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 where adults are turning into monsters like zombies, and a boy takes refuge with other children in a school classroom

I remember reading a book about two years ago, but I can't remember the name. It's a young adult book, and I know there are at least two books in the series. One of the main characters is a boy whose ...
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Sci-fi book from '70s or '80s. The government has hundreds of planets that specialize. One planet specializes in mercenaries

Sci-fi book from '70s or '80s. The government has hundreds of planets and manages them inefficiently. They are having individual planets rebel and it is happening more often. When the regular military ...
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Sci-fi book where main characters play multidimensonal chess aboard a spacecraft

Humans travelling in space play multidimensional chess games (7 dimensions?). One of the female characters may have a name "stormy..." or similar. I read it in italian translation as a kid ...
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Book about a little girl that found that if she pulled the plug of a bathtub full of water she could leave home

I read this book in the mid to late fifties. The little girl was very withdrawn and shy. She enjoyed spending time alone but somehow discovered when taking a bath if she pulled the drain plug before ...
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Sci-fi book where a scientist, researcher and special agent on Mars was communicating with telepathic cat-like creatures

I am searching for a sci-fi book where a scientist, researcher and special agent on Mars was communicating with telepathic cat-like creatures, to sort out a local conflict. In the story there was a ...
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Paperback about an Aboriginal Australian who travels through space via hand signs painted on rock walls

A young Australian Aborigine woman can travel through space via the hand signs painted on rock walls in the outback. A young Welsh [from Wales] woman is jealous of this power and tries to steal it. It ...
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Book where a mysterious alien body, resembling an Easter Island statue, is discovered

I remember reading a story about a mysterious body being found. When it was revived, it resembled an Easter Island statue. However the being was an alien (if I remember rightly) that had been entombed ...
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Book About Survival Test on Another Planet

I remember picking up a book a while ago (4-5 years ago?), managed to read the first few chapters. It seems similar to "Tunnel in the Sky" but the details don't match up. I remember the main ...
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Young-adult book: Post-apocalyptic, Teens living in Caves/Bunker, Written as Diary/Journal

I'm searching for a post-apocalyptic young-adult book featuring two teens living in caves or a bunker. I remember reading it in late 1970s in a Danish translation. The cover for that edition has a ...
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I'm looking for a book about clones in a murder mystery

It sticks in my mind that it was one of the golden age/ transition sci-fi authors, but I can't remember who. The basic story was clones being murdered, and as it dies, the clone's final moments are ...
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YA fantasy book about two siblings involved with magic. The older sister's name begins with an 'A' and the younger brother's name begins with a 'Z'

I read it as a child and have spent years trying to find it again. It was a reasonably large book, the first chapter (the introduction of the siblings) talks about the older sister's name beginning ...
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Sci-fi book about a boy with a brain tumor that causes him to feel constantly happy, despite the fact that he's heading towards death

I think the book is rather recent — less than 15 years old? — and the author rather young, but I'm not sure. Most likely, it was an American author. The boy (a teenager or a young man?) has a brain ...
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Book - A girl who gets possessed by a doll of a dead spirit in a coastal village?

I've read a translation of this book about 10 years ago. The original book is probably English, because it had English names as I recall. I'm not very good with remembering the names. The language of ...
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90's (or earlier) book about a super-human who was the oldest rookie in the NFL

I’m looking for this science-fiction book (in English) that I read in the early 90’s. It started out with a 40+ year old man who became the oldest rookie in American football (NFL.) It was a super-...
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Sci-fi novel about a PI who is also a jazz musician [duplicate]

The plot revolves around a private investigator in early 20th century Paris, who is also a jazz musician, and I believe not very successful at either. He meets a woman (presumably she comes to him ...
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Book where an important part of society is a game where there's a reward for defeating a gamemaster

I only read the Wikipedia summary of a book. In it, a video game of some kind plays an important role in society. I don't know if it's a computer, console, or VR game. Anyways, I think one of the ...
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What places did Terry Brooks forget Walker Boh was missing his lower right arm?

