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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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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Fantasy book about a guy who is slowly turning into stone after entering a different world through a mirror

I’m dying to find this one book I read in like 2011 or something. I barely remember much but I think it was a guy who went through a mirror in an abandoned house or something? And he enters a ...
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Book involving a hero on a hostile planet wearing a mechanised suit which is wrecked

I read this book some time ago - the hero is asked to carry out some task on a hostile planet and used a suit that is like a self contained spaceship. The suit supposedly is proof against all hazards ...
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Book about a young girl with something to do with the Moon

I remember very few details about the book. I read it in the 1990s. I remember it had a young girl who lives in a clan, maybe? There was something to do with the Moon. I think they had advanced ...
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Kids scifi adventure story with a boy recruited by aliens

Looking for a book from late 70s early 80s. Aimed at ~10years No title, no author info. Pages with text and pictures. As I recall the cover was mainly black / Space background, with main character (...
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Book about an evil carnival run by a woman named Cassandra

The games are designed to keep people trapped. There was a mirror "game" where the more you go through them the more monstrous you look.
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1990s science fiction book with alien-made biological metal-eating missiles used by a human empire against their enemy

Book starts out with Independent Planet being invaded by Human bad guy Empire. Independent Planet asks Human good guy Alliance for help. Alliance will help, but it takes them some time to help; ...
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Book about a fantasy world with mage colleges/cities that battle with armies

Looking for a book or perhaps a series. I am thinking pre-2005, as I only have vague memories of reading it in my teenage years. Of what I can remember, these are the main points. Mage colleges/...
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Uneducated and simple-minded character creates device to draw gold from sea water and a force field that wards off enemy missiles

The character in this book is a simple-minded savant who has a knack for making things as he needs them. In the course of the book, he invents a device that draws gold from sea water (or any substance ...
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Children's book: family of explorers with a spaceship, use gas-filled seedpods to fly after a crash

I remember reading a children's book in the 1970s/1980s about a family with their own spaceship exploring new planets. I believe there were 2 parents, 2 children, and a dog-like pet. The main plot ...
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Young adult book series about aliens or hybrids with silver blood

Young adult book series about aliens or hybrids with silver blood. One gains the ability to be a martial arts master. There is a girl who joins and says her blood is like their blood, implying it was ...
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1980s Sci Fi book trilogy with star gate like portals during a galactic interregnum

I read a set of sci fi books during the early 1980s. The population were escaping a cataclysmic event using star gate type portals and there was a decline into a galaxy wide interregnum.
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2010s young adult fantasy book about a teenager who goes to live in a mansion and a young relative who watches an evil TV show

I think he moved to the New England area. I remember him having magical powers and living in a mansion. If I recall correctly, there was a younger relative (maybe a cousin) who watched this evil TV ...
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Book where Patton or MacArthur teams up with Robert E.Lee in an apocalyptic world

A friend told me he read an excellent SF book years ago where Patton or maybe MacArthur partnered somehow with Robert E. Lee in a near-future apocalyptic world. Who knows this?
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Book about a girl who finds out she was a fairy sent away to keep her safe, and gets sent someone to protect her

I’m pretty sure the cover has the girl in a dress sitting down next to a pool of water. She was born a fairy but brought up as human and eventually finds out she was actually a fairy sent away for her ...
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Sci-fi book read in the early 2000s about a video game developer evading kidnappers, who want his in-game geology algorithm, I think

The main protagonist was a genius game designer / CEO of a computer game company, who knew where the minable resources in the game were, because he was the one who created the very realistic geology ...
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Book with people who wake up in pods in the middle of the street

I don't remember much about this story other than it is quite old. In the plot all I can remember is that there were a group of people who wake up in pods in the middle of the street of a town. I ...
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Book about an invented material that can raise the dead but is toxic to the living [duplicate]

Book I read in the early 1970s about a group of scientists who invent or discover a material that allows dead people to be brought back to life, but is toxic to living beings. They use it to bring ...
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Book involving an AI/robot planet that became cut off from humans

I'm trying to remember the name of a sci-fi book in English that I must have read in the last 10 years, but have gone through my Kindle history and can’t seem to find it. I'm pretty sure that it was a ...
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Series of books/novellas, involving a depopulated Earth, mass infertility, a religious cult, time travel, and Amazon warriors

There was a series of books/novellas in the '70s or so, involving a very depopulated Earth due to a chemical/drug error that made all females who lived in modern society infertile. A prophet had ...
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Children's/YA fantasy book where the protagonist is briefly possessed by the villain

I'm looking for a book/series that I read probably 8-10 years ago (although it could have come out earlier). In the book, the hero makes some kind of deal with a possessing entity, where that entity ...
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Fantasy/sci-fi book about a boy who gets superpowers from the future

I read this book a over a decade ago. and even then the book looked old. I can't say exactly when it came out. Each chapter was written in a different style. Some in first-person, some in third-person,...
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Sci-fi book series about interstellar war between humans who mind meld with technology and aliens in ceramic ships [duplicate]

I started reading this book series around 2000 from the school library and changed schools before finishing. I believe it was a series, possibly a trilogy, told from both the humans and the aliens ...
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Origin of "nuke Mars now"

I'm currently reading Emerald Sea by John Ringo (book 2 of his Council Wars series). It's set several centuries into the future. This phrase has been used, and I'm wondering if anyone knows the origin....
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Book about organization who can erase time [duplicate]

Has anyone heard about a book where there’s an organization that can erase people or time streams and one of the guys involved falls in love with someone he’s suppose to erase?
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Book about a space warrior pilot, augmented with his AI-based spaceship, who crash lands on Earth and meets a girl [duplicate]

I read this book a while back, then gave it to someone to read, and it was never returned; I have been looking for it ever since. Below is the plotline. If anyone can give me the name of the book and ...
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Looking for a book that is sci-fi/thriller maybe about a robot girl?

