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 where power outage causes teleportation accident and the version on the sending side survives and becomes a fugitive

Read a book a long time (at least 10-15 years) ago about a man (I'm pretty sure he was rich, or at least well off) in a future where teleportation was normal mode of transport. He's going to teleport ...
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Sci-fi novel from 1980s(?) about colony on Mars

Plot Summary: I honestly don't remember much of it, but here it is... There are some humans who have colonized Mars. Some of them just want to live peacefully on the colony, while there are other ...
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Fantasy Novel where the main character could summon shadows

This was a book I read several years ago. It was in the Sword & Sorcery genre, and the main character can summon shadows. He had a connection to the world of shadows and was the child of a human ...
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A short novel about reaching absolute zero

I read this novel about 10 years ago, but it was a library book, already used. But it did not “feel” like an old classic. Hard to pinpoint the time it was written. What I remember best is the book. ...
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Book (first in a series?) with a teenage witch attending a school of magic mainly with nonhumans

I'm 99% certain I read this as a Kindle book in 2019, but I think I acquired it before that. The main character is a witch, with her mother and sister having the same abilities. She wasn't great at ...
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Science fiction novel with aliens that could read dead people's memories

I read a book about 40 years ago that I would like to read again. I can't remember the plot but it had a policeman who needed to get some information from a criminal. Some aliens were involved and ...
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A novel (or maybe a whole series) where a weird disease infects men and machines

I just got an answer to one of my question that sent me refresh my memory about Vernon Vinge’s “Zones of Thought” Universe. There I saw the word “Blight”, and this reminded me of something which might ...
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A novel about a spaceship that was accelerated away form Earth at near light-speed [duplicate]

This one I read "only" about 10-15 years ago, and I think it was rather recently written at that time. It begins with a weird, probably alien structure being spotted in the solar system, already on ...
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Book about boy who can shapeshift?

I read this novel series (not sure how many books) in middle school so it would be 2010 or earlier. The boy, main character, had the ability to shapeshift or had some sort of magical ability. He was ...
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Science fiction book about a generation ship sent to seed or colonize a planet [duplicate]

This is what I think I remember. A ship was sent to colonize a planet with a new generation of humans to save the species from problems on Earth. Once the ship arrived at the destination planet, it ...
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Sci-fi novel about robots which stopped humans from doing risky things [duplicate]

I need help in identifying an old-ish sci-fi book which I read in my college library a long time ago. The story started building as follows - There were robots which came from nowhere and started ...
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Older Sci-fi book set in an 'Outlaw City'. Mute thief on a cold planet

The city, whose name I can't remember, was in a pretty cold location. Extremely cold. There was a river going through it. It was mentioned once or twice because there was a character of a thief (he ...
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A fantasy novel that takes place on a ship. There is a spy on the ship and at some point amphibious monsters catch him

For a change, this is a rather recent story. I have read it about 10 years ago. I think it might have been a bit older than that, but did not have this “taste” of being from the 80’s or earlier. ...
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What is this book about Satan having to run the world

Probably from the 1970's or earlier. The general background is that humans have become powerful on the order of God and Satan. Humans attack God, and perhaps with the help of Satan, God is destroyed. ...
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Book: Two alien species living on the same planet, depending on each other but not aware of each other

I read this book about 10 years ago (when I was still a kid) in a library which had mostly older books, so I would assume it is from the early 2000s or earlier. The plot at first revolved around two ...
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A story in which God (the Christian god) is replaced

This a story I read between 20 and 30 years ago. The protagonists are the supernatural powers in the Christian mythology: God, Death, Satan etc. I think somewhere at the beginning, a man is about to ...
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Science fiction novel involving Hindu (?) deities [duplicate]

I read, many years ago, a novel that I'd quite like to find again. I only recall fragments - the main one being that the protagonists were humans, possibly space travellers, who had somehow acquired ...
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Author of a postapocalyptic novel about climate change

I am looking for the title and author of a novel about a post apocalyptic Earth after a drastic climate change. The plot is similar to the movie The Day after Tomorrow, but, instead of a happy ending, ...
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Science fiction novel about misfit children with different powers living in a communal house

This was a short novel from the 80s/90s (or possibly earlier). I never read the whole thing, but it starts out with an adult “normal” character drives his car to a remote house where multiple children ...
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Pre-2000s novel about tourism through time travel

I am pretty sure this was a novel, but I can't pin down the time when it might have been written (though it was likely between the 1980s and early 2000s). As I recall the plot, tourists were taken ...
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60's or earlier fantasy about two children pranksters who turn out to be persian deities [duplicate]

This is fantasy, not SF. It was a novel, alone in its own book, but it was a rather small book. And I read it in the 60's, I am sure. (I understand that the tag "fantasy" should not be used for a ...
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Science fiction novel about two girls raised with dolphins

Read in late 1960's, early 1970's. Fiction about 2 teenage girls raised with dolphins who could breathe under water. Brother (or uncle/guardian) brought them on land, to teach about being human.
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A book about a girl who travels back to Medieval times?

I need to find a book that I read in 2006. The plot I remember: The MC is a girl The landlord's son (or a prince) goes to the future. He met the girl and then they live together for 1-2 months. After ...
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Novel (90s?) about a strange pseudo-eastern City maybe called Qantoom, with weird dehydrated aliens that look like plastic

Help, I've been trying to identify this book for ages and Google is not telling. My memory is very hazy but I remember reading this story in the early 00s. From what I remember, it's about a man who ...
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Novel (YA?) published before 1985, about a young man learning some kind of psychic/magic?

