Questions tagged [novel]

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Writer tries to discredit exorcism, gets haunted by demons

I think I read this between 3 and 5 years ago, so around the year 2018 give or take a year. The central plot was that the narrator is a writer, a so much notorious one, who has decided to write a book,...
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In Dune, how much did spice cost for a non-Arrakis citizen? [duplicate]

I'm taking about the original book, before the Atreides took over. Was spice only for the mega rich? Could a middle class Caladan citizen for example buy it?
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Novel or webnovel about a guy whose brother is killed by a drunk driver. After killing the driver, he commits suicide and is reincarnated

The book starts with this guy's super-depressing life. He's abused and taken advantage of; it's him and his brother vs. the world. His brother is killed by a rich boy drunk driver who gets of scot-...
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Spider-like aliens use wormholes and have space stations to defend them

I'm looking to identify a sci-fi book. Its protagonists are spider-like aliens who call their world "a world that must be defended". It's space-related sci-fi Several species of aliens such ...
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Identify series about a psychic / 'Space Wizard' who heals cultures

I read these books around 10-20 years ago via the library, but I suspect they're older than that. I don't remember enough details to google them on my own, but some key points: It's a series of ...
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Sci Fi novel narrated from the Alien antagonist's POV

Since I read this more than a decade ago my recollection may not be entirely accurate but here goes: Novel is English, I read this between 2001 and 2005 but it could have been published many years ...
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Fantasy novel with plague turning out to be weight loss magic gotten out of hand [duplicate]

I think I read this in the last five years, but I also think it may have been a reread. It was a full-sized novel, I think, with a set of magicians (healers?) dealing with a deadly epidemic in their ...
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Fantasy trilogy with 'winged steeds' ridden by 'guardians'

I believe it is a trilogy. There are guardians who ride winged steeds. There are a number for the world. These guardians have portals on the top of very high places that can only be reached by the ...
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Vintage book cover showing humanoid astronauts in upper body EVA suits but a "pod" or "monopant" lower half?

In comments under the Space SE question Why do EVA suits have legs? the OP clarifies that for a humanoid astronaut performing extravehicular activities their suit may not need individual legs but ...
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Main character has amnesia, family members of royalty are for and against him

I am trying to find a book, probably from the 80's. The main character starts with amnesia. The royal kingdom has powerful siblings - some try to help the main character, some try to hurt and hinder ...
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Aliens stop a passenger plane in mid-air to hunt for other aliens

I'm looking to read up on an old book I read. It was a novel/book about an alien species stopping a Boeing plane to scan it for another alien species which was hiding on the plane. One species was ...
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Book read/published in the mid/late 90's about a virus embedded in an OS update by an evil MS like organisation [closed]

Overview - Short novel, believed to be self published. Read mid/late 90's in document form, not bound. Characters: IT Ops guy working at a company notices a problem with the updates / actions of the ...
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Old novel about a woman kidnapped by her alien soulmate

This was an alien fiction love story based in the 80's or 90's about a woman who gets kidnapped by an alien because she's his soul mate and taken to his planet. Orgasm denial is apparently a form of ...
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Identifying the story where the girl doesn't know that she's actually a robot until the very end

The plot It is an apocalyptic period, the world is overrun by robots, and the girl (female main protagonist, but I forgot her name) is struggling to survive. She has the help of a robot that helps ...
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Novel where a woman is able to shake off mind control due to a broken microwave

I read this about 5 years ago, as part of a series. I remember the main character was an investigator, I think of the private variety. He was a fairly grounded individual, but over the course of the ...
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Sci-fi novel: alien planet experiencing plague, stimulates avant-garde art in doomed populace

I must have read this book in the '90s or earlier. There's an entire planet quarantined, as lots of people die off. Instead of the standard post-apocalypse story, it's about how people cope with their ...
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What is this Oz book where the Yellow Brick Road was sabotaged?

