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Questions tagged [books]

Use this tag to indicate the question is about the book version or adaptation of a work. If applicable, use a more specific tag instead (novel, short-stories, comics). For differences between the book and other versions, such as a movie, use "adaptation-comparison".

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Book about a woman having a magical book appear to her, she’s a witch, and a vampire stalking it

I remember that the book is similar to "A Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness, as I thought that was the one I was looking for until I started reading it. I honestly cannot remember the ...
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Computer regularly sends clones back to Earth after apocalypse

A computer on the moon clones sets of the original inhabitants who escaped Earth's dying days. Millions of years go by where the computer keeps sending clones back to check on Earth's survival.
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Sci-Fi book revolving about a male character who traveled between dimensions and recorded his travels in logs he sent to his friends

I've been searching for this series for a while, the story revolved about a group of guardians of sort that travelled between parallel dimensions, through specifically hidden gateways in each ...
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Man wakes up and finds himself in medieval Europe; uses his knowledge to get ahead

I'm looking for a book about a man who wakes up in medieval times and uses his advanced knowledge to get ahead. He becomes a knight and winds up having a fiefdom of his own to develop. He then builds ...
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Book series my dad told me about. It involves space travel, clones, and an indigenous people with kangaroo tails

My dad read a book series that he recommended to me last year. Now that I am ready to start it, neither of us can recall the title. He said there were several in the series but he can't recall how ...
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Book or story where people’s brains need computer assistance to function; crimes are punished by disconnecting said computer [duplicate]

There is a book I saw once in the bookstore and have always regretted not reading. I maybe saw it in the early 2000s. 01-04? The concept was that society is so advanced that everyone has a computer ...
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Novel/novella about stranded colonists who eat a native plant and gain superpowers [duplicate]

I remember reading a novella or novel about a group of colonists deliberately stranded on an alien planet. There are almost no resources on the planet but they survive by eating a native plant from ...
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Book about a girl who discovers powers while dancing

I'm looking for a book about a girl who discovered she had powers when she was a kid while she was dancing she started to float. When she goes to college she meets an Irish exchange student and falls ...
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Sci-fi book in Cyrillic with a white monkey on a pedestal in a Martian landscape screaming a ray of ice

I saw someone reading a book in Cyrillic. The cover looked like trashy or pulpy scifi. I don't remember if it looked old or new, but if I had to guess I would say it was from the 60s-80s. It had a ...
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Fantasy book with a telepathic, poison-spitting snake named Me

I think I read this book sometime in the early to mid 00's, but I have no idea how old it was at the time. From what I remember, the main character (male I think) finds himself in a fantasy world ...
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Fantasy book where a normal man accepts job advertisement to become a king of a fantasy kingdom

I read the first chapter of this book while I was waiting at a train station. I read it like a couple of years ago but I think that at least 3 books of the series were published so I'm not sure when ...
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Story about robots whose brains are slowing down [duplicate]

I'm looking for a story that I read a few years ago. I cannot remember if it was a short story in an anthology of other stories or stand-alone book, but here are some details I do remember. ...
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Did the word 'pillywiggin' exist (in print) before 1977?

I’m looking for anything published before 1977 which mentions pillywiggins (or any similar words). They would be fairies or just small creatures associated with flowers. These creatures have appeared ...
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Post-apocalyptic book where people can enhance or alter their appearance with animal qualities

I read this book probably 10 or 15 years ago. I remember it starting out with a young woman (I think) talking to a computer and altering her appearance in a mirror. I believe she was making subtle ...
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Book with a main girl character that has nanomachines and a humanoid buffalo partner

I think this book has something to do with Dungeons & Dragons, but the basic set up is that the Hadron Collider malfunctioned and all of the infinite universes (multiverse theory) converged and ...
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1970's book where humans awake from hibernation to find ants and bees have evolved into intelligent beings

Read this book around 1975/79. Can remember the story but not the title. Basically: group of humans in deep sleep/hibernation in underground bunkers. Awake to find 1000s years gone by and ants and ...
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Book series with a double planet system and poisonous bubbles that float around

I read this book many years ago. It is set on a double planet with a shared atmosphere. The people on the planet have a caste system, they are either military or thinkers. There are giant trees on the ...
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Squeezable, boneless alien pets. Possibly furry. Children's sci fi, circa the '80s?

