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 about a live reality tv show where money depends on viewers but they were really harvesting dreams

There's a book I checked out of the library a couple years ago and I'd like to get my sister to read it but I don't remember what it's called. I actually don't remember if you got money or not but I ...
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Series of novellas about a video game and weird silly putty

I'm trying to identify a series of short novels I started reading in high school. I read the books at some point between 2007 and 2010 but the books seemed older based on the condition they were in, ...
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Name of a fantasy book where male character finds a magic absorbing artifact

The basic beginning premise is that a young man, who I think was trained in swordsmanship, finds a magical artifact capable of absorbing energy/magic at the cost of his life/vitality. He's able to ...
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A short book about a woman who helps defeat aliens that she had herself engineered in the future

I read this book, a paperback, back in 2009 when I was homeless and a meth addict, so my memory of it is sketchy to say the least. The protagonist is a young woman, given a mission to board a space ...
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Looking for the title of a book about being stark raving mad to navigate a ship [duplicate]

I once read a story about the future! Brain cybernetics were common. If you were "average" you got average brain implants. If you were wealthy you got the latest-and-greatest tech. It was ...
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Dystopian future with telepathic children

The book in question was set in a possibly post apocalyptic/dystopian future where anyone different was not allowed, society had regressed somewhat. A small group of children grew up with telepathic ...
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Looking for 80's sci-fi book with teens with metal letters/numbers embedded in their heads

It might be a YA sci-fi book. The teens had metal letters/numbers embedded in their heads and might be gang members. There might be a prison on the moon. I know it was published before 1987. I read ...
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A possessed house kidnaps kids [duplicate]

I think I read it during a battle of the books event in Alaska in the 1999-2002 range. The story is about a kid who finds a house where everything is wonderful and perfect, and morning is always ...
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Book where aliens live in an ocean contained in a special camp

I read this book a while ago and I forgot the name. The cover has a big Ferris wheel on it. The main character is a girl and she lives in a small apartment thing with her mom and her dad and basically ...
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Fantasy author includes books about a bloodline involving flames and wolves

I read the books years ago in the nineties and early 2000s. There were multiple books by the author, just don’t remember if they were in a series or just set in the same world. The books were about a ...
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Name of young adult book about girl with metal hair, maybe silver, that young boy uses to make a radio. She may be from outer space

This is a book I read sometime between 1960 and 1970. A young boy meets a girl and become friends. I think he learns that she is from another planet or outer space. They are working on some kind of ...
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Cyberpunk alternative worlds through television

What i remember of the book shows a cover with a young man wearing a visor and a metal mohawk. The story describes the main character as someone who watches TV for the government and he's able to ...
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YA/Teen book regarding a boy looking for his father, who later meets a future version of himself among alien technology

I have a lot of what I believe to be correct memories regarding this book, and it has recently been bothering me extremely that I am unable to find what the book (or book series) actually is. From ...
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Any idea how fast Mag 1 is from Skyward?

I've ready through the book Skyward once and then skimmed it a few times, but can't find any number related to Mag 1, which is described as their normal combat speed. I might just be missing a ...
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Book where a girl finds a being in a field and it transforms to look like her

I read this book a few years ago and I can't remember what it was called. I think it was about this girl who lives on a farm and one night finds this "being" in the field. She bathed it, fed ...
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Book with a school for teenage vampires who can't go out during the day or they'll burn; and heroine falls in love with the teacher

I have read this book in high school, there were vampires, and other half-breeds or something, and they cannot go out until they're turned out to be full-fledged vampires. I think they were called ...
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Childhood sci-fi book anthology with a boy abducted to play a ball game for aliens

This was a book of short sci-fi stories for boys. It was illustrated and probably aimed at somewhere like 6-9 year olds. I would have had this book in the 70s or 80s I think. In the UK. The only story ...
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Two(?)-book series about dragons, two sisters, a wizard, and time travel

I'm pretty sure this was a relatively modern book. The covers of the books were weirdly live action, I think. Anyway, it's about two sisters who live in this glade and are protecting the last(?) ...
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Looking for a book about a man who could change his looks

Back in school I read one book that caught my eye. It was about a man who could change his looks, nothing like werewolves or shapeshifters; he was described as having scars all over his form and would ...
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Trilogy from 1990/2000's with men and women sword fighters

Trying to find a trilogy from 1990/2000's with men and women sword fighters. The swords had some special souls in them. At the end the man loses his sword's power while the woman is giving birth. I ...
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Book about a wizard being turned into a woman by magic itself (magic is a female being)

There was a tower in it as well. Where a wizard tried to protect his tower with crabs magical modified with other animals. And people being able to go into trees. What is the book series called? I ...
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Book about certain humans who gain telepathic powers after finding a meteorite, 3 groups evolve with three different powers [duplicate]

My book consists of a meteorite that gave certain people telepathy/telepathic powers. There are 3 different powers and one of the groups is the strongest. They have telepathic duels to not only hone ...
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Spaceship crew looking for newly discovered planet, with a vampire on board while Earth goes dark [duplicate]

This was by a writer who had also made books about a plague that was found by genetically engineered humans deep underwater. Later books in that series followed the women who discovered the plague ...
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Story about someone that was large due to a disease, that uses VR

This book was about this huge guy, who because of a disease was huge. He was going to die from this disease, but he was put to sleep and woke up in a VR MMO, and he is helped by his aunt. He then ...
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book in which man is on automated planet and programs “Squonk” to find something he needs

I'm trying to remember a book I read some years ago in which the main character, a man, either lands or crashes on an alien planet and is unable to explore to find something he needs. I think he may ...
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Book about 2 kids with telekinetic powers. Probably from the 80s or earlier

