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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Novel where a young boy discovered a baby dragon on the corpse of its mother

I read this novel when I was young, so it must have been published before the mid 90's. It was about a young boy who discovered a baby dragon on the corpse of its mother who had been hunted by (I ...
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Book called “Thunderbird” by an author named Katy about space or flight

I read a book called Thunderbird by Katy something I have forgotten her last name. I vaguely remember it being about either space or flying or flying in space.
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Sci fi novel about time traveling astronauts

A group of astronauts come back to Earth and have time traveled to a post apocalyptic France they initially think is the past. They eventually join a clan of people who are afraid of the time of Noel....
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A book using advanced science to act as magic [duplicate]

I'm trying to identify a book I read a long time ago. The premise was that far in the future humans had technology that could accomplish just about anything (teleportation, body manipulation creating ...
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Sentient sword seeks out modern man to fight ancient feud

I read a novel in about 1980 about a guy who was sought out by a sentient sword (named Sapia? Sepia?) to continue an ancient feud. The guy was, unbeknownst to himself, a descendent of one warring ...
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Novel with 2 dimensions and to travel between you stared in a mirror and would cross over leaving a pool of quicksilver

There were 2 dimensions and the way to the alternate on was looking into a mirror and the person looking would go into the other world leaving a pool of quicksilver. I remember other things but at ...
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YA sci-fi novel with teens given superpowers in order to defend Earth against an alien invasion

I'm looking for an English sci-fi novel aimed at a teen audience. I read it in print between 2018 and 2014 and it seemed fairly new at the time. I think the cover was pretty dark colored, but I don't ...
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Why wasn't the Moties planet overrun by Watchmakers?

In the book "The Mote in God's Eye", by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, the humans are forced to evacuate one starship due to it being overrun by the rapidly breeding Watchmaker caste of 'Moties'. ...
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Fantasy novel about a nobleman on a quest

Read the novel in the late eighties as a child. Short novel in a paperback format. About 150 pages. My memory is hazy so some details may be plain wrong. The evil wizard X, left the realm of (...
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Why is there a Force acting on the travellers who were at a higher speed during space travel in The Expanse series [closed]

Sorry guyz my question was not clear. In other movies like Star Wars, Star Trek and similar movies where they travel at light speed or more than that, those movies never showed any kind of force ...
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Space colony novel where space pirates attack a planet and take a boy hostage who fights his way back eventually

I think it was a 1970s novel and might have been simply titled "Colony". These days it would likely be classed as young-adult, but I don't think such a category existed back then. I probably read it ...
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80s(?) Sci-fi novel where humans are in a zoo - turns out to be Earth

Anyone know the novel where a young boy thinks he is in a small town in Earth but a few things are not quite right. Like, his dog can climb trees and his friends are a bit off. It turns out he's one ...
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Novel Set on Space Station - immortality, preset, career and spouse changes every ten years

I've searched far and wide, a few times a year apart now, for a novel I read in the late 90s or early 00's that I checked out from the new release section of my library(no they purged my records from ...
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Short story: Interstellar inspector senses “off” nature of planet hiding aggressive culture

This story was one of several published together that I read in paperback form sometime in the mid-1990s. It takes place in a period after the collapse of an interstellar human empire, and it follows ...
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Looking for a big fantasy novel about scholarly monks that sort of worship math?

Earlier this year, I read a huge (1000+ pg) novel about a cloistered group of monks that sort of worshiped math. The story involved alternate dimensions or time travel or something. A big thing in the ...
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Story or novel ID: African American rebellion in Chicago

In this English-language story or novel, probably from the 1960s or 70s, the African Americans of Chicago have rebelled against the government. It's part of a general rebellion of black urban ...
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An old SF novel about interstellar war fought without FTL drives

The funny thing about this one is that, until recently, I thought I already knew the title and author of the novel in question! For many years, I honestly believed that what I am about to describe was ...
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Story where planets have a tradition of hoaxing new arrivals to them

I remember reading about a story in which an interstellar civilisation has a tradition where the citizens of each planet come up with elaborate and absurd hoaxes to trick new arrivals to their planet, ...
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Fantasy book about Grendel type character

Looking for a book written in the last 15 years (probably). Set in a medieval / Viking time but not necessarily our timeline. Main character is similar to Grendel in appearance: apelike, clawed hands,...
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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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Novel revolving around genetic engineering

About 20 years ago I read a book that revolved around a future where genetic engineering is so commonplace that people visit genetic engineering parlors much like they do tattoo shops IRL now. At ...
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Audio book novel about a human-like alien who comes to Earth and loves gin

I'm looking for the name of a novel. I listened to it in audio book form on cassette tapes in the early 2000s. This will be tough because I'm lacking a lot of details. The basics are that an alien ...
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70's/80's sci-fi book about conscript trained to be a powerful warrior

I read a futuristic sci-fi book in the 1980's (maybe the 70's), about an overweight orphan who lived in slums, known as "the rat" (not the stainless steel rat), who was conscripted into space military ...
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Underwater cave, portal to another world, where time passes in an instant of real-world time

I am looking for a novel which I read in the mid/late eighties. I was a teenager then, so it might be a YA novel. I read it in German; whether it was translated or a German original I cannot say. The ...
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Space battle fleets, intergalactic elfs

This again from long ago, i think I read it in the seventies but maybe later. It was one of the first times I came across the concept of motherships and star carriers, before that space battles in ...
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Sci fi book where a rich kid is sent to prison and trained as a commando

In the early 90's I remember reading the start of a book but cannot recall the title. The main character started out as a pudgy rich kid who got convicted for a crime after running with the wrong ...
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Book where main character is an alien but doesn’t know [duplicate]

I’m trying to find a book (teen SciFI I guess) I read probably in 1998ish. There was a girl living on a alien planet. Someone looked after her but not a parent. I think she had to wear a suit all the ...
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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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Book with the Latin quote 'nihil superbus' meaning '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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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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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 ...