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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Trying to find a book I read around 2008. It’s a sci-fi dystopia with a green holographic cover of a man jumping and a city behind him

I read a book around 2008. It has a green holographic cover showing a guy in a city. The plot is: virtual reality has everyone addicted to the point they are obese and with bad health problems but ...
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Story about a young female red-haired, green-eyed fairy, who just graduated from her all girls school and was given the role of seamstress

I remember she only lived with her mother who was also a seamstress and that you don't get to decide what you do as a job, after you graduate you're given a scroll that tells you what you do and there'...
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Teen fiction book about a girl who swapped places with her mirror self

I read this story back in primary school. This girl was unsatisfied with her life, her mother, boyfriend and everyone else. One day she notices that her reflection seemed to be moving slower than her. ...
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Sci-fi book series about a society of human descendants on an alien world, who are contacted many years later by a newly-arrived ship from Earth

The series is older and written by a woman. It's about a planet of people who crash land and interbreed with the planet's inhabitants. The people develop psychic talents which are highly sought after. ...
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Book about a girl with magic, who can teleport and is mated to a powerful vampire

I was wondering if anyone could help me find this book I read a long time ago (I think some time around 2009). I absolutely loved it, but I can’t for the life of me remember what it’s called. I can’t ...
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Book series in which fairies can become human and return to being fairies if they die

When I was in high school, I found this book series that I started reading. I'm pretty sure it's only 3 books long but high school was 5 years ago. It pops it my head every now and than and now I want ...
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YA fantasy series about a seemingly normal girl who's transported to another world, and learns that she's a princess with butterfly wings

I'm looking for a series of young adult novels. It has three books, maybe more, and they are at least five years old. They were translated into Russian, but looking for Russian versions yields nothing....
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80's sci fi book, players picked random game elements to compete

I'm looking for the title of a book I read that always stuck with me. Some kind of sci fi society in which people competed in games. Each competitor picked random elements like "Cold", "...
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Book about the son of a star traveller who is raised by low tech people but runs away

A sequel to a book about a star traveler, this 60-70's American SF paperback I got from my mom's collection is about his son who is hairier than the low tech people he is raised by. Compared to his ...
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Book(s) where an AI transforms humans into (bio)mechanical soldiers

I saw a review of aliens from a book series on YouTube about a week ago, and was wanting to check it out but don't remember the name. The books are about humans who, being humans, attacked an alien ...
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Contemporary-set alternate history series where facial tattoos indicate type of magic

I read this last year on my Kindle; there were 3 or 4 books in the series. A girl was kicked out of her home when she was a teen after her brother died. Moved over her parents' garage. Had a brother ...
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When and why did Captain Kirk turn into a giant crab?

It was in a Star Trek book but not a recent one. Definitely not based on any of the TV episodes or movies. They are exploring a strange world. I know this doesn't narrow it down. Kirk and some other ...
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Young adult book(s) from the '80s about Moon people who believe the Earth revolves around them

I'm looking for a book from my childhood that I can't remember the name of. It could be from the '80s or earlier. It takes place on the Moon and follows native Moon people who add the word "moon&...
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Book named "Someone"'s War, in which complex technology is outlawed with religious fervor

I've been racking my brain all week trying to remember the name of this book so I can go back and finish it. It's been almost a decade, so I may remember some of the details wrong. The setting seems ...
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Space Opera Book Series with the main premise of a black hole thing that inhabits another world, allowing telekinetic powers

A black hole thing was created by an alien species and it inhabits a whole world in it that can fulfill a person's desires through the manipulation of space-time or creating multiple dimension layers. ...
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Sci-fi book series about an ex-soldier who's kidnapped from Earth by a spaceship-stealing robot, and goes on to create a mercenary band

A series of multiple books (recent; still writing more in the series). An ex-soldier living in their parents' cabin stumbles on a damaged spaceship in the woods, is kidnapped by the robot captain (who ...
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Book about a society that used runes to harness elemental magic, which they learned about in schools

