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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Light novel where people have abilities and magic and can level up to defeat monsters invading the world

From what I can remember the novel is like solo leveling in the sense it is a world where people have abilities and magic and monsters are invading the world. The main character is one of the ...
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1960s science fiction story with title that references “Between Jupiter and Mars I place a planet”

When I was in high school in the early 1960s, I read a story about the discovery of an ancient civilization in the asteroid belt. I believe that the title was a take-off on Kepler's quote, "Between ...
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Camelot/Arthurian paperback fantasy/romance about a failed attempt to find the Grail

In 1997 I read a paperback adventure romance where a Knight of the Round Table, or an aspiring one maybe, fails in his quest to find the Grail because he is waylaid and bewitched by probably Morgan/...
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Hilarious Juvenile Science Fiction space adventure from 1950s or 1960s

This was a laugh out loud funny space adventure novel for young adults with interconnected stories about a rather bumbling but lucky young space adventurer, possibly a cadet...Its opening chapter, as ...
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Obscure fantasy book, late 70s or early 80s, main characters are hobbit-like and can communicate with wolves

I remember a book my school librarian recommended, late 70s or early 80s, possibly young adult fiction. It was hardback with a blue cover with white mountains. The main characters were small people ...
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Young adult novel: girl from a tribe of warrior women in the Amazon falls in love

I read this book back in 2004 and it's about a girl, I think her name was "Rain" and she was the best horseback rider/warrior in a tribe of women from the Amazon. Her mother was raped by ...
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Fantasy novel based on girl and some mystery [closed]

I read a novel in 2010. It has a greenish forest background cover with 3/4 word title. The story starts like a girl in her high school goes to boarding school meets a guy with some suspense.
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Novel about a war between the Americans and Russians in Antarctica?

I remember a friend of mine was reading a novel about a war or military confrontation between the Americans and Russians in Antarctica, but neither of us can remember the title or author.
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Early 1980's book - USSR invades the UK

As shown in the title, I read this in the very early 1980s. I think it was a Brit author. I thought of it yesterday after the BBC controversy about 'Last Night of the Proms'. Somewhat like SS-GB in ...
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Pre-1960s novel where Earth humans are kidnapped by psychics from another planet [duplicate]

Earth and an Earth-like planet with human inhabitant, the people of which have mental powers that enable them to control people. Their society is ranked by the number of people they can control. The ...
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Post viral apocalypse story, maybe from 50's, hero was bitten by a rattlesnake, has hammer [duplicate]

I read an already old paperback novel in about 1969. Most human life is destroyed by a virus, and it is the story of one of the survivors. I remember: he survives because he had just been bitten by ...
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Novel associated with Arthur C Clarke with vibrating windshield

It was either written by ACC or based on his works. It is set in the early 21st century and was likely written in the eighties or early nineties. I think it was about raising the Titanic but I may be ...
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Looking for a book about a man who could change his looks

Back in school I read one book that caught my eye. It was about a man who could change his looks, nothing like werewolves or shapeshifters; he was described as having scars all over his form and would ...
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70s (or earlier) YA novel with lizard people and vessels that burrow deep into the Earth's mantle [duplicate]

I remember reading this ca. 1974. It was a YA novel in English that I got from my school library. They had a mass-market paperback copy. Unfortunately my memory is extremely sketchy, since it was a ...
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90s? Novel dimensional portal opens in Florida aliens emerge

Trying to remember the title of a book probably from 90s or 2000s. English Paperback. A Portal opens up in (Florida)? (Pretty sure it was Florida or another SE USA state) Small dangerous alien ...
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Four children with superpowers, possible confrontation with pirates on a ship

I remember very few details of the book I am looking for, but here goes: The story in question was a full length book. I'm pretty sure it was the first book in a series; I never read anything other ...
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Fantastic thriller with some horror elements about a town connected to an interdimensional portal to another world that influences the townspeople

15-10 years ago I read a horror/fantastic-thriller novel. It took place in a smallish American town (don't remember which part of the US). The protagonist could be maybe between late twenties up to ...
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Post-apocalyptic novel like Stephen King's “The Stand”: survivors of a deadly virus have a cocoon-like mask [duplicate]

I read this novel in the early '90s, and though I couldn't swear to its original publication date, it did have some fairly recent culture references. As I recall it was thematically similar to The ...
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Novel about a parasite/symbiote that causes immortality

All I can really remember about this novel is that at one point a woman gets blown out an airlock and survives, and that the characters in it are not on Earth. There is also a parasite/symbiote that ...
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Older sci-fi novel on a forest planet where aliens could transfer their minds at death

I'm trying to recall the title and author of a book I read when I was younger, in the mid to late 80s. From what I recall, the vast majority of the story took place on an alien jungle/forest planet. ...
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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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Scifi novel about space navigation by chaos waves/particles [duplicate]

I just read this book a few years back, but it's a fairly old one (maybe late 80's?). It starts with an attack from some very large unknown type of ship. The main thing I remember about the plot is ...
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YA horror mystery book with mentions of witchcraft and Joan of Arc

I'm searching for the title of a book I read in the mid 2000s. Based on pop culture references in the book, it was set in Canada during the 80's and/or written by a Canadian author (possibly written ...
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Help me identify sci-fi book from mid 90's about a pilot crash-landing on a primitive planet

I'm looking for a book I started reading as a teen in Russia in the mid 90's. I believe it was translated from English. I bought it along with a book from Christopher Stasheff, Warlock in Spite of ...
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80's sci-fi story/novel with hidden DNA code, alien-caused ice age [duplicate]

