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Book about a woman in a wheelchair who ends up getting pulled into a game she was playing; in the game world, her chair has mechanical spider legs

I can't remember the name of a book I would like to reread. It's about a woman in a wheelchair that plays a game that she ends up getting pulled into. She is in the game world in a chair that has ...
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Robert Rankin-esque comic fantasy book from the 90's in which TV equipment grows like plants (or possibly plants are TV equipment)

I remember reading a book when I was still at school (so before 1998), that was a comic-fantasy novel similar in style to Robert Rankin (possibly it is by Robert Rankin, but I can't figure out which ...
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How to become a witch: Fiction Novel - Girl finds a how-to book about witches at the library

I read this in 90s but the book might've come out in the 80s. A girl at her library finds a how-to book about witchcraft in the children's section, among other how-to books. She's been at this library ...
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Fantasy novel (trilogy). Two brothers, one good and one evil

About 15 years ago I was given some books to read and I remember loving them but can't remember much detail I'm pretty sure it was a fantasy trilogy. The first book was about a poor girl determined ...
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Once a year, invading aliens attempt to teleport the Earth to their home star

What are the title and author of this (short) novel? It was for sale as a second-hand pocket-size book, mid-1990's; the author is almost certainly native to the English-speaking world. I have not been ...
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Looking for an SF novel with huge "spiders" on a planet which is frozen most of the time [duplicate]

This SF novel has a very rich and complicated plot, but I remember very little of it. I read it about 20 years ago, probably in a paperback. What I do remember is that it takes place on a planet with ...
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Sci-fi story with time-lagged senses

I remember details from a sci-fi book I read years ago, but haven’t been able to identify it by searching on my own. Hopefully someone out there has better recall than I do! The main points I remember:...
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Looking for a YA fantasy novel from the '60s or '70s similar to the Narnia books but set in America and only one (female) protagonist

I remember reading this book in 1977, so it predates that year. There's a young girl who finds an abandoned mansion with an eerie gothic garden. I recall that the setting is the American Eastern ...
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A short YA SF novel about teenagers who lived their whole childhood in a house surrounded by a fence in a clearing of a "dangerous forest"

I read this short novel about 20 years ago, in French, in a rather thin paperback. I think one can consider it as YA. I am not sure the action is on Earth. I have a vague memory of Mars having been ...
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Book about a group of prisoners enlisted in a military training program who end up going rogue

I don't remember a ton about the story, but this is the general gist of it. The book is set in the near future, like the 2090s or so. The protagonist is a boy around the age of 19, who has a single ...
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60's or 70's book about a planet of only women

Trying to find a 60's or 70's book about a planet of only women. Many searches have been done to no avail.
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A SF novel where a character steals an adhesive anti-slip mat from the bathroom of her host's house

This novel I read rather recently, during the early "Covid" years. But I don't remember much. One thing I am positive about is that, in this universe, one can upload the mind of people (...
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Humans with forbidden technology, energy absorbers / storage - series of books

Need a little help, the book / series had humans with forbidden technology, if remember correctly it was like a energy storage that they adjusted to act as energy absorbers on their ships. The other ...
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Elf Left In the Humans' World, Came Back To A Magical Farm

I believe there were four or five books in the series, maybe more or less. I remember the protagonist being female. I read this approximately three years ago, and I think it was relatively new then, ...
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Time travel book involving a man deciphering an ancient stone and future time travelers leaving clues about their origins

This is a book I picked up from the library when I was really young, but I found it way too big for me and gave up after a chapter or so. Now I want to give it another shot but can't seem to find it. ...
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Young adult book set in a post-nuclear wasteland (but is actually a video game/computer simulation?)

