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 with bright yellow cover, male witch protagonist

I read a book a couple years ago with a bright yellow cover that I’ve been dying to remember the name of. The main thing I remember was that this was a world where women were witches with different ...
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YA Fiction Series: Color-coded magic system and protagonist kills brother at high school

Likely written in the last 5-10 years, this is a YA fiction/low fantasy series mainly set in a high school and then college-like environment. There were some kind of arena fights at the school and the ...
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Novel: Teacher communicates with alien object using science concepts

Looking for the title of a great book I read wherein a high school teacher uses his broad knowledge of science to communicate with an alien artefact which has mysteriously appeared at the United ...
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LitRPG book with the main character “trapped” in VR MMO world, manages to re-invent tobacco as a crafting recipe, serves a “dark” god

I read this as an eBook in the last two years, so I'll see if I can find it in my book history, but the setting is somewhere in the nearish future where full-body virtual reality (VR) is possible, and ...
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Novel involving a girl and her sister with powers (at least one over death), invited to join people with other powers

I read this somewhere in the last five years, albeit only the first few chapters. The protagonist (high school age, I think) lived with her younger sister, no parents for reasons I can't quite place. ...
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Novel where a sentient star or space ship was found in a gold mine in Arizona

I read Starship Sakira last night and was reminded of a book I read in 2014 that matches the genre. It was about an older man that finds a sentient star or space ship buried in a gold mine in Arizona. ...
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Are the unanswered questions in The 4400 ever answered in the follow-up novels?

The great science fiction TV series The 4400 was canceled after four seasons, with a cliff-hanger ending. Now there are two novels, Greg Cox's "Welcome to Promise City" and David Mack's "Promises ...
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Post-alien war story about a young man searching for his younger siblings and some kind of fanatical Doomsday cult planning to end the world

I read this book in my school library a very long time back. Like around 2004 or something like that. Didn't get to finish the whole book through. But from what I could remember, Story takes place in ...
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Teenagers discover a network of tunnels to other times

I'm trying to identify a novel for young adults about travelling through time using a maze of time tunnels. I borrowed it from the Town Library in the early 1970's, so it may have been written during ...
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Novel about a replica of earth where history happened slightly differently after the ~1940s

I'm trying to find a novel I read a long time ago and it's driving me nuts - all Google searches result in failure..it's been 10-15 years since I've read it I think, here's some details I remember: ...
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Novel about Los Angeles doll museum run by feminist collective

I read a dystopian novel set in decaying Los Angeles about a Barbie museum. But there was a collective living there building an archive about violence against women below ground. There was a horrible ...
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Novel about an alternate history where there was no World War II, maybe involving time travel

This novel was published in the early-to-mid 1970s. Paperback. I am pretty sure the author was American and male. If I remember correctly, it was not marketed as 'science fiction' - it may have even ...
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Book about a boy in a science fantasy world who lives in a tree and accepts a job to steal an object from the royal family

I'm looking for a book and the plot goes something like this: there's a boy who lives with his mom and sister, they're relatively poor and live in a small apartment genetically made out of a live tree....
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Trying to find the title of a CIA/Spy Mystery Novel with UFOs

What I remember was the book itself was a trade paperback a mostly black background and art of a pyramid with brass colored orbs flying above it in the desert. The title text was blue. The story is of ...
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Were there any novels ever written in the Terra Nova TV series setting?

Was interested in reading any books written in the 2011 Terra Nova TV Series. But in doing a few google searches, I could not find anything. Not even a Novelization of the series I was surprised that ...
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Story ID - Lengthy YA Fantasy Novel where a teenager quests through a fictional country to cure his mother

I read this book about 8 years ago, before they renovated our library. It is written by an Asian author (Japanese I think), and is heavily influenced by Asian cultures. The main character's parents ...
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Recent (?) novel about the UK going back to medieval times?

