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 a pair of apes dying, spaceship gives them a shot with medicine and they thrive to become humans

I remember something about Atlantis in the title. The book describes a spaceship going from planet to planet to check on them. They visit a planet where there is a pair of apes dying. These apes are ...
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Does anyone know the title and author of this book where a boy/young man goes into a routine operation and the surgeons discover that he's a robot?

I read this book many years ago, but I can't remember the title or author. It starts with a boy/young man, the protagonist, who undergoes routine surgery, but the surgeons discover advanced ...
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Book about three asteroids hitting Earth, underground bunkers, tunnels, portals and ancient giant civilization, portals work by placing hand

This book was a trilogy, I believe. There were three asteroids heading for the Earth. All powerful people are in underground bunkers awaiting the destruction of parts of the planet. A team of people ...
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Book about miniaturization and reading thoughts

I've read a book in the past about I believe an American scientist that has found a technology to read thoughts (eventually to connect brains,) but his research didn't go well. He was taken to Russia, ...
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Amnesiac character wakes up in a strange city hunted by creatures

I’m trying to remember the name of a book I read a long time ago. I don’t remember much. I do remember the main character wakes up in a darkened area, possibly a city. He has no memory.Then there is ...
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Can anyone tell me the name of a book about a boy with an amber ring who accidentally kills a boy with it and eventually turns out to be a chaos god

It's the first in a series of fantasy books. The boy has a ring that he doesn't know is magic. He gets into a fight one day with another boy and ends up accidentally killing him with the power of the ...
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80s or 90s fantasy book where the protagonist must travel back in time to recruit people to help him fight a war

I started reading a book in 2001. All I remember is the protagonist must travel back in time to recruit people to help him fight a war. I believe Amelia Earhart is one of the characters.
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Did Eric Morecambe have plans for a third book in the "Reluctant Vampire" series?

Thanks to https://scifi.stackexchange.com/a/215914/105070, I reconnected with a hard-to-find, well-loved book from my childhood. Did Eric Morecambe have any plans for a third book in his The Reluctant ...
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Fantasy book about a girl with magical powers who steals things from the rich and gives them to her pawn shop owner friend

I'm trying to find a fantasy book that I read in high school about 2014-2017. The book is about a girl with two magical powers who lives in the basement of a library secretly and steals things from ...
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Children's horror story where there are cold spots in a garden where someone is stealing life force

I am looking to get the name of a children's horror story (might be an RL Stine or similar kind of book) where there are cold spots in a garden where someone (or maybe something) is stealing life ...
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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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Children's Chapter Book, Possibly early 2000s?

There's this children's Chapter Book that I've been looking for for absolutely ages. It involves four kids and they go through this like doorway or portal or something under the table in their little ...
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Book that involves a mom and her son teaming up with the son's father, who was disowned right before the son's birth

The mom and son are in the same division of a space federation and, after a war breaks out, they are ordered by the higher ups to work with a pirate group that was hired to work with them. The father ...
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Short story, blasted Earth with robot avatars

I read this short story in the UK, possibly in the late 1970s. Some guy is shown a possible future (I can't remember by who or why) and it begins with an alien craft suddenly appearing in Earth orbit.....
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Lovecraftian WW2 sci fi novel with three Nazi villains who had wires coming out of their heads, connected to batteries, that gave them their powers

I'm trying to remember a book I read. This would have been around 2017. I believe it was part of a trilogy. It had a Lovecraft vibe; the bad guys were at least 3 Nazis, 2 of whom were brother and ...
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Trying to find a book I read about a boy with supernatural powers who lives in the woods

I want to find this book I read in about 2016. It's about a girl who meets this boy who has black hair and a black horse, he lives in the woods alone. She gets to know him and finds out he is ...
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Sci-fi book about a teen boy that meets an alien boy in human form and becomes friends with him

