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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Book with the Latin quote 'nihil superbus' / 'nothing above us'

I know it's very little to go on, but I've had the Latin phrase nihil superbus, meaning 'nothing above us'* knocking around my head for a while now but can't place it. It appears in some book within ...
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Novel: magnetic reversal reveals cyclops and giants in the US

Novel about a magnetic reversal. U.S. flash freezes and Antarctica rapidly thaws and reveals ancient Cyclops and other giants. Main character is a young lady. She meets up with other people and ...
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Novel (dystopian?) where some of the population have telepathy, that they call “lepping”

I read a book (dystopian, if memory serves) where a certain percentage of the population could communicate through mental telepathy. I think they kept the fact hidden. They referred to the ability as '...
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Novel where the main character pretends to be a princess

The story was about an urchin adopted by an acting troupe to pretend to be the lost princess of the city. These are the details I remember (some of the early events are a little crude; my apologies): ...
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LitRPG novel in a fantasy setting where main protagonist has a swordsman of twilith class

In this book, I know that the characters couldn't talk about the game information in real life. At the start of the novel they were in a tutorial town where their actions would determinate classes ...
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90s(?) book about a female protagonist, who was in an accident and is transplanted into a cyborg body

I read this book between 1999 and late 2004. I am pretty sure it had a blue cover and may have been published by Penguin. It was a paperback. The story goes, as far as I can remember, that after an ...
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Novel where child's “true name” is the same as his use name

I read this sometime during the mid-90s. I thought this was Wizard of Earthsea, but I've just reread the beginning and it's apparently not (Ged was originally Duny). The concept is very similiar to ...
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1980's sci fi book series, subspace is a sponge, young man in emergency suit can propel himself by sucking in the sponge stuff

I read a couple of sci fi books in the 1980's from UK library, they were from a series... I don't think I read them in the right order so I've a mish-mash of memories. From the context of romance and ...
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Young Adult Fantasy novel about some boarding school, classmates dying, and passing on?

This isn't science fiction, but it's kind of "fantasy" in a way. It's about some girl who gets sent to/starts to attend some sort of fancy boarding school or something like that. I know she falls for ...
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Young adult horror novel series where a brainwashed girl turned out to be 100 years old and controlled by some ball lightning creatures

I would have probably read this in the mid/late 1990s or very early 00s, but I'm trying to hunt down a novel I remembered earlier. I'm pretty sure it was part of a series. I was living in Ireland at ...
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2000s (or earlier) young adult novel like “Ender's Game”, genetically enhanced teenage boy trains in holographic battles to win an uncontaminated land [duplicate]

I read a book about 10 years ago about a teenage boy that is in a government program for genetically enhanced children in a post-apocalyptic world. He is training for a holographic battle game against ...
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Series read back in late 1900s: aliens with two life stages, one electronic [duplicate]

I read a series of books where the aliens had two life stages. One stage was like us, physical. When they died they became some form of electromagnetic existence, or something like that. This second ...
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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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80s (or earlier) novel: underground society, two kids find a way to the upper dome society

Can't remember the name but it's a novel I read in the 80s, in which two kids from an underground society go through a old mechanism that transfers them to the above ground domed society.
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Children's story about a boy who unbeats an egg

I read this book at least 30 years ago, but the basic story has stayed with me all this time. It was probably the first fantasy book I ever read. The boy in question is at a magical competition in a ...
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90s (or earlier) book/novel: daily memory loss and a device called the Memory

I've been trying to find the name of a book/novel that I read a few years back (although I think it was published in the 90s or earlier). The main points that I remember are: the story is set in a ...
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70s/80s SciFi novel set in California: augmented humans, a groups of “Angels” and a Doge

I'm trying to find title & author for a novel I read in the US in the early 1980s. It was a pretty long novel. Lots of humans were augmented in various ways, and society had collapsed to a ...
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Time-travel novel with a timeship and a character who fights himself

I have a atrong memory of a scene in a time-travel book without remembering many other details. The main character is trying to accomplish something (I don't recall what, but call it X). In a wooded ...
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Fantasy quest novel where the music magic hero doesn't get the girl

I believe I would have read this in 1988, as a stand-alone paperback novel. (I was avoiding all, or at least most, series that summer, having gotten fed up with David Eddings.) I don't really recall ...
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Fantasy novel where guy fights with a cloak on his back [duplicate]

There was a novel I read back in the 90s (I’m pretty sure) about a guy who fought using a weighted cloak or cape. There’s very little I remember about it beyond that. He didn’t take the cloak off in ...
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What's that book that ends with the preserved head of a political genius?

In this society, bisexuality is seen as fashionable. In the past, they perfected a method to accelerate equine pregnancy. That method is later used in humans, with the result that now humans grow up ...
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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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About reincarnation “forever and a day” blue cover

Ok so I'm looking for a romance novel I read probably 15 years ago - all I remember was reincarnation was a theme - I think the male lead was having dreams or had lost memories about the female lead - ...
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Time travel story. 2 Researchers are stuck in primitive man times. (Neanderthal or Cromagnon) for MANY years

Paperback probably at least 20 years ago. in English The 2 researchers (1 male and 1 female) are just a side story to the main novel... (Their "story" is told in various interludes between chapters ...
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Novel about a violent televised Football game played in an area of the actual city. Very similar to Rollerball

Novel from 70s or 80s. Pretty sure it was a Hardback (checked out from library) in English. The setting was very similar to the Rollerball (1975) movie. The broadcast of the show is the "Bread and ...
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Paperback book, read in the 1990s, involving a man's son playing a too-good pirate video game with friends who disappear

