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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What's the Title of that Novel Where an Alien Monolith Makes the Earth Lose Electricity?

Primarily asking this question because of that new TV show "Revolution". I remember reading this novel back in the 80's about a mysterious monolith that renders all electronics in the world inoperable....
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Space Opera Novel Series ID - Probably Read in 2003-2010

I'm looking for the name of a series of space opera novels I read some time ago, probably between 2003 and 2010. It may have been published quite a few years before I read it, I don't think it was ...
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A novel about a man left behind by his family's spaceship who helps discover a warp drive

This is a book I read 40 years ago. I remember the plot but haven't a clue as to the title. A young man misses the takeoff of his trader families’s spaceship and is marooned on a planet. He has no ...
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Need help with a book title - something like “Sting”

My son was telling me about a book that he read last year in class that had a picture of a bee on the cover, but where its abdomen is a syringe (with the needle in place of a stinger). It was kind of ...
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Trying to remember title of a book about people on an asteroid/comet

I'm trying to remember the title of a book. The plot was a group of people are stranded on a comet or asteroid. They establish kind of a colony inside it, and rig up rockets on the surface to move ...
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Teen novel about a boy challenging Death, including a bowling match

I'm trying to track down a novel I read in my junior high days, which would put it at mid-to-late 80s. I don't remember the overall plot of the novel, but I remember the protagonist ended up matching ...
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70s or 80s Book. Post Catastrophe, Sheriff tries to hold town together, and keep his schizo wife from killing him

Its a year or two after Something has caused the collapse of society, Small towns are on their own. One side effect (or maybe the cause) is a psychosis affecting many people that when they are ...
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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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Book about a kingdom invaded by another world

This is a series my father read when he was younger (he was born in the 60s) and had me read as a kid, the book cover had the look and feel of classic fantasy novels such as the Wheel of Time series. ...
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Identify story about gaming in a future with augmented reality

When I was a child/teenager, I remember reading a series about someone/someones playing some sort of augmented reality games. The players all wore glasses of some sort so they could see the game world,...
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Old science fiction book about telepathy, telekinesis, pyrokinesis and mental control of insects

I'm looking for a novel that I read 30 years ago (1980-1990s?) about a group of people who worked in pairs of couples as telepath/telekinetics that watched out for humans. In the book, some humans had ...
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Protagonist in mist/fog in a featureless place

Looking for title / author. A thin book I read in the early '60s. Maybe 100-125 pages. Protagonist alone in fog/mist in a featureless place. As the book progresses more people show up and are as ...
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Part of trilogy, race called The O's, and clone rights trial

I'm looking for a novel I read when I was younger. It was the third of a trilogy. It featured clones and a benevolent alien race known as "The O's". At some point, there is a big clone rights trial ...
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Book about a teenager programmed to be an assassin and trying to get back at the people responsible

I read this book a few years back (around 5?). It was part of a multibook series but I have only read one book. It's about this teenager who I think had been programmed to be an assassin but then ...
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Mystery woman appears after flood, marries matriarch's son

I have been searching for so long for a certain series of novels. The only things I remember about the series is that the covers had an eye and a house partly submerged under water. It was a series ...
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YA book involving a planet with dragons and double-K in people's names [duplicate]

I remember reading, in the 80s, an English-language teen-SF novel involving two teen protagonists (1 male, 1 female) on a planet (not Earth) that might have had some history of slavery (or inter-caste ...
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Trying to identify novel with a man imbued with uncontrollable telepathy

I am trying to identify a fix-up novel, where I think I only remember a sub-story from the middle. It was probably published at least fifteen years ago, but I cannot pin down the date better than ...
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Novel with psychic parasites from Earth

I am trying to remember a novel that I only read the first one or two chapters of. It begins on an alien world in the midst of a war. There were two types of aliens, with different names. It ...
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Science Fiction Novel depicting a society where people are paid to shop and pay to work

I am looking for the author and title for a Science Fiction novel depicting a society where people are paid to obtain necessities and pay to work. It may be a Heinlein, Asimov, or Clark title. Does ...
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YA Fantasy romance novel about a girl whose brothers go off to war once they reach a certain age

I'm not even sure if this book even exists or I have dreamed it. It's about a girl, I remember she had an older brother that went somewhere (war I think) once he reached a certain age. The oldest one ...
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A cynical demon writing annotations into the book for puny human readers

One of the first series I've ever read was about a young boy who was learning to become a mage. In this world it was possible to summon demons of different categories, ranging from small and not very ...
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Story about a civilization which repeatedly rises and falls, because individuals can't stop reproducing [duplicate]

I'm looking for a story which has these elements: There is an alien species whose biology compels it to reproduce every couple of years, and they don't have a choice about it. As they develop ...
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90s novel: wood nymph (similar to an otik) who becomes a scientist

I am trying to hunt down a book I read in the 90s, but lost some time ago. It starts with some children wandering in a wood, and they encounter a wood nymph creature that starts following them around. ...
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How does Dracula turn people into vampires?

