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 about groups of kids with object powers

A few years ago I read a book where a kid (I believe in first person) was part of a group of chosen kids. The main character entered a room (in an alleyway?) where he was supposed to choose an object ...
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Book about an outcast girl who teaches a group of kids to fly

I am trying to find a book that was in my elementary school library. I read it around 1978-1980. I have no idea of the title but I remember the following plot points: a girl who lived on the edge of ...
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Book about an industrialist in a world where technology is used to remote view in time and space

A book published in the late '90s or 2000s, I think. The world was built around a technology that exploits relativistic effects to remote view in time and space. The narrator is an industrialist who ...
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Book involving a metaverse of many parallel worlds, a section of which is known as "The Blight"

I am trying to find a book I read maybe 40 years ago, but which has stuck with me. There were many "parallel" worlds, each only slightly different (as usual). Most of the worldlines adjacent ...
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Book series about a group of humans who colonise another planet after the Earth is destroyed by the Sun going nova

Trying to find a series - two books from memory - in which the Earth was destroyed by the Sun going nova. A smallish group fled to a science base to make it a colony. The world was not really suitable ...
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Book trilogy about a girl traveling in different worlds

I read this trilogy when I was a kid in about 2010. The titles of the book all contain animals. The first book has a plot where the girl have to steal something important from a vault, and the vault ...
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Novel about near-future AI-controlled Air Force fighting human-controlled Navy

I've been looking to track down a book about an AI controlling people's minds. By wearing a piece of technology, the AI could take over your body and make you do things. It takes place in the near ...
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Book where two people travel to the past. One becomes a member of the rich/elite, while the other was poor

Maybe five years ago, I heard of a book that sounded really interesting. I don't remember the specifics exactly, but from what I remember, two people travel to the past. Somehow they get separated, I ...
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Fantasy book series where the rulers of the city have gemstones in their chests

I've been trying to find this series for years and hoping someone has some insight. This was a YA fantasy series that I read in the mid-90's about a city that was ruled by four couples. Each couple ...
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Book about people trying to survive in a world where technology has been shut down or destroyed

I'm looking for a specific book, but I can't find it: it was about an electrical shutdown (no, it's not Blackout). The book was about a virus or something like that destroying advanced technology, and ...
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Book about a boy with telepathic powers who escapes a lab and goes to a shop to change his clothes, adopting a goth/alt. look

It's been since middle school that I read this book but I do not remember the title, cover, or author. In the book, a boy with telepathic powers escapes a lab, goes to change his look at a shop- which ...
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1960's-1970's (possibly older) sci-fi story about a man stuck on a inhabited planet with a twist [duplicate]

The story was about a man who crashed on a uninhabited planet and was wandering around for few years looking for another crashed spaceship to use its parts to repair his spaceship. He had a small ...
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Fantasy book series: village man becomes leader; Aragorn analogue lives in his village

This is driving me mad, so I'm desperately hoping this works I read the book maybe 5 years ago? The protagonist is a standard villager who provides goods/services to the village. There's no magic ...
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Book with leads being boy and girl, girl has magic but boy doesn't, later revealed that boy's ancestors killed magic people

Boy follows girl (think the girl was kidnapped and brought to the magic world) into the magic world one day and is stuck there for some reason. They are at a magical school (pretty sure its magic ...
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Young adult sci fi book where a team of human explorers wind up stranded on a planet, while covertly surveilling a less advanced civilization

Some time in the future, an advanced civilization has found a marker left by precursors, pointing at habitable worlds. The first intelligent life they find by following the marker is humans. They form ...
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Children's sci fi book from '90s/early 2000s that had a cover with two kids, and a ringed planet in the background

I'm trying to find a book I read in grade school roughly 15 years ago. It probably was aimed at middle school/teens. I only remember small details from it. The cover was in that painted pulp fiction ...
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Book about an alien civilization that sends kids to be raised on Earth

