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Fantasy book(s) with magic powers gained from rose gold rings

This is The Fifth Ring by Mitchell Graham. Despite a massive defeat decades ago, Karas Duren, Lord of Alor Sator, is again attempting to conquer the neighbouring kingdoms and bring them under one ...
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Book about a boy who becomes a sorcerer

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper? It's the second book in a five book series, but honestly most people only read that one. Will Stanton begins to have strange and magical experiences on his 11th ...
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Story about Jesus being kidnapped by the church

I have not read the book in question, but since you mentioned Wolfgang Hohlbein this is probably "Der Widersacher" (Bastei-Lübbe 1995). This would translate to "The Adversary", in ...
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Looking for title of old Star Trek TOS book where Spock is captured and gets earring

Black Fire by Sonni Cooper Google Preview. The jewelry he had been made to wear was carefully chosen even to the earring in his right ear. He recalled the placement of the earring by Ilsa; it was ...
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Book in 90's (?) about rewriting your own genetic code

That sounds like Einstein's Bridge by John G. Cramer. In an alternate history where the Super conducting Super Collider (SSC) was built, instead of being canceled in 1993, physicists accidentally ...
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Book series where soldiers or pilots from Earth are teleported to a world where they learn how to use crystal magic technology

This is the Crystal duology by William R. Forstchen and Greg Morrison. Book 1: The Crystal Warriors (1988) Book 2: The Crystal Sorcerers (1991) According to the plot summary on the Worlds Without ...
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Female protagonist who discovered some new species of creature that lived in the atmosphere

I believe this might be the Airborn series by Kenneth Oppel consisting of : Airborn Skybreaker Starclimber The male protagonist is Matt Cruse but the female is Kate de Vries. Via Goodreads Airborn ...
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Tiny book about a planet full of man-eating sunflowers

I don't have access to my copy right now, but I believe the book you are looking for is "1. Auftrag im All", from the Pelikan Tramp series. Translation by Google Translate: 1st Mission in ...
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Tiny book about a planet full of man-eating sunflowers

Could this be Space Chantey, by R.A. Lafferty? "The men who have died, mighty Roadstrum, how do you want them disposed of?" "Died? How many of our men died here?" "Only a ...
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Book about aliens coming back to Earth to recover a lost spaceship

Is this Resurrection (2001) by Arwen Elys Dayton...? The Goodreads blurb notes that a group of scientists belonging to a species called the Kinley travelled to Earth in a faster-than-light ship five ...
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Sci-fi book series about a teenage detective, possibly named Diamond, with a floating AI assistant

This is the Traces series by Malcolm Rose. Book 1: Framed! (2005) Book 2: Lost Bullet (2005) Book 3: Roll Call (2005) Book 4: Double Check (2006) Book 5: Final Lap (2007) Book 6: Blood Brother (2007) ...
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Book series c.2000 where the main character has the power to communicate with and manipulate plants

I suspect that you're looking for Tamora Pierce's Street Magic, the second book of the The Circle Opens series, which followed her Circle of Magic series. Four young misfits from four different ...
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Book series about a boy who becomes a Space Emperor

Piers Anthony's Bio of a Space Tyrant series. The series revolves around the character Hope Hubris and his family, and charts Hope's ascent from poor Hispanic refugee to Tyrant of Jupiter, a single ...
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Fantasy book series with each book being about a different colored dragon?

Is this the Dragon Codices series by R.D. Henham...? Book 1: Red Dragon Codex (2008) Book 2: Bronze Dragon Codex (2008) Book 3: Black Dragon Codex (2008) Book 4: Brass Dragon Codex (2009) Book 5: ...
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Book where an Earth woman travels with human-like aliens to their planet, where all men are bald

Is this Yargo (1979) by Jacqueline Susann...? Yargo tells the story of Janet Cooper, a young woman from Avalon, New Jersey, who is abducted by aliens from the planet Yargo. During her interplanetary ...
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Looking for a children’s book where a kid makes a fake mainframe and hides inside with a typewriter answering questions

This sounds like "One For the Computer" by Ethelyn M. Parkinson, which featured in the elementary school reading textbook Freedom's Ground. The style is similar to a Homer Price story. (In ...
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2000s YA sci-fi book, male protagonist, only one in each world who can travel between dimensions through the 4th one, everyone is him but different

InterWorld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves. about Joey, a boy who finds out the hard way that he is a "Walker", meaning he can jump between the many alternate universes. The good news: no ...
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Novella about the accidential creation of a time machine, creator and two kids end up centuries in the past

I think you're thinking of Twistor by John Cramer, which is written by a physicist and features a grad student and two kids being teleported into a giant tree - it's not the past though - it's a "...
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YA Book about two siblings and their uncle, who built a magical cabinet

Escape From Zobadak by Brad Gallagher When Uncle Gary mysteriously disappears, all he leaves behind is a mountain of sawdust and a nightstand that his eleven-year-old nephew, Billy, inherits. When ...
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Sci-fi book about a boy who finds a portal to another dimension in his neighbor's playground set

Herbert's Wormhole by Peter Nelson and Rohitash Rao Greetings. This story concerns a scientific anomaly that opens a portal, allowing us to traverse the space-time continuum and triggering an ...
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Scifi fantasy book - miniature people riding insect shaped vehicles

Just remembered the book' title, The Dreamwalker's Child by Steve Voake.
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Fantasy book with three stories in it, including one about a monk indebted to a dark force and one about a warrior imprisoned in a slave camp

I found it! It’s The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. Thank you so much for your assistance. The internet is a wonderful thing. The prisoner is Kaladin, and he's forced to serve as a bridgeman. The ...
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Book in which the main character is a female wizard who can read minds

I think the story you're describing is DragonQuest, book 2 of the DragonKeeper Chronicles by Donita K. Paul. The first book in the series is more of a solo adventure with the protagonist Kale, and it'...
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Sci-fi book featuring an alien character which reproduced by budding

After doing some digging I think I have the answer. The series of books you are looking for is the tower and the Hive series by Anne McCaffrey. The mrdini are the aliens who bud in vast domes and they ...
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Kids book about children who discover they can manipulate elements with their minds

Might it be The Dysasters by P.C. and Kristin Cast? Foster Stewart knows she's different. Her life has never been "normal." Talking to plants and controlling cloud formations aren't things ...
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Book in which a boy finds a trap door in an old man's garage that leads to a secret land

This is Fairy Tale by Stephen King. The dog is called Radar. Charlie Reade, a 17-year-old boy, lives in Sentry's Rest, Illinois, with his widowed father, George. When Charlie was seven years old, his ...
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Story with a character called "the Haitian"?

Could this be Clive Cussler's "Atlantis Found" (1999)? This would certainly fit the Clive Cussler-esque books category AND it is about trying to find Atlantis. It has plenty of subtle sci-fi ...
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Female lead book series with Chinese dragons, superheroes, and shadow powers

The Dragons of Heaven by Alyc Helms: Missy Masters inherited more than the usual genetic cocktail from her estranged grandfather. She also got his preternatural control of shadows and his enduring ...
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Story with a character called "the Haitian"?

If it is Cussler-esque rather than actual Cussler, then I'd suggest "The Hunt for Atlantis" by Andy McDermott. This was the first of his Nina WIlde & Eddie Chase series, and funnily ...
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Short story about a Mercedes Lackey style honorable mercenary company tasked with unethical orders, such as attacking a village

Kerowyn has a similar story in By the Sword, book 2, chapter 15. If you're right that this is Lackey, then this is probably where. It doesn't match all of the points, but it hits several: There is a ...
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