I read this sci-fi book back in about 1987 in school, at least twice. All I can really remember is it's about a teen boy that meets an alien in human form and they become friends. In one part, they ...
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Novel about a ring giving animal powers (climbing/strength) to a girl

I'm searching for a book about this girl who had this ring that gave her animal superpowers, pretty sure a gecko was one of them, she like climbed into this house. Another one of her abilities was ...
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Book about a programmer who finds a way to get money out of an ATM and give it to the poor [closed]

This book was most likely written in the 1980s. The story is about a programmer who finds a way to get money out of an ATM and give it to the poor. He buys an old van and converts it into a base and ...
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Book about two kids sucked into a video game who fight evil radishes

Trying to recall a book I frequently read as a child. The plot revolves around two kids getting sucked into a video game, and the major thing that’s sticking out to me is that they fought evil ...
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Book with a main character who is kidnapped by space pirates and then trained by aliens to become a spy and assassin

The main character starts in a colony ship which is attacked by pirates his family is killed and he is kidnapped and enslaved by the pirates. The pirates get attacked and killed by a winged, alien ...
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Book where people are continually slipping between "close" parallel alternate worlds/paratime without realizing it?

Only clear recollection from the book is an example along the lines of: Experience: I know I put my keys on the table next to the door, but when I went back they weren't there. Looked all around the ...
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Book with a boy and a world of monsters, who comes upon a woman who is from a dome on the surface

There's a book I'm trying to remember. It follows a boy from a tribe in a world of monsters, their brother is . The tribe comes across a woman that speaks a different language and they take her in as ...
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Book involving ships which use a “screaming female sidhe” for space travel

I read this book 10ish years ago from a library, and I remember this one specific trope about space travel that's always struck with me. The setting was sci-fi in space, with the technology used for ...
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Book series involving magical symbols that would be placed on people, causing some aspect of them to be transferred to someone else [duplicate]

I don't remember a lot of details about the series, but one of the more notable things is that there were these symbols that would be put on people and through a sort of magic, an aspect about them ...
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Book about spacefaring humans that capture some form of alien/spirit (possibly named "angels") found in space

Trying to remember this book has been killing me for the better part of a decade, so hopefully someone can put me out of my self-inflicted misery. I read it in the late-90's or early-00's, borrowed ...
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Fantasy book about a girl who goes through a portal to another world where her parents once ruled a kingdom

I read this book when I was in middle school, so 2015 or 2016. It started with the main character, a girl, in a computer lab, bored out of her mind. A portal to another world opened up and, very ...
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Book, maybe the third in the series, by an author like McFarlane

As a child I was big into reading, and very quickly sci-fi & fantasy became my go to genres. A family member bought me a paperback book, that was much larger in size than your average paperback, ...
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Sci-fi dystopian novel where not being addicted to any substance is illegal

I'm looking to identify a sci-fi novel I read as a teenager I scarcely remember now: Dystopian setting. Not being addicted to any substance is illegal. Smart people choose to get away with being ...
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'80s/'90s post-apocalyptic book with people randomly going insane

I read a book from my dad when I was younger and have been trying to figure out what it was for years. He has no idea what it was. It was a post-apocalyptic book where, I believe, the apocalypse ...
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Young adult series about a boy who travels to a planet of intelligent dogs

There was a series of YA/kids books I read in grade school (late 70s, early 80s) about a science curious boy who would get into a series of adventures with his friends. I think these adventure were ...
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Book series about a boy who slips through time while buying milk for his mother, ending up in a variety of time periods

I read this series book as a kid about 7-8 years ago and I think back then it was very recently published, but I could be wrong. I remember some of the plot line and stories, but I can't remember the ...
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Book about two worlds that collide; one world uses Sun-powered crystals as an energy source, while the other uses blood sacrifice

I’m trying to find a book my father was looking for; he says it was one he read back in the early '90s. He can’t exactly remember any solid details, but he did say that it involves a world that ...
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Sci-fi book about 'zombie' creatures

