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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Fantasy novel: magic school, talking rabbit, character bites off another character's fingers

The plotline as a whole is completely lost to me, but it was a big inspiration to my preteen self at the time and has shaped my creative development up to now. I'll list some of the big points that I ...
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Looking for a Sci-Fi novel - 50s-80s, canine aliens, shaped poetry

I'm looking for a sci-fi novel I read in the early 2000s at a local library. Judging by how often they actually got new books, it has to be between the 50s and 80s - if I had to guess, late 70s? The ...
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Fantasy trilogy about an amnesiac man greeting by a talking crow, who marries a psychopathic princess

I read a trilogy about 10 years ago, and I can remember a lot of the plot, but have no idea the name of the book or the author, so any help would be appreciated. The plot from what I believe is the ...
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Story in which different floors of a Mexico City building are different nations

I don't remember much about this one, not even whether it was a short story or a novel, but it had a satirical tone. The protagonist kept getting shunted forward in time, probably by suspended ...
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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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Star Trek novel with Vulcan / Romulan shower that removes skin?

Back in the 1980s I read a Star Trek novel I'm trying to identify. Here's what I can remember: Involved the TOS crew & characters, Kirk specifically At some point Kirk visits either Romulans or ...
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Trading places SF novel

Over on rec.arts.sf.written, this YASID has been asked twice, with no answer. Anyone? Do you know this book? It's a paperback book I had in the mid-60s...about two (eventually) physically similar ...
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2000s (or earlier) sci-fi novel beginning with a boy who loses his skin

I encountered this book maybe twice when I was very young, maybe 8-9 years old. I remember very few details, but I'd be happy if I could find it again after all these years and get closure. You see, ...
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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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Funny, Jewish sci-fi novel

I read it mid 80's and found it a few years ago, but with the publication of a new Jewish sci-fi novel, it's harder to find it again. The story is about an investigator working for a government ...
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Novel where a daughter remembers a previous life and draws pictures of it

I would like to find a novel whose review I read 20 or 30 years ago and would have liked to read at the time. A man has a pre-school aged daughter who begins to draw fantastic landscapes which she ...
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Which A.I. has the highest I.Q. on the Red Dwarf, Kryten, or the Talkie Toaster?

Holly is no longer the sharpest knife in the drawer, having lost his I.Q. of 6,000. Which of the remaining artificial intelligence units on board the Red Dwarf has the highest I.Q, Kryten, or the ...
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David Lister is the last human being in the Universe. What happened to the rest of the human race?

The Red Dwarf crew died from radiation while David Lister was in stasis. What happened to kill off the rest of humanity? Why is David Lister the last human being in the Universe?
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Earth man sent by superior to distant empire, dueling, caste by height and strength, honorary military post [duplicate]

An Earth man is picked (or sent by his boss/superior) on a one way trip to a distant empire (their emperor had some mad daydream visions, which everyone chose to ignore, for fear of being seen as ...
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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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Book of Science Fiction Horror I Read as a Kid

The book was probably printed in the early 90s when I was a child reading science fiction. I think it was largely about space sci-fi, but the one story that I remember clearly was called "Soft." It ...
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Author of a postapocalyptic novel about climate change

I am looking for the title and author of a novel about a post apocalyptic Earth after a drastic climate change. The plot is similar to the movie The Day after Tomorrow, but, instead of a happy ending, ...
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A Dystopian Anti-Consumerist Novel

I'm trying to remember a recently-published sci fi novel where all consumer decisions are made for you by predictive ai; for example, products you are predicted to want are automatically purchased and ...
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Science Fiction Book late 70's early 80's about MIT Graduate genius that becomes rock star then psychic [duplicate]

The first chapter The genius singer is singing in a field of flowers and the flowers sing back, this realization that all life is interconnected energy which sets the impetus for his faking his death, ...
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Fairly recent SF novel set in the near future, Alcoholics Anonymous is involved

I leafed through an SF novel a few years ago and put it down. And now I wish I hadn't. What I remember about it was that it was fairly modern (written maybe 90s or later), rather longish, written ...
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Novel where scientists use a weapon to make people think they were being invaded from space

I'm looking for a novel I once read with a plot that involved the American and the Russian scientists developing a biological weapon. It was to be used against a limited number of the Earth's ...
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Novels with plant based inteligent life forms [closed]

My question is simple, are there any novels with some sort of intelligent plant race? Better if its a spacefarer race. For example I remember one placed in earth right before our sun explodes into a ...
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Title of novel about a girl with butterfly poison on her face, who used to be a poison tester?