Turning into a vampire seems to have something to do with Dracula drinking the person's blood, but I can't figure if Stoker actually explains the entire process. I fully expect that he didn't, as the ...
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Story: space colonization with sentient/telepathic spaceships, also genocide and reincarnation

When I was younger I visited my local library quite frequently. I loved picking random fantasy and sci-fi books and reading them. There is this one book that I read and it seemed to be part of a ...
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Novel about rendezvous with alien ship travelling through the solar system

I'm looking for a novel I read, probably in the mid 1990s. The story involved an alien vessel/asteroid coming through our solar system and a human ship going out to meet it and then being stuck on it ...
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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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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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I'm looking for a sci fi book with a tribal woman, hermaphrodites, and implanting minds into new bodies

I read a sci fi book roughly 20 years ago (late nineties) but for the life of me I cannot remember the title nor locate the book on Amazon or elsewhere online. I don't know when the book was actually ...
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Novel or novelette in which brilliant young girl has trouble with teaching machine that forces the user to absorb material very quickly

This novel, which was probably (although not certainly) first serialized in Analog or Galaxy several decades ago, is about a brilliant young girl who, through her accomplishments, is placed in a ...
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Sci-fi novel where humanity establish a colony with medieval technology [duplicate]

The human race is on the run from alien attack and have established a colony world with only medieval level technology so the aliens can't find them by radio frequency transmissions, etc. There is one ...
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Sci-fi novel: giant horizontal statue of naked woman on alien planet

Read a sci-fi novel years ago, set on an alien planet that featured a giant statue of a naked human woman lying on the ground. If I remember, the statue was hundreds if not thousands of kilometers ...
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What poetic old detective noir book has mutants smuggled out of a ghetto being blackmailed?

Years ago I read this old science fiction book that was written in a poetic noir style, and I remember bits of the plot, but not any names to google. Could you help me find it? It was from my Dad's ...
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Sci-fi novel: aliens ignore humans, put up giant structures all over Earth

I read a novel in the late '70s but I can't remember the name or when it was written. After years of our hoping for alien contact, they finally arrive on earth. But all they do is put up some giant ...
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Which Star Wars book series takes place immediately after Episode 6?

Having read very little Star Wars fiction, yet being a fan of the series, I've decided after watching a Star Wars marathon of all of the movies that I'd start reading the novels to continue the story. ...
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Looking for old sci-fi book, I think from 1959 not sure.. starflyer?

It's about a man who ends up on a space whale that can "dive" through time, he picks up a capsule with a woman in stasis that he is attracted to, he also saves a little girl who he travels through ...
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What novel series has a young boy travelling across space with librarians and a bat-like dog?

I am trying to dig up the name of a novel-series I read when I was a child (early 90's) but I simply cannot recall either the name of the writer nor the name of any of the books. The series has a ...
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Fantasy novel with terrifying trees where people were sacrificed to them cocooned alive and put inside them

Things I remember: One of the characters was a very very old wizard (magician?) who was married to a much younger woman. I think he had some kind of award that was "the Void of Something"? She came ...
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Novel with teleportation and a progress-delaying bureaucrat?

A decade or more ago, I read a novel in which a bureaucrat (sorta), whose main responsibility was to prevent change from happening too rapidly, ends up trying to prevent all teleportation from failing....
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Starship captain put on trial for destroying a colony

I'm looking for an old novel published in, I think, the late 60s or early 70s. The protagonist is a starship captain. The novel begins with his trial for the possible destruction of an ...
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Book read/published in the late 90's - early 2000's about a bank robbing computer-virus

Characters Genius Hacker Kid - Developed Worm/Virus, trusts this leader dude who might be a priest (pretty sure it's something similar). Might have a sister that's being leveraged against him near ...
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Children raised collectively, girl taken to be translator for aliens

I read this book somewhere around 1996/97, probably on the earlier side, and I'd like to track it down. It was in the school library (Durban High School, South Africa), but for the policies of that ...
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Book about a single human growing up on a space station devoted to trade?

I've been flailing around trying to find this book I read decades ago. I'm pretty sure it was from the 60s or 70s. It's about a single human growing up on a space station full of alien races, ...
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Book about a boy that controls plants by whistling?

I am trying to remember the name of a fiction book about a boy that could manipulate plants just by whistling. I think it's a bit of an older book, but I can't seem to find it by searching for those ...
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A novel about ghost set in England

There was a book I had read about 5 years ago. It was a novel where an American family move into an mansion which is haunted by a ghost. The ghost had been living there since about three hundred years....
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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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Book with a single agent destabilizing an Earth-centric galactic government

I'm trying to find a title for a book that I misplaced years ago. It's a SciFi book set in a future with a galactic empire and an Earth-based central government. There is a single planet that is not ...
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Seeking a book set underground on a hostile, volcanic colony world

The setting is a colony world, with intense volcanic activity and enormous lava pressures outside... magma flooding the underground city is a real threat, with magma-proof-doors between different ...
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Book about a man who enters a cave on an alien world and a parasite merges with him?

The main character gains psychic abilities when he enters a cave on an alien world and a parasite merges with him. Subsequent eeg scans show he has two traces, one normal, his own, and a second which ...
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Help Identify Youth novel about higher dimensions [duplicate]

I read this book about 10 years ago I think. It was probably published in the 90s but quite possibly the 80s. The main plot as I remember involved a high school girl who falls for the new student. He ...