humans, humanoid cat people and other aliens are captured to fight for their alien captors

Humans are captured, transported to an alien starship, then brutally trained to fight by fighting each other. Ultimately a leader emerges and his trained team is then introduced to other captured ...
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What Cabell story were Kuttner & Moore alluding to in “The Children's Hour”?

From the novelette "The Children's Hour" by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore (first published in Astounding Science Fiction, March 1944, available at the Internet Archive): "Supermen?&...
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Fantasy series where magic was done by saying what you wanted

There is a book I have fond memories for, but I can't remember many details and especially not the name of the series. I read it nearly 20 years ago when I was 8 or 9 I believe. The details I do ...
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c.1980 space-themed puzzle/game book with a defense of Earth framing story

This was a large-format (approximately A4) softcover book; I don't recall the cover art. It was given to me as a gift by my aunt, so it may have been picked up remaindered and actually date from ...
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Book about a girl with spirit-like powers who is being chased by dark shadow spirits

I read this book like 5 or more years ago about this girl and she had some kind of powers that had something to do with spirits and an Ouija Board. The cover was of the girl and said board. It had ...
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Story about a young mage attending a school who is probably an arch mage

This was the first book in a series but I only read the one book. At the start of the story the main character is living in a village or small town. He travels to a city for training and gets tested (...
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Book series about a kid who lives in Chicago and goes to a school for “special” children, where they can have pets (one is a talking rabbit)

My friend is trying to find this book series that is kind of like Harry Potter, and involves a kid who lives in Chicago and goes to a school for “special” children. He goes by train. At the school ...
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Sci-fi kids' book about a pilot's flight through space, and the ships he encounters along the way

The book is probably from the 70's or 80's, and is small, short, and written for a juvenile reader. It's illustrated in color. The book presents you as the pilot of a small spacecraft, and as you ...
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Old sci-fi book where a man is transported to another world, and meets woman with green skin. Involves black floating transport?

Not much to go on but I've kept looking for years, hope someone can help. About 25 years ago I bought a second-hand book from a camp site shop in the UK. It was about a man transported to an alien ...
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Looking for book about futuristic technologies sold at school book fairs around 2003

Description for the book about future technologies: Sold in (some) USA school book fairs around the year 2003 I thought the title was something like 'Technologies of the future' but again even if ...
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Book series about two men training to be wizards, whose powers come from lost tech from a crashed spacecraft [duplicate]

Trying to remember a series I read years ago. I believe there were three books. It was about two men who were training to be wizards and fighting other races. Later in the story, we find that their ...
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Book about a group of young students from around the world, who discover scientists performing cruel experiments on animals, and try to stop them

I'm looking for a book. I can't remember the title or names, however, from what I can recollect, it was fiction, maybe sci-fi. It was about a team or group of teen/young adults that ended up coming ...
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Book about the 'aliens abduct humans to be soldiers' trope. It was comedic in style, involved blue skinned aliens

Quite a common trope I know but remember some details. I must have read it about... five or so years ago? It was a pulp book I read on Kindle. It may have been a self-published eBook-only thing like ...
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Fantasy YA/children's book, maybe 70s. Two brothers, one goes on a quest, one is disabled. White unicorn on the cover

One brother needs to find 10 (?) things. The last (?) task involved a unicorn, and another involved a witch. The disabled brother (who was in a wheelchair) also has an adventure, with a girl. My mum ...
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Book where humans and robots co-existed and slaves could earn freedom through playing games

In the book humans and robots co-existed. The main story was about opponents playing games. Each opponent input choices into a computer which then selected the game to be played. Strength, stamina, ...
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Time Travel book from 70's where people were sent from 150 years in the future to our present time

I read this book either in the late 70's or early 80's. It was set in a distant future, about 150 years in the future. Numerous people were being sent from that time to the present. This occurred for ...
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Science fiction/Mythology story/author that may have been in the back of a Michael Moorcock book

Many many years ago (over 20?) I was standing in a Walden Books and I flipped through this book and found an excerpt from some other book or story. What I can remember is there was a warrior that was ...
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group of girls travel through a portal with individual paperweight things that act like keys

It is about a group of girls who live in a neighborhood with a garden in the middle. There is a little building in the middle of the garden where they like to meet up. One day they all get these ...
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Sci-fi book about humans living on another planet and reflecting on Earth origins

I came across a book recommendation that really piqued my interest, and am having trouble remembering the details to sufficiently find it via search engines. Here is what I can remember: I remember ...
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Book where the Earth has been paved over

Looking for a book from my childhood (was read aloud in 3rd grade, I'm 35) and as the title says, the Earth has been paved over. Further details I recall are that the story follows a girl growing up ...
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Book about a kid who is forced to kill, and is then teleported to the future by an amulet

I read this book when I was in middle school. It was about a kid who is forced to kill an old man, by a man that puts his hands over the boy's hands. I think an amulet teleports the boy, with the ...
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Book about a company finding your reincarnation

I'm looking for a book but I only read the synopsis, which goes like this: In our society a company pretends that reincarnation is a thing. For a large sum of money they can, after your death, find ...
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Fantasy novel that uses Greek mythology

It was about 2 Greek couples cursed by a deity and a satanic being. Basically, the man was cursed to be immortal and the girl reincarnates to different animals. It was a Greek myth. Details I remember:...
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Which book on a deserted planet with a maze and an insane ancient creature?

