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 including a computer game

I read this book (or had it read to me at school) a long time ago - probably around 15 years ago. Points I recall The woman/mother and her child are driving somewhere to visit family, and the road is ...
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Book about a girl who is a thief and learns to transform into a puma or cougar

It’s a book with a girl in a kingdom. She has no family but is drawn to animals. She is a thief but later on learns how to transform into a puma or a cougar or some type of cat. She finds a tribe of ...
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Book about a girl or woman who has to go to a school for magical beings

So this book I'm looking for I think the main character goes to a school or something like that for magical beings. There's a lot of people who don't like her and like how well she is doing in ...
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Early 90s book of interviews with scifi authors, includes Pratchett talking about translating jokes to different languages

I am looking for the name of a book I saw in my local bookshop in the early 90s. It was, I believe, a newly published paperback containing either interviews with or descriptions of interviews with ...
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Books about twin girls that are captured and surgically experimented on

I read a young adult book several years ago that was about twin girls that had been captured by either fictional Nazis or it was set in a dystopian world. They were experimented on by being injected ...
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Book where a group of shapeshifting teens band together to fix a carousel

I will preface that I do not know if it's a series or not but I do have a feeling it might be. Female main character that is one of the panthers (with dyed fur). There are only two shapeshifters of ...
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Trilogy about technologically advanced society that sends "actors" to an alternative sword and sorcery type world and streams VR

There was a sci-fi/fantasy series I read years ago. The main premise is a technologically advanced society that somehow managed to access an alternative sword and sorcery type world. "Actors&...
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Science fiction story with a boy and girl protagonist and spider-like alien abductors

The story begins with the daughter of a government scientist before rockets could achieve orbit on earth, and they meet a boy's family who claims that their backwoods family jerry-rigged a satellite ...
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Young adult/teen fiction about a kid that is somehow transported into various numbered worlds

I read this book in the early 2000s. I remember the kid being in a field of wildflowers with a white gazebo that either faded into the air or into water. They were then transported to different ...
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Fantasy fiction book about a man in search of crystals or gems that gave power [duplicate]

I read a book a while back maybe 5 years ago. It was about a man that was hunting/killing creatures (in a canyon I think) to get a crystal/gem from them that gave power or magic. I only read the first ...
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Chapter book where a scientist with lung cancer is abducted by aliens

I'm struggling trying to remember a book from my 3rd grade class (1993–94.) I bought it at my school book fair so it was age appropriate for grade school level. It was a chapter book about a scientist ...
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Book series about a female detective partnered with a part-human, part-demon, male cop

Read this series around about 2008-2010; thought they were either by Rachel Caine or Kelley Armstrong, but from what I can see I must be mistaken. From what I can remember of the concept, humans and ...
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YA Book about a village girl who runs away with 2 friends

hiya this book has been PLAGUING my mind for over 6 years; it’s been so long i am beginning to doubt the little details that i know:/ It is a definitely book for teenagers with the genre of dystopian/...
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Late 80s early 90s young adult fiction sci-fi series with teenagers in space stranded on a planet

I read a series of paperbacks in the late 80s or early 90s that I found at my local library. I don't know how many books there were because I never finished the series. I feel like I read 3 to 5 and ...
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Boy from Earth who later finds out he can teleport accused for the murder of the leader of another planet

A boy is arrested for the murder of some important leader of a planet. He is transported to space using multi-dimensional teleportation or something. I think he might be kidnapped at some point by ...
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Book about an engineered human who can change his body and calculate the future

The main recollection I have is that the main protagonist is an engineered being, mostly human, but who can enter a state that lasts a few weeks, in which the protagonist can change its body, even its ...
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Sci-fi book series in which time travellers from the future salvage valuable equipment from moments in time that won't impact the future

I’m trying to recall a book about time travel that I read maybe 5-10 years ago. Some of the details I remember include: The setting is futuristic, where humanity has spread across the solar system (...
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Book about a young man who wants to win a school science fair, who goes through water portals and speaks to spiritual beings

I read this book in 2021. It's based in Washington I believe. It's about a young man who is really intelligent and wants to win a science fair contest for his school. At the same time he kayaks to his ...
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Looking for a book where there was a drug that permanently increased intelligence

The premise of the book was there was this drug that would permanently increase your intelligence. It was very tightly controlled by the vaguely socialistic world government. The MC's twin brother had ...
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Sci-fi book with a galaxy like Andromeda in a planet's sky on the cover

I remember reading this when I was at school (I pretty much lived in the library and the sci-fi section was my idea of heaven <3) which would have been 1985-ish through to 2000-ish? But literally ...
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Looking for a manga about a ghost girl and a boy who can see ghosts

I read this three or four years ago . . . the details are hazy. I looked this up but couldn't find it (since I read this online). I remember: It's a manga! (surprise!) The main character is a boy He ...
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Book with a man on an alien planet who cooked biscuits for the aliens in a copper kettle

I read a sci-fi book back in high school, around 88-91. It involved a frontier man on alien planet and fuzzy aliens who liked biscuits cooked in a brass or copper kettle.
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Book series in which a girl in a village is taken away by soldiers

I started reading a fantasy book many years ago. I want to finish it now but cannot remember what it was called. This is very vague. It starts with a girl in a village, possibly a fishing village, and ...
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Children's book about boy going under the covers and enter a cave and having an adventure

Book was borrowed from my then-local library back in the '90s, so '90s or before for publication date. I remember the crawling under the covers and the cave part vividly, but that's it. Short, ...
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Book where people get implanted microchips and a segment of the population is eliminated

