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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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.
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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. ...
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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-...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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....
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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-...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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searching for a space opera novel with a planet of monks who controlled a monopoly on functional immortality via plant-based biotech

A space opera novel with a planet whose inhabitants are a group of 'monks' with a quasi-religious monopoly on functional immortality. There's a parasitic/symbiotic plant organism (I don't remember if ...
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Fantasy novel featuring armies of demons and a rift

I recall in high school reading a fantasy novel published in the late '70s/early '80s. It featured a kingdom or citadel on one side of a rift, and on the other side burial sites haunted by demons that ...
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Mid ‘60’s SF book where a final human ship seeds the galaxy with colonies to survive an invincible enemy

A book I read in the mid-late 60’s, has humanity (except for one light cruiser) wiped out within minutes across space. The light cruiser, named Challenger, hides in a lunar crater, sends off small ...
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Sci-Fi Technocrats (cyborgs) vs People with mental powers

Earth is at the brink of an ecological catastrophe, polluted, ravaged by wars, and was abandoned by the majority of its population who left in space ships. For generations their society relied on ...
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Manga/Novel about an injured blacksmith playing a Virtual Reality MMORPG

I remember reading a book about an above 50ish blacksmith (with an English sounding name) who got injured so as a way to get through it he ends up playing a Virtual Reality MMORPG. One defining factor ...
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Old Sci-Fi book with skin crystalizing disease and characters with psi powers

I remember reading a Sci-Fi book as a kid. The protagonist caught a supposedly fatal alien skin disease that caused the body to "crystalize". A secret organization treated him with devices ...
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Book about wooden sailing ships with FTL

I read this book in the 1990s; I'm trying to remember the name. It seems like a the start of a series I'd like to read the rest of now. It's a space opera about humans traveling our galaxy with giant ...
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Scifi novel where aliens replicate humans from a signal from Earth [duplicate]

I am trying to identify a novel that I read several years ago and cannot recall the author or title. I recall that the book is the first of two novels. The plot was this: Plant-like aliens receive a ...
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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 ...
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Looking for a fantasy series where magic was powered by light

I read it back in the early 1990s. The magic was drawn from sunlight and moonlight. Magic drawn from star light was forbidden. Until, of course, someone challenged that. That’s about all I remember. ...
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A novel from the 1950s or 1960s about a solar-system civilization in which law enforcement uses “tangle webs” [duplicate]

I read this novel in the early 1960s, I think. I was perhaps not even in my teens. I got it from the public library. There is a solar-system-wide planetary civilization, but it is limited to that. The ...

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