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Questions tagged [novel]

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-identification] questions and in cases where it would otherwise be unclear whether the question was about a novel or (e.g.) a film.

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Fantasy story; one type of magic grows in power with use, but the more powerful they are, they more they are drawn to travel to their source

World is a non-Earth and mostly steriotypical sword and sorcery. I think there were only humans. I believe it was a stand alone novel, but it could have been in a series. I think it was written in ...
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Combination spy novel and horror regarding “mind vampires”

I am trying to track down a novel I read in December 1990 on my way to Saudi Arabia. Lost the book. It melded some Navy "moles" in the Pentagon funneling secrets (about a new plane) to the Russians ...
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Novel: non-telepath helps overthrow rule by telepaths

Years ago, I read a novel whose title I'd like to rediscover. What I can remember is this: The novel's world has powerful, amoral-or-evil telepaths who are in a dominant social position. They've got ...
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Book: troubleshooter born into a desolate future world

I think the book or series is from the late 70s early 80s. It's based in the future; the character was born in a desolate world and grew up with an almost animalistic survivability. It was not by L.E....
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Young adult book about girl in magical tower with bear

Probably 1980s. I remember a book that was one of those story-within-a-story novels. The 'outer' story was about a girl that lived (possibly captured) in a magical tower with a spiral staircase and a ...
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90's teen horror novel where “Mike” goes on a date with a girl to see their favourite band “The Zombies” [closed]

This was a teen horror book from the 90s. It is not Point Horror, Fear Street, or Goosebumps. I am sure the the title was "Bad Blood"; however, I have searched online and can't find it. The story of ...
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70s novel with giant ants pretending to be aliens

Probably written in the late 1970s. Young adult. Two boys, the narrator and his friend, are abducted by a flying saucer. The aliens are roughly human-sized and the boys don't get a good look at them ...
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60s/70s book that involves giant one-celled creatures

This would be a novel from the 1960s or 70s. Author unknown, title unknown. It might have been designated for young adults, or it might've just been one of those adventure stories that kind of reads ...
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70s-80s novel: war between Earth and Mars initiated by a shapeshifting race

I'm looking for the title of a novel. It's about a soldier who returns to Earth after the lunar station he served at was surrendered to the Martians. This was after a long war between the two planets....
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Book about a DNA hacker who could customize people using animal DNA

I read this book approximately 10 to 15 years ago; here is what I remember. Might not be 100% but should be close. It was about an expert hacker who learned to hack DNA code. He was a twin but his ...
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Kindle book about a woman pulled into underground cage fights, in a setting with vampires and werewolves

I'm going to try to plumb my library for this, but I think I read it about 4-5 years ago (around 2014-2015) as a free Kindle book. The primary protagonist was a woman who had vague memories of having ...
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Galactic consciousness novel about three generations starting in American West, last generation is an ambassador who nukes Berlin?

Trying to remember a novel name; the novel contains these elements: Three generational family starting in the 19th century American West who gain contact with a galactic consciousness The ...
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Pre-1980 science-fiction novel with gravity-defying metal, and blue-skinned aliens

I read this novel as a kid (so pre -1980). What I most clearly remember is the metal that defied gravity so the characters had “airships” made out of it. The main characters were warrior-like and ...
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1960's book about a plague that kills all white people

Paperback, read in the UK about 1975, setting USA and the UK. The plot was a pandemic that was killing all white people (I think also Asians and Orientals but not sure) There were like Black Power ...
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Series about a ranger with a staff that turns into a bow

So here's a gooder. I completely forget the name of or how many books there are in the series. There's a human ranger raised by elves. One of his tasks as a young boy was to collect water using the ...
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Sci-fi novel about aquatic society of humans [duplicate]

The story is set in a submerged city or community complex, anchored to the sea floor by tethers I believe. The story is centered around the POV of a kid, probably teenage. He was portrayed maybe 14-17 ...
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Fantasy novel with giant hypnotising dragonflies and a young witch that has to keep her identity secret

