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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Young adult book series about a teen who goes into a Texas prison while fighting aliens

I read this about six years ago. It is a trilogy, I believe. The story starts off with a girl who is surviving on her own, trying to find her family. Later in the book, she joins a colony where she ...
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Sci-fi book; nuclear bomb destroys the Panama Isthmus

Book probably from between 1950 and 1980. A nuclear bomb destroys the Panama Isthmus. The Gulf Stream stops, disastrously changing the world's weather.
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1980s or 1990s art book about future of human evolution, not Man After Man

I'm trying to identify an art book about possible future evolutions of humanity, all of which were heavily modified or adapted to a specific environment or condition. It is similar in concept to "...
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Scifi story about a world with a portal in the center (things fall off the side and reappear in the center); materials with light-to-thrust ratios

I was chatting to a friend-of-a-friend in a bar and he mentioned a series of books that he was reading. I wanted to read the series, but I cannot remember the name of the book, and I have not been ...
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Children's book series where three siblings fight an electricity-based alien race with weapons built by their dad

I'm trying to find the name of a series I read as a kid. There were at least two or three books in the series, in which siblings discover that the Earth is being infiltrated by an alien race that is ...
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Sci-fi book about a company that made human clones that use photosynthesis to defeat world hunger

I believe the book is about a protagonist who finds a tape of their deceased parent. Their alive parent works for the same company that killed their parent. When the protagonist started to look into ...
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Book involving a protagonist in control of a new kind of spaceship, who visits human colonies which are all in danger from a superior enemy

I'm looking for the name of a mid-to-late century sci-fi book. I recall little of the book, other than enjoying it. The main protagonist is a human male who somehow ends up in control of a new kind of ...
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Book or story about scientists repeatedly teleporting copies of a human to a hostile alien planet

The plot: A guy comes to an underground facility for experiments or something. Scientists put him in a small dark room for a small amount of time and let him out without any change. The procedure ...
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Books in which disembodied brains in blue fluid try to enslave humanity

I've been trying to identify a book with the following plot points: Humans hold part of the universe. A core group of disembodied brains in cans attempted to enslave all of humanity but only have a ...
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1970s book about a boy on an island which is split in two by a wall with lizard-like monsters on one side of it

I read a book at school in the late 1970s/early 1980s about a boy on an island which is split in two by a wall with lizard-like monsters on the other side of it. They haven’t attacked in a long time ...
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Series of novels from the '90s, set in a dystopian future, where a young rebel engages in acts of terrorism to fight the system

I'm trying to find a series of novels from the '90s that I read as a teenager back then. Here's what I remember (sorry, it's more than a bit vague, but it was a long time ago and my memory fails me): ...
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Science fiction series with female captain

Sci Fi series with slight Star Wars feel; female freighter captain from interstellar family business; monks with Jedi-like abilities. Several novels in series; read them in late 90s, don't think they ...
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Alien romance series where a woman mates with a good alien who is a prince

So far what I remember about the first book is that evil aliens came to Earth and basically started killing everyone and everything. Shortly after the evil aliens arrival came some good aliens who ...
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Urban fantasy book series about a young mage who's often badly injured

I read 2 or 3 books in this series in the UK, sometime between 1985 and 2000, I can't recall if paperback or anything about the covers. I don't remember too much about them, he's a young magic user in ...
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Book featuring a specific method of FTL travel which involved tachyon pulses and made a lot of people sick

I’m looking a for a book that I read that contained a specific type of FTL travel method. It involved tachyon pulses and when the transition was complete a lot of people would get sick. I can’t ...
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Story/novel about an alien world that achieves spaceflight in its solar system by engineering organic vegetable matter that operates as a spaceship [duplicate]

In the 1960s or '70s I read a story/novel featuring a world that achieved space flight by engineering biological (vegetative) material. Does anybody know what it might be?
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Book where main character has female ai in mind and nano armor

