Questions tagged [novel]

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Sci-fi novel family lives in an island with monsters mountains, the girl travels to a city underwater

The family it’s the style of 1800. Reminds me of Jane Austin. One sister gets consumed by the magic of the monsters island. The other travels under the sea to a modern city with her aunt.
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Dinosaur eggs preserved by alien hatch, alien comes back for them?

I'm looking for a novel about intelligent dinosaurs and aliens. Probably published in the early 90's. Paperback, English. Cover was a green alien resembling a small, predatory dinosaur (similar to ...
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1980s novel series about teens in Georgia who learn magic [duplicate]

I'm trying to find a series of books I read in the 1980s about a group of teenage friends living in (I think) rural Georgia. They somehow encounter supernatural forces, maybe drawn from Native ...
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Fantasy book with red haired girl who burned her hair in fire to make it shorter to disguise herself

I read this book like about 10 years ago and I'm certain it starts with "Lord". It's surely not "Lord of the Rings" because I clearly remembered I didn't want to read it. The ...
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Novel about a family with anti-aging technology, including former astronauts

This is a novel I would have read some time in the 90s, but which was probably older - I'd guess 70s. I remember a handful of details very clearly, mostly from early in the story, but the overall plot ...
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Sci-Book from the 70's or 80's written from the point of view of Hitler's doctor

This was bugging me last night. I read this book probably 30+ years ago. It was a fictional account written from the point of view of Hitler's doctor, but this story was embedded in an outer story set ...
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Fantasy novel that starts from the perspective of an insect race

The book starts off from the perspective of an insect race (possibly from the queen's perspective) and covers their discovery of humans. They don't understand how the the humans are able to use ...
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Fantasy novel with early religious human civilization in cave with yeti like antagonists

This was possibly a 70s/80s fantasy novel, with the sort of airbrushed/oil-painted realist fantasy landscape covers that were popular at the time. The cover art I think was a large green plain with ...
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Book about a guy playing a cursed video game that took place in his town

There was a book I read back in middle school (I'm 23 now) that I can't remember the name of and I've been trying to track it down for years. From what I can remember (and my memory is not that good), ...
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Novel with time travel, religious references, main character being called "Gog," aliens, and pre-missing-link humanoids. Likely from 1980s

I remember reading this book as a pre-teen or early teenager, and it seemed a bit old at the time. I was born in 1983, so it was likely written in the mid-'80s or earlier, but that is a guess. ...
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Book featuring humanity being updated and a boy leaving tapes because he can no longer be seen

What I remember of the plot is that the boy was doing a show or something when an update happened to humanity, and now nobody can see or hear him. So he leaves tapes explaining what happened, and in ...
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Space fiction novel about a woman who finds an alien who later may become attached to her as a soulmate

First character I remember is a woman (on a planet setting) who finds or defends from an alien who later may become attached to her as a soulmate. Setting moves to space/space stations- The alien love ...
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Sci-fi novella about a group of people and a giant pendulum that swung, slowly coming to a halt

I am trying to figure out a sci-fi novella I read maybe 30 years ago. It was about a group of people and a giant pendulum that swung from side to side, but slowly coming to a halt. For every swing, it ...
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SF novel using "sun side" and "dark(?) side" for "pro" & "con"

I'm looking for a novel I first read some time ago, probably 1990s or 2000s, and at least once since. I read it in the US as a used paperback in English, and as far as I know that's the original ...
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A man is trapped in a cave, deals with Zooks and prehistoric fish

This is a novel I read several (30)? Years ago. It is about a man trapped in a cave. He has an (imagery)? Creature call a (zook)? There are prehistoric fish that he catches and gets oil from to make ...
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YA book series where the protagonist moves into a house once owned by Nikola Tesla, accidentally sells bizarre inventions in yard sale

The protagonist is a young teenage boy, Caucasian, I think. He only has one parent, although I'm not certain if it's his father or his mother. I believe the other parents died in a fire, where the ...
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Fantasy series with a female leader and a river of souls