Does anyone remember a children's sci fi book that features boneless alien pets that are highly squeezable? My extremely fuzzy recollection is that these aliens are furry and friendly, perhaps like ...
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Book about a future world where people could live in a VR world and become famous from it

I read this book a while back and probably found it in the young adult section of my library. The plot revolved around a future world where people could live in VR and earn money become famous. It ...
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Sci Fi book about society sprung from a prison ship coexisting with giant squid predators [duplicate]

I read this book two years ago at a local library and can't remember the name of it. The book is really old, written in the 60s. It has a peach cover with multicolored text. It's about a man living ...
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Sci-Fi dystopian book, man wakes up in a pod, people with particular skill appear at his door when needed

I read this book in 2004 or 2005, it was an assigned reading but ignited my love for dystopian societies. I believe it started out with someone who wakes up in a pod, I think he was eventually sent ...
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A book about the the protagonist being able to bodily trans-locate which is referred to specifically as a 'Jaunt' or 'jaunting' [duplicate]

I am looking to buy a book that my father read as a boy, for his next birthday. I know very little about it except the protagonist is able to bodily trans-locate in a manner referred to specifically ...
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Book series I read a few years back with a Marine doing a combat jump onto a planet

In the first book the main character joined the Marines and is making his first combat jump onto a planet. No fighting between the main factions happens in our solar system or Alpha Centauri due to ...
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Book about a girl from Mars who somehow got to London in a hot air balloon

I once read a description for a book about a girl from Mars who I think was around 12 & somehow got to London in a hot air balloon but it took place in the past not the future.
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Book about a boy who can shapeshift; he joined a circus after loosing a finger

I recall bits from one of my dad's books that I read in the late 1980’s. It was about a boy who lost his thumb (or finger) when a door was shut on it. He joined a circus or carnival where he looked ...
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YA fantasy book series about siblings that are taught by a powerful being

This is a YA book series read in the mid 2000s. One of the last books had a dark cover of a lightning storm over plains. I believe this story is about 2 siblings, guy and a girl, who start learning ...
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Late 80s/early 90s young adult sci-fi book about teenage girl living on the moon after Earth's invasion by aliens

The book is about a teenage girl who lives on the Moon after aliens take over the Earth. I think there was a picture of a blonde girl sitting and the moon in the background on the cover. It was one of ...
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80s/90s fantasy book: female protagonist, demon-related magic, “knife”/“blade” in title…?

I'm trying to remember a Fantasy book I read in the late 1990s (read like it was published in the 80s or 90s) with a warrior/magic-wielding female protagonist. I think I remember looking for ...
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Story about AI that always lie?

I’m looking for what I think is a reasonably modern science-fiction story that seems to be centred on a network of computers that always lies or gives a wrong answer. I only read the first chapter, ...
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Book about a girl painfully turning into crystal; one of her companions take her pain for short periods

I remember reading a book early 2000s, it was a fantasy novel from my high schools library. It was about a girl transforming into crystal that caused her excruciating pain. She was traveling to a ...
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Old Fantasy Series about a group of college roleplayers who are transported to the alternate world of their professor [duplicate]

The stories were based on a group of college roleplayers who were transported to the alternate world of their professor (the Dungeon Master). There were multiple books in the series. My memory of ...
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Science fiction book series about aliens that look exactly like humans, protagonist tries to rescue her brother from a government camp ran by aliens

First off, I read the book around 4 years ago and I'm pretty sure it came out not long before I read it, so I'm thinking the release date is somewhere around 2012. And I believe there are at least two ...
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Book About Earth Boy Who Becomes Space Cadet [duplicate]

I'm looking for a book from the late 80s. It's about a teenage boy who finds a spaceship out in the country that's crash-landed. There's only one survivor: a boy from a vampiric alien race but he's ...
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Star Trek: SCE - How many books?