Since I was a child, soon after Terry Brooks published The Sword of Shannara (1977), I have enjoyed his writing. I know he has his critics, and as any author (especially of sci-fi/fantasy), he has ...
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Children's creepy illustrated graphic book series from the late '70s - one story involves a man disrespecting the statue of a spider god

I have been searching for this series of illustrated (I think black & white) creepy children's comic/graphic books I used to get out of the library in the late '70s. Each little book had like four ...
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Alien invasion book where the aliens first introduce an invasive species from another planet to weaken them

I'm trying to find a science fiction book from many years ago but I don't remember the name or author. I borrowed it from the library in the late '80s or early '90s. The plot was generally about an ...
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1960s novel opens with astronaut waking from suspended animation to witness destruction of earth by tugging it into the sun

Looking for a book which I read in the 70s, which opens with the narrator, who is some sort of 20th/21st century astronaut, waking from a hugely over-extended suspended animation in the distant future ...
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Sci-fi book about a family of space explorers who wake up from suspended animation, and land on a planet populated by lifeforms they call Churrs

This book is probably older, because it was few years ago that I read it, maybe around 2016 or so, and it was for a class that I read it. I cannot remember the title or many details about said book's ...
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Book about two humans who genetically engineer themselves to be able to exist in outer space

I am trying to find out the title of a book. I read the book sometime between 2004 and 2010 I believe. It was a science fiction book about genetic engineering. I know in the book they were mixing ...
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Space saga book series where the wealthy can afford to transfer their minds into younger bodies grown from their DNA

This book series was I believe at least three books long. I started reading it 10+ years ago. This was hard science fiction not fantasy. It starts with a murder of a wealthy person. The wealthy can ...
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YA sci-fi book where an empathic (or color changing) alien befriends a young girl

I think the cover had the female protagonist, standing, facing towards the front, maybe slightly turned as if to look back. All I really remember is that she makes friends with one of the aliens ...
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Book about a spacecraft flying towards a distant planet that had been seeded hundreds of years earlier

I am looking for a book I started to read more than 20 years ago. It starts out with a ship flying towards a planet that had been seeded hundreds of years earlier. It has a lot of political intrigue ...
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1980s book where humans return to Earth and find magical creatures are back

I am trying to find a 1980s science fiction title about humans who return to Earth and find magical creatures are back. The cover had a tree or woods on it, and a blond male in a spacesuit who was ...
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Fantasy book with a "sympathy" amulet that makes people more friendly to the protagonist

I'm looking for a book that I've read maybe 10/15 years ago (it might be older though), and I think it was fantasy. The only element I remember is that at some point, the protagonist is given an ...
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Book about kids who were separated into houses and had to compete in some sort of survivalist game

The book was about kids who were separated into houses and had to compete in some sort of survivalist game. I think there were four houses; one I remember lasted on eating lots of bread, so they were ...
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Syfy book club in 1980s about monkeys that do coupling all the time

I’m looking for books that had to do with what I would describe as monkeys that do coupling all the time. I cannot remember the name of book or author, but I really enjoyed it and would like the names ...
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Book where two or three kids are stuck in a video game and have to sneak past a giant at one point

So I read a story in middle school about these two or three kids who went into a video game and got stuck there but had to beat it to get out. I can hardly remember anything about the plot but I know ...
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How many people died in the mainline series of Goosebumps?

Goosebumps is known to be substantially tempered compared to other horror series and anthologies, even ones written by R.L. Stine himself. (Such as Fear Street). The gore is minimal, which is probably ...
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Main character has to go to a school for magicless people

I read this book 5 years ago and I feel like reading it again. In this world whenever kids reach a certain age they must take a test to see how powerful their magical abilities are. They use numbers ...
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Book involving a young soldier in nanite-based armour, a space graveyard scavenger, ripped space-time, and giant manta ray-like creatures

