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 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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YA novel with a boy from Earth who gets stuck in a world supposedly without magic, but he can use magic there

This is a book I remember getting from the library in middle school, around 2008, but haven't been able to find again since. I think it was reasonably new. I read it in English, but I don't know if it ...
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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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Book where astronauts sent out to find other life are recalled back to Earth

I had a book in the 80's-90's that I would like to find a copy of if I could just remember the title/author. It was published in English. Ships with lone astronauts had been sent out to explore for ...
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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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Book where a girl finds a being in a field and it transforms to look like her

I read this book a few years ago and I can't remember what it was called. I think it was about this girl who lives on a farm and one night finds this "being" in the field. She bathed it, fed ...
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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 about a human who believes himself to be a robot

I'm from Brazil and the book I'm looking for is one that is very dear to my father, because it is the first science fiction book he read and it sparked a long trajectory of reading the genre. He read ...
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Book about wooden sailing ships with FTL

I read this book in the 1990s; I'm trying to remember the name. It seems like a the start of a series I'd like to read the rest of now. It's a space opera about humans traveling our galaxy with giant ...
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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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Name of fantasy book from the late 1970s/early 80,

The protagonist was a young human woman living in a society ruled by cat-like humanoids. She was a talented seamstress and embroiderer, and ended up selected to do custom work for one of the overlords....
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c.1980 space-themed puzzle/game book with a defense of Earth framing story

This was a large-format (approximately A4) softcover book; I don't recall the cover art. It was given to me as a gift by my aunt, so it may have been picked up remaindered and actually date from ...
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Post-apocalyptic book about a cloned male who lives in a small village that has banned technology and musical instruments

The story takes place in a small village that has banned technology and musical instruments. We only hear a bit about the outside world when he eavesdrops on his parents. The protagonist also hears ...
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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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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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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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Book in which the only female magician has to resist a demon fascinated with her

I read this book in 2005. The female lead character is a strong magician/sorceress/mage. Power wise she is the strongest of all the magic wielders in her country. Her country has a bias against female ...
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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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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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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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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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Teams hunting “criminals” convicted by a TV-based voting system

I am looking for a book that I read in the late 1990s (maybe the very early 2000's). There is a system of voting by TV which also serves as tribunal: People would vote on laws and, in the case of ...
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Book where a knight and lady swap bodies with dogs using magic collars

I can remember a book, possibly a short story, where the protagonist is a knight who is sent on a quest to help a noble lady deal with a tyrannical uncle. The key mechanic of the plot was that the ...
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The alien who could duplicate himself

I'm looking for the title of a science fiction book of the 80s (I think) about an good alien who came to Earth chasing a hostile race of reptilian aliens. I'm not sure but I think his name was Akor. ...
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SF book set in a near-future England with bioengineered trees and birth control rings

I read a book about 5 years ago that has really stuck with me, everything but the name and author. Hoping someone here will remember it from some details. Near future England. There are ...
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Epic fantasy book where characters have to salt their wounds to keep demons (or similar) from infecting it

This is an English language book written for adults. I can’t remember any plot details, but it has a typical epic fantasy plot. The main characters (believe one male and one female) are on some sort ...
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Sci-fi series about an intersteller agent dealing with hot spots or troubles

I'm trying to identify what I believe is a book series from around the 70's or 80's but unfortunately, I don't recall a lot of detail about the author or series. The primary protagnist was a male ...
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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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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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A story about an alien race recruiting a human to try and fight star-extinguishing creatures

Context The book in question was written... probably around the '60s. It was printed in the Soviet Union and translated to my native language (Latvian), so there's a good chance it was never ...
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Colonizing a planet with a giant red fungus

I read a book many (20-30) years ago about a habitable planet where a crew was dropped with everything they needed to begin colonization. They may or may not have been mining anything. There were a ...
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Science fiction book involving AI augmented humans, a vampire, a colonised planet, a massive living blob, blind human pilots, and more

There's a series of books I read, probably 10 years or more ago, that I just can’t seem to pinpoint. The timelines jump about a lot, so it’s hard to figure out the order, but here are some things I ...
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Trying to recall author/title of a book (or series) about person who becomes a policeman in a magical/dream world

This was a book, or more likely a series of books from ~10 years ago (or more? Maybe they had been around longer and I just read them for the first time back then). In the "dream" world, ...
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Galaxy wide role playing game

A 'quite thick' SF book I read at least 30 years ago in the UK, I can't remember the cover. The bits of plot I recall:- Humanity has settled all over the galaxy and civilization is stagnating a bit. ...
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Girl on alien spaceship wakes up from stasis pod alone, occupants of other pods long dead; early 80s story or book

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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Old sci fi story where all Earth's animals are at war with mankind

Very vague on the details here, sorry. UK novelette or thin paperback book I read about 1971 or 1972, but it could have been older. I think an alien spaceship had somehow had an accident or was shot ...
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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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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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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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How many versions of the Japanese-translated Harry Potter books are there?

I have on me a physical copy of the Japanese translation of the first Harry Potter book, translated by Yuko Matsuoka, first published 1999. The Kindle version has the same translator but was ...
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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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Sci Fi Novel where alien commander raises dignitary's daughter and falls in love with her when she grows older?

This was a novel I used to have quite a time ago, I never finished it but this is what I remember. A galaxy is inhabited by alien races and one alien (who was a commanding officer and a confidant to a ...
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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, If I was really pushed I would say 1981 but hey... whatever...). It was a book in the ...

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