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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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Novel, Lo Tech SF/Fantasy

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 ...
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Novel about revolution on a lost colony

This novel was written in the 1980s (I think). It took place on a lost or abandoned colony. There was an island where a man was hiding with debt notes from friends who didn't want to be paid off with ...
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Book about a boy that enters a medieval fantasy PC computer game

This is a repost with additional info of an older question that was never answered. I have stumbled upon this old question while also trying to find the name of the book series myself, as I dearly ...
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Spaceships get lost, officers missing

I search for a novel I flipped through, ca. four years ago. There is a space ship officer (lieutenant? captain? navigator?) who accepts to fly a ship for a company. Some time after the start, she (he?)...
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Slow starship passed by FTL starship. Upon arrival finds society has evolved past them

Probably read 30+ years ago. The book's plot is VERY similar to "Far Centaurus" by A. E. van Vogt. But when I saw it was a possible duplicate when asking the question, I read it and it is NOT the ...
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1960/70's British novel about an attack using sterility as a weapon

Plot revolves around young women who find that when they mature they will only give birth to girls.
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Sci-fi novel where mankind participates in combat that's like Ender's Game to prevent full scale war in a distant section of the galaxy

It's between 25 and 30 years ago that I read this hardback sci fi story. No cover details come to mind. Story details: Generations earlier, mankind made it to part of the galaxy many light years away....
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Book where the main character's consciousness is transferred to an artificial body

I'm doing a school project which requires me to cite the science-fiction books I've read. I am almost done; I just need the last book, but I can't find the title. I recall it taking place in a future ...
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Novel with an adult voluntarily augmented to mech suit tech

This was a novel I read back in the 90s. The book was in English. The time is set in the future. The US (I think? Or an allegorical nation that mirrors the US) is fighting a war against (allegorical) ...
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Stand-alone novel with clones, re-populating Earth, lunar base and apocalypse, probably hard SF

I have a question regarding 1 book I have read but can't re-read as I don't remember its author and title. I can't find it using Google and some databases. I don't think I'll ask for another books so ...
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Book about corporations creating genetic “blanks” who can change their DNA

I've been searching for this novel since the '90s and been unable to remember the title or author. I pray someone here can help me. The story is set in the future where corporations run everything. ...
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Old Fantasy Novel - set in different world - I read this in 1960's or early 70's kind of like moorcock but not him

Fantasy Novel - set in different world - the protagonist is a warrior from another land - he is rescued and helps a city defend itself from assault but this city is doomed. A second assault by demon / ...
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Wealthy man learns to astrally project from old book, travels to another planet and takes over a dying boy

I'm searching for the title of a novel on 'astral projection' I read some years back. It's about a wealthy man who learned astral projection from a long lost book. He then traveled to another planet ...
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70s(?) science fiction novel: teenage boy builds his own spacecraft which pulls/pushes gravity, is stranded on Mars when a vacuum tube burns out

Probably in the late 1960s or early 1970s I read a book the general plotline of which was: a teenage boy builds his own spacecraft that operates by pulling and/or pushing gravity. He takes the home-...
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Circa 1980's prehistoric intelligent reptiles starving and time traveling and terraforming present day Earth for survival

I've asked for help on identifying this novel about a year ago but nothing. So here goes again. Ancient intelligent lizard species running out of food to the extent they are eating their own eggs. ...
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Novel in which dark matter is giant sentient single-celled organisms and humans learn their language

It has been over ten years since I read this book (and I believe that it was an old book even then), so the title, and many of the details, completely escape me. In this novel, the main characters ...
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Previously benevolent space-faring dinosaurs become hostile with a sudden discovery

I think it is a graphic novel, but I can't remember. Earth makes contact with space-faring travelers, and they are dinosaur-ish creatures. The first contact is peaceful and benevolent until they ...
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Novel where Earth is conquered by a group of aliens and humans are used as fighters

A novel where Earth is conquered by a group of aliens. The highest tier aliens that run the whole show are blue frogs. We humans fight alongside a lizard species and centaur species. One of the main ...
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Sentient sword seeks out modern man to fight ancient feud

I read a novel in about 1980 about a guy who was sought out by a sentient sword (named Sapia? Sepia?) to continue an ancient feud. The guy was, unbeknownst to himself, a descendent of one warring ...
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Novel with science masqueraded as religion; rebels use the occult to fight for freedom

It dealt with science masquerading as religion which was totalitarian and the rebels used witches and the occult to defy them and fight for freedom. The "Great God" scientifically produced miracles. ...
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Novel about astronauts visiting a planet with primitive life. The Natives are humanoid with long arms

I read this book when I was a boy (85-89)but it wasn't a children's book. It had a blue sky and a tree on the cover. An astronaut was reaching up to an Alien in the tree. Written in English. It was ...
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Novel about utopian society vs. authoritarian society

This was a book I read in the UK in the early nineties (question inspired by this one:- Apocalyptic fantasy novel set in San Francisco) On a future planet, or maybe an engineered hollow world, is a ...
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A book about anarchy and 3D printing

I read a book that was fairly new a few years back. I have it on kindle, but as I never remember the names of books, I am struggling to remember when I read it exactly, so I thought StackExchange! ...