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 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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Old (1950s?) paperback featuring insect-sized people battling insects, and main characters named 'Clever' and 'Tall'

Looking for a paperback I read as a kid. The cover had two insect-sized men battling a praying mantis with spears. They also fought ants and termites and cut earthworms into huge steaks. They used the ...
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Book series about a race of feline humanoids that were slaves to an advanced race of lizard humanoids

When I was in the Army 25 years ago, I read a series of three books about an alien race of feline humanoids that were slaves to an advanced race of lizard humanoids. The main character was bought as a ...
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Book about an experimental flying boat, 1930s?

As a child in the '60s I read an action book belonging to my father. The story centred around an experimental and secret privately developed flying boat - literally a ship that looked like a tramp ...
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Book about a boy whose tribe is separated from another tribe by a swamp and taboos. It turns out they're all living aboard a spaceship

The book is about a boy whose tribe is separated from another tribe by a swamp and taboos. He breaks the taboos, finds the monster in the swamp, which is, I think, a machine, and the sky a dome with ...
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Book where a girl discovers she's a cyborg

I read it years ago in high school & it's haunted me since. I only remember a few things with clarity, but one of them is that she goes to a support group following an accident that destroyed her ...
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Multiple-book Series regarding Runewords and Elemental Demons from 2000's-ish

I'm in search of reconnecting with the best book series I have ever read (but forgot the name of)! Essentially there are Humans living life (Pre-guns) farming, but are constantly under attack by ...
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Fantasy book I read in the army between 1986 and 1990

Main character is a monk, mage and swordmaster who has just completed his testing. He has distant hereditary lines to a foreign nation of great wealth and an even greater history of violence, magic, ...
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Fantasy series three books, Australian woman on vacation, travels back in time to Welsh castle, Tae Kwon Do

Looking for title of a series of 3 (to 5) books, probably Australian author. In the first book: A young Australian woman (and Tae Kwon Do expert) vacations in Britain, shortly after the death of her ...
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Sci-fi story: Earth maintained peace by claiming they had a super weapon. The "demonstration" of the test was actually a freak solar flare [duplicate]

I usually have a very good memory for details, but for this story I remember quite little. It contained humanity/earth and some (one?) alien species. At some point an alien fleet was completely wiped ...
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Book about a scientist who gives teens powers

The book had three characters, with the main character being male. The cover art had the three (maybe two) of them at like a deserted carnival. There’s a kid with lighting powers and one with fire. In ...
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An intergalactic battle royale [duplicate]

This book starts off with a human guy being abducted by alien's and they medically process him. After they put him in a cell with a human woman and take them to cargo transport with various other ...
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Looking for a story about a boy, a dream stealer and a magic hat

As far as I remember (from early 2010's), the story I am looking for was published in a colorful children's book with a long title. The book narrated a story (in English) about a young boy trapped in ...
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Book where a generation ship is sent to avenge the Earth after it was destroyed by alien probes

Trying to identify a book where the Earth is destroyed by aliens, using some probes. A generation ship is sent to find and destroy the aliens. Edit: more things I remember about the story (this was a ...
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Book with descriptions of alien races, including one that looked like jellyfish

There was a book a long time ago that I once read. It was beautiful, but what I remember most was a description of a fictional alien race of this giant mind that was made of solar systems or dark ...
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Book about a boy who learns magic and becomes the hero

In this book a young boy witnesses magic as part of an act in his town square by a traveling merchant (designed to locate kids that are sensitive to magic) in a tall brightly colored caravan. That ...
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YA Book about a Banshee

When I was in middle school ( 2012ish?), I read a book that had a young girl as the main character. The young girl had come from a line of banshees. She screams when she is by someone who will die/...
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WereFox / Werewolf / FBI / Conspiracy Series

I'm looking for a series that starts with a female FBI agent that happen to be a werefox and her partner, who's a werewolf. In fact his WHOLE family is in the FBI (or some other government agency). ...
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Book from Cold War era where USSR defeats USA by sabotaging food supply

I read this book about 25 years ago. It was in Polish, titled "Głód" (which means "hunger"). I remember that it involved various ways some US food stocks were sabotaged (both ...
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1980s paperback about a man who traveled on a spaceship made of ice

The spaceship was just an ice chunk floating in space, until the protagonist captured and hollowed it out, put engines and equipment inside, and started it moving. The heat from the engines melted the ...
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Book about a man who is turned into a quadruped while searching for a colony ship on an alien world

A man in a ship lands on a planet with nothing but sharp grass and quadrupeds. He is trying to find out what happened to a colony ship that supposedly landed there. I don't remember why, but he starts ...
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Girl who was set to marry someone but falls in love with another man that lived up the mountain

