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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Help identifying short article about footsteps in the snow

About ten years ago I read a short article online somewhere (probably just a couple of paragraphs) about a man and his father. Something the father told him when he was young shaped his decisions ...
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Identify a book about scientist who used mescaline to see monsters

As far as I can remember, a scientist in this book invented something based on mescaline and the result was that he - and others who followed this procedure - recognized that people are being ...
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What was this novel about an English man growing up in a mansion isolated from society?

I remember from school that a certain book was treated during English literature classes about an English man who grew up in a mansion isolated from society? He was taken care of and everything ...
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Identify a book about boys living in the woods for a summer

The book seemed to be set between the wars and in hindsight felt like an English version of Huckleberry Finn. Three brothers decided to spend the summer in the woods near their house. I think two ...
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“The Dearest Charms in France” - French story about soldiers, a lottery, and a famous prostitute

Several years ago, I read a memorable short story included as an example (of what, I don't recall) in a book about writing. The story was set in a historical era of France. I believe it was ...
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Story about child slavery and mutilated body parts?

Can someone help me identify this story about child slavery? I read this last year in my English class and its a book about slavery. Synopsis: The Protagonist is a young male who collects unmarked ...
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Which South or Central American female author wrote a short story about frozen cockroaches?

In the 90s I read a collection of short stories by a South American female author (most likely translated to English vs having been written in English originally). I remember the stories were good, ...
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19th-C French story about loner who dines and doesn't go to England

I'm trying to remember the author and title of a story I once read. It was set in Paris in the nineteenth century, and I assume also written by a nineteenth-century French author. The story is ...
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Collection of short-stories for kids/teens in German

Around 13-15 years ago I had a book (or 2!) which featured a collection of short stories. It was written in German; I sadly remember neither the name of the book, nor the author's or publisher's name. ...
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Short story that poked fun at certain authority figures (presidents or prime ministers) via implications of incompetence

I would like to identify a comedic book that was recommended​ to me some time ago. I don't remember much, but here is a brief description: The title may have contained a person's name... If memory ...
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Identify a story about murders of homeless people

I remember 2 years ago reading a book in class about a retired soldier who lures homeless people into his house and murders them. I believe the plot went like this: Lets say the heroes name is X. ...
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Identify a (post nuclear?) fallout story

The plot is a bit hazy for me since I read this novel years ago but can someone tell me if they know this book? The plot: Bomb goes off in the UK. Building collapse and many people die. Society ...
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A book about a clock keeper

This is a dodgy question as I have few details about this book, however: I am trying to find a book that was already around in the 1990s and famous enough to be translated into Dutch. (It wasn't a ...
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Title and author for SF short story about giving Shakespeare an F?

There was a science fiction story where some academics developed a technology that would let them bring a person from the past into the present. Various candidates were discussed and dismissed before ...
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Can anyone remind me who wrote this essay about qualifying remarks? (Mark Twain, maybe?)

It might be Mark Twain or O.Henry. It discusses the shortcomings of that era's novels and short stories. Specifically, it parodies authors' remarks qualifying dialogue. The author of the essay claims ...
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Overpopulated world, where volunteers are being taken to be converted to food

I've read a lot of stories over the years, and Google is not being kind to my search terms (it probably flagged something with NSA or Homeland Security, too). The book I'm thinking of is set in an ...
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What book did I read if not “The Dark Tower”?

Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" is receiving a bit of press recently due to the upcoming movie. I'd always believed I'd read this book, but it bears no resemblance to the one I remember having read ...
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Short story where spectators at a sports match shine a mirror at the referee and burn him

I read a short story long ago. I can't remember the details but I would like to reread it. What's it's title? The story is a science fiction story concerning some sports match. A referee makes a bad ...
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Book about a boy blinded by a firecracker

I read this book when I was in elementary school in Ashland, KY, probably between 1990 and 1998. It was a paperback, with the cover primarily blue, maybe with the main character on the front in dark ...
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Story where grandma rips her grandson's novel/textbook to shreds

I read this story at least 15 years ago in a fairy tale compilation. The story had a teenager reading a novel hidden inside a textbook (forgot if it was math textbook or something else). I think the ...
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Strip / comic with a young child's teddy bear being ripped open for a CD

I can hardly remember any of it, but it has been bugging me for days that I cannot seem to identify this strip. I know one fact for sure. The beginning of a volume started on a boat, in which '...
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Poem about a young man who dies

There was a poem I read years ago that I can't remember the name of. The setting is rural, possibly set in 19th or 20th century United States. A young man, possibly even a teenager, suddenly has some ...
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Looking for a short story about a small-town mob who goes after a man who had accidentally killed another man

The story I'm looking for is one I read only once over a decade ago for class. The story is set in a small town in the U.S., sometime around the 1950s, 60s, akin to "Monsters are Due on Maple Street."...
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Please help identify a fanfic-y apocryphal story based on Noon Universe

I've been trying to find this one for several years but somehow Google-fu was weak. Pretty old - I think I read it in early/mid 90s. Internet-published. Apocryphal mishmash of entire Noon universe ...
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YA Adventure/Survival Novel, Written Late 1940's Through Late 1970's

I'm trying to find a YA novel that I read sometime between 1977 and 1980 from our public library (after I started reading "big books" in second grade, but before we moved from that town). Two notes: ...
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What is the name of this book about soccer and oranges?

