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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90s novel: wood nymph (similar to an otik) who becomes a scientist

I am trying to hunt down a book I read in the 90s, but lost some time ago. It starts with some children wandering in a wood, and they encounter a wood nymph creature that starts following them around. ...
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Sci fi novel about blue goo inside a man makes him immortal and invulnerable

I read this UK paperback about six years ago but it could have been older than that. Can't recall anything about the cover. The story began in a post-apocalypse society now ruled by city-states, ...
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Humorous sci-fi book with a quirky space captain where everyone is turning into “glass”

I posted this question on another website, but I've yet to find the name of the book. I remember some very specific details, but nothing I can type into a search engine (I've tried). Here are the ...
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1980s story with telepathic boy who makes janitor feel younger

So randomly over the years I've tried to find this book using all sorts of keywords, reading release lists by decade, and nothing seems to click. I'm pretty sure I read it in 1987, give or take a ...
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A Novel About Time Travel Into The Future

So this is what I remember, and it's very specific, but even so I can't seem to track down the novel: a man discovers a portable time travel device that he can carry around with him. He gets caught ...
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Futuristic world where reality is humanity's plaything and God is in a zoo

This is a novel I read in 2015. It was an older book. The cover was black and hardcover. Don't remember any specific details. The book was in English. I believe it was from the 1980s or ‘90s. It was ...
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Novel about a spacewoman who needs help finding a holographic recording to defend herself in court

This was a science fiction novel, written in English, which I read in hardcover. I checked it out from a public library around the late 1980s. I don't know how old this book was at the time, but it ...
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Novel about alien symbiotes persecuted after they reject their hosts

Two alien races are living in sybioses. The symbiote is an energy creature of some sort. The host aliens do something violent (maybe an action in a war?) that causes the symbiotes to decide to leave....
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Old SF novel about Earth as a prison planet; newly arrived convict has a secret agenda

I think I read this no later than the year 1986. English language, hardback, available in a public library in Indiana in the mid-1980s. I don't think it was by any of the Big Names of 20th Century ...
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Sci-fi book where Earth collides with a planet from another universe and a piece of Earth is taken by it

I read this sci-fi book some 30 years ago (but it was older than that by maybe ten years?). The Earth collides with a planet, possibly from another universe. A piece of Earth is taken by it with the ...
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Space battle fleets, intergalactic elfs

This again from long ago, i think I read it in the seventies but maybe later. It was one of the first times I came across the concept of motherships and star carriers, before that space battles in ...
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Looking for an erotic novel featuring a woman who is reborn over and over again until she can save her soulmate?

I'm looking for a book that I read maybe 2 years ago that I really enjoyed but have forgotten the title of. Here's what I remember: the initial romance takes place between a man and a woman in the ...
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Science fiction novel that had an authoritarian society with rigid eugenics based on intelligence and artificial blood

I read this back in 1992-93. I'm trying to recall a novel that had an authoritarian society with rigid eugenics based on intelligence. I can't recall a great deal more except that the main male ...
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SF Book about a princess from a magic world

I am trying to find a book I read many, many years ago. The book starts with a princess, from a world with magic, coming through a rift into our world, without magic. She discovers, however, that one ...
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Late 90s/Early 00s SF novel: android uprising, gay male protagonist recruited by his mother for a mission

I'm looking for a SF novel I started to read around 2004 (borrowed from a library in London). It might have been written in the late 90s or early 2000s. Can't remember anything about the title nor the ...
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90s novel. Star Wars ripoff where people of faith wear blue stones around their necks which glow when near other blue stones/other believers

This novel was bought in a Christian bookstore in the 90s. A paperback, in American English. Cover was light colors, mostly white. I think there was a spaceship on the cover. Found in my parents ...
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70s? Novel. Spaceman in suspended animation wakes up in underground city/bunker

Paperback book, in English bought in USA in the 1970s. Spaceman in suspended animation wakes up in underground city/bunker. How he got like there... I THINK he was a crewman on a spaceship, and was ...
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Dystopic Fiction with massive divide between rich and poor, kids are medicated to not rebel

I read a great SF novel about a future city where the divide between rich and poor and education was very stark, even more so than now. Kids in this high school took meals in pill form, were almost a ...
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Young boy dreams of alien planet that's drying up and its princess

The novel centers around many characters, the main one is a young boy, who when he dreams can see into another planet. On this planet is a princess, a young alien girl who he states has features that ...
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Children raised collectively, girl taken to be translator for aliens

I read this book somewhere around 1996/97, probably on the earlier side, and I'd like to track it down. It was in the school library (Durban High School, South Africa), but for the policies of that ...
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Science fiction story about an intelligent man put in suspended animation to solve future problems

I am asking this question for an older relative. This story sticks out to them over four decades after reading it, but they can't remember the title. The story is about an extremely intelligent man ...
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Sci-fi novel where humans have a first encounter with 2 different alien species

Read this story many years ago in high school (around 2009), and it's been bugging me since. I can't say for sure when the book was published, but it feels recent (so the 90's or 00's). In the story, ...
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Paperback YA novel where protagonists assume ghost's unfinished business is charity clothes drive

I read this somewhere in the 1990s, almost certainly as a Young Adult paperback, in English and in the United States. I might have gotten it from the library. There was a ghost that the main ...
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Sci-fi novel where mankind participates in combat that's like Ender's Game to prevent full scale war in a distant section of the galaxy

It's between 20 and 25 years ago that I read this hardback sci fi story. No cover details come to mind. Story details: Generations earlier, mankind made it to part of the galaxy many light years away....
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Title of novel: mass murderer, enshrouded planet, dead civilization, female military captain

I read this novel roughly about 25 years ago. What I remember is that the protagonist was a mass murderer and he ended up on a planet on which the civilization was gone, but their buildings and ...
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Looking for title about people trying to fix machinery on a planet or they die out