I only read the synopsis a few months ago in a recommendation list online and wanted to find the book again. What I'm sure about: The plot was basically that the current day UK or England decides (or ...
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Paperback novel where a female kendōka kills an opponent because her sword is magically replaced, then she is transported to another world

I was answering a question about Kendo rules on the Martial Arts SE, and it led to me suddenly flashing back on a book I read as a child. I read this from the library in Ashland, KY when I was a child ...
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Fantasy novel where a pair of sisters, trying to evade a loveless arranged marriage by their father, wind up in a deadly magical game

I think I read this about four years ago (about 2016), although I didn't actually make my way to the end of the book. I think I acquired it as either an eBook or audio book from the library. The ...
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Light novel series where a kid is sent to another world and sacrificed himself in a dungeon

About a year ago, there was this light novel I read and now I can't remember it. It's about his kid who was sent to another world with his class and during a dungeon run, he sacrificed himself to help ...
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Fantasy novel involving a contest with mounts and targets, and eventually a confrontation in the dream world

I believe that I either read this, or listened to it as an audiobook, somewhere in the last three years (2017-2020) due to me associating it with a particular commute on the Pittsburgh public transit. ...
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Novel about a parasite/symbiote that causes immortality

All I can really remember about this novel is that at one point a woman gets blown out an airlock and survives, and that the characters in it are not on Earth. There is also a parasite/symbiote that ...
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Sci fi novel about blue goo inside a man makes him immortal and invulnerable

I read this UK paperback about six years ago but it could have been older than that. Can't recall anything about the cover. The story began in a post-collapse society (update edit: I think it was a ...
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90's Young adult fantasy novel with a shapeshifter character with purple/violet eyes

The novel itself contained a shapeshifter character, who I believe had violet or purple eyes, might have been female, might have been an assassin. I believe the character was not the protagonist or ...
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Woman traveling on foot with a falcon companion in a feudal culture

I believe it is stand alone, though I am not entirely confident. all I remember is the cover and one specific scene: The cover consisted of green, brown, and gold colors depicting a forest with a ...
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Teenage book about a girl falling in love with a bad-boy ghost

I have a sneaking suspicion this is a Fear Street book, but I'm having no luck pinning it down from the lists online. The protagonist is a teenage girl, who starts seeing a ghost in her bedroom. ...
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70s (or earlier) SF novel, colonist spaceships crash-land on Venus because of an electrical field, protagonist searches for his astronaut father

I thought the title was "Escape (On / To) Venus" (not the Burroughs novel) - written for children or young adults. The story is about a spaceship of colonists heading to Venus from Earth - ...
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70's to 90's werewolf horror novel, witch turns a boy's brother into a werewolf who eventually kills her but keeps her corpse as he loved her

This was a book I'd found on my brother's shelf, and he's quite a bit older than me. We narrowed it down to probably being a book from the 70's or 80's. I only remember a few scenes of this book, and ...
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Light novel where people have abilities and magic and can level up to defeat monsters invading the world

From what I can remember the novel is like solo leveling in the sense it is a world where people have abilities and magic and monsters are invading the world. The main character is one of the ...
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1960s science fiction story with title that references “Between Jupiter and Mars I place a planet”

When I was in high school in the early 1960s, I read a story about the discovery of an ancient civilization in the asteroid belt. I believe that the title was a take-off on Kepler's quote, "Between ...
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Camelot/Arthurian paperback fantasy/romance about a failed attempt to find the Grail

In 1997 I read a paperback adventure romance where a Knight of the Round Table, or an aspiring one maybe, fails in his quest to find the Grail because he is waylaid and bewitched by probably Morgan/...
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Hilarious Juvenile Science Fiction space adventure from 1950s or 1960s

This was a laugh out loud funny space adventure novel for young adults with interconnected stories about a rather bumbling but lucky young space adventurer, possibly a cadet...Its opening chapter, as ...
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Obscure fantasy book, late 70s or early 80s, main characters are hobbit-like and can communicate with wolves

I remember a book my school librarian recommended, late 70s or early 80s, possibly young adult fiction. It was hardback with a blue cover with white mountains. The main characters were small people ...
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Young adult novel: girl from a tribe of warrior women in the Amazon falls in love

I read this book back in 2004 and it's about a girl, I think her name was "Rain" and she was the best horseback rider/warrior in a tribe of women from the Amazon. Her mother was raped by ...
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Novel about a war between the Americans and Russians in Antarctica?

