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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
6
votes
4answers
601 views

Fantasy novel with boy who can shapeshift into a jaguar

I read a young adult novel back in high school (so it must have been written before 2009-10) about a guy who was a shapeshifter - and I swore he shapeshifted into some type of jaguar. There was a ...
4
votes
1answer
923 views

Numbers on hands mean death if it's zero, magical friend with a lucky hat

A world where when you turn a certain age you get a number on your hand and if that number is a zero you're killed. The main character has a friend who gives him a lucky hat and he can do magic.
8
votes
1answer
149 views

Novel about a girl who helps a demon/monster creature with his shop

So basically, the book is about a girl who helps a demon/monster/creature with his shop. Humans aren’t allowed in that realm, so whenever he has customers, she can’t be seen. She also explains that a ...
9
votes
1answer
96 views

Novel with main character able to mind-link to computers, a female telepath, a computer entity and a healing priest [duplicate]

I'm trying to identify a novel I read around 1990 give or take 5 years. It was fairly short (maybe 120 pages or so) and I read it in Dutch, but it is most likely a translation of an English original. ...
8
votes
1answer
153 views

Short story or novel set in a simulacrum of Christian Hell, populated by humans and non-human creatures

Identify the following short story or novel. I read the book in the 1990s in the German language. Very likely the book was published one or more decades earlier, a typical softcover Heyne or Bastei-...
4
votes
1answer
395 views

Series where the protagonist jumps through portals to stop someone messing up the timeline

My boyfriend is trying to remember a novel series he read in the early 2000s. He describes the book as jumping through several dimensions of Earth using a portal, and having different amounts of time ...
5
votes
0answers
46 views

Novel about kid's suburban life + some kids with powers

I can only recall bits and pieces so bear with me: I remember the book being about some kids in a small town fighting some kind of war with magical powers, and it was juxtaposed with the main ...
5
votes
1answer
134 views

Novels about a male cyborg space ship captain with a female feline humanoid business partner

I can't remember the titles of the novels. I read two novels in the series, in approximately 1991. The novels centered on a group of 4 individuals who have a small spaceship. The captain was a male ...
8
votes
1answer
177 views

What was the fantasy novel with a fire/fertility goddess named Fala and a sea god named Sur?

I read this novel in either the late 90s or early 2000s. The setting was fairly low magic, but events in the novel signaled that magic was returning in a stronger form. Parts of the setting/novel I ...
5
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
11
votes
5answers
723 views

Fantasy novel, traversing a tunnel, having to crawl for days?

I remember reading a fantasy novel when I was younger. The book was in English, read in Canada in the late 80s early-to-mid 90s. The big part of the book that sticks in my head is the party passing ...
2
votes
0answers
126 views

Why didn't vampires interact with Robert before sending Ruth in?

I just finished the book I Am Legend and there's something that I don't understand and can't seem to find an answer to.
4
votes
0answers
87 views

British novel about a group of high school teens who develop powers, and are taken abroad to be trained or experimented on

I think this was a series. What I remember is there is a group of high school teenagers who begin to develop powers. I believe they were experimented on in-vitro by a company, but I could be wrong. ...
5
votes
0answers
70 views

Mid-1990s novel where astronauts visit a moon base and discover the ghosts of the previous crew

I don't remember much about this American novel published in the mid-1990s - I didn't finish it - but now I have a hankering to. It involves astronauts visiting a moonbase that has been abandoned for ...
21
votes
1answer
399 views

Book which has different races and could use magic

I'm trying to find the title of a teenager/young adult novel I read 10-15 years ago, I've tried every keyword I could think of and searched on google but I still couldn't find it. I only could ...
2
votes
1answer
58 views

I am looking for an isekai light novel with overpowered items

This story is set slightly into the future but there are not a lot of differences. He lives in his grandfather's house and finds a doorway of some kind. This doorway leads him to another world where ...
2
votes
2answers
284 views

Series about a young man struggling to become king in middle ages setting

I read a book in the early nineties about a young man who becomes a king in a medieval setting, lots of drama and backstabbing. I can remember that it was part of a series, most likely a trilogy. I ...
8
votes
1answer
110 views

STALKER-ish/Tripods YA post-apocalyptic novel series (NOT The Tripods)

