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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-ID 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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Futuristic world where reality is humanity's plaything and God is in a zoo

This is a novel I read in 2015. It was an older book. The cover was black and hardcover. Don't remember any specific details. The book was in English. It was set in the future where the world is ...
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Identify Novel about Russia/United States where Boris Yeltsin downed pills with vodka and died [on hold]

I'm trying to remember the title of a book I was reading for a short time while working an unpleasant job last year haha. I thought Tom Clancy was the author, but I looked up his novels & none ...
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70s/60s Novel work on evolution and advanced intelligence

A science fiction novel where an experimenting scientist, an old man, studying evolution, picked a girl and her boyfriend as subjects and secretly injects them, the girl evolved to be most ...
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Novel featuring a girl who turns into a cow

I read it as a teen between 1989-1991, and have ever since wanted to re-read it. I think it was normal, adult fantasy fiction rather than a "young adult" book. These are the few images I retain from ...
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Older space battle book where aliens are told to form bonds with humans to make them a better fighter

There is an invading force in the shape of a crescent. Supersmart aliens gather as many aliens from the galaxy as they can. The main character is told he needs to form bonds with the humans to make ...
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Novel involving escaping, clones and search for identity read about 20 years ago

I'm looking for a novel I read about 20 years ago at a library. It was about a young man called Ian (AFAIR, but I believe it was translated to French so the names could have been changed) which has ...
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90s Teen fantasy novel told from the perspectives of 3 adventurers a warrior, a wizard and a small rogue

Looking for a teen fantasy novel from when I was a kid, unfortunately I can't remember the title or the author. It told the story of 3 adventurers: a warrior, a wizard and a small rogue. The ...
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80s/90s Teen Sci fi novel - Girl with robot named Kilimanjaro, travels to a space station orbiting Earth

Looking for a sci fi book with a young female protagonist and her indestructible robot Kilimanjaro (called Kili). She is forced to leave her planet (which I think is a moon) and eventually travels to ...
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Book about a castle full of portals to other dimensions, everyone there has some magic

I read this as a paperback in the 1990s in Ashland, KY. I think the cover had the eponymous castle with various characters seen in it. I think I later learned it was the second book in the series. The ...
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What's with all those “thimbles” in Neuromancer?

I'm currently reading the book and as somebody for whom English is the second language understanding Gibson's fanciful vocabulary is quite a challenge. Now there is one particular term - "thimble" - ...
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Sci Fi book about humans and synths

I'm searching for the title and author of this book. I really liked the premise but couldn't pick it up. Here's what I can remember from it! It's about two separate races: humans and Synths The main ...
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Early (pre-1994) Warhammer 40K Space Marine novel about three central characters becoming battle brothers

I read this some time before 1994 so my memory is hazy. If I recall correctly it has three central characters who are from different, warring gangs representing different tiers of a Hive City. They ...
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YA SF novel with teen-only faster-than-light travel

I'm trying to recall the name of a book. No idea about the publication date, but I guess I read it roughly 10 years ago. It was a young adult sci-fi, the premise of which was that teens (no one older, ...
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Post-apocalyptic SF Book - “Chaos” and a fur-covered girl in a world of broken reality

It was an SF Book, that I've read around the early 2000s, written by English-speaking author. The action takes place in the post-apocalyptic USA, but no one is really sure what was the real cause of ...
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YA wizard novel about an orphan who becomes a witch and ultimately sacrifices herself to achieve something

I’m having trouble remembering what a certain book was called and I’d really love some help. It was the last of a trilogy (I read the last book first because they’re not related, really). It’s about ...
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LitRPG book about a girl who lives in a tower in a post apocalyptic world

I'm looking for a book I read. It's based on a girl who lives in a post-apocalyptic world in a tower. Two boys went out scrounging for things in the wasteland and found an apple core (for the seeds) ...
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Are there any significant original novel series concerning major comicbook superheroes? [closed]

