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Sci-fi dystopian novel where not being addicted to any substance is illegal

The bit about addiction being mandatory makes me think of Sheckley's The Status Civilization (1960). The protagonist is Will Barrent, who was convicted of a crime on Earth, mindwiped, and shipped to ...
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Book about miniaturization and reading thoughts

This is Fantastic Voyage II: Destination Brain by Isaac Asimov. From Wikipedia. One Soviet scientist, Pyotor Leonovich Shapirov, a pioneer of the miniaturization process, had spoken vaguely of a way ...
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Does anyone know the title and author of this book where a boy/young man goes into a routine operation and the surgeons discover that he's a robot?

Being by Kevin Brooks. It was just supposed to be a routine exam. But when the doctors snake the fiber-optic tube down Robert Smith's throat, what they discover doesn't make medical sense. Plastic ...
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Book about spacefaring humans that capture some form of alien/spirit (possibly named "angels") found in space

This makes me think of Timothy Zahn's 2001 novel Angelmass which does feature the collection of strange particles called "angels" from a black hole that emits them. People did wear them, but ...
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Book, maybe the third in the series, by an author like McFarlane

This is a bit of a guess, but it's close to several of the points you mention. In 1998 Dave Wolverton, writing as David Farland started The Runelords, a fantasy series that began with The Sum of All ...
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Book, maybe the third in the series, by an author like McFarlane

I believe this is David Farland's Runelords series. In particular book 3, Wizardborn. There are indeed eight published novels in the series. The cover does not have blue text, but it does feature a ...
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Lovecraftian WW2 sci fi novel with three Nazi villains who had wires coming out of their heads, connected to batteries, that gave them their powers

This sounds a lot like Ian Tregillis' trilogy that started with Bitter Seeds and followed with Coldest War and Necessary Evil. Definitely a Lovecraft vibe -- British warlocks fighting Nazi warlocks ...
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Can anyone tell me the name of a book about a boy with an amber ring who accidentally kills a boy with it and eventually turns out to be a chaos god

This is probably The Initiate (1985) by Louise Cooper, the first book in her Time Master trilogy. A review on Goodreads confirms some details: Into this eternal battle for supremacy comes Tarod, a ...
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Fantasy book about a girl with magical powers who steals things from the rich and gives them to her pawn shop owner friend

Pretty sure this is Cold Burn of Magic (2015) by Jennifer Estep. It's the first book in the Black Blade trilogy. From Goodreads: There Be Monsters Here. . . It's not as great as you'd think, living ...
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'80s/'90s post-apocalyptic book with people randomly going insane

Might this be Among Madmen by Jim Starlin and Daina Graziunas as per 70s or 80s Book. Post Catastrophe, Sheriff tries to hold town together, and keep his schizo wife from killing him? From this review:...
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Fantasy kids' book about a medieval land with monsters and magical jewels

Maybe Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda? I actually ended up here because I was trying to find the name of this series. The one I had was a thick compilation of all the books, with the gemstones down the ...
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Help ID a book about an incomplete/truncated sword, possibly due to dimensional or time-travel

Found it! Lyrec by Gregory Frost.
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Book with a boy and a world of monsters, who comes upon a woman who is from a dome on the surface

I think this is The Inferior by Peader O'Guilan, the first of his Bone World trilogy Blurb from Fantastic Fiction: STOPMOUTH AND HIS family know of no other life than the daily battle to survive. To ...
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Book involving ships which use a “screaming female sidhe” for space travel

The mention of the sidhe enabling faster than light travel immediately brought to mind Consorts of Heaven by Jaine Fenn, the second book of the Hidden Empire series. Published in 2009, it is certainly ...
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Did Eric Morecambe have plans for a third book in the "Reluctant Vampire" series?

It appears that Eric Morecambe did indeed have plans for a third vampire book. From the biography Eric Morecambe: Life's Not Hollywood It's Cricklewood, written by his son Gary: EM [Eric Morecambe] ...
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Amnesiac character wakes up in a strange city hunted by creatures

This sounds somewhat like H.P. Lovecraft's "The Outsider" Full Story and the synopsis. the main character wakes up in a darkened area He lives alone in a dark castle in an endless forest. ...
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Novel about a ring giving animal powers (climbing/strength) to a girl

Going Wild by Lisa McCann Charlie Wilde knew her life would change forever when her family moved from the city of Chicago to the suburbs of Arizona…and that was before she found the bracelet. After ...
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Military sci-fi book: humans forced to demilitarize by alien race(s?), warship with efficient distributed AI system reconditioned for exploration

Parts of this remind me of Charles Sheffield's novel The Nimrod Hunt (also published in altered form as The Mind Pool). Points of similarity: Earth is part of a confederation with several alien ...
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Japanese book about an infinite loop?

The novel is called Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami (Wikipedia page). Now I'm looking forward to reading it to see if it's even close to the plot I remembered.
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Fantasy kids' book about a medieval land with monsters and magical jewels

The book was Tales of Deltora, a prequel book in the Deltora Quest series by Emily Rodda, as mentioned in niko's answer [This book] is a chronicle of ancient stories from the Deltora Quest universe ...
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Dystopian book series: girl goes out of the barrier her society lives in because of radiation

I’m convinced this is the Vega Jane series. Titles like “finisher” “keeper” She can fly with a chain. Is imprisoned in a dome by an 800 year old being. Crossing the quag filled with beasts. Lives in a ...
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Book series involving magical symbols that would be placed on people, causing some aspect of them to be transferred to someone else

This may be David Farland's Runelords series as per People can transfer physical and/or mental abilities to another person through magic. In Farland's world, there exists a magic that allows one ...
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Dystopian book series: girl goes out of the barrier her society lives in because of radiation

It sounds remarkably similar to City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. Underground city, the 'barrier' is darkness. Girl protagonist with secondary boy protagonist. Lives with Grandmother. Sees lights ...
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'80s/'90s post-apocalyptic book with people randomly going insane

Another option might be Heinlein's The Year of the Jackpot? Potiphar Breen is a middle-aged bachelor with a settled, orderly life, and a rather unusual hobby. We meet him first at breakfast in a Los ...
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Children’s book about time travel and friends being taken from past time periods

Any ideas when the book was written, or the setting? The juvenile time travel premise bears some resemblance to these early 20-th century books by Elizabeth Nesbit: The House of Arden Five Children ...
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