Questions tagged [novel]

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Modern fantasy novel with yellow cover about girl who discovers she is a witch

It was written by a young, female (possibly Australian, I can’t really remember) author and probably came out somewhere between 2008-2013. It begins with the protagonist going about her day to day ...
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1970s/early 80s Sci fi graphic novel where a giant red and white space ship lands beside the White House

Can anyone help me please, going slightly mad trying to track down a graphic novel I really enjoyed reading in the early 80's. It was about a humanoid alien who picks up a load of humans, mostly ...
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Novel or novella involving a protagonist who travels forward in time and encounters a strange war where the weapons were all color-coded

The main protagonist travels forward in time and encounters a strange war where the weapons were all color-coded. Like, fire weapons were red, etc. The time traveller might have eventually "...
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YA science fiction novel with title starting with the word "Uncle" (I thought) [duplicate]

Sometime in the 1990s I read reviews and saw copies of a YA science fiction novel whose title was "Uncle " - the name of the uncle was unusual (a word not usually considered a name). The ...
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What is the name of this (possibly 40 year old) Sci-Fi novel [duplicate]

my first question here, so forgive me if I do it wrong: I would like to find the name of a Sci-Fi book I read over 30 years ago (possibly 40) Author: he was some kind of military strategist i think. ...
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Trying again.. name of sci fi novel [duplicate]

The (psychic I believe) female protagonist runs from a former lover/bad guy and needs to get off the space station, so she has a one night stand with the male protagonist who has a navigation implant. ...
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Journalist has a close encounter with a superhero (villain?) and gains a superpower. Subsequently, he learns that heroes and villains stage fights

I read this story as a Kindle book, I think about ten years ago. It's probably in my library if I search enough, but I'm putting down details while I remember them. The protagonist (a journalist by ...
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late 90s, early 2000s high(?) fantasy YA trilogy

All I remember from this trilogy was that it was 3 books in 1 giant book, a little over a thousand pages long, and I read it around 2010. It was already somewhat old by then, so it's possible the ...
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Novel where the protagonist flees a space station to escape the antagonist

The protagonist runs from a former lover/bad guy and needs to get off the space station, so she has a one night stand with the male protagonist who has a navigation implant. They leave in a ship and ...
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Dystopian kids’ novel in a society where growing your own food is illegal

I read this book as a 4th grader around 1981-82. It was about a boy who lived in a society where growing your own food was illegal. At school he had to eat hard little pink cookies that cut up his ...
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Boy in a gold space suit / Kids book in UK pre 1971

I'm trying to find a sf novel for kids published in the UK before 1971. Here's what I remember from reading it in 1971: It was hardback It was illustrated It had a plot about a boy in a gold space ...
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Novel where the main character accidentally gives sentience to a gargoyle

I think I read this a bit over ten years ago. The setting was pretty contemporary, I think in a real United States large city, with regular technology, but there was also magic. I think magic was ...
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Novel about a man abducted to be a soldier

He and the other abductees, human and alien, fight against each other in wars on a planet(s) to entertain their captors. He eventually becomes an important part of a successful revolt. The ...
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Book about accidental robot civilization

I have a memory of a book or short story that I read years ago. It was about a group of human explorers who are investigating an uninhabitable planet. They find that a robotic colony ship had crashed, ...
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~80s novel about WW3, space station, space shuttle

I was wondering if anyone could help me with a title and author for a vintage book (early 1980s) in which a bunch of astronauts are onboard a space station when World War III happens. I think in one ...
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Immature or wise beyond your years quote from the Ender's Game books

I've been searching for tens of minutes for this quote from the Ender's Game series of books by Orson Scott Card, but can't find it. The son of the family Ender befriends is mentioned by the elders to ...
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A book about a space trader. Starts in a graveyard city of an ancient civilization looking for valuable relics. Finds one; is almost murdered

A book about a space trader. Starts in a graveyard city of an ancient civilization looking for valuable relics. He escapes with a valuable artefact. Has great dedicated crew. Meets a godlike woman on ...
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Late '60s / early '70s young adult novel set on a planet with beautiful butterflies and poisonous centipedes

People were trying to find the rare butterfly, and the young protagonist figured out that the centipedes were the larvae of the butterfly.
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Story about someone getting murdered with acid while wearing virtual reality goggles? Also a technician has a son with cystic fibrosis?