I don't remember much about it. I think the girl accidentally killed her mother (or a friend) who slept in her room for one night while on her period. Her blood was drained out of her. I think the ...
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Book where God decides to send a second flood with interesting complications

I read this book at my local library in the 90s, but haven't been able to locate it again. My library has book sales where old books are sold off, and the layout has changed. I believe it was ...
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Sci-fi book with a deaf/mute main character and implant headphones

I'm looking for a sci-fi/dystopian book with a deaf/mute main character. I read it in French, 10-15 years ago, but I have no idea of its original publishing date. I can't remember anything about the ...
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Science Fiction book about large space… creatures

10-15 years ago (I was pretty young, maybe 13-14) I got my hands on a book about this space expedition on some celestial bodies that were actually alive and dormant. The book was in English, it might ...
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Book about human colonization of a planet without rain, youngest member names the planet and later narrates the story to children [duplicate]

During my elementary years, I remember a book about a group of humans venturing off of Earth to colonize a new planet. One of the things I specifically remember is how they had the youngest member of ...
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sci-fi book where a meteorite gives 3 different kinds of telepathic powers to people who then vie for control

3 groups of telepaths each with different powers. They received their powers from a meteorite. One group is the strongest and are kind of in control. Another group wants to gain control. One group,...
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eBook series (trilogy?) about an Imperial Navy officer that is part of an Emperor's elite guard that is betrayed

eBook series (trilogy?) about an Imperial Navy officer that is part of an Emperor's elite guard that is betrayed and has to protect the Emperor's daughter and takes revenge against those that have ...
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Book with a main character who uses bells to dispel the dead

I'm trying to remember a book set in an alternate England with a walled-off section that contains undead and other magical phenomenons, which can be controlled and dispelled by playing special musical ...
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?90's ghost short-story anthology book jacket illustration

I'm looking for a children's short story antholgy about ghosts. I remember one illustration in the book had a jacket hanging in a closet, maybe a raincoat. The ghost in this particular short story was ...
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Early 80's Sci-Fi book about an undercover alien on Earth sending footage back to his home planet

It is about an alien under cover on Earth. He looks human but is smarter and very fit. He races cars to make money. He has a camera implanted which sends back video with all he hears and sees. The ...
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Galaxy wide role playing game

A 'quite thick' SF book I read at least 30 years ago in the UK, I can't remember the cover. The bits of plot I recall:- Humanity has settled all over the galaxy and civilization is stagnating a bit. ...
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Book about killer toy robots, Babylon golems, grandfather fakes his death to let the main character get away

It was about these tiny killer robots trying to kill this boy, and his gramps came and dragged him into this weird journey. I'm gonna talk about spoilers here, gramps has to fake his death so the son ...
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Older fantasy novel with bottle trap

I have vague recollection of a book (possibly a short series) that involved a bottle trap. When you interacted with the bottle, you were sucked into it and found yourself in a multi-level 'dungeon'. I ...
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Book about a kid who gets recruited into a think tank via computer game

I am looking for this book that I read a long time ago (early 2000s). This kid loves playing this certain computer game and is exceptionally good at it. In the game, there was a riddle that went ...
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Fantasy book about good and evil within, where a girl is kidnapped by a gold miner, and brought through a portal to another world

When I was sick as a young boy, some 22 years back, my mother brought home from the library a book about a girl who is kidnapped by a gold miner, and brought through a portal to another world, where ...
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Modern ice-age/plans for weapon hidden in genome

I read this book in the mid-nineties, probably written in the 80s or 90s. It’s set in the near future, where the world has experienced a sudden glaciation. Most of the United States and Europe is ...
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Story with a spaceship, earth, window washers, and titans?

I've read a book once, a few years ago. It was an old book, I could tell by the page color and the text font on the cover, so by now it's at least ten years old, probably more. It was a bigger book, ...
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Book series about pairs of clones, Pratwa, that were mentally linked [duplicate]

There was a great sci-fi book series that I read about experiments with clones (Pratwa?). The lab produced sets of 2 clones that were linked mentally. When they meditated and merged consciousnesses ...
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YA novel with a boy from Earth who gets stuck in a world supposedly without magic, but he can use magic there

This is a book I remember getting from the library in middle school, around 2008, but haven't been able to find again since. I think it was reasonably new. I read it in English, but I don't know if it ...
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Trying to identify sci-fi story with problem solver using radiative cooling

I'm trying to identify a sci-fi story (either novel or part of a collection) where a traveling problem-solver character used radiative cooling with baffles to prevent airflow interfering (perhaps to ...
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Looking for name of a book about a mechanic boy and princess who survived a space ship crash and hated each other

The book had a title that was sort of similar to "when stars align" or "when two collide" or something. It was about a space ship mechanic boy who was one of the sole survivors of ...
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Space Opera book with a female lead character that has immense mind powers. Written around 2017 -2019

The female lead character has her own ship but it's broken. She is rescued by another ship whose captain has two heads(maybe conjoined twins). She actually is being chased by some empire because she ...
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Scifi novel where God invents the rules of physics as men discovers science, and gets overwhelmed by the complexity of it [duplicate]

Trying to find this book I read probably something like 15-20 years ago. I can't recall if it was a full book or just a short story in a collection. I think the later. It's also possible I read it in ...
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Book: Mechsuit on a crystal planet is destroyed by native vegetation [duplicate]

Can someone help ID a book please. I probably read it in the 80s, but can't be sure it wasn't early 90s. It was the story of a lone human in a mech suit who explores an alien planet where much of the ...
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Older book where a slacker is abducted by aliens and trained [duplicate]

Trying to remember the name of a book. It was about a male slacker/loser who is captured by an alien because he won't be missed. The alien has a machine on his ship that input information directly ...

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