Questions tagged [identification-request]

Questions asking for identification of a story, book, or author, based on descriptive details provided within the question. Please be thorough and provide ALL of the details that you can remember when using this tag. (For questions seeking the original source of a known quote, use the [quote-source] tag instead.)

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Book about an old man named Seigel or Siegel, young maid with abusive boyfriend may have killed old man

I can't remember the name of a book I read in a freshman lit class. Some vague details: Its about a man whose last name is, I think, Siegel. He is perhaps 45-60 and has injuries that make him walk ...
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What is the name of a poem about relativity?

I am looking for a specific poem I read years ago. It was a poem on relativity and theories on the universe. I do not remember the author but I know she was female and either Spanish or Portuguese. ...
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Book about a girl named Abygail who can travel in time

Does anyone know of a book that satisfies the following properties: The book is about a girl named Abygail/Abigail (or possibly another variation of this name). The book says that the name "...
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Scandinavian novel about several women working in an NGO

I bought the book in the second half of the 2000s (probably between 2006 and 2009). It was a German translation, the original was in a Scandinavian or Nordic language, I think it was Swedish or Danish,...
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English short story about a highway man. Possible quote "one good turn deserves another"

The story starts with an old man and his cook/caretaker lady in his home. I seem to remember that is was not a rich house, but well to do. It is supper time and it is raining heavily outside. I think ...
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Which science fiction story ends with the word INSECTS (or similar) instead of the end?

I'm looking for a story in which the last natural things on earth are behind doors or have been bought and there are just a few things left. What there is plenty are insects. I would like to find out ...
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Childhood book about adventuring during dreams, young adult, young boy recruited to help a mission

I read this book about 15 years ago. It was hardback - a big red book with gems in it. The book was about a boy who had powers when he dreamed - he could jump between worlds and was searching for ...
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What play are these lines a reference to?

I am reading about an upcoming play that reimagines a meeting between Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter on the cricket field. The play has references to their works. For instance, they both wait for a ...
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Short Story Identification with a dragon at a well and a princess raised as a boy

Trying to find a short story I remember reading in elementary school, so it was written early 2000s the latest. It was part of an anthology, but I can't remember any of the other stories in it, though ...
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Trying to remember Chaucer-like story’s name

There were two main characters and they sought lodging. A farmer and his wife took them in, they had a baby and a daughter. The two men wanted to sleep with the daughter. So they devised a plan that ...
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What is the name of the short story about the woman whose new husband steals her money by climbing onto the roof of a bus?

I am trying to find a short story whose title and author I forget. The story is written in English and it is about a newly-wed (or soon-to-be-wed) man who scams his wife/fiancée out of her money (or ...
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Middle school book where girl discusses Arabian Nights on a sleepover/camping trip

I unfortunately don't have much info on these books other than my sister and I read them in our middle school library. I can remember that the main character (a young girl) either had a sleepover/...
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Classic book about a rich, spoiled teenager who accidentally finds himself on a working fishing boat for a season

I read this book in the 1960 -1970 time period, but the story would have taken place in the 1930s or 1940s. I remember that the rich, spoiled teenager was drinking in a lounge aboard an ocean liner. ...
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Sci-Fi story where someone rubs their hand over a space stone and falls into a trance

I read this story decades ago, and suddenly recalled, looking at my kid scrolling on his phone. Somebody visits a guy who returned from a space exploration. "What did you bring?" - "...
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Looking for an anecdote / a story about two men enjoying to read sillently reading in the library while their spouses are chatting

I am looking for a written version of an anecdote I heard as a child. Two married couples meet regularly. The women spend the evenings chatting; their husbands withdraw to the library, sipping a ...
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Red Riding Hood Unabridged?