I read a book in the mid to late nineties that I don't have any clue how to search for. Here are the things that I remember from this book: The main character was younger than 18 and he had a vision ...
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Sci-Fi Short Story - Life Saving Weight Loss

I recall a short story I read in High School. We read it in English class so it was likely published in an anthology intended for use in schools. (This was in Scotland in the 1970's if that helps.) ...
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Fairy tale story in two parts: “as I first heard it” and “when I wanted to know more”

I read this book some years ago, probably around 2010, though it was definitely older than that. It had a fairly short and simple title, of the kind one might expect to find on a fairy tale: "The Lost ...
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Children's Book with Time Machine in the Basement

I'm trying to find a book I recall from my childhood, but details are sparse. For an upper bound on release, I would have read this ~1990-1995. The only detail that really stands out is that towards ...
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Mystery book series whose titles are alliterations and involve gemstones

I remember, when I was in middle school, reading a series of mystery books. The titles were of the format 'X and Y', where X was a type of gemstone, and X and Y began with the same letter. As far as ...
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Looking for a specific passage by Nabokov

I remember reading this specific (germanophobic, sorry about that) bit in one of Nabokov's works but I just can't find it now. It described several bürgers drinking beer and casually laughing at ...
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Which short story describes how a man's teaching logic to his would-be girlfriend backfires?

I read a short story in the early 90s, from a collection dating from the 80s or earlier, which detailed a young man teaching logical fallacies to his female friend. Later, when he begins to court her,...
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Novel about time travel through period accuracy

A novel was described to me some time ago, in which people traveled to other parts of history by living in carefully designed cubicles (of which there was a whole building, all of them jammed up next ...
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Drama, probably set in a hospital, where we know early on (from the blurb?) that someone is going to die due to a doctor's mistake

I read this in the 90s, but I remember that, when I mentioned it to my mother, she commented that it was a fairly well-known book which she herself had read when she was younger (she would have been ...
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Story about two siblings who run away from home and stay in a museum at night

I remember when I was a kid my dad read us a book about two children, brother and sister, who ran away from home, and stayed the night in a museum. They slept under a bed (that was an example of a ...
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Looking for an old O. Henry story about a wealthy young man trying to woo a “genteel poor” young lady in New York City

I'm trying to pin down a certain short story by O. Henry. I remember the plot quite well, but not the title, nor which book collection of O. Henry's stories I first encountered it within. And let's ...
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Teenager in orphanage or prison

I am looking for a story that was part of a Reader's Digest anthology. I read in the very early 1990s as a German translation, but I am pretty sure, the story is from the USA (and was probably written ...
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Help me identify a story about a boy who flees to an island with his friends

So, this one story (novel) I read as a child. It was a around 250-400 page book with medium text size (and sketches on one every left page (almost). I only remember fragments of it. If anyone could ...
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Story ID: Brother and sister go back to colonial times

This was a Scholastic-type book, probably about 5th-grade level. I would have read it in the 1980s. I remember there were a brother and sister, possibly in upstate New York. They either found or ...
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A pair of children decide that their neighbor is a witch and convince her to try flying

I believe I checked this out from our library in Kentucky somewhere between 1986 and 1995. I remember it as a short book, less than a hundred pages, maybe less than thirty. A pair of children (at ...
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Identify a novel/travelogue (18th century) featuring an anecdote about haunted painting

I'm trying to identify a novel or travelogue, possibly 18th century, possibly translated from French, which features as a significant tangent the story of a haunted painting. I believe the ghost story ...
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'Classical' horror short story in which overwork is linked to a supernatural demon

Having just had an exceptionally busy week, I've been trying to recall the details of a relevant short story whose name escapes me. I have the feeling it was a fairly old, 'classical' horror story - ...
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Short story about a man condemned to death because he cannot remember the details about a country

I once read a short story about a man (a journalist?) visiting a prison inmate. He was incarcerated for a crime he did not commit, and it was a case of mistaken identity or insufficient alibi. The ...
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Which book has a main character named William in a church in a forest?

There is this one book I've been looking for: The book is relatively small, but pretty thick. The cover features a young boy running upwards, with a tiny doglike creature in the bottom lefthand ...
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Short story in Russian about time travel and changing the history of WW2

I remember when I was a child (probably about 40 years ago), I read some story in a Russian book (I think its original language was Russian). The story is as follows: a man read some documentary book ...
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Science fiction short story with the ability to jump from world to world

I read this not long ago, maybe a year. It was either a short story or a novella, certainly not longer. Read in English, in the US. The story was definitely older though, no clue exactly when but ...
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Help me identify an old children's picture book featuring anthropomimetic arthropods

The book in question was written prior to 1990. The pages probably had no words — I was able to read at the time, so either it was not narrated or the words were not memorable. Each page, or pair of ...
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Looking for a poem about the (fictionalized) writing of The Canterbury Tales Prologue

A friend of mine used to quote a poem that told the fictionalized story of Chaucer writing the first lines of the Prologue of The Canterbury Tales: "Whan that Aprill with his ... ". When he ...
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A girl, told that it's wonderful to live in Wales, goes off to live in a whale

This story came to me earlier today and now it's nagging at the edge of my brain. It was a short, somewhat silly, story, part of a collection that I read somewhere in the early 90s. I read it in the ...
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Identification of book set in Ancient Egypt

A couple years ago, I read a book which I would like to revisit. I don't remember much, but here's what I have. Setting is Ancient Egypt One of the primary characters is a Pharaoh or other reputable ...

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