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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Children's book about a child who captures tadpoles with his uncle

I'm looking for the name/author of a children's book, I read it in the early 1990s. The book was about a child whose uncle comes to stay with him. They go to a creek to capture tadpoles with some of ...
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Trying to find: short story about man meeting cannibal on train but escaping

In my high school's Western Lit class (1980s), the teacher, Mr. Carlson, handed out three short stories on the theme of modernism and existentialism. One was "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" ...
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Short story by Poe where the killers of an evil king escape by ladder

I believe there is a short story by Poe in which an evil king is killed, and the killers escape by a ladder to the roof. What is the title of this story? I read this story several decades ago, in a ...
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Looking for the name of a book written by a persecuted Christian in the late Roman Empire

I remember watching several videos on the Early Middle Ages on YouTube by YaleCourses. 04. The Christian Roman Empire is one of the videos in the series. (The entire series is The Early Middle Ages, ...
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Story about two brothers playing *gulli-danda*

I remember reading a story in 5th or 6th grade about two brothers where one was jealous of the other. The elder brother had polio in one of his legs and when they were playing gulli-danda, the younger ...
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Democratizing original occult texts

Search engine results for occult libraries tend to have mostly commercial interests at play (vendors of trinkets and spell books and the like). Another issue I've run into is the genre tends to get ...
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50/60s short story where a shipwrecked man hallucinates that his crush comes to him, he kills her; later she reads his confession in the newspaper

Who's the author of the following short story? It's a famous writer from the 50/60s. A clerk is in love with a female colleague who ignores him. When his mother dies, he picks up sailing. A storm ...
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Looking for the original version of a book written by an East German author, which has a Chinese translation

I read a book (in Chinese) by a German author. Its title reads '话说图书'(Talk about Books, or may be roughly translated as On Books) and its author is translated as '奈布罗'(nai-bu-luo). I wonder the ...
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Story about a seventeen-year-old immortal who lives up to present events

I read an English adult book about around three to four years ago (it seemed quite fresh at the time) which was about a seventeen-year-old boy in the early 20th century, who was shot and became ...
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Short story about a young boy living in South Africa during Apartheid

I believe I read this story in my AP Literature textbook, but can't recall the name. It's about a young boy living in South Africa during Apartheid who is ironically killed by the fence surrounding ...
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"Beauty and the Beast" type short story where the beast wins her by playing cards with the father and cries gems to woo her

I'm looking for a beauty and the beast type short story where the beast wears a mask and wins the beauty by playing cards with her dad. I remember that the beast cries diamonds or some type of gem and ...
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Parody of Lewis Carroll's parody, "You are old, Father William"

You Are Old, Father William is a poem by Lewis Carroll that appears in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It is a parody of Robert Southey's poem, The Old Man's Comforts and How He Gained Them. I ...
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Book about poor people boycotting rich

A book I am looking for is about how one day all poor people stopped working. All shops closed and rich people were left on their own - their cars would break down, no food at home - and all the poor ...
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Identify a children's book about a boy put on trial by bugs for his cruelty to bugs

Read this when I was in primary school in Sydney, Australia, early 2010s. It was probably a small chapterbook with some pictures. I'm pretty sure the author is Australian but I'm not sure if it was in ...
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French comic about a Native American prisoner

I am looking for a French comic that was published at least 30 years ago. The story took place in the Wild West, during the American Indian Wars. There were three main characters: a young man with a ...
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Who are all these writers referred to by Premchand?

The first paragraph of Premchand's (true?) short story "My First Composition" (available on the Internet Archive) is: At the time my age was about thirteen years. I was quite ignorant of ...
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Short story where aliens provide choice of escape from Earth to all species. All leave except for dogs, which remain with behind with humans

Short story where aliens provide a choice of escape from Earth to all the species. All leave except for dogs, which remain with behind with humans.
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Ogden Nash poem on hiccups

I have a vivid memory of reading a poem by Ogden Nash about hiccups that included the word "epiglottis" to help explain why they happen. I think it also had, as a poem, his quote about how &...
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Young Adult mystery where they interview a former slave

I remember as a kid (probably late '70s) reading a mystery where the protagonists, probably 2+ boys, but I don't recall, interviewed the remaining residents of an old plantation for clues. One of ...
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NY short stories - woman wears towel for landlord, woman tricks rich man to take her to Napa, priest falls into elevator shaft while wrestling a drunk

A woman who won't pay the rent. When the landlord comes to the door and tries to talk to her, she stands with only a very short towel in front of her. Eventually she has to move and does this all ...
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Which book had a character read 1001 Arabian Nights for extra credit?

I remember my school teacher reading to us a book where part of the story was that the main character wants to get extra credit at school for reading a very long book. So he (?) goes to the library ...
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Which adaptation of Richard II the John of Gaunt's speech played in Tom Hiddleston's Jaguar Commercial at the beginning comes from?

