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Questions tagged [books]

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Looking for possible anthology book where one story featured a bird in a diaper and bonnet

It was a book I remember seeing a few pages of when I was young but of which I can't remember more than a few details. There was one story about a little monster girl, whose mom told her that old "if ...
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Trilogy with giant (6') earthworm like aliens in the first novel and, cannibalistic people in the second novel

I am looking for the author of a trilogy, possibly from the 80's or 90's. The "hero" is attacked early in the first novel by a gang that has genetically modified themselves to be like werewolves (or ...
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2000/2010s SF trilogy about a techokinetic kid taken by authorities to fight far-away battles [duplicate]

I read a trilogy of sci fi novels in highschool that I really want to read again. I know the first book started with V. The story was about a kid that was living with his dad, had some technokinesis ...
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80s/90s book about a child looking for a member of an alien race, who would teach him to play a flute-like instrument

Seeking the title of a book I read a part of from an elementary school reader. In it, a young boy runs away from home to seek out a teacher to learn to play music. The teacher would be from an alien ...
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Pre-90s SF book, four characters (including Elney, Fram and Lady Cleetha) crash-land on an alien planet and learn to survive

I’m looking for a sci-fi book that was already very old back in 1999. The cover has a teal rectangular border and I think an image of a woman with gold or reddish-gold hair on a strange planet with ...
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Fantasy book with red haired female lead who gets summoned along with her party while they are role-playing

I read this book on an old kindle but sadly it broke down and I never got it fixed and haven't been able to find it since. The female lead becomes either a priestess or a wizard after the summoning/...
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Book with a yellow outline and a digital-looking face as a cover, people's bodies are digitalised

I am looking for a sci-fi story about the future. It was about this future where people on Earth were able to travel to the moon, and I think the moon was like a theme park or something now. It was ...
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Science-fantasy book series where underground machines kept the world alive powered by the big evil

I have been trying to remember the name of this series of books I read several years ago (might have been around 2010+-). Unfortunately, I don't remember too much or might be mixing things up. I ...
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Book about missing sister, magical world in a chasm, and griffins

I’ve been desperately searching for a book I read as a child in the early 2000’s. I was born in ’92 and would’ve been somewhere between 8 and 12 when I read this book. I’m a bit fuzzy on details but ...
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2000s SF series about exploration and escaping from dangers, including a humanoid bird species

I believe I read these books in 2000s. Main character: a female named something like Linda. In one of the series (maybe just two books), there is a science team exploring new worlds. They found a ...
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How are appendices included in three-volume Lord of the Rings editions?

I used to own a single volume trade paperback Lord of the Rings edition that had appendices at the end which were useful for keeping timelines straight and providing enjoyable additional material. I'...
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Fantasy book about a seventh daughter kept in the shadows of the seventh son

Its plot was a young girl being in the shadow of a boy who was the seventh son, while she was the seventh daughter. Here's what I remember. She got a necklace that was passed down from her tutor, and ...
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Sci-Fi novel about a man that has the power to make everyone he meets forget him

I have been trying to recall what this book is from almost thirty years, I read it as a teen. I think it was published in the 1980s. The story takes place in a distant space faring future, where ...
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Book about girl who moves to Wales then travels back in time

I am looking for a book I read around 1995 about a school girl who moved to Wales and found a way to travel back in time and then return to the present. From what I can remember, there may have been ...
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2000s(?) book about about an amateur space ship powered by squeezing space-time bubbles

I read a book about 10-15 years ago and if I remember correctly the title started with either Red or Blue, but I've been unable to find the rest of the title. It was about a 'special' guy who ...
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Book about children taken by aliens and given special abilities to solve the aliens' ethical problem for them

I remember reading a book in the early 1990s about race of aliens who have an ethical dilemma, something about controlling worms or something similar to burrow in straight rows. They kidnap four(?) ...
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Post-apocalyptic sci-fi book about a family that goes into cryogenic chambers in a cave to wake up hundreds of years later

