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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YA novel about a dystopian city divided into class sections with their own colours [duplicate]

Roughly 10 years ago, I started reading a YA novel from my school library that I believe was some kind of low fantasy/dystopian story. I remember almost nothing about it, except that the main ...
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Pre-70s history of the future citing science-fiction authors as historical sources

I am looking for a novel that was written as a history, but from the perspective of centuries in our future. The genius of this particular work was to take future events written by other authors and ...
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Were there any novels ever written in the Terra Nova TV series setting?

Was interested in reading any books written in the 2011 Terra Nova TV Series. But in doing a few google searches, I could not find anything. Not even a Novelization of the series I was surprised that ...
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A novel about “helpful” woodlice aliens who eventually end up destroying every civilization they try to help

I had this book but lost it after moving house. After the nuclear war the former USA are dominated by Han Chinese. An alien signal comes demanding that the President of the US arrives at their ...
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Novel about two princesses in a fantasy world, one falls sick and the other travels to find a cure

I'm looking for a story that I read back when I was a child. Around 2005, maybe? I recall the book seeming pretty old, but it was from a public library, so it could be simply deteriorated by usage. ...
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Novel about 'magic' on the moon where a woman loses her memory when a silver needle is inserted into her head

This is a story I read as a teenager, if I remember correctly, more than 40 years ago and I only remember vague glimpses that I find hard to put into words, so I do realise it may be a very tall order....
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An old novel based on Lewis Carroll's “The Hunting of the Snark”

I heard of this novel but never read it. It is based on the Bellman's line "What I tell you three times is true", in Lewis Carroll's "The Hunting of the Snark". The entire plot is about convincing ...
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Book about a man who purposely goes to a vividly described Hell, maybe a detective

Sometime in 2015-2017, I read the first chapter or so of a trade paperback book. The cover included quite a bit of red. The name might have been the name of the main character. It was most likely ...
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Novel where a serial killer lives (almost) forever by swapping bodies

I read this book very long ago, I forgot most of it. In this novel, magic works, but it is very close to "our" world. Some historical figures are common with ours. Some guy tried some magic that did ...
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Book including space travel - ships with spires or pillars

Just a warning: I know very little about this book. If you're going to be frustrated by a lack of detail you might want to give this one a miss. If you still want to try, thank you! This book is a ...
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Book series with 4/5 elements

I have been trying to find this book series that I read around the mid-2000s. It contains people being sent to a college or some such to learn how to use magic. There are possibly 5 elements, one of ...
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Novel about a woman who is transformed into an elf

So this is going to be very vague for which I apologise. At least 10 years ago I read a sci-fi/fantasy hybrid novel in a library about a woman (she possibly lived in a junkyard or tinkered with broken ...
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Novel about immortality being kept secret by world leaders

I read this novel around 1985-1990. It was written in French, I cannot tell if it is the original language or a translation. The story occurs throughout the whole 20th century. In this novel the ...
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Story in which different floors of a Mexico City building are different nations

I don't remember much about this one, not even whether it was a short story or a novel, but it had a satirical tone. The protagonist kept getting shunted forward in time, probably by suspended ...
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LitRPG book with the main character “trapped” in VR MMO world, manages to re-invent tobacco as a crafting recipe, serves a “dark” god

I read this as an eBook in the last two years, so I'll see if I can find it in my book history, but the setting is somewhere in the nearish future where full-body virtual reality (VR) is possible, and ...
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Gene-modified man has a 2-week period heightened reflexes and constant wakefulness

There are just a few details I recall from a novel I read about 25 years ago. The setting is a fairly unmemorable future space-faring society. I don't recall any major character aliens, but that ...
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Star Trek books about the Federation outside of Starfleet?

Are there any Star Trek novels that depict the Federation primarily or entirely outside of Starfleet? There’s been a lot of fan speculation over the years on what civilian life in the Federation would ...
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Fantasy Series in a cold climate with corrupted animals and people being famed for taking them down, LGB people referred to as Followers of Artemis

There's this book series I started back in 2014 that I can't remember the name of and would like to finish it now that I have the time. The main details I can remember about the setting was it was in ...
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Book involving children traveling between alternate worlds via switches

I know I read this after 2012, I think as an ebook. The cover depicted a knife switch by itself, I think closed with the handle up. At the beginning of the story, the protagonist, a boy, is told by ...
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Sci fi book, Jesus returns in the 1950's and the 1980's [duplicate]

I'm saying this was sci fi because scientists in the 1980's managed to send a document to their 1950's counterparts. Jesus had appeared in the 1950's and it was covered up by USA government, he then ...
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Novel that had a plant based character waking up in the first few chapters

About 8-10 years ago I read the first few chapters of a novel I obtained from a fantasy writer's website. I think it was the author’s first published novel. The main character was a girl who saw her ...
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Dystopian novel about women and men being separated

This is essentially a third-hand search, sorry. As the title states, I'm looking for information on a novel (published in the '80s possibly) or short story about a dystopian future in which women are ...
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Novel with a mix of real world and gods [duplicate]

I'm searching for a story, I believe it was a novel, in which someone answers an ad, and meets up with a group of different people in some suburban strip mall basement (I may be completely ...
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90's (?) fantasy novel where character uses blue ley lines to transform into dragon

I remember at some time in the mid-90's getting a book from my local library where part of the story was a young person, (possibly teens, and I think male), being taught by an elder (maybe human, ...
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Novel set in the future, children cannot change the class they are born into, one class is made uneducated by associating books with pain

The world is a world where children are born into a class, and they cannot change it. For example, some children are radiated in the womb, so that they do not want to move to a cold climate, so that ...
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70s (or earlier) story on a planet where a local sentient species has seven distinct sexes

