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 boy and a girl from opposite sides of a magical forest

Book about young girl from one side of magical forest, and boy is from wizards on the other side of magical forest and they don't get along. The boy should have magic, but his hasn't come in yet, and ...
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Other world ruled by evil sorcerer

I search a book I read a long time ago (approximately 2011). It is a fantasy book series about an other world that is connected with our world through little wooden portals (small enough to fit into a ...
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Book where a woman from an all-female planet falls to another planet

This book has a planet with all females. The planet is linked to another world. The protagonist falls to that planet and is found by a brother and sister. I think the sister could understand her or ...
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Older sister is taken and replaced with a mud golem

The book was about an older sister that gets taken and replaced by what I think was a mud golem of some sorts, possibly as a result of magic. In case someone wanted to check it out, I highly recommend ...
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Book about a religious kid who starts to see mythical creatures in the real world

I've been looking for this book I read in 2007-2008 when I was in high school. Basically there's this religious kid who starts seeing mythical creatures in the real world. If memories serve me right ...
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Book about a girl who found a portal in the woods to a violent and ruthless fairy world

From what I remember this girl found a portal in the woods to a fairy world but the fairies went more along with Grimm tales, they were violent and ruthless. A lot of people are trying to kidnap her ...
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80s thriller sci-fi book in which characters are somehow 'changed' or 'copied' by gems that are buried underground

The book takes place in a 70s or 80s contemporary setting (I read it in the 80s). The characters are somehow 'changed' or 'copied' by gems that are buried underground. The main character was changed /...
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Book involving a war with aliens, space travel, and time dilation [duplicate]

This is all I remember of the book: Humanity gets into a fight with aliens that have weird bodies. It turns out by the end of the book that the aliens are all duplicates of the same alien. The book ...
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Scientists in Antarctica dig up a Neanderthal and impregnate a woman with its DNA

SF book where a scientist digs up a Neanderthal and take the DNA from it and use it to impregnate a woman trying to recreate a Neanderthal. However when she is impregnated the twins inside her grow ...
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Paperback from the 80s where a fight against aliens attacking Earth begins with an F15 intercepting them over Colorado

I read a paperback in the early 80s, can't remember the title. Aliens were going to attack Earth but Earth was warned as scouts attacked early around Colorado and we figured them out. The planet got ...
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Book about a female with animal tattoos that can move around on her body

I think I read this book in the mid to late 2000s. The main character is female with tattoos that can move around on her body. She can even take them off and they become small figurines until she puts ...
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Fantasy book series with a female protagonist who uses psychic powers to kill some people and torture someone for information

I read a book series a few years back that was amazing but I can’t remember the author or title for the life of me. It’s a fantasy series based in the past. The first book starts finding a female ...
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Can anyone identify this early 90s horror story about a monster using a grapling hook to catch people

I bought this book in 1993/1994 from a cheap book store. It was a grisly horror about some "monster" creature that lived on top of buildings in a New York like city. It would swing a ...
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Fantasy-type book where a girl’s dad is beheaded by logs, she has a blind friend with synesthesia, and she meets her soulmate in a dream world

I read this fantasy-type book around 2010–2012, and I only remember a few things about it. The main character's dad is dead because he was riding a motorcycle or something and was beheaded by logs ...
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Book about an alien invasion with: a disease, a dead person's mansion, aliens playing in the water, and a missile launch at Vandenberg AFB

I'm looking for a book about an alien invasion. I can recall that there's a disease that kills a lot of people, and this man is in some dead person's mansion, possibly in Los Angeles. I believe the ...
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Time travel, pre historic book title search. Characters named Mark and Umsee

Looking for a book, read about 1995-2000 where the main character Mark is struck by lightning in modern day Dallas and woke up in primitive Texas, about 1000 years earlier. He travels east to Hot ...
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Book or short story about two boys or men who fall down a hole into a cavern where dinosaurs roam