It is a book I read about 20 years ago. I remember a young soldier in a one-of-a-kind nanite-based armour, a space graveyard scavenger (who wanted to save his daughter, if I remember correctly), ...
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Sci-fi book about a species of primitive creatures, which evolve into a technologically advanced society seeking to conquer whole galaxies

The plot of the book is the following. On a planet lives a primitive species of sheep-like creatures, which evolve into a technologically advanced society. In the process of their evolution, over ...
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Alien guides human history to deliver circuitry to repair damaged spaceship [duplicate]

There was a science-fiction story or book where an alien lands on one of the moons of Saturn or Jupiter with its damaged spaceship. The alien is extremely intelligent, powerful and has a long, long ...
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Book about a fantasy world where the more runes you have, the stronger you are, and the nobility have loads [duplicate]

When I was a kid, I remember reading a book about this fantasy world where you can be imbued with runes. I apologize if this is vague but I will jot down some memories I have of it: The more runes ...
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Girl lives underground with horrible people whose names all start with "W" or "U."

It's a children's book. In the underground world, everyone's names start with the same letter and there is a king. I remember they were not nice people. She goes above ground and meets a boy, and they ...
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Book about a boy who doesn't have magic and anyone who doesn't have magic is banished [duplicate]

I'm finding a book about a kid who doesn't have magic but most people do and the people who don't have magic are banished to a place outside of the city. The boy tries his best to pretend his magic by ...
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Children's book about a child that falls into a puddle and travels through a dark, twisted realm

In the 1990s, when I was a child living in England (UK), I had an illustrated story book that my mother had bought me which was about a young child who falls into a puddle on a rainy day. When the ...
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Story about future special forces fighting nano-tech aliens

The main plot of the story is that all the different special forces (SAS, Royal Marines, Delta Force, GSG-9, etc.) are fighting aliens made from a sort of nanotech grey-goo. The alien goo is ...
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Book series about superpowered teenaged clones with tattoos on their heels

I remember a lot of the plot except for characters’ names or the series/books names. Basically a teenage girl learns that her grandfather/caretaker was a scientist who participated in cloning humans ...
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High fantasy book series about a boy who's attacked by a werecat, and is discovered to have a magical talent

The boy leaves his village with a female wizard. On their way to the magic academy, he is attacked by a cat were-creature, and is infected and turns into a werecat himself, which gives him more ...
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Name of sci fi book where academy entrance exam is "impossible"

I can almost quote the text, I recall it so well, but which book it comes from is escaping me. I want to say "Starship Troopers", but that really doesn't fit. The protagonist is a young man ...
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YA fantasy book; a boy and a girl meet in a dream world

I have been searching for this for years! I got it out of the library when I was 12 or 13 so about 15 years ago now, but I have no clue when it would have been released and my family have no idea what ...
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Help in identifying a book series where two boys and a girl journey through different worlds

I read a book of this series a long time ago. It wasn't the first in the series. There were three main characters I think. I don't remember the plot or the motive but the characters were going ...
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Fantasy book series about two children climbing trees that take them to other worlds

I’m having a really hard time remembering the name of a book series… It was about two children who find trees that when climbed take them to other worlds. There were many different trees and each one ...
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Trying to find a children's book series from the 1980s [duplicate]

In the mid-1980s I read a series of books (possibly a trilogy) aimed at the 9+ age bracket. I don't remember much about the story except that it was set in a distant galaxy (no Earth references), and ...
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Book Identification: Gas Giant with breathable atmosphere and burning core

I am trying to remember the name of a science fiction book I borrowed from a library in Ohio sometime between the years 2001–2009, though it was probably closer to the end of that period than the ...
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Book where a young boy's father worked in a museum and he had to go through history

A young boy's father worked in a museum. He had to go through history and ends in Egypt. The boy had to collect something and there were playing cards in the back of the book. It's a series that has 5 ...
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Choose Your Own Adventure type gamebook about a knight vs a demon

My brother and I remember a choose your own adventure type game book that we can't find. The cover depicts a young knight crouched towards the bottom of the cover, wearing silver/blue armor and ...

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