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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 about children who develop mental powers at puberty. Read in the 70's or 80's

There's a novel that I read years ago for which I can no longer remember the author or the title. The only things I can remember are... It was about mental powers, telepathy, etc Children developed ...
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90s (or earlier) scifi/apocalyptic novel: group waking up in an old school, female lead character has an electric connection with her lover

I read this sci-fi/apocalyptic novel when I was in my early teen years. The main character was a female and there were several others and it's like they woke up or found themselves abandoned in an old ...
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Book identification: Story about a vampire that awakens just as the Nukes hit

Vampire wakes up in a city where the bombs have dropped and the sun never rises. I think this book was written around 1980. I just can't remember the title. I want to say it's something akin to "...
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Novel about a scientist dad with the ability to edit published books

The following question was just sent out to a private mailing list I'm on: OK, this is driving me nuts. About 20 years ago I remember reading a scifi novel where the kids got in an argument with ...
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Fantasy story; one type of magic grows in power with use, but the more powerful they are, they more they are drawn to travel to their source

World is a non-Earth and mostly steriotypical sword and sorcery. I think there were only humans. I believe it was a stand alone novel, but it could have been in a series. I think it was written in ...
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Novel: non-telepath helps overthrow rule by telepaths

Years ago, I read a novel whose title I'd like to rediscover. What I can remember is this: The novel's world has powerful, amoral-or-evil telepaths who are in a dominant social position. They've got ...
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Combination spy novel and horror regarding “mind vampires”

I am trying to track down a novel I read in December 1990 on my way to Saudi Arabia. Lost the book. It melded some Navy "moles" in the Pentagon funneling secrets (about a new plane) to the Russians ...
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Book: troubleshooter born into a desolate future world

I think the book or series is from the late 70s early 80s. It's based in the future; the character was born in a desolate world and grew up with an almost animalistic survivability. It was not by L.E....
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Humorous sci-fi book with a quirky space captain where everyone is turning into “glass”

I posted this question on another website, but I've yet to find the name of the book. I remember some very specific details, but nothing I can type into a search engine (I've tried). Here are the ...
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90's teen horror novel where “Mike” goes on a date with a girl to see their favourite band “The Zombies” [closed]

This was a teen horror book from the 90s. It is not Point Horror, Fear Street, or Goosebumps. I am sure the the title was "Bad Blood"; however, I have searched online and can't find it. The story of ...
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Young adult book about girl in magical tower with bear

Probably 1980s. I remember a book that was one of those story-within-a-story novels. The 'outer' story was about a girl that lived (possibly captured) in a magical tower with a spiral staircase and a ...
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Paperback YA novel where protagonists assume ghost's unfinished business is charity clothes drive

I read this somewhere in the 1990s, almost certainly as a Young Adult paperback, in English and in the United States. I might have gotten it from the library. There was a ghost that the main ...
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70s novel with giant ants pretending to be aliens

Probably written in the late 1970s. Young adult. Two boys, the narrator and his friend, are abducted by a flying saucer. The aliens are roughly human-sized and the boys don't get a good look at them ...
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60s/70s book that involves giant one-celled creatures

This would be a novel from the 1960s or 70s. Author unknown, title unknown. It might have been designated for young adults, or it might've just been one of those adventure stories that kind of reads ...
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Novel about a spacewoman who needs help finding a holographic recording to defend herself in court

This was a science fiction novel, written in English, which I read in hardcover. I checked it out from a public library around the late 1980s. I don't know how old this book was at the time, but it ...
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70s-80s novel: war between Earth and Mars initiated by a shapeshifting race

I'm looking for the title of a novel. It's about a soldier who returns to Earth after the lunar station he served at was surrendered to the Martians. This was after a long war between the two planets....
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Book about a DNA hacker who could customize people using animal DNA

I read this book approximately 10 to 15 years ago; here is what I remember. Might not be 100% but should be close. It was about an expert hacker who learned to hack DNA code. He was a twin but his ...
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Galactic consciousness novel about three generations starting in American West, last generation is an ambassador who nukes Berlin?

Trying to remember a novel name; the novel contains these elements: Three generational family starting in the 19th century American West who gain contact with a galactic consciousness The ...
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Kindle book about a woman pulled into underground cage fights, in a setting with vampires and werewolves

I'm going to try to plumb my library for this, but I think I read it about 4-5 years ago (around 2014-2015) as a free Kindle book. The primary protagonist was a woman who had vague memories of having ...
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80's or earlier first contact novel: scientists decode alien signal, only to discover the alien civilization is now long dead [closed]

First contact novel read in the 80's where scientists decode alien signal only to discover the alien civilization is now long dead.
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80s or earlier time travel novel: protagonist can time travel in spurts, decides to see the Crucifixion and is picked up by other time travellers [duplicate]

I've been searching for a novel I read about thirty years ago. The main character can time travel in spurts for as long as his breath lasts. He decides to see the Crucifixion but is picked up by a ...
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Pre-1980 science-fiction novel with gravity-defying metal, and blue-skinned aliens