I'm looking for a young adult series, that centres on a bunch of teenagers surviving in a post-apocalypse world on Earth (cliché, I know). The first book has the following setting: Presence of S.T.A....
9
votes
1answer
755 views

Fantasy novel series about a Russian prince

I'm trying to identify a novel that I read some time ago. I think the book is actually the second or third book in a series; it's set in a fantasy style Russia/Prussia and follows a Russian minor ...
10
votes
1answer
153 views

Story where two heirs set up competing futuristic cities, one industrial and the other idyllic

I'm trying to remember the title of a Russian novel which smelled like early Communist propaganda but whose plot was actually very sci-fi for the time period. It was probably written in the late 19th ...
36
votes
0answers
700 views

A Novel About Time Travel Into The Future

So this is what I remember, and it's very specific, but even so I can't seem to track down the novel: a man discovers a portable time travel device that he can carry around with him. He gets caught ...
5
votes
1answer
123 views

Fantasy book, quest to find gods but they are evil

Book is about the lost gods and for most of the book you want the gods to come back. Along the way there are reptilian people who are trying to help the gods return and you learn that the gods weren’t ...
10
votes
1answer
318 views

Space opera with large cat and discussion about infinite dimensions

I'm trying to remember a novel I read in the late 80s or early 90s. I don't remember too many details. This is what I do remember: It involved a voyage through hyperspace. As part of this voyage they ...
5
votes
2answers
125 views

70s–80s (?) novel about breathable liquids as shown in the movie “The Abyss”

Recently I saw a YouTube video about the breathable liquid used in the move The Abyss. And it reminded me of a novel I read in the 1970s (or maybe the 1980s). In the story, two soldiers use breathable ...
3
votes
1answer
58 views

Manhua in which the female lead is the stepmother of the villain

In this story, the female lead is the stepmother of the villain of the novel into which she is reincarnated. She tries to change his fate or way, as well as becoming the duke's wife.
6
votes
2answers
127 views

Sci-fi book series about time travel, taming dinosaurs, and alien psychics

This is a series of books that starts off with a bunch of humans being abducted and sent back in time roughly 65 million years. They start to build a civilization and take dinosaurs to help out. They ...
3
votes
1answer
99 views

Romance/Supernatural book about a girl who falls in love with a male ghost after moving into her grandmothers house

I remember that their grandmother had passed away, and the family, mom, son, and daughter, moved in. The father might have been there. The girl starts to notice that the house is not normal. Their ...
6
votes
0answers
112 views

Old sci-fi novel where people live in domes controlled by aliens and only traders can move between them

The setting is a small village that lives under a dome (can't remember why but it's a pastoral setting, no tech). Traders can move between domes as they have permission from aliens to do so. Aliens ...
4
votes
1answer
137 views

Sci-fi novel about a planet with a semi-intelligent tree-like species, and a golden insect-like species

I am trying to track down a sci-fi novel that I read many years ago. The story is about a world recently colonised by humans, but which has its own indigenous life forms. These comprise a semi-...
20
votes
3answers
5k views

Novel where mathematics are magic

This is an English novel that I read in the early 90s. I do not recall many specifics. The main premise is that mathematics or mathematical formulas are used for magic-like abilities. I think that, in ...
8
votes
2answers
403 views

Searching for Sci-fi novel from the 1980's [duplicate]

I am trying to find a sci-fi novel I read briefly when I was young and waiting in line at a Goodwill. The main subject was about a soldier in power armor fighting a race of lizard like aliens and in ...
27
votes
1answer
2k views

Late '50s SF novel with transporter tech. Those exiled are told they can transport to any planet, but transporters send them to the same planet

This novel made a tremendous impact on me as a kid in the late '50s or early '60s, and I would like to read it again. I’ve looked through lists of hundreds of titles from the era without finding it. ...
1
vote
3answers
183 views

Science fiction novel where children grow up on a spaceship

I’m having trouble identifying a book I read sometime in the last 5-10 years. The details I remember are that humans were raised by the spaceship's AI, and that the children/young adults are not aware ...
4
votes
1answer
69 views

YA novel about archaeologist exploring space

Read it in the '90s. YA novel starting in overpopulated, urban Earth. Young guy manages to get a berth or sneak onto a space ship set to explore potential planets for colonization, despite poor ...
13
votes
1answer
864 views

Looking for book: contact with aliens, five different races, mismatched claws, biological imperative to breed

I read this book when I was a teenager, or in my early twenties, so that puts it no later than 1979. My favorite authors at the time were (of course) Asimov, Bradbury, Clarke, Heinlein, and a few ...
6
votes
1answer
125 views

Novel set on a planet colonised by humans being watched by aliens who are being watched by another set of aliens

There was a SF novel I read, probably 20 or 30 years ago, and I don't remember most of the details. The story centers around a colony planet recently settled by humans. There was an alien race ...
6
votes
0answers
71 views

Steampunk novel with mechanical animals, such as dogs?

