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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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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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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Trying to find fantasy novel set in wizarding world where women are second class citizens

I'm trying to find a novel and I can't remember what it was called or the author. Here's what I remember: Read it within the past 10 years Read it as an English ebook Young adult (possibly new adult)...
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Post Apocalyptic Novel with Dangerous Motorcycles, Gangs, Games, Spies. Late '80s/early '90s

This one has always stuck with me but I've never been able to find it, perhaps due to the noise when looking for post-apocalyptic motorcycle novels... The main protagonist was trained as some sort of ...
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Remote town with people having three minds in one body

The protagonist is perhaps a doctor. Or maybe a lawyer, teacher... But most probably a medic, since his services were needed immediately. So he, an outsider, was called into some remote town to ...
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Underground realm hid away from the Black Plague, modern boy swims there through a lake, finds a temple with a fire being

I remember someone lent me this book maybe around 2000, at least not much earlier. I only remember the outline of the novel, all details are now lost to me. I read the book translated to Finnish. It ...
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90s Fantasy novel about girl twin and prince that holds her captive

Honestly, I'm looking for this novel for my mother. She read it a few years ago and has been looking for it again recently. So the protagonist is a girl whose twin had passed away. The story plays ...
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Story about a child communicating with a computer

I cannot for the life of me remember what this novel was called, all I can remember is having the book with no cover and was a light blue-ish hardcover book (not that, that helps any I'm sure) I ...
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Trying to find the name of a book with smartphone-like shoes

I am looking for the title of a book I read a good while ago. Because it's been a long time since I read it. I think it was more of a children/teenage book. The story started with a group of gifted ...
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Book taking place on a partially terraformed ice world with an artificial moon

I read this book back when I was in high school, anywhere from 2008-2011. I found it in the library - it was old, that much was obvious, probably from the 60's-80's, though possibly from the 90's. ...
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Store clerk with magic boots novel

I'm trying to find a fantasy novel that I read like 20 years ago. From what I remember, it was a more comical fantasy novel than a serious one. I want to say that it was in the style of Piers Anthony ...
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Teen sci-fi novel about a girl who finds out teacher cloned her

I read a book around 2000 (the book looked fairly new, but might have been a new edition) that was about a young girl who wakes up on a space ship with memories of being on Earth years before. She ...
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Looking for a book about the beginning of genetic engineering in the near future

A book I read in the mid 2000's was set in the near future, and involved the beginning of human genetic manipulation. Two sides of the USA emerged: the non-mutated and the mutated. The mutated were ...
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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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YA book about a girl with multicolored hair who possesses some kind of power

I'm looking for a young adult book I read sometime in the late 90s or early 2000s, probably published in the late 80s or 90s. It's about a girl with four hair colors, like red, black, silver and ...
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Underwater cave, portal to another world, where time passes in an instant of real-world time

I am looking for a novel which I read in the mid/late eighties. I was a teenager then, so it might be a YA novel. I read it in German; whether it was translated or a German original I cannot say. The ...
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Novel (YA?) published before 1985, about a young man learning some kind of psychic/magic?

I barely remember this novel that I think I started to read as a child and would like to maybe pick up again. What I remember is this: A young man (or boy?) meets a man (possibly a relative or ...
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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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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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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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Sc-Fi book with psychic game

I'm looking for a book from 90's (I think). The French version had a cover in the style of Philippe Caza and the story is about a universe where people can play a sort of "psychic game". In the game, ...
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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 death of plankton in the sea

I don't remember the name or the author of the book but I read it in Thailand sometime before 1987. It opens with the protagonist, a scientist?, who warns that the plankton in the sea is dying off ...
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Looking for title of book with nuclear waste, underwater people, and mind-wiped slaves

About 30 years ago, I started reading a book, but never finished it. There are several sets of characters, some who live on land and some who live underwater. I think the underwater people live in ...
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Book where the main character's consciousness is transferred to an artificial body

