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Book involving a boy who somehow gets on an alien ship and has star powers

Looking for a book I read years ago, probably around 2014-2017. It was a futuristic/sci-fi setting, and there were two species; humans and this other alien one. They had this weird thing where the ...
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Prince who was either a robot or a human who needed another heart

The book as about a girl who worked in a bar or something similar, I'm not sure. There was also a prince who was either a robot or a human who needed another heart. His heart needs constant ...
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Book set in a New Zealand or Australian future society where the rich and poor live separately. Includes a character named Billy, short for Billy Goat

Read this book in the 90s. Future society where the rich and poor live separately. Poor live in hundred-storey towers with no working lifts. Community leaders organise able-bodied people to carry ...
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SciFi story about random teleportation to frozen alien planet

Can anyone help me identify what novel this might be? From what I can remember it was about a group of human colonists who leave earth using some kind of teleportation technology with their ship. Some ...
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Trying to remember a science fiction book about a man on an alien world [closed]

All that I remember was that in the beginning of the book he meets with someone and they give him wine that they state is new but it’s already been opened and then he ends up on an alien world. I ...
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Novel (probably a Kindle eBook) about an alien who possesses someone working a retail job (coffee shop?) who hates the body and his job

I was reading through some recent story-id queries when I suddenly had a book I read, probably a good decade ago, run through my head, or at least as much as I read at the time. My wife had pointed me ...
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Novel - Disguised alien Tock Von visits Earth, meets a girl, gets committed to a psychiatric hospital

I bought this as a new paperback in the early 1970s in the US. I believe there was lots of drug and sex humor I didn't get because I was like 12. I also remember thinking it was the weirdest thing I'd ...
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YA novel where a thief meets a disguised princess

So its been a few years, but its a fantasy series where there is a thief who lives in the city (His mother and sister died traumatically) and a princess. The princess decides to go into the city in ...
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Sci Fi book about a man travelling through portals from one dimension to another through who ends up in a place where mind control is prevalent

I read a book in the late 80s about a man travelling from one dimension to another through portals that are "right around the corner". He ends up in a place where mind control is prevalent ...
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Series of sci-fi books from the 80s featuring a Jedi like character [duplicate]

I've been trying to recall a book (or books) I read many years ago. It featured a main character that was a highly trained martial artist, part of an order of Jedi-like warriors. I can only remember ...
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Fantasy book with a man and woman; the man is being "trained" by the bad guy but it's really the girl who has magic

Read a book a while back. Can't remember title or author, only some of the plot. There was a girl with magic; she meets a man after leaving her village, I believe. She then draws the attention of the ...
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Invading aliens transforming inhabitants in the process

I read this some 40 years ago. A colonised planet, largely inhabited by humans, lies on the fringes of the galaxy. It forms part of a powerful multi stellar-system civilization, but lies far from the ...
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70s/80s/90s YA novel, civilization ends, language falls apart

I read so many dystopian novels from the school library in the 90s ... In this one a group of people survived some catastrophe (perhaps nuclear). There was a young girl, maybe she was the narrator. I'...
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I am looking for the title of a book about parallel universes, one with unicorns [duplicate]

In this story, one of the main character, I believe the name is Sheen, travels through portals between worlds, in one of them she meets a unicorn. It is part fantasy, part sci-fi. The character ...
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Very faint memory of a book featuring a one man predator

A long long time ago, about fifty years I read a book or novella in the UK. I can't recall much of the plot, some guy leaves Earth and is out in the big bad universe and meeting/interacting with ...
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Romance Wattpad book involving an ordinary girl, a floating island in the sky occupied by dragons, and a dragon shifter male lead

I read a Wattpad book a couple years ago and want to reread it but I can't remember the name. The story is about girl who's quite ordinary but their world becomes disturbed by a floating island in the ...
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Military science fiction book where the main character and his group lost contact with Earth long ago; they encounter another ship that is from Earth

