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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Time-travel novel with a timeship and a character who fights himself

I have a atrong memory of a scene in a time-travel book without remembering many other details. The main character is trying to accomplish something (I don't recall what, but call it X). In a wooded ...
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Fantasy quest novel where the music magic hero doesn't get the girl

I believe I would have read this in 1988, as a stand-alone paperback novel. (I was avoiding all, or at least most, series that summer, having gotten fed up with David Eddings.) I don't really recall ...
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Time travel story. 2 Researchers are stuck in primitive man times. (Neanderthal or Cromagnon) for MANY years

Paperback probably at least 20 years ago. in English The 2 researchers (1 male and 1 female) are just a side story to the main novel... (Their "story" is told in various interludes between chapters ...
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Novel about a violent televised Football game played in an area of the actual city. Very similar to Rollerball

Novel from 70s or 80s. Pretty sure it was a Hardback (checked out from library) in English. The setting was very similar to the Rollerball (1975) movie. The broadcast of the show is the "Bread and ...
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Star Trek novel in which the Enterprise-A is sold as surplus and refitted with Klingon technology

I'm trying to recall a licensed Star Trek novel that I encountered in the early 2000's decade. The gist of the story is that after the NCC-1701-A is decommissioned after the end of The Undiscovered ...
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Sci-Fi/Romance novel from 1990s (?) with girl who moves in with her bachelor uncle

I read a novel when I was a teenager, and my sister and I can't remember the title or author. The only things I remember about the book are that I believe it was a fantasy/sci-fi/paranormal romance ...
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Science Fiction Novel from the 70's (I think) about a cryogenically suspended man who awakes in the far future

I remember a novel I read ages ago and am looking for its name. The story starts with the death of our characters wife and he cannot get over it. So he sells everything and buys some land and builds ...
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Social experimentation with cryogenics fails to solve humanity's overpopulation problem [duplicate]

This may be a tough story to identify because of incomplete memory. A technique for cryogenic preservation and revival of the body has been developed and is applied to the overpopulated world in a ...
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Temporal Empire?

I recall this being a novel, from my father's collection, and the book was showing its age back in the mid-1980s or early 1990s when I read it. The overall theme involved a temporal war; reality was ...
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Novel - Accidental exploration ship, broadcasts a TV show to let people know what they find

Probably from the 70s or earlier. Paperback in English. Space craft with a new drive that should be able to travel to other planets in solar system almost instantly, is over budget and behind ...
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Pre-70s science fiction short story or novel: astronaut lands on planet or natural satellite, discovers it is a hemisphere

A colleague told me he read a pre-1970s science fiction short story or novel involving a male astronaut who approached a planet or small moon. When the space traveler landed, he discovered that the ...
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Scifi novel about a prison station in the sun that turns into an alien invasion

There was this scifi novel I got years ago second hand about a prison station that was in the sun. The inmates were all supposedly mass murderers and the like but could not remember their supposed ...
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Book where a teenager and his friend develop elemental powers to fight aliens with similar powers

Book where teenager discovers he has fire powers. A boy a little older than him has lightning powers. They train together and become best friends. They fight someone with metal powers. They discover ...
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Time travel novel: machine makes clones, clones battle to be the one to get back their life

Published within last ten years. Guy enters machine. Comes out; the world is slightly different. He goes home, finds another guy is living his life. "Oh my god," he realizes, "I'm in a different ...
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1970s (?) book where teacher flies in a balloon and crash-lands on mysterious island [duplicate]

Plot: The teacher finds an island with very sophisticated civilization. There is a volcano on the island which causes quakes every so often. I also do recall something about families being lettered by ...
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Paperback book, read in the 1990s, involving a man's son playing a too-good pirate video game with friends who disappear

As noted above, I read this as a paperback book in the 1990s or so, somewhere around 250 pages. I think the cover was dark with a crude but colorful line drawing of a child. The main character is a ...
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The youngest person on Earth in a society of immortals

The protagonist is the youngest person on Earth -- the only one to be born in many centuries. Terrestrial society is small but every individual is unique and multitalented, as they are all immortal ...
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Revolutionaries' fleet armed with kinetic weapons defeats government fleet armed with missiles

This came up in a discussion of reasonably-hard SF space combat. I probably read this book a bit more than 20 years ago; early-to-mid 1990s. Note that I was buying a lot of used books in that period,...
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00s (or latterly) novel which talk about a boy trying to survive in the jungle after a plane crash into a lake [migrated]

I read this novel like a couple years ago (probably 4-5 years already). It's kinda old I guess and my detail maybe is not very specific but I try my best. The story is talk about a young boy (Maybe ...
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Novel where a genius child secretly makes clones of himself

I'm trying to find the name of a novel that was (what I'll call) light horror sci-fi. It was probably published in the early 90s. As best as I can remember, the plot goes something like: a child is ...
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Sci-fi book about a genetically modified planet

I read only the beginning of this book, and it was decades ago, but I always wondered about it and wanted to read it. As I recall, the protagonist finds himself stranded on a strange world. I don't ...
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Book series with a boy that could create portals from coloured shapes

The first book has a black werewolf-like creature on the front cover and I believe the third book was about a boy who could see coloured shapes and manipulate them into creating portals to other ...
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Sci-fi novel where a mother and son are captured by another tribe

This was a sci-fi novel I read decades ago. Most of the story takes place after a mother and her son have been captured by another tribe and are being transported back to their encampment. I believe ...
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Science Fiction Novel with the Word Diamond in the Title

This is a book that is probably more than 20 years old. It would be pre-2000 (most likely). It has diamond in the title (I believe). I also think of the word satellite or space station. It has two ...
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Book where kids had the powers of manifesting things with their minds

In the beginning of the novel she is attacked in a park on her way home and these people come and save her. Later on she finds out her mom was kidnapped I think. I specifically remember a part where ...
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Pre-1968 YA science fiction novel: robot with black-and-white vision, later the robot could see in color

A science fiction novel, written before 1968, featured a robot with black-and-white vision. Perhaps halfway through the novel, the robot receives an upgrade, and could see in color for the first time. ...
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What edition of Scalzi's The Human Division contains all the original artwork?

