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Looking for an older fantasy series with 4 books

Robert Asprin's Myth Adventures series? The young wizard Skeeve is apprenticed to the demon (dimensional traveler) Aahz, from the dimension Perv (he's a Pervect; don't dare call him a Pervert), who ...
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What was this old fantasy book based on the lost meditation of Rene Descartes?

This isn't really "old", or at least now I'm a sexagenarian it doesn't seem old, but your description matches Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon. It has been released with two covers and both are ...
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Cyberpunk noir book with sex amoeba, early 2000s

Noir (1998) by K. W. Jeter perhaps. The Goodreads plot and reviews are not very descriptive, but the general trippy idea I get from reading them feels like that could be it, plus the release date ...
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Book about machinery at a long-abandoned mining colony that develops AI to keep mining

The first thing to leap to mind is James Hogan's Code of the Lifemaker, the first section of which tells how a damaged robot mining factory on Titan evolved over thousands of years into a society. ...
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Looking for a book I read in the '70s, post-apocalypse/underground bunker

I'm going to suggest this is Roger Elridge's "Shadow of the Gloom-World" (1978). The protagonist is indeed named Fernfeather. The story takes place in a subterranean shelter in a post-...
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Lost colony expands into space, discovers automated manufacturing shipyard left for them

It sounds suspiciously similar to a book by Michael Freeport - A Faded Star. Lost contact with multi-system polity - Check: Few hundred years - Check: Using an Ancient Artifact they find something ...
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Looking for a book about exploring a planet heading out of the galaxy

Robert Reed's Marrow (Published in 2000, so not quite late 90's but close enough to be confused with it almost 25 years later?) and other books in the setting (The Great Ship universe) features an ...
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Looking for a book about exploring a planet heading out of the galaxy

At least the start of this question sounds like Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds. 2057, Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. But when Janus,...
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Looking for a book about exploring a planet heading out of the galaxy

andrewsi made an answer via comment that I am expanding here. L.E. Modesitt, Jr's The Eternity Artifact is a match on at least a few points. 5,000 years in the future, humankind has spread across ...
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I'm trying to find a book l read where a girl's family all has some supernatural thing mom has jellyfish polyps and cousins a werewolf

What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo. Eleanor Zarrin has been estranged from her wild family for years. When she flees boarding school after a horrifying incident, she goes to the only place she thinks is ...
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Fantasy/science-fiction book about a boy with a piece of a dragon scale in him

Partial match: The Return of Dragons (2020) by R. R. Harper. From this Goodreads review: Harper introduces readers to a world where dragons and humans coexist in this entertaining first installment ...
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Fantasy book series about a girl with magical red hands

A partial match would be P.C. Hodgell's Kencyrath books. The books largely follow Jame, a Kencyr thief and noble, who may be an incarnation of her three-faced god's aspect of destruction. The first ...
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Scifi novel with portals, hostile insectoids, and alliances

I'm going to duplicate-post because DavidW's answer doesn't give much in the way of details. (Bold text is quotes from the Question. Quotes are from the book(s).) Note: a lot of the information you ...
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Book with tall walking robots

There is obviously very little to go on here, but I will hazard the most obvious guess. A science fiction novel appropriate for a child, which features "tall walking robots," could be The ...
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Scifi novel with portals, hostile insectoids, and alliances

Earth having a single warp point that connects to Alpha Centauri which has a bunch (8) is a feature of Steve White and David Weber's "Starfire" series; the bug fight happens in book 3 In ...
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Urban fantasy book about a female monster hunter/investigator

Circus of the Damned, book three of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton. The quote you remember is: It takes a long time to choke someone into unconsciousness. The movies ...
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Fantasy novel in which one of the main characters was a soldier in an army that would lay a large ladder over a chasm in order to attack the enemy

It was The Way of Kings (2010) by Brandon Sanderson, the first book in the The Stormlight Archive series. Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the ...
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Lost colony expands into space, discovers automated manufacturing shipyard left for them

This is a not too uncommon trope in SF. I think this is probably at best a partial match, but H. Beam Piper's The Cosmic Computer matches some aspects of your question. You can read it for free at ...
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2000s(?) book series about girl with purple eyes and fantasy world

