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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A group of people willingly transform into various creatures using a serum of some sort in a novel read before 1990

From what I can remember, someone invents a process on Earth, "present time", whereby a person can be transformed into their "true" selves. The first to undergo the process, which I think takes about ...
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Old SF novel series possibly called “Riders”

I am looking to identify a series or at least an individual volume of pulp(ish) sf. Probably, but not definitely, dating from the 1970's. I was given the volume in question by an aunt. I was a school ...
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Dark/Mystery novel involving 3 transfer students. Two of them have psychic powers

I read this long time back. Early 2000s. Don't remember the name or author. Main character is a high school girl named Lisa. She is popular, softhearted, friendly and good-natured. She has the ...
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Pre-1990's sci-fi novel about a man who becomes a legionnaire in a Roman/Romanesque Empire

I remember reading it in the late 1980's or early 1990's. If I recall correctly, it was: set in the future based on the Roman model of civilization and empire about a guy who was training to become a ...
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Eric Flint's “Mother of Demons” Enagulishuc language rules?

I've been trying to figure out the rules for Enagulishuc, the English dialect spoken by Gukuy (and demons) in Eric Flint's 1997 first novel "Mother of Demons". The Gukuy are alien mollusks with ...
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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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Novel where child's “true name” is the same as his use name

I read this sometime during the mid-90s. I thought this was Wizard of Earthsea, but I've just reread the beginning and it's apparently not (Ged was originally Duny). The concept is very similiar to ...
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Book with parallel world where books live as people and there is a tree growing bookmarks on it

I remember a story with a young woman who lives (maybe not all the time) in a big old house in England that is described like an English "Manor". Her little sister/brother is sometimes with her but is ...
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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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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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90s YA novel or short story: girl on an intergalactic vessel overhears aliens debating whether to destroy Earth, or establish first contact

I believe I read this book in the 90's. I doubt the book was published much past 1999. I believe the protagonist is a female character who might be a stowaway on some kind of intergalactic vessel. I ...
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Wealthy man learns to astrally project from old book, travels to another planet and takes over a dying boy

I'm searching for the title of a novel on 'astral projection' I read some years back. It's about a wealthy man who learned astral projection from a long lost book. He then traveled to another planet ...
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70's or 80's youth sci-fi novel with vivid hyperspace, captured by birds in huge trees, drug addicted zombie-like people and castle endgame

I have, for a long time, been looking for a novel I read in my youth. It was a pocket, and written for young readers 8-12? I only remember fractions, in chronology, space travel (thoroughly and ...
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Fantasy Novel About a Princess With a Distinct Accent

I can clearly recall this book featuring a princess who spoke with a very distinct accent. The main issue I'm having now is that I remember very little of this book now. I know that I read it ...
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Fantasy story with 4 guardians and 1 master living in the capital

I'm looking for a book I read about 10 years ago. Unfortunately, I don't know how old the book was at the time. It was borrowed from a library so the state of the book is a very bad indicator, that ...
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Late 90’s horror novel, misleading (biological themed) title and mature content

I’m looking to identify a novel I looked at around the years of 1995 to 1998. The book may have been written before that, but the mass-market paperback appeared to be brand new. I have the ...
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Novel describing long-distance transport where only soul is transferred

My wife is looking for a story, most probably a novel, where a mode for long-distance transport for people is transferring only the "soul" into a new body. The original body is eliminated after the ...
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SF Book by Mostly Mystery Writer Probable Dystopia

This SF book was written by a writer known more for mysteries. Came out back in the 80s or 90s, maybe even the early 2000s. It was a hardback. Set in a dystopian future. A group of criminals, bandits ...
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Novel about an evil elf that rules hell

An elf turns evil and starts ruling this world's hell. His sister is sent to assassinate him. In other parts of the world, a village of halflings is either attacked by or witnesses a dragon. ...
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Novel about dystopian boarding house featuring baby burgers

Trying to find a novel that was too dark and disturbing for me to handle when I was younger. I suspect it was written some time in the 80s - early 90s. It involves a protagonist who is taken away ...
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Looking for Book about Space Travel, stasis, and animals (evolved chickens and cockroaches)

I'm going to dump my memories of this book. Hopefully you guys can piece it together. I read this book in 2000/2001 The antagonist of the story, everybody who meets him forgets him soon after (he has ...
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Pre-1990 novel about a spaceman who crash-lands. Saves a group of locals from a plague of “death critters” coming their way

I read this novel about 30 years ago and have been trying to hunt it down ever since. It was about a man (spaceman?) who fell to a jungle planet. This spaceman was in a capsule and the first part of ...
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I'm looking for a book where a family go camping in the woods and aliens start attacking

So the book starts off with the family deciding to take a trip to a cabin in the woods. The daughter also has her best friend with her. The points I remember from the book: The father has an affair ...
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Fantasy series where people have ID tattoos on their earlobes?