I read this book in the mid 2000's. It was a modern day sci-fi thriller. The story opens on this conglomerate that is in power generation and tech, and is coming up with a new virtual reality headset ...
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Looking for a sci fi novel regards finding a 'mythical' Earth

Can any one tell me the name of a sci-fi novel in which characters in a spaceship hunt for a 'mythical' long forgotten Earth. They use 'rutters,' an ancient book which contains images of symbolic ...
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Sci-fi book with a main character who finds out he's a clone named Sebring

Trying to find a book whose main character finds out he's a clone and his name is Sebring. I forgot what the other character's name was.
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Young adult fantasy novel where the main character has a talisman

Looking for a book I read in high school between 2002 and 2006 about a group of teenagers that get teleported/summon to another world with magic. The main character had a talisman that I think made ...
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YA science fiction about a post-apocalyptic Earth, featuring island-like city states connected by walkways

This is a YA science fiction novel I read more than a decade ago. I can remember a few details. AFAIK there were no sequels, so interest in it eventually petered out but I want to check up on it again....
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Robot head, polo, transcendence and a helpful alien guide

I read this paperback novel in the mid to late 1980's, it was second-hand at this point and might have been 10 or 15 years old - so perhaps from the late 1960s or some time in the '70s. There was an ...
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Pre-1985 polluted Earth novel - hopeful/mixed ending

In the early 1980s I glanced at a paperback novel at a library. In it Earth and its atmosphere were a polluted mess, with humanity and all life near extinction. But, somewhat miraculously, a massive ...
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Sci-fi book with protagonist time travelling into a post-alien invasion future

I read this book around 2005, I think. The main character is a scientist. Earth gets a message from aliens with blueprints for a portal/gate, and he helps build it. At the unveiling ceremony, however, ...
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Book series about Moon base

Book series following life of a man from pilot, to first man to have sex in space, then later as an astronaut he kills a female astronaut, later he becomes leader of Moon base who has conflict with ...
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SF novel featuring a quest, very flexible roads, and giant letters floating out of mountains

SF novel, probably from the eighties. Dying Earth sub-genre and actually compared to Jack Vance in the plaudits (the main reason I remember buying it). Features a quest, very flexible roads, and giant ...
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Identifying a novel about floating islands, dragons, airships and a mysterious machine

I'm looking for the title of a fantasy novel I started reading but never finished. I would have read it in the late 90's/early 00's and I checked out of a library in the UK. Here a the plot details I ...
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'90s sci fi novel with a female main character who is the only member of her ship to survive a space battle with pirates/aliens

Book was read in mid-'90s. Female main character was on a mission in space; she was either the pilot or gunner. She sings (unconsciously) under her breath in high stress/battles. She was very close ...
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Novel about a young vampire with a story spanning many centuries

At the end of the '80s or the start of the '90s, I was in a bookstore in London. There, I scanned through the fantasy corner and found a vampire novel that I somehow did not buy in the end. But I have ...
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Vague memory of a book series about three particular winged beast riders saving their world from an evil lord and his army

So basically, in this books series, there are three main characters. The story is set in some type of fantasy medieval period. They all rode some type of huge beast. One was a mountain lion with wings,...
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I am looking for a fantasy romance thriller. It is a series as well

The book was about a girl. I believe she was a ginger with green eyes. She was always watched over by a demon. One day she gets a game and she and her friends / boyfriend play it. They make paper ...
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Man wakes up from car accident in the future