I ask this question because if we think about, for example, the case of Star Trek and Star Wars, there are very significant extended universes including original novels. However, as far as I'm aware,...
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Sci-Fi book I read in the eighties. Dystopian future where violence is porn

This was a UK paperback (maybe) with red words over a dark city on the cover, I read it mid eighties. Set in future America. The protagonist may have been some sort of investigator, he dresses up ...
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Novel: AI-assisted Dog Drives Car at Night

I'm trying to remember a science-fiction novel (may have been a shorter form) about an optimistic near-future, possibly written in the 1960's. A very small piece of the plot had to do with a family ...
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Protagonist modified to look like a neanderthal, also a riddle about catching a bird without caging it

This was the second book in the series I read about a decade or two ago. The colony experience a famine after terrorist blew up a factory. The protagonist is on some spiritual journey and was ...
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Did the Kwisatz Haderach want to die?

At the end of the Children of Dune mini-series Ghanima says: He runs, and runs, and runs, and when he's exhausted himself he returns to me, puts his head on my lap and asks me to find a way to die. ...
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Novel in which a machine is used to speed up Earth's rotation to achieve weightlessness and things go awry

Years ago, when I was in 6th grade, I picked up a sci-fi novel(-la? Pretty short) that was either translated into Chinese, or written in Chinese, more likely the former. That novel is centered around ...
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Title of novel: mass murderer, enshrouded planet, dead civilization, female military captain

I read this novel roughly about 25 years ago. What I remember is that the protagonist was a mass murderer and he ended up on a planet on which the civilization was gone, but their buildings and ...
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Alien invasion novel where black discs fall throughout a city and prick everyone giving them “flu”

While in secondary school I read this alien invasion novel (my favorite novel) but it had no front page so I had no way of telling the name so I just named it "Invasion". Brief description: There ...
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SF novel about crashed pilot

I would like to identify a SF book (possibly a part of a series) which I read in late 80s or in the 90s. What I remember from the story: it happened on a planet (probably Earth, but I'm not 100% sure)...
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Late 70s/80s fantasy novel with interdimensional portals, an average man protagonist and an immortal beautiful warrior woman [duplicate]

I’ve been scouring my memory for the name of a book I read decades ago. I only remember fragments. Inter-dimensional portals, a female warrior who is immortal (and beautiful), an average man ...
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Fantasy novel with villainous raiders wearing magical animal masks/helmets; one man wipes out an evil patrol by going berserk

There's a book from when I was younger I can barely remember. I would have read it about 15 years ago (2002/3). I think the front cover was green with a horse and rider on it. Fantasy, bad guys had ...
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Sci-fi novel about child savants trained to play real-life war games [duplicate]

I read a children’s science fiction novel as a child, probably about ten or fifteen years ago (that is, in the 2000s), that I have never been able to pinpoint. No, the novel is not Ender’s Game, ...
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80s/90s novel about a shipwrecked parallel world traveler wearing gloves covered in runes

Trying to identify a novel I read in the mid 90's - likely published late 80s/early 90s. Plot I remember: Starts with an innkeeper's daughter in a port town, who helps a man ship wrecked and washed ...
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Book about whispering (wicked) mermaid

A friend of mine just told me about a book about a person named aulice/olice or something like that who want to boat in a river in which whispering mermaids try to enchant people to drown. I only ...
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A Novel About Time Travel Into The Future

So this is what I remember, and it's very specific, but even so I can't seem to track down the novel: a man discovers a portable time travel device that he can carry around with him. He gets caught ...
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Novel about cultivator in a world of magic

I read a book on kindle then forgot the title when I returned it. The story was basically a body cultivator it put into a young child in a world of magic. Or it might have been the reverse. In his ...
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Novel: Protagonist goes on quests with a woman (not his girlfriend, “PJ”). Refuses to sleep with her

There was a novel I read 8-9 years ago in high school. I don't remember the main characters name, but he had a girlfriend named PJ. The main character went on a quest with another woman who put him ...
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Title of book with scientists on a space station who discover a plot by the UN to take over the Earth?