I have not even come close to finding this book. I read (some) of this book around 7 years ago or so. It was on the Apple Books app (orange application for iOS) though I doubt it’s still on there as I’...
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Book about a girl who can speak to/ understand stones

I'm looking for a book about a girl who can speak to/ understand the feelings of stones. What I remember about the book is that the girl is disfigured but as the story goes on she starts to heal. She ...
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Book series about human bioengineering with alien animal DNA [duplicate]

What i remember from the plot: Human scientists captured by alien empire, dumped on some planet with no way out alter their DNA with local animals to be on-par with alien captors regarding speed and ...
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Series of children’s books with supernatural storylines

I have been trying for years to remember the name of this series of books that I remember from my primary school in the late 90s. They were a series of books that were designed to develop reading ...
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Book involving the murder trial of a scientist who uploaded his daughter's mind to a computer

I read it in the early 80's. But not necessarily published then. A slim hardback with a black and white cover and just the title which was something like "The Curious Case of" + girl's name. ...
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Book about a boy who falls through a hole and ends up in an underground society [duplicate]

I read this book in ~2010-2015 and it was a series about a boy who's father went missing years ago. He was doing laundry one day and fell into an air vent of some sort and ended up in this underground ...
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Fantasy YA/Pre teen book Identification with female main character and involving gemstones

I’m trying to remember the name of a book I read a long time ago and I only have bits and pieces to go off of. So far google has not helped me. Here is what I do remember: Main character is named ...
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Book series involving stones that give different abilities

In the series people use stones that give them powers. Each stone gives different abilities and leaves marks on the user after long term use. In one of the books they discover that the stones are ...
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Book about a girl on a snow planet who programmed the robots she owns and turns out to be a princess

The book is about a girl on a snow planet. She boxes for funds and owns tiny robots that she coded herself. I believe she had a wristband that helped her code if I'm not mistaken? A ship crashes on ...
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Post-apocalyptic story about some sort of energy field that turns people into some kind of soup or goo

I'm looking for a post-apocalyptic story about some sort of energy field or bubble that appears over the United States one day and turns people into some kind of soup or goo. It killed pretty much ...
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Identifying the story where the girl doesn't know that she's actually a robot until the very end

The plot It is an apocalyptic period, the world is overrun by robots, and the girl (female main protagonist, but I forgot her name) is struggling to survive. She has the help of a robot that helps ...
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Scifi book with 57 Heinz Varieties powered spaceship

This was a book from over 20 years ago [pre-2000 likely pre-1990] (I recall reading it while growing up and the book looked old then too). The book was printed on cheap paper and it had that old book ...
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A book where the main character either dreams or gets teleported to another world by touching a boiler; their brain ages but their body does not

I read a book 5-6 years ago where the protagonist is able to be teleported to another world where his brain ages but his body doesn't, or he is able to dream like this. He is able to keep the ...
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Guy is drugged and wakes up on a spaceship and has to fight aliens to protect new earth

It's a book about a guy that was in the military but he is drugged and wakes up on a spaceship I think called the Ark. The ship has traveled to a new world and now they have to fight the aliens that ...
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Book series with predatory alien slavers and telepathic linkages

I’m trying to recall this series, which has an advanced alien species who are quite aggressive and competitive within their own society and who use technology to control other species, whom they link ...
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Looking for a kids' sci-fi book about an alien on the Moon, with colour dot style pictures

The book was likely published before the 1990s, and is about a lone alien on the Moon. It features colour dot style pictures, with some text. Any ideas what the title might be?
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Fae book about an orphaned girl who discovers her father was fae and she inherited powers

I read this book around 2010–2013. The book started with a girl who was orphaned. She was getting picked up by her social worker and was wearing a green sweatshirt. (I only remember this fact because ...
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Scifi book where boy finds he has telepathic/telekinetic power, becomes a slave and has to fight against others in arena as aliens champion/proxy