Trying to find a novel or maybe short story where a man in the 1950s or 60s wakes up after a car accident in a future rehabilitation center. He is angry and hurts or kills someone and they treat him ...
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Time travellers to the future sentenced to "death" by being sent back to their time

I am trying to recall a book I read in the 1960s, probably published by Badger or Digit, about a group who travel into the future (accidentally?) and find that in the future age this is a capital ...
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Two or Three Suns or Moons

I'm thinking it's late 80's to early 00's. About a woman "doctor" who has to practice from her home carefully because she lives in a society that puts women down. Women have to wear veils or ...
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Light novel involving a main character who fights in tournaments using a weapon that is like a wheel

I'm searching the name of a light novel, which I have forgotten. What I remember is that the main character likes to use a weapon that is like a wheel, which spins and each time it hits someone, it ...
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Young-Adult or Childrens' book series about a boy at a school for monsters

I'm looking for a series, of at least two books, about a boy (middle school/high school aged) who goes to a school for monsters. The boy had two hearts, and no one could identify what type of monster ...
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Book series about post alien invasion Earth being exploited

I'm reasonably sure this was a book series that I read in the 80s. It's set on Earth post alien invasion, the planet is being mined heavily and humans now live a very basic existence. Scenes I ...
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1980’s Sci-Fi novel about aliens who also had a prophecy about Jesus

1980’s sci-fi novel about an archeologist who was dying of lung cancer who meets the aliens who had a prophecy about Jesus on their planet. Turns out many alien planets had the same prophecy. Only ...
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Book supposedly about chaos theory, set in space with ship and people transformed somehow

Maybe someone can help me. Bear in mind that it's coming from the vaults of my memories. What I remember: I came across it in the mid-nineties while I was a teen. It may have been from long before ...
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Looking for a YA. novel about a rural kid who contacts aliens

I read this back in the late 90s or early 2000s. Reasonably certain the kid's name was Barney, which I thought was funny because the only other Barneys I knew of were "the Dinosaur" and &...
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YA book where the main character goes to an island, finds a beautiful woman who serves them food, but it was an illusion

I read this book years ago, but all I remember is one scene from it. It's a hero’s journey style book I think. What I remember is the main character ended up going to this island where there was a ...
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Medieval fantasy book: flat worlds, golden skins, eternal night and days

I am looking for a fantasy (medieval) book, for teenagers/young adults. Here is what I remember: In a world split in constant night and day part Nobody goes to the night part There are 'normal people'...
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Novel with a modified space shuttle seeding a colony on another planet

I would have read this novel in the mid to late 1990s to the early 2000s. I believe it would have been before 2003 and the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. The story revolves around a space shuttle (I ...
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Story identification - Inter-universe fantasy YA novel with an elephant getting stuck in a narrow alley

I think I read this book in the mid-00s. It was a young adult novel with a protagonist who was, I think, learning how to travel between dimensions. They got separated from their tutor in a world with ...
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Can anyone else recall this book as I do? I have forgotten the title

I am looking for a children's book about a girl called Matilda de Chetwynd who gets brought forward to our times (1970's) when the book was written. The main character (who is rather naughty) goes ...
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Novel about an alien spacecraft in the asteroid belt which knocks rocks out of the way by hitting them with its tail

A bizarre novel I read some time in the 1970s. The only thing I remember is that they find a clear space in the asteroid belt (this is one of those books back when many people though the asteroid belt ...
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Passage from the Dune novel where a certain conversation takes place

I'm trying to remember where in the book a certain conversation takes place--maybe someone here can help me? Here's what I remember: Either Paul or Leto is walking along, talking with Gurney (?) and ...
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Isekai web novel where the main character eventually starts killing golden rabbits to level up

All I remember is in this list: transported to another world starts in a forest fights rabbits kills bandits goes to village and stays at an inn travels to a town that has 3 different forest nearby a ...
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