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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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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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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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 - 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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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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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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Fictionalized rendition of a wise-woman's prophecy of eco-terrorists bringing the civilisation to a bloody end in near future (2030+?)

I remember reading a book in my early teens (2000-2005) in Polish — though most probably a translation — of a fictionalized "prophecy" of an East-European/Slavic/Russian wise-woman/seer. The ...
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Sci-fi book or short story about people who crash-land on an alien world. The protagonist is captured by a hive of intelligent insects

This book from my teenage years I just can't get out of my mind for many years now, and sooo want to reread! It involved a travelling spaceship full of a few key characters - a male and a villain (I ...
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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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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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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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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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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 a planet covered with giant trees and inhabited by angel-like aliens

I have very few memories of that book but I do remember: One of the two main characters is a woman, foreign to the planet, who happens to be there, I don't remember how or why. She's held captive by ...
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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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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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A dead body (that eats and grows) in the basement

This one is very old. I read it decades ago (edit: about 30 years ago) a short fantasy story that I want to read again, but I cannot find it using Google. The plot was: a married couple lives with a ...
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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 about a young man who travels through a portal in a forest to a new world, and ends up becoming a hero of that world

I originally read this book on holiday in Malta at a book letting store that has since closed, so I cannot get their records to find the name of the book. The only other person I knew who read this ...
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Story about space soldiers controlling clones remotely

I read this book about 10-15 years ago, and believe it was an 80s-90s book. The premise was that soldiers/space marines were remotely controlled, and if they died, their operators woke up in a vat ...
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Book involving the murder trial of a scientist who uploaded his daughter's mind to a computer

I read it in the early 80's. But not necessarily published then. A slim hardback with a black and white cover and just the title which was something like "The Curious Case of" + girl's name. ...
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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 psychic child, Immortals (men who drain boys for vitality), a boy's mother is reanimated as a shell

This was a book from my childhood. Read sometime in the early 1990s. The title was something like "the Prophet" or "the Seer". I think the cover was green or blue with a clam shell on it. I remember ...
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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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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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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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Sci fi book where the protagonists have to keep ahead of the terminator line on a planet

I am pretty sure the author was called Adam Douglas (not Douglas Adams). Although I may be wrong. There was a hairy mammal type character that was on the good guys side. Laser whips were in use ...
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Book series about a guy who wakes up with no memory in a world with superheroes and villains

I am looking for a book I read last year and have the following information; unfortunately I forgot the title and author. The story is about a guy who wakes up with no memory. He finds himself in a ...
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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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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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Looking for an old sci-fi book/series about kids crashed on a planet

Ok, so it might be a long-shot, as I was around 12 when I read this book (or books?) — which was 30 years ago. I'm not sure if it was a series of books, or just one book which I never finished. The ...
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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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