I remember a friend of mine was reading a novel about a war or military confrontation between the Americans and Russians in Antarctica, but neither of us can remember the title or author.
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Early 1980's book - USSR invades the UK

As shown in the title, I read this in the very early 1980s. I think it was a Brit author. I thought of it yesterday after the BBC controversy about 'Last Night of the Proms'. Somewhat like SS-GB in ...
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Pre-1960s novel where Earth humans are kidnapped by psychics from another planet [duplicate]

Earth and an Earth-like planet with human inhabitant, the people of which have mental powers that enable them to control people. Their society is ranked by the number of people they can control. The ...
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Post viral apocalypse story, maybe from 50's, hero was bitten by a rattlesnake, has hammer [duplicate]

I read an already old paperback novel in about 1969. Most human life is destroyed by a virus, and it is the story of one of the survivors. I remember: he survives because he had just been bitten by ...
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Novel associated with Arthur C Clarke with vibrating windshield

It was either written by ACC or based on his works. It is set in the early 21st century and was likely written in the eighties or early nineties. I think it was about raising the Titanic but I may be ...
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Looking for a book about a man who could change his looks

Back in school I read one book that caught my eye. It was about a man who could change his looks, nothing like werewolves or shapeshifters; he was described as having scars all over his form and would ...
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70s (or earlier) YA novel with lizard people and vessels that burrow deep into the Earth's mantle [duplicate]

I remember reading this ca. 1974. It was a YA novel in English that I got from my school library. They had a mass-market paperback copy. Unfortunately my memory is extremely sketchy, since it was a ...
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90s? Novel dimensional portal opens in Florida aliens emerge

Trying to remember the title of a book probably from 90s or 2000s. English Paperback. A Portal opens up in (Florida)? (Pretty sure it was Florida or another SE USA state) Small dangerous alien ...
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Four children with superpowers, possible confrontation with pirates on a ship

I remember very few details of the book I am looking for, but here goes: The story in question was a full length book. I'm pretty sure it was the first book in a series; I never read anything other ...
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Fantastic thriller with some horror elements about a town connected to an interdimensional portal to another world that influences the townspeople

15-10 years ago I read a horror/fantastic-thriller novel. It took place in a smallish American town (don't remember which part of the US). The protagonist could be maybe between late twenties up to ...
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Post-apocalyptic novel like Stephen King's “The Stand”: survivors of a deadly virus have a cocoon-like mask [duplicate]

I read this novel in the early '90s, and though I couldn't swear to its original publication date, it did have some fairly recent culture references. As I recall it was thematically similar to The ...
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Older sci-fi novel on a forest planet where aliens could transfer their minds at death

I'm trying to recall the title and author of a book I read when I was younger, in the mid to late 80s. From what I recall, the vast majority of the story took place on an alien jungle/forest planet. ...
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Pre-1980 science-fiction novel with gravity-defying metal, and blue-skinned aliens

I read this novel as a kid (so pre -1980). What I most clearly remember is the metal that defied gravity so the characters had “airships” made out of it. The main characters were warrior-like and ...
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Scifi novel about space navigation by chaos waves/particles [duplicate]

I just read this book a few years back, but it's a fairly old one (maybe late 80's?). It starts with an attack from some very large unknown type of ship. The main thing I remember about the plot is ...
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YA horror mystery book with mentions of witchcraft and Joan of Arc

I'm searching for the title of a book I read in the mid 2000s. Based on pop culture references in the book, it was set in Canada during the 80's and/or written by a Canadian author (possibly written ...
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Help me identify sci-fi book from mid 90's about a pilot crash-landing on a primitive planet

I'm looking for a book I started reading as a teen in Russia in the mid 90's. I believe it was translated from English. I bought it along with a book from Christopher Stasheff, Warlock in Spite of ...

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