Below are my painstaking research and failed purchases, though somewhat long-winded, my aim is simple: to find a version of Little Red Riding Hood that meets the following criteria: original (200+ ...
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Nativity poem from the Innkeeper's perspective where he laments over not having known whom he pushed off

In my latter High School days, as part of an oral communications course, I was required to memorize and deliver a poem before the class. I found one in the school library and met the requirement with ...
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Children's book with "a ring, a stone, a finger bone"

I'm trying to find a fantasy book from my childhood library, about 45 years ago. I distinctly remember a quote from it, a ring, a stone, a finger bone describing three talismanic objects. There was ...
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Short story about trading shares of people as financial instruments

A few years ago I read an excellent short story that I've been looking for ever since. Here's what I can remember: In this story's world it was common for people to sell shares of themselves (or ...
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Book about kid with unhealthy father realtionship

I read a book before a long time ago about a kid (named axel, axis something like that) who was a brilliant young kid attending a school with older people. I don't remember much, except that he ...
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Pheasant hunting and manual transmission driving

I am looking for a book that I read when I was very young, probably early elementary school in the 90s. I recall it had something to do with pheasant hunting. I think there was an emergency, or the ...
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Publications of Freud's psycho-analysis of Little Red Riding Hood

I have heard that Freud wrote at length on the Grimm Fairy Tale: Little Red Riding Hood, highlighting all the suggestive themes and symbolism and "id-like" interpretations. However, I was ...
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Identify this American novel set in the Great Depression era, perhaps set in Chicago and focused on meat packing?

In school circa mid 1970's I'd read a then-classic novel which I would like to read again if I can identify it. I believe it was set around the time of the US Great Depression but I don't think it was ...
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Children’s book with a mouse called Nils

All I can remember is one character, a mouse called Nils. I think he had a sword and was quite daring. And that’s it, I’m afraid- no idea of the plot, setting or any other details. I probably read it ...
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Short story about a traveling vampire cage fighter

I remember reading an intriguing story about a vampire fighting in cages across the country, sort of a supernatural MMA. It appeared (I think) online in the magazine Dark Recesses Press in 2008. I've ...
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Story about a candidate who fails an audition because they were volunteering the previous day

Does anyone recognize this story? I think I read it some ~15? years ago and it's probably a classic of some kind, since it was translated. I don't remember the original language, but it was probably a ...
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Book where people in a town commit suicide after a vision of the Virgin Mary [closed]

I'm looking for a book I read years ago but can't remember the title. It takes place in a town that is maybe French, Italian or Mediterranean. The town's people regularly commit suicide after a vision ...
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A Book with a Tree and Boy on the Cover

I’m looking for a book I read about 7-4 years ago, and I remember some parts of it very clearly but can’t remember the name or author or anything. I’m pretty sure it was originally written in English ...
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Help finding a book/short story about a man who comes back from the dead and finds himself in a world that's forgotten fear

Back in high school (around the late 2010s) we were given a story to read as part of our English class. I don't remember the name, just the major plot points. The story begins with the narration of a ...
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Comedy mystery short story involving an inept detective, stolen diamonds, and a baby's rattle

I remember reading this as a short story in an anthology, probably in the early 1990s. My parents had a lot of books with crime stories in them, as well as humor anthologies, so that unfortunately ...
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Children's song about the onomatopoeia of the wind

When I was a young child (probably somewhere between 1985 to 1995), I remember watching a cartoon involving anthropomorphic animals (I don't remember which animals other than that I think one was a ...
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Latin America (Brazil?) short stories. Just recall fragments: A lone traveler

The protagonist, a traveler to some distant town narrating the stories. In some of them, he sees another figure on the horizon, shadowing him. In one of the stories (an early one in the collection) ...
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Looking for children’s illustrated book about a boy, injured goose, and letting goose return to flock

The Wild Goose Flies is in my memory as the title but that doesn’t bring up anything relevant when I search. The book was published in the 1960’s. The boy made a pen for the goose and nursed it back ...
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Book read in 1970’s early 80’s about girl, sent to a house to stay. Tree or water spirits may feature also to do with flooding of stream in garden

I’m looking for a book where a young girl is the main character. She is sent to stay in another house for some reason. There is something about the garden of the house, it may have a stream running ...
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What novel was referenced in the pilot episode of Suits?