Do you know the novel that the female protagonist was reborn in a girl that has butterfly poison on her face (I think) that saves a prince that was plotted by his fiancee to get to his brother to be ...
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Fantasy Novel About a Princess With a Distinct Accent

I can clearly recall this book featuring a princess who spoke with a very distinct accent. The main issue I'm having now is that I remember very little of this book now. I know that I read it ...
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Post-consumerism (?) empire novel

I recently remembered reading a soft sci-fi novel about 10-15 years ago (borrowed from a library); the basic premise was of some space empire (based throughout the Solar System I believe, but ...
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Novel where a girl, Sre, hatches a dragon, Blue, to defend her from an innkeeper

I need help to find a book I read years ago on an adult website. The author had a group on Facebook and kept us updated on her stories. Eventually she got a publisher and even showed us what she ...
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Book about pyramids, aliens and Jesus Christ

I read a book several years ago on my Kindle app. The book was advertised for free on free ebook sites. It was about two warring alien races who crash-land on earth and end up influencing and guiding ...
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A novel where contract breach is worse than femicide, from the 70’s or earlier [duplicate]

I read this novel at least 40 years ago. It is clearly SF, some of the action is not on Earth. I don’t remember interstellar travel, only within solar system, Moon and/or Mars and/or Venus and/or ...
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Fantasy story about prophetic paintings, a wizard's (ex) apprentice, and a journey under-ground through caverns in mountains

There is a fantasy book that I read as a child, and I'm trying to find out what the name of it was. I have tried googling for all the elements I can remember but with no luck. Here's a list of what I ...
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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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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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Urban fantasy novel set in alt NYC where one half is wild, protagonist looking for a white glove

Started flipping through this novel in a B&N maybe 6 months ago, read a chapter or two. The protagonist is a young female detective (?) and half of New York City is overrun with magic and/or ...
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Novel with a girl who can talk to animals. Intends to marry a man named/titled Kahn. Makes friend with a girl called Maya [duplicate]

The book was about a girl (I don't remember her name) who can talk to animals. I remember that she had a friend cat, and in the beginning she asked the cat something like, "how do I look?" to which ...
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Novel where power outage causes teleportation accident and the version on the sending side survives and becomes a fugitive

Read a book a long time (at least 10-15 years) ago about a man (I'm pretty sure he was rich, or at least well off) in a future where teleportation was normal mode of transport. He's going to teleport ...
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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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Fantasy Novel where the main character could summon shadows

This was a book I read several years ago. It was in the Sword & Sorcery genre, and the main character can summon shadows. He had a connection to the world of shadows and was the child of a human ...
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Book (first in a series?) with a teenage witch attending a school of magic mainly with nonhumans

I'm 99% certain I read this as a Kindle book in 2019, but I think I acquired it before that. The main character is a witch, with her mother and sister having the same abilities. She wasn't great at ...
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A short novel about reaching absolute zero

I read this novel about 10 years ago, but it was a library book, already used. But it did not “feel” like an old classic. Hard to pinpoint the time it was written. What I remember best is the book. ...
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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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Science fiction novel about misfit children with different powers living in a communal house

This was a short novel from the 80s/90s (or possibly earlier). I never read the whole thing, but it starts out with an adult “normal” character drives his car to a remote house where multiple children ...
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Science fiction novel with aliens that could read dead people's memories

I read a book about 40 years ago that I would like to read again. I can't remember the plot but it had a policeman who needed to get some information from a criminal. Some aliens were involved and ...
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A novel (or maybe a whole series) where a weird disease infects men and machines

I just got an answer to one of my question that sent me refresh my memory about Vernon Vinge’s “Zones of Thought” Universe. There I saw the word “Blight”, and this reminded me of something which might ...
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Young adult horror novel from the 90s [closed]

I'm trying to remember the name of a book I read as a kid. The story was about a bunch of kids who get invited to a party (I think at some rich girl's house) and dying one by one. The only specific ...
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A novel about a spaceship that was accelerated away form Earth at near light-speed [duplicate]

This one I read "only" about 10-15 years ago, and I think it was rather recently written at that time. It begins with a weird, probably alien structure being spotted in the solar system, already on ...
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Book about boy who can shapeshift?

I read this novel series (not sure how many books) in middle school so it would be 2010 or earlier. The boy, main character, had the ability to shapeshift or had some sort of magical ability. He was ...
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Science fiction book about a generation ship sent to seed or colonize a planet [duplicate]

This is what I think I remember. A ship was sent to colonize a planet with a new generation of humans to save the species from problems on Earth. Once the ship arrived at the destination planet, it ...
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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 about robots which stopped humans from doing risky things [duplicate]

I need help in identifying an old-ish sci-fi book which I read in my college library a long time ago. The story started building as follows - There were robots which came from nowhere and started ...
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Older Sci-fi book set in an 'Outlaw City'. Mute thief on a cold planet

The city, whose name I can't remember, was in a pretty cold location. Extremely cold. There was a river going through it. It was mentioned once or twice because there was a character of a thief (he ...
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A fantasy novel that takes place on a ship. There is a spy on the ship and at some point amphibious monsters catch him

For a change, this is a rather recent story. I have read it about 10 years ago. I think it might have been a bit older than that, but did not have this “taste” of being from the 80’s or earlier. ...