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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Late '80s / early '90s urban sci-fi book where the protagonists discover other universes

I'm trying to remember the name of a sci/fi book from the late 80's/early 90's where the protagonists lived in a modern setting. They discover a way to travel to different universes but are left in a ...
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Book about people turning to stone from power use

I can't remember much about this book hence why I wanted to re-read it but its power cost is unique enough to set it apart. People had this magic, very powerful but it had a hefty cost, any spell no ...
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Space opera book series about an augmented soldier doing a planetary assist toward Uranus to kill cyborgs

I am a die hard sci-fi space opera reader. I read an ongoing series that was a work in progress about 5 years ago. This was a series of books, each about 300-400 pages long. There were 4-8 books in ...
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Book about relativistic ship, ESP for navigation and communication, Earth destroyed

This is a book I read (listened to?) around 2007. I don't remember a cover; it may have been an audiobook, but I can't find it in my Audible library. A ship is traveling away from Earth at ...
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Time traveller story set in Australia where the ending is determined with a roll of the dice

I'm looking for the title and the author of a young adult book set in Australia. I read this in the 1980s or 1990s so it was published before 2000 and took place I do not remember the overall arc of ...
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Robert Rankin book where a character is described as wearing a seven-piece suit

A typical three-piece suit is a matching jacket, trousers and waistcoat. However I know that somewhere in a Robert Rankin book he describes a character (maybe Hugo Rune) dressed in a seven-piece suit; ...
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Help identifying a book series involving faery and cigar shaped UFOs

I've been trying to find a series of books I read in middle school (~2001, though I have no idea when they were published but I vaguely remember thinking they were "old" books at the time, ...
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Book with a girl werecat who works for the government

A few years ago I read this book and I really want to find it. The main character is a girl. She is a werecat or something, she turns into a type of big wild cat. She keeps this a secret and works for ...
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Fantasy book series about a young girl and a talking dog solving mysteries

This one was known to me years ago, but I don't recall much so I'll do my best in detailing what i remember: Most of the cover used in the series had a dark blue color in the background, with some ...
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Fantasy or sci-fi book involving a young male who finds a green crystal with mysterious power

I think I read this book more than 10 years ago. I don't remember the exact details, but here's what I could make sense of: The cover featured the green crystal (which may or may not have been ...
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Sci-fi book about humanity barely winning a war with an alien race, after which the protagonist discovers some secrets about the conflict

I am looking for a sci-fi book from the '80s or '90s. On the blue cover there was an astronaut, bearded and balding I think. The story was about humanity who fought a war with an alien race and won, ...
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Name of fantasy book from the late 1970s/early 80,

The protagonist was a young human woman living in a society ruled by cat-like humanoids. She was a talented seamstress and embroiderer, and ended up selected to do custom work for one of the overlords....
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Book about girl who was killed, and then cloned without memories of her past life. She lives in a facility with other clones of dead people

This is a YA book I read awhile ago about a girl whose other half was killed, you believe, because she worked against the government. Her body was cloned? Or at least, I believe, resurrected, but she ...
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Children's book - time travel (Puffin?)

Two school boys are about to get the cane from the schoolmaster when they suddenly find themselves in a different place. It appears to be the past but I think it's the future where the circle, and ...
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Identify a book where a cargo ship is cut by monofilament wires

I remember reading a book where an antagonist was on a cargo ship or large yacht with some macguffin that the protagonist needed to retrieve without the antagonist having any time to trigger something ...
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D&D book where water could be boiled into gunpowder [duplicate]

I've been trying to find a book series I read when I was a kid. I don't have much information but one of the main things I remember was they invented gunpowder by using magic to boil water into a ...
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Book about a boy with a power (his eyes turn gold when he uses it), a little imp thing that helps him, and a girl who also helps him

I need help finding this book. I don't remember the name or the author, but I have a vague memory of what is on the cover, and what the story is about. I know that it is a young adult fiction. It's a ...
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A boy is kidnapped by space pirates and forced to be in their crew

