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 series. Humans have made contact with many, interacting alien species. Female protagonist marries junkyard owner, with dog, on space station

Several books, with same setting and characters. Read online, recently, after 2017. The junkyard is on a spacestation owned and run by an AI. More recently created AIs have robot bodies. The dog gets ...
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Book where a set of twins (boy and girl) develop powers and learn that their dad and his twin sister also have powers

I think they moved into a new house or something, and slowly realized that they had powers of light and shadow. They find out that their father and his twin sister have these abilities too. I don't ...
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Looking for a young adult fantasy book about a girl who is half faerie and can use magic from all five elements?

I am trying to find a book that I once read about a girl who thinks she is half-faerie(and I think also royal), where her mom was a faerie(but passed away) and her dad, who she thinks is human, who is ...
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Book about a boy who discovered he had superhuman abilities, and ran away from an organization that wanted to use him as a weapon

I’m looking for a book I think I read maybe in 2018. I don’t remember much, but I remember reading it in middle school, so I believe it would be in the more advanced part of a children's section of ...
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Book about a robotic probe that comes to Earth and asks to be destroyed

I am looking for a science fiction book that I read multiple decades ago. I cannot recall the exact title or author. The story is that a robotic probe has come to earth and has asked to be destroyed. ...
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Science fiction story with a made up religion called Sa'tong

I read this book between ten and fifteen years ago, probably more towards fifteen years ago. The book was older. I have no real idea on how old but if I would have to guess I would say it was written ...
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Book series about a soldier or ex-soldier that is brought back to life using magic

I've read the first book in a series sometime ago where some kind of soldier I believe dies but some government agency brings him back to life using some djinn?/magic powers. All that I remember: he ...
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Seventies or Eighties EasternMysticism or Martial Arts SF Duology

I used to own the first book of what I think was a duology. I'm pretty sure I bought it, in England, in the late seventies, possibly early eighties, and it was recent at that time, so not a reprint of ...
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Book/series in which the protagonists were a family of red-haired people, I believe royals, in a war or conflict

I had read a book series years back and would like to find it again. It was fantasy set in its own world, but aside from the below scenes, I don't recall much more for specifics. This would have been ...
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Book about teens who lived near a research center and caught a scientific form of lycanthropy

The book was about these 4-5 teens who lived near a research center on an island or something... I don't remember the set up as to why these kids were sneaking around on an island where someone was ...
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Book about people with implants and the main computer went down

I read a book a few years ago about people who had implants that provided them with all the knowledge they needed to know then the mainframe went down. They had to learn how to live with out all ...
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Looking for the title of an old sci-fi book where a human newspaper columnist is secretly married to an alien woman

In the book, the human man and his wife help her people to search the Earth for tiny, rice sized particles that have immense power. They need to find the particles first, in order to to keep a ...
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“Choose Your Own Adventure” with time travel and some very bizarre scenes in it from the 1980s or early 1990s

I’m looking for a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book (or more likely a “Choose Your Own Adventure” knock-off) which involved time travel and had a couple of very specific sections that really stood out ...
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Teen novel blurring the line between virtual gaming and reality

I am trying to identify a book I read in my teens. It was most likely released around the mid 2000s to mid 2010s if I remember correctly. I remember that the main character was a male lead who moves ...
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Book about a man that visits the future when he sleeps

I'm looking for a book about a man who visits a future human civilization when he sleeps. The civilization may have been divided by race. The story is set in the 1970's maybe. The title had a 2000's ...
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YA thriller with a character named Mango

In the 2000's as a teenager/preteen maybe I read a thriller about a girl who meets someone identical to her, named Mango. I can't remember much else except that I think they were clones and there is ...
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Book set in modern times about a girl who can shapeshift into a wyvern and fly

I read a book probably around 10 or more years ago that I can’t remember the name of about a girl who turns into a wyvern. It’s set in modern times. I vaguely remember her sneaking out of her room to ...
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YA book - kids detective / mystery book where they travel into the computer / web