Okay so I honestly don't remember a lot of the details because I read this book about 23 years ago. I have no idea whether it was a new series at the time or not. I do distinctly remember it was a ...
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Poul Anderson novel about beaming humans to the stars with Dyson spheres, then returning after millennia [duplicate]

I'm trying to find a hard sci-fi novel; I think it's by Poul Anderson. The plot goes something like: Humanity expands to the stars and builds Dyson Spheres so they can broadcast themselves and their ...
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Early-mid 2010s sci-fi graphic novel about a train you could get on to leave an underground world

I read this around 2014-15. It was a black and white(?) graphic novel, taking place in an underground steampunk-esque world. The main focus of the graphic novel was on a train that you could get a ...
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Fantasy book where a female character travels through a tree and has become beautiful when she emerges from it

Read a fantasy book about 14 years ago. Don’t remember much, but in the beginning of the book, a woman is being attacked and frightens the assailant by saying the name of someone they fear or predicts ...
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Book where a woman has seizures and is given a device like a garage door opener that sends her back in time

Not sure who the author is. The device is like the remote control. I can't remember the time period she goes back to but she goes several times. At one point she is in jail. A doctor gives her the ...
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Why couldn't the Ring be taken to Gondor by sea?

I'm currently listening to the Lord of the Rings on audiobook. In the Council of Elrond, they discuss a number of possible options for dealing with the Ring, including sending it to Valinor by ship, ...
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Why do the humans in Solaris keep trying to hide the "visitors"?

In the novel Solaris, there are 8 main entities on the space station Solaris: 3 living humans (Kris, Snow, Sartorius), 1 dead human, and 4 visitors. At around the middle of chapter 6, it has become ...
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Fantasy courtroom where the loser has to pay the winner's fees

I read this novel about 15 years ago, but I only remember one scene from it. I believe the setting was similar to that of the Bartimaeus Sequence: an alternate modern-day world where magic is common, ...
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Fantasy book series about werewolves finding a chosen one and looking for four magic swords

I'm looking for a fantasy book series about werewolves finding a chosen one and looking for four magic swords. It has 3 or 4 books in it and was set in modern day 2000's or 2010's. There were ...
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YA/Children's novel: Malicious ghost girl who died in a fire

Read in English in Canada in the late 1980s and probably published around then, I believe this was a paperback YA or children's novel. Don't recall many details confidently but I think it was set in ...
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Novel likely written before 2010 where bottles of compressed air were used as explosives

Novel about I think temple boy and there was a war where they created explosions by throwing bottles of compressed air.
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Modern fantasy novel with yellow cover about girl who discovers she is a witch

It was written by a young, female (possibly Australian, I can’t really remember) author and probably came out somewhere between 2008-2013. It begins with the protagonist going about her day to day ...
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1970s/early 80s Sci fi graphic novel where a giant red and white space ship lands beside the White House

Can anyone help me please, going slightly mad trying to track down a graphic novel I really enjoyed reading in the early 80's. It was about a humanoid alien who picks up a load of humans, mostly ...
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Novel or novella involving a protagonist who travels forward in time and encounters a strange war where the weapons were all color-coded

The main protagonist travels forward in time and encounters a strange war where the weapons were all color-coded. Like, fire weapons were red, etc. The time traveller might have eventually "...
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YA science fiction novel with title starting with the word "Uncle" (I thought) [duplicate]

Sometime in the 1990s I read reviews and saw copies of a YA science fiction novel whose title was "Uncle " - the name of the uncle was unusual (a word not usually considered a name). The ...
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What is the name of this (possibly 40 year old) Sci-Fi novel [duplicate]

my first question here, so forgive me if I do it wrong: I would like to find the name of a Sci-Fi book I read over 30 years ago (possibly 40) Author: he was some kind of military strategist i think. ...
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Journalist has a close encounter with a superhero (villain?) and gains a superpower. Subsequently, he learns that heroes and villains stage fights

