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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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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 ...
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A novel involving philosophy and hyperspace, ca. pre-1990

I am trying to remember the title of a novel with the following plot points: A spacecraft is sent via supposedly instantaneous travel to a distant system, but they return 1,000 or 2,000 years later (...
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CRYPTID series early to mid 2000s

So the novel begins with a teenager (who is 14/15) being left home alone - yet again - eating curry - yet again. He's watching tv and catches a newsreel from the Philippines, where in the background ...
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Campy novel: Inca Kola sales/promotion and a cat that rules the world/universe

Looking for the title of a campy novel about Inca Kola sales/promotion and a cat that rules the world/universe. Read it about 20 years ago thought I had saved but can't find. Gave many books to my ...
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90s (or earlier) scifi/apocalyptic novel: group waking up in an old school, female lead character has an electric connection with her lover

I read this sci-fi/apocalyptic novel when I was in my early teen years. The main character was a female and there were several others and it's like they woke up or found themselves abandoned in an old ...
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Book identification: Story about a vampire that awakens just as the Nukes hit

Vampire wakes up in a city where the bombs have dropped and the sun never rises. I think this book was written around 1980. I just can't remember the title. I want to say it's something akin to "...
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Novel about a scientist dad with the ability to edit published books

The following question was just sent out to a private mailing list I'm on: OK, this is driving me nuts. About 20 years ago I remember reading a scifi novel where the kids got in an argument with ...
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Fantasy story; one type of magic grows in power with use, but the more powerful they are, they more they are drawn to travel to their source

World is a non-Earth and mostly steriotypical sword and sorcery. I think there were only humans. I believe it was a stand alone novel, but it could have been in a series. I think it was written in ...
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Novel: non-telepath helps overthrow rule by telepaths

Years ago, I read a novel whose title I'd like to rediscover. What I can remember is this: The novel's world has powerful, amoral-or-evil telepaths who are in a dominant social position. They've got ...
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Combination spy novel and horror regarding “mind vampires”

I am trying to track down a novel I read in December 1990 on my way to Saudi Arabia. Lost the book. It melded some Navy "moles" in the Pentagon funneling secrets (about a new plane) to the Russians ...
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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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90's teen horror novel where “Mike” goes on a date with a girl to see their favourite band “The Zombies” [closed]

This was a teen horror book from the 90s. It is not Point Horror, Fear Street, or Goosebumps. I am sure the the title was "Bad Blood"; however, I have searched online and can't find it. The story of ...
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Young adult book about girl in magical tower with bear

Probably 1980s. I remember a book that was one of those story-within-a-story novels. The 'outer' story was about a girl that lived (possibly captured) in a magical tower with a spiral staircase and a ...
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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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70s novel with giant ants pretending to be aliens

Probably written in the late 1970s. Young adult. Two boys, the narrator and his friend, are abducted by a flying saucer. The aliens are roughly human-sized and the boys don't get a good look at them ...
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60s/70s book that involves giant one-celled creatures

This would be a novel from the 1960s or 70s. Author unknown, title unknown. It might have been designated for young adults, or it might've just been one of those adventure stories that kind of reads ...
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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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70s-80s novel: war between Earth and Mars initiated by a shapeshifting race

I'm looking for the title of a novel. It's about a soldier who returns to Earth after the lunar station he served at was surrendered to the Martians. This was after a long war between the two planets....
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Galactic consciousness novel about three generations starting in American West, last generation is an ambassador who nukes Berlin?

Trying to remember a novel name; the novel contains these elements: Three generational family starting in the 19th century American West who gain contact with a galactic consciousness The ...
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80's or earlier first contact novel: scientists decode alien signal, only to discover the alien civilization is now long dead [closed]

First contact novel read in the 80's where scientists decode alien signal only to discover the alien civilization is now long dead.