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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Werewolf horror novel where the werewolf attacks people in cars and eats a child

The story begins with a werewolf attacking a couple I think in car. In one particular scene the werewolf is attacking a family in their RV and eats the child.
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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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Novel: Woman lives her entire life, then finds out it was just practice

I read this book sometime between the late 1980s and the early 1990s. The story follows the life of a woman, which starts when she is a newborn in a kind of robotic creche that cares for her, teaches ...
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Title search: purple hair, throwing sword

This was published in the 1960's. The protagonist has purple hair and is on a quest of some sort that takes him into increasingly technologically advanced societies. He learns to ride dragons, and ...
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90s (or earlier) cross-world fantasy book with a circular river and character-class tattoos

I'm looking for a book I read in the early 1990s that is probably a bit older than that. I picked it up in paperback off a used-book rack in bad condition, and it had one of those extra-generic 1980s ...
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Sci fi novel where the hero has a knife sheath in his arm [duplicate]

Read some time in the early 2000s as a teen, so details may be a little hazy. Points I'm more confident about: Sci-fi novel following a male lead Starts with lead living daily life in a slum on some ...
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Framed and sent to a prison planet, learns to hunt large native creatures

This is a stand-alone novel I read in the early 90s, probably around 1994. More space adventure than serious extrapolation or idea SF. Despite the setting it didn't have the noir aspects that became ...
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Fantasy book series about persecuted people with elemental magic powers

I'm looking for the name of a series of books (and/or their author), written in English. The storyline followed the last surviving members of a race(?) of people with magic powers corresponding to the ...
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Old SF novel about Earth as a prison planet; newly arrived convict has a secret agenda

I think I read this no later than the year 1986. English language, hardback, available in a public library in Indiana in the mid-1980s. I don't think it was by any of the Big Names of 20th Century ...
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Novel in which alien (Martian?) is trapped on Earth in prehistory [duplicate]

What I seem to remember is that the Martian is stranded by the destruction of his civilization. Also, there is an odd detail that sticks in my brain: the Martian drops a bracelet (or a watch?) in a ...
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80s or 90s Fantasy novel, part of series. Castle talks to wizard, 2 headed dragon fights itself

USA English paperbacks. Pretty sure it was a trilogy. The covers were quite colorful. One I remember had a man standing before a chained up 2 headed dragon. I remember little of the story. In Fact I ...
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Magician transported to our Earth and captured by Nazis, who learn magic from him

Hi all hoping someone may know of or have an idea of who wrote this book. The plot is that a wizard/magician who is named Gil from another world somehow ends up in our world during World War 2 and is ...
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Dystopian trilogy: dying Earth, wealthy people living in orbital stations, main character goes on the ground and is trapped there because of a war

I would like to reread a fantastic novel (actually a trilogy). The Earth is dying consumed by war and eco problems. Some people live wealthy in orbital stations. That's where the main character ...
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80s Sci-Fi book about kid who fails magic test / woman martial artist (The Nin?) who leads revolt

I need the name of a book that I read in the 80s. Here is what I remember: It starts on a spaceship where a young boy is being sent back to his family after failing magic school. He failed because ...
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Book about a boy thats transported into a medieval fantasy computer game [duplicate]

This is a long shot but I'm really in need of help for this because it was an amazing book. It was either a kid's or YA book. A guess from what year it was published would be 90s-mid 2000s, as I read ...
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starship shaped like a manta ray encounters doomsday machine from Magellanic cloud piloted by a lady with cat’s eyes

It was published in the '70s, but I can’t remember the name of it. The manta ship docks with the doomsday ship, and the girl is in hibernation, she is extracted, then ... they try and stop the ...
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Arthur C. Clarke novel, the prologue involves a planet with sea creatures?

The sea creatures are segregated by a land ridge. The females live on one side, the males on the other. During mating season, the males jump the ridge. There is a land species that for some reason ...
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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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YA novel: siblings from a walled city, whose DNA is spliced with animal DNA [duplicate]

I remember a scene where they fly over a wall and land in a forest. They find a huge home and realise that when the world was dying due to overpopulation, the poor were moved to the walled area while ...
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SF novel featuring a giant Terran warship

I'm trying to identify an SF novel that features a giant Terran warship that gets tricked into a space storm and when stressed to a danger point, breaks up into smaller individual self powered ships. ...
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Sci-fi novel: ark ship from Earth is sent into space to another planet, one man woken early from cryosleep paints a giant mural

The crew are all in frozen sleep. One man is woken early, stays awake, eats a lot of the provisions and paints a giant mural (about the adventures of a prince) on the corridor walls, he eventually ...
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Older book: similar to Avatar with tribal plot

Older book title is something like "tribe of" or " people of" with a pre-colonial name after that. I can't remember more details probably written in the '80's. A man crashes his car wakes up among ...
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Novel/story about traders on a planet with no metal [duplicate]

I read this story around 1975. The main character traveled with some traders to a planet that had no metal, and that was being prevented from having any metal (I don't recall why). The planet's ...
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What American film was mentioned in Cixin Liu's The Dark Forest?

