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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Fantasy book: man discovers a fantasy kingdom in his father's cabin, falls in love with a nymph/driad, is attacked by a bad guy who is his brother

Man returns to his father's cabin which has been abandoned. He discovers some type of fantasy kingdom, falls in love with this fantasy female girl (like dryad or Nymph or something). Someone ends up ...
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story-identification: fantasy story with physically weak protagonist that took place after nuclear winter

I started reading this book when I was in either elementary school or middle school (anywhere from like 2004-2011) that I recall was too boring for me then but that I'm very interested in remembering ...
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Book or novel where the spirits of kings and heros are enshrined in statues. When an enemy approches, unknown

A book or novel where the spirits of kings and heroes are enshrined in statues. When an enemy approaches, they don't come to life, but the spirits transform common men in heroic soldiers.
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Inventor flies around the world in a machine using beamed power

I’m trying to track down a book I read around 50 years ago. Can’t remember author or title. Probably early 50’s vintage. Storyline was a wealthy inventor who flies a large flying machine around the ...
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Recent book about a disease that turns people into half-dragons

I remember someone telling me about a book but I can't remember who it was to ask them the name, so I'm hoping someone could identify it. It's a relatively recent book, since they bought it last ...
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Book with a skull of an executed man that had shrunk to thimble-sized

Back in elementary school around 2000, I read a book about a protagonist who discovers a small skull, another character named Mortimer, and a scene near the climax where a prayer banner was used. The ...
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Near future dystopian USA where rampant disinformation has destroyed “truth”

A few months ago I listened to a radio emission introducing a new book from a known sci-fi author. I thought it sounded really interesting, unfortunately, I don't remember the name of the author, book ...
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Book I read about 10 years ago; it has a black cat’s face with green eyes

The book was about a girl who was suspicious of a certain person where she stayed. She was always seen at a particular time of day, and always had her cat with her. After a while the witch got ...
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Fantasy Book that has travel through hippopotamus

I have vague memory of a book about a kid going to another world by hippopotamus. I remember it was a good book. It was a fantasy novel as I remember there was a blind king and a music band that jumps ...
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Humans Stumble Upon Low-Tech Aliens

More than five years ago, I started reading a sci-fi book about advanced humans making first contact with iron-age, medieval-era humanoids. Humans either arrive in the alien star system by chance or ...
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Horror anthology about vampires and werewolves. “If i cut my nails will you give me more meat?” a child asks his parents, in one story

this book has mini stories inside and has one story about a kid who gets invited to dinner and a boy is let out of the basement and eats and then says to his parents "If i cut my nails, will you give ...
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Medieval style fantasy book with large black creatures as enemies [duplicate]

I remember reading a book when I was younger (maybe 8-10 years ago) that depicted a war between knights and large black non-humanoid monsters. It was a thick book probably 500+ pages and may have had ...
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90's (or earlier) sci-fi book where Earth is in environmental trouble and billionaires are planning to move to an orbiting space station

I’m looking for a sci-fi book I read in the 90’s maybe: Earth in environmental trouble Varied storylines around the planet Billionaires preparing to move to the orbiting space station Genetically ...
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Post-nuclear war book where a boy ends up going into suspended animation until the Earth renews itself [duplicate]

I'm trying to find the title of a book I read as a kid, probably somewhere in late elementary days. I read this one around the same time as The White Mountains series by John Christopher, ~30 years ...
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Novella where two travellers meet on an anomalously hot rock passing through the galaxy

A couple years ago I read two novellas/novels set in the same universe. The outer galaxy is united in a largely digital civilization. Anyone that tries to enter the galactic core mysteriously finds ...
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Book based on Native American folklore; girl in Texas shapeshifts and has a crow as her spirit animal

Girl I think lives in Texas and finds out her spirit animal is a crow she can also shapeshift and she lives or lived on Native American grounds. Main part of the book I remember is that she is in a ...
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Books about amputee that searches for lost fae