UPDATE the boy might have either been taken by or joined a military force when he leaves his village. during his time with this military force i believe he is captured and imprisoned.** I believe the ...
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Book with two boys and a girl who get powers from a book

So the main character had powers over gravity, the girl could put electricity into metal like pennies and would throw them, the other boy had power over friction I think
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Novel about a man who seeks revenge against villains for attacking his planet

I remember scrolling on Wikipedia and reading about a science fiction novel with an interesting premise, but I can for the life of me remember what it was called. Thankfully, I do remember certain ...
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Book for children/teens about a boy who had wings [duplicate]

I’m looking for a book with illustrations about a boy who had wings. I remember that the ending was sad; he ran away. I read the book in French in 2012 or 2013. In the early chapters, the boy was a ...
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Book (maybe series) about someone going to a magic academy, who has no magic of his own, but can act as a conduit/amplifier for the magic of others

The main character is seemingly a magical dude. He, I think the character was a he, and has no magic of his own at an academy of magic. Turns out he's a conduit. If he touches another magic user he ...
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Revolt of Third World; South African gold mines nuked

In the 1980s (or perhaps, not likely, early 1990s) I read a book about a fictional future rise of the Third World. It wasn't well written and I don't remember much about it, but one detail was that ...
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Fantasy book with a young male transported to another world; giants and strange sexual themes?

This is going to be a tough one. I read this book as a preteen and I distinctly remember it being uncomfortable and inappropriate for my reading age. It was a fantasy book involving a young male ...
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Is the cover art on this faux paperback graphic "The Omicron Variant" on Seth Meyers' "A Closer Look" borrowed from a real SciFi novel's cover?

In the late night comedy talk show host Seth Meyers' recent video Trump's Secret Positive COVID Test; GOP's Omicron Conspiracy Theories: A Closer Look (cued at 09:17) there's a graphic of a faux old, ...
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Help with title of book about catlike people

Trying to track down a book I read as a teenager. I seem to remember the book cover having catlike females that may have been in minimalistic/Amazon clothing. It would have probably been between the '...
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1970s book about an imp bothering an old lady who lives in a closed-off section of a mansion

In the late '70s, I was obsessed with a five-book box set that contained The Secret of the Sachem’s Tree by F.N. Monjo and Timothy and the Two Witches by Margaret Storey. I can’t remember the names of ...
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The magic and the mundane, man of two worlds

I remember a book leant to me, middle-part of a series (?) in the early-mid 1990's, written in English. The protagonist possessed the ability to move between the mundane world of his not-especially-...
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Fantasy book where magic can pull objects from other dimensions [duplicate]

Recently I was going back to all those books I read and loved when I was younger ... much younger than now :) I fondly remember a fantasy series of books but cannot remember character names, titles or ...
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Looking for name of old sci-fi book from the '70s or '80s that had a main character with an aiming chip in his hand

Looking for name of old sci-fi book from the '70s or '80s that had main character with an aiming chip in his hand. His palm would itch and when he scratched it, it would make weird symbols appear in ...
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Book about a boy who discovered he had superhuman abilities, and ran away from an organization that wanted to use him as a weapon

I’m looking for a book I think I read maybe in 2018. I don’t remember much, but I remember reading it in middle school, so I believe it would be in the more advanced part of a children's section of ...
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Book or story where humans are genetically engineered to act as AI?

I don't remember the title or too many specifics, but here goes: Genetic engineering is ubiquitous. The system for explaining how genetic engineering works has a fixed number of "points" ...
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Dandelion/Chrysanthemum alliance [spoiler]

In Ken Liu’s “Grace of Kings,” it did not seem possible for Kuni and Mata to share power. They seemed to have no plan for power sharing and were amassing armies and allegiance in a way that made their ...
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Sci-fi novel about a future galactic Chinese empire and a concealed planet covered by a force field or mist

It's about a future galactic Chinese empire and a concealed planet covered by a force field or mist. The concealed planet was not part of the galactic empire. It was a human space colony. The book was ...
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