In The Dark Forest, p. 298, Cixin Liu's character, Rey Diaz, described a dead man's switch. Rey Diaz brought down his left hand and covered the cradle with his sleeve. "I was taught this wonderful ...
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Mind-controlling Seaweed

I read a sci-fi novel in the past 20 years. It was about Earth fighting against an alien armada. There was some bickering among the humans, but one of the main characters was an Asian industrialist ...
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Pre-1972 sci-fi short story or novel: alien(?) tunnel where people try new moves and get destroyed if they're not the correct ones

It might be a short story or it might be a novel. It must be before 1972 because I read it in my youth and I am OLD. The following is very impressionistic. There is a multidimensional/not of this ...
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A novel exploring what is “human,” through a human/humanoid marriage. Probably prior to 1964

I'm looking for novel, written between about 1955 and 1965, touching on what it means to be human. The idea is explored through a human/humanoid marriage, and subsequent pregnancy and murder. I ...
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Sci-fi book about a man on the run due to uncovering some conspiracy to destroy the galaxy

I read this book in the 1990s, can't remember the title of it. Pretty much a man who is accused of some crime and is on the run due to uncovering some conspiracy to destroy the galaxy. The only ...
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Military sci-fi series about a human combat unit on their ship specially bred for their roles

Back in the 1980s or 90s, I read the first book in a military science fiction series that dealt with a human combat unit in the far future. The novel mostly took place on their ship, and the humans ...
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Older sci-fi novel about insectoid winged alien invaders and Christianity

I read this novel when I was young and dumb, and I would love to read it again as an adult to suss out some more meaning. Parts of the plot that I remember: Super advanced insectoid winged aliens ...
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SF Novel which is almost a John Carter of Mars Clone, man taught to swordfight gets taken to Mars on a teleportation experiment

Just to be clear, this novel is not in any way related to Edgar Rice Burroughs or Barsoom. It was clearly a knock-off meant to cash in on the popularity of ERB's books. I remember the following about ...
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Novel, Galaxy-wide teleportation society and Master Criminal

Read this in UK maybe 2010, but it was a library book heavily stamped, no doubt a few years older. A reasonable-sized book of maybe 400 pages. World building implied there were teleportation cabinets ...
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Book about killer weeds and human husbandry

I am trying to remember the name of a sci-fi book I read in the late 90's, in English. The book was written by a female author and starts out with a husband trying to kill a weed, to no avail. In time,...
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A book, two agents going to a possible lost colony, apparent religious background, very political

Novel from the 1960s-80s, no later than the early 1990s. A pair of agents of some sort are being sent to some planet, where the destination may be a recently rediscovered colony. Both the agents and ...
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Sci fi humor/adventure book I read forever ago [duplicate]

I read this sci-fi book quite some time ago, it was an old paperback, and I can only remember parts of it. Most of the story takes place on some sort of intergalactic cruise ship and for some reason ...
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60s-70s science-fiction novel about interstellar agent with artificial hand

I am seeking a 1960-70s pulp-sf novel. I read it in the early to mid-1970s and it was older then, so guessing it is from 1950s-1960s. It was about a Galactic agent/military officer with an artificial ...
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Novel: Undercover good guys won't pay “protection money”

While there is nothing involving Sci-Fi or Fantasy in this scene, I am sure I read it in a Sci-Fi/Fantasy book. Probably written since 2000. Good Guys (very militarized bunch) set up in a cover ...
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Flying wingpacks and floating, spherical houses

I have been trying to recall the title & author of a juvenile science fiction novel I borrowed from my public library in the early 80s. The protagonist had or wanted a backpack flying wings and ...
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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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Does Orciny actually exist?

In “The City & The City" by China Mieville, we seem to learn very little of this (possibly fictitious) third city. Is there any evidence that it really exists in the story or is it purely ...
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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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Fantasy novel begins with assassin being killed

I read this book back in the 90s, I believe, but it could have been published earlier. It was a fantasy novel that begins in a city. I think it starts with an assassin who was going to kill a king ...
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70s or 80s novel. Couple abducted from planet, man is killed and woman eventually takes over ship (Adult themes)

Paperback from the 70s or 80s. It might have been part of an Adult themed series. (much like the Longarm western series) But I am not sure. A Couple on an low tech farming type planet head out in a ...
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Star Trek novel where Captain Kirk is bemoaning his biological urges interrupting a dramatic moment

Everybody knows that, in fiction, Nobody Poops unless it's being played for humor. I have a vivid memory of reading a Star Trek novel (I'm pretty sure not based off of a TV series episode or one of ...
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Novel about non modular aliens who die young [duplicate]

It's been years since I read it. So I'm not sure when the book was published but I read it sometime before 2006. It was a single novel. Not a series. I remember that the protagonists - humans are ...
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Man starts speaking in tongues and founds a cult because he's possessed by a super-being from the future

Read in the 1990s. I don't think it was by any of the famous SF authors. I think the cover had a black-and-white image on a black background. Some of the book was told in the form of documents and ...
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Hard sci-fi novel that begins with an entity cruising around space 'like a shark'?

In a bookstore in the 1980s, I read the first pages of a hard science fiction novel that began with the memorable description of some creature or ship or intelligence that was like a shark swimming ...
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60/70's novel: virus kills all humanity except genius people; two survivors try to get to the West Coast

Written 40 or 50 years ago - a virus kills off all in the world except genius IQ people - two characters enter the picture: one is a teenage boy who is a world class pianist; the other is a girl of ...
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Science fiction novel about an assassin's guild that claims to be apolitical (while doing the local tyrant's dirty work)

I'm trying to pin down a science fiction novel I once glanced at. English language, published in paperback, not by any "famous author" whose name I recognized at the time. "At the time" was in the mid-...
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Graphic novel with a man hallucinating with eyes floating out of his mouth

I read a graphic novel once which I can only vaguely remember now. The main character was a man who was somehow connected to this other world (I can't remember if it was real or fantasy) and I do ...