Double amputee is recruited out of a drug rehab by a secret organization that is investigating a missing fae? Takes place in Hollywood? In the end we learn that the culprit is What is this book?
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Boy gets transported to a planet where people can transform into different species [duplicate]

When I was a kid I read a book about a boy who gets transported to a different planet. The people are put in different domes, with different creatures. Main character either escapes to another dome ...
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Book/story which features a mental link to a prophet

There is a cult, or underground religion, that uses a mental link to a prophet. This prophet just goes uphill among a crowd of people that tries to lynch him (throwing stones (?), it bears resemblance ...
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70s (or earlier) sci fi book, addictive soft drinks

This is a very faint memory of a book I read about 1972/73. I don't recall very much, the protagonist got involved with some kind of hypnotic street advert and got addicted to a soft drink. I think ...
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Book where main character comes out of stasis bubble

I read this book in the 80s and am unable to think of the name. The story begins with the main character coming out of a stasis bubble. These bubbles were of different sizes and some were huge, ...
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Sci fi book, maybe 1960's, futuristic city patrolled by robots, no medication

I read this in the UK, can't recall if paperback. Sometime between 1965 - 1975. The premise was a city of (I think) ten million inhabitants, it was surrounded by (I think) wastelands. There were ...
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Late 90s book; similar to The Matrix, a guy is in a simulation he doesn't know isn't real

The basic story is a wet wire VR simulation that ended up with some people getting killed because of the wet wire interface. The protagonist suffered from hallucinations and spent some time in a ...
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A book about 2 girls who find a magic glove

This is a short chapter book about 2 girls who find a magic glove in a box of old things. It allows them to draw like an artist and play the piano beautifully.
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Novel revolving around genetic engineering

About 20 years ago I read a book that revolved around a future where genetic engineering is so commonplace that people visit genetic engineering parlors much like they do tattoo shops IRL now. At ...
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Old scifi book featuring krakens attacking humans

My memory of it is vague because I read it 30+ years ago. I believe it was published by Penguin. It's at least forty years old. The basic plot: Krakens from the deepest ocean come ashore and attack ...
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Picture book with various information about aliens, including an adventure gamebook style section

This was a book I read around 1994-1998. It was in my classroom at primary school, but I believe the teacher had brought it in from home (it was kept on the windowsill with other books belonging to ...
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Book featuring a child learning from a crowdsourced AI book

The book features multiple parallel story lines: a poor child accidentally ends up possessing an AI driven book; the voice for the AI is crowdsourced to a woman, who gradually figures out that she's ...
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Searching for a story about an extraplanetary base

As a child/teenager I read a story or a small book about an extraplanetary base. I probably read it in the second half of the '90s, but the story could be older. I think I remember the following: A ...
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Aurialis/Auriolis(?) Book about alien cats on planet with heavy storms

I read this book in Dutch in the early or mid-nineties. I believe the plot had to do with a human male landing on a planet where catlike aliens had to travel around the entire planet where heavy ...
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Green Lizard Race Rebellion

There was a book that came out in the either late 80s to 90s I think. It was a sci-fi fantasy series. At least a trilogy. It was about a green lizard race that were either eradicated or turned slaves. ...
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Book about a guy who can create portals, uses the sun to destroy missiles

I read a book years ago about a guy that creates portals that can be directed to source and destination. He used it to tie one end to the sun and used the other end to destroy missiles.
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1980's sci fi book series, subspace is a sponge, young man in emergency suit can propel himself by sucking in the sponge stuff

I read a couple of sci fi books in the 1980's from UK library, they were from a series... I don't think I read them in the right order so I've a mish-mash of memories. From the context of romance and ...
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80's illustrated SF book with a toxin mixing spider and a “Balzac-9000”

