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 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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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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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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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 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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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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Continent sized, X-shaped alien

I have a vague recollection of this book, mostly the X-shaped alien. Can’t find anything through internet searches. I thought it may be some sort of “choose your adventure” book, but I haven’t seen it ...
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Early 2000s sci-fi book where the main character investigates a suspected meteor, and discovers an alien craft on his heavily forested colony world

I'm looking for the title of a science fiction book. I believe it would have been pre 2010. I believe the book is part of a trilogy. The setting is a heavily forested colony world, dotted with 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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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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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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Story about a man sent to prison for murdering one of the first aliens on Earth who is then being hunted by another of the species

I read a science fiction book in the middle school library around 2005. The point of view started as first person and after a few chapters it switched to third person (but was about the same man). I ...
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Scientists in Antarctica dig up a Neanderthal and impregnate a woman with its DNA

SF book where a scientist digs up a Neanderthal and take the DNA from it and use it to impregnate a woman trying to recreate a Neanderthal. However when she is impregnated the twins inside her grow ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 artist who can bring drawings to life

I am looking for a novel about a painter who does fantasy cover art for book. It is set in modern day. NOT a high fantasy style. He discovers that he can bring his paintings to life, enter the worlds ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sci fi story about an AI trained in empathy, and then released into the universe to find humanity

So I remember listening to this one as an audio book years back. It started with a police woman, a mother to at least one kid, stopping a robbery or similar at the cost of her life. After she "...
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Sci-fi trilogy from about 30 years ago, alien artifacts hidden inside 3 humans

So this is what I remember: It was about some alien artifacts or something that had been hidden inside 3 humans, which the aliens were trying to get back I only read the first book, but it started ...
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Book involving a global race to reach a distress beacon from an alien ship in space

I’m looking for the title. I think it was a series of books with an Asian-like title. The plot involved: Futuristic space travel. A global race to get to a distress beacon from an alien ship in space....
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Sci-fi book series about the ragtag crew of a spaceship who rescue a superhuman, female scientist imprisoned on an icy planet by a gang of pirates

I'm pretty sure that the cover of one of the books shows a giant lizard that is standing on two feet and has some kind of cyborg parts on his noggin. He's facing outwards, looking at another gigantic ...
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SF book about one or more mysterious, pyramid-shaped artefacts that appear at the edge of Earth's solar system

I've been looking for this book for decades. :) I read it in the mid 90s which makes me think it was probably written around that time or in the 80s. It could be part of a series or a standalone book. ...
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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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