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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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Science fiction book, Masonic influences

I read this book in the US, 15-20 years ago, but I believe it dated back to the 70s, based on the general feel. It was set mostly on a starship. I believe it and other ships had names from ...
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Scifi thriller book. Pilot is in the air and learns that a plague is happening on the ground

A few weeks ago I was browsing my local supermarket's book aisle. I saw a book with, I believe, a plane on the cover. I really enjoy horror/sci-fi/thriller books and movies that take place on a plane, ...
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Scifi book with battle spaceships and humanoid cat people who have eyes that change colors with their mood?

Does anyone know this book? It starts with a space captain and his ship and crew being attacked by another ship. Eventually the ship was so damaged that they had to board another ship after fleeing (...
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Old book about mages who derive their power from crystals on their staffs and channel it in partnership with an owl familiar

I took out a series of books in the late 90's that I believe were done by TOR. I am trying to track down the title of the series. The story is essentially about mages who derive their power from ...
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Book about superhumans hiding among normal humans

I think the novel or long short story was published in the last 10 years. It starts with a man who is killed in a car accident. A doctor autopsies him and finds out he is not human, that he is built ...
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Book in which a kid finds out his dad is a fairy

The book is about when a kid finds out his dad is a fairy, maybe some important political figure. So he goes to Fairyland. Apparently, in Fairyland, no one wears clothes.
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Book About an AI Video Game Manipulating High Schoolers

I read this some time ago and have been trying to find it again but I can't remember the title so hoping someone will recognize this description... The story follows a high school boy who gets a new ...
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80s era sci-fi book on time travel; college man gets to the future where telepaths are a growing minority, plants iron berries and gets rich

Back in the 80s I borrowed a book series from a friend and never got to finish it. I've half looked around over the years and can't find anything that sounds even close to what I remember. It started ...
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Sci-fi book series with modern Arthurian legends with Excalibur as a spaceship

I think this was actually a series of books following the human survivors of an alien invasion of Earth. Set a little into the future though I don't think it's by much. Strangely the aliens have ships ...
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2000s Young adult book about a community that lived underground and another that lived in the city above; some people became dragons when they dreamed

I'm looking for a book I used to love when I was a teenager for my cousin. I think it would be in the 2000s now in the UK. It was about this community that lived underground and another that lived in ...
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Science fiction book about an alien archaeological team investigating the lost human civilisation [on hold]

Can't remember the title of a book I want to read. In the summary it describes an alien archaeological team investigating the lost human civilisation that has been lost for 100000 years.
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Fantasy book where a dimensional creature absorbs a dragon and a unicorn

Honestly, when I was reading this book I always felt like I was starting after book one and it was confusing. But it's always been on my mind, so I want to figure it out and clear up the confusion and ...
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YA book about a girl who is cloned and her clone does bad things

A patron is looking for a book about a girl who is cloned and her clone does things she wouldn't want her to. The cover features a girl running in two different directions - the top half in one ...
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Book - Female Wizard in a more modern day setting

I'm looking to find the name of a book I read quite a while ago. It seemed to be part of a series because I seem to remember it ending on a cliffhanger. I really can't remember much about it other ...
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Book - sci-fi - man watches alien land on top of mountain then goes on the alien's ship

My sister and I must have read this book 10 times each in the 80s... I believe it belonged to our mother or father so it must have been written in the 50s-60s-70s. Starts off with a discovery in the ...
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80s or earlier book: last man on Earth rewoken, Earth's surface overrun (alien plant?), female near clone of him created to keep him company

Any help to identify a book I read some of at a summer camp, late 1970's or early 1980's would be much appreciated. Last man on Earth rewoken (by humanoid robots?), Earth's surface overrun by a ...
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Space war, humans recreated, grown from plants with an alien female supervisor

This was a small hardback book I read in the UK in the late eighties. No memory of the cover. Some kind of space war and a long lived alien female escapes the conflict in her starship, her side had ...
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Book about a world where magic was enabled by nano tech

The world was described as a fantasy setting with the usual warriors, mages and thieves present. The mages had the instinctive ability to control the world's remaining nanobots. Level of control was ...
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Book taking place in NW U.S., People find a portal

The book takes place in the U.S. northwest (Washington or Oregon). Young people find a portal to another place / time and begin creating a base there. Eventually they bring across parts for a small ...
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Book about a dying planet that prohibited marriage between the 3 races living on the planet

Looking for a book title about a dying planet that prohibited marriage between the 3 races, they found that intermarriage produced a new race of engineers that they had been missing and could solve ...
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Book about Israelis in space

The story is centered around Israelis in space, one of whom, the main character is an inspector general sent to solve a problem.
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90s 6-book series revolving around string theory; life follows a string

All I can remember are different stories where life follows a string. One went backward in time, one went by reverse aging, one where strings crossed and lives jumped over or switched. And more. ...
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Off the wall SF book, about a missing girl and a doctor turning people into giant bugs

A PI is hired to find a missing girl born without arms or legs. What he finds is a doctor taking people like the girl and grafting insect limbs on them and using them in a high end brothel. There are ...
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Book where society has been split into 2 with a wall down the middle where one side embraced high tech whereas other side were totally against tech

As a child (in the 70's) I remember reading a book set in the future where Britain had been split into 2, I think with a wall down the middle. On the one side they embraced high technology and nothing ...
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Dystopian books where society is split into 3 classes: lower, middle and untouchables, teenagers are trained to be killers

I’m trying to identify a book by a rather vague plot line that I’ve been given... Society is split into three classes. The lower, middle and untouchables. Teenagers are trained to be SAS type killers.
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Book about dystopian future, assassins, crime

