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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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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Fictional graphical “history” of spaceflight book from early 1980's that covers the years 2000-2100

A friend lent me an interesting book in about 1985 that was a fictional history of spaceflight from 2000-2100. It was a largish book, with full-color full-page graphics, with only a couple paragraphs ...
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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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1980s series where a humanoid people transform during adolescence

Does anyone recall reading a book series (there may have only been two) where a human finds themselves in a world where the human-like creatures go through a complicated transformation during ...
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2000s dystopian future where a woman ends up with things in her mind that communicate with her

The cover had an illustrated picture of a woman with long flowing red hair. It was based in the future. I really want to say she was a detective or police officer. She ended up going through some ...
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Medieval fantasy book where an evil sorcerer tried to use magic to make the new weapon, a cannon, explode

I've been trying to remember a book, but for the life of me I can't. I read this in middle school, about 10 or 12 years ago, but the book looked older then. It was set in a medieval time period, but ...
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Fantasy book series where main character makes potion to give him power to turn things to gold but accidentally gives him super speed

Read this book series when I was younger (around 10 years ago) but cannot remember what it is called. In the first book, the young boy tried to make a potion that should give him the ability to turn ...
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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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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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80s book similar to Narnia but with a more Celt feel, allusions to Finn MacCool and eating “the salmon of wisdom”

So, I read this book in the mid-nineties (no idea if it was new or not). I can't recall the title (obviously), but relevant plot points: It starts off like the Narnia series, where a young (tween) ...
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Novel: Woman lives her entire life, then finds out it was just practice

I read this book sometime between the late 1980s and the early 1990s. The story follows the life of a woman, which starts when she is a newborn in a kind of robotic creche that cares for her, teaches ...
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Book about psychic child, Immortals (men who drain boys for vitality), a boy's mother is reanimated as a shell

This was a book from my childhood. Read sometime in the early 1990s. The title was something like "the Prophet" or "the Seer". I think the cover was green or blue with a clam shell on it. I remember ...
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80's (or earlier) book about a role-playing group getting sucked into a new realm

The details I can remember are: The trope of a role-playing group getting sucked into a different realm, possibly becoming their characters. One of the females becomes graceful, has the power to fly ...
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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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Book or Series name/author-the original book cover has a wizard standing before a door with runes on it

This was a series of books, thy would have been around in mid 1985, and the artwork on the covers was much like Terry Patchett's book art... The male character was transported from the "modern" world ...
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80s (probably older) book with technology-powered telekinesis, but with violence as a side effect so using telekinesis required a rite of passage

This was a book I read back in the '80s I believe. Sort of a post-apocalypse setting in the beginning. It involved a person going into a desert as a rite of passage. She was subjected to ...
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90s (or earlier) book: humanity split between 3 factions (China, America, Russia) which colonized space, and have telepaths/telekinetics individuals

It's been gnawing on my brain for the past 20 years... I love Scifi/Fantasy books and pretty much read all of Isaac Asimov and Piers Anthony books. I hope the collective SciFi mind can help me out: ...
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Aliens take over Earth, humans on reservations, teenagers are tested [closed]

I'm trying to find a book about aliens taking over the earth, humans live in a 'area' where they're imprisoned. teenagers have to go to aliens for regular tests.
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Book about a girl's brother slowly turning to stone, and a society of stone people led by a queen

So I remember this book where this girl has a brother who disappears or something and then he has this spell that makes him very slowly turn to stone. And there's a whole society with a queen of ...
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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 book: old wizard keeps beautiful woman prisoner

I read a fantasy book 10 to 15 years ago; I remember only a few details. There's a young red-headed girl, and I believe she's the protagonist. There's also an old wizard-type man who is keeping ...
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What's that book that ends with the preserved head of a political genius?

In this society, bisexuality is seen as fashionable. In the past, they perfected a method to accelerate equine pregnancy. That method is later used in humans, with the result that now humans grow up ...
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Book from the 70s: Battle/Balance between Light/Sun and Moon/Dark?

I remember reading a book in the 70s, so it could be YA. It is set on modern-day Earth, and the story is about a boy. His mother is sick (maybe cancer?) and he is socially awkward, so he doesn't ...
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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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1970s (?) sci-fi book based on Hinduism/Buddhism

Setting: The remnants of Earth (they called it something that started with a "U") Opening: I recall the book opening with someone with a long name who preferred to only keep the middle part of his ...
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90s (or earlier) book series: 4 teenagers from different worlds discover they used to be the rulers, and turned themselves young to escape something [duplicate]

I was reading it in the late 90s as a young teen. Scifi/fantasy type. I think there were 4 teenagers from different worlds that all got lumped together somehow. They had some level of magic and they ...
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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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Sci-fi book where humanity is rebuilt on a new planet after being wiped out

Between 2005-2008, I entered a Barnes and Noble and came across a book in the New Releases section that I regretted not purchasing. I remember only the following from the back-panel summary of the ...
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YA book- young girl discovers talking mythical creature, maybe a griffin

From what I remember, the protagonist is pretty young, maybe 13 or 14 years old. She discovers a mythical creature on a walk outside; I think it was a griffin, but I'm not entirely sure. It's tied to ...
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80's sci-fi book series: space travelers can transform into any other creature, are chased by “Val's” robots [duplicate]

I read a lot of books in the 1980's and some I borrowed from friends. I would like to find this series if anyone can figure out what it was. The story started out with a person or several persons ...
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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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Book series where they collect either stones or gems

I'm looking for a fantasy book I read about 10 years ago. I don't remember a lot of it, but there are a few things I still know: The setting was in medieval times. There was no traveling dimensions. ...
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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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Young adult fantasy book with eye color changes

I’m looking for a young adult fantasy book that I read in middle school, I think. It’s a series I think. It was about a kid that gets transported to another world that is parallel to his. Everyone in ...
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Who was the first author to write about transhumanism?

I believe that this could well go to David Zindell for Neverness which was published in 1988 as it features many elements of transhumanism. Does anyone know any different?
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Book about dolphins with sonar “telepathy”

In the 2000s or 2010s, I read a review about a sci-fi novel in which we learned that dolphins could not only navigate by echolocation, but communicate by it. In other words, a dolphin could "squeak" ...
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1970s (?) book where teacher flies in a balloon and crash-lands on mysterious island [duplicate]

Plot: The teacher finds an island with very sophisticated civilization. There is a volcano on the island which causes quakes every so often. I also do recall something about families being lettered by ...
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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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Short sci-fi book: astronaut boards ship, becomes indoctrinated and traps future astronauts

I am trying to find a short science fiction story I read 25 or more years ago (without telling my age :) ). I'm fairly sure it was not part of an anthology. In it, an astronaut is sent to ...
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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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Sci-fi novel with characters called 'Milk' and 'Apple'

I'm trying to remember a sci-fi book I read in the seventies. All I can really remember is that the two main characters were called 'Milk' and 'Apple'.
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Book with parallel world where books live as people and there is a tree growing bookmarks on it

I remember a story with a young woman who lives (maybe not all the time) in a big old house in England that is described like an English "Manor". Her little sister/brother is sometimes with her but is ...
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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 ...
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Sci-fi book about a planet dominated by plants

Many years ago--15, at least--I read a book about a person who found himself in a lush, green world dominated by conscious plants. The plants ended up "absorbing" the person into themselves, ...