I read a book when I was in elementary school (circa 1995) that to my recollection was about a child/pre-teen who is living in a post-apocalyptic wasteland (maybe it's a girl searching for her brother?...
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An SF novel about monasteries which are isolated from the external world for 1, 10, 100 or 1000 years [duplicate]

I read this SF novel about 10-15 years ago. I think I read it shortly after it was first published. In this novel there are monks (though the word used is not "monks" but I don't remember ...
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America broken up into separate regions, a journalist visits the Great Lakes region from the East Coast, finding a libertarian society

I read this novel around 2020 maybe. The cover is yellowish orange and depicts a run-down city street with derelict cars and buildings, etc A first person narrator travels from the East Coast to the ...
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Book about an alien invasion to steal metal from Earth

In the book alien drone like ships come to Earth and invade Earth for its metal. The ships use some tractor beam magnet type to gather the metals. They also remove metal from people, like braces, hip ...
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Policeman pursuing woman with baby on spaceship

Looking for a recent SF novel where the protagonist is policeman pursuing woman with baby. They live on the inside of a giant spaceship/planet that is starting to fall apart. Read as a Kindle book ...
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Sci-fi book (all-knowing cow, almost grey goo beginning, different universe/dimension)

Someone created self-replicating nanobots that replicated enough only to replace every other few nano particles. The consequence is that privacy is impossible as every nanobot has a camera and you can ...
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Old school sci-fi book about descendants on a generational spacecraft

I'm looking for the name of a sci-fi book based on a generational spacecraft that sent heavy rain (radioactive isotopes) to Earth because they were angry, then later sent a message to Earth warning ...
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Fantasy Series, Dragons, Drakes and Knock-Off Hobbits

This is a book that I read in the mid-to-late 90s. It was from a bin of books that the library was throwing out, so it is probably from the 80s or early 90s. There are halfling or hobbit type ...
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Book where the female main character cuts off her boyfriend mid-sentence to prove her point about the perceptions created by one's choice of words

I'm trying to remember the name of a book I once borrowed from the library over two decades ago. All I remember of this book is the main character was female and there was a line in the book where her ...
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Fantasy novel involving a magic bracelet that saves a man from a fish dinner

I had a vague set of memories pop into my head earlier today. I'm pretty sure it was a fantasy novel from a series I read in my childhood (late 1980s to early 1990s). The scene I remember, I'm pretty ...
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Book where people in a future society escape to an island to be free

for the life of me I cannot remember this book. the main character lived in some sort of futuristic society where the government controls the information they know. he is approached by this secret ...
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Book about a prototype robot that dies every time it's shut down

I saw this once, in paperback in a bookstore in the early 1990s. The book's blurb was that the robot was a prototype and every time it booted, the robot was born again, and every time it was shut down,...
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Book where a girl uses kendo to fight aliens

If I remember correctly, in the opening of the book, the protagonist is hit by a vehicle. In the story, she and a squad of people are sent on missions to kill these aliens. I can't remember if they ...
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A novel about near-death experiences and a mysterious ship

I read this novel about 20-25 years ago, and I think it was shortly after its publication. It is definitely SF if only because medicine is more advanced in the book than it was 20 years ago when it ...
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Book where the setting is both in the present and past

I read this book a while ago and can't remember much, so it is sloppy. There's the main character, whose mom is a witch but has kept it a secret. Also, the main character's mom had erased her memory ...
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Short novel. A human astronaut is exploring a huge structure in space. It has tunnels and can exit on different planets

I read it recently, maybe 2021 or later. It had been written recently. The astronaut landed on the structure in our solar system. He landed with a team but for most of the novel he is exploring alone. ...
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I’m looking for a Sci-fi book where a man’s brain is hijacked by someone trying to prove what human consciousness and the soul is

I read it probably 15 or more years ago now, so it’s not new. It is a book where a man’s brain is hijacked by someone trying to prove what human consciousness and the human soul is. He is kidnapped, ...
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Novel manhwa in which the female protagonist runs away from an orphanage that was selling children

The female protagonist is in an orphanage that have talented in magic and she discovered that the orphanage has been selling the children, so she runs away. By the way, she also has a wand that was ...
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I'm looking for the title of a book about a group of dream warriors who fight a "demon" with psychic abilities that hides in peoples dreams

I read a book in the early- to mid-eighties that I have not been able to recall the title to. The story was set in roughly the present day. A small group of people were able to enter the dream world ...
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I am looking for sci-fi story/novel, where some sort birds convinced inhabitants they can see only through their eyes and used this to control them