I read this novel as a kid (so pre -1980). What I most clearly remember is the metal that defied gravity so the characters had “airships” made out of it. The main characters were warrior-like and ...
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1960's book about a plague that kills all white people

Paperback, read in the UK about 1975, setting USA and the UK. The plot was a pandemic that was killing all white people (I think also Asians and Orientals but not sure) There were like Black Power ...
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Book about magical siblings and 3 different worlds

This is a Fantasy fiction/Science Fiction book I read that my dad owned, was probably back in the mid 90's that I read it. Two kids (I think they were brother and sister) were kidnapped and ...
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YA Novel published before 1994 where characters are all cockroaches living in suburbia

I remember reading this novel way back in high school in the early 1990s. All the characters are cockroaches and are living in a backyard in the suburbs. I don't know any of the names of the ...
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Fantasy novel with giant hypnotising dragonflies and a young witch that has to keep her identity secret

Read this book a few years ago, it was a trilogy, the last of which was released sometime between 2008-2016. Female author I think. Main character is a girl, in maybe her 20s, a witch of some kind, ...
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Series about a ranger with a staff that turns into a bow

So here's a gooder. I completely forget the name of or how many books there are in the series. There's a human ranger raised by elves. One of his tasks as a young boy was to collect water using the ...
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Overpopulation novel about a man ripped to pieces by a starving mob, and state-registered prostitutes

Definitely published no later than 1974, set in the future on Earth. I only remember the final scene. A man visits his ex-wife, an official state-registered prostitute whom anyone can legally use. I ...
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Sci-fi novel about aquatic society of humans [duplicate]

The story is set in a submerged city or community complex, anchored to the sea floor by tethers I believe. The story is centered around the POV of a kid, probably teenage. He was portrayed maybe 14-17 ...
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Man transported from Alternate World into ours by a Neutrino Detector

Probably read 15-20 years ago. English Paperback. Scientists running a deep underground Neutrino Detector [might have been cosmic rays]. It was a VERY Large tank of water with detectors built into ...
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Science fiction story about an intelligent man put in suspended animation to solve future problems

I am asking this question for an older relative. This story sticks out to them over four decades after reading it, but they can't remember the title. The story is about an extremely intelligent man ...
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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 20 and 25 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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Novel about a guy who is possessed by the divine essence and the world ends?

I read this novel back in the mid-80's but I'm pretty sure it was written in the 70's. Strange things start to happen around a homeless man - like the laws of chance are changed. The investigators ...
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SF novel where body swapping/modification is widespread

I read this in the early 1990s when I was a teenager and I have no idea whether it was old or new at the time. Changing your body involves going in to a tank of liquid. People wear bodies of many and ...
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Science fiction novels about a solar system spanning civilisation where people change their bodies at will [duplicate]

I think I read this around 20 years ago, but I may be off on that. It's a series about a future human society where people can go into tanks to regrow their bodies according to various commercial ...
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Untalented girl takes long-forgotten job as guide; mayor's son talks to stones instead of trees

Along time ago I read a fantasy book series, I do not remember much but the main character was a girl and when she had to pick her job she was going to be a fool or something because she had no ...
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Fantasy series with a warrior elf who had magic tattoos [duplicate]

I remember reading a series of fantasy novels around early 2000. I think the name was the Cartographers Map, the other title was Hunters Moon (Something Moon?) but I've searched of these titles and ...
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Late 90s/Early 00s SF novel: android uprising, gay male protagonist recruited by his mother for a mission

I'm looking for a SF novel I started to read around 2004 (borrowed from a library in London). It might have been written in the late 90s or early 2000s. Can't remember anything about the title nor the ...
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Novel, Lo Tech SF/Fantasy, Powerful Woman, Male Assistant, Quest, Trilogy [duplicate]

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 novel with boy who can shapeshift into a jaguar

I read a young adult novel back in high school (so it must have been written before 2009-10) about a guy who was a shapeshifter - and I swore he shapeshifted into some type of jaguar. There was a ...
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Sci fi novel, heatwave, time travellers, see through dress

A paperback novel I read mid 1970's UK. Set in a USA town during a long heatwave, a lot of good looking strangers (who it is eventually revealed are from a few hundred years into the future) are ...
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Sci fi novel about blue goo inside a man makes him immortal and invulnerable

I read this UK paperback about six years ago but it could have been older than that. Can't recall anything about the cover. The story began in a post-apocalypse society now ruled by city-states, ...
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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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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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Science fiction novel that had an authoritarian society with rigid eugenics based on intelligence and artificial blood

I read this back in 1992-93. I'm trying to recall a novel that had an authoritarian society with rigid eugenics based on intelligence. I can't recall a great deal more except that the main male ...
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Fantasy book with battle between owls and crows

I have a difficult one here. I am trying to track down a fantasy book for my Dad, but the problem is that his memory is not quite there these days. He remembers really enjoying the book but ...
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Sci fi novel. Post alien conquest. They point with tongues and collect model planes

Another from at least thirty years (or longer) ago. Set a few years after Earth's defeat and the alien overlords are involved in various power grabs and empire building. They have been supreme slave ...
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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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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: 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 ...