I'm doing a school project which requires me to cite the science-fiction books I've read. I am almost done; I just need the last book, but I can't find the title. I recall it taking place in a future ...
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Book about corporations creating genetic “blanks” who can change their DNA

I've been searching for this novel since the '90s and been unable to remember the title or author. I pray someone here can help me. The story is set in the future where corporations run everything. ...
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Novel featuring a girl who turns into a cow

I read it as a teen between 1989-1991, and have ever since wanted to re-read it. I think it was normal, adult fantasy fiction rather than a "young adult" book. These are the few images I retain 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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Title of a book about about a xenophobic USA re-emerging into the world

Have been trying to locate a science fiction book title I read back in the mid 80’s. The premise was: The USA withdrew from the outside world and looked inward, severing all ties with other countries....
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Novel about an older race of amphibians discovered on Earth

This may have been a YA novel I read in paperback pre-80's. The protagonist was a kid who found a cavern and woke up a member of the race that was in some sort of stasis. They explore some of the ...
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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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Alien girl lived in a hangar

Since I haven't found it for years, it's clear I'm not able to describe it as vividly as I could before. I only know a couple things about this book, which is most likely my problem. I know that the ...
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A Japanese old novel about a kid who enters a magical/horror forest/hill at night and everything's different from the day?

I don't really recall much of the book, just that I was so in awe of it and could possibly feel the way I felt when I read it the first time. Especially the forest/hill scenes. I think in the forest/...
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Fantasy Book about main character wielding a rapier who fights in an arena and is sold to a rich woman

I read the first third of a book around 2010. It is my opinion however that it was not a newly-published book at the time, rather something slightly older, maybe from the early 2000s or 1990s. The ...
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Young Adult novel - Aliens with triangular cinnabar eyes rule the Earth

I'm almost certain I read this in the summer of 1980, though it may have been the summer before that. It was a paperback, probably young adult but could be adult, and I think most of the artwork on ...
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60s or earlier sci-fi novel: alien visits a now lifeless Earth for research, synthesizes food, and wants to have emotions like humans had

Things I remember: An alien is visiting Earth. There is no longer life on the planet. The alien is doing research. I don't remember a whole lot more except that The alien somehow synthesizes ...
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Scifi alien first contact story about peaceful aliens who turn hostile after 'the turn of the seasons'

I feel like this was published in the 1990s or 2000s. It featured a group of anthropologists who come to study these aliens. They seem to be lazy and quite docile, and so the anthropologists come into ...
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Sci-fi novel about a woman who is cryogenized throughout millennia

I do not remember as to why she is cryogenized in the first place, but the device is pretty resilient and supports her waking in different periods of Earth evolution, when, by various events, she is ...
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Mind-controlling Seaweed

I read a sci-fi novel in the past 20 years. It was about Earth fighting against an alien armada. There was some bickering among the humans, but one of the main characters was an Asian industrialist ...
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Post-nuclear-war book involving motorcycle-riding blind teenagers and a former US president at Cheyenne Mt

I read a post-nuclear-war book in the early 90's. The only two parts I remember are there were almost totally blind people in Denver riding motorcycles, and Cheyenne Mountain was destroyed, and a ...
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Child/young adult story, alien with tentacles ending in clamps/crab claws

I am trying to find the name of a novel I read a while ago, at least 10 years, probably more. The details are a bit blurry but I remember some of them, like the cover. It involves an alien species,...
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Series, girl from a village with a bell, escaped with chubby friend who becomes a wrestler

I remember reading a trilogy (or maybe there were 4 books) in the early 2000s. The protagonist was a young girl who lived in a small village and there was a large tower, possibly with a bell. I ...
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Post-apocalyptic novel featuring black female protagonist

In the 1970s, I read a sci-fi novel in high school, where the main character was a black girl, a point purposely not made clear until late in the book. It takes place in a post-apocalyptic (is there ...
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Novel about elves who can be mortally wounded by iron

Looking for a book title about elves who can be mortally wounded by iron. The humans who interact with them in the fairy world...and then return to their own world, see the battle in the fairy world ...