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Questions tagged [story-identification]

Use this tag on questions asking for identification of a published story, based on the details you provide within the question. Please be THOROUGH and provide ALL of the details that you can remember when using this tag.

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Novel: young woman blows herself up at her rich dad's party for Latin American dictators

I read this book for a university course between 1993-97. The narration is hectic & fragmented: inner thoughts mixed with straight narration mixed with flashbacks, run-on and choppy sentences, ...
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Short story, maybe SF: non-neurotypical girl gets pregnant and older mentor (not the father) marries her

In this story there's a girl who is mentally fragile in some way -- I don't remember exactly how, and I don't think it's spelled out explicitly, but there's something about her that isn't entirely ...
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Adventure / Mystery book with a cool old lady and her house with automated amusements

I read this in the early 2000s, I think. It was a paperback, with the main characters being a set of kids, at least three of them, with both boys and girls in the group. I don't remember the main part ...
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Title and author of a book [closed]

My question is about a woman surviving alone in Alaska after her husband was killed and eaten by a bear. The book was published more than ten years ago.
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Looking for poem in which sleep is as great an equalizer as death

There was a poem on the 2015 AP English Literature and Composition exam multiple choice section that I only barely remember. The topic was along the lines of "sleep is as great an equalizer as death" ...
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Help me find a Childhood fictional book about a prisoner

I'd appreciate some help in finding this book I have but vague memories of. Here's everything I remember, some things more vivid than others. The story starts with the protagonist outside of this ...
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Book: smart science kid goes to Amazon, shoots bad guys with curare darts

There's a book I read a while ago, and I forgot what its title was. In the book, there's this really smart science kid who goes on a trip to the Amazon to help in some sort of study tour. I don't ...
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Dystopian novel that may or may not have been ahead of its time

Think sci-fi but only about ~20-30 years out. It takes place in NYC and has a huge emphasis on the media, entertainment, and cultural conflict in America. One of the protagonists hosts a radio show ...
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Fantasy book from my childhood: female protagonist, Blood Ore or Blood Metal for taking attributes

The series I remember is about a young female lead. She is in a world where human trafficking is common. The rich and powerful are able to take another person's attributes through the use of a Blood ...
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Book about boys camping in the wilderness; a Danish one can't speak English, but understands it

This middle grade/children's book was from 2015 or earlier, probably after 2009. It was about four to six or so boys camping in the wilderness. They were scared of bears attacking them, but none ...
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Short sci-fi story called “Blood and Lust”

Many years ago I read a short story that I think was titled "Blood and Lust". It featured two entities named Blood and Lust who would travel through history making very small adjustments to see how ...
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Book about a 10/11 year old boy with autism or something similar

This middle-grade novel was from sometime between 2000 and 2016, I believe. It was by an American or British author, who died before 2016, as mentioned on the back cover. The protagonist was a 10/11 ...
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Poem with A's and T's representing Ford model A's and T's in traffic

I'm looking for an English poem, in fact I think it was at least two poems, that consisted of capital A's, representing the Ford Model A, moving as if in traffic, and another that had both A's and T's....
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Anthology: one story about an astronaut falling on flowers, another about a wife trying to kill her husband

I am trying to remember the name of a book with short stories inside. I remember 2 stories from it: There was an astronaut on a foreign planet with flowers all around called floofs or phoofs, I ...
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Looking for a shoujo/romance one-shot manga

I am looking for a short manga or a one-shot (not really sure) about the main guy who bumps into a girl on his way to school and the girl drops her hair pin which she got from her crush (childhood ...
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Name of Play about a Nazi-occupied (Nordic?) Village Population of Which Underestimated by Occupiers

So, I remember watching this television play probably adopted from a more famous original opus about a Nazi-occupied village somewhere in Europe (I don't recall where exactly, but perhaps the story ...
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help identifying book in 18th or 19th century France and England

The main character is a young woman (late teens? early 20s?) She's in Paris with an (aunt?) and they're discussing what to do since her father has suddenly died. If they return to England, her brother ...
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Novel about a contract killer being pursued by other killers - Started with an icepick guy and ended with a Latino woman disguised as a cleaning lady

I don't remember exactly when I read this, probably over 10 years ago, somewhere in the late 2000s. The protagonist is some sort of hired killer, who winds up being the target of a contract, leading ...
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What movie is Holden describing?

In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden describes a movie: It was about this English guy, Alec something, that was in the war and loses his memory in the hospital and all. He comes out of the hospital ...
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American book translated to French: poor boy starts out selling newspapers in the street

I'm French and am looking for a book I read as a child. I think it's an American book (I read it translated in French). It's about a boy, probably in the early XXth century (or late XIXth), who is ...
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Which thriller featured “a machine-gun attack in Park Lane”?

In ‘Aristotle on Detective Fiction’, a lecture delivered on 5 March 1935, Dorothy L. Sayers described a book of which the ancient philosopher would not have approved: Yet he [Aristotle] was no ...
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A short story on two brothers meeting one a criminal one policeman

I read this around 15 years ago in English as a Second Language class in a summer class I was attending in Poughkeepsie. We were reading short stories from a book (a collection of short stories by ...
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Who wrote the poem that begins, “The Yeti, experts will attest . . .”