I'm looking for a book that I read a few years ago (maybe 4 years). I'm not sure of what year it was, but I don't think that it was an old book. I remember it vaguely but I wrote down everything I ...
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Book about a kid who randomly gets powers and is taken in by a girl who works for something like the paranormal police

So there was this book on Wattpad that was later published and you could buy it on Amazon. I believe it was called like Psych. I'm pretty sure the authors name started with a P. So this kid randomly ...
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Science fiction book about some people who were mutants due to an environmental hazard

I read a story in the '80s (not sure when it was written) about some people who were mutants due to an environmental hazard. People ate black eggs from bubble-eyed goldfish to get high. I think the ...
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Book with a half elf protagonist who possessed a mount that he had a friendship with

I don't remember much of this book because I read it nearly a decade ago, but the protagonist was a man. He was either full elf or half elf. I'm quite certain he possessed a mount that he had a ...
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Fantasy book about a priest/cleric of the sun in a world where the sun is fading

The main character was a cleric or priest of a religion which worshipped either fire generally or the sun specifically. He was losing his faith because the sun was gradually getting dimmer, but there'...
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Book about two hostile Mayan or Aztec villages in a valley. Turns out they are in a giant space ship

The plot accelerates when a warrior from one tribe falls in love with a girl from the other tribe. Turns out the two tribes are being kept separate for genetic purposes because the union of the two ...
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Book about a witch that make spells by spelling out words

I remember reading it when I was younger. It definitely came out after 2000, but probably before 2010. It was the first one in a series. The main character (young, 12-ish, female) is a sort of outcast ...
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Book series about a female protagonist who's transported to another world, where she encounters creatures such as gnomes, witches, and sphinxes

I'm looking for a book series that came out before 2003. What I remember is that the main character (MC) is a woman who gets transported to another world. There she meets different kinds of creatures ...
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YA book about kids who have powers but lose them when they get to puberty

Back in around 2015-2016, I read a new book at that time about a kid who gets tested for having a superpower, and essentially he had to guess what a hidden object/drawing was and it was a penguin with ...
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Kids’ book I read in the ‘70s about a family of wizards, older siblings stronger than younger ones, something about cold steel and dragons?

When I was a kid in the ‘70s there was a book I really liked about a family of wizards —- the way magic worked was that you got stronger as you got older so the older siblings were more proficient and ...
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Kids’ picture book about a crash-landed rocket and a robot boy on another planet

A long time ago, around when I was in kindergarten (2006ish) I remember reading a book (or rather, looking at the pictures) from the school library. It was a picture book set on another planet, with ...
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Choose your own adventure book series, including one about an alien invasion, where I think you board the ship to try and beat them

I'm trying to find a series of choose your own adventure books. From what I can remember, they were standalone and the ones I have memory of are: You're a knight exploring a cave/dungeon looking for ...
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Space opera about a Dyson sphere

Help me find a book, please. What I remember is that it was a space opera (fairly huge). It was about a star that suddenly went dark and people were intrigued. They set an expedition to find out why ...
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late 90s, early 2000s high(?) fantasy YA trilogy

All I remember from this trilogy was that it was 3 books in 1 giant book, a little over a thousand pages long, and I read it around 2010. It was already somewhat old by then, so it's possible the ...
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Fiction book where a monster army has destroyed all human armies and is reaching the capital

I only read the 1st few pages of the book but I remember them a little. The world is being destroyed by monsters (do not know what kind) and despite the world's effort it has been fruitless to stop ...
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Book about accidental robot civilization

I have a memory of a book or short story that I read years ago. It was about a group of human explorers who are investigating an uninhabitable planet. They find that a robotic colony ship had crashed, ...
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Fantasy book series about a girl who finds her power as a witch/healer

I’m trying to remember the name of a book series from the '80s/'90s, set in medieval times, about a girl who finds her power as a witch/healer through the series. I believe the main character is ...
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