I'm looking for a military science fiction book. What I specifically remember is a certain scene. In the scene, the main character is on a ship traveling through some part of the galaxy. They ...
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Novel from 1980's-1990's. Young girl with special gift for growing things. World changes abruptly with nuclear missile launch [duplicate]

The story starts with the mother and child leaving an abusive spouse. They are driving through the corn belt of America when they spot a gas station/grocery store in the middle of nowhere. There is ...
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Novel or manga where the main character builds a village/city for spirits with the help of a rejuvenated world tree

The reincarnated main character (MC) first helps a village with a hand pump and other technology. He eventually rejuvenates an infected world/spirit tree and then helps the spirits build a village. ...
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Book in which a rogue AI infects a ship captain with a virus which turns her into an insect-like creature

Looking for a novel in which a malevolent, rogue AI infects a ship captain with a virus which turns her into an insect-like creature. This rogue AI is being hunted - possibly it has a price on its ...
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Novel where a man reincarnates after destroying his world, then kills his new family, then kills everyone in a sect he joins

This is either a Korean, Japanese or Chinese novel. In it, the male protagonist cultivates to become so powerful that he destroys/kills his whole world subsequently drawing the wrath of a heavenly ...
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Short novel where a backwards nation invades the U.S. to lose, but wins [closed]

Thirty years ago, in the 1990s, when my father was a kid he read a book that he has never found since - he describes it as a very short novel, maybe about a centimeter thick / 80 pages long. It's set ...
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Novel in which the main character is reincarnated into a novel as a saintess. There's a white-haired male lead who is a priest at a church

The main character gets reincarnated into a novel as the saintess, where there's demons and dungeons. There's a white-haired male lead as well that works at the church as a priest.
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Sci-fi book about a boy who develops powers and bends a large coin between two fingers

Back in the early 80s, I came across a book where a pre-teen or teen boy began to develop powers. For the life of me, I cannot remember the title. It was definitely published prior to 1985...I never ...
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Novel of an interstellar traveller returning to a post-plague Earth

A man returns to Earth after leading an interstellar trip with a small crew. He left a twin back on Earth. During their absence, a plague killed most of the older folks on Earth, and the remaining ...
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Book with teens who have super powers and need to fight membrane like aliens [duplicate]

A few years ago I read a book and a bunch of teens gain super powers. They go to this facility to train, I know one becomes super smart with technology and one becomes super strong, and one of the ...
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Sci-fi/fantasy book in which the main character and his friends could manipulate reality because they were a group of beings called celestial entities

So I don't have a lot to go on. It was a book I read in a middle school library around 2011. I remember the main character would go to a skatepark with these friends and it turned out he and them ...
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Short novel about a generation ship run by a group of elders

It's a sci-fi/fantasy novel I read some years ago and I can't find it. I don't know the title or the author. It's about a multi generation star ship that is run by a team of 10-12 elders. They are ...
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Novel about a female detective investigating a crime in a society where mind reading through brain scanning is done

I remember lines in the book describing the dark neural paths of the criminal being investigated and the female detective describing that she enjoyed the hunt through the twisting pathways and maybe ...
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Novel written in the 1960s or 1970s about pyramid exploration on Mars

A team of astronauts on Mars discover an inverted pyramid buried on Mars. They explore it. Towards the end I found someone had torn out the final pages. The copy I read was a plain yellow cover ...
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Help identifying a novel about repeated doomed expeditions to a deadly alien structure [duplicate]

Years ago, there was a sci-fi novel that I read about a series of ill-fated expeditions to explore an alien structure in space. It popped into my head for some reason, and it's been driving me crazy ...
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Novel about aliens putting teens through tasks to live on their planet

A few years ago I read a book about a teen girl going to their high school gym and completing these tests to see if they were eligible to get into this program/spaceship. Earth was gonna be destroyed ...
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Science fiction book in which the Earth was moved and humans are clustered in ghettos throughout the galaxy

My memories are quite vague, but the big central premise is that while humans comprise the majority of the population of the galaxy, they are clustered in ghettos and are not the dominant species. I ...
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Novel involving the destruction of Jupiter, two alien species, and a neat star drive