The story is set on a rather developed planet, where inhabitants can space travel but they are fully controlled by bird-like creatures they have to carry on their head to be able to see. The ...
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Sci-fi book where the survivor of a bombing is turned into a cyborg

I only remember parts of the book vaguely as I had it as a child. But I think it starts out in a city and there's a bombing or some other disaster and when the government come in to look for survivors,...
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Alternate Civil War: The USA and the Confederate States of America (CSA) against England

My grandfather once told me about a book he read where the British accidentally landed on a bit of confederate land and accidentally started a fight. Then the USA army in the area came to the rescue ...
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"Did the maser blind you?" Young adult dystopian story - older girl and younger boy fighting the regime

What I remember is: A near-future dystopian city. Standard YA science fiction dystopia. Riot police, young people fighting back, etc. A young-ish boy (pre-teen, teenager?) is caught in the middle of ...
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New Zealand chapter book about a runaway girl from a foster home who can talk to animals

I read this in 90's/2000's. The girl's parents had sold marijuana, and she was sent to a foster home run by a mean woman. She escaped down a tree and met a cat named Homer, and they went to find her ...
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Sci-fi novel where a person gains an IQ boost from a drug or treatment [duplicate]

I read a sci-fi novel in the late 80's, I think, with a plot similar to "Flowers for Algernon", but the protagonist was a bank teller (???) who struggled with his work because he was not ...
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Late 1950s or 1960s childrens/YA series - the children have a secret spaceship, go to Mars, and meet a Martian child

I am looking for a 1950s or 1960s YA series of books about a group of children who have a secret spaceship. They go to Mars, where they meet a Martian child. In one of the books, just as they are ...
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Lorry or truck driver. He has been rained on his entire life. He is unaware he is a rain god. Clouds love him [duplicate]

Short story in a comic about insectoid aliens approaching Earth in an invasion armada. They attack lights that turn-out to be a truck's windshield This question reminded me of a book a read in the ...
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Protagonist is a wizard or wizard's apprentice. They go clothes shopping and are given powerful psychedelic drugs while a tailor measues them

I think I am remembering a small part of a fantasy novel. I read it in the late eighties or early nineties. Two men go clothes shopping. At least one of them is a wizard. The other is originally from ...
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Sci-Fi novel where explorers from Earth visited 3 planets

What is the title of a Sci-Fi novel where explorers from Earth visited 3 planets? I remember that these planets were occupied by certain groups of people and evolved over the years. The first planet ...
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Futuristic/dystopian novel for teens where people live in bubble-shaped/spherical houses

Years ago I read a dystopian/futuristic novel but I cannot find it anywhere and I don't remember much about it. Main character: a boy, maybe a teenager; Setting: dystopian world (maybe France, but I'...
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Fantasy book about a girl who had a connection with a big cat that was hurt and found a moonstone

I read this book in 2012/2013 about a young girl staying with a relative who ran a vet clinic. She had this connection with a big cat that was hurt. There was mention of a moonstone, I think, and she ...
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Dystopian YA Any child below the age of 18 can be legally killed. I think their organs are donated to ill people

I read this novel in about 2020. It seemed to have been written pretty recently. Any child up to the age of 18 could legally be given up with the permission of their parents and be killed. I am pretty ...
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Novel about a man playing a game who becomes an archmage and uses "death hand" before being teleported into the world by the God of Light

A man is playing a game where he becomes an archmage, a 19th tier mage, and goes to fight the demon king and wins using a spell called Death Hand. After that, he gets teleported to the God of Light ...
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A ship full of aliens are stranded on Earth. Some Earth people take them in and hide them. They write a fictional kids TV show based on the aliens

I read it in the 90s or early 00s. The book had a single word name that was also the name of the species. The novel had both humorous and serious aspects to it. One aspect of the alien society I ...
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ID book with an autopsy in a snowy village

I've only read the first chapter months ago, and can't remember much more about the synopsis other than that opening scene: From the AI (I think it was AI or an advanced human) point of view in ...
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