Starring Tom Hiddleston, at the beginning of this Jaguar advertisement: Art Of Villainy With Tom Hiddleston - Jaguar Ad, a recording of John of Gaunt's speech (This royal throne of kings, this scepter’...
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Book featuring John Dee's assistant and a Hungarian vampire lady

I read this short novel around 2014, in the UK, in English. The cover was dark pink or red, and the title was something that smelled like a ripoff of the Da Vinci Code. One of the main (viewpoint) ...
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Wife kills husband short story, NOT "Lamb to the Slaughter", where the wife giggles at the thought of killing him

I'm looking for the title of a short story, NOT "Lamb to the Slaughter," but another one I used to compare and contrast with it. It had a wife and husband, very much in 1950s roles, talking ...
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Fairy tale about a Princess who turns into a monster at night

I'm searching for a fairy tale, or a fairy tale retelling, that I've read in English. The story is about a Princess who turns into a monster or a beast at night and so is locked away. If a man can ...
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Sci-fi story where humans first help alien life advance and then lead factions to war against each other

I've been trying to find a story I've read about 20 years ago, without success. It is about a group of human astronauts landing on an alien planet, where they help the local life advance ...
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Looking for the name of a book with Bruegel's Tower of Babel as the front cover

I'm looking for the name of a book I read three years ago (although it was published in the early 2000s maybe) about a boy who leaves his village and goes to a large city. The cover art is a corner of ...
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Book about a boy who leaves his village and goes to a large city. The cover shows two men having a discussion at the foot of Bruegel's Tower of Babel [duplicate]

I'm looking for the name of a book I read three years ago (although it was published in the early 2000s maybe) about a boy who leaves his village and goes to a large city. The cover art is a corner of ...
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Who wrote/recorded this Chinese parable about a deer trained not to fear wolves?

It was a Chinese writer or philosopher, probably pre-1900. Basically, a man captures a deer and a wolf and keeps them in his garden/compound. He trains the wolf not to attack the deer. The deer ...
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Young adult 80s novel about second coming of Christ as a horny teenage boy

I read this book in the late 1980s or possibly very early 1990s. It was about the second coming of Christ but extremely blasphemous in its plot line (as far as I recall, Christ had come back as a very ...
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Greek/Roman play in which a woman encourages a pregnant slave to marry a slave owner and pass her baby off as his?

I can’t for the life of me remember which play this is, or indeed whether it’s Greek or Roman. There’s presumably a lot more to the plot than this, but all I remember is that a young woman is sold ...
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Short animal stories book identification

I remember reading a book about 20 years ago, containing lots of short stories (each one being only a couple of pages long). The stories were not connected to each other at all. Each story have a ...
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Hindi short story where a painter makes a painting of his dying son

I read a Hindi short stories book around at least 8-10 years ago. One of the stories I still remember (some of it), as I found it very strange/disturbing. I remember some of it, but want to read the ...
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Looking for a short poem which is a parodic pastiche of Shakespeare plots (possibly published in the New Yorker)

A few years ago, in a poetry podcast, the guest read out a poem which was a parodic pastiche of Shakespeare plots. It wasn't based on any specific Shakespeare plot, but it was meant to seem like a ...
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Trying to find a story called "The Curse of the Phantom Rolls Royce"

As a child (at 12 or 13, ~55 years ago) I read a story called "The Curse of the Phantom Rolls Royce" and I loved it. It wasn’t a big book so I think it was a stand alone story. I certainly ...
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Trilogy of book involving a man's journey through ritual magic [duplicate]

This is going to bug me... I was reading A book from the 80s/90s with a stage magician and a couple women and it reminded me of a trilogy of books I read in the late 1990s as discarded paperbacks from ...
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90s retelling of Twelfth Night set in Internet chatrooms

I'm looking for a book I read in the late 1990s that actually was the inspiration for the username I still use today. It was based on the plot of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, with people falling in ...
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A book from the 80s/90s with a stage magician and a couple women

I'm sorry but my memory is quite spotty on this but I'm obsessed with trying to remember this book. I don't remember the author or title at all. I barely remember a few things. the main character was ...
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Thriller novel where the main character escapes an underground complex explosion by running up the stairs really fast

I don't remember exactly when I read this, I think at least ten years ago, almost certainly more than five years ago. I don't remember what was being investigated in the story, but the protagonist is ...
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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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Stone age fiction with "summers" instead of "years"

The series is fiction, and has multiple books. The cover I had of the third book has fire and an animal along with the protagonist, I think. The protagonist is a person so it cancels out any books ...
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Short story about secret spy betrayed at a secret party, boss got stuck in trap while looking for files

I think I read it five or six years ago from a collection of novels written by one writer. A man is a spy in a secret illegal organization, one day he took part in a secret party, but he had been ...
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Looking for a phantasmagoric novel encountered many years ago

Following advice by Rand al'Thor I am reposting here my old question, asked and closed six years ago at the SciFi & Fantasy SE site. Now this is going to be really tough since I remember very ...
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Fantasy series where magic is connected to astronomical objects

I am looking for a series. It may be 5 books, but I am not totally sure on that. I read the book roughly 15 years ago and believe it was somewhat new at that time. The story itself is wrapped around a ...
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Original Poems from Notes from the City of the Sun

I am interested in finding the original Chinese poems used in Notes from the City of the Sun by Bonnie S. McDougall. I know the poems are from Bei Dao, and, according to this webpage, the poems used ...
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Book about a boy and girl who are great baseball players

I have pretty limited information about this book, but here goes: I read it approximately 6-7 years ago. The language of publication was English. I found it while browsing in a book store where it ...
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Everyone keeps diaries due to regular, town-wide amnesia

I would have read this English YA novel in the late 2010s, though I'm not sure how old it was at that point. It was picked up from a local library in the Western United States. I am 50% sure there was ...
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Audiobook about 19th century New York immigrant obsessed with photography and a red-headed woman

Back in the early 1990's my father got an audiobook from the library about a German or European immigrant in 19th century New York (I think it mentioned the main male protagonist seeing the Statue of ...
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1960s? Young race car driver series (Young Adult)

In the late 60s or early 70s I read a series of books (3 at least) about a young race car driver (probably 18-20 in the first book). They were hardback books from a library, so could be 5-10 years ...
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A detective story about money printing

I probably read this 3-5 years ago. It is a story about a man that wants to reveal a money printing factory, he does it because his brother died (I guess) while trying to reveal that money printing. I ...

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