I’m searching for a YA book I read back in primary school in Australia in the 1990s (so I’m a bit fuzzy on details). The book itself had a metallic silver cover. I remember it being a computer mystery ...
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Sea voyage to an oracle on an island

At this point I’m not sure if what I’m thinking of is one story, or if I’ve blended multiple stories in my mind. I think the book starts out with ships bigger than anyone has seen before arriving from ...
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YA post apocalyptic book from the 90’s where a teen wakes up to find everyone gone

This is how I remember the book. It starts with the main character (young teen boy) who wakes up to his family gone, he goes outside and the whole street is desolate, no one. He takes a car and goes ...
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Looking for a young adult book about a shapeshifter, but I cannot remember much about it

I read this book as a young adult and cannot remember many details. The main character is a young woman who can turn into a dragon/wyvern like creature. I think they had a specific name for what they ...
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90’s-00’s fantasy book about fae/elf who have to breed with goblins to produce fae/elf children

I read a book, probably late '90s where a fae or elf girl’s mother had died. She was arranged a marriage, and set up an estate with her husband. But all their children were demi-fae, brownies etc. She ...
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Girl turns into a blue fairy or elf by popping her ears

From what I remember the book is about a girl around late teens - early 20s. I think she lives with one parent and one day she found out her other parent was a fairy or elf person. She either meets ...
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Children's book series. Two sisters go through a portal to a magical school. They have a classmate who uses a wheelchair. There is a unicorn

I was read parts of several books in this series about 2020. The books seemed to have been written recently. It was set in the UK. A girl who was six or seven at the time was a huge fan. There was ...
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Vintage sci-fi book about young people who are not supposed to know about hidden technology

I am looking for a book I read in the late 80s or perhaps very early 90s as a teenager. It's possible it was shared with me by older hippie friends and was already a considerably older novel. It was a ...
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A story where technology is forbidden, but used by priests

I am looking for a story I remember reading in the mid-90s. I can't remember if it was a trilogy or just a three part book, but I know it was in paperback book form. I also know it was found in the ...
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Sci-fi book with a main character who dies and is brought back into a sort of digital reality, where he's tasked with leading a combat mission

I'm trying to identify the name of a sci-fi book I read ~5-10 years ago. I don't remember a lot of plot points - but rather a handful of what feel like miscellaneous details, so I apologise if this ...
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Novel where the stardrive is powered by magic

In the mid 00's I read a novel where starships FTL drives were powered by magic. The better the magician on board, the lower they could go, the faster the FTL drive. The crew reminded me of a typical ...
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Book series about a kid who lives in Chicago and goes to a school for “special” children, where they can have pets (one is a talking rabbit) [duplicate]

My friend is trying to find this book series that is kind of like Harry Potter, and involves a kid who lives in Chicago and goes to a school for “special” children. He goes by train. At the school ...
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Space fantasy novel - Human king, alien prince, telepathic plant-human hybrids

Would like to be able to read this book again, and see if there were sequels. I read it around 2000-ish, no idea on the published date. Unfortunately the names of people/races/places I cannot recall, ...
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Book series where the girl becomes the queen and the boy a wizard; they marry and one of their children turns evil and dies

There was a book series I used to read as a teenager, about 15 years ago, where the girl (queen) and the boy (wizard) later get married and have children. One of the daughters(?) chooses the dark side ...
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Book series begins near a city where only women are allowed to own homes [duplicate]

The protagonist is a teenage boy living outside the city with his wealthy and greatly respected father. He travels into the city daily to study at a prestigious school run by his mother. One of his ...
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Book or short story about a character who is kept alive as a disembodied brain encased in a mechanical device after an accident

I read a book (or a short story) when I was a teen - so this is 40+ years ago. It was likely old, then, as I was reading a lot of older Science Fiction at the time. I thought it might have been ...
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1980s Kids book series about a sports star who played a game similar to American football and joins a war against aliens

