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 girl who has purple eyes and wakes up in an airplane crash

So I read this young adult/teen book a few years ago about a 16 year old girl named Sarah(?) who woke up in an airplane crash I think it was(?) and couldn’t remember anything before the crash. She ...
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General-type leads an attack on a port city from the sea

I would have read this between 2000-2005. It's a single scene from a book; it may even just be an epilogue setting up another book, or a "look for by this author" extract after the end of the novel. ...
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Story about an Arthurian knight who forces himself to volunteer for everything

I'm looking for a fantasy story about a Knight of the Round Table with Impostor Syndrome (they don't call it that). He's scared of being found-out, so he volunteers to do every quest, fight every ...
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YA Sci Fi/Fantasy book - Tax Collector from another plane or planet taking words

A young girl plays Scrabble with her family and has to use words related to books she's reading (i.e.: for Jungle Book she could use Mowgli, tiger, India, etc). She's also part of a secret club and it ...
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Children's book about a boy who breaks his brother's bike pump and stows away on a spaceship

It's a short novel, for young readers, in English. A boy lives on a planet that he thinks is boring. The planet may have a name similar to Omicron. He breaks his big brother's bike pump. Fearing he'...
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Sci fi book, aliens on their planet are addicted to sugar

This was read maybe early eighties in UK, a thin paperback. It could have been older. What I remember: Protagonist is newly arrived on this planet and is in a restaurant for Terrans, an alien orphan ...
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Book series about a kid's journey to the center of the Earth where he finds the Earth is an alien ship or something

I remember reading this story when I was in middle school and can't seem the find what the series was called. The main character digs a hole and finds an underground city, from which he is banished ...
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YA series of books about sentient dinosaurs in the Middle Ages

I'm looking for this series of books, teen to adult rating. It was about sentient dinosaurs that had evolved and changed, and lived in a medieval kingdom time. It was based around three protagonists,...
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Sci fi book about virtual reality where a race disappeared due to playing too much

I am trying to find the title of a book I read about all humans playing virtual reality games. My memory is a bit hazy on this one and I don't remember author or title. It was hard cover and more than ...
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Book or series about stones and a magician named Gwydion

I am looking for a book or series that I read about 15 years ago. I can't remember all that much about it: The man character was a boy or young man, picked up by a magician named Gwydion, and ...
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Story about two companies creating a program that adapts to the user's language

It was story about two companies that were trying to create a special microphone/program that would adapt to the users language. One of the key characters was a genius kid that wrote code in machine ...
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Lottery winner has brain uploaded, then travels in a starship [duplicate]

I am looking for the title of a book / series i read many years ago, i have tried google but i just cant seem to get the search right so any help would be great. The basis of the story is about a ...
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What edition of Scalzi's The Human Division contains all the original artwork?

I am starting to read John Scalzi's novel "The Human Division". It appears to be made up of thirteen distinct chapters named "episodes". In the acknowledgments, he praises the cover artist: Cover ...
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Science fiction trilogy: endless corridors, humor, speeding vehicles, assertive woman

I used to own a paperback of a science fiction novel; the third and final story of a trilogy. On the cover, a young adult couple were in an futuristic open-cockpit long automobile, speeding down a mod,...
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Book where the stars go black due to aliens stopping human observation collapsing quantum possibilities [duplicate]

In this book the stars went black and the people on Earth took a while to figure out why. The solar system had been surrounded with a 'sheet' to stop human observation. It turns out human observation ...
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American and Russian computers start talking

As a Science Fiction Book Club member in the 60s I read a book about an American and Russian computer that started talking to one another and then... Can anyone share the title?
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Pre Colonial Native American coming of age story about a girl who travels across the country for food [migrated]

I read this book forever ago. It is a Native American inspired story about a girl whose village needs food. Her grandmother had a vision and sends her to travel across the country with a man (no real ...
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Book: Earthlings find (new) nearby planet that also hosts humans and an inorganic species robot-knowledge depository

I am trying to remember the title of a book that I read years ago. I have not had success in recent months in finding the title. Plot Summary (from what I remember): Earth is overpopulated and ...
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Children's Book with Hooded Figures Wielding Pokers?

I'm trying to find a book that I read, or that I think I read, over 15 years ago so it would be from the 1990s or so. I remember it being more of a kids' book, English language, big painting-style or ...
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Book about a brother and sister that shared a telekinesis connection

I’m looking for a book I read in the 80s about a brother and sister that shared a telekinesis connection. She was able to follow him as he traveled to a different time/realm. She felt the connection ...
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YA book about a girl who can calm people with magic piano playing

I read a book series a few years ago (2-4), it’s YA fantasy or sci-fi. It’s about a group of teenagers who all have unique “super powers” and are dying really young from drinking poisoned water. The ...
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Help finding a book about a scribe learning chaos magic

I read a book about a boy who was a scribe, copying textbooks. He started showing signs of either chaos mage or an order mage, but he could not touch the other without feeling pain. He went to a ...
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Sci-fi book (no magic, hyperspace jumps, blind protagonist) [duplicate]

I'm trying to recover a book from my childhood: I believe I read it in 199x, maybe early 200x No magic. Space sci-fi with hyperspace jumps between stars. The plot is all about jumps. Hyperspace jump ...
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Short dystopian novel about boy who lives on streets [duplicate]

I may not remember enough for this question to be answered. I read this book 2 years ago; I grabbed it from a classroom library because I needed a book to read. It was definitely on the older end - ...
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Details about the “I Am Dracula” young adult book [closed]