Read this book a few years ago, it was a trilogy, the last of which was released sometime between 2008-2016. Female author I think. Main character is a girl, in maybe her 20s, a witch of some kind, ...
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Man transported from Alternate World into ours by a Neutrino Detector

Probably read 15-20 years ago. English Paperback. Scientists running a deep underground Neutrino Detector [might have been cosmic rays]. It was a VERY Large tank of water with detectors built into ...
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Science fiction story about an intelligent man put in suspended animation to solve future problems

I am asking this question for an older relative. This story sticks out to them over four decades after reading it, but they can't remember the title. The story is about an extremely intelligent man ...
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Overpopulation novel about a man ripped to pieces by a starving mob, and state-registered prostitutes

Definitely published no later than 1974, set in the future on Earth. I only remember the final scene. A man visits his ex-wife, an official state-registered prostitute whom anyone can legally use. I ...
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Novel about a guy who is possessed by the divine essence and the world ends?

I read this novel back in the mid-80's but I'm pretty sure it was written in the 70's. Strange things start to happen around a homeless man - like the laws of chance are changed. The investigators ...
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Science fiction novels about a solar system spanning civilisation where people change their bodies at will [duplicate]

I think I read this around 20 years ago, but I may be off on that. It's a series about a future human society where people can go into tanks to regrow their bodies according to various commercial ...
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Novel, Lo Tech SF/Fantasy, Powerful Woman, Male Assistant, Quest, Trilogy [duplicate]

Looking for the name of a SF or fantasy novel. I probably read this in the 70's or 80's. Believe was first published post 1960. Could be part of a larger series. My faulty memory keeps trying to ...
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Fantasy comedy romance novel, set in medieval times, involving a siege, a nun, and enchanted pickles

I read this around 2015, I think, as a Kindle book. Sadly, I have quite a history of books to work through. The protagonist was a nun, not quite at final vows. Her monastery was known for its pickles. ...
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Novel set in a dystopian future where everyone was color-blind by mandated ingestion of medicine [duplicate]

From what I remember, in the spring of 2007, I was reading a novel in class (5th grade) about a future where everyone was color-blind by mandated ingestion of medicine. And that no one was allowed to ...
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Book: Young man exiled to a penal colony, helps to lead revolution

I've been struggling to remember the title of this book - this could be multiple books mixed together. I read it about 10 years ago, but it could be far older. Short synopsis based on what I ...
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YA fantasy novel: “Vampires” (Blood suckers) at a boarding school, girl lives in a forest

The title may have had the word "forest" in it but I DEFINITELY remember the cover having a girl walking into a forest with her back turned. The story went something like a girl being at a boarding ...
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Book: boy with telekinesis, joins an organization, learns to control his powers while watching a football game

I've been searching for a while and I can't seem to find anything online about it. The boy gets telekinetic powers and joins some sort of small organisation with a girl in it who helps him. He goes ...
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Book ID - When you read the cat's mind, all it says is “mipmip”

Bit of a silly question, but I thought this was really funny and now I can't remember what it was in. A main character can read minds, including, I'm pretty sure, animals' minds, and is travelling ...
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Novel about death of plankton in the sea

I don't remember the name or the author of the book but I read it in Thailand sometime before 1987. It opens with the protagonist, a scientist?, who warns that the plankton in the sea is dying off ...
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Interplanetary conflict, some disease destroys the ability to understand or appreciate music [duplicate]

There is some kind of interplanetary conflict going on between different human factions (aliens may or may not be involved). As a relatively minor plot point a group of or all humans have lost the ...
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90s YA fantasy series where a warrior meets a sorceress and they travel together

There may only be two books in the series, one is a regular novel and the other is a choose-your-own-adventure type gamebook. I read them in 1997 so I assume they were written in the 90s, 80s or even ...
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Science fiction novel involving humans colonizing an alien planet

I had thought the title was either "Children of Eve" or "Eve's Children" but searching turns up several books with those titles, none of these are the right one. These are the plot details I can ...
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90s YA novel or short story: girl on an intergalactic vessel overhears aliens debating whether to destroy Earth, or establish first contact

