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For questions about a book of long narrative in literary prose, in order to distinguish it from other types of story. Do NOT use this tag for every question which happens to be about a novel: it is normally used only on story-ID questions and in cases where it would otherwise be unclear whether the ...

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Novel about a future UK where unhealthy food is banned

I read a novel a couple of years or so ago about a future United Kingdom where the government had banned unhealthy foods and basically anything enjoyable. Baking was illegal etc. The main protagonist ...
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80's Novel that has long-lived people and gyroscopes

Back in the early 80's I read a novel and remember two scenes. The scenes were related, as I recall. The first scene had the protagonist looking at his friend, who proved to be an antagonist, ...
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Novel in which the protagonist receives a new name when coming of age [on hold]

I have been trying to remember a novel I read somewhere in the (late?) 1990s. It was about a boy living in an isolated village. He treks into the forest to receive a new name (true name?) from an old ...
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Novel where a girl cares for psychic children, maybe set on a starship

I can't recall the name of a novel where a young human woman takes care of a group of children who may have psychic powers but the government does not know what their abilities are or when they will ...
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1960s YA novel set in ancient Rome

Do you remember a YA novel circa 1960s in which the protagonist goes to ancient Rome and when another character gives the "Friends, Romans, Countrymen" speech, he catapults a load of ass's ears into ...
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Science fiction novel with forced sex change

I'm trying to identify a book I read somewhere in the 90s. It was a far future story with spaceships, interstellar travel, a rebellion and similar generic sci-fi elements. What made it somewhat ...
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Girl is a descendant of the Brothers Grimm. Has powers that relate to their stories and the surname “Grimes”

There's a story I read a few years ago that really got me interested. From what I can remember, it's about a girl who's a descendant of the Brothers Grimm, and her mother and her have to move ...
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Sci-Fi Novel Earth with space station defense against aliens and a space fleet

I remember reading this novel when I was younger and here are some of the details I remember: Earth has a space station that is used as a main defense against aliens, however, I believe the Earth ...
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Novel: Magic is derived from the bodies of dead gods

I walked into the store, leafed about 100 pages in, and all I remember is a scroll was made out of pieces of a sacrificed minor deity, literally, she had been slaughtered and used as a spell ...
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Sci fi novel where space miners free an alien trapped in an asteroid who then attacks them

A novel about an alien trapped in an asteroid. Space miners set it free and it takes over the crew; they fight with the aliens who can control energy of all kinds. It seems like the aliens might be ...
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2018 SF Novel - Spaceship mission, time travel

I recall reading about a new science fiction book published recently (2018). I seem to remember that it maybe involved a spaceship mission, and that there was a time travel element. I believe I read ...
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Fantasy book where two magicians travel to many worlds while being chased?

I remember reading this book some years ago, probably like ten or twelve. In it, two magicians: I think it was a mind magician and maybe a necromancer, are on the run from some big bad (probably a ...
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Sci fi novel with a male protagonist who eventually has his mind installed in robot that tends a giant net

Novel with male protagonist who is led to discoveries of alien engineering of solar system planets by an enigmatic Japanese? woman Crystal 'flower' on moon, one planet has bands of metal that turn it ...
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Fantasy story where a young girl (I think) discovers magic, but must then hide from all magicians [duplicate]

I remember reading this story many years ago (at least ten). A young girl (at least I think so), discovers that she has magic by throwing something. However, magic is restricted (or maybe even ...
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Fantasy Novel About a Princess With a Distinct Accent

I can clearly recall this book featuring a princess who spoke with a very distinct accent. The main issue I'm having now is that I remember very little of this book now. I know that I read it ...
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Older science fiction book about time travel to retrieve things but they went sideways through the dimensions instead

So, as I vaguely remember it. It was set in the distant future were a dictator rules the Earth. By this point carbon dioxide was so high most life outside of humans was extinct. So the dictator built ...
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90s fantasy novel, boy with replacement hand, vampire girlfriend, barbarian woman with skin turning to stone

looking for a book i read about 20+ years ago The book’s story is set in a fantasy world The main character is a human boy whose father cut his arm off because local priests predicted some boy ...
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Novel where the speed of light is comparable to the speed of sound