I am starting to read John Scalzi's novel "The Human Division". It appears to be made up of thirteen distinct chapters named "episodes". In the acknowledgments, he praises the cover artist: Cover ...
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Science fiction story or novel: humans do not leave apartments, communicate via two-way television, “McCloo” mentioned

I once read a concise, printed description of a science fiction short story or novel. I never read this short story or novel. The story's central idea: a future civilization in which humans lived in ...
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Older sci-fi, fantasy novel, 1800’s England, scientist discovers evil experiment and manages to foil it with help from his journals

A friend of mine read this novel “years and years ago,” probably before 2000. As he remembers it, the title may have journal or diary in it. The main character is named something like 'Luminiere', ...
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Novel where a group of scientists in a spaceship encounter various aliens

I read this novel long back, possibly 2 decades ago. The story is narrated from one scientist's (male) POV. The team is on an exploration mission, and come across threats like: an alien which looks ...
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Terry Pratchett book with a lawyer dragon and sheep

I was talking to someone today who mentioned starting a Terry Pratchett book a few years before. They said that it was about a dragon who was a lawyer and involved sheep. They think that it is ...
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Kids Book series - Girl babysits a family of monsters

I think I read this somewhere in the late 1980s to the early 1990s. My grandmother bought me the first book in the series, which was a fairly thin paperback, and I bought a later one (maybe the second ...
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Novel with societal breakdown and spaceship passengers marooned on a planet covered with a city

I read this novel when I was young. It involved some sort of societal breakdown (I think) and ended with the passengers of a spaceship marooned on a planet covered by a single abandoned city. Some of ...
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Authority figure who treats charges based on their background? [closed]

This is a tricky one because I can only remember the gist of the dialogue and not much else. I have a really vivid memory of a story with some authority figure who is harsh on one of their charges ...
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Book about a girl in a world where everyone is placed under a patron god when they're born

It’s about a girl who was placed under the fly god and her con-man like mentor. She also had a pet goose I think.
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Sc-Fi book with psychic game

I'm looking for a book from 90's (I think). The French version had a cover in the style of Philippe Caza and the story is about a universe where people can play a sort of "psychic game". In the game, ...
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Book set on Mars with a hermaphrodite character

Trying to find the name and author of a SF book I read in the 1970s. It was set on the terraformed Mars of the far future and written in an arty, experimental style. Wealth was unlimited so the ...
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Time Traveler YA Trilogy Identification

In the early 2010s, I recall reading a trilogy of novels about 2 kids who have to keep earth's timeline from changing. In order to do this, they stayed on a loop of one day in a city (I think San ...
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Dragon shifter novels

I remember reading a book but at the time couldn't find the next in the series and never got back to it. The book is at least 15 years old and there is a minimum of 3 books in the series. It had two ...
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2000s (or earlier) cyberpunk novel: dystopia, mega storm, omnipresent noise

I think there was more than one plot line. One of these was about a group of people inside some bunker. They waited for a mega storm, which creates electronic interference or noise, then these people ...
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Sci-fi book (no magic, hyperspace jumps, blind protagonist) [duplicate]

I'm trying to recover a book from my childhood: I believe I read it in 199x, maybe early 200x No magic. Space sci-fi with hyperspace jumps between stars. The plot is all about jumps. Hyperspace jump ...
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60s novel: bionic man exploring changed world post collapse for super computer

Paperback, written in English, from 1960s or 70s. Starts off with a man waking up in cave or buried chamber. He receives info and instructions from a A.I. super computer . (Its been xx years 30? 60? ...
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Young adult science fiction novel where a planet orbits a violet sun which gives the planet's inhabitants strange powers

I'm afraid I may remember too few details about a not-very-good book, but it's stuck in my mind all these years. Science fiction novel, English language, I read it from a U.S. public library, late '...
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2010s(?) book with identical twins who have musical powers

Summary: There are two identical twins who are amazing with music. They are part of a circus and when playing, odd things happen to their audience which starts attracting the wrong attention and they ...
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Will the Star Trek “Rise of the Federation” series continue?

As of June 2019, the Star Trek: Enterprise: Rise of the Federation series includes 5 books, the latest named Patterns of Interference. Has the author or publisher given any indications of another ...
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Werewolf horror novel where the werewolf attacks people in cars and eats a child

The story begins with a werewolf attacking a couple I think in car. In one particular scene the werewolf is attacking a family in their RV and eats the child.
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Novel: Woman lives her entire life, then finds out it was just practice

I read this book sometime between the late 1980s and the early 1990s. The story follows the life of a woman, which starts when she is a newborn in a kind of robotic creche that cares for her, teaches ...
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Title search: purple hair, throwing sword

This was published in the 1960's. The protagonist has purple hair and is on a quest of some sort that takes him into increasingly technologically advanced societies. He learns to ride dragons, and ...
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90s (or earlier) cross-world fantasy book with a circular river and character-class tattoos

I'm looking for a book I read in the early 1990s that is probably a bit older than that. I picked it up in paperback off a used-book rack in bad condition, and it had one of those extra-generic 1980s ...
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Sci fi novel where the hero has a knife sheath in his arm [duplicate]

Read some time in the early 2000s as a teen, so details may be a little hazy. Points I'm more confident about: Sci-fi novel following a male lead Starts with lead living daily life in a slum on some ...