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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YA sci-fi novel with megacorp controlling massive tornadoes, mastermind with fingerprints burned off

I'm looking for a standalone novel in English aimed at a teen audience. I read it in print between about 2010 and 2016 and it was relatively recently published at the time. I believe the cover had a ...
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Kindle superhero series including an army guy in powered armor, a self-aware robot, and a teleporting thief

I first read this around 2015, I think. There were at least three books in the series maybe four. I remember I started getting free copies of the book from the author in exchange for reviews until I ...
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Fantasy novel with a boy in a magical school who has no magic so he leaves

There was a magical war that happened in the past. Something to do with different sectors or something like that. Then the book focuses on a teenage boy that is currently at a magic school, which is ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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. ...
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What is this book about Satan having to run the world

Probably from the 1970's or earlier. The general background is that humans have become powerful on the order of God and Satan. Humans attack God, and perhaps with the help of Satan, God is destroyed. ...
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Book: Two alien species living on the same planet, depending on each other but not aware of each other

I read this book about 10 years ago (when I was still a kid) in a library which had mostly older books, so I would assume it is from the early 2000s or earlier. The plot at first revolved around two ...
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A story in which God (the Christian god) is replaced

This a story I read between 20 and 30 years ago. The protagonists are the supernatural powers in the Christian mythology: God, Death, Satan etc. I think somewhere at the beginning, a man is about to ...
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Science fiction novel involving Hindu (?) deities [duplicate]

I read, many years ago, a novel that I'd quite like to find again. I only recall fragments - the main one being that the protagonists were humans, possibly space travellers, who had somehow acquired ...
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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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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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Pre-2000s novel about tourism through time travel

I am pretty sure this was a novel, but I can't pin down the time when it might have been written (though it was likely between the 1980s and early 2000s). As I recall the plot, tourists were taken ...
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60's or earlier fantasy about two children pranksters who turn out to be persian deities [duplicate]

This is fantasy, not SF. It was a novel, alone in its own book, but it was a rather small book. And I read it in the 60's, I am sure. (I understand that the tag "fantasy" should not be used for a ...
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Science fiction novel about two girls raised with dolphins

Read in late 1960's, early 1970's. Fiction about 2 teenage girls raised with dolphins who could breathe under water. Brother (or uncle/guardian) brought them on land, to teach about being human.
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A book about a girl who travels back to Medieval times?

I need to find a book that I read in 2006. The plot I remember: The MC is a girl The landlord's son (or a prince) goes to the future. He met the girl and then they live together for 1-2 months. After ...
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Novel (90s?) about a strange pseudo-eastern City maybe called Qantoom, with weird dehydrated aliens that look like plastic

Help, I've been trying to identify this book for ages and Google is not telling. My memory is very hazy but I remember reading this story in the early 00s. From what I remember, it's about a man who ...
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Novel (YA?) published before 1985, about a young man learning some kind of psychic/magic?

I barely remember this novel that I think I started to read as a child and would like to maybe pick up again. What I remember is this: A young man (or boy?) meets a man (possibly a relative or ...
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90s-00s novel about a boy with a dimension hopping device

Trying to find a book that I read 10-15 years ago. The novel is about a boy which one day gets visited by himself. His other self has a device with which someone can jump from one dimension to ...
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Book about last human in the Galaxy, recovered from crashed ship

Human civilization has disappeared but human artifacts are highly sought after because they are so advanced they can give the species that found it an immense advantage over other species in the ...