I read this book about 7ish years ago in the library at my middle school. The plot that I remember is there’s this girl who is a robot (I think) and she didn’t know that she is and when she finds out ...
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What changes were made for the second edition of 'The Martian'?

I read Andy Weir's novel The Martian when it was first released as a Kindle edition. Some time after that I got a notification from Amazon that a second edition was available, which downloaded ...
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Book about building a space elevator on the island of São Tomé; also sonic manufacturing and mind transference

I read this a few years ago but forgot the title. The book starts out with a manufacturing company that, through some corporate savvy, eventually makes a breakthrough in using sonic waves to ...
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What exactly did Galadriel fear/know/assume would happen if she had accepted the Ring? [duplicate]

A frustrating part is where Frodo actually (sort of) offers the Ring to Galadriel. She appears to laugh and find it almost funny, and fight some internal battle against herself, until her "good ...
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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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Kids' book about a boy who is taken on an adventure in some kind of ancient, alien flying machine

I'm trying to remember the name of a book I read pre-2006 about a boy who is taken on an adventure in some kind of flying ancient, alien car/spaceship. He flies over the great pyramids in Egypt and he ...
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Young adult book about a traveling snake oil salesman selling magic elixirs that worked, including a strength potion

I read this book in the mid-to-late '90s. It was about a traveling snake oil salesman in one of those old horse-drawn carriages, and he had magic elixirs and potions which actually worked. I vaguely ...
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Story (or series) with AI copies of people with 'alpha' or 'beta' quality, artifact searching

I remember reading a book a while back and was curious to finish it, but lost it. Story elements I recall: characters can copy/replicate themselves (or at least their minds) and there are two 'grades'...
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Youth Christian sci-fi book trilogy featuring a telepathic man and woman, who're separated but find their way back to one another

I can't find these books for the life of me, and thought I'd give this a shot. Looking for a sci-fi book trilogy I think I read in the early-to-mid-'90s. I think the main character was named "...
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Book about a guy who discovers he has super-hearing and then other powers

It starts out with us finding out the main character has superpowers because he can hear his neighbours' kettle going off and various other things that he shouldn't be able to hear. He finds out his ...
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Middle school book about kid who sees an evil version of himself

This is very vague and you probably won’t know but I vaguely remembered a book series that had 3 books (I think). In one of the books the main character goes on a road trip and sees himself in the ...
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Fiction book about a boy who finds out he has some kind of powers from another boy while at school and joins some government-like group with him

I read this book in middle school around 2013 maybe, about a 12-14 year old boy, (Boy A) who meets (Boy B) after somehow making a table flip with his mind in the cafeteria; (Boy B) tells him that he ...
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In one of Heinlein's lesser-known novels, he described an unusual ability to detect metal objects without looking at them. Which one?

When I was young I had the seeming ability to "feel" metal objects in the dark, or with my eyes closed, from a spot deep in the center of my forehead behind the bridge of my nose. Yeah, I ...
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Book(s) dragon turned into a human and cast into a low magic modern world

I read this more recent book series a while ago (within last couple of years). Book was about a dragon who angered another elder dragon and had then got his magic bound, turned into a human, and cast ...
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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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3rd installment of "King Killer Chronicles" by Patrick Rothfuss [duplicate]

Is there any information out there regarding the 3rd installment after The Name of the Wind and A Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss? I believe it's to be called The Stone Door. It's been rumored to ...
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Book about a space traveler who meets a cat-like alien on another planet

I read this around 10 years ago and it was an old book I bought from the school library. It was maybe around 200-300 pages and not a large book. I read it when I was young, so I don't remember ...
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Book about a man who repeatedly dies by fire and is reincarnated through the ages

It was about 30-odd years ago perhaps, but I read an amazing book that starts in an ancient (perhaps Neolithic) period and recounts the story of a man who repeatedly dies and is reincarnated, again ...
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Residents of invaded planet turned into living sewage system

I heard about this species from a book where a planet was invaded and the people ended up being turned into living sewage systems; they were cubed and couldn't move. I don't know the book but I was ...
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"Hunger Games"-esque book where teens are run through a gauntlet of ruthless tests, and pitted against one another

The book focuses on a girl (first-person perspective) who enters a program designed to help provide better jobs for poor families, following in her older brother's footsteps (going against her parents'...
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Book Id - sci-fi contemporary man becomes champion with big hammer?

I am trying to find a novel I had at one time that was a story where dimensional shift or alien arrival resulted in champions emerging with special abilities - main character was male, pretty much a ...
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Sci-fi book about two guys (one with a cybernetic arm) who fight shape-changers. The story also involves a race of cat-like telepaths

I read this book; I think it was part two of a series from the '80s / '90s. The main characters are a guy and his buddy, who has a cybernetic arm. They were fighting shape-changers and had no way to ...
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Story Identification. Apollo reincarnated lover [closed]

I read this story about 4/5 years ago about the Greek god Apollo having a lover who keeps getting reincarnated. Set in modern times.
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Space series featuring feathered humanoids, as well as a pig-like race killing humans

I read a book about a pig-like race killing humans in space there were also avians that looked like humans, with feathers so fine they look like hair. Space series with some humans over everything ...
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