In this book a boy aged 14, very intelligent, gets recruited into a secret assassination group. He is very poor and is promised a new life but he must never go back to his old one. He then has to ...
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Book about a time-travel war fought by computers

I read a paperback in the mid-1970's in which combatants fought a war using time travel and adaptive computers. After a battle, the victors had to quickly flee because the opponents would return from ...
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Book about a boy with magic ability - shapeshifting or transformation

I read this book sometime in the last 2-5 years. It might be older but I think it's written in the 2010s. From what I can remember the protagonist was a boy, possible orphan, being picked up by some ...
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Book where the good guy lives backwards through time and the bad guy lives forward [duplicate]

Looking for a book where the good guy lives backwards through time and the bad guy lives forward. The good guy was an alien and keeps getting killed by the bad guy. The bad guy was a Neanderthal(?) ...
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Stand alone fantasy book about a Roman like civilisation that fights with an army of linked warriors that are almost superhuman

The story is about a Roman like civilisation. They are being invaded and their defence is an army of linked warriors - always two to each link, they get their strength and knowledge to fight from ...
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Book about a future where humans have abandoned Earth and cats called “Puddys”/“Puttys” rule it

Book about an Earth abandoned by humans and ruled by cats known as "Puddys" or "Puttys" that wear metal claws. Their enemies are dogs called "Barkers Rule". Then one cat meets a live human.
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80’s/90’s fantasy book where men travelled across the land and inhabited creatures such as deer, beavers and pixies [duplicate]

I don't have a great deal of info on what I'm looking for. I read a book when I was younger, probably written in the 80’s or early 90’s. It was about these 2 people (male I think) that were traveling ...
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Book about a princess climbing a mountain to find a wizard

When I was in middle school I read a book about a girl princess in a valley kingdom. There was magic and all that fun stuff. She was raised in the ways of the court, but her family died and she had to ...
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Book about a girl with green hair who has special powers

The intro starts off with describing her as having unique hair from other people and her parents say she is special, because those like her have certain abilities. They live in a plant technology ...
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Book where aliens are selecting humans for food consumption

I have read a science fiction years ago. About aliens selecting humans on Earth and people trying hard to fit in their criterias in order to be the "chosen ones" and go away with the aliens. But they ...
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Series of omnibuses about a set of 3 kingdoms, at least 1 of which has spirit animals/animal companions

In this series the first set of omnibuses is about is about a female protagonist who has the bloodline of two of the kingdoms. One of the kingdoms has animal companions that are linked by birth to ...
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Sci-fi book: two college kids witness man's first landing on Mars with a wormhole/travel machine they invented; they're ultra rich and nigh-immortal [duplicate]

I can't recall how long ago I read this book, but it starts with 2 college kids using some form of wormhole or instant travel mechanism they invented to personally witness man's first landing on Mars. ...
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Early science fiction novel with people traversing a rectangular planet/satellite with lava fields and lava creatures?

I think this was a story bundled in a single book with "War of the Wing Men" and that it had the same three characters as "War of the Wing Men" but my memory may be misleading me. I only remember ...
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1970s Ghost Story series with black and white illustrations and a story of a girl who is friends with a girl ghost

In the late 70's my elementary school library had, as best I can recall, a series of smallish, library-bound books that were a series of spooky stories for kids. They were quite eerie and had black ...
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Book (or series) where magic users clasp hands with the catalyst and say “Catalyst give me life”

I'm looking for a book or series, don't know which it is, that my kid picked off the shelf randomly at the library a few years ago but doesn't remember the title. Magic and science both exist. I ...
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Book about a boy that enters a medieval fantasy PC computer game

This is a repost with additional info of an older question that was never answered. I have stumbled upon this old question while also trying to find the name of the book series myself, as I dearly ...
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Book about parastic bees [closed]

I am looking for a book about parasitic bees that lay eggs in people and mammals. Any ideas? I'm not sure if this book is science fiction.
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Book about a man that turns into a raven and is shot and killed at the end

A romance about a man that turns into a raven. At the end the raven is shot and killed. I want to know the author or book title please.
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Book where a space ship journeys to the center of the galaxy to find all the stars had gone supernova

Looking for the book where a space ship made from a giant atomic atom journeys to the center of the galaxy only to find all the stars had gone supernova. A, Clark-Card-Heinlien-Bova?
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A fantasy book with seven white haired women on the cover

I know it’s vague and I don't expect anyone to know this, but I had a friend who owned a fantasy book with seven white haired women on the cover. I think each woman had their own brief story chapter, ...
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Book involviing “the sword with the silver pommel” and a kiss to open the mind's eye

A few years ago I was reading a book but it got lost and I want to continue reading it. I don't remember much and what I remember is probably very out of order and mixed with the second book of the ...
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Sci-fi book, a girl who can “tesseract” (teleport), she and a boy try to see what the people with this ability can do, are stopped by the mother

A friend of mine is trying to remember a book that they read part of once, probably about ten or more years ago. They used the word "tesseract" to mean "teleport". The cover was green, with like, ...
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Science fiction book where humans now live on a space ark and have lost the coordinates to Earth

I remember reading this one book in 2014. The title had the protagonist's name in it. The story is set in the future where humans are now living on a space ark and have left planet Earth behind. Well ...
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Book with people hiding and growing wheat under a mountain [closed]

What is the book where a group of people lived underground in a mountain and they had a wheat field with possibly a little opening to the sky? I remember nothing about the actual plot except that ...
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Old young adult sci fi book about wars fought with robots remotely, allusions to chess [duplicate]

This is a science fiction book I read about the year 2000. The main premise that I vaguely remember was that humans were now fighting wars with robots by proxy BUT there were still normal humans in ...