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.

282 questions with no upvoted or accepted answers
Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
5
votes
0answers
124 views

Sci-fi book about a man on the run due to uncovering some conspiracy to destroy the galaxy

I read this book in the 1990s, can't remember the title of it. Pretty much a man who is accused of some crime and is on the run due to uncovering some conspiracy to destroy the galaxy. The only ...
5
votes
0answers
133 views

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 ...
5
votes
0answers
148 views

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 ...
5
votes
0answers
94 views

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 ...
5
votes
0answers
111 views

Pre-1980 science-fiction novel with gravity-defying metal, and blue-skinned aliens

I read this novel as a kid (so pre -1980). What I most clearly remember is the metal that defied gravity so the characters had “airships” made out of it. The main characters were warrior-like and ...
5
votes
0answers
143 views

Book: boy with telekinesis, joins an organization, learns to control his powers while watching a football game

I've been searching for a while and I can't seem to find anything online about it. The boy gets telekinetic powers and joins some sort of small organisation with a girl in it who helps him. He goes ...
5
votes
0answers
303 views

60s or earlier sci-fi novel, involved suspected kidnapping and a main character named Jantz or Janz

I'm trying to identify a sci-fi novel I read as a kid (maybe mid-1960s, but the book might have been older than that) which, as I very vaguely recall, involved suspected kidnapping and a main ...
5
votes
0answers
81 views

Book I read in the middle 80s about a werewolf killed by sharks

I think the main female character was Maeve. It talked about wolfsbane. Hunting in the woods at night. Something about being on a boat. Sharks killing the werewolf at the end of the book.
5
votes
0answers
231 views

Novel featuring a domed city

I'm trying to identify a novel I borrowed years ago from the public library. Unfortunately, I had to return the book before I finished it. The story involved a domed city in a post-apocalyptic world. ...
5
votes
0answers
128 views

Novel involving escaping, clones and search for identity read about 20 years ago

I'm looking for a novel I read about 20 years ago at a library. It was about a young man called Ian (AFAIR, but I believe it was translated to French so the names could have been changed) which has ...
5
votes
0answers
243 views

90s fantasy novel, boy with replacement hand, vampire girlfriend, barbarian woman with skin turning to stone

looking for a book i read about 20+ years ago The book’s story is set in a fantasy world The main character is a human boy whose father cut his arm off because local priests predicted some boy ...
5
votes
0answers
99 views

Novel that is about robots fighting humans and dinosaurs

This book I think came out between 2006-2008 and I remember that the whole book was illustrated. Sadly I have no idea who the author is. I remember the story fairly well. The story starts out with a ...
5
votes
0answers
135 views

Fantasy series about powerful mages outside of space/time and King stranded on a water world

I read a series of books which I don't believe is the Castle Perilous series as those came out at the end of the 80's and I think I read this other series in the mid 80's. It involved a castle and it ...
5
votes
0answers
135 views

Novel series with students at a magic university

I read two books in a series and have forgotten the author and the titles. The first book was about a young man who was a student in a magic university who became very powerful and was able to travel ...
5
votes
0answers
115 views

Prehistoric times (maybe), girl can see auras

I read this book a few years ago and it’s stuck with me but I can’t for the life of me remember the title. I only remember odd scenes. I know it’s told by a young girl from maybe before Viking times? ...
5
votes
0answers
117 views

Looking for a sci fi book about a girl with eyes that changed colour

I read this book maybe 10 years ago, it was set on this ship where they found a young stowaway with eyes that changed colour based on her mood. I think her name might have started with an "R" and it ...
5
votes
0answers
103 views

80s/90s book about kids travelling to alternate dimension/time traveling

Wondering if someone can help me – although I think this is a very long shot as my memory is vague: I used to read this book/series in the 90s. The story involved a gang of kids/teens battling with ”...
5
votes
0answers
147 views

Fantasy novel. Young girl arrives in a fantasy world, thrown in jail and escapes by covering herself in excrement

I'm looking for a fantasy book I read around 2003-2006. But It was in France in a little library so the book might be older. It is a book for 12-16 old. The principal character is a girl who arrived ...
5
votes
0answers
175 views

Help identify book about a post apocalyptic world, children waking up from stasis

This has been driving me nuts, but I remember reading a science fiction novel as a kid, it might have been required reading but I honestly cannot remember. What details I do recall is that this was ...
5
votes
0answers
98 views

Aliens force wife to kill husband. Instead she puts him in suspended animation

Can you help me find a space travel Novel from the late 80s to early 90s? The novel started with a generational space ship leaving earth and heading for its long journey to wherever. The only two ...
5
votes
0answers
134 views

Book where girl doesn't realise she's magic and raised by ghost parents

The world is split into two realms, that of mortals and fairies (I think), where the fairies are evil and blocked of. Every 50 or 500 years the king can break through for 3 days as a horse to entice a ...
5
votes
0answers
463 views

Looking for a book with the cover of a girl with bright blue eyes, purple/pink hair, and nose ring

When I was 12 (around 2010) I read this book about these kids who went to a regular school but went to a certain class once a day because they had special powers. I believe it was a series and all of ...
5
votes
0answers
137 views

Trying to remember a book about fantasy and amnesia

The main character is a girl whose family dies and moves in with her aunt. There she meets a boy that she feels like she knows but doesn't remember. Basically these people are offered the chance to ...
5
votes
0answers
129 views

Naval officer crashes onto alien planet during Princess rescue attempt

I'm trying to recall a novel that featured a naval officer who crashes onto a planet with the rest of his squad to rescue an envoy who is actually the Princess of the Empire? You find out the LT ...
5
votes
0answers
122 views