The Yeti, experts will attest, is physically unkempt at best. And due to this may go for weeks, alone amidst the snowy steeps. (Goes on to tell how he is looking for his "yet unmet counterpart".)
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Trying to find a book from my childhood in UK, a collection of stories, one story a page, characters were all Rabbits

I'm not sure if I'm asking in the right place, but hopefully someone can help. I remember having this book as a child and it basically fell apart from so much use. It was a collection of stories, ...
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Poem Identification from a stanza(?) containing “the midnight train” repeatedly

And in the midnight train A cold wind blows through the rain A child laughs an adults cry Leads to pain and sacrifice Toward the tracks of the unknown The icy river icy cold flows Trapped ...
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Children's book about an evil wizard and a giant

I remember reading a short book as a child about an evil wizard and a giant. I don't remember all the details, but I do remember that the story ends with the wizard attempting to turn either the giant ...
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Restaurant serves everything with money back guarantee, patron defeats them by ordering a Twinkie

I'd like to find a short short story, probably only one page long. I've read it on the internet in English less than two years ago, probably around 2018-08-04 when I was binging short short stories. ...
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Radical Canadians and Radio Broadcasts

Long ago, I was told to study a part of a short story. It was about a group of radical Canadians, and radio broadcasts. I want to ID that story, so I can find and study it again. It had a ...
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What is the title of the story by Isaac Asimov in which technology advances, with increasing advantage, backwards?

The question says it all. As I recall, part of the plot concerns replacing semi-intelligent military aircraft with human-piloted military aircraft, with much greater performance realization.
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Detective story where a loophole in the US extradition law is used to avoid trial

I read a detective story when I was a kid but can't find I now. The protagonist confessed to a murder he didn't commit to protect a client of his detective agency (who did). However, he carefully ...
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Story about a human sized giant

I’m trying to remember the title of a book I’ve read about a short giant in a mountain raised by normal sized giants. The basic plot is that he’s trying to learn to read or something like that. He ...
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Who wrote this?

White rose in the garden Raven puppy in the night Stars reflecting all Heaven Looking for it, not found Moving through Moving through Nothing left for me to do
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Looking for a short story about painters who fake a death

I'm trying to find a short story about two painters. They realize that nobody ever becomes famous or earns any money from their work until after they die. So they decide to fake one of them being ...
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Trying to find a book from the 2000s geared towards young adult/teens

I just remembered this book series that I read as a teen. I can’t remember the name of them and it’s killing me! I know this a long shot but here it goes: It’s about a girl going to college (or it ...
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Oldish (at least 15 years) children's book about a little creepy girl going to normal school for the first time?

I only vaguely remember this but I know it wasn't a dream because my mom helped me read out loud with it. I only remember some details but I know it had some art in it, it had an Addams family vibe to ...
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Short Story Identification - From English Textbook, about Person Living in Wrong Time Period

When I was a Junior in High School (2007-2008) my English teacher used an English textbook that had a story about someone who thought they were living in the wrong time period. I cannot remember ...
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Female detective, former police. Dark and troubled past involving violently killing a house of criminals who were holding her hostage and abusing her

In relation to Story involving Islamic terrorists planning an attack on a stadium, I mentioned a contemporaneous series to the book I am seeking there, but couldn't recall the title. From my ...
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Story involving Islamic terrorists planning an attack on a stadium

This is going to be a bit of a longshot, I suspect. I started reading a book in the 2010 timeframe (probably around 2015ish) that was, I think, at least the second book in the series. It started with ...
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Book about a man and two sons travelling in a train which meets a fatal accident

So this is from early childhood and I don't remember a lot. Here goes a blurred image of the plot. A man is travelling in a train with his two sons. The train meets an accident with a lot of people ...
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Educational manga about a mad scientist

I tried to ask this on Science Fiction but it was off-topic. I remember, in kindergarten to first grade (late 2000s or early 2010s), reading a kids' comic book from the public library. I think it ...
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In which pastiche of Sherlock Holmes does Watson end up being Moriarty?

I read a pastiche of Sherlock Holmes some time ago that ended up with Watson actually being Moriarty, fooling Holmes all those years, working his machinations under his nose. Sadly, I can't remember ...
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Young adult fiction book: written from a teen boy's perspective about school, sex and Shakespeare

I would really appreciate some help over here. Even though it sounds immature, I loved it when I was a sophomore. Here's everything I can give you to help me: I read this book in 2016. It was ...
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Calvert curricular poem

Many moons ago, I used the Calvert curriculum for something like 3rd-8th grade. I remember reading a poem about two brothers who had very different philosophies about how to accomplish their goals; ...
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Identify a story about a group of white men stuck at sea without water and a black guide that they ignore

I think I read this short story more than 20 years ago. The premise is: a group of men (who are white) hire a boat (or raft?) with a guide (who is black) to take them on a trip across a sea. The men ...
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identify this play / teleplay: all of creation was a higher being's homework assignment

I remember seeing it on television some time ago, but my IMDB searches are failing me. The basic plot was that we are watching what is essentially a dissertation defense of a higher being who created ...
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Story about a precious bottle of wine; owner waiting for the perfect occasion

A wonderful story about a man who owns a bottle of luxury wine and waiting for an important occasion to open the bottle, at the end the bottle is lost and drank by a homeless man does who not know its ...
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Forgotten a Sci-Fi series name but remember story details

So there was a novel I read, I think for school years ago, and I've forgotten the name of it. I remember a fair number of details, but searching google with any combination of them doesn't seem to ...
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What is the name of this book about copyright?

I'm trying to rediscover a book about copyright I once read. The book's cover was the iconic copyright C and a vertical strip motive. It is/was freely distributed as a digital edition. The book ...
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Identify a children's picture book about unpleasant possum-like friend

I saw this book in the early 1990s. It's about a child and her friend, who is a creature that I think might be a possum. The possum-like family are grotesque, and have bad manners and hygiene. The ...
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Young Adult sci-fi fantasy featuring shape-shifting jelly monsters that clone humans

So I've read an adaptation of this book along with a couple more from the same series in a different language, but the writer there didn't reveal the original title. Key points: Four kids are the ...