I want to identify the author of a book. The plot: A spacecraft lands, possibly forced, on an otherwise deserted planet where there are ancient ruins of a high-tech civilization. A centerpiece is a ...
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Book about a planet where the main character has to run away from the Sun

I remember reading this book when I was 11 or 12, and it's killing me now - I just remember that the planet was really hot, and the character had to constantly run away from the Sun to stay alive. ...
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New trilogy about a battle between ancient inhabited spires or towers

About a year ago (i.e. in 2020) I read a book which was intended to be the first of a trilogy about a sneaky invasion by the inhabitants of one giant spire against another. The story is told from the ...
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Book about this boy that knows everything, including exactly when the world is going to end

It starts when he’s in the womb, all the way up until the world ends. There’s a part where he is a baby and he gets hypnotized by the TV. At some point in the story, I remember him growing up and ...
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Arthurian legend style story with future knowledge of science and chemistry

I recall a YA book that I read in the late '70s (in the UK) and was probably written roughly around that time, that was "Arthurian" in style. I'm not sure that this was directly specified, ...
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Sci-Fi book where aliens are sending sub-light bombs to destroy planets, protagonist has imprinted memories and behaviours [duplicate]

I read it in the 80's. Cover had a person in a spacesuit standing in a river of lava. On the shore was some sort of alien critter(s). Think perhaps this was inside a cave? Premise of the book was a ...
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Fantasy Book With Four Protagonists And Bandoliers

Story Summary via vague memories: This was a paperback book in a medieval fantasy style setting. I don't remember the publish year, but the book was read in the early 00's. The story did seem more ...
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Book involving attempts to find a war-winning space ship and weapon, which turn out not to exist [duplicate]

I read this book during the 1990s, in English. The premise of the story is that the human race won a war against an alien race years before, using a ship equipped with a radiation based super weapon ...
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Sc-fi book that uses the sun's energy in a space battle

I remember reading a sci-fi book decades ago which had large scale space battles. One side utilised the power of a sun as a weapon. I recall that the sun dimmed (similar to the latest Star Wars films) ...
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Young adult sci-fi novel about a young female human slightly modified to survive on on a jungle planet

I started a book where the main character was a young female human (school age) slightly modified to survive on a planet with only slightly more gravity than Earth. There is a non-modified boy that ...
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Book about an orphan who has to bring back an antidote from a dumpster-prison and can copy any voice

I am looking for a book I read around ten years ago (but is probably older), but I can't remember the name. It's in the future. A boy is born very ugly, and spends his childhood in an orphanage. But ...
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Book about a planet facing a population crisis due to lack of non-sterile men

A dear friend has been trying for years to remember the name of a book she once read without success, and since a lot of y'all are well-read nerds I figured trawling the hive-mind might help. Here's ...
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Book about a technologically advanced society which reverts to a medieval style one when all energy is drained away by a God-Computer [duplicate]

I read this some 5 to 10 years ago (in German). It was a series of books, afaik not yet finished. In a future world, science had advanced to basically magic. At some point however, the key holders for ...
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Arthurian novel with sci-fi tropes

I am looking for a book which was a variation of Arthurian legends. I have read it in Polish around 10 years ago, but I'm quite sure book was translated (probably from English). The story was set up ...
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A prison in the corona of a star holds society's only murderer

I'm trying to find this sci-fi book, I remember there was a prison, I think made of a hollow asteroid, orbiting inside the corona of a star. It was built by this advanced society to hold their only ...
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Early 1980s graphic novel about human spies undercover on an intergalactic cruise

In the early to mid '80s I read a graphic novel about space travel in the distant future. A human couple win a lottery for an intergalactic cruise line. In reality they are spies that have to get ...
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Fantasy book series about Gods of Order and Chaos

I remember reading a long time ago about a book series where the Gods of Chaos ruled the world, and the followers of the Gods of Order were heretics and secret. Over the course of the book, or books, ...
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1970s (?) young adult book about a race of noncorporeal aliens on Earth

A race of aliens from a planet so technologically advanced that they evolved beyond the use of bodies. They floated through space until they arrived on Earth. They enter a human's blood stream through ...
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Fantasy book - Female warrior blacks out & kills friends | Mage works spells like beads in mind | Shadow creature tormenting town

I remember reading this book about 15-20 years ago but for the life of my I cannot remember its name and only patches of what the book was about. I weirdly had a dream about it the other day and have ...
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Looking for a dystopian sci-fi book in which the story is told through various characters' perspectives and people are hosts to some sort of infection [duplicate]

There are really only two characters I remember: a military man and a girl. The girl lived in a camp with other survivors or people who weren't hosts (or brainwashed- I can't exactly remember). A ...
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Childrens / YA book - Train travel across alien planet

I read a book (I remember vivid illustrations on each page) in the early / mid-80's. Plot line is along the lines of landed on a planet and a machine (I think was called RAAG or RAG?) then went and ...
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Fantasy/sci-fi book about a boy who travels to space and learns to manipulate metal

Book is about a boy who travels to space and learns to manipulate metal. He gets a few friends one of them dies from an alien prisoner, I think her name was Kate. They go to a planet where barely any ...
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Sci-fi book about a guy leaving a dying Earth on a colony ship with his daughter in stasis; ship crash lands on a planet with aliens

The book starts on slowly dying Earth. A guy gets last minute selection on a colony ship as electrical person, daughter is already on board in stasis. The ship crashes on a planet with a few people ...
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Book involving clones, “The System”, “Mama Mercury “, and an abandoned monastery on the Moon?

I’ve been searching for this book for a while, to no avail. I read it as a teen somewhere between 2005 and 2013, in the UK. From what I can remember, it was a Star Wars style “ragtag gang of rogues/...
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Horror book with children in animal masks

In the book a group of people enter a mansion, the main character talks to a person in a mirror, and meets these children covered with animal masks. The book is a horror book and there are pictures as ...

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