I am trying to discover the name of a book recommended to me by my school physics teacher some 48 years ago. The premise of the book is that the proponents visit a world where the speed of light is ...
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Science fiction novel with one-armed protagonist and a homicidal squirrel

When I was a kid, I remember reading a science fiction novel in which the main character loses an arm at some point, and has a run in with a homicidal squirrel. Does anyone know what this was? For ...
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Book series: apocalyptic event - magic stops working so people create technology (or vice versa)

I came across some fan art from a book series that sounded really conceptually interesting. I can't find it again. An event happened which made all magic suddenly stop working so people ended up ...
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Fantasy novel where the character had to collect pendants [duplicate]

I remember reading a fantasy novel as a teen, so it would have been a young-adult novel. In it the main character had to collect pendants to ward off an evil. I remember him getting the first ...
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Book about a girl who drains your life upon touching you, is hunted by a group which wants to weaponize her

There was a book I read but I can't remember the name of it; I think it was "Shattered" something. It was about a girl who drained your life upon touching you. It was set in the future and there was ...
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80s-90s? Novel, after a meteor wipes out cities in Southern California, a man is approached to help decipher advanced tech devices

Meteors have hit some cities in Southern California. (I can't remember if they were large like San Diego, or Los Angeles, or if they were smaller cities like Bakersfield or Fresno). The protagonist (...
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90s? Novel dimensional portal opens in Florida aliens emerge

Trying to remember the title of a book probably from 90s or 2000s. English Paperback. A Portal opens up in (Florida)? (Pretty sure it was Florida or another SE USA state) Small dangerous alien ...
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Novel about a tattoo that comes to life and jumps off the person's body

It was a sci-fi book with a red and orange cover on the hardcover edition. I'm pretty sure the author was male but wasn't by Bradbury or Asimov or anyone like that. I think it was published in the ...
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Science fiction horror book about humans regressing into animals

SciFi horror novel about people who regressed into primitive animals. Two scenes I recall involved a woman jogging, I think on a beach, and she was attacked by “animals”, that turned out to be these ...
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Novel: Incarnated Master-Swordsman is on a Quest to find his Love and save His Homeland

I wasn’t able to find this novel since I've read it as a child at least 10 years ago). The story goes somewhat like this: A boy escapes the siege of his father’s castle. His family gets killed and ...
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Novel about a sorceress called Rumour who has spells woven into her hair

Novel about a sorceress called Rumour who has spells woven into her hair. Her hair is long and black. Her hair is cut off for some reason and her friends are tortured by being roasted in a cage over a ...
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Novel about two sisters who died in car accidents; one of the sisters dreamt it would happen

I have read a novel about two sisters who died in a car accident, one sister died three and a half hours after the accident while the other sister died three and a half days after the accident. Before ...
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Eighties novel about robot killers who look like kids assassinating various military leaders, politicians and scientists

This was a hardback book from a UK library – I read it in the late eighties. No memories of the book cover. Some may say this is just a ‘techno thriller’ but there was a strong robot element. What I ...
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Sci-Fi novel. Near Future, Aliens, Brain Implant, Resurrection, Explore the Stars

I this novel read back in 2013-2014. The context basically composed of a near future, where mankind had made contact with an advanced alien species. These aliens passed down technology in the form ...
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Book with an itinerant protagonist who is attacked by a floating head

I think I read this about 13-15 years ago, around 2002-2005, having learned of it online. The protagonist was male, I think of Japanese descent. He was always on the move, either breaking into a ...
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Fantasy story with 4 guardians and 1 master living in the capital

I'm looking for a book I read about 10 years ago. Unfortunately, I don't know how old the book was at the time. It was borrowed from a library so the state of the book is a very bad indicator, that ...
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Book Where Girl Can Control Meteors and Works for a Circus (YA Novel)

I read a book a couple years ago. It was fairly new, too. In the book, people begin giving birth to children (girls only?) who could control elements. The first child can control fire, the second ...
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novel about man awakening in the future on a planet with intelligent forest and feline-humanoid species [duplicate]

I read this story/novel in the 1970s. My recollections are : A man wakes up thousands of years in the future, on a planet which turns out to be Earth (maybe). The man had been somehow petrified, and ...
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In Alfred Bester's The Demolished Man, why does the underworld exist?