I read this story as a Kindle book, I think about ten years ago. It's probably in my library if I search enough, but I'm putting down details while I remember them. The protagonist (a journalist by ...
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late 90s, early 2000s high(?) fantasy YA trilogy

All I remember from this trilogy was that it was 3 books in 1 giant book, a little over a thousand pages long, and I read it around 2010. It was already somewhat old by then, so it's possible the ...
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Novel where the protagonist flees a space station to escape the antagonist

The protagonist runs from a former lover/bad guy and needs to get off the space station, so she has a one night stand with the male protagonist who has a navigation implant. They leave in a ship and ...
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Dystopian kids’ novel in a society where growing your own food is illegal

I read this book as a 4th grader around 1981-82. It was about a boy who lived in a society where growing your own food was illegal. At school he had to eat hard little pink cookies that cut up his ...
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Boy in a gold space suit / Kids book in UK pre 1971

I'm trying to find a sf novel for kids published in the UK before 1971. Here's what I remember from reading it in 1971: It was hardback It was illustrated It had a plot about a boy in a gold space ...
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Novel where the main character accidentally gives sentience to a gargoyle

I think I read this a bit over ten years ago. The setting was pretty contemporary, I think in a real United States large city, with regular technology, but there was also magic. I think magic was ...
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Novel about a man abducted to be a soldier

He and the other abductees, human and alien, fight against each other in wars on a planet(s) to entertain their captors. He eventually becomes an important part of a successful revolt. The ...
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Book about accidental robot civilization

I have a memory of a book or short story that I read years ago. It was about a group of human explorers who are investigating an uninhabitable planet. They find that a robotic colony ship had crashed, ...
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~80s novel about WW3, space station, space shuttle

I was wondering if anyone could help me with a title and author for a vintage book (early 1980s) in which a bunch of astronauts are onboard a space station when World War III happens. I think in one ...
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Immature or wise beyond your years quote from the Ender's Game books

I've been searching for tens of minutes for this quote from the Ender's Game series of books by Orson Scott Card, but can't find it. The son of the family Ender befriends is mentioned by the elders to ...
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A book about a space trader. Starts in a graveyard city of an ancient civilization looking for valuable relics. Finds one; is almost murdered

A book about a space trader. Starts in a graveyard city of an ancient civilization looking for valuable relics. He escapes with a valuable artefact. Has great dedicated crew. Meets a godlike woman on ...
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Late '60s / early '70s young adult novel set on a planet with beautiful butterflies and poisonous centipedes

People were trying to find the rare butterfly, and the young protagonist figured out that the centipedes were the larvae of the butterfly.
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Story about someone getting murdered with acid while wearing virtual reality goggles? Also a technician has a son with cystic fibrosis?

I read this book in the mid 2000's. It was a modern day sci-fi thriller. The story opens on this conglomerate that is in power generation and tech, and is coming up with a new virtual reality headset ...
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Looking for a sci fi novel regards finding a 'mythical' Earth

Can any one tell me the name of a sci-fi novel in which characters in a spaceship hunt for a 'mythical' long forgotten Earth. They use 'rutters,' an ancient book which contains images of symbolic ...
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Sci-fi book with a main character who finds out he's a clone named Sebring

Trying to find a book whose main character finds out he's a clone and his name is Sebring. I forgot what the other character's name was.
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Young adult fantasy novel where the main character has a talisman

Looking for a book I read in high school between 2002 and 2006 about a group of teenagers that get teleported/summon to another world with magic. The main character had a talisman that I think made ...
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YA science fiction about a post-apocalyptic Earth, featuring island-like city states connected by walkways

This is a YA science fiction novel I read more than a decade ago. I can remember a few details. AFAIK there were no sequels, so interest in it eventually petered out but I want to check up on it again....
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Robot head, polo, transcendence and a helpful alien guide

I read this paperback novel in the mid to late 1980's, it was second-hand at this point and might have been 10 or 15 years old - so perhaps from the late 1960s or some time in the '70s. There was an ...

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