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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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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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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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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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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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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Post-alien war story about a young man searching for his younger siblings and some kind of fanatical Doomsday cult planning to end the world

I read this book in my school library a very long time back. Like around 2004 or something like that. Didn't get to finish the whole book through. But from what I could remember, Story takes place in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Possible Jules Verne novel where the hero's uncle becomes his brother-in-law

Based on some comments here and discussion in chat it appears that I may be mistaken in my identification of this as being a Verne novel. If not, it would have been reasonably contemporaneous; travel ...
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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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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 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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Mid 1980's book or series: hacker augmented with injected nano-chips

I read a book or series in the mid 1980's which featured: organic computers that had to be connected to a tap by the hacker so that the running water would cool them main character(s) injected with ...
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Novel about Los Angeles doll museum run by feminist collective

I read a dystopian novel set in decaying Los Angeles about a Barbie museum. But there was a collective living there building an archive about violence against women below ground. There was a horrible ...
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Novel about a crime in VR. Protagonist starts in medieval fantasy and travels to different servers (bayou, etc) to solve a crime

I believe I read this novel in 2005 or so. It's about a guy that works and plays in VR. I remember that his office is on a virtual beach. It starts in a medieval world where everyone has to talk in ...
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Time-travel novel with a timeship and a character who fights himself

I have a strong 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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Kindle book about a woman pulled into underground fights, in a setting with vampires and werewolves

I think I read it about 4-5 years ago (around 2014-2015) as a free Kindle book. It might have also been in a large dump of "vampire fiction" that I got from a friend that I have since gotten rid of ...
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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 ...
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Novel where sorcerer gets magic from a bottle of magic sand

I was pretty young at the time (read in the mid-90s) and don't remember much of it. It wasn't YA and I probably didn't understand a lot of the plot. I think of it as "low fantasy"- I don't think ...
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Name of a YA book series about Dragons and wyverns

I only have so much to work from my memory but here it goes: The story was about a normal child that was pulled into a fictional world where Wyverns stalked the land. The protagonist (a youngish boy ...
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Identifying a Wizard of Oz-esque children's novel

I read this (English, medium-length) novel about 8 or so years ago, though the copy I received seemed a good few years older. I am Australian, so there is a higher likelihood that it was an Australian ...
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Fantasy book about a girl whose use of both men's and women's magic makes her an outcast

Men do one kind of magic, women do another. The magic for one is sky based, the other is earth based. The main character (a girl) ends up breaking down the barrier to show that blending the types of ...

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