I read a paperback back in the mid 80's all I really remember of it was that it was about a group of beings trapped in a planet. One of them was a large intelligent spider creature that had poisoned ...
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R. A. Salvatore novel set in Faerûn - main character is a female werewolf who has dealings with priestesses of Selûne

I'm trying to remember this book I read some time around 2008. I remember it as a book with R. A. Salvatore's name on it, I'm not certain if he wrote it or co-wrote it, which is why I couldn't ...
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Young adult horror novel series where a brainwashed girl turned out to be 100 years old and controlled by some ball lightning creatures

I would have probably read this in the mid/late 1990s or very early 00s, but I'm trying to hunt down a novel I remembered earlier. I'm pretty sure it was part of a series. I was living in Ireland at ...
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Story that includes a description: “Two concentric circles, intersecting at three points” [duplicate]

I am trying to find a story I read as a child. I remember little about it except for the following: I suspect I read it before 1985, but it was a school library book which means it could be God ...
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90s(?) book series about two people transported to a parallel medieval world, she joins city watch, he becomes wizard [duplicate]

I must have read his in the nineties. I think it was a series of books. The first book starts off with a woman in a cabin in a modern-day American desert. I think a biker dude turns up, and then a ...
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Time-travel novel with a timeship and a character who fights himself

I have a atrong memory of a scene in a time-travel book without remembering many other details. The main character is trying to accomplish something (I don't recall what, but call it X). In a wooded ...
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JK Rowling Illustrated editions book tours

My sons really like the illustrated editions of the Harry Potter books. Two are coming out in October -- Quidditch through the Ages and Goblet of Fire. I would like to find author readings & ...
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Fantasy books in which science is outlawed while the characters search for sites from the past

I remember reading a series of books in which science is outlawed. The main character and a small group are looking for sites which include a pre nuclear war silo or bunker complex with hi-tech ...
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Book where a human ship returns to Earth to find humans are savages and crocodiles have become intelligent

I'm looking for a science fiction book that may or may not have been published. I work for a printing company so I see a lot of obscure books. I read the book about ten years ago. The book I'm trying ...
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Young man from a tribe of falconers must stop a demonic invasion

I read this series on Kindle Unlimited a few years back. The main character and his brother were born into a small tribe of falconers and the book starts with them in a competition to collect eggs ...
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Sci-fi trilogy that includes a catholic priest, Dwarves, and creatures that cannot feel pain that are used as weapons

I read the series a few years ago and I can't remember its name or any of the character names in it. I remembered it starts in New York and a hole opens up in the sky above a baseball stadium. A vine ...
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Book: children born on a planet die at 16 unless they pay for the powder to live longer; girl is recruited by government agents

I don’t remember a book I read a long time ago, that talks about a world in the future where people had to leave Earth and they find another planet where they also find a powder that permits them to ...
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Book series - Boy finds gem and is transported to a fantasy world

I read this book a few years ago which was part of a series, but I only found the first book and now I've forgotten the name. The first book featured 3 children/teens from different places that end ...
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YA book from the 80s, involves mind transfer to robot as means of travel [duplicate]

I remember a book from the 1980s set in the future. The main character was a boy traveling to see a relative (uncle? grandfather?), but you didn't actually have to travel anymore....Instead, his ...
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Book about people with psi abilities that end up travelling on a space craft

I read this book in the late 70’s/early 80’s. It is about people with psi abilities that end up travelling on a space craft. I can’t remember the author but he/she was very good. I borrowed it off my ...
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A story about a whole crew of aliens who visit Earth, befriend a child

It was a book I read when I was a kid, so I am assuming it was a book aimed at kids/young adults. A whole crew of aliens of different species meet an Earth kid. He befriends them. One of the aliens ...
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1970s or 80s kids book: girl's life taken over by a robot doppelganger version of herself

I read this book between 1980-82 but it could have been written earlier. It's about a girl who is dissatisfied with her life, as her parents have her on a diet and she wants to be able to eat what ...