I read a book once about radio contact with an alien civilization. They sent a questionnaire to be filled by all humans. Based on the answers, they chose a person to raise an alien kid on Earth, ...
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Fantasy book: brother and sister live in a forest. Sister is summoned via a horse to learn magic while brother searches for her

I was introduced to this book at the same time as The Elenium, in the early 2000s. The sister had a large stutter at the beginning of the book. Brother is a lumberjack or something similar, has a lame ...
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Book about children who can't see shapes or color

Maybe the title of my question is off but anyway, I remember back in highschool of the year 2004 and read a strange book about a futuristic society. That society had children raised and taught in a ...
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Book series with terraforming crew and ecstasy trees

Read this is the ‘80s. I think I read 2 in the series, not sure if there were more (or if my memory is correct). The protagonist crew was sent first to survey and terraform planets before the real ...
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'90s or early 2000s sci fi book about a prince and his love interest from Earth being pursued by the prince's uncle

A sci fi book I read in the late '90s (possibly early 2000s) about a prince/noble from a different planet. Somehow, he ends up on Earth and falls in love with a woman. The prince/noble has an uncle, I ...
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Book series about a key that opens a door to any place you imagine

There's a book series I read a long time ago about this ordinary boy who finds out he's a prince or something like that in a fantasy world. There is a key that he is supposed to protect or something, ...
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'80s book series - possibly shared universe - where a spaceship crashes on a medieval fantasy world

I remember a series I read from my local library, but I only got to reading two books, I think. The world is medieval fantasy i.e. knights etc., but also viking types. There maybe was low-level magic. ...
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A sci-fi book where people rent out their bodies for sex work, and a murder is committed

Many years since I read this book, so the details are vague. One of the characters makes some cash on the side by renting out her body for sex work. I think her day job is as spaceship crew. She's &...
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Hidden community of people who don't know they are disabled

A book I read in the 90s in the UK. Probably written for young adults. A hidden community where everyone is physically different. One person has feathers. He brings in things from outside. One day he ...
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Sci-fi book about kids being left on Mars, and trying to catch up to the mothership

The people start on Mars, packing up to leave because a 'red-line' is coming. The Sun's going to expand and eat Mars, I think. The kids save some people, and acquire a watch that lets them see the ...
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Book about cube worlds and worms which drill through walls

There was a book about cube worlds and some worms which drill through walls. The hero is a slave who cuts wood legs of growing seats. Tables and seats were made from some wood that was growing very ...
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Fantasy book about a ring that makes thorns when the holder touches it. The main woman is transported from our world to another

It was a book from a while back about this special ring or loop that, when worn, caused thorns to pierce the holder's fingers. The main woman is transported from our world with it. There's also this ...
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Long multi-part book series with humans travelling the galaxy trading but not remembering where earth is, lots of technological progress

Long multi-part book series where humans are on a massive hive ship and the location of earth has been lost, towards the end you find out there is a supercomputer/ai in a base that has been built ...
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Book where a kid saves a superhero, gains healing powers after taking a blast, then finds the hero has taken credit

I read this book back about 5 years ago in my freshman year of highschool and it was in English. This kid really loves this superhero and he and his friends usually fight about who gets to play him in ...
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Looking for prison planet book I read in elementary school in the 1980s

I was so happy to find this site - I have read the other question/answers about similar plot books but they didn’t quite match the details of the one I am looking for which is as follows: Plot is ...
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90s Sci Fi Book about Human tracking alien artifact ripples traveling through space, gets himself and team transported to alien space station

I believe I read this in the late 90s. And like the title says, a human has this team, don't recall if it is all human or if there might be an alien or two mix in. Anyways, main protagonist discovers ...
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Sci Fi Book about Humans and Robots fighting Rogue Robots

This was a sci fi book I read in the late 90s. The overall story was about humans and robots under their control getting ready to fight off some rogue robots. I believe the main battle took place in ...
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Young adult sci-fi book where space medics treating sick individuals accidentally kill the microbe that gives them intelligence

