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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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90s young adult novel: young girl in a boarding school where some students are actually werewolves

I am looking for a series of young adult novels that I read in the early 90's. I read them in French but I believe they were originally written in English. The story revolved around a young girl's ...
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Novel with inexperienced soldiers in orbit

All I remember of it is a scene where experienced Earth soldiers in spacesuits who are, however, not experienced in space combat are trying to assault a rotating space station. They jump off from one ...
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What's the name of this sci-fi novel about Mars?

The initial main protagonist, who has an Indian-sounding name, thinks he is man but discovers later on that he is a cyborg. (Indian meaning from the country in Asia rather than from the Americas.) ...
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Help find a childhood book

Okay so from what I remember the story takes place in a (boring?) gray world and the main character is a girl (maybe around 12). I don't remember how but the girl ended up in a different (realm? world?...
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Novel with stellar sailing ship controlled with 'freely-given' stone

I'm looking for a novel I read years ago (likely late 80s or 90s) about stellar sailing ships that used sails to travel the stellar winds. The ship's captain used a stone to control the ships and it ...
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I am looking for a 1960's (?) book that descibes a digital document that can be folded and clouds of microscopic razor sharp robots

I remember reading a book in the late 1960's that included a description of a document. I think that it was some sort of map, or book with a map, that could be folded and unfolded and the pages could ...
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Kung Fu Scientist Killed and Resurrected While Investigating Aliens

Looking for a novel from mid-80's or before. I think it was part of a series. A scientist was brought in to investigate some alien artifacts or something. The government was holding him prisoner ...
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Novel featuring House of Usher

I've been trying to find out these series of novels for a long time. I have only read the second book or something in the series. SO basically I think it is a young adult novel which has these 2 kids ...
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Mid-1960s Science Fiction Young Adult - Rocket to the moon

I am looking for the title of a young adult novel from 1964-1966. It has a group of high school geniuses who build a rocket ship and travel to the moon. A few boys and one girl. It is NOT Heinlein's ...
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Female Protagonist, Fantasy, Metal Affixed to arms

I am trying to find a book I read in the late 80s, possibly early 90s. It is a fantasy novel, although there is a bit of a post-apocalyptic feel to it. It was set in a desert. The main character is a ...
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SF novel identification: Cube controls Universal Collective Unconscious

I first read this well written story--I believe it was a separately published short novel, not a short story--probably 15-20 or more years ago. This SF novel had the adult heroine (a scientist or ...
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Young adult novel from 80s or 90s about werewolves in central Europe

I'm looking for a novel I read around 1995. I read it in Danish, but I think the author might have been German, though I can't be certain. It was likely written for teens or young adults, and I don't ...
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Looking for a novel from the late 80s/early 90s about punks on hover skates

Back in 92-93 I read a novel involving some young punks who rode around on hover skates (or possibly hover boards). Don't really recall much else about it except the author included a listening list ...
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Kids in advanced scifi school novel series?

Okay, I remember this being sold in a Christian bookstore, but it may or may not have been Christian themed. Basically these kids were part of an advanced school in a futuristic society, and went on ...
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Story about A father and a son who are from another planet and are adapted to human lives

Plot Details I unfortunately don't remember any character names, or details, I believe the boy's mother is deceased. The memories of this book are lost because there's a huge gap in time since I've ...
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Sword wielding monk book

I remember there is a monk character, and near the beginning he gets wounded fairly bad and has to meditate to heal himself. I believe he doesn't know what he is supposed to do, but gets a sign to ...
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Book where a Prehistoric Hidden Meadow is Found by Two Teenaged Boys In France

I read this book in the late 70s, not sure when it was published. One summer, two boys find a pristine meadow that can only be found through a narrow passageway. They first are drawn by pictographs ...
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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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Space sci-fi Book with character Sam, oral sex, “frothy”, he dies

Checked out of middle school library, I recall the librarian telling me it had some adult themes. Read it sometime between 93 and 97. Same time as I read Crystal Singer. Some kind of space future ...
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Looking for a book about predator spiders living in a city

This would have been published some time in the 1970s or 1980s, I think. The basic idea is that a species of monstrous spiders move into a depressed area of a (present day) city, and start picking off ...
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Book (possibly YA) 80s/90s princess goes to “barbaric” desert to be married, fantasy

This is my first time posting, so hopefully I won't leave out any details. I read this YA book about ~15 years ago. It was about a princess/daughter of a king who was sent to the desert/uncivilized ...
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Author+title of story of planet inhabited by intelligence which makes mouse and man evolve on ship

In my youth, I’ve read countless science fiction and fantasy books. One of these, when I finished it, I felt like a part of my life ended with the end of the book, and surely there must be a sequel… ...
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A book where one can learn psi powers from a book

Looking for a couple of book titles. You can learn PSI powers from reading a book. There is a meeting place that is in a bubble in the heart of a star. They also use it to hide from other humans — I ...
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Trying to find the title of a science fiction novel where the monster is singing killer space fungus

Yep. Singing killer space fungus. I'm trying to find a science fiction novel that scared the bejesus out of me when I was a kid. This book was one of those paperback novels from the '60s or '70s. ...
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An alien lands on earth and hides in a tree

