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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Young adult time-travelling book with the tag-line "what if you could slip in and out of time"

Basically, what the above says; there's this book that I remember reading a long time ago in a library that I did read a few times and remember most of the plot to, but I can't remember the darn title ...
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Series about 3 kids underground who used white tiles

I think I read this back in 2015. They were targeted for like 8- to 9-year-olds. The series was about these 3 kids who were underground, and they used these white tiles to do stuff. Each tile did ...
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Middle-grade story about kid who becomes a spy and flies a secret hypersonic airplane

I read this book about 20 years ago. From what I remember it's about a kid who becomes a spy, and he and his friend end up onboard a secret hypersonic scramjet airplane, the Aurora maybe? There's ...
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Sci-fi story where people are reincarnated at hubs and a man wants to figure out what is happening

People are reincarnated into a world ... naked and hairless at different points / hubs where they have containers appearing which supply food at mealtimes, clothes etc. When they are killed or die by ...
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Looking for space travel book from 1970s

I read the book in the US in the 1970s, I thought it was called "Out There" but can't find it anywhere. It was about a space rocket struggling in some way, had a small crew I think of young ...
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I’m trying to find a book about portals to other dimensions

I am trying to find a book I read a couple years ago, where the main character is a kid whose parents disappear. Some people who are the family’s friends come there, and the kid finds out that his ...
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Book about a vampire like creature

In the book a man becomes described with vampiric qualities that he acquired after disturbing a burial ground who then must defeat someone like him but stronger and there is a city in the sky. The ...
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Danish fantasy book with a small travelling man and a warrior named Mira who meets a minotaur

I read this book around 15 years ago, in Danish (possibly by a Danish author, but maybe just a translation). It might be a single book or a series. It is a fantasy book, following several character ...
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Book about someone creating a cult or religion around getting off the planet

I vaguely remember someone telling me about this book. Unfortunately I can't remember who it was and I only remember vague details. The basic premise is that in a post apocalyptic or near apocalyptic ...
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Trying to find a book in which a girl can change the colors of everything but herself

It is a book in which a girl has the power to change the color of others and other things, except herself. She goes on a journey with this guy to save her family (?) and I remember they get lost in a ...
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Fictionalized rendition of a wise-woman's prophecy of eco-terrorists bringing the civilisation to a bloody end in near future (2030+?)

I remember reading a book in my early teens (2000-2005) in Polish — though most probably a translation — of a fictionalized "prophecy" of an East-European/Slavic/Russian wise-woman/seer. The ...
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Children's book about a kid traveling out of his body during sleep in New York city

Children's book about a kid traveling out of his body during sleep in New York city while visiting his grandfather. Then meets Babe Ruth, etc.
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Book about people who find sleep to be a foreign concept and are scared to sleep?

What was that book where a certain advanced civilization of people find sleeping to be a very strange/unusual phenomena and are scared to sleep? Or they mistake sleep for death? These people looked ...
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Fantasy book about a child crossing a door and arriving to the world of "forgotten things"

I read this fantasy book as a child from a library, and I have tried to find its name since then. It's about a child that can not remember his father, and after some research he finds that his father ...
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Remote controlled human robots explore a Venus with sub-surface geometry

In a recent (last 5 years), thick (>250 pages) Sci-Fi book I recall a story which involves a NASA team and Russian team landing separately on the planet Venus. NASA uses an airship and has remote-...
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Book featuring a computer that used pantropy to colonize worlds, and a girl with a socket in her head [duplicate]

I read a book about 20 years ago about a computer that used pantropy to colonize worlds with modified humans. I think that the purpose was to ensure that humanity would not go extinct. What I ...
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Book about lizard people and cat people

When I was young I read a book about a humanoid lizard race owning a humanoid feline race as slaves, and the cat people wanted to fight back for freedom. At the end of the book, one of the slaves ...
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Book: Two kids get powers where one is so fast that time seems to slow down around him while other can control time itself

In this book two kids got powers (believe the setting was back in medieval times where this took place in a village), where one kid can perceive everything as almost non-moving due to his speed, while ...
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Searching for a story featuring a sorceror who can't touch silver and has multiple lives

I remember reading it around 2004. Possibly set in England. There is magic in the world. It's a series of books, and each book is its own story featuring a different protagonist. There were at least 2 ...
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Fantasy Book: Time in the Fantasy Realm Passes Different from the Real World

I am looking to identify a series of fantasy books for young readers, which I was aware of in the mid 1990ies. One event I remember was that the main character, a pre-teen boy, would travel from our ...
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ISO: A book about an ancient, ruined wall holding back some destructive force

From what I remember, the protagonist finds a huge, ancient wall and a powerful being (Archangel?) comes to arrest him because the wall is forbidden territory. The archangel ends up realizing that the ...
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Book: A guy who gets trapped in fantasy world, gets married, finds happiness but gets flung back into his own world and tries to find a way back?

I think he gets married to a human-like elf person. I just remember feeling a sense of melancholy reading it. The guy gets put back into his own reality, the modern world and spends the rest of the ...
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Book series where a man is uploaded to android bodies to scout for habitable planets

So the plot was somehow like this: a guy was uploaded to, I think, an android body. Then, he is sent out to scout for a new habitable planet. Following this, I think a lot happened (I can't clearly ...
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Fantasy series from the 80s, adventurers seeking magical keys

This would have been around 1987 or 88. I tried to convince my father that I read the book so he would sign off on my Book It reading list and I would score a personal pan pizza. He examined the ...
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Sci-fi book about two people living inside a giant's head

I'm trying to find a sci-fi book from the late '60s or early '70s. It was set in a world of race of alien giants. It was about two scientists (man and woman) living in the giant's head. I remember the ...
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Book where members of a reptilian species eat their own kind to increase their intelligence

The protagonist is a warlord, who gains intelligence by consuming others of his species, which are reptilian. He works in a mine where he kills others and slowly gains power. The planet is just grass ...
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Coming-of-age/portal sci-fi book about a teenage girl and her younger brother, who are transported to another realm and have to complete a quest [duplicate]

Definitely a long shot, but I remember reading this book in the late '80s or early '90s. It was about a teenage girl and her younger, early-teens brother, and they somehow got transported to another ...
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Book with fire monster, alien girl and dog, and corvette?

