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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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What story is the idea that it's better to pick a small box rather than a large one from?

For as long as I can remember, whenever I'm presented with a choice between a small and a large box in a video game or something, I've had the idea that I should pick the small box rather than the ...
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Trying to find a story of a man who strapped a magnet to his forehead, has visions

Many years ago I read a story of a man who experimented with a magnet strapped to his forehead. From what I remember, he examined this experiment in his attic study. He harnessed a magnet on his ...
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Mid-1990s novel about young programmer who gets into trouble in Dallas

Novel about a talented young computer programmer (maybe a child-protege..?) who makes a splash in the programming world and ends up moving to Dallas. I don’t really remember much of the plot, but I ...
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Poem criticising students' tendency to try to pry the one true meaning out of a poem

This site has received questions such as Two Interpretations of Robert Herrick's “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time”, Interpretation of “The Catcher in the Rye” by J. D. Salinger (literally ...
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Hardback book, read in the late 1980s, involving a wandering samurai investigating a cat demon tearing peoples' throats out around a village

I'm pretty sure I found this again several years ago, and learned it was a series, but I first read it when I was in elementary school (although I think it was supposed to be for older readers). The ...
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Comic about Mayas and/or Aztecs invading Europe instead of the other way round

I am looking for a alternative-history comic that I saw a few years ago in which one or more Mesoamerican peoples (the Mayas or the Aztecs or even an alliance of Mesoamerican peoples) invade Europe, ...
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Looking for a book where a boy starts volunteering at a vet's office after school

There's a boy who wants to work at a vet's office, although I don't think his family/father was in favor of it. One story that stands out in my memory is helping a deaf white kitten (possibly albino) ...
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Where can I find R. K. Narayan's maiden speech to the Indian parliament?

In 1980 R. K. Narayan was appointed to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the bicameral Parliament of India. In his maiden speech to the Rajya Sabha, the author spoke of children having so much ...
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Is this a real Indian fairy tale about a monkey who changes colour and marries a princess?

In R. K. Narayan's short story "A Willing Slave" (which I read as part of his 1982 collection Malgudi Days), the nanny Ayah tells a story to the young girl Radha: The Ayah squatted below the cot ...
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Author of books about Mexican guru

I'm trying unsuccessfully to remember the name of American author who wrote a series of very popular books during the sixties or seventies on his encounter with a Mexican guru. Any suggestions?
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Short fiction in which the suits of playing cards (clubs, diamonds, spades, hearts) are used in place of some words

I remember reading such a story, maybe in the New Yorker or The Atlantic, in the 1990s or early 2000s. There were hearts and diamonds and clubs and spades throughout the story (printed the same size ...
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Children's book about a stuffed dog and stuffed cat who eat each other when their owner leaves

I read this book a long time ago about a stuffed cat and a stuffed dog who get hungry when their owner leaves and eat each other: they rip each other apart until they are each just a rag. They looked ...
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Horror story about boy being turned into a mannequin

I vaguely remember a story that I read in english class during middle school (ca 2008-2010 in Sweden) about a boy being turned into mannequin. From what I remember the boy was dipped in waxed by evil ...
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Trying to remember a poem that I only have a snippet of

I'm trying to find some lost poems that were favorites of mine in high school. This one, I only have one line that I remember clearly. Not much to go on, I know, but if anyone recognizes it, I would ...
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Author and title of poem: "Follow, follow me into the South, ..."