I am trying to find a book I enjoyed reading as a teen. I can't remember the name or authors unfortunately. It was part of a short book series. It was a post-apocalyptic story about a family that ...
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Sci-fi/Fantasy Book, woman fighter refugee from another planet gets job as secretary/assistant

So what I remember from the book (possibly short story) is that two planets were at war, one lost and all the fighters get killed(or sent to prison?) and the rest get to go to the winning planet as ...
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Science Fiction/Fantasy paperback where a phoenix bird ate jewels like rubies and emeralds

There was a book I read in the 1980's, a Science Fiction/Fantasy paperback where a phoenix bird lived in a garden, ate jewels like rubies and emeralds. A sorcerer or wizard was one of the characters ...
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Sci Fi book about aliens who abduct people on the eve of a nuclear war, send them back periodically to check whether Earth is survivable

I'm looking for the title and author of a book (possibly from the 60s or 70s) where the world is on the brink of nuclear war and aliens abduct people from around the globe and put them in suspended ...
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60s book involving Occam's Razor, and part of Ireland being closed off from the world under alien influence

The plot involves the investigation of an area of southwest Ireland closed off by an unusual and secretive company that has negotiated a tax arrangement with the Irish Government. Anyone who goes into ...
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80s/90s (?) SF book about a space traveler finding a planet, which turns out to be inhabited by humans who left Earth after he did

This is one of my father's favourite books, he read a library version in the 80s or 90s in the Netherlands and has found it online, so he knows what he remembers is correct/exists. So it's not from ...
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1970 sci-fi story series about a spaceman looking for the group that modified him [duplicate]

A spaceman was modified by a group that threw him out of the program before the final stage. He was a thief and soldier. He needs metal in his diet. When he is near a fully modified man, he gets a ...
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Book from 1970s/80s where the sun was dimmed

I remember a book from the 1970s-1980s where something like "dimming the sun" was done to disastrous results? Scientists sprayed something in the atmosphere. Not Snowpiercer :-) . Thanks for any help.
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Book about saber-toothed tigers trapped in a cave in the USA

I recall a book about some saber-toothed tigers that were trapped in a cave in the USA and either were frozen or just kept living generation after generation until modern times, but I can't remember ...
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YA Sci-Fi book series - Alien ships attack Earth and steal a family, download knowledge into their brains

A series of young adult books I read as a child in the 90s. The basic storyline, I think, is that Earth came under attack by alien ships that feed off our photon cannons, and they steal a family, ...
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Post-apocalyptic book involving the Catholic Church

I remember a book where it took place during a nuclear war, and these people destroyed books and other things and killed people who knew how to read. Then it skipped 600 years forward three times and ...
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Book about a man who can freeze time

I only read the book(s) maybe a couple of years ago. It is about a man who can kind of freeze time in our modern world and step into the frozen area and do stuff but then when he comes out of the ...
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Children on alien planet emerge from stasis/virtual reality early due to fire; group has to fight against hostile and manipulative computer

I read this book within the last 5 years and I think it was published within the last decade or so. A group of children (teenagers mostly) are being "grown" in some facility controlled by an AI, ...
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Science fiction series where in each novel, a man travels from planet to planet and helps the inhabitants in overthrowing their oppressors

I don't remember much but I do remember that each novel takes place on a new planet where there was usually some sort of social upheaval/revolution happening and he helps the inhabitants overthrow ...
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Werewolf romance book where female had to fight werewolf to keep her position in the pack

I am trying to find this book where a female had to fight a werewolf in order to keep her position in pack and her mate can’t help her. She ends up shooting the wolf and winning the challenge. I ...
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Novel series regarding a spy being cloned for different environments

Novel series of 4 books about a spy being cloned - 1 to breathe in water, 2 others were other types (sulphur or?) for 4 planet system about to break out into war. I read the series in the early 1980's ...
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Science fiction story where humanity is so technically advanced that they lack for nothing