Partial match: La Quête d'Ewilan (2003) by Pierre Bottero. Exact matches: the release date and author's nationality; the three books are originally in French and they have not been translated, ...
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2000s(?) book series about girl with purple eyes and fantasy world

A Princess of Roumania (2005) and sequels by Paul Park? The cover matches your description and it's about a girl, the titular princess, who was taken from an alternate universe to ours. She returns ...
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French book series about team of kids and time travel

It sounds like The Fantastic Conquerors (Les Conquérants de l'impossible) by Philippe Ébly: It's a book series that started in the 1970s. The main characters are young, and time-travel. One of the ...
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Novel; contains dinosaurs, geo-temporal anomaly, and societal collapse

Some searching turns up Footprints of Thunder (1995) by James F. David as the most likely possibility. The blurb discusses how chunks of the present-day world are replaced by chunks of the world from ...
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Elf Left In the Humans' World, Came Back To A Magical Farm

After hours of searching and scouring my memories, I finally found what I was looking for. The Book is Keeper Of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger. Remembering that it was elves and not fairies was ...
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series of books involving an American government agent, Eldorado, and the Nautilus submarine

The question hits a number of points in Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt series. The titular Dirk Pitt is a government agent, and definitely is an action-adventure hero, very much in the mold of James Bond/...
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Searching text about school girl growing wings and trying to hide them at first

Sounds like When the Wind Blows by James Patterson. It was the inspiration for the Maximum Ride series of books. Frannie Devin O'Neill is a veterinarian living in Bear Bluff, Colorado, whose husband ...
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Book about a terrible futuristic planet and three main characters; a pickpocket, a guardian of a library, and a government official in training

This sounds like Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody. Three strangers, one shared destiny… When the Last Days came, the planet of Laterre promised hope. A new life for a wealthy French family and ...
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Book series set after a nuclear war - sickly hacker genius and an Amazonian goth battle-priestess/nun

The mention of "Metrozone" immediately jogged a memory in me, and I believe that this is Equations of Life a novel from 2011 by Simon Morden, and the first in the Samuil Petrovitch trilogy. ...
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90s science fiction book about a kid at a military school who is selected to test a virtual reality simulator

You say the book is not Virtual Destruction but there are at least three books by this name and Virtual Destruction by Nick Baron (aka Scott Ciencin) looks awfully like your description. I cannot ...
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Book series about a guy who wins the lottery and builds an elaborate post-apocalyptic bunker

Equally, A google search for "novel, bunker, lottery, apocalypse" turned up the Final Dawn series by Darrell Maloney From an Amazon review: Mark is a security expert and Hannah is a ...
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Book series about a guy who wins the lottery and builds an elaborate post-apocalyptic bunker

A google search for "novel, bunker, lottery, apocalypse" turned up the After Z series (5 books) by J.S. Patrick For a decade now the world has known of the existence of the Immuno-...
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Book series involving a boy and a girl who use a ring or rings to travel to other universes and time periods to stop a bad guy

This sounds like the Pendragon series by D.J. McHale, which I've proposed as an answer to a different question before. The series chronicles the adventures of Bobby Pendragon, an American teenager ...
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Finding a YA book about a boy with powers

Possibly Spell Robbers by Matthew Kirby? After Ben Warner is recruited to join a "science camp" led by the eccentric quantum physicist Dr. Madeleine Hughes, he quickly realizes it's no ...
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Fantasy book with Red Monk antagonists 10+ years old

This may be Dusk, first book of the Tales of Noreela series by Tim Lebbon. Kosar the thief senses that Rafe Baburn is no ordinary boy. After witnessing a madman plunder Rafe's village and murder his ...
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90's fantasy book series with a warrior named Braccus, a flying sword and a shaman who transforms into a wolf

It's The Zagor Chronicles, a sort of spin-off of the Fighting Fantasy gamebook range. One of the books in the series is loosely based on the gamebook Legend of Zagor. The series has its own Goodreads ...
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Book series. Humans have made contact with many, interacting alien species. Female protagonist marries junkyard owner, with dog, on space station

It is the Earthcent Ambassador series by E.M. Foner Kelly Frank is EarthCent’s top diplomat on Union Station, but her job description has always been a bit vague. After swallowing her pride and ...
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