I'm looking for help identifying a science fiction book that I read about 20 years ago - to do with space piracy. A young man is kidnapped on his world and forced into being part of a pirate crew on a ...
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Book where a female mage is offered as a sacrifice to a demon, who decides to kill the summoner instead and give her powers

A girl mage is captured and is being sacrificed to get a familiar demon but the demon (or something) is too strong and kills the summoner and likes the girls attitude so gives her some powers (...
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Science Fiction book where one of the plot points was jettisoning the science module of a space station because it was built to be modular

This was a adventure science fiction YA/MG novel that I read sometime in 2013 or 2014. This is going to be super vague but I distinctly remember one plot point in the book. The group of characters ...
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Fantasy title where MC is a male wizard, who is charmed by a female humanoid creature (troll?)

I'm looking for some help finding a fantasy novel I remember reading some time ago. Maybe middle school, pre-2007? I cannot remember any of the overarching main plot, just the romantic subplot. It ...
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Young adult/teen maybe children's? Book about a clone (Thriller?)

This is going to be such a vague description of the plot so I apologize, but I had a wave of nostalgia from watching a youtube video where I remembered this book. Basically, it's a young teen boy who ...
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YA sci-fi book about a servant family living on the estate of a noble family with a magical bloodline

I hope one you lovely people might be able to help me remember a book title I’ve forgotten, as I really want to re-read it. I read it a few years ago and was sure I read it on Kindle Unlimited but can’...
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Book where a girl lives on a farm and plays with a ghost boy only she can see

It was a medieval fantasy setting; in the story, a girl lives with her family on a farm. She meets a boy and they play together every day. One day a stranger on a horse rides up to the girl and wants ...
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Comic book/series about kids who travel different fantasy worlds but end up back in New York

There was a group of kids, and I think they traveled different worlds because they were in a fantasy land but back in New York City by the end. All I remember is that in the end, a blonde girl goes ...
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Book involving superheroes and a rust-like disease. The main character discovers the main villain is his future self

I read this book at the beginning of high school and want to reread it. This would have been around 2012. It's a YA superhero book involving a group of teen superheroes where the main character has ...
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Looking for a book title about a stolen battleship [closed]

I read a book a number of years ago but can't find it or remember the title (I thought it was Iron Giant - but don't think that's the case). Criminals have stolen a WW2 battleship (I want to say that ...
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Kids' book where poor boy finds magic stone in field and swallows it, becoming a dragon

Can anyone help me identify this book I read at school during the early 2000s? The children’s book was about a poor boy who goes to cut grass in a field every day. A certain area of the field grows ...
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Demons sealed in WWII Sherman tanks are released years later

I read part of this book in the 1980s, so it is at least that old. The story was based on 13 WWII black Sherman tanks abandoned in a field somewhere that had their hatches welded shut (and I believe ...
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Book about a young woman who was a warrior and a princess, who was accompanied by a magical talking cat that she carried around in a bag

Looking for the title of a book that I read in the late '80s or early '90s. It was about a young woman who was a warrior and a princess with magic. She wore her hair in braids. She was accompanied by ...
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YA/kids' book featuring a kid and an alien whose preferred pronoun is "it" rather than "he" or "she" [duplicate]

There's a book I read in the late '90s that I'm trying to remember. Here's what I remember: An alien whose preferred pronoun is "it" The scene I remember very vividly is one of the aliens ...
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The alien who could duplicate himself

I'm looking for the title of a science fiction book of the 80s (I think) about an good alien who came to Earth chasing a hostile race of reptilian aliens. I'm not sure but I think his name was Akor. ...
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An illustrated book of short science fiction stories I read as a kid in the late 80s, early 90s

I’ve been searching for a book of science fiction short stories, with black and white illustrations interspersed throughout. I can’t be sure of the publication date, though I read it in the late 80s, ...
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Book where a black dragon falls for a red-headed human girl, after she is almost killed while running away from her evil brother's men