I read this story more than 40 years ago. Actually I read it in French, but it was almost certainly translated from english. I remember very little. It was possibly short fiction but maybe even a ...
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Novel from 90s/00s about faith/music and Jesus as a musician

Trying to track down a 80s/90s novel I read in high school, and my individual efforts have hit a wall. Main character is a guitarist/potential rock star, staunch atheist. Tension with love interest ...
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80s/90s Post-apocalyptic novel, medieval with a “great fire” and a “mystic / shaman” [duplicate]

I remember reading this novel back in High School in the late 90s, possible early 00s. The novel in paperback form was quite substantial, must have been at least 600 pages long. The main character ...
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Christian science fiction novel with Han Solo type character

I'm trying to track down a science fiction novel that features a Christian protagonist, perhaps similar to Han Solo, who pilots a ship on the space lanes while reading the Gospel. I'm sure I came ...
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Families escape from a dystopic Earth on a starship, but turn on each other during the trip

I read this novel about 20 years ago, and I'd like to identify it. In the not so distant future, Earth society is collapsing due to rampant violence, crime, sociopathy and so on (the problems are ...
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Novel about magnetic pole reversal and aliens?

I read this nearly 20 years ago in audio and only remember bits and pieces. In the forward, the author talks about recently breaking his hip. The book follows two sisters who go to some sort of ...
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YA Sci-fi - Teens with powers trapped in a house

I have a book in mind but I don't know the name. It was a series I think, maybe 3 books. I read them when I was at school 2000 - 2002 but they are possibly from the 80s or 90s. I thought it may have ...
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80s (or earlier) sci fi novel: blind tribe in giant caverns who hunt alien bats for immortality drugs

This library Sci Fi book I read in the early eighties, in the UK. I think it was hardback, but I am not sure. There is a planet with a massive, miles and miles high, mountain range. The range has a ...
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Book with a plant that released its seeds every couple of years that corrode everything they touch

Back when I was young, I recall a interesting sci-fi novel. I recall the book as lacking a title, perhaps due to damage. If I remember right, the book was an antique (cloth cover, stained pages, etc) ...
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Book called “Thunderbird” by an author named Katy about space or flight

I read a book called Thunderbird by Katy something I have forgotten her last name. I vaguely remember it being about either space or flying or flying in space.
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Sci fi novel about time traveling astronauts

A group of astronauts come back to Earth and have time traveled to a post apocalyptic France they initially think is the past. They eventually join a clan of people who are afraid of the time of Noel....
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YA sci-fi novel with teens given superpowers in order to defend Earth against an alien invasion

I'm looking for an English sci-fi novel aimed at a teen audience. I read it in print between 2018 and 2014 and it seemed fairly new at the time. I think the cover was pretty dark colored, but I don't ...
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Why wasn't the Moties planet overrun by Watchmakers?

In the book "The Mote in God's Eye", by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, the humans are forced to evacuate one starship due to it being overrun by the rapidly breeding Watchmaker caste of 'Moties'. ...
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Fantasy novel about a nobleman on a quest

Read the novel in the late eighties as a child. Short novel in a paperback format. About 150 pages. My memory is hazy so some details may be plain wrong. The evil wizard X, left the realm of (...
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Why is there a Force acting on the travellers who were at a higher speed during space travel in The Expanse series [closed]

Sorry guyz my question was not clear. In other movies like Star Wars, Star Trek and similar movies where they travel at light speed or more than that, those movies never showed any kind of force ...
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Space colony novel where space pirates attack a planet and take a boy hostage who fights his way back eventually

I think it was a 1970s novel and might have been simply titled "Colony". These days it would likely be classed as young-adult, but I don't think such a category existed back then. I probably read it ...
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80s(?) Sci-fi novel where humans are in a zoo - turns out to be Earth

Anyone know the novel where a young boy thinks he is in a small town in Earth but a few things are not quite right. Like, his dog can climb trees and his friends are a bit off. It turns out he's one ...
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Novel Set on Space Station - immortality, preset, career and spouse changes every ten years

I've searched far and wide, a few times a year apart now, for a novel I read in the late 90s or early 00's that I checked out from the new release section of my library(no they purged my records from ...
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Short story: Interstellar inspector senses “off” nature of planet hiding aggressive culture

This story was one of several published together that I read in paperback form sometime in the mid-1990s. It takes place in a period after the collapse of an interstellar human empire, and it follows ...
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Story or novel ID: African American rebellion in Chicago

In this English-language story or novel, probably from the 1960s or 70s, the African Americans of Chicago have rebelled against the government. It's part of a general rebellion of black urban ...
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Looking for a big fantasy novel about scholarly monks that sort of worship math?

Earlier this year, I read a huge (1000+ pg) novel about a cloistered group of monks that sort of worshiped math. The story involved alternate dimensions or time travel or something. A big thing in the ...
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Story where planets have a tradition of hoaxing new arrivals to them

I remember reading about a story in which an interstellar civilisation has a tradition where the citizens of each planet come up with elaborate and absurd hoaxes to trick new arrivals to their planet, ...
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Fantasy book about Grendel type character

Looking for a book written in the last 15 years (probably). Set in a medieval / Viking time but not necessarily our timeline. Main character is similar to Grendel in appearance: apelike, clawed hands,...
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Novel with 2 dimensions and to travel between you stared in a mirror and would cross over leaving a pool of quicksilver

There were 2 dimensions and the way to the alternate on was looking into a mirror and the person looking would go into the other world leaving a pool of quicksilver. I remember other things but at ...
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Novel revolving around genetic engineering

About 20 years ago I read a book that revolved around a future where genetic engineering is so commonplace that people visit genetic engineering parlors much like they do tattoo shops IRL now. At ...