The novel, which I read in the 1980's or so, opens with the arrival in the Sol system of a huge starship that ignores Earth and starts to refuel using way too much of Jupiter's atmosphere. Expeditions ...
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1980s book with a teenage boy and girl who both have some kind of power. In one scene, the boy teleports a toy train from a store window into his hand

Looking for an early 1980s young adult book. The only things I can remember from the book are no help at all searching. There's a teenage boy and girl who both have some kind of power. In one scene, ...
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Japanese light novel. Main character is banished, gets a goblin wife and builds a country of monsters

Mainly, our mc gets banished from his noble house due to..... I think useless abilities? He was forced to go to the underworld, where it's rumored to be extremely dangerous due to monsters only ...
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Boy goes on a space mission with a human-like dog partner and encounters a lizard planet

This book was part of a series. It was aimed towards children or young adults. Nothing violent or gory. My assumption is that it was written somewhere around 2010 as it is not an old book. It's ...
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Help needed to identify late 1960s or 1970s book about witches

I need help trying to remember the title of a book I read in the late 1970s (likely published in the 1970s or late 1960s that was about a conflict between a good witch and a bad warlock. The bad ...
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A book about a planet with a death culture

I’m trying to recall a book I read years ago. It was about a culture (maybe human) or race on a planet who had a culture wrapped up in death… Dying… Think Egyptian Victorian all concerned with ...
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Urban Fantasy book with a college student who inherits a book of rituals from his grandmother, and uses modern science to improve summoning a demon

I could have sworn I found this book via this site (from someone else identifying it as an answer), but my searches have been futile. The main character is a college student, I think in the United ...
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Transmigration novel where a girl enters a novel she's been reading and becomes friend with the male lead

It is a historical novel, transmigration/reincarnation themed. This girl enters into a novel she read and becomes the male lead's childhood friend. I think the original friend died from falling off a ...
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Identify a book about a sailing expedition where they find fantasy creatures

I remember encountering a book when I was a child about 25 years ago. It was illustrated and they were on a sailing expedition where they find a land filled with fantasy creatures. There were griffins ...
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Book about a man born in space who returns to Earth with the ability to transcend his body [duplicate]

I read a book when I was a teen about a set of astronauts who while in space had a child. The child returns to Earth, older now, maybe 20s/30s without the parents. The adult was human, but had ...
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Name of sci fi book about sexual energy

I’m trying to remember the title of a sci fi book I read maybe 8 years ago, but from memory it wasn’t contemporary. The protagonist is a girl / young woman whose father genetically engineered her and ...
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Book where futuristic artefacts appear from a reactor breach. One allows time travel 80 years into the future, where everyone is gone!

I read this around 5 or more years ago. The cover art was a shattered Statue of Liberty. It was set in current times. This book has artefacts that appear from a reactor breach. They are futuristic ...
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Forgotten Book Title - space sci-fi within solar system

I recall a book I read 15-20 years ago about a rich businessman with company interests in space. Some government, (or his state-backed competitors) kept interfering with his interests, so he raided ...
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Book about a clairvoyant girl who uses throwing knives

The cover sort of resembles a girl that looks like the live action Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad (but this was made before the movie) and she sits in front of a target board. She is clairvoyant and ...
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Fantasy adventure book with a boy who gets lost in the desert and is saved by nomads, who make him race to win back his horse

I remember reading this fantasy adventure book set sometime in the medieval era, which I am 90% sure is part of a larger series, about 5 or so years ago, but I could not tell you anything about the ...
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Book about a teen girl in a love triangle with the angel of death and a boy who hunts angels

I think I read this as an eBook in the last five years, checked out from the library, and the memories are far more fleeting than I was expecting. Bits that I recall: She was saved from dying by the ...
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Fantasy novel about 3-5 kids who have unique powers and live in a world where everyone belongs to a single race

The novel is about a group of 3-5 children who have unique powers. One of them is super in tune with nature and can heal things. Another has psychic abilities. Something interesting I remember is ...
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