It was a series, possibly a trilogy. I would have read it around 2005 from the local library. I have a feeling it may have been from the 80's. Was a paperback and I think each book was a different ...
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Novel: Teacher communicates with alien object using science concepts

Looking for the title of a great book I read wherein a high school teacher uses his broad knowledge of science to communicate with an alien artefact which has mysteriously appeared at the United ...
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Mid 2000s YA Fantasy Novel - Mentor turned to Wood

I don't have a ton of details for this story, and unfortunately mostly only remember details from the end of the story. I'm fairly certain that it was the first book in a series, and was hoping to ...
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Post apocalyptic book with a disease that killed everyone

I read this book back in middle school (about five years ago), and I can't seem to remember what it was. It wasn't too long. Maybe about 200 pages. The cover of the book was orange, because I recall ...
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Short story with a shrinking dress

I am looking to identify a sci-fi short story about a male scientist married to a very beautiful, but vain and sexually extreme woman. She had sexual relationships with lots of men at the same time - ...
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Black cover with crystalline spaceship (80s kids scifi)

I read this book in the 80s and based a book report on it. It was a science fiction novel aimed at younger readers with a black(?) dust jacket with a weird kind of crystalline spaceship on the cover. ...
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Fantasy - maybe trilogy - boy melded with demon

The book I am looking for is a fantasy book which was, I believe, published in the 2000s. It was supposed to be part of a trilogy. It took place in a alternate/different world other then Earth and ...
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Name of a werewolf novel from the 80's

I was a big reader of the horror paperbacks from the 80's. I read so many that I can't remember specific titles. There's one in particular that I was trying to find or at least get the name of. The ...
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Trying to find a young adult fiction book with a boy and girl that met up in a post nuclear landscape

I am trying to find the name of a book I read as a young teenager set in a post nuclear apocalypse world with a young teenage boy and girl met up. I think it is a book series and maybe I read the ...
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Need the name and author of a Sci-fi novel involving luminescent creatures that live in another dimension

I remember reading this novel in late 80s or early 90s. So, it's gotta be written before this time-frame. In this novel, humans were travelling in a space cruise liner to visit a unique planet so as ...
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Book - Life on Earth is an alien purgatory

In the seventies I read a book that blew my mind. Here's what I remember of the plot: the first page is a warning of penalty from a galactic authority offering the threat of being nullification for ...
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Future with spaceship teleportation and a human general's clone fighting for the other side

I remember reading a sci-fi book when I was in high school (around 1994). It was in the school library, but I am not sure how old the book was, although it seems to me the cover was in fairly new ...
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Fantasy novel, related to Mesopotamia

I remember not much, and maybe everything is wrong... sorry A fantasy novel for youth / young adults Modern setting, but ancient Mesopotamia is important Archaeology and/or supernatural museum ...
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Science fiction novel/novellete I read in late 70s: power struggle in a society of immortals

The plot involves a power struggle in a society of immortals. The only things I remember for sure are they would shower in flames to burn off any wear and tear and would heal immediately and look ...
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Identify book about 2 humanoid aliens stranded on Earth

First read this as a loan from Galashiels Public Library in 1970s. Basic plot: 2 humanoid aliens are stranded on Earth. The male becomes the subject of an investigation by a young female newspaper ...
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Fantasy about three magical descendants/ children with different powers fighting with each other

Looking to find which book or series of books that center around three descendants of some powerful person, who take on human bodies and each have their special respective powers. The characters are ...
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Brother and sister in a futuristic world with genetically modified animals and class segregation

I am looking for a junior book(s) that I read between 2001-2004, I do not know when they were released. They were about a brother and sister in a futuristic world where your clothing indicated your ...
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Werewolf horror novel where the werewolf attacks people in cars and eats a child

The story begins with a werewolf attacking a couple I think in car. In one particular scene the werewolf is attacking a family in their RV and eats the child.
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Teenagers discover a network of tunnels to other times

I'm trying to identify a novel for young adults about travelling through time using a maze of time tunnels. I borrowed it from the Town Library in the early 1970's, so it may have been written during ...
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Trying to find the title of a CIA/Spy Mystery Novel with UFOs

What I remember was the book itself was a trade paperback a mostly black background and art of a pyramid with brass colored orbs flying above it in the desert. The title text was blue. The story is of ...
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Four children with superpowers, possible confrontation with pirates on a ship

I remember very few details of the book I am looking for, but here goes: The story in question was a full length book. I'm pretty sure it was the first book in a series; I never read anything other ...
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80s/90s YA novel: Child named Gen finds “dragons” which are actually ICBMs

When I was young, in the late 80s/early 90s, I read a novel in school in Canada. I believe it was specifically a YA novel, and may have been available though Scholastic, though I can't be sure of that....
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Cyberpunk novel, main character is gene-spliced cat person

This has been bothering me for years. The first cyberpunk I ever read. Main character was genetically modified with cat attributes, and ran with a small crew of other cat people (one was his surrogate ...
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Main character can use sound/vibration to move objects

I read this book around 2000. The main character was a young fellow was trained by an older man to use powers of sound/vibration. They practiced to move large rocks. He would use a stick to create ...
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Novel where a daughter remembers a previous life and draws pictures of it

I would like to find a novel whose review I read 20 or 30 years ago and would have liked to read at the time. A man has a pre-school aged daughter who begins to draw fantastic landscapes which she ...
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Fantasy Novel where the main character could summon shadows

This was a book I read several years ago. It was in the Sword & Sorcery genre, and the main character can summon shadows. He had a connection to the world of shadows and was the child of a human ...
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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 ...