I believe this is from the late 50s or 60s. I have been searching Anne McCaffrey and Andre Norton's titles with no luck. Possibly Heinlein juvenilia, but not quite right-wing enough. In the future ...
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Book involving young champions of twelve tribes from different countries that must fight to the death

I remember reading a book a few years ago (maybe 2016-2018) that was a fantasy series (possibly a trilogy) involving twelve tribes that remained dormant (all from different parts of the world) before ...
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Wrong body, light-years from home [duplicate]

This was a second-hand book I read as a paperback somewhen in approx. 1978/9. It was well-dogged and may have been around as much as a decade. The story comprised a perfectly unassuming chap, a ...
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Sci-Fi and/or Fantasy book series, Boy finds magic portal that helps him cure radiation sickness

So my husband just randomly thought of these books he read as a kid and you know how when you try to remember something and can't and it drives you nuts? So, I'm trying to help him find the books. He ...
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A book about a spaceship with a forest interior

Looking for a book I read as a kid. Hard science fiction, read probably in the mid-to-late eighties out of a school library. It might have been an older book - it had the flavor of older science ...
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2000s (I think) YA Fantasy novel series with pendant or stone on cover

This is a very long shot as I don't remember too much about this series, as I read it after I had a heavy brain concussion. The setting was a medieval-time fantasy setting, I'm pretty sure there was ...
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Book with a flying wooden ship on the cover

So I saw a book years and years ago and it had a flying ship on the cover, like a normal wooden ship with a giant sail. I can't fully remember the plot, but I remember the main character and his dad (...
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Magical academy book where the female main character bonds with a mythological wolf/fox, it was a clean YA book

A while ago I read a book that was set at a magical academy. The female main character goes there and she didn't know that she had magical powers. I remember that in the book there were doors that led ...
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Looking for a book: Humans spontaneously combust to another planet, their imperfections are the food for the aliens

I’m looking for a book written in the 60s/70s…where the humans spontaneously combusting, and when the protagonist investigates, he finds out that they are actually being eaten, that’s is, their ...
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Grav pipes, moss, and exponentially-increasing alien waves

I am trying to remember a scifi book (or maybe novella?), about which I remember a rather diverse set of things (so it's entirely possible I'm inadvertently melding more than one story here, or have ...
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Book about a brother and a sister, elemental magic, and probably alchemy

I started reading a book in school about siblings or twins — it was a brother and a sister. One was learning elemental magic, maybe both were, but they had to run from their home for some reason. The ...
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Mind transfer ability for planetary travel by some people a few times

I'm trying to help my wife find the name of a book, possibly a book series. In this series, some people have the ability to transfer their consciousness into people on other planets that are too far ...
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Science fantasy series from the '80s involving magical areas and a forest with plants that are like items

I read a science fantasy series back in the '80s involving a kingdom with magical areas, a forest with magical plants that were like items of the same name. (Ex: lady slippers, ex: violets are ...
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Book series about a girl who wakes up on her sixteenth birthday with tattoos that give her magic weapons

The book starts off with a girl who has tattoos but doesn’t know how she got them. They showed up on her 16th birthday or something; she was in extreme pain and woke up with the tattoos. At the start, ...
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YA book with animal bioengineering and maybe aliens

I remember reading this young adult book series in 2012-14 maybe. From what I can remember there was animal and human DNA testing, at some point in the book they discover the failed experiments/babies ...
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Book about a Dyson sphere and telepaths

Here is everything I remember: I personally read it around the year 2000 but I know it was a much older book, maybe 60s or 70s. I remember that specifically because the idea of binary code being used ...
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Book series about a boy with the ability to sense technology, who's forced into the military to fight with ships controlled remotely from the Pentagon

A kid had the ability to sense technology and was living with his deadbeat gambling dad. Ends up forced into the military as a plebe, to fight with ships controlled remotely from the futuristic ...
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