From what I can remember, this book was about a girl who was set to marry someone but falls in love with another man named Viggo (I think) that lived up the mountain. And he was previously married but ...
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book about self replicating crablike robots who invade North America

I am looking for a book I got from Fictionwise about self replicating crablike robots who invade North America. A NASA scientist has been working on a crab like rover for mars and uses it to battle ...
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Book read in the '80s or '90s about lovers who were either time travelers or reincarnated [duplicate]

I’m looking for a book that I read in the '80s or '90s about lovers who were either time travelers or reincarnated. They had a lot of fights, they went out with other people, and it seems like there ...
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Has Sherlock Holmes ever solved a case with Sci-Fi elements? [closed]

In the many novels and short stories that Arthur Conan Doyle wrote Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson have solved a variety of cases including supernatural elements to politics but has Sherlock Holmes ever ...
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Book about a woman who’s sent to a planet and meets a man with piercing blue eyes

I’m trying to find the name of a book I read in high school. It was a sci fi book about a woman who’s sent to a planet and meets a man with super piercing blue eyes. They’re both from Earth but are on ...
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Book Identification: Choose Your Own Adventure style book with a dog that turns out to be a secret agent for planet Sirius

I remember reading this book as a kid in the early 1990s. It was Choose Your Own Adventure in style, but I don't know if it was actually CYOA brand. From what I recall it was targeted towards middle ...
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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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Book about a female protagonist who's transported from the real world to a fantasy world, then back again

I can't remember a ton of details but this is driving me crazy. Found this book in a used book store in the early 2000s. I think it was written in the 70s-80s, but could be wrong. The protagonist is a ...
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Book about a girl raised on an island she can't leave

I remember the cover being yellow with the profile of a robot/cyborg on it. It's about this girl who is on an island with a man who raises her and teaches her. Tells her she can't leave the island ...
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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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Possibly dystopian novel about telepathic 'lepping', set in the future

I've been looking for this book for a while now but can't seem to find it anywhere. Involved a bunch of teenagers that could talk to each other telepathically (pretty sure they called it 'lepping'). ...
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Graphic book depicting future advertisements and ship cutaways

I encountered a book from the Seattle public library in the 90's that I am still looking to identify to this day. I remember it being slightly oversized, maybe 10" x 14". I believe it was ...
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Book series about a young boy who lives with dragons

From what I remember, the main character is a young boy who goes to live with his dad who lives in a rundown mansion or something similar. When he gets there, he explores a bit and finds out about ...
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Novel about a fighter who accompanies a couple through a portal to fight mantis-like aliens for recognition

I am trying to find the title of a novel I read a couple of years ago. I think Baen was the publisher but I might be wrong about that. The main character was a fighter who always imagined "if I ...
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Book about three magical children in an empire where magic is banned?

I read this trilogy of books some years ago (must be at least 5-6 years ago; perhaps as many as 10). Three children, two boys and a girl, who have been selectively bred over generations to express a ...
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Book about a boy travelling space in a bubble; he has a translation earpiece

The librarian at my school read us a book in the late 1990s/early 2000s about a boy who finds a bubble that he can travel through space in. He visits other planets. The only other things I remember ...
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Early 90's Book Fair book about a post-apocalyptic society where people find skeletons "worshipping" a box - it was illustrated [duplicate]

I'm looking for the title of a book that was likely purchased at a 1990 book fair. It had a blue cover and was likely about people sifting through the rubble, houses, etc. after what seems to be an ...
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Do dwarf women have beards?

In light of Amazon's recent depiction of a non-bearded dwarf woman, and some of the recent controversy around this, the question is what exactly did Tolkien say about bearded dwarf women? Popular ...
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Time distorted space exploration

Looking for a book starting with the abandonment of war torn earth. Scientists discover how to distort time for people and objects. They use that distortion to slow their perception and aging. ...
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Book from the early 80s that had blood sucking borers and parasites that formed a symbiotic relationship with humans

Book from the early 80s that had blood sucking borers and parasites that formed a symbiotic relationship with humans. The end of the book was a spaceship flying and two humans hanging on to the tail.
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Child Fantasy book about a girl with special powers inherited from her mother

A child Fantasy book about a girl with special powers inherited from her mother (she somehow participated in the plot, but maybe only at the beginning). The powers had something to do with her eyes: I ...
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Book about a girl who wants to become the best at racing dragons

The book involved a young girl who was bound to a dragon and they raced in a school like setting. I remember the use of fire breath to destroy obstacles as a part of the race course. I also remember a ...
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Fantasy horror choose your own adventure book series involving a character called the Dark One who assumes the form of a squid

This book series is of the "Choose your own adventure" genre. As far as I remember, it was of the fantasy horror genre. The ones I've read had plenty of either bad ending or "you die&...
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