Many years ago I read a story (I think it was a full-length novel) set in the far future of Earth where people effectively can have whatever they want whenever they want it. I also believe they had ...
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80s book: Space Shuttle and its carrier aircraft (large rocket plane) both carried into orbit

The book was available in paperback, and published around the 1981- late 1984 timeframe. The plot revolves around a lower-cost way to launch shuttles with a re-usable carrier aircraft underneath it. ...
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Book about an asteroid passing really close to Earth and how the people thought they were going to die, so they made the last day on Earth party

I read the book last year, it is written in different perspectives, basically everyone thinks the meteor is going to hit the Earth, and they make a the end of the world party.
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Sci-fi book featuring insectoid aliens that had biological ships

I only remember one scene from the book, possibly two. What I remember of it is that the main bad guys were these insectoid aliens that had biological ships and other such things. The scene that I ...
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Fantasy book with a magic female lead who is being hunted, and is traveling with a guard and a guide

The woman has special powers, and is fleeing from her homeland, from which she is banned. She is traveling with companions who are helping her cross a "haunted" mountain. She finds a strong red-...
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Phase ship that travels by computation of coordinates

I am looking for the author and title of a story about a phase ship that departs the Earth against orders. They visit a few planets meeting alien races and empty planets and then return home to ...
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SciFi book series about a collection of humans who get taken by a lightning quick alien race

Looking for the name of a series of novels I read a two or three years ago. I think the books where relatively new (no older then 10-15 years) as the tech in the books where not outdated scifi. The ...
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A time travel novel featuring 2 kids, starts in a railway station

I read this in my English textbook about 10 years back, just a small part of a novel, as it was mentioned there. It starts off with 2 kids (a boy and his sister, probably twins) getting off at a ...
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Fantasy book prince runs away to find his mother, encounters maid with cobwebs under her eyelids

I'm looking for a book I read years ago. A boy or prince is in search for his mother. He is neither strong nor brave, so runs away. His older male cousin joins him. They encounter a young maiden who ...
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Book about a planet covered in very, very long necked aliens

I remember reading a sci-fi story where astronauts visit a planet, which is covered in stationary aliens with mile long necks that filter feed from the atmosphere. It was published between 1960 and ...
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Book where a camp of kids evolve to face a planetary threat

I read the first book in a series some time ago (10+ years) that involved a camp of kids that evolved powers and they weren't sure why. I remember there was some planet-eating or larger creature ...
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What was Stilgar's 'Sietch name'?

Did Stilgar have a Sietch name? Was the fact he was a Naib mean he didn't need or use one? I don't recall other character being referred to with their Sietch name other than Muad'dib (Usul).
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Book series about a boy bonded to a phoenix

It was about a boy who is sort of bonded to a Phoenix. He can communicate telepathically with her. He goes on some sort of quest and meet some other kids who are bonded with these other magical ...
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Book immortals go through a gate to get to the immortal source

I few years ago I was reading a lot of Poe literature and I think that this story may be written by Poe but I am not completely sure. Universe: Past or present, not future The world is split in to ...
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Sci Fi book where a probe/AI comes to Earth

Books starts off a an AI/Probe enters the solar system. Probe/AI scan Earth looking for something. Man finds the probe/AI tells about an invasion in the future. AI/Probe helps speed up mankind's ...
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Book series with humans vs. Demons and dragon bone ships [duplicate]

I'm looking for a series of books about a war between humans and demons who traveled to floating chunks of shattered worlds via boats made of dragon skin and bones? I remember a couple of wizards, a ...
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Fantasy series with Celtic overtones, intermittent stone magic, and ongoing slow magic

I checked this series out of the library during college, maybe 15 years ago now. It was based around 'stone magic' – magical stones that granted their bearers enormous power. Unfortunately, the ...
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Book with lasers on pyramids for electricity generation, sun flare ending the civilization, genetic engineering of pets and rebirth of civilization

An ancient civilization uses lasers mounted on pyramids to generate electricity. When a sun flare causes an uncontrollable cascade which ends their civilization, some escape to space. One group, which ...