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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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A book I read about a girl whose paintings could make the future happen

About six years ago (but probably the book itself is older) I read a book for children (probably but not surely), fantasy genre. I read it in Italian, but think the original language was Spanish since ...
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Haunted television set summons zombies from nearby graves

I watched the Goosebumps movie tonight with my son and I started feeling nostalgic about other books (not in the Goosebumps series) that I read when I was a kid. I've been scouring Google looking for ...
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A book about life as a ghost but being a ghost is only temporary

This was a book I read around ten years ago. I read it in Swedish, unknown if it was translated or not. I remember getting it from the "youth/young adult" section of the library, though that library ...
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Book - Female Wizard in a more modern day setting

I'm looking to find the name of a book I read quite a while ago. It seemed to be part of a series because I seem to remember it ending on a cliffhanger. I really can't remember much about it other ...
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Sci fi short story/novel where ads are projected into dreams

Looking for a sci fi short story/novel where ads are projected into dreams. I know about the Futurama episode s1e6, but I read this in my childhood well before Futurama. So it should be from a classic ...
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Book where a soldier is transported to an alternative Earth during the Battle of Verdun (WW1)

This is a long-shot as I remember very little about the book. It may not even have been written in English, but in Dutch. I read this in the first half of the 1980's. Got it from my school library. ...
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Child/YA sociopolitical dystopia with kids who find an underground source of powers

As a kid, maybe around 1982, my parents read a book to me about a group of kids forming some kind of (cruel?) society. I cannot remember much of it; maybe my parents stopped reading because they felt ...
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Paperback from 1982 or 1983 with a secret service agent in prison trying to save the president from assassination

I bought a paperback from the PX in Italy in 1982 or 1983. The cover had a man riding a futuristic motorcycle with a woman riding behind him. The story was about preventing a presidential ...
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Scifi book with battle spaceships and humanoid cat people who have eyes that change colors with their mood?

Does anyone know this book? It starts with a space captain and his ship and crew being attacked by another ship. Eventually the ship was so damaged that they had to board another ship after fleeing (...
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Book with uncontrolled/subconscious teleportation across worlds

I read this book maybe 10 years ago. I read it in German; I don't think it was a native German book though, but rather a translation. There was a protagonist whom we followed across this book. The ...
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Survivors pursue a myth that there is a machine that can immunize them against radiation

Decades ago I read a book that I want to identify. The plot, as I recall it: The world had been destroyed by a nuclear war There is no place safe from radiation Survivors pursue a myth that there is ...
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Title of book - girl bioengineered ​to be different

I've been looking for a book I read probably in the late 80's to very early 90s (pre 1994). My recollection is that the main character was a girl who lived in a dystopian future where kids were ...
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Fantasy novel - Male protagonist, written in third person, set in Celtic-flavored world

It's a fantasy novel which I picked up second-hand (and thus don't have a precise publication date) somewhere between 1992 and 1995. Based on the condition and cover style, I'd say it was published ...
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Story with quote about oral sex and eyelashes, possibly Heinlein

Maybe fifteen years ago I read a story in which a character says, of the act of performing oral sex on a woman, that if your eyelashes don’t get wet, you’re doing it wrong—or words to that effect. In ...
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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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Book about weird things happening in a walled city

I read this book several years ago. The setting was in the Pacific Northwest, perhaps in the state of Washington. The city (Seattle? Spokane? Tacoma?) was walled off due to strange things that were ...
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Can't Remember Medieval Fantasy Book

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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Book about a kid who gets sucked into his computer game

I'm trying to rediscover a book I read long ago. The only things I can remember about this book are: That this kid is playing the video game he is playing it when he should have been doing his ...
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Hardcover YA Series from the 1980's: starship pilots keep colonists in sleep; planet where everything is disassembled

The stories I read were in my grade school library in the mid 1980's. The series was like an anthology with each story published in its own hardcover. (Rather than being a single novel split up into ...
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Sci-Fi book with a ramshackle shed being drawn towards the end of the universe or into the future; turns out to be a human perception of something

There is a scene in the book that is very different from everything else in the book. There is a ramshackle shed, which is being drawn (or maybe pushed?) like a carriage towards the end of the ...
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Pre-80s book about very expensive oil; only farmers and the army have it

When I was a kid I overheard a family friend telling my dad about a sci-fi book. On another occasion, I heard him describe what I later learned was Colossus (I'm guessing the movie) so I'm going to ...
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Computer regularly sends clones back to Earth after apocalypse

A computer on the moon clones sets of the original inhabitants who escaped Earth's dying days. Millions of years go by where the computer keeps sending clones back to check on Earth's survival.
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A book where the main protagonists turn into a goblin and a pixie

My father mentioned a book he read back in high school about two people (a girl and a boy) that were transported into a fantasy world. Either they were two teenagers/students, or two scientists that ...
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A dead body (that eats and grows) in the basement

This one is also very old. I'd read decades ago (edit: about 30 years ago) a short story (fantasy) that I want to read again, but I cannot find it using Google. The plot were: a married couple live ...
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Two towns separated by wall: humans one side, monsters other

I'm not sure if this is a book or comic book, but it's about a human city separated by a massive wall from a "monster" city (giant beasts, liches, goblins, witches, etc). It's futuristic and fantasy ...
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Fantasy Book - Unrequited Love, Female Protagonist Not Human?