I'm looking for a science fiction book that I read back in high school during the 1980's. There was an alien race that colonized a planet and drove the natives away. The alien race constructed ...
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Inventor of FTL drive is granted ownership of an Earthlike planet. Native species prevents destruction of life

I am looking for a Sci Fi book I read many years ago. The synopsis is as follows: A guy discovered FTL drive or something and would share the secret under one condition. He was to be granted ...
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Book about humans fighting a losing war with aliens and setting a trap for them

In the stand-alone novel I read 1-2 years ago on Amazon, a young soldier (White) in armor (full body and super expensive) fights aliens on a planet. I think it is his home planet and he is familiar ...
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Man from interplanetary tourism ring goes native, fights own people

I wonder if anyone knows this book that I read about 30 (possibly more) years ago: A race of people who have generated large wealth on their planet by running tourist operations on other planets. They ...
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80s/90s novel about a shipwrecked parallel world traveler wearing gloves covered in runes

Trying to identify a novel I read in the mid 90's - likely published late 80s/early 90s. Plot I remember: Starts with an innkeeper's daughter in a port town, who helps a man ship wrecked and washed ...
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A fantasy novel of world split into the four seasons

The story, which I read around 2008, is set in a world where lands are split into the four seasons (spring, summer, autumn, winter). There are other lands that don't obey this eternal season setting ...
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Looking for a novel about humans abducted into simulation to solve alien problem

I read a novel between 8 and 15 years ago (2003 - 2010) which was probably at least ten years old at that point. It was about a small group of humans who were captured by an advanced race that put ...
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Science Fiction novel from 40+ years ago

Plot: There are two super-intelligent beings that do not have any material manifestation. There were others of their species, that have either been destroyed or diminished in power. The remaining two ...
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Help search book: girl inside a dark room?

Here's what I remember from a fantasy book I've read years ago: There's this girl locked inside a dark room. As in, total darkness. And she doesn't remember how she got there in the first place (if I ...
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Sci Fi book about a miner who worked in space

I bought a book from a Meijer grocery store in late 90's early 2000's. It was a sci fi book about a human miner that worked in space blasting up large meteors that were heading towards their space ...
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A man witnesses a space vessel crash in a desert, rescues the occupants from attack by other aliens

I read this book a year or two ago. It was set in modern day; I believe that it started out with a man driving his car in the desert in the middle of the night. He witnesses a space vessel either ...
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Book about a woman general circa 2010

I've been searching for a book I read some time ago. It's about a woman who lives in a society where if you are in the military, they wipe your mind after each mission. The book is about a time when ...
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Story ID: Protagonist used a time machine and was “punished” with physical deformities

I encountered this science fiction novel in the early 90s (1998 at the latest) but I only got to read the first few chapters of the novel and I have gone crazy looking for it ever since. The story ...
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Fantasy book about a boy who is a hybrid of angel (or elf) and human

The book is about a boy who comes to realize that his father is a dark angel/elf who used his mother to get a new elf/angel into the world. When he grew up, he was taken by a certain elf/angel, named ...
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Fantasy novel where insane character treats dead friend as if he were alive

I read this novel in approximately 2005, in America. It was marketed for adults. It was set in a fairly typical medieval-esque fantasy setting. The main character was a woman, and I think she could ...
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A novel exploring what is “human,” through a human/humanoid marriage. Probably prior to 1964

I'm looking for novel, written between about 1955 and 1965, touching on what it means to be human. The idea is explored through a human/humanoid marriage, and subsequent pregnancy and murder. I ...
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Fantasy novel featuring a war, two distinct sides, and possibly the colour green/jade?

This was a book I read when I was about 13, around the year 2002. I borrowed it from the school library at the time and really enjoyed the story (at least, I think I remember enjoying it). I've marked ...
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Time-travel novel with a timeship and a character who fights himself

I have a atrong memory of a scene in a time-travel book without remembering many other details. The main character is trying to accomplish something (I don't recall what, but call it X). In a wooded ...
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Military sci-fi series about a human combat unit on their ship specially bred for their roles

Back in the 1980s or 90s, I read the first book in a military science fiction series that dealt with a human combat unit in the far future. The novel mostly took place on their ship, and the humans ...
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Book ID - When you read the cat's mind, all it says is “mipmip”

Bit of a silly question, but I thought this was really funny and now I can't remember what it was in. A main character can read minds, including, I'm pretty sure, animals' minds, and is travelling ...
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Old Fantasy Novel - set in different world - I read this in 1960's or early 70's kind of like moorcock but not him

Fantasy Novel - set in different world - the protagonist is a warrior from another land - he is rescued and helps a city defend itself from assault but this city is doomed. A second assault by demon / ...
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YA wizard novel about an orphan who becomes a witch and ultimately sacrifices herself to achieve something

I’m having trouble remembering what a certain book was called and I’d really love some help. It was the last of a trilogy (I read the last book first because they’re not related, really). It’s about ...
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Novel: Dream-inducing microchip causes young boy to accidentally leave his futuristic mega-city, he eventually destroys three towers

I remember: The boys classmates put a dream-inducing microchip into his cereals (I think) as a prank. He then dreams in the subway home, but oversleeps, and eventually somehow accidentally leaves his ...
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Book where a woman was sent to a world of Tally, a prison

I read a book few years back, in which a woman was sent to a world of tally, a prison. The female protagonist had taken a large loan, which she could not return to the agency, and as a result the ...
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Post-apocalyptic novel about a post apocalyptic world and people surviving in a bunker

I read this post-apocalyptic novel in the 60s or 70s. I remember the cover showed a man in a helicopter hovering over an American Indian on horseback who had just fired an arrow into the front bubble ...