I just have to know: how many books are in the series Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers (ST:SCE). On-line is a option if you want to include those.
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Book series about aliens who can bend time and space with their minds

I am searching for a series of novels where an alien race consists of different clans. One clan in particular can bend time and space making space travel possible. The aliens, however, have kept this ...
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Rich and poor separated, and a romance

About a year ago I read a book, I don’t know if the book was new then, but it might help if you know that is is not brand new. The premise of the story is that the rich people now live in the tops ...
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Series of children’s fantasy books young boy moves into a house with a barn and there's a silver magical spider

I am trying to remember a book I read as a child but can only remember small details. I am 38 so this would have been read when I was between the ages of 9-13. The details I remember are a young ...
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Fantasy YA book from novel from late 80s or before

Trying to remember a book. I read it as a tween in the late 80s. Here’s what I got so far: A boy has to go on some kind of quest in another dimension (kind of like Narnia in that it was right ...
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Fantasy book with dance magic, had an Arabic/Oriental culture feel

I read this book a few years ago and want to again, but I can't remember the name or author. What I remember was that one of the characters could dance and magic would happen, except one of his older ...
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Book: alien fleet invades Earth armed with spears and shields [duplicate]

I'm searching for a science fiction book, with the twist that I haven't actually read this book. I have only heard the outline of the plot of it. But I'm fairly certain that it is indeed a book, and ...
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Astronaut studying aliens is mistaken for a wizard [duplicate]

This book was about an astronaut studying an alien race. The alien village leader thinks he's a wizard or warlock, he also thinks the astronaut is a monster there to attack them. He uses ordinary ...
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Book (part of a trilogy) where a powerful demon makes a computer out of lesser demons

I'm looking for the title of a book (part of a trilogy, I'm almost 100%) where a powerful demon makes a "computer" out of lesser demons where: thousands of demons that had their tongue in/out for ...
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80s dystopian book concerning humans on another planet riding carnival rides

A coworker was telling me about a Sci-Fi book he read in the 80s but couldn't remember the title. He vaguely remembers there being humans on another planet who would randomly choose 5 leaders. He ...
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Pre-80s book about a man and a woman forced to fight golden “superior” aliens

I'm looking for a book about a human man who, along with a human woman, is forced to fight against aliens who are described as being a golden man and woman, very strong, beautiful and "superior". I ...
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A book with two twins and a difficult relation, a room where time flows slower than the outside and a mysterious monster coming from a sink

There was this pocket book, back when I was a teenager (20 years ago), with these two twins discovering a room (it was something like a tool shed) where time flowed slower (1 hour inside was equal to ...
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Book: The Radiant - madness or mind powers

I remember a book I read possibly in the 70s or 80s, about a galactic cloud that had moved to expose Earth to something (the Radiant?) that could give people mind powers. But many people experienced ...
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Young Adult sci-fi fantasy featuring shape-shifting jelly monsters that engulf humans and take their shape

So I've read an adaptation of this book along with a couple more from the same series in a different language, but the writer there didn't reveal the original title. Key points: Four kids are the ...
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Book about teenage clones who end up in a compound somewhere?

Girl and a boy - both find out they're clones. She believes she is 'fat', he is described as having olive skin. Turns out his dad is behind it all... (I think the dad dies at the end?) There's a woman ...
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Novel (series) with biblical themes and telepaths

I am trying to find a novel (children's or young adult maybe) that I read several years back, possibly around 2010. I believe it was the first in a series of novels, and have been trying to find it ...
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Book where man communicates telepathically with a being

I am looking for the name and/or author of a story that goes something like this: A writer(?) is visited by a being and they communicate telepathically. The being eventually asks if the man has ...