This might be a tricky one. It may be more of a short story. I only know the plot. Two boys or maybe men are exploring near water in a jungle when a large predator cat scares them into a nearby cave. ...
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Sci-fi book featuring an alien character which reproduced by budding

I'm looking for a sci-fi book I read in probably the mid to late 80s. I recall an alien character — possibly not immediately identified as an alien — that was "pregnant" with its offspring, ...
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Book series in which a school teacher wakes up and discovers he has become a dragon

I remember a series where I think a school teacher wakes up and discovers he is a dragon or has become a dragon. He is inhabiting the body of a member of a family of dragons and they are unaware he ...
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Obscure sci-fi illustration book showing speculative alien life forms on other worlds

This book has to have been published in the early '90s or before. It was an illustration book showing speculative alien life forms on other worlds. I checked it out from the library at school every ...
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Book about a girl travelling to the center of a desert just to find out she herself is part alien

I remember this book I read years ago but only some details. I remember the premise was that the moon had stopped or was broken up. I remember specifically a city being destroyed. I think the story ...
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Book about 2-4 kids who go to a mansion and a statue comes alive to chase them

The house transports them to somewhere I cant fully remember. In a later book I believe they go to an old Roman arena and the older child fights in it.
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Book written early 80s or before about a 2m tall student on a school spaceship [duplicate]

Book is about several students from different planets but all human on a school spaceship. The main character is at least 2 meters tall. This comes into the plot because when they visit earth he has ...
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Book/webtoon about a boy with lightning(?) powers who was sent to army(?) school to practice

I am looking for a book or the webtoon that was based on that book. I lost my webtoon account and I can't find the title. As I remember, it was about a boy with superpowers (probably lightning) that ...
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Sci-fi novel about some teens travelling back to the time of Galileo

I'm looking for a sci-fi novel I read years ago, probably between 2007-2013 I think there was a 3D-like illustration of Galileo on the front cover and the novel was part of a series. Some teens travel ...
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Searching for a story about aliens defeated thanks to a computer virus

I recall reading this story in the late 1980s. I think it was a pulp magazine. I don't remember the cover, and there were no illustrations. The story began with unnoticed hacker disappearances around ...
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Book series where a magic gauntlet fuses with a girl's arm and turns into a sword

The story starts off with a boy travelling on a ship which is carrying a chest. The ship crashes and he and a girl get saved by a man who also took the chest. The girl ends up opening the chest and a ...
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Book about a giant spaceship that passes through the solar system

The book is ~20 years old. Its plot is a gigantic spaceship (builders unknown) that passes through our solar system and a delegation from Earth is sent and discovers multiple species of aliens. There ...
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Looking for a hard back coffee table book of the collected artwork from the Golden Age of Science Fiction through the early 1980s

Please help me find a large hard back book that contained the collected artwork from all various types of science fiction art from the Golden Age of science fiction up through the early 1980s. I used ...
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Book series about a group of teenagers that have powers and one boy is a dragon [duplicate]

I read them so long ago. Does anyone know this series? I know it was a fairly large group of kids - maybe 5? and they end up in a different world. There's a little bit of romance between two ...
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Young adult book about a boy who becomes a part of a dimension-hopping secret organization

I read this in the late 2000s or early 2010s (2009-2013). It was a young adult novel about a boy who who receives a mysterious letter from a secret organization and if he burns the letter they will ...
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Book about a famous wizard before he was famous

I read at least two books in this series, within the last 10 years. A scribe finds the famous wizard in an inn somewhere living in hiding and can't believe his luck in finding the famous wizard. He ...
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Book where a boy discovers a city inside a glacier

I read this book when I was in elementary school, and I picked it up randomly at the library. All I can remember is the plot and the name of one character. There are two points of view; one is a kid (...
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Dragon shifter romance series