This novel is referenced in the pilot of the tv show Suits. However, it was only referenced very quickly and the title of the book wasn't given so hopefully the scene from the episode mirrors the ...
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Story about a murder that leads to an execution; turns out to be suicide

I read an English-language story 15-20 years ago (I do not recall how old it was) about a murder, where the killer got caught and executed. After the execution, a video (I think) was released showing ...
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Picture book about an animal traveling through an abandoned house?

This book was read to me when I was a kid, somewhere between 2003 and 2005. I unfortunately have no idea about the author or when it was released, and can't really recall the cover apart from it being ...
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Story about a man who bets his head but not his neck with the devil

I remember a story about a man who bets "his head" with the devil and loses. I do not remember what the wager actually was. The devil is ready to chop the man's head off with an axe, but the ...
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What is the name of German-language horror or crime pulp novel series from late 80s/early 90s?

Back in the very early 90s, my father worked in Germany. The previous tenant in his apartment left some 80s/early-90s 7" vinyls, floppy discs and some horror/crime stich-bound short novels. ...
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Old book: boy and girl co-dreaming serialised on BBC radio

Fantasy book I heard as a BBC radio serialisation when I was a child, c.1970-75, though it was probably much older and had a wartime or even Victorian vibe. I didn't hear all the episodes and never ...
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Short story about chess

In the book The Complete Chess Addict by Mike Fox and Richard James, the following passage appears on page 156. Alekhine, near the end of his life, lonely and sick, but still world champion, told a ...
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Looking for title of youth book, possibly SBS, ocean going salvage tug, North Atlantic, Argentine

Looking for the name of a book I read as a kid (45-55 years ago). Premise was an Argentine ocean going salvage tug in the Atlantic, finds a drifting unmanned freighter loaded with scrap metal. Some ...
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School story involving a new computer, novel educational practices, and a secret society

This is a children's chapter book or possibly YA novel that I read in English in the USA around 1990. I read a few books of this general style, so I'm hoping that I am not conflating multiple books. ...
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Satire of old lady laying flowers at the tomb of the unknown soldier, Paris - what is this french short story?

In a german textbook in high school we had a short story the name and author of which I am looking for. I think the story was written between WWI and WWII or right after WWII. It is about an old lady ...
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Dystopian short story read in US high school: boy and man travel through ancient ruins which are actually our modern-day civilisation

I can't remember if the boy and the man are father and son or perhaps teacher and student. I seem to remember that the boy is in training to be a kind of priest, and that this is why he is being shown ...
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A company goes bankrupt after adopting "socialist" policies

I think it's a chapter of some book, maybe by Ayn Rand. A company starts implementing near socialist policies, mainly focused on giving their employees what they need instead of what they have earned. ...
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Two men traveling through desert with sheep, older one holds water in mouth to reduce thirst and blows tobacco on sheep to remove ticks

This was a fictional story about 2 men travelling through the desert with a herd of sheep. I remember one of the men was much older and wiser. He knew how to survive in the desert. He explains at one ...
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Comic from an old newspaper about a girl running through a winter forest and collapsing, with the story "continuing"

I'm trying to find a comic that I saw in a newspaper in 2014 or thereabouts (I think it was Atlanta Journal-Constitution, but not sure). I don't remember the issue number, when exactly I saw it, or ...
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Why is there an earlier book just like The Vanishing Half with a different title and author?

I came across this circumstance purely by chance. There is a Kindle book with a free sample for downloading titled The Fates of the Twins. The author is listed as Stuart Woods but it is apparently not ...
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Great Lakes story where fisherman and dog search islands for a show dog

Read this story in the early 70s. Set around the Great Lakes area in the US. A local fisherman and his trusty pet Labrador dog are searching small islands trying to find a famous show winning Labrador ...
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