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Questions asking for identification of a literary work (story, novel, poem, play, etc) 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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late 80's fiction book about doctor experimenting on pregnant woman and the kids later abilities

It had a holographic cover with lightning, that's why it caught my eye. The story was a doctor had performed secret genetic experiments on a bunch of pregnant women. The women were under surveillance ...
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British 1990s/2000s crime novel featuring twin gangsters

I am trying to recall a British crime thriller I read in the late 1990s/early 2000s. It was set in the 1960s and featured twin gangsters very obviously based on the real-life Kray twins, with some of ...
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Does Nicanor's account of Alexander survive?

I came across allusions to a source in one of the volumes of the Ante-Nicene Fathers, relevant summary by Oxford: The learned Roman scholar and antiquarian M. Terentius Varro decided to take matters ...
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Creatures eat everything and wreck the house?

There’s a children’s book with a boy whose home is overrun with hungry beings. Can’t remember if they’re little dragons or gnomes or ogres, but they ransack the place while eating every food scrap ...
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Fairytale/fable/parable about a dog trying to run to a monastery that's rung its bell

The story goes like this: A dog hears the monastery ring its bell, which indicates that there will be food there. So he runs up the hill leading to the monastery. When he's about halfway there, he ...
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Short story about a woman yearning for her dream home

Years ago, I read a short story and I can’t find it. It is about a couple who are part of the working poor—probably the 40s or 50s. The woman complains most of the time about their conditions. But she ...
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British Duke is murdered in elevator. Title is inherited by one of a pair of identical twins, both of whom are suspects

During the COVID lockdowns, so some time between March 2020 and June 2021, I read either a novel or a short story, I think the former, that had the following plot elements: A duke is gruesomely, ...
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Trying to identify short poem

I remember a wonderful poem from my school anthology but I don't know the name or author. Is there a kind person who might recognise the following poem? It's a very short poem. Female poet, I think. ...
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Name of short story about girl surviving winter

I read this story maybe ten years ago? It was in pioneer times (?) and a girl, her brother and father were going through a mountain pass to reach a town to sell their wares. They went in the autumn, ...
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Quote source/identification: calligraphy banner in Guangzhou's old town

When I visited the old town in Guangzhou in 2017 (and I can't identify anymore by name of the road which exact place it was as I was guided not fully aware through the city by a Chinese guide but it ...
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Short story with a witch, party crackers, and something prophetic stitched in a hem

Many years ago (35?) I got a short story collection from the library. One had or revealed a witch. It referenced party crackers (like the British Christmas favors) and had something, maybe prophetic, ...
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Middle School detective series with two friends from early 2010s

I read this series around 2013-2015. It centered around two friends who had their own detective business. I remember the second book in the series had had a picture of the characters on top of a train....
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Children's book about a boy being pushed off a cliff by a girl and breaking his leg, repercussions commence

I was introduced to this work in my childhood in the early 90s through my grandparents personal library in their home (if it at all matters, at that time, Sandy, Utah); I do not recall the publish ...
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Short story about a wealthy man bringing his new wife to his childhood home, from when he was poor, which is in the mountains/wilderness

I'm looking for a short story that I think I listened to as an audiobook, in a collection with other stories, in the early 2000s, checked out from a library in Ashland, KY. I was reminded of this when ...
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Short story (maybe an excerpt from a book) about some kids on a farm - simulated bucking bronco and swapped horses at a hoe down

I was just recounting this to someone, but as a child, we had a book with various stories, I think primarily about rural people. I have a vague memory of that it might have included the Little House ...
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Children's book - eat the dictionary

The premise is pretty simple and straightforward: [caterpillar, moth, worm, bug of some sort] eats its way through a dictionary, one letter at a time. It is only able to speak using words starting ...
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"I did not sell my child"; ends with the grown up child deserting parents

I read this story a long time ago in one of our class readings. A number of children from poor families are playing together. A rich couple gets down from a cart, approaches the first family asking if ...
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Fantasy Novel Involving Magical Colored Thread

What A medium length paperback fantasy novel, probably YA, with a chosen-one style male main character. The setting is fantasy, but not high fantasy and did not contain elves, dragons, etc. There are ...
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20th century poem ending with "-baby?"

In high school I rented a collection of poems from a male author that I believe had a black-and-white cover with a photograph on it. I got it from a USA library in 2012. I am looking for one poem in ...
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Gothic time travel book from the 70’s

My mom read a book where a woman goes to a party at an isolated mansion. She and her date start arguing. She gets out of the car and walks away into the fog, and then she disappears. She turns up into ...
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Crime novel with gay policeman as main character

Ages ago I read a detective novel which I remember very little about, and the few things I do remember are not very helpful for googling it. Maybe somebody here can help me with it. One thing I ...
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Dark fantasy book with moonlight magic, one armed warrior, and a witch with spiders

A dark fantasy book I read years ago had a young woman protagonist who was part of a prophecy. Her magic had something to do with moonlight and its different colours affected what her magic did. There ...
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Fairy One Wing storybook from 1960s

I’m trying to find a copy of a beautifully illustrated storybook I had a a child in the 1960s called Fairy One Wing, which I loved very much. This is the exact title. Does anyone have a copy or know ...
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Comic strip where Adolf Hitler says something like "I am a victim too"

A comic strip I saw in the last 20-30 years had Adolf Hitler say something like "I am a victim too". Not sure if Hitler said it, or if someone was telling him he was a victim too. It was a ...
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The Oxford Murders...no, not the one by Martinez

Here is the plot of the most brilliant "author plays fair" crime novel I ever saw: an arrogant professor faked a poem by a famous poet and "sells" this as a great discovery. He was ...
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Looking for a literature book titled "Literature of Fact."