I read this book in paperback form in the 80s. So, this thing, with an incredible name (eg. XVASRASNMN) - would be very difficult to pronounce - is part of a swarm - Definitely part of some kind of ...
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novel about underground society, Gaia

Future fiction read in an early to mid '60s paperback -- The cover was red and black. Humans live, work and in fact spend all their time underground due to previous generations misuse of the earth. ...
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YA Novel with a Teenage Girl and a Child Changeling

I read this book maybe fifteen years ago. It may have been contemporary for the time or a bit older. I remember it referenced a number of old fairy stories, although I wasn't familiar with them at the ...
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Boy from future comes to the past to take very intelligent young people to the future

I'm looking for a novel I read in the 1990's, probably the mid-90s. In it, a boy comes from the future to take intelligent young people who will be beneficial in their time. Due to misinformation, 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 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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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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Book where a teenager and his friend develop elemental powers to fight aliens with similar powers

Book where teenager discovers he has fire powers. A boy a little older than him has lightning powers. They train together and become best friends. They fight someone with metal powers. They discover ...
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starship shaped like a manta ray encounters doomsday machine from Magellanic cloud piloted by a lady with cat’s eyes

It was published in the '70s, but I can’t remember the name of it. The manta ship docks with the doomsday ship, and the girl is in hibernation, she is extracted, then ... they try and stop the ...
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Novel about astronauts visiting a planet with primitive life. The Natives are humanoid with long arms

I read this book when I was a boy (85-89)but it wasn't a children's book. It had a blue sky and a tree on the cover. An astronaut was reaching up to an Alien in the tree. Written in English. It was ...
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LitRPG novel in a fantasy setting where main protagonist has a swordsman of twilith class

In this book, I know that the characters couldn't talk about the game information in real life. At the start of the novel they were in a tutorial town where their actions would determinate classes ...
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Sci Fi book about humans and synths

I'm searching for the title and author of this book. I really liked the premise but couldn't pick it up. Here's what I can remember from it! It's about two separate races: humans and Synths The main ...
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YA steampunk novel about a boy stowing away on a ship, statues fall over restarting a volcano

I was recently reminded of a YA novel I read as a child in the 1970s, and I'm curious as to what book it is. I read it in Danish, but I'm pretty sure it was translated, probably from English. The ...
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Story begins with rich people preparing to leave their home planet and go to a ring that orbits it (which had lasers)?

Comments below this answer remind me of a book that I remember reading that began with wealthy families preparing to move from their homes on their Earth-like home planet up to a ring-type world that ...
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Fantasy story about a character who uses skin whitening cream

I'm trying to track down a fantasy book that I read as a teenager (early 00s) and never really finished. What I can remember is that the main character belonged to the aristocratic or upper class of ...
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What's the name of this Star Wars novel where Obi-Wan kenobi fight's against a force cult and a deranged former Jedi?

Okay, so this novel takes place in an alternative Star Wars universe. Obi-Wan Kenobi is now a very aged old man. He has long since given up the mantle of Jedi after the death of his protege, Anakin ...
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Novel for teens about a magic stone and people who gain powers from it

It was a book based on a magic stone which had powers and shone sometimes. The story starts with a young boy who finds one piece of it and troubles start coming to him. Some people are looking for the ...
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Novel where a girl falls in love with a gypsy and investigates a murder

I read this as a free novel on a plane flight. A girl falls in love with a young gypsy who can do magic (shape-change, enter her dreams). There's a lawyer trying to cheat the gypsy’s mother (who is ...
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Humans accidentally travel to medieval planet with two alien factions

I'm looking for a sci-fi book where humans accidentally space travel to a medieval-technology world where there are two alien factions. I remember correctly, the aliens are physically taller than ...
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Planeswalker siblings series

About seven years ago I flipped through a book, perhaps part of a trilogy, about a family consisting of a dozen siblings, Princes in Amber style. What I dimly remember is that: The siblings distrust/...
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Story ID - aliens pit humans against other aliens

Another book series where I can't remember the author of title. Published in the last 10 years. Earth has made contact with aliens who claim that their enemies have landed on mars and are coming for ...
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A book about looking for a river mouth

There was a book that was read to me when I was a child. Probably in the region of 20 years now, so please forgive the vague information. All I can remember about it was that it was set in a world ...
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Fighting the “Bleachies” (?) on a Norse-style planet with Valkyries (1960s–1970s novel)

I'm looking for the name of a 1960's or early 70's SF novel/novels in which the hero fought enemies called Bleachies (I think). One part had the hero and friends fighting on a Norse style planet. When ...
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Fantasy book series - three siblings in a family of undertakers, spirit magic

Here's what I remember about this fantasy book series: A family all who use spirit magic Three siblings; one girl, two boys The younger bother and sister love each other to the point of incest The ...
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Trying to identify a story about a child diplomat and a food that could change a creature's species

I read a book many years ago (pre-2003) about a kid (high school age?) who was discovered by a group of alien diplomats who needed his help. I think they crashed in his back yard. The one part that ...
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Science fiction novel hacking passwords through key sounds

Read in the late 80s or early 90s, this was a science fiction novel that involved a young female prisoner being held in some sort of military RV. She had super sensitive hearing and hacked the guard's ...