I'm trying to find an Oz book that I read as a child, probably sometime in the early 2000s. It's almost certainly not one of the Baum books, and probably didn't follow the Baum canon either. What I ...
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Dystopian novel in which an assassin falls in love with her target

In 1989, a teenaged classmate showed me a book he was reading. I think the book cover showed a man in military fatigues on a green background. However, that was actually the third book in a trilogy, ...
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Main character is reincarnated, loses her sight and escapes a lab?

Does anyone know the name of a novel with a child female main character? She reincarnated, is kidnapped, and is experimented on since birth. She loses her sight, and escapes the scientist with ...
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Sci fi novel taking place in multiple time periods: Atlantis destroyed in nuclear exchange, modern day navy replaced by USAF Rockets

I have a very fragmented memory of a book that, if I recall correctly, took place over 3-5 timejumps, starting out in atlantean prehistory. Agents/Spies on a military base are attempting to stop a ...
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Novel with replaceable eyes that store memory

I vaguely remember this novel that I read when I was a teen, and would love if you can help me find it, for some reason I cannot stop thinking about it for the last couple of weeks. The premise was ...
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What was this novel about God's librarian apprentices?

This is a novel I read a couple years ago (so at least that old), but I'm fairly sure it came out after 2010. It centers around a bunch of people who are apprentices of someone who is not called God ...
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King, Queen and Magician. "Mad" and "sane"/"conscious magicians"

I'm not sure about any of this. Quite a long fantasy novel and probably written for children. Might have been a new one or an old one. The kingdom always had a King, a Queen and a Magician - or ...
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Revolt of Third World; South African gold mines nuked

In the 1980s (or perhaps, not likely, early 1990s) I read a book about a fictional future rise of the Third World. It wasn't well written and I don't remember much about it, but one detail was that ...
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Old (pre-1970) novel with plot point about insufficient tech level to reproduce a broken gizmo

I don't think this was really a big deal in the story, just some on-going issue the protagonist was dealing with while carrying on with whatever the major plot was. It stuck in my head for some ...
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Novel, first of series, all I can remember is a girl fighting a ghost on a hill with musical magic

I can specifically recall a particular bit where the girl is much later working in a shop and raises the price on an item, rather than selling it for what it was logged in at. Read some time in the ...
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Identify a sci-fi novel where the narrator is a woman who describes a community of low-tech farmers

I only remember the beginning. A woman from a small community is describing two barbarians who have been captured and put to work. The community seems to be low tech farmers and the barbarians are ...
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Identify a book about an underground psi research facility

This is a book I remember reading when I was a teen, so late 70's or early 80's. Children and young adults are press-ganged (I remember it was involuntary, anyway) into an underground research ...
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A cyberpunk novel where hackers take companies hostages, each for a moderate amount, but there are problems

This story is not very old, definitely less than 20 years, so it is not the same as 1970s novel about computer hackers extorting a city though the theme is the same. But it is not just a city. I think ...
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Cyberpunk book which had a minor side character with a cybernetic implant to give him a perfect broadcaster's voice

I think I read this in the early 1990s, as part of a paperback in the English language. One scene recently popped into my head and I'm trying to pin it down. The main protagonists had some important ...
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Fantasy YA/children's book about meeting a male creature who is one of the last of his kind, then later encountering a female counterpart

I read a fantasy novel in grade school around 2007. I think it was a standalone novel, not part of a series. What I remember is the main character(s) enter a fantasy world. I have the impression they ...
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Help identifying a story about siblings and ghosts

I'm looking for a book that was vaguely described to me, so the information I have is only secondhand. I've attempted to find it on my own, but have had no such luck. Here are the facts as they were ...
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Novel about a great swordsman who died and became an orphan boy

I don't really remember a whole lot about this novel. It's like this...A great swordsman, who is like really good, was killed or died because he was deemed a traitor. And then the novel goes to this ...
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Novel about a Promiscuity Virus