I read this book around 2010. It’s set in the future on, I believe, Mars. The main character has an ai implanted in his mind that’s described as a woman. He also has nanotechnology armor that I ...
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1950s-ish novels with spacecraft drives that are concentric rings

Looking for the name of the author of a series of short novels (at least two in the series) where spacecraft engines are concentric rings (some sort of reactionless drive?) that gave off a glow when ...
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Fantasy book series where some people could mindspeak with some animals. Some characters could only die by drowning, some were knights

Some characters were knights. Some could mindspeak with some animals. One character was in WW2 and never aged. Others lived like Native Americans.
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Sci-fi/fantasy book about three kid/teen siblings who can mentally travel to a dream world when they're holding hands

The book is about three kid/teen siblings, an older sister and two younger brothers. They have the ability to mentally travel to another world using dreams/telepathy but they have to be holding hands ...
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Zombie apocalypse book series where most or all of the adults are zombies and the living are kids

Like the title said, the adults are zombies and the still living kids make up the main cast. I remember one specific character who is basically a still-sentient zombie because he’s young. He has a ...
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Book where a professor of language dying of cancer is reincarnated in to the body of a cat/man hybrid

I am looking for the title of a book in which the main character is a professor who dying of cancer. He is on a cruise and traveling when killed by a meteor. He is then reincarnated into the body of ...
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Scifi horror book where nuclear war literally causes Hell on Earth

I believe it was published in the 2000s. Book starts off with a woman who gets to interview the president of the United States. While she is at the White House, Russia launches a bunch of nukes. The ...
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Fiction story involving an undercover galactic officer piloting a logging mecha

About 10 years ago I found a book in a Dollar General and though it looked interesting. It opened with a man piloting a logging mecha, before heading back to the Bunkhouse. I think he was given orders ...
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Book about 2 spaceships one of which was trying to contain a zombie outbreak

Written in the form of logs. One of the ships seems evil at first but as the story goes on it's revealed that it was trying to contain a zombie outbreak but the story was narrated from the POV of ...
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Legendary Character, the True Story

I read a book probably no later than 2011, a full standalone novel, YA-focused, where the main character and some friends are defending their medieval fantasy country from a Romanesque invasion. The ...
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Book series about a group of teens with powers (telepathy, shape-shifting into a dragon, weapon creation, etc)

I read this book when I was around 13 or 14. It was between 2015 and 2016. I remember it was the last book in the series and the back cover had an illustration of an (old) man wearing a green bowler ...
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A book about aliens amongst us and concept art

When i was in primary school like mid 2000’s, in the school library there was a book about aliens living amongst us with concept art of them in a bar or a house looking quite futuristic with different ...
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Dark fantasy book series with pre-Columbian Mesoamerican protagonist

I think I read the first book in this series in the late 90s. I never read any more, because it was too dark for me, so I don't know how many books were in the series, or if it was ever finished. The ...
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Book about a spaceship with cities, deserts, lakes, and artificial sun and stars

I am looking for a book that has a spaceship with cities (including a "New London") as well as lakes and an artificial sun and stars. The ship starts to crack and the authorities try to hide ...
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Book about our first space battleship using 105mm howitzers and 30mm autocannon to retake our Mars mining colony from the alien black triangle ships

I'm looking for a sci-fi book where there were these powerful and ruthless aliens who recorded themselves ripping our miners' helmets off and transmitted these atrocities live, prompting Earth to ...
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Childrens book about an disturbed adopted sister from Vietnam [migrated]

This is the second book from my childhood that I can not find or recall the exact title of. It was written sometime in the 80s.It was a large but slim hardcover book.It was about a girl whose parents ...
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Big picture book from the late 70s or early 80s about a boy and a goblin

I read this in the very early 80s and it was a fairly new book then. It was one of the tall books for kids that was so popular then. It was about a boy who moved onto a farm out in the country. His ...
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Help identifying a young adult book series from the 2000s (closer to 2010-2017) about vampires