Trying to remember the name of a sci-fi book I read in the late 70s or very early 80s. The basic storyline concerns a group of scientists on the first "space station" (a very large habitat, far far ...
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Sci-fi novel about an adolescent returning to a giant commercial starship his mother was a crew member of

It involves an older child (young adult?) returning to the massive starship his (her?) family has some kind of connection with. He is not initially embraced, perhaps due to some family or personal ...
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Novel about using small wormholes to view the past [duplicate]

Quite some time ago (perhaps 12 years ago?) I was loaned a novel which I cannot remember the name of. Someone invents a way to create stable wormholes in time too small to travel through, but used to ...
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Seeking a novel with the post-apocalyptic remains of the European powers fighting on the Isle of Man

A friend of mine told me that he remembers reading a science fiction novel when he was kid in the late 1970s or early 1980s, which he has never been able to locate again. It was in English, and he ...
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Looking for a sci-fi/fantasy series of novels from 80's involving tripods that cap children on the 13-14th birthday to control their minds

It dealt with future events, where tripods ruled the world. Upon your 13th or 14th birthday, the males would be brought up to the tripod and fitted with a metal skull cap that would help control their ...
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2000s(?) trans/post-humanist coming-of-age story with a wooden spaceship, augmented reality, and a “God Drive” [duplicate]

Introduction I've been looking for this book for about a decade now. This is my favorite science fiction book that specifically tackles the issues of trans-humanist society as it relates to ...
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Novel: Wizard's memoirs, servant to a god, long timespan [duplicate]

I'm trying to find a fantasy novel I read about the life of a wizard. He started out as a normal person, but became a servant of a god (I think the god treated him as a friend and student). He played ...
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Novel about rendezvous with alien ship travelling through the solar system

I'm looking for a novel I read, probably in the mid 1990s. The story involved an alien vessel/asteroid coming through our solar system and a human ship going out to meet it and then being stuck on it ...
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A SF novel about the invisible globes that try to take over the world

It's a 60s or 70s SF novel. Maybe by a French or Japanese author. The plot is that some prominent scientists suddenly dies in strange occasions. It turns out they finds a kind of eye drops enabling ...
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Spaceship with multiple races of creatures with a facsimile/copy machine to create doubles

I read this novel close to the year 2000, but I am unsure when it was first published. The novel begins with a human being who gets paid to use a facsimile/copy machine to make a double of himself on ...
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Sorceror; white-haired slave girl with black cat; red-haired girl climbs sacred mountain

I am fuzzy on the details but I know in the book a sorcerer has a white haired girl with a black cat that is his slave. There is also a girl with long red hair that climbs a sacred Mountain, and her ...
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Novel about six trapped beings, brains linked to control a factory, they escape

A while ago I read a book about 6, whole body, beings, captured and enslaved to be the brains that ran a factory. Each a different species, I think. They were linked in a ring structure by neural ...
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Post-apocalyptic sci-fi book about a family that goes into cryogenic chambers in a cave to wake up hundreds of years later

I am trying to find a book I enjoyed reading as a teen. I can't remember the name or authors unfortunately. It was part of a short book series. It was a post-apocalyptic story about a family that ...
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Novel with space suits made of strange material, disruptor knives that melt people, and nonhuman characters

I am looking for a science fiction novel I read at least 16 years ago, when I had a used paperback copy from a library or used book store. One of the main characters was a person who was part of a ...
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EMP Kindle ebook series where the prepared dad is home alone while his family are scattered far away [closed]

I read an ebook that was the first of a series, but I can't remember the author or title. This story is different from others I've read, in that the prepper father is home and his daughter and wife ...
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Trying to find fantasy book about a great walled city holding off huge army

The story takes place in an ancient city with many walls protecting it. It was once prosperous and full of people but has since lost its prominence. A huge army (over 100,000 strong) is coming to ...
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Book about a king who becomes immortal

Some time ago I read a book but I can't remember the title or the author. The plot of the book is something like this: A King is sentenced to death, I don't remember why. I think he runs away and ...