I'm trying to find the title of a science fiction novel I read, in hardcover probably in the late 70's. All I can remember is that it was your typical story of the characters fighting a world-wide ...
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Story where a member of the MC's party takes a holy item from the grave of a cursed priestess

I know there's a novel, but it could also be a webtoon/manhwa/manhua. The MC and his group head to an area with a curse to scout it out and fight some strong beasts. Then they head to cave where the ...
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Book series where women gain superpowers based on menopause symptoms due to Chinese medicine

Tip of my tongue, but about 5-6 years ago, I read a series of books following women (I think at least three) who'd gained superpowers based on menopause symptoms after their "Alternative Medicine&...
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What is Artificial Nipple Dilation?

In Phillip K. Dick’s Clans of the Alphane Moon, the procedure is named while introducing Mary: “Let off on the roof field Mary descended by in-ramp to floor ninety, came to the glass door, hesitated, ...
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Identify feminist book involving beast masters

TW: Rape, Domestic Violence I want to identify an SF novel that I read in the ‘70s. The main group of people are what I’ll call Beastmasters, although I very much doubt that the book refers to them ...
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American astronaut abducted from moon, placed in alien zoo, must work with time-traveling Roman soldier

I found this novel in English at my local library in the mid-1990's, but the book itself looked like it was from the 1950's or 60's. If I remember correctly, it had a picture of an astronaut in a ...
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Book series about a planet partitioned into different habitats; people/aliens were transported into habitats in new bodies [duplicate]

I remember reading (some) of a series of novels in the 1980s (or earlier, I read old books then), where the protagonists were transported to a world that was divided into different habitats suitable ...
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Book about an alien disguised as a boy

Some time in the early 1970's I read a science fiction book about a boy who befriends an alien disguised as a human boy. I think it was set in a big city -- London or possibly New York. I don't ...
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1990s or early 2000s dystopian young adult novel, main character is teenage girl with a number as her last name

I read a novel in my early teens (around 2000) in which the main character is a teenage girl who lives in a dystopian world where she lives with other girls of teen or younger age in somewhat boarding/...
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Time travel pursuit book from about 2005

This was a book I read approx 10 years ago, however it could have been a few years older (battered hard cover library book) but I’m no longer a member of that library. I don’t remember the full story, ...
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Novel about organic and inorganic magic on flying islands

I am trying to find a novel I read as a teenager around 2008. There were two books if I recall correctly. I think I read it in French but it was probably a translation. The untranslated version might ...
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Series involving someone who looked young, but was actually old, a magical barrier to the north, and a sarcophagus

I'm trying to find the name of a series. I read the first two books but the third wasn't finished at that time — it probably is by now — but I can't remember the name of the series, the author, or the ...
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Fantasy Novel with Alternate Arthurian Mythos, Knights Magic Sentient Swords, set in Alternate Late Middle Ages

I'm hoping to finish a book I borrowed from a library in college half a decade ago, but can't remember its name. Alas, I only got halfway through it before I had to return it, and then I couldn't ...
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Novel with a hand-held kinetic gas weapon

This is a toughie I'm afraid. I read it probably in the late 80s. It was a pulp sci-fi of the classic "tough guy agent bloke does tough guy agent things in space" genre. The only thing I can ...
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Identify a science-fiction novel… key points: space travel, immortality drug, main characters stranded on distant planet, they eventually escape

I’m looking for the name of a science-fiction novel I read perhaps a decade ago. I’ve extensively searched several common search engines and come up with nothing, so I’m turning to this community to ...
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Young boy with talking computer that turns evil, estranged father saves him in the end

This is a horror novel I read about 15 years ago. I’d say it probably was published in the 80’s or 90’s. The plot was about a bright boy who had a talking computer friend (had some sort of clever ...
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Looking for novel about unbelievable alien abductions hiding real ones

The book I'm trying to find involved unbelievable alien abductions; the kind that you'd mock them if their story appeared on TV or in a magazine. The main character (most likely a teenaged guy, ...

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