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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Short story - man obsessed with news, then lives solitary life, then goes on killing rampage

I remember reading a short story about a married couple where a man was always obsessed with the news (I think it was on the radio) until his wife was so exasperated with him she nagged him and drove ...
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I'm looking for a book about children who go to live in the woods

I remember reading a beautifully illustrated book about some children going to live in the woods, when I was younger. The basic plot is that a few boys decide to go live in the woods, and it goes so ...
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Looking for a book. Action takes place in Spain

So I'm looking for a name of a book I once read. Description: Action takes place in Spain. I'm 98% sure it was Andalusia. I'm not sure author was spanish, though. Narrator is a young woman that lives ...
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Crime drama/mystery where a woman suffers a car crash, and searches for a child who doesn't exist

I remember reading this novel about 5-6 years ago, I think maybe as a recent release at the time. A woman is found wandering, dazed, having escaped from her crashed car. She claims she had to leave ...
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Looking for a mystery novel series whose protagonists are two old retired women

I am looking for a series of books, where the two main protagonists are old women, solving crime, much to the dismay of the local police. If I remember properly, they stumble on their first crime by ...
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What song is mai chhoro brajaki basari?

In Chapter VII of My Boyhood Days, Tagore describes how the narrator as a child became interested in music and singing. The "family friend Srikantha Babu was absorbed in music day and night":...
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Children’s stories about motocross

I’m looking to find some books I read as a child: a collection of stories about a young boy involved with motocross or dirt biking. This was in the UK in the 90s. One of the stories featured a rival ...
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Help identifying a 90s children's horror/adventure story featuring an abandoned house, mad scientist, and spider creature

The key thing I remember about this story: In-universe, the folklore goes something like: if you go to the woods, and find the house, and press your face against the glass, there's a sudden horrifying ...
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Looking for a book whose title roughly translates to Way to Oregon

I am looking for a book whose title roughly translates to "Way to Oregon". The author was a person of color, probably an African-American. The story is about a group who were involved in ...
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Story/article about the 1969 moon landing's meaning to a black man

Can you help me identify the short story or article? It was set in Florida in the summer of 1969 The writer asks a black man, working at his hotel, what he thinks of the excitement over the moon ...
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Identifying a poem about life as a test

In my 8th grade social studies class two decades ago, we studied the following poem, recollected from memory: Life is but a savage test of who is least and who is best. Those who fall may lack the ...
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Humorous novel about a man in a religious order who is sent into the outside world by his order, and has his worldview changed by his experiences

Today, at church, the priest was discussing the Sacrament of Reconciliation, both commenting on how even priests and nuns go to Confession regularly and on how, as a priest, he's noticed that people ...
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Multipurpose furniture shapeshifts at inconvenient times, abandoned in attic

I studied a novel/story around 1995/1997 while I was in 7th grade or so. I vaguely remember the storyline. But I am unable to get the name or author of the story. The storyline goes like this: ...
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Gore Vidal’s book about the Mexican-American war: was anything published?

I was watching a video on YouTube where an elderly Gore Vidal made mention that he was working on a book about the Mexican-American war. In the video Gore Vidal was already in a wheelchair but he was ...
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Looking for the name of a children's book about hobbit-like people

I read this book (in English) 10+ years ago at a library and now I can not for the life of me remember the title. Plot things that I remember For the first book: In the first book, there are two ...
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Novel about a man who voluntarily has himself locked in another man's basement

I read a book about 15 years ago and I don't remember hardly any of the details at all. What I do remember of the plot is that a white man pays a black man a hefty sum of money in order to keep him ...
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Searching for a sci-fi short story: three robots sent as ambassadors to prevent an interplanetary war

I remember reading a short story about three robots sent as ambassadors to (I think) Mars. It was an attempt by Earth to prevent a Martian invasion or war. The robots arrived in a spaceship designed ...
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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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Story about two men walking through the forest

This is a story (fable) that I remember reading or hearing when I was young (UK, probably between 2000-2010). It felt more like an older fable than a story written then in the 2000s. The part I ...
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Poem about a joker with disorganized attire

[throughout this question by 'English' I only mean the 'language English' ] I remember from my childhood a English language poem from a middle/high school general English textbook (India). I can only ...
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Story ID: a woman missing the train and living among strangers

I would like your help to find a story I read some years ago. What I remember about the story is that it's set in a western style world in the 1800 century probably in USA. The story begins by ...
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Book about kids riding a flying snake in a magical realm

I read an English-language novel in the mid-2000s about a group of 2 or 3 kids, probably siblings and/or cousins. I think they travel from out of town to a relative's home in the southern United ...
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Seeking Title and Poet of Post WWI poem closing with “If there is no reward for devotion such as this, I'll take my chances in hell”

I'm seeking the title/author of a 1920-30s poem, closing with the phrase: If there is no reward for devotion such as this, I'll take my chances in hell. The narrator being a soldier returned from ...
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Identify book about a guy in his late teens/early twenties who goes to live with a family to tutor their teenage son

I can't remember the name of a book about a guy in his late teens/early twenties who goes to live with a family to tutor their teenage son. Subsequently, the guy/tutor has an affair with the mother, ...
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Can you identify this poem about axolotl, fish, salamander