I am looking for book that has a black dragon falling for a red-headed human girl, after she is almost killed while running away from her evil brother's men, who want to marry her off to the enemy. It ...
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Series about female warrior in Arthurian-like medieval Britain

This is a long shot as I have very little information to go on. In December 2002 I borrowed 2 novels (in English) from a friend. The novels were fairly new at the time. Not more than 2-3 years old. ...
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Book which opens with the death of a very large alien and the dispersal or suicide of its human subjects/servants/soldiers

In (possibly) the late '70s or the early '80s I read the first chapter of a book in a store. It was in English. I meant to go back and buy it and forgot. All I remember is this It opens with a human, ...
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First contact book where humans, humanoid cat people and other aliens are captured to fight for their alien captors

Humans are captured, transported to an alien starship, then brutally trained to fight by fighting each other. Ultimately a leader emerges and his trained team is then introduced to other captured ...
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What Cabell story were Kuttner & Moore alluding to in "The Children's Hour"?

From the novelette "The Children's Hour" by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore (first published in Astounding Science Fiction, March 1944, available at the Internet Archive): "Supermen?&...
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Fantasy series where magic was done by saying what you wanted

There is a book I have fond memories for, but I can't remember many details and especially not the name of the series. I read it nearly 20 years ago when I was 8 or 9 I believe. The details I do ...
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c.1980 space-themed puzzle/game book with a defense of Earth framing story

This was a large-format (approximately A4) softcover book; I don't recall the cover art. It was given to me as a gift by my aunt, so it may have been picked up remaindered and actually date from ...
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Book about a girl with spirit-like powers who is being chased by dark shadow spirits

I read this book like 5 or more years ago about this girl and she had some kind of powers that had something to do with spirits and an Ouija Board. The cover was of the girl and said board. It had ...
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Story about a young mage attending a school who is probably an arch mage

This was the first book in a series but I only read the one book. At the start of the story the main character is living in a village or small town. He travels to a city for training and gets tested (...
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Book series about a kid who lives in Chicago and goes to a school for “special” children, where they can have pets (one is a talking rabbit)

My friend is trying to find this book series that is kind of like Harry Potter, and involves a kid who lives in Chicago and goes to a school for “special” children. He goes by train. At the school ...
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Sci-fi kids' book about a pilot's flight through space, and the ships he encounters along the way

The book is probably from the 70's or 80's, and is small, short, and written for a juvenile reader. It's illustrated in color. The book presents you as the pilot of a small spacecraft, and as you ...
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Old sci-fi book where a man is transported to another world, and meets woman with green skin. Involves black floating transport?

Not much to go on but I've kept looking for years, hope someone can help. About 25 years ago I bought a second-hand book from a camp site shop in the UK. It was about a man transported to an alien ...
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Looking for book about futuristic technologies sold at school book fairs around 2003

Description for the book about future technologies: Sold in (some) USA school book fairs around the year 2003 I thought the title was something like 'Technologies of the future' but again even if ...
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Book series about two men training to be wizards, whose powers come from lost tech from a crashed spacecraft [duplicate]

Trying to remember a series I read years ago. I believe there were three books. It was about two men who were training to be wizards and fighting other races. Later in the story, we find that their ...
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Book about a group of young students from around the world, who discover scientists performing cruel experiments on animals, and try to stop them

I'm looking for a book. I can't remember the title or names, however, from what I can recollect, it was fiction, maybe sci-fi. It was about a team or group of teen/young adults that ended up coming ...
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Book about the 'aliens abduct humans to be soldiers' trope. It was comedic in style, involved blue skinned aliens

Quite a common trope I know but remember some details. I must have read it about... five or so years ago? It was a pulp book I read on Kindle. It may have been a self-published eBook-only thing like ...
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Fantasy YA/children's book, maybe 70s. Two brothers, one goes on a quest, one is disabled. White unicorn on the cover

One brother needs to find 10 (?) things. The last (?) task involved a unicorn, and another involved a witch. The disabled brother (who was in a wheelchair) also has an adventure, with a girl. My mum ...

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