I believe I read this book in the 90's. I doubt the book was published much past 1999. I believe the protagonist is a female character who might be a stowaway on some kind of intergalactic vessel. I ...
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1970s novel, planetary world with 3 gender species, prohibited inter-species procreation

Prohibited inter-species procreation - eventually allowed, producing 4th gender. Two of the three genders are bureaucrats, thinkers/builders.
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Looking for title of book with nuclear waste, underwater people, and mind-wiped slaves

About 30 years ago, I started reading a book, but never finished it. There are several sets of characters, some who live on land and some who live underwater. I think the underwater people live in ...
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Older SF novel, humans and aliens underwater, with living membrane structures; relationship between human male and alien female

Probably anywhere from 70's to early 90's as I read it somewhere in the mid 90's. I remember, there were humans and aliens underwater. The living structures were membranes not typical hard body ...
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1960s sci-fi novel with “tanks” for 15-minute or half-hour immersion for relaxation purposes (but is addictive)

This is a relatively thick (+200 pages long) novel which appeared at least in paperback form in the 1960s, available in public schools. It includes such familiar tropes as future society, space travel,...
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60s or earlier sci-fi novel, involved suspected kidnapping and a main character named Jantz or Janz

I'm trying to identify a sci-fi novel I read as a kid (maybe mid-1960s, but the book might have been older than that) which, as I very vaguely recall, involved suspected kidnapping and a main ...
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Novel: little girl holding a green stone that gave her the ability to talk to animals [duplicate]

I've read this book along with the series of I'm sure went up to about 3 or more other books. I read them around the year 2008 or 09, I can't remember most of the story because I was young but I loved ...
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EBook (maybe first in a series) where people gain superpowers after an alien falls to Earth, protagonist is a single mother

Several years back (probably about early 2010), I got a bunch of superhero books in a promotion where the first book in the series was being offered for free on Amazon. One of them was Scott Bachmann'...
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1970s or 80s kids' book series about friendly android doppelgangers

There was a series of books in my school library when I was a kid (1990s, US) about a future where human-like androids were common. The main character was a kid who got his own android double in the ...
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Scifi novel about galactic students fighting in gladiator-style games

I'm looking for a science fiction novel I read in the early 1980s about a group of young adults on a sort of university or academy spaceship travelling the galaxy. On one planet they stop at they are ...
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1970s scifi/horror novel where protagonist is used by a crablike creature to feed its larvae, goes mad, and is defeated by retraumatising him

I read this book once as a teenager, I think it might have been written in the 1970s but could be late 1960s or early 1980s. The protagonist is left to die hideously by enemies. He is paralysed and ...
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Novel about a guy who travels through portals to bring back alien technology (jaunt?) [duplicate]

A while back I had read a Goodreads description of a novel that I have forgotten the name of. It was about a guy having discussions with his therapist about his profession which is to jump through a ...
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Dystopian novel where telepathic humans live under a dome

I read this novel in the mid or late 1990s, I think. The protagonist is a young person (girl?) who lives in a dome/arc city. Everyone there is telepathic. There is a high degree of conformity ...
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Novel - Dead Earth, Spaceships, and Chess

Back in middle (or was it high?) school, in the mid-2000s, I distinctly recall thumbing through some science-fiction paperback assigned to another class. Don't remember the title or even the main ...
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Novel about near future where humans are transmitted to a mirrored room on another planet [duplicate]

Near future with hyperinflation, humans get captured and transmitted to a mirrored room on alien planet. They are studied. when the men complain about a lack of women, one of the women is duplicated ...
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Book where aliens are selecting humans for food consumption

I have read a science fiction years ago. About aliens selecting humans on Earth and people trying hard to fit in their criterias in order to be the "chosen ones" and go away with the aliens. But they ...
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Time travel novel where a man falls asleep each night and lives a full lifetime

I'm in search of the title of a novel I read in the '70s. A man falls asleep and each night lives a full lifetime. He realizes he has awoken in the present day when sees a white curtain blowing in ...