I read this book in middle school or before, which would mean publication in 2002 - 2003 at the latest, though I couldn't tell you how old the book was when I read it. I started writing down books I ...
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Children's illustrated SF book with 2 children forced to flee in an escape pod

I’m looking for a children's book I read when I was aged five or six (we're talking the late 1970's/early 1980's). It was a book in the school library, hard backed, about fifteen pages and nicely ...
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Novel with boy space traveler and his alien buddy

I read this book probably 5-6 years ago. The main plot was about a boy who travels through space to individual planets with an alien buddy of his or something like that. I remember that they lived in ...
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Does anyone know the title of a 1980s book/series about polymorphs?

Humans are in space. An alien race comes upon them. The aliens are single-celled, single-sexed creatures who can change their shapes and imitate other lifeforms including humans. They imitate them ...
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80s/90s sci fi book/story: bored protagonist is mind-wiped and sent by interstellar government on an unhabited planet to form a new society

I am looking for an old sci fi book which I read over a decade ago. I don’t know the publication date but I guess somewhere in the 1980s or 90s. It was quite a short story. It was about a person in ...
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Sci-fi book in Cyrillic with a white monkey on a pedestal in a Martian landscape screaming a ray of ice

I saw someone reading a book in Cyrillic. The cover looked like trashy or pulpy scifi. I don't remember if it looked old or new, but if I had to guess I would say it was from the 60s-80s. It had a ...
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Book series about aliens who can bend time and space with their minds

I am searching for a series of novels where an alien race consists of different clans. One clan in particular can bend time and space making space travel possible. The aliens, however, have kept this ...
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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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Book where aliens invade Earth with the intent to save humanity?

It's a bit similar to the plot of Avengers: Infinity War where Thanos wipes out populations with the intent to "save them." The story starts out with the major cities of the Earth disappearing one at ...
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Series where Earth kicked out of alien club, then invited back because we are savage

Copying from a Reddit post last year where someone looked for the same: "...book where the human race made contact with a galactic race, part of a group of civilizations in the galaxy. Earth wanted ...
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Story where aliens reproduce by being eaten

I remember reading a short kids sci-fi story when i was younger. I think it was a book but it might have been something else. In this book a fleet of aliens make first contact with earth and as soon ...
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Book - Boy transported to the Himalayas by a book, undergoes an ordeal

While I was in school I read many books. To the point that I can't remember the titles to most of them. Recently I decided to try to find some of them, but from what I can remember, I can't seem to ...
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A space ship orbiting a planet, hidden, mistakenly opening a hatch and this way starting a new religion of sky gazers

Quite a few years ago (10 or more) I read a (sci-fi) book of a space ship orbiting a planet, hidden, mistakenly opening a hatch and this way starting a new religion of sky gazers. Monks with eye ...
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Book with a flooded world, structures on stilts above the oceans

OK this is a massively long shot here but hey ho someone might have a clue. I remember picking this book up at a jumble sale as a kid (c.1990 so published before then, book definitely felt older). I ...
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Book about uploaded humans in dystopian future, digital world starts getting shut down

I think this book is of fairly recent vintage (2009+). It involves a dystopian real world burdened by overpopulation. Science has developed a Matrix-like digital world where human consciousnesses are ...
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Book: A young girl wakes from stasis on another planet

I read the first half or so of a book somewhere around 1997-99 when I was about 10-12 years old. I think it was old already then. As I remember it, it's about a young girl who awakens at the ...
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Book about a boy getting stuck in a video game, one-eyed monkey involved

I read this book when I was a kid so I only remember a few details, but I really want to find it. It was about a kid who I'm fairly certain gets trapped in his video game because there's one part I ...
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Book about a girl painfully turning into crystal; one of her companions take her pain for short periods

I remember reading a book early 2000s, it was a fantasy novel from my high schools library. It was about a girl transforming into crystal that caused her excruciating pain. She was traveling to a ...
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Young adult fantasy book about a woman's body being caught in a fisherman's net

I read a book when I was young (late 80s early 90s) that I remember bits and pieces of, but can't remember the title. The book starts off with a young woman's body being pulled from the water in a ...
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Book about accidental time travel using a mirror to ancient Egypt

I am looking for a book about time travel. In modern times, a boy (and a girl?) see a person walk into a shop, they quickly become angry at the person for no reason and chase him into the street. ...
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Late 80s book with a militaristic space faring civilization where protagonist is an alien entity possessing a commander of the civilization

Trying to find the name/author of a book I've read a while ago. As far as I recall, this was a single book published in the late 80s (maybe 1987). Published in English. I want to say the cover had a ...
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Book: woman woke from a coma on another planet, in a museum, escapes with a baby boy

About 10 years ago I read a book about a woman who woke from a coma to find herself as a museum exhibit on another planet. There were lots of other creatures in the room including a baby boy. She ...
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Book about a tribal village that falls under the influence of a malevolent priest

The book I'm searching for is about a young woman who lives in a village that is part of a larger tribe. She is part of a tribal police/army type-force, which I believe is made up of the village's ...
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Sci Fi book where space ship has artificial intelligence

The Captain had already lost two space ships and was given a third. The third ship's name was Gage. It considered itself alive. The Captain was injured while rescuing the crew on the second ship. ...
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Book series about interstellar spaceship from the 90s

In the late 90s I read a series of 3-4 books about a woman who was assigned to work on an interstellar spacecraft. I dimly recall the ship was round. The existing crew of the ship threw a party that ...