Follow, follow me into the South,         And if you are brave and wise I'll buy you laughter for your mouth,         Sorrow for your eyes. I'll buy you laughter, wild and sweet,         ...
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Short story in which notorious safe-cracker retires but has to use old tools to save girl's life

I remember reading a short story, many years ago, about a notorious safe-cracker in the old west, who managed to accrue a nice fortune by utilizing his skills. I cannot remember the title or author, ...
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Story about a beached fishing boat and the Chinese Cultural Revolution

Many years ago I've read a short story that impressed me very much at the time. I'd like to find the story on the endless Web, but, alas, I recall neither the title nor the author, only the plot. To ...
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Searching for US Nebraska middle school literature texts from the 70's

When I was in 6th, 7th and 8th grade in mid-70's, my school used a series of textbooks for the literature classes. I thought they were excellent collections and I've hunted for them several times ...
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What was the play 5-10 years ago where all the dialogue consisted of generic words describing what might be said

This might have been a short piece rather than a full-length play; I heard about it in a news story. I don't remember any details, but the idea was that instead of actually speaking content words, the ...
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Book where all the characters are named after chess pieces

I remember reading this book maybe 8-10 years ago. It was set in a school and all the characters were named after chess pieces. There was a teacher called Mr Bishop maybe and someone’s nickname might ...
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Mystery short story where the owner of a dog is accidentally murdered via strychnine

I solved this one in the process of asking the question, so I'm self-answering. I remember it as being part of an Alfred Hitchcock anthology. The protagonists get pulled into investigating the ...
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Identify a book where the main character is released from prison in order to be sent to conduct espionage in Italy

this is a book I borrowed off my father about 15 years ago, not sure of the actual age of the book. I've tried Googling but I've not been able to turn up anything that fits my memories. The book ...
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Book set during the Black Death: nine travellers each with a secret

I read this novel in 2014, and it was probably published at least after 2000. It was set in England (I think) during the Black Death of the 14th century. I read it in English, in the UK. The book ...
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Story in which a boy's mother dies, he forgets about it when at school but remembers when he arrives home?

I read the story in a Learning To Communicate, an English Textbook by Oxford Printing Press about 10 years ago. Story description A boy rides his bus to school and throughout his day he observes ...
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Possible Jerome Salinger short book about hockey player and his girlfriend

I'm looking for a short book about hockey player and his girlfriend. I think it is by Jerome Salinger. I've already read 50% of his books, which I can find on public. Only story about this crazy ...
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Young Horror Anthology - Short story with devices passed into a hole in a wall, returned powered by worms...?

I remember reading short story when I was young (in the 80s) where the protagonist passed a series of objects though a discovered portal (in their room?) and they were returned powered by - or ...
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Novel about an extroverted boy and an introverted girl

I'm looking to identify a novel which talks about the relationship between an extroverted boy and an introverted girl, who fears that the boy will forget her and writes to him every week. Another ...
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Does anyone recognise this poem - from my mum (90)?

Once upon a summer in the hills by the river Was a deep green forest where the wild things grow. There were paths as ...?....? There were ...?...?...? And a thousand little spaces where the ...
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Comic Book about Jupiter and time travel

I'm trying to find out the name of a comic book I read as a kid, probably in the 80s. The story was about an astronaut who is caught in a jupiter storm and is transported to another time. It meets a ...
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children's short story about boy flying plane in storm

I am trying to identify and locate a children's short story about a boy who takes over the flying of a plane in a storm when the pilot becomes incapacitated. I am not sure, but I believe the boy was ...
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What novel is Yehsao Paoyen?

In the chapter "Ideals of Life" of My Country and My People, Lin Yutang briefly discusses the novel Yehsao Paoyen, an out-and-out Confucianist novel, which takes special delight in exposing the ...
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Identify a book where a teenage girl finds out from her younger sister Martha that she was adopted

Basic plot of this book was, a teenage girl finds out she was adopted. Here are some specifics: Girl had a younger sister, who was their parents' natural born child. Younger sister's name was Martha. ...
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Short children's book about a Mexican boy who likes to make clay horses

This was a short book (maybe less than 20 pages) that I probably read around 1988 or so in elementary school. The protagonist is a young boy, I think in Mexico. His family does pottery, and he's ...
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Short story about a bullied boy winning a rock throwing fight because he can throw rocks so that they curve