I am trying to remember an old steampunk novel set in perhaps Victorian times. I only remember a few parts of the novel, but a specific part that stands out to me is that the police/detectives/maybe ...
8
votes
1answer
666 views

Book where the main character gives a powerful sword to one of his friends which causes someone to betray him

Don't remember a whole lot about this book, but I recall it was very long. Like over 1000 pages. The main protagonist got a really powerful sword and gave it to one of his friends, which then caused ...
4
votes
0answers
93 views

Novel with a gravity gun which made the target collapse in on itself and disintegrate

Back in 2011-13, I read a short science fiction novel from the internet on aliens and our interaction with them. In that novel the main weapon of choice was a gravity gun which upon firing would cause ...
3
votes
1answer
109 views

Book about genderbending shapeshifters who feed off death energy?

I read this novel back in the early 90's. I seem to remember it had a very colorful cover with an image of faces rendered with fairly crude computer graphics. It was an oversized paperback collecting ...
1
vote
0answers
120 views

Is Star Wars: The High Republic character Lourna Dee a reference to novel/character Lorna Doone?

I have just recently finished reading the first Star Wars novel set in the new High Republic, Light of the Jedi. One of the villainous female characters is named Lourna Dee, which sounds a lot like ...
7
votes
1answer
99 views

Sci Fi novel about underground Mars colony that gets attacked by AI

I read this novel about 3 years ago. Here's what I remember: The protagonist is an American woman living in an underground Mars colony populated by colonists from several nations. The protagonist's ...
5
votes
1answer
88 views

YA (pre-1990) novel: Student writes simulation in which time travel drains prehistoric natural resources, needs to stop from occurring for real

I recall a novel in the mid-'80s about a (high school or college) student assigned to write simulation code. He develops a virtual world in which the inhabitants use time travel to bring natural ...
13
votes
1answer
326 views

Man (linguist/interested in languages) travels to another planet. Giant trees, and seal/otter-like creatures whose language he learns [duplicate]

This is a sci-fi novel, fairly short, and I think fairly old (50s/60s, but might be earlier). The author is well-known, but possibly for other genres as well as sci-fi, and definitely anglophone. I'm ...
2
votes
0answers
96 views

Mutant youth return to Earth

This was a novel from late 80s or early 90s. Type of story where space-faring humans return to explore damaged Earth. I don't remember if they were trying to revive the Earth, ran into hostile ...
25
votes
1answer
3k views

Sci-Fi book about female pilot in the distant future who is a linguist and has to decipher an alien language/code

This book I read in college, I think it was published between the 1970s to 1990s. It's about a female pilot (I think her first name began with an R) in the distant future who is famous and is also ...
13
votes
3answers
2k views

Looking for a story about a new Ice Age. Explorers crossing the glaciers between New York and some other city

Along about ten or fifteen years ago I read an intriguing young adult novel with the premise that a second Ice Age had come, and buried the various cities of North America beneath a mile or so of ice. ...
8
votes
4answers
2k views

I'm looking for a fiction novel series about a submarine, being the USS Seawolf, finding the world in flames after a nuclear war.

The first book in the series has the submarine returning to San Francisco, battling some white clothed people, and then taking off at the end of the novel to look for survivors. There is the added ...
20
votes
1answer
945 views

Book that I read long ago. I believe that the word “chaos” is in the title [duplicate]

In the book, bombs that had traveled from another galaxy were causing great damage to human planets. Ultimately, the main character makes a journey to the other galaxy and finds the ruins of the ...
8
votes
0answers
129 views

What is the book about a teen girl and guy who are stuck in a game where they can die and she has to complete every level in order to survive?

I read this book about two or three years ago and I forgot the name. It was about a teen girl who didn't have much, she was poor, and she was in foster care, so she ran away and was living in the ...

1
2 3 4 5
39