I have some lines from my dad's favourite poem, but they’re jumbled as he was 94. The lines may not be in the correct order. He couldn’t remember the writer, and several internet searches have not ...
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Novel about a Kazakh train station manager

I'm looking for a novel about a man working as a train station manager in Kazakhstan. The train station is in a remote location in a plains environment, and only rarely do trains pass. He works and ...
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Mass market paperback about a serial killer who communicated with protagonist online

I perused this crime novel sometime in the late 90's, most likely 1998. It was a used paperback for sale at the local library. Likely an undocumented donation to aid library funding. I only read a ...
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Short Story with “All Odd Numbers Are Prime” Joke

Does anyone remember a short story (perhaps in Analog around the 1970s) which included a joke about engineers similar to what are called "Polish" jokes in the US and "Irish" jokes ...
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Looking for the author of a story about a tourist who got a tattoo from a renowned artist

Many years back, in school, I read a story about a tourist who goes to a new country and gets a tattoo from a renowned artist. When the artist dies, the two countries fight for the rights to the ...
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Finding a book involving a boy and carnival

In 2008 I read a book (fiction) about a boy living with a carnival. The carnival was a bunch of radical environmentalists. I can't recall the title or the author so I'm hoping somebody on here can ...
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A book by an American ex-spy who took part in the Panama canal-related coup

I once read a book about an American ex-spy, but remember nether its title nor the author. I remember that author was an American ex-spy who took part in covert ops in several countries including ...
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WWII (?) comic about a spy doing propaganda for the bad guys

The story, so far... When I was a kid, I read a story about a guy, who was sent to a country as a spy. He ended up working with doing propaganda for said countrys government, but is secretly sending ...
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Identify a fiction novel about Atlantis and digital or analog “discs”

I'm trying to remember a children's fiction book I read as a child. I only remember vague key words and ideas. Do you know what this story is? Language: English Date read: mid 2000s Where I would've ...
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Title of poem by Wisława Szymborska

Does anyone know the title of the poem by Szymborska which contains a line worded something like “whose life has ever turned out as they thought it would anyway”? I believe that the poem was published ...
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Girl in a marshy village setting whose friend is small with big feet

I remember three things about a book I read as a child. The cover was blue-green, and had either stars, fireflies, or some other kind of orbs of light on it. I don't remember the title, and all of ...
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What story is this from ? A feather chokes an opera singer to death on stage

The audience at the opera watches a feather float slowly down and spiral into the mouth of the lead soprano, and she chokes to death. I remember reading this sometime in the last decade, but don't ...
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Did Julian Huxley write a poem about an axolotl, and if so, what was it?

Julian Huxley was an avid science populariser, researched into the metamorphosis of axolotls, and wrote poetry. I'm pretty sure that these interests were combined in a poem I once came across, ...
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Tale of a Dog Chasing the Sun/Trying to Find Its Owner?

So during the Korean Folktale Topic Challenge, I was actually searching for a specific story that I thought was associated with a mythical beast called "Haetchi" or a "Haetae". It'...
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What was the case where Sherlock answers Watson's private thoughts?

I recall a Sherlock Holmes mystery where the detective and his assistant are in their apartment and Watson is working over some decision that he has to make. Suddenly Holmes pipes in to give his ...
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Identify a story about the kid who waves at the train

I learned of a story in my high school time(sometime during year 2000-2002) as part of the English textbox. The story is about two men having a conversation in a train, one is a disabled man who lost ...
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Is there a version of Beauty and the Beast where the bad sisters get punished?

According to Wikipedia, there are several versions of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. Do any of them punish the bad sisters? If so, were the punishments "in line with" cultural ...
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Book about people cut off from rest of the world that don't kill animals

I read this book in elementary school (less than 10 years old) so I think it was a young adult or children's book. It's about inhabitants of a valley that were cut off from the outside world. The main ...
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Short story: an executioner, uncaring to convicts, discovers a watch that he gifted to his son

I remember reading this English (could be a translation) short story ~20 years ago in my school. There was an executioner who executed convicts on an electric chair. He never cared about (or looked ...
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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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Short Story About a Man Slowly Dying From Internal Injury

I remember reading an interesting short story (fairly sure it was in an early level college lit class) where a man falls off a ladder while hanging a picture or performing maintenance inside his home. ...
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Book about a mathematical British captain

I read an English-language novel around 2005 that chronicled the life of a fictional man from 1800's England—his childhood, work as a sailor, marriage, and promotion to captain. The cover shows part ...
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Short Story About a Mystical Bog and Illicit Affair Involving a Professor

It was in an anthology of short stories published prior to 1999 and written by a woman, maybe with the first name Anne, but I'm not certain. I recall her going into detail about beetles copulating in ...
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Short story about a drug addict in a prison in Mexico

I remember reading a short story on the internet a decade or so ago. It was told in first person, from the perspective of a middle class (male?) in the USA, who had some kind of medical problem that ...
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Book about a panda who ate liquorice and used a sudoku square to do magic

I read a book when I was younger that my grandma brought me and loved it. It was about a panda who ate liquorice and used a sudoku square to do magic. I really would like to find this book for my son
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Looking for a SF short story about a hotel frozen in time

I read it like 7 years ago. Many scientists — I remember Einstein — are there. You can only go if you are invited. Every time someone leaves, you can see from the window of the hotel the time he/she ...

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