I read this book nearly 2 decades ago, I Am Dracula which blended various supernatural elements to show how Vlad the Impaler actually became the King of Vampires. He apparently was "soul mated" to a ...
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Teen/Young-adult sci-fi book about a man leaving Earth by order from an alien entity

I read the book around 2006-2008 and it was aimed at teenagers. I read it in Swedish if that helps. The story is set in the future and I think it begins with a man leaving Earth for a new job maybe. ...
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Book series about using wormholes and time travel to reduce decades of space travel to days

This was a two-book series. A ship would leave one destination with its crew and passengers in cryogenic sleep and cruise for, e.g. 80 years to the wormhole. They would pass through the wormhole to ...
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Series of kid's books about a teen and his anthropomorphized computer and a contest to find a submarine in the Atlantic

The hardcovers were titled in an orange monospace font on a dark background. This was in elementary school, and they were pretty worn, so from about 1990 at the latest (I think it was unusual that the ...
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Fantasy book with an incompetent young magician

I was reading Nevermoor today which triggered a memory of a book I once read while visiting the library. It was some 15 years ago, I was obsessed with Harry Potter so I was probably searching for ...
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Book series where Martians dip themselves in a sticky brown goo to protect against a beam weapon

I don't remember much from this one, I think some professor type character builds a spaceship and takes a group to (I think) Mars where they possibly meet another civilisation. They may do some flying ...
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Book about a new laser rifle built by a new inventor

I'm looking for a book where a man develops a new laser weapon but then has to deal with the politicians in Washington and all the complex against him.
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2010s(?) book with identical twins who have musical powers

Summary: There are two identical twins who are amazing with music. They are part of a circus and when playing, odd things happen to their audience which starts attracting the wrong attention and they ...
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Book about two kids who travel back in time and meet a dinosaur that likes gingko fruit

I read the book a long time ago as a child. If I remember correctly, it was about two kids who found a cave along the shore with dinosaur footprints, and when they followed the footprints into the ...
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Story where diplomats use codes for emotions

I am trying to remember the name of a book I read mid-to-late 1990s. I don't remember it being either a really small or massive paperback book. It was from a second hand shop (I think), so probably ...
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Electricity-absorbing alien spacecraft that shuts down Earth's electrical grid

I think this is probably a late 1970s/early 1980s book, and it's a fairly chunky read. An alien ship arrives; it's completely featureless, other than a hatch that regularly opens. There is no ...
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Sci-fi book or story from the early 80's or before

I read a sci-fi story in about the 6th or 7th grade. The movie "Passengers" triggered the memory. What I remember is that it was about a young girl waking up from a stasis "pod" or "cocoon" on a ...
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Story about astronauts crashing on a planet inhabited by robots [duplicate]

I read this SF story somewhere in 2000s. I believe it was in English but might have been a translation from the original work. It might have been a short story or a novella. The story's core premise ...
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Book with a magic school in the sky

This book story is set in modern day. It is young adult fantasy. There is a magic school in the sky, I think. This woman can do all of the different magics, she has a friend who is savvy with ...
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Book where aliens implant a human brain in a fighting machine

I'm looking for the title of a book about a human who is abducted by aliens and his brain is transplanted in an alien fighting machine or tank.
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Title search: purple hair, throwing sword

This was published in the 1960's. The protagonist has purple hair and is on a quest of some sort that takes him into increasingly technologically advanced societies. He learns to ride dragons, and ...
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Book: kids/teenagers fighting (maybe purple) aliens

I read this book in middle school. It was somewhere in the time span of 1970's to early 2000's. The book revolves around these kids fighting aliens in space that have incredible technological ...
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Dystopia where people are regularly forced to move, protagonist must move daily

I'm trying to remember a title of a paperback book I read over 30 years ago. It was set in a dystopian future where the whole of the Earth's society was constantly being moved around the Earth. The ...
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90s (or earlier) book: laptop becomes sentient and helps a teenage boy

I am trying to remember the name of a book and possibly series I read back early-mid 90's. The protagonist is a teenage boy, with a mum, dad, and I think a sister. He finds or owns a laptop that has ...
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Book about a witch who tried to murder entire world population

I read this book in English in 2002 or 2003. The book had a black cover with some circular symbol in the center, I can't remember the shape that was in the symbol. In the book, the witch tried to ...
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Book about space zoo collectors [closed]

I read this book in the very early '60s about a group of intergalactic zoo specimen hunters and their adventures.
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Story where in the second part the hero gets kidnapped by a paincult

I'm looking for a book where in the second part the hero gets kidnapped by a member of a paincult. He regularly gets tortured but even falls in love with the woman torturing him with a kind of pain ...
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Fantasy book: redhead girl talks to animals, is made to stay with her noble father, discovers she's part of a phoenix rebirth cycle

The main points I remember is that this red haired, green eyed girl is able to talk with animals. She lives with an old lady in the beginning of the book as her mom had died and her father left. The ...
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A medieval book with a redhead girl as a main character who allies with vampires and werewolves against scientific opposition

I am looking for a book about a girl who fights a war after her father dies. She forms an alliance with vampires and werewolves and other creatures. The opposition believes in science. She wins the ...
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Book - society of humanoid people that practise open relationships until they reach a certain age then have a monogamous partner

I think they lived kind of adjacent to a human race that had technology. They were the protagonists of the story. I read it around 20 years ago and it was probably about 15-30 years old then. They ...
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Mind transfer to prisoners on moons of Jupiter

About 20 years ago I read a series of books that had the main character transfer into the body of prisoners on four moons of Jupiter. Would anyone know what the name of the series was?