I read this sci-fi story, which I think was a standalone novel, in the late 1980's - and I don't think it was all that old then. The main character was solitary, at the start of story foraging in a ...
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Story about apprentice wizard self-teaching magic, based on a comic series

The details that I remember about this book. It was based on a comic series. The beginning involved an inept young apprentice who wasn’t very good at magic. During an attack on his masters tower he is ...
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Hard sci-fi novel where the protagonist uses a wormhole portal and discovers a second version of themself

Hard sci-fi novel. Protagonist uses a wormhole portal and discovers a second version of herself (sister? clone?). May also feature tree-like alien life forms.
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Horror novel about an immortal snake-woman, feeds on blood and can take over human bodies

This was a paperback I read back in the late 80s-early 90s, out of my dad’s collection. It may have been published earlier. Not a typical incubus-succubus story, the main villain is a mythological ...
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Can you identify this book or series in which all humans are in hell?

A while ago a friend told me the plot of a book (or book series, he isn't sure) that he couldn't remember the name of, and I want to find it. Here's what he told me: Every person in existence is in ...
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Novel: Earth fights galaxy-wide empire, loses, gets one seat in galactic senate/parliament

Read this novel circa late 1950s. Plot as follows from vague and imperfect memory. Earth is expanding into near stellar neighborhood. Finds planet that once held a now-vanished civilization, but which ...
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Novel featuring an AI that backed itself up by encoding data as tattoos

As noted, there was an AI that backed itself up by encoding data in ornate tattoos that were offered free of charge to human clients. Also it seems to me that the protagonist's favourite expressions ...
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YA fantasy novel about woman seeking revenge on her accuser with the aid of a shapeshifting dragon [duplicate]

I read this book back in middle school, but cannot remember the title. It was a great story, but I can't seem to find it. The book begins with a woman falsely accused of witchcraft by her neighbor. ...
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Book series about a young man who apprentices with a magician in a castle

I have only read the one book. I believe it was called The Apprentice or something similar. It is a very popular series with a lot of books. The one I read was about a young man who left his ...
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Is there a connection between the Stephen King short story 1408 and the novel Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami?

I recently read the novel Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami which features a horror/fantasy element in the form of recurrent dream sequences involving an man who is half sheep and offers the ...
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70s YA novel about two boys travelling millions of years into the past, meeting a “cynogasaurus” and rival animal-themed caveman tribes

I read this in English in the late 70s in primary school. What I remember: Two boys are somehow caught up in a time travel scenario. I think their father may have been the inventor of the time ...
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Looking for fantasy fiction novel series with a male witch and dragon

They referred to the main character repeatedly as a male witch, not a warlock. I think the dragon was gold, and a pet. I think each book had a different dragon's name as the title. Each cover was a ...
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SF novel in which the presidency of the world depends on your IQ score

A friend is trying to identify a science fiction novel (not a short story) which he read no later than 1980 — more likely in the '60s or '70s. The thing he remembers is that the presidency of the ...
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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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A novel about a police operation in a future with nanotechnology

I read a story years ago (1990s perhaps) about police work in the future. I don't remember the title or author, but the main character was a policewoman. The climax of the story was a major police ...
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1980s story with telepathic boy who makes janitor feel younger

So randomly over the years I've tried to find this book using all sorts of keywords, reading release lists by decade, and nothing seems to click. I'm pretty sure I read it in 1987, give or take a ...
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90s novel, man reincarnates several times at a specific date and time after a heart attack, studies his condition with a woman who also experiences it [duplicate]

In the late '90's I read a book where the main character would constantly reincarnate and have a life 'do over' until an inevitable heart attack that would always occur at the same date and time. Each ...
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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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Old SF novel series possibly called “Riders”

I am looking to identify a series or at least an individual volume of pulp(ish) sf. Probably, but not definitely, dating from the 1970's. I was given the volume in question by an aunt. I was a school ...
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Alien invasion thwarted by tornadoes/weather [duplicate]

Science fiction novel where aliens give up invading Earth after experiencing severe weather in US (Tornado Alley/hurricanes?). I think I read it before 1990. Some small chance has Red Cross symbol on ...
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Battletech novel focusing on ComStar faction

The writing on the back of this novel speaks of the faction called ComStar, that it believes itself will one day unite the Inner Sphere under its own banner. There is an implication that ComStar ...
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Dark/Mystery novel involving 3 transfer students. Two of them have psychic powers

I read this long time back. Early 2000s. Don't remember the name or author. Main character is a high school girl named Lisa. She is popular, softhearted, friendly and good-natured. She has the ...
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Novel about reincarnated lovers across history

I'm trying to identify a book I read about 15 or 20 years ago, probably published in the 80's. The main characters were two lovers repeatedly losing and finding each other across a lengthy period of ...
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Kindle book about a woman pulled into underground fights, in a setting with vampires and werewolves

I think I read it about 4-5 years ago (around 2014-2015) as a free Kindle book. It might have also been in a large dump of "vampire fiction" that I got from a friend that I have since gotten rid of ...
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Ebook (Kindle?) involving a teenager railroaded into becoming a superhero versus aliens

I read this as an ebook, probably a Kindle book, in the last five years or so (so read within 2015, although I think the book was older). The protagonist is a teenage male who does something involving ...
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Families escape from a dystopic Earth on a starship, but turn on each other during the trip

I read this novel about 20 years ago, and I'd like to identify it. In the not so distant future, Earth society is collapsing due to rampant violence, crime, sociopathy and so on (the problems are ...

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