I read a book a few years back (probably 2-3, maybe 4,) and wanted to find it again. I cannot remember the cover, but I'm 90% sure I read it in paper back (not e-book, I know that for sure.) I think I ...
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Book about a boy and a girl trying to save mutated animals

I have been trying to figure out the title of a book I read about two years ago. It has these animals in it that have been mutated with other animal genes. In the book, this girl and boy are trying to ...
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High fantasy books series with telepathic avian race and armadillos [duplicate]

This series has at least 3 books. I read the first 2 or 3 in 2013/14 and I think the 3rd or 4th had just recently come out at the time. All I remember are small details. The main character met an ...
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Teenage boy in space with a female robot?

I don’t remember much about this book, as I read it years ago (around 2015 or so) in an intermediate school library, but it’s about a teenage boy traveling space with a female robot. I only remember ...
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Novel with a paid assassin who travels with a variety of older companions

The book starts off with a guy who was hired to kill a royal family member. He travels through a tunnel under a wall, with an old man he met with a bird (parrot?), to arrive where the procession was ...
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Monster-fighting train story

Set in the UK, the story opens with unidentified lumpy parcels on an airport baggage reclaim belt. As I remember it, they become or contain monsters. An armoured train is built to combat the monsters. ...
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Book where alien helmet makes people smarter?

I remember reading book a while ago (maybe about 20 years) about a boy who decides to wear a helmet that he stole from his teacher, who happens to be an alien. This helmet makes him much smarter and ...
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What are the names of these two sci-fi writers?

I'm looking for the names (which I have forgotten) of two authors who co-author sci-fi novels. Both authors are actual scientists and they use their specialized knowledge to lend authenticity to the ...
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Sci-fi book or short story about people who crash-land on an alien world. The protagonist is captured by a hive of intelligent insects

This book from my teenage years I just can't get out of my mind for many years now, and sooo want to reread! It involved a travelling spaceship full of a few key characters - a male and a villain (I ...
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Book set in a time of dragons featuring a boy and his dragon saving their homeland from weird monsters [duplicate]

I have been trying to remember the title of a book I read like a year ago. It is based in a time of dragons and the two main characters in the book is a boy and a dragon. The boy and dragon are ...
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Science Fiction novel which takes place on a large cylindrical spaceship traveling through space

When I was in college in 1987, I read a science fiction book that I'd like to reread. But I cannot remember the name or author. The key features that I recall, are It takes place on a large ...
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Fantasy book about a reincarnated girl who could see auras

I read this book years ago. It was about a reincarnated girl who could see auras and a guy with his sister who are from her past life. The guy was that reincarnated girl's boyfriend. At the end of the ...
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Book involving a cult that bans music

This book featured a main character that lives in a world where some flying machines are used in day-to-day life. However, most people are not active during the night, with the exception of some guild ...
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Late 90's novel about conflict around replicator machines

This book had a strange title, I think it was one of those made up all capital letters titles. Unfortunately I remember none of the plot! Only vaguely that the theme was around conflict about ...
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Book about a woman named Lessa

There were dragons, and she could talk to them. I remember the author's name being Anne maybe. I also think that the author may be dead. I read the first book in this series some years ago. I remember ...
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Book series about a woman (possibly a jinn) cast down to Earth, and people with elemental powers

This book series, I remember being a trilogy. There was this woman who I believe was a jinn, or something. She was cast down to Earth and she had to 'connect' with this man, who had earth powers or ...
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Book about a genetically engineered virus that causes prion disease

This book had a few arcs there. Firstly, a government lab is experimenting with creating viruses that use a type of xeno-nucleic acid that contains some iron compound as its genetic code instead of ...
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Book where America is being overrun by zombies controlled by a hive mind (a woman from the previous book?). Has a dark ending

This is a book I read around 2010, but is likely to be older. Although I didn't realize it when I read it at first, it was a sequel. I believe it is set in modern day America. The plot revolves around ...
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Trying to recall old YA Sci-Fi series similar to Animorphs

I recall a young adult book series similar to Animorphs where kids had special abilities to stop an alien invasion. The main difference is instead of turning into animals, they were more normal but ...
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Romantic sci-fi suspense young adult book about a guy held in captivity and a girl who can see other people's memories

Around the early 1990s, I read this book about a guy held in captivity and a girl working with fbi or something. She can see memories of the person by touching an object, and maybe she's telepathic as ...
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Book where adults are turning into monsters like zombies, and a boy takes refuge with other children in a school classroom

I remember reading a book about two years ago, but I can't remember the name. It's a young adult book, and I know there are at least two books in the series. One of the main characters is a boy whose ...
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Sci-fi book from '70s or '80s. The government has hundreds of planets that specialize. One planet specializes in mercenaries

Sci-fi book from '70s or '80s. The government has hundreds of planets and manages them inefficiently. They are having individual planets rebel and it is happening more often. When the regular military ...
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Sci-fi book where main characters play multidimensonal chess aboard a spacecraft

Humans travelling in space play multidimensional chess games (7 dimensions?). One of the female characters may have a name "stormy..." or similar. I read it in italian translation as a kid ...
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