I'm looking to track down a series of short books I read in the late 1980s in the UK. I think they were between 8-12 books quite short (100 pages at most) with a different bold colour for each cover. ...
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Book Series about boy who learns he has powers and gets sent to a private school by a “secret society”

I read this book series around 5 years ago. I remember many bits and pieces so I will try to give as much info as possible. It was kind of a series for teens and it was set in present time. It started ...
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Dystopian book series: girl goes out of the barrier her society lives in because of radiation

I read a book series a few years back about a dystopian type of society that was surrounded by some kind of barrier. The girl (the main character) is looking outside the barrier at night and sees a ...
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Book where alien craft land on Earth and allow people to be resurrected as missionaries of the aliens

I read this book a good 20 years ago it was at my dad's and he can't remember it. Alien craft land all over Earth in shape of a triangle. (I think) Dead humans can be put in craft and brought back to ...
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Book about a boy that enters a medieval fantasy PC computer game

This is a repost with additional info of an older question that was never answered. I have stumbled upon this old question while also trying to find the name of the book series myself, as I dearly ...
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Book about a scientist wrongfully convicted of murdering his wife being sentenced to die on a desert planet

I checked this book out from my local library a couple of times between 1985-1990 before it was cycled out. The library did not keep records once the books were retired so they can't help me. The ...
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Young adult sci-fi novel about a teenage female and a small group of other teenagers raised in a high tech society with mind link capabilities

I'm searching for the name of a young adult novel I read between 2003-2008. I live in Western Australia and borrowed the novel from a local public library. It was written in English. I think it was ...
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Looking for a book about a man who loses his memory, and travels between worlds

At the beginning of the story, the man has no memory. Step by step he starts to recollect some details. He travels into a world and discovers that he created it. There is an antagonist (male), who ...
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In the late 70s as a teen I read a book about a journalist who did a TV interview. In the interview he doubted the existence of Christ

In the late '70s as a teen I read a book about a journalist who did a TV interview. In the interview he said he doubted the existence of Christ. Later he got accosted and knocked out, and when he ...
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YA/Teen book regarding a boy looking for his father, who later meets a future version of himself among alien technology

I have a lot of what I believe to be correct memories regarding this book, and it has recently been bothering me extremely that I am unable to find what the book (or book series) actually is. From ...
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Sci-fi book with the title 'out' or 'world' or related synonyms

I read it back in 2001. It was the first book in a series. The protagonist could enter 'virtual worlds'. I remember in one 'experience' she lived how it would feel to die (the mental thoughts that ...
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Children’s book about time travel and friends being taken from past time periods

I’m trying to remember the name of these books I read as a kid. It involved a group of friends (maybe 3 kids)? They somehow managed to travel back in time but if they changed anything or too much it ...
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Book I read in 2004-05 about a scary energy ball that can communicate

It's been about 20 years so I barely remember, but the story was about an ominous maybe alien maybe floating ball of something? I think it wanted to destroy or consume the Earth. And it could ...
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How many books are there in "The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy" series?

I have seen an edition of The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy that was a compilation of four books, The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Life, the Universe ...
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Dystopian book in which kids compete for a spot in a space mission

I read this book (I think it became a trilogy) years and years ago. The world is ending and two kids were picked by the government, along with others, to compete for a spot in a space mission. The ...
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Book where aliens come through a space gate in the solar system to attack Earth

I'm looking to identify a book I read 10+ years ago about aliens who come through a space gate near Mars or Jupiter. They defeat Earth's space military and come to Earth to kill all humans. But they ...
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Trilogy of books that feature a scientist thrown into a medieval world due to an experiment gone wrong

I'm looking for what I believe is a trilogy of comic fantasy about a scientist being thrown into another, medieval world. I can't remember the author, the approximate date of publication or even the ...

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