I barely remember this novel that I think I started to read as a child and would like to maybe pick up again. What I remember is this: A young man (or boy?) meets a man (possibly a relative or ...
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90s-00s novel about a boy with a dimension hopping device

Trying to find a book that I read 10-15 years ago. The novel is about a boy which one day gets visited by himself. His other self has a device with which someone can jump from one dimension to ...
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Book about last human in the Galaxy, recovered from crashed ship

Human civilization has disappeared but human artifacts are highly sought after because they are so advanced they can give the species that found it an immense advantage over other species in the ...
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Sci Fi novel possibly from the 70s on high gravity world

I am looking for a science fiction novel I have read more than 20 years ago and which is possibly part of a series. I cannot remember the exact story line but it involved a guy from earth who came to ...
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1930s version of the novel ‘The Power’?

I recently read The Power by Frank M Robinson. It reminded me of a novel that I think was published in the 1930s. In that novel the superman has powers similar to the one in Robinson’s book but has ...
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Science Fiction Novel Search: Plot Includes Socialist Mass Entertainment Media Premise

A few decades ago I read a story, I think possibly about first contact or solar system colonization conflict, which included an interesting sociological setting. The premise was that, as automation ...
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YA novel about a dystopian city divided into class sections with their own colours [duplicate]

Roughly 10 years ago, I started reading a YA novel from my school library that I believe was some kind of low fantasy/dystopian story. I remember almost nothing about it, except that the main ...
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Pre-70s history of the future citing science-fiction authors as historical sources

I am looking for a novel that was written as a history, but from the perspective of centuries in our future. The genius of this particular work was to take future events written by other authors and ...
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Were there any novels ever written in the Terra Nova TV series setting?

Was interested in reading any books written in the 2011 Terra Nova TV Series. But in doing a few google searches, I could not find anything. Not even a Novelization of the series I was surprised that ...
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A novel about “helpful” woodlice aliens who eventually end up destroying every civilization they try to help

I had this book but lost it after moving house. After the nuclear war the former USA are dominated by Han Chinese. An alien signal comes demanding that the President of the US arrives at their ...
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Novel about two princesses in a fantasy world, one falls sick and the other travels to find a cure

I'm looking for a story that I read back when I was a child. Around 2005, maybe? I recall the book seeming pretty old, but it was from a public library, so it could be simply deteriorated by usage. ...
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Novel about 'magic' on the moon where a woman loses her memory when a silver needle is inserted into her head

This is a story I read as a teenager, if I remember correctly, more than 40 years ago and I only remember vague glimpses that I find hard to put into words, so I do realise it may be a very tall order....
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An old novel based on Lewis Carroll's “The Hunting of the Snark”

I heard of this novel but never read it. It is based on the Bellman's line "What I tell you three times is true", in Lewis Carroll's "The Hunting of the Snark". The entire plot is about convincing ...
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Book about a man who purposely goes to a vividly described Hell, maybe a detective

Sometime in 2015-2017, I read the first chapter or so of a trade paperback book. The cover included quite a bit of red. The name might have been the name of the main character. It was most likely ...
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Novel where a serial killer lives (almost) forever by swapping bodies

I read this book very long ago, I forgot most of it. In this novel, magic works, but it is very close to "our" world. Some historical figures are common with ours. Some guy tried some magic that did ...
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Book including space travel - ships with spires or pillars

Just a warning: I know very little about this book. If you're going to be frustrated by a lack of detail you might want to give this one a miss. If you still want to try, thank you! This book is a ...
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Book series with 4/5 elements

I have been trying to find this book series that I read around the mid-2000s. It contains people being sent to a college or some such to learn how to use magic. There are possibly 5 elements, one of ...
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Novel about a woman who is transformed into an elf

So this is going to be very vague for which I apologise. At least 10 years ago I read a sci-fi/fantasy hybrid novel in a library about a woman (she possibly lived in a junkyard or tinkered with broken ...
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Novel about immortality being kept secret by world leaders

I read this novel around 1985-1990. It was written in French, I cannot tell if it is the original language or a translation. The story occurs throughout the whole 20th century. In this novel the ...
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Story in which different floors of a Mexico City building are different nations

I don't remember much about this one, not even whether it was a short story or a novel, but it had a satirical tone. The protagonist kept getting shunted forward in time, probably by suspended ...
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LitRPG book with the main character “trapped” in VR MMO world, manages to re-invent tobacco as a crafting recipe, serves a “dark” god

I read this as an eBook in the last two years, so I'll see if I can find it in my book history, but the setting is somewhere in the nearish future where full-body virtual reality (VR) is possible, and ...
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Gene-modified man has a 2-week period heightened reflexes and constant wakefulness

There are just a few details I recall from a novel I read about 25 years ago. The setting is a fairly unmemorable future space-faring society. I don't recall any major character aliens, but that ...
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Star Trek books about the Federation outside of Starfleet?

Are there any Star Trek novels that depict the Federation primarily or entirely outside of Starfleet? There’s been a lot of fan speculation over the years on what civilian life in the Federation would ...
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Fantasy Series in a cold climate with corrupted animals and people being famed for taking them down, LGB people referred to as Followers of Artemis

There's this book series I started back in 2014 that I can't remember the name of and would like to finish it now that I have the time. The main details I can remember about the setting was it was in ...
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Book involving children traveling between alternate worlds via switches

I know I read this after 2012, I think as an ebook. The cover depicted a knife switch by itself, I think closed with the handle up. At the beginning of the story, the protagonist, a boy, is told by ...
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Sci fi book, Jesus returns in the 1950's and the 1980's [duplicate]

I'm saying this was sci fi because scientists in the 1980's managed to send a document to their 1950's counterparts. Jesus had appeared in the 1950's and it was covered up by USA government, he then ...