Vampire vs werewolf novel with both on the cover (with non-matching shadows)

I'm looking for the name of a particular novel. It's a vampire vs werewolf novel, with the main protagonist being a werewolf. I do know the book is written in the first person narrative. It's set in ...
5
votes
0answers
110 views

Story identification : monsters killed when you eat its heart

I remember a story that I read at least 15 years ago (which is possibly older). The point of the story was that the creatures of darkness (like vampires) were regularly beaten by humans, and ...
5
votes
0answers
249 views

Dark Fantasy Novel Identification

I'm trying to identify a novel I read back in the 90s. I'm going to list a bunch of random facts that I remember in the hope that someone will recognize it. I'm not sure of the names I list below, ...
5
votes
0answers
147 views

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 ...
5
votes
0answers
192 views

Milky Way cover that is (subliminally) a female image

This book was one I read in the 80s. It was printed about 1970. It was about a male slave who escapes with his female master, IIRC. Obviously it was science fiction. The front of the book had the ...
5
votes
0answers
80 views

Book with mentally controlled space mechas fighting

I read a book a few years ago, but can only remember specific bits and pieces of it now. The main character was the pilot of a warrior mentally controlled robot mecha thing, which could travel the ...
5
votes
0answers
139 views

Book about crustacean aliens and a ship wrecked teenager?

I remember a book I read in middle school back in 2001/2002 about a teenage crustacean alien and a teenage human girl who was the sole survivor of a shipwreck on the crustacean's planet. In the book ...
5
votes
0answers
254 views

Boy lives in a cave with aliens and later goes to war with them

I read a book where a boy befriends these nice aliens and lives in a cave with them while another alien invasion wages on earth. In any case, he eventually comes out of the cave, and yells or thinks "...
5
votes
0answers
186 views

Protagonist can see auras with his inner eye, has to seduce antagonist

I am reading Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light. It reminded me of a novel in which the protagonist can see auras with his inner eye, he gets laid frequently, and the antagonist is an evil sexy being that ...
5
votes
0answers
533 views

Spaceship outruns the end of the universe - influences evolution on another planet

There is a book I read in the 1980s or 1990s from a Ca. library. It was a hard copy not a paperback. It is not "To Outlive Eternity/Tau Zero" by Poul Anderson (I have that one). It may have been ...
5
votes
0answers
138 views

Early chapter epigram: “Your buffalo may lie down in my wallow.” From what S-F novel?

Long, long ago I possessed for a short time, and then lost before reading, a science-fiction paperback whose story concerned linguistics. One of its early chapters, perhaps the first, had for its ...
5
votes
0answers
223 views

What is that book with many gods and as many schools of magic, with the god of fire supposedly the greatest, and which features tempest?

What is that book with many gods and as many schools of magic, with the god of fire supposedly the greatest, and which features tempests? There are many gods, each associated with an element, (fire, ...
5
votes
0answers
272 views

Little girl on alien planet with her father; purple aliens jump between trees using their tails

Does anyone remember the title of a novel in which a little girl is on an alien planet with her father? I can't remember details but I know that the alien natives were purple, incredibly fast and ...
5
votes
0answers
321 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
580 views

Are the unanswered questions in The 4400 ever answered in the follow-up novels?

The great science fiction TV series The 4400 was canceled after four seasons, with a cliff-hanger ending. Now there are two novels, Greg Cox's "Welcome to Promise City" and David Mack's "Promises ...
4
votes
0answers
99 views

1930s version of the novel ‘The Power’?

I recently read The Power by Frank M Robinson. It reminded me of a novel that I think was published in the 1930s. In that novel the superman has powers similar to the one in Robinson’s book but has ...
4
votes
0answers
184 views

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....
4
votes
0answers
99 views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
194 views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
142 views

90s YA fantasy series where a warrior meets a sorceress and they travel together

There may only be two books in the series, one is a regular novel and the other is a choose-your-own-adventure type gamebook. I read them in 1997 so I assume they were written in the 90s, 80s or even ...
4
votes
0answers
76 views

Older SF novel, humans and aliens underwater, with living membrane structures; relationship between human male and alien female

Probably anywhere from 70's to early 90's as I read it somewhere in the mid 90's. I remember, there were humans and aliens underwater. The living structures were membranes not typical hard body ...
4
votes
0answers
70 views

A short novel about a couple traveling to a utopian/dystopian community somewhere in Asia

I remember the protagonist is a man who travels a long distance with his sick wife from Europe by train to live in a utopian community where there's no money and people are doing whatever they like. ...
4
votes
0answers
141 views

Sci-fi fantasy novel with a beast with a cat face trapped on another planet

My brother and I are trying to find a novel we read in the 90s when we were small children. We can't remember most of the plot, but it was a sci-fi fantasy novel, there were androids and space ...
4
votes
0answers
66 views

Novel about a spider bite after which one can't lie anymore and doesn't need to sleep. Some vampires could be there, too

I read this novel in German perhaps 15 years ago. Could be that the title contained the word "Sterne" ("stars"). But I'm not sure about this. It was about a spider bite after which one can't lie ...
4
votes
0answers
92 views

LitRPG book about a girl who lives in a tower in a post apocalyptic world

I'm looking for a book I read. It's based on a girl who lives in a post-apocalyptic world in a tower. Two boys went out scrounging for things in the wasteland and found an apple core (for the seeds) ...
4
votes
0answers
179 views

Novel about cultivator in a world of magic

I read a book on kindle then forgot the title when I returned it. The story was basically a body cultivator it put into a young child in a world of magic. Or it might have been the reverse. In his ...