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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Novel: Undercover good guys won't pay “protection money”

While there is nothing involving Sci-Fi or Fantasy in this scene, I am sure I read it in a Sci-Fi/Fantasy book. Probably written since 2000. Good Guys (very militarized bunch) set up in a cover ...
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Flying wingpacks and floating, spherical houses

I have been trying to recall the title & author of a juvenile science fiction novel I borrowed from my public library in the early 80s. The protagonist had or wanted a backpack flying wings and ...
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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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Does Orciny actually exist?

In “The City & The City" by China Mieville, we seem to learn very little of this (possibly fictitious) third city. Is there any evidence that it really exists in the story or is it purely ...
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Sci fi novel, heatwave, time travellers, see through dress

A paperback novel I read mid 1970's UK. Set in a USA town during a long heatwave, a lot of good looking strangers (who it is eventually revealed are from a few hundred years into the future) are ...
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Fantasy novel begins with assassin being killed

I read this book back in the 90s, I believe, but it could have been published earlier. It was a fantasy novel that begins in a city. I think it starts with an assassin who was going to kill a king ...
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70s or 80s novel. Couple abducted from planet, man is killed and woman eventually takes over ship (Adult themes)

Paperback from the 70s or 80s. It might have been part of an Adult themed series. (much like the Longarm western series) But I am not sure. A Couple on an low tech farming type planet head out in a ...
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Star Trek novel where Captain Kirk is bemoaning his biological urges interrupting a dramatic moment

Everybody knows that, in fiction, Nobody Poops unless it's being played for humor. I have a vivid memory of reading a Star Trek novel (I'm pretty sure not based off of a TV series episode or one of ...
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Novel about non modular aliens who die young [duplicate]

It's been years since I read it. So I'm not sure when the book was published but I read it sometime before 2006. It was a single novel. Not a series. I remember that the protagonists - humans are ...
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Man starts speaking in tongues and founds a cult because he's possessed by a super-being from the future

Read in the 1990s. I don't think it was by any of the famous SF authors. I think the cover had a black-and-white image on a black background. Some of the book was told in the form of documents and ...
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Hard sci-fi novel that begins with an entity cruising around space 'like a shark'?

In a bookstore in the 1980s, I read the first pages of a hard science fiction novel that began with the memorable description of some creature or ship or intelligence that was like a shark swimming ...
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60/70's novel: virus kills all humanity except genius people; two survivors try to get to the West Coast

Written 40 or 50 years ago - a virus kills off all in the world except genius IQ people - two characters enter the picture: one is a teenage boy who is a world class pianist; the other is a girl of ...
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Science fiction novel about an assassin's guild that claims to be apolitical (while doing the local tyrant's dirty work)

I'm trying to pin down a science fiction novel I once glanced at. English language, published in paperback, not by any "famous author" whose name I recognized at the time. "At the time" was in the mid-...
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Graphic novel with a man hallucinating with eyes floating out of his mouth

I read a graphic novel once which I can only vaguely remember now. The main character was a man who was somehow connected to this other world (I can't remember if it was real or fantasy) and I do ...
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Sarcastic Star Wars droid mentioned in 80s (?) SF novel

I have a vague memory of a novel, or possibly a shorter work, probably written in the 1980s, with a passing reference to a sarcastic droid in a recent Star Wars movie. It sounds like K-2SO in "Rogue ...
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Science fiction/fantasy novel about a god returning to Earth to reclaim his powers

I am looking for a book that I read back in the 90's about a guy who's lost his memory and figures out, eventually, that he's a god and part of the universal battle between good and evil, or maybe ...
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Two-part sci fi novel that has an almost sentient star

At the end of the first part, the hero merges with a sentient star to stop it from going nova. His friend (an alien) along with the assassin (that tries to kill him in the start) also get sucked into ...
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Who was the first author to rework another scifi/fantasy author's character?

Philip José Farmer is the first modern author that I know of to rework another author's scifi/fantasy character. He rewrote Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan character from a first person perspective in two ...
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Short novel with two men and a woman on a spaceship; one of the men abuses the woman

It is a short novel, with a red cover (I think). Two guys and a girl (who is kidnapped and held unwillingly) are aboard a spaceship. One of the guys is evil and abuses her. The story takes place ...
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EBook (maybe first in a series) where people gain superpowers after an alien falls to Earth, protagonist is a single mother

Several years back (probably about early 2010), I got a bunch of superhero books in a promotion where the first book in the series was being offered for free on Amazon. One of them was Scott Bachmann'...
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Fantasy paperback about a man sent from Earth to a fantasy world, involved a special cloak and some transliteration of “Woodchuck”

I read this somewhere in the 1990s as a standard-sized paperback, probably about 200ish pages. The protagonist is a man on Earth who I remember was acting as a Batman-style vigilante, I think maybe ...
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Sci-Fi novel series - Weapon that kills all universe/dimension versions of a person

I did a few searches and was not able to find something similar. I am looking for the name(s) of a sci-fi novel series described to me in passing. The time of discussion was around 2005/2006 in ...
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Woman gains an alien racial conscious, transforms into a feline alien

I am looking for a book that I read in my local library back in the 1990s. The cover had a picture of a face that showed a human half on the left side and a feline-like face on the right side. The ...
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80s/90s horror/fantasy werewolf novel: curse on twins and Native American character named Wolf

I read this book when I was younger, definitely read it in the nineties but may have been published earlier than that. I remember several facets of the story, but can't recall the title. The novel ...
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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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Is “Giftwish” this novel?