I recall a book years ago about a tech expansion which culminated in humans with microchips in their necks. All money became electronic and a tech company can/does eliminate a whole cohort of the ...
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Kids book where a boy is captured by a witch

Looking for a picture kids book where a farm boy gets captured by a witch. She rolls out dough the length of him to make him into a sandwich. At night her body detaches. Her arms go lay by the fire ...
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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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Young adult book fantasy series featuring a knight that receives a blood transfusion, and the Aztec god, Huītzilōpōchtli, as one of the antagonists

I'm trying to find a book series I remember reading as a kid (9-12 years old, around 2000). There are several distinct memories of the book, but I have no clue about the plot. The Aztec god, ...
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Story from Middle-earth about the events of "The Lord of the Rings" being a lie

In the early 2010s, I read a book about a group of adventurers in Middle-earth who retraced the steps of the Fellowship of the Ring and Frodo, only to gradually learn that the history of the Ring and ...
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Young Adult book about a Teen Witch Girl

I read this book and I think it was the second in the series. I was in middle school reading this in like 2007. It's about a teen witch in HS I think. She is currently dating her ex boyfriend's older ...
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Trying to remember book title: dystopian world where people have to have sex every day to survive

This book is set in a city where frequent sex (without pleasure) is the only way to survive. Then, somebody falls in love. May be first book of a trilogy. Would have been written before 2001. I should ...
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Fantasy book about a boy with a set of 7 apparitions, one of which is very loyal and another has a jackal head

I remember reading this young adult book about a decade ago. It's about this boy whose uncle dies and he inherits this tome, which I believe is called 'the book of seven'. It contains 7 apparitions (...
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Science fiction novel featuring a hillbilly roadside mechanic

I'm looking for an old sci-fi book. It features a hillbilly roadside mechanic who turns out to be some kind of super genius with mechanical things, but has poor money and social skills. He fixes the ...
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Dark insectoid race and a twist with wine or salt

Looking for a fantasy book I read as a child,in the late 90s, early 2000, set in a medieval-like world. My recollection is very fuzzy so some of the next elements might be incorrect. The main plot ...
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90’s-00’s fantasy book about fae/elf who have to breed with goblins to produce fae/elf children

I read a book, probably late 90’s where a fae or elf girl’s mother had died. She was arranged a marriage, and set up an estate with her husband. But all their children were demi-fae, brownies etc. She ...
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Help finding the name of a book about/containing a self harming angel?

I come here one more time to help my friend again, she's trying to remember a book she read around 8 years ago. What she remembers is that it depicted an angel covered in scars, each scar she ...
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Book about a boy and a finger monkey

I had borrowed a book about a boy and a finger monkey. The boy had got the finger monkey from a create-anything box or something like that and found out a dispute over time travel machine which led to ...
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Young adult fantasy book about two brothers learn magic including paintings that come to life

About 8 years ago now I read a book about this community. They had some type of sorting system (think Divergent). There were a set of brothers who got on this bus thinking they were going to be killed....
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Follow up to Carl Sagan’s "Contact" with a character deciphering pi

I remember reading the back cover of a novel some years ago that described itself as a kind of unofficial follow up to Carl Sagan Contact novel. I remember something about the original message ...
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Book in which there are creatures with large gems embedded into them [duplicate]

I read these series of books (never completed them though) that were several volumes (at least 4 or 5, possibly more). I read these when I was 10-ish, so around 2007. The books were much older but I ...
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Book about a girl finding out her father is from another planet

Book about a girl finding out her father is from another planet. A medium tells her on her 11th or 13th birthday to light a black candle. She keeps having these visions of a different place that her ...
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Book where a king is cursed with infertility so the queen's daughter will inherit

Can remember a few scenes in it. Near the beginning the queen, who is a witch, is casting a curse on her husband the king. She has a handkerchief with his seed on it that she has tied into 9 knots. ...
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Trying to identify a SF novel in which humans capture some creatures for sport but in neutrino universe there are intelligent beings

Trying to identify a SF novel that I read about 35 years ago. It was in Turkish but was translated from another language, probably English. Humans capture some creatures for sport in space. These ...
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Novel where a group of video-game-playing friends are told that the game was real. They enter the game together

I read this book a few years ago and I want to reread it. A group of friends plays a video game together. They do a massive feat in the game and then are told that the game is based off reality and ...
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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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Fantasy novel. A group of adventures fight a mage using a red and blue gem that can only be used by specific genders

When I was younger I read a series that had to do with a group of people trying to defeat a powerful evil mage. The group included the male main character, a female main character, a harpy, and a ...
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Young adult science fiction book series about a teen boy with two scientist parents who tell him to run one day when people show up

Looking for a young adult book series I read as a kid, around 2013/2014. From what I can remember, the protagonist is a teen boy. He lives with two scientist parents and they move a lot. He comes home ...
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Fantasy paperback about a sorceress/witch that could turn her minions into wolves

This would have been a book I found in the early 2000's. I don't remember much about it other than there was a sorceress/witch that could turn her minions into wolves. The cover had a stone castle, ...
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Young adult fantasy book series about the 13th child of a blacksmith

I read these books a couple of decades ago. Not sure when they were published, but I thought they were recent then. I got through three books, but am not sure how many more there were. In the story, a ...
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Fantasy novel with orbs on the cover. Main character grows up in a walled village

I read this book a couple of years ago. The main character grew up in a farm village. He was forced to live some place that was walled in. It had walls and a big circle door entering the village. I ...
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