As noted above, I read this as a paperback book in the 1990s or so, somewhere around 250 pages. I think the cover was dark with a crude but colorful line drawing of a child. The main character is a ...
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Novel (or maybe series) About a Hidden Urban Underground Civilization

When I was in middle school, I remember reading a novel (or possibly a series of novels, I don't remember) about a young boy (or possibly teenager) who goes through a hole in the wall of a building. ...
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Star Trek novel in which the Enterprise-A is sold as surplus and refitted with Klingon technology

I'm trying to recall a licensed Star Trek novel that I encountered in the early 2000's decade. The gist of the story is that after the NCC-1701-A is decommissioned after the end of The Undiscovered ...
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Novel where a girl cares for psychic children, maybe set on a starship

I can't recall the name of a novel where a young human woman takes care of a group of children who may have psychic powers but the government does not know what their abilities are or when they will ...
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Sci-Fi/Romance novel from 1990s (?) with girl who moves in with her bachelor uncle

I read a novel when I was a teenager, and my sister and I can't remember the title or author. The only things I remember about the book are that I believe it was a fantasy/sci-fi/paranormal romance ...
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Science Fiction Novel from the 70's (I think) about a cryogenically suspended man who awakes in the far future

I remember a novel I read ages ago and am looking for its name. The story starts with the death of our characters wife and he cannot get over it. So he sells everything and buys some land and builds ...
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1970s (?) book where teacher flies in a balloon and crash-lands on mysterious island [duplicate]

Plot: The teacher finds an island with very sophisticated civilization. There is a volcano on the island which causes quakes every so often. I also do recall something about families being lettered by ...
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Social experimentation with cryogenics fails to solve humanity's overpopulation problem [duplicate]

This may be a tough story to identify because of incomplete memory. A technique for cryogenic preservation and revival of the body has been developed and is applied to the overpopulated world in a ...
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Old novel on an island with man-eating plants; eating the plants turns you into one of them

I cannot remember the title, neither the author, of a novel I read some time ago. Please help me, this thing is driving me crazy. The novel was about the crew of a ship that approach to a desert ...
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Novel - Accidental exploration ship, broadcasts a TV show to let people know what they find

Probably from the 70s or earlier. Paperback in English. Space craft with a new drive that should be able to travel to other planets in solar system almost instantly, is over budget and behind ...
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Temporal Empire?

I recall this being a novel, from my father's collection, and the book was showing its age back in the mid-1980s or early 1990s when I read it. The overall theme involved a temporal war; reality was ...
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Pre-70s science fiction short story or novel: astronaut lands on planet or natural satellite, discovers it is a hemisphere

A colleague told me he read a pre-1970s science fiction short story or novel involving a male astronaut who approached a planet or small moon. When the space traveler landed, he discovered that the ...
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C.J Cherryh novel dealing with hyperspace

I'm trying to remember which book this is in her early novels, unfortunatly my collection is in storage at the moment and I can't check. One of her earlier novels deals with hyperspace and how it ...
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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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Novel where a berserker involuntarily kills a female magician he may have loved

Reading this question: Book about axe-wielding protagonist who goes berserk in battle and blinds a woman brought to mind a similar scene that I must have read in some fantasy novel, but for some ...
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Novel about six trapped beings, brains linked to control a factory, they escape

A while ago I read a book about 6, whole body, beings, captured and enslaved to be the brains that ran a factory. Each a different species, I think. They were linked in a ring structure by neural ...
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Scifi novel about a prison station in the sun that turns into an alien invasion

There was this scifi novel I got years ago second hand about a prison station that was in the sun. The inmates were all supposedly mass murderers and the like but could not remember their supposed ...
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Sci-fi book about a genetically modified planet

I read only the beginning of this book, and it was decades ago, but I always wondered about it and wanted to read it. As I recall, the protagonist finds himself stranded on a strange world. I don't ...
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Pre-70s time travel novel: man dies, wakes up in the future in another body, and repeats the process until medical science has progressed very far

I must have read it in the seventies or eighties, and I have no idea if it was a translation or not, and if so, what language it was in originally. A man dies during an accident (in a scientific ...
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Book where a teenager and his friend develop elemental powers to fight aliens with similar powers

Book where teenager discovers he has fire powers. A boy a little older than him has lightning powers. They train together and become best friends. They fight someone with metal powers. They discover ...
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Time travel novel: machine makes clones, clones battle to be the one to get back their life

Published within last ten years. Guy enters machine. Comes out; the world is slightly different. He goes home, finds another guy is living his life. "Oh my god," he realizes, "I'm in a different ...
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2000s (or earlier) cyberpunk novel: dystopia, mega storm, omnipresent noise

I think there was more than one plot line. One of these was about a group of people inside some bunker. They waited for a mega storm, which creates electronic interference or noise, then these people ...
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1990s paperback with a recently divorced woman plagued by a stalker and a paranormal presence [closed]

This was another one of those paperbacks I borrowed from a girl in middle school, around 1992 or so. The main character was a recently divorced woman moving into an apartment. I think that the ex had ...
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The youngest person on Earth in a society of immortals

The protagonist is the youngest person on Earth -- the only one to be born in many centuries. Terrestrial society is small but every individual is unique and multitalented, as they are all immortal ...
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Revolutionaries' fleet armed with kinetic weapons defeats government fleet armed with missiles

This came up in a discussion of reasonably-hard SF space combat. I probably read this book a bit more than 20 years ago; early-to-mid 1990s. Note that I was buying a lot of used books in that period,...