I read a short story back in the 2001/2002 time frame while I was in middle school. It may have been assigned reading, or part of a text book, or a library book I can't remember. I was reading it ...
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Children's book with a lost treasure in a hidden valley only accessible by swimming underwater

Okay, this has nagged me for years. I read a children's book circa 1970, set in the western US in early-mid-20th century. Horses and trucks both. A mystery. Protagonists two boys and one girl. ...
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Trying to locate source of a story about Japanese storyteller's apprentice who is mistaken for a master

I'm trying to locate the source of a story I remember, for an essay I'm writing. Not sure if the story is fact, fiction, or legend. It concerns an apprentice to a master storyteller in Japan (Rakugo I ...
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Story ID: U.S. soldier mistaken for football star in Japan

An acquaintance is trying to find a short story she read some years ago (I am sorry she could not identify how far). She thinks she read it in Reader's Digest, or in a collection of stories from it. ...
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Where can I find the original Persian version of these Rumi poems from "The Essential Rumi"?

I am looking for the original Persian version of the following poems of Rumi. These poems are from "The Essential Rumi" by Coleman Barks. The numbers refer to the Furuzanfar's edition of Kulliyat-e ...
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19th-century French "flash fiction" writer/journalist

I'm trying to find the name of a fin-de-siècle writer/feuilletoniste/journalist who wrote very short fiction pieces based on crime stories in the Paris newspapers. A collection of these was published ...
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Looking for an old sci-fi tale about time-traveling

I can not remember the author, but this seems was Ray Bradbury. However, I've already read couple of his short stories, which would be matched by titles, and found nothing. It's probably not Ray ...
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Medieval England story - "Step in, Step Inn", "Good Morning, Good Knight"

I remember reading a book during my school days. There was a story which was based during some war in medieval England I believe. There was an Inn in the story named Step Inn. Where the owner of the ...
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Was there a poem by Aleister Crowley that involved a mechanical girl?

Was there a poem by Aleister Crowley that involved a mechanical girl? I remember finding one with a straight-forward title, like "The Mechanical Girl" or something, when looking up early uses of pre-...
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Short Story: Duel between a magical creature and a master accountant

I half-remember this short story I read in a faded SF or fantasy collection: The child of a respected sorcerer family scandalizes them by choosing a career as an accountant. The parents summon some ...
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Identify a free interpretation of the Babylonian confusion

Once I've read a story that the real reason for the Babylonian confusion was not divine at all but a striking translator guild (I am not sure whether they were slaves or just had worse payment). ...
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German mystery novel(s) where stereotypically-German "Johann" works for an intelligence agency with two assistants

My teacher recently told us that he has written multiple(?) mystery novels, but he won't tell us what it's called, and they're published under a pseudonym. This is all I know about the book: It was ...
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O. Henry story about a grandfather who sits a boy down on a porch to tell a story about a grandfather who sits a boy down etc

I once read a short story, quite convinced at the moment that it was by O. Henry, in which a grandfather figure sits down on his porch with a young boy and starts to tell him a story ... about a ...
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Old children's book about teenage girl who helps foxes

My mom (b. 1960) has long searched for this book she read in her childhood. She consulted with librarians and even wrote a letter to the Toronto Star, but none of the suggestions were it. She gave up ...
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What source did Thomas Medwin use for the argument of his translation of Prometheus Bound?

In a footnote to his translation of Aeschylus's Prometheus Bound (1832), Thomas Medwin says, I make no apology for taking this argument from Black’s translation of Schlegel’s admirable treatise on ...
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Looking for story where a woman calls for help by pretending to be ordering meat over the phone or something

Sounds like Roald Dahl or Edgar Allan Poe, but I could be wrong. It's NOT Lamb to the Slaughter. The woman in the story is in danger somehow by a man in her house, and she manages to call for help ...
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Short story where a king uses a tiger to punish the accused

This story was a part of a collection that I read quite some time ago. Here are the details: Language: English Year: Unknown; but I read it sometime in the early 2000s (likely 2002-03). What I ...

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