I can't remember the title or characters so here we go. Young adult book series (2000 closer to 2010-2017) with female protagonist in high school who turns into a vampire (missing several days of ...
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Looking for book I read in the '80s about a hart/unicorn

I thought I remembered reading a book in the '80s called The Last Hart. If I recall correctly, the story took place in modern times and was from the perspective of human young adults, not the hart/...
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I'm looking for a YA superhero book series

This YA superhero book series (trilogy?) is kinda like Hero Academia (I think). It was recommended on a comment a video I saw about 'Superhero Tropes'. I didn't get chance to read it, but it was not ...
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Story where a spaceship realizes that it has been hit by an asteroid that destroyed its ability to detect being hit by asteroids

There was a science fiction story that I read at some point (I can’t remember if it’s a self-contained story or part of a larger book) that’s centered around an ai in a spaceship that realizes it has ...
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Story about a wizard on an adventure with two children

In my childhood I read a children's book about a wizard who wakes from a long sleep after he lost to his arch nemesis, an evil wizard. He travels to find his enemy once again to defeat him this time. ...
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Book where a boy finds out he's the new king of an icy kingdom and can turn into a dragon [duplicate]

The book I'm looking for is about a boy whose mom lived in the city until one day people show up talking about how he is the new king of an icy kingdom. He moves there, where his step mother lives, ...
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80s fantasy book: magical castle falls from sky [duplicate]

The main character explores a castle that fell out of the sky. It was discovered that it was supposed to fly through the sky using magic but something happened and it crashed. It fell prior to the ...
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90's (+/- a decade) book where an undersea vessel discovers a hidden race at the bottom of the Mariana Trench [duplicate]

The following is what I can remember, or think I remember, from the book: A DSV goes down into an ocean trench (possibly the Mariana). They enter a lava vent/tube. They discover this "race" ...
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Story about two sisters and a winged lion

I read a book about 7-8 years ago about two sisters. I think it was (kind of) a young adult's book, but I really want to finish the series, so I'm asking for help finding the book I read. Okay, these ...
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A collection of stories of witches

I'm looking for a book that has a collection of stories about witches. I'm not sure if it is a collection of short stories and also is illustrated. I'm sure it's for kids or young adults because I was ...
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Children's book where a girl and her friend turned into cats

I’m looking for a story I read as a child..it was about a girl called “Beans” was short for something..she had a friend with ginger hair and they ended up turning into cats. I’m sure the friend also ...
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Looking for a book about humans fighting aliens with insect mechas

So what I remember from the book is. The Aliens specifically didn't use weapons to attack earth, they used some kind of mind control weapon that only affected people who had passed through puberty. ...
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Looking for a story with "The Cutting Edge", a cutting instrument which that can cut anything and might be Death's Scythe

It's set in the modern world. It has a female protagonist, and I think she inherits "The Cutting Edge" from its former owner. I'm pretty sure that the cutting implement was "The ...
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In American Gods, why has so much time (seem to have) passed when Easter visits Shadow on the Ash tree?

In Neil Gaiman's novel American Gods (10th anniversary 'long' edition) in chapter 18, Easter and Horus go to get Shadow from the ash tree. The farm itself is described to be a mere ruin, just a few ...
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English Teenage / Children's Sci-fi series about girl clones, available from the 2000s at most?

It had at least two books, and three clones, the (third?) of which was "The Evil Twin" of the eponymous book / sequel. Could've been "The Evil Clone". The mother of the first-seen ...
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80's/90's novel about a post-apocalyptic gunman, NOT GUNSLINGER, ending with the first atomic bomb test?

First up, this is NOT Gunslinger by Stephen King. I read this in the 90's, but it could have been from the 80's. It was about a cowboy type guy in a post-apocalyptic future who made his own bullets ...
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Fantasy novel about shape shifting magic users [duplicate]

I'm trying to identity a book series (I think it was 3 or 4 books) that I read in the late 90s or early 00s. I'm not sure if it was a newer series or not. It had a distinct "coming of age" ...
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