When I was younger (in the 80's) I greatly enjoyed a book that I believe was called Giftwish. There is a fantasy book by the same name referenced here, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1316830....
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Novel with solar sail technology and gorilla-like aliens

This book had solar sail technology and gorilla-like aliens with one strong muscular arm and one weak arm.
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Novel with Viking whose limb regenerated and he became immortal

The book was written before science fiction was a true genre - hence my fascination with it and my unremitting requests to borrow it (from someone who is unwilling to lend out books becuaes 'they ...
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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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Probably 70's era novel about a woman repeatedly murdered, restored as clone with only memories up to last backup

Science fiction novel from 70s or early 80's I think, about a woman repeatedly murdered and restored as a clone with only memories up to last backup. The novel is about her search for her murderer ...
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Man in space who can telepathically communicate with his unborn daughter [duplicate]

This was a sci-fi book. In it, there was a man that was in space, very far from his family (I think that his family are on Earth but I'm not sure). The man can telepathically communicate with his ...
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With parthenogenesis, who needs men?

A new drug allows women to achieve orgasm AND bear children parthenogenetically without men. It's not long before men start to disappear altogether in mysterious circumstances, e.g., men who visit ...
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Mystery woman appears after flood, marries matriarch's son

I have been searching for so long for a certain series of novels. The only things I remember about the series is that the covers had an eye and a house partly submerged under water. It was a series ...
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Novel about a moving city ~ NOT MORTAL ENGINES [duplicate]

I remember reading a novel about a city that moved across the landscape by continually being disassembled at the rear and those materials used to build at the front. The inhabitants had to walk from ...
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90s Teen fantasy novel. Party of warrior, wizard and rogue. A powerful magic gem and a shapeshifting monster

Looking for a teen fantasy novel from when I was a kid, unfortunately I can't remember the title or the author. I'm sure it was part of a young adult fantasy series though. Not a trilogy or anything, ...
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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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60s/70s science fiction novel where a man (after years of trying) finally succeeds to make a coin levitate by sheer concentration

I am looking for an old (about sixties or seventies I believe) science fiction novel beginning with a man that after a lot of time trying finally succeeds in levitating a coin or some other small ...
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80's/90's Private Detective novel: gun with 4-dimensional clip, protagonist retrieves an alien artifact and escapes gas exhaled by a corpse

I don't really remember much about this. The main character was a private detective. He had a gun with a 4 dimensional clip, that held 100,000 rounds. At one point during the story, he has to enter ...
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YA fiction about a teenage boy who's turning invisible, sees the seamy underside of his town as a result

I believe the first indication of him turning invisible is a group photo that he knows he was in, but in which he does not appear. He starts to turn invisible periodically, maybe not entirely under ...
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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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Novel with a female protagonist who can see ultraviolets, other world, symbiotic relationship with single-cell organisms

I read this novel between 2001-2004 so published sometime before then. I seem to remember that it was by a female author but I’m not certain of that. A female protagonist who can see in ultraviolet ...
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Sci-fi novel series with instant travel between planets through gates. A river runs through the gates

The main technology was a sort of gate that enabled instant travel from planet to planet through a gate on the surface. I think there was a river that ran on several different planets, through these ...
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Book with people called the Sidhe [duplicate]

A while back, I read a fantasy book about a boy who ends up in another world inhabited by a people called the Sidhe (I think). He got there while visiting an old man at night, but something spooked ...
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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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Fantasy book about a rock band saving the world from evil

I read this paperback early in college, so '82 or '83 time frame. COVER The cover was jumbled but had (at least) a woman, a guitar, and spaceship on it. PLOT Something evil was putting out rays ...
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Sci-fi series: humans are immune to telepathy, become soldiers for an alien group fighting against invertebrate telepaths

The series involves two groups of aliens who have been fighting an interstellar war for many years before the first book. The war is started by a race of jellyfish-like telepaths who have used their ...
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Book about a female magician/space pilot with 2 husbands

I'm looking for a sci-fi book about a female pilot/magician. She had 2 husbands; one was also a pilot, the other was the mechanic for the engines. They tune the hulls of the ships to various musical ...
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Novel about reincarnated lovers across history

I'm trying to identify a book I read about 15 or 20 years ago, probably published in the 80's. The main characters were two lovers repeatedly losing and finding each other across a lengthy period of ...
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Book: troubleshooter born into a desolate future world

I think the book or series is from the late 70s early 80s. It's based in the future; the character was born in a desolate world and grew up with an almost animalistic survivability. It was not by L.E....
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Looking for a book about planet of pacifists who kill in their minds

I'm looking for a sci-fi novel/book about a planet of people who kill in their minds but are otherwise very pacifist. There are, I believe, three people who are stranded on an unknown planet. They ...