In Alfred Bester's The Demolished Man, there is a minority of Espers (i.e. telepaths). So murder is unknown, because the telepaths will know any murderous intentions ahead of time. (Until Ben Reich ...
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Book about a space station computer keeping an engineer “alive”

I remember that I read a book some year ago, in which the main computer of a space station somehow became self-aware. For reasons I can't remember, it plucked the mind from a recently deceased ...
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80s Novel series about post apocalypse world where 4 soldiers try and bring order

Looking for a novel series I read in the 1980s about 4 soldiers (the leader was a US Marine Force Recon member). There was also a Navy Officer, Green Beret soldier and Air Force fighter pilot. They ...
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Novel that is about robots fighting humans and dinosaurs

This book I think came out between 2006-2008 and I remember that the whole book was illustrated. Sadly I have no idea who the author is. I remember the story fairly well. The story starts out with a ...
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YA steampunk novel about a boy stowing away on a ship, statues fall over restarting a volcano

I was recently reminded of a YA novel I read as a child in the 1970s, and I'm curious as to what book it is. I read it in Danish, but I'm pretty sure it was translated, probably from English. The ...
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Post-apocalyptic story in a world with no electric power

I read that story about 20 years ago, it was a French translation, so it may be even older. It was also a series, I'm quite sure that I read the first book of the series, but I never found the rest. ...
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Fantasy series with a warrior elf who had magic tattoos [duplicate]

I remember reading a series of fantasy novels around early 2000. I think the name was the Cartographers Map, the other title was Hunters Moon (Something Moon?) but I've searched of these titles and ...
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Fantasy book about a man with a magic box and something involving divine destiny

I read this as a paperback around the 90s in English, part of a collection of the shelves of our house (so it might be older). The cover has the protagonist considering the box, which I remember as ...
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Book about humans evacuated to two different planets, evil president kills off everyone left behind

I read this novel about 20+ years ago, I remember the story quite well but I'm having trouble finding the title. The novel is split into three threads; the first is people living in a society on an ...
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Fantasy series about powerful mages outside of space/time and King stranded on a water world

I read a series of books which I don't believe is the Castle Perilous series as those came out at the end of the 80's and I think I read this other series in the mid 80's. It involved a castle and it ...
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Book set on an alien planet with a symbiotic plantlife [duplicate]

I'm trying to find the name of a science-fiction book I read at least 20 years ago (late 1990s), though it was most likely a second hand book so I can't say how much older than that it might be. I can ...
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Late 90’s horror novel, misleading (biological themed) title and mature content

I’m looking to identify a novel I looked at around the years of 1995 to 1998. The book may have been written before that, but the mass-market paperback appeared to be brand new. I have the ...
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A story (novel?) about a man becoming trapped in a “fairy world”/Magonia after travelling down a Bermuda triangle type of road

Read this a kid well over 20 years ago and not in English, so bear with my recollections. I would like someone to identify this book and its author. The story basically is of some guy who is driving ...
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Novel about an alternate history of the Aztec empire from a modern day archaeologist time travelling back there

This is a posthumous novel(?) from the 70 or 80s(?) where a modern day archaeologist who is transported back to the Aztec empire on the brink of the conquest, but then changes the course of history à ...
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Kindle book, girl with blue and brown eyes living with mom and step-dad gets impregnated by artificial means

It's about a girl with blue and brown eyes. She lives with her mom and stepdad. It's a place where boys and girls shouldn't talk. Her boyfriend's name is also Joseph. I don't remember the book name ...