Many years ago I read a book titled "Literature of Fact." I know the last name of one of the authors is Costello, don't know the others. I know that chapter 4 is titled "Short Fiction&...
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What story was this? Set in Florida, with a quip about Mexican and American road projects

I recall a story set in Florida containing a quip along the lines of "the Mexicans, in all their ignorance, built a highway through mountains in six months, but it takes real Americans to know ...
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A childen's book with a rhyme about a badger's home

I remember a few details about three children's books I read in elementary school in the USA, presumably borrowed from the school library instead of the local library, because I remember them in ...
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A children's book with a rhyme naming cities in western England

I remember a few details about three children's books I read in elementary school in the USA, presumably borrowed from the school library instead of the local library, because I remember them in ...
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A children's book with a Beast in a forest

I remember a few details about three children's books I read in elementary school in the USA, presumably borrowed from the school library instead of the local library, because I remember them in ...
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Who wrote this poem?

This is what grief is. A hole ripped through the very fabric of your being. The hole eventually heals along the jagged edges that remain. It may even shrink in size. But that hole will always be there....
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Did Gaiman and Pratchett troll an interviewer who thought they were religious fanatics?

TVTropes says, about the book Good Omens: In real life: Gaiman and Pratchett did a radio interview when the book came out, and slowly realized that the interviewer wasn't aware that the book was ...
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YA book with a boy who is connected to a deer

A YA book I read in the 90s followed the love triangle of the main character. He was a boy who developed a connection with a deer he sees in the wilderness near his home. The love triangle also ...
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What is this children's book referenced in Little Dorrit?

In Little Dorrit, Dickens writes: A communication of great trap-doors in the floor and roof with the workshop above and the workshop below, made a shaft of light in this perspective, which brought to ...
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Rhyming book about a girl named Carrie who drove a car

I can't remember the title of this book from my childhood. It was about a girl called Carrie who drove a car. It rhymed. It was from 1980s or before. It went "Carrie's car goes near and far, she'...
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Source of the Japanese story Joseph Campbell tells of a samurai spat upon in The Power of Myth

I'm searching for the source of the Japanese story of a samurai spat upon which Joseph Campbell relates in The Power of Myth. (Oddly, the book has no citation on this). . . . there is a story . . . ...
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Novel about a recently divorced mother who is being stalked and harrassed, including shattered windows and a murdered pet

This is a repost of an SF&F SE question, which was considered to not be sci-fi enough for the site. This was another one of those paperbacks I borrowed from a girl in middle school, around 1992 or ...
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Looking for a late 1970's fiction book for 6-8 yr olds in UK about a boy in the East who has two animal companions

I read this in 1978/9. I think it was fairly new and chose it as a 'free reader' in school. We moved house and I never got to finish it! This is what I recall of it: Green cover Hard book Main ...
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Children's novel about girl whose guardian is her elder brother

I've been trying to find the name and author of a "realistic fiction" children's novel (age 7-12-ish) written somewhere in the early 2000s (I read it in 2014) which takes place in a small ...
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80's techno thriller where Soviets have a control room calculating the odds of 'winning' a nuclear war, and automatically launch above a threshold?

The KGB has a plan to explode a nuclear bomb in the Puget Sound that will have a signature similar to what would be in a U.S. nuclear submarine based there, it will appear to be an accident and ...
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Looking for children's fiction book on smuggling in Cornwall

As a teenager, in the late 90s in the UK, I read a fictional book about smuggling, based in Cornwall. I'm trying to track down this specific book. The title was something along the lines of "The ...
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Poem from a teacher: "There is a tree I love // And she loves me // Sentient beings call her home"

There is a tree I love And she loves me Sentient beings call her home, She is their world Their womb of God Knowing only here. She sings out the perfection The rightness, the holy stillness of all ...
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Identify story about large space based telescopes and AI

I am trying to find the title of a sci fi novel or short story. The plot is that scientists have created a large distributed telescope around the solar system, run by an advanced AI. It works really ...
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Swift's Great Mystery

In his best known book, History of Shit, Dominique Laporte mentions "Swift's Great Mystery" when listing pertinent literature (pp. 100-101): The Biblioteca Scatalogica furnishes an impressive list ...
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Which original Persian poem of Rumi does this refer to?

Does anyone know which is the Persian text for the below poem by Rumi ? I choose to love you in silence… For in silence I find no rejection, I choose to love you in loneliness… For in loneliness no ...
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Identify a detailed-prose book of Aesop fables

At a school I no longer go to (Sydney, Australia, early 2010s, the book was in English), I read this book in the library that was a collection of Aesop's fables. The author had this very distinctive ...
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identify a Douglas Adams-ish short story about a failed attempt to communicate with aliens that ends with an anticlimactic sentence

When I was a teenager I read a story about scientists who received radio signals (or something like that) of extraterrestrial origin but were unable to decode them. After many years of receiving these ...
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Short comic/one shot of a man trying out evil for the first time by kidnapping and murdering a girl, then realizes evil is not for him?

I have a vague memory of a short comic I read once that involved a man talking about how you can't really despise evil without at least trying it first. Therefore, they kidnapped and tortured a girl, ...
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Identify a story about time travel with a prehistoric child and a modern-day carer who grows attached to him

It's a short science fiction story about the invention of a time machine in the future. The tale revolves around scientists sending a child from the prehistoric era, who is cared for by a woman who ...
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Kid called Roland who wanted to win a grocery competition to win a house

I grew up in Australia in the 90’s/2000’s and am trying to find a children’s book. It’s about a family of extreme couponers/competitors and their son Roland who is trying to win a house from a grocery ...

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