I read this book series a long time ago and I loved it but I can’t find it back. It’s a book series that has four dragon shifter males that are mated to four different women and the story point of ...
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Tech thriller novel with brain-linking, set in circa-2000 Boston area

I’m trying to track down the title of a book I bought in about 2000. The plot followed the “hacker-adjacent technology worker stumbles into someone’s plan to transform humanity” archetype, with the ...
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SciFi Book Find - Alien Precursor Attack Before a Large Scale Invasion (not in series)

Some overall details; A book series I listened to as audiobooks in 2019-2022. They were newish books so published in the range 2010-2022. It had somewhere around 3 - 4 books. There was never a large ...
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Fantasy book series where the main character is a male bard

In this book series there's a male bard who needs to use magic to open a magical well to allow magical creatures to replenish their life force. In this book elves exist and they can drink alcohol all ...
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Book about a man living in the '70s or '80s who falls asleep one night and wakes up in a utopian future

I am looking for a book about a man from the 1970s or '80s who falls asleep one night and wakes up in a utopian future. It was also written back then. This isn't a recent book. In the future, he meets ...
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I'm looking for a science fiction novel, from the 1960s or 1970s,with an odd picture of a man in a twisted sort of fetal position on the cover

It was a paperback. I think it was German (translated into English) but I'm not sure.It was about defeated Germans after WW II developing psychic powers and /or mutating into something non-human. I ...
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Book about a girl who visits a library and is forbidden to leave her kingdom

So there's this book that I read years back (like 4th grade). Loved it to death, put it down, never picked it back up (also unfortunately never finished it). I forgot the book title and it's been ...
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Young adult book series about kids who get different powers when they turn a certain age and their blood turns silver

These kids each get a different power when turning a certain age. An assassin is sent from some point in the future to kill them. I remember that their blood turns silver as well. Book 1 is Ethan (?), ...
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Sci-fi story involving telescopic technology that could reach out into space and view the universe from remote locations

This is a book I read in the 70's, but it could have been written at an earlier time. In this story, there was a technology that could reach out into space and view the universe from remote locations. ...
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Alien Symbiote Computers that eventually have godlike computer-children

I am looking for a book/trilogy that had 21st century earth hit by a wave of alien symbiotes. The symbiotes are seemingly physics/compute constrained and are purely biological, able to manipulate the ...
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Young Adult book series about humanoid dinosaurs

I read a book series about 15 years ago. It’s about these humanoid dinosaurs, I think the covers were red, green and blue, one of the main characters was a triceratops. And I think the flying and ...
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Book series about a magic family with magic parents and kids having adventures learning magic

Looking for a middle-grade fantasy book series (possibly three or four) about a magic family. Think there was a brother and 2 sisters. One sister was younger than the other two. Maybe there were 4 ...
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Fantasy Book Series - travel through Dante's 9 circles

Series was from late '80s - early '90s about a guy who ends up in a weird Dante 9 circles of hell and teams up with an ancestor from the British army and the granddaughter of Grace Slick. They work ...
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Pre-2000 sci-fi book with FTL travel, conventional guns, and one alien species

I've been trying to track down a sci-fi book/novel I read between 1994 and 2000. I checked it out from the dual-purpose high school / public library in my area. I could swear the title of the book ...
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Science Fiction book about space heat laser

The details I remember are that there's a satellite above Earth that shoots invisible heat rays at earth in a somewhat small circular area (perhaps a few dozen meters). for whatever reason the ...
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Hopeful sci-fi book where humans are immortal, and both they and crabs love mathematics

I remember reading about this book in a blog post one time. There’s a group of people on a spaceship who are immortal, who spend 5000 years proving a mathematical theorem, simply because they can. ...
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Trilogy where the main character is missing a hand but manifests a shadow hand

Trying to find name of a trilogy. I read one of books in 2006-2007. The main character has a missing hand but has shadow powers and a shadow hand appears. He is the chosen of a shadow god and his ...
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