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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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How to write a novel or a story about a single man and mostly around him or her without involving too many people? [on hold]

How to write a novel or a story about a single man and mostly around him or her without involving too many people? I am having problems in churning more than few pages and for years it is getting ...
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Nero Wolfe novel in which Wolfe describes a perfect, unprepared crime

I read (long ago!) a Rex Stout / Nero Wolfe novel in which Nero Wolfe describes what he thinks would be the perfect crime (i.e., a crime performed without any preparation just taking advantage of ...
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A classic fiction about a mysterious thunder that comes from the Carolina mountains

A long time I started a story but never finished it. Now I cannot find it because I forgot the author and title. I remember it being from a famous author but not his most famous work. The story ...
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Looking for a poem by Simon Armitage

I'm struggling to find a poem by Simon Armitage where he goes on a tour about him in disguise only to find that the tour guide doesn't know much about him. What was its name and what collection is it ...
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Where can I find the text of the poem “Climbing Tintagel” by (I think) Vicki Feaver?

I have lost one of my favourite poems, Climbing Tintagel, which I think is by Vicki Feaver. I read it in a library book that had works by three (women) poets many years ago. I can't find it online ...
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Story about school kids who go on a field trip to a fort

Help me remember the name of this book from my youth. I don't remember much about it but it was the story of a group of school kids who go on a field trip to a fort. I think something happens at the ...
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What was the first work of literature to feature the Vulcan nerve pinch? [migrated]

I know that the Vulcan nerve pinch was first shown on Star Trek, now my question is: when was it first shown in the printed page? It’s mostly academic, but other people might find it interesting.
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Book about War Poetry [closed]

Please help me figure out what book this is! In college I had a book about war poetry that was "borrowed". I'd dearly love to acquire another copy but I am having a hard time figuring out exactly ...
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Trying to find a poem called “The Boaster”

At Junior School, in the mid-1950s, I came across a poem entitled "The Boaster". IIRC it ran to several verses, each one ending in "I'm from our village, our village. I'm my father's son", and ...
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A story about how a family messed their weekend

Once I read a story demonstrating how people can lure one another to do unwanted things with absolutely good intentions. It was about a family, which enjoyed their spare time sitting around a dinner ...
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Which short story describes a man climbing a tower and then discovering he’s underground?

I remember this story about a man living in a castle. I think he wanted to escape and he decided to reach the tallest tower in the castle. He climbs the wall from the inside and when he’s finally at ...
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Short story where people are handicapped in the name of fairness and equality

I remember part of a story, maybe a short story. In it, people are handicapped in different ways depending on what they're good at. People that are really strong have weights attached to them. ...
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The name of a fantasy story whose end loops back to the beginning?

I am looking for the name and author of a late 80s/early 90s fantasy/sci-fi story whose ending loops back to its beginning due to "time damage". Our hero, at the end, is about to begin the plot all ...
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Identify A Red Book Glimpsed On Subway, “City Of…”

Help me ID a book, seen on subway: Book in new condition, undersized hardcover, red cloth cover. No dustjacket in evidence, but probably originally had one. Endpapers clearly had maps on them, ...
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Identify a novel about British soldiers assisting African ruler

I'd like help in identifying a novel based on the following details: Novel length: Paperback, ~300 pages Language: English Date read: Early '90s Publication of novel: Based on its condition, I'd ...
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Short story about a condemned organ

Well over 50 years ago I read a short story about an organ in a building (church or music hall?) which I believe had been slated for demolition. Rather than suffer the indignity of destruction at ...
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Short story about a scientist who (half jokingly) presented the theory that humans evolved from pigs, instead of apes

This was a short story from the 60's-70's. The story was part of an anthology, perhaps from one of the magazines at the time (since it wasn't award winning material). A scientist (or doctor) at a ...
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Anthology of literary theory that illustrates each theory by applying it to the same works

For people who are interested in literary theory, there are many introductions and many anthologies. What I am looking for is slightly different: an anthology of literary theory that illustrates each ...
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Looking for a book (possibly a pair of them) with whimsical illustrations of misheard phrases

I think I read this at one of my grandparents in the early 1980s, but unfortunately, many of those books have been lost over the years between sticky-fingered grandchildren, general wear and tear, and ...
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The Story of a horseman who rushed to arrive in the court and Big Ben clock rang 13 times

Long time ago an old man told us a story, but I couldn't remember it very well—so I'm just wondering what was the exact story he told us. It was about a court process where somebody was judged. And ...
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What is this mid-20th century British adventure novel?

I’d like help finding a novel I loved as a child. The points I can remember: It was set and written in mid-20th century England, perhaps the 1950s. Perhaps aimed at schoolchildren of the time - a ...
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Book about a boy surviving in a forest with animal friends [duplicate]

I do not remember much detail about this book my mother once read to me when I was little. What I do remember is that the protagonist was a boy surviving in a forest. He made his home out of a big ...
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Title of poem written by Causley after Macneice's funeral?

I was told that Charles Causley wrote a poem on the way home from the funeral of Louis Macneice. The fellow that mentioned it to me couldn't remember the title¹ but he wanted to read it again. ¹...
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Name of kid's book about rabbit who nibbles hole in shirt

I am looking for a children's book that has one page with a picture of the rabbit sitting on a boy's lap. The rabbit looks to be sleeping but it is actually nibbling a hole in the boy's shirt. I ...
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Name of this book about a man who entered a relationship with a shady woman and then had to kill people

I read a book around 8 months back in my aunt's home. However, I can't seem to remember the book's name although I remember it was a pretty well-known phrase. The book seemed to be of the 21st ...
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Looking for an old limerick mentioning a character named “Lady Jane”

In 1962, the famous British explorer Eric Shipton named one of the main summits of Cordillera de Darwin in Tierra del Fuego (Patagonia) as "Mount Lady Jane". After talking to a member of the ...
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Post modernist fantasy with nested stories structure

Searching for a work of metafiction I read about 5 years ago, probably published originally in the early 2000s. It's a bizarre fable about a young man who develops an obsession with a girl, a ...
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What is the correspondence between each story in Rivka Galchen's “American Innovations” and previously written stories?

In the LA Times article, "Rivka Galchen talks about putting a female twist on iconic stories" by Carolyn Kellogg, it is claimed that "The stories all have female narrators, and all (save one) are ...
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Children's story about a boy who travels in a spaceship that can turn invisible

When I was a kid I read a children's story (it was part of a short series) about a boy who travelled to another planet, possibly as a sidekick or travelling companion to someone else. The person who ...
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I'm looking for a crime fiction book. Husband, a lawyer, is killed. His wife is a software engineer. The setting may predate Google

I'm looking for the title and author of a book. It's fiction and involves a murder. I'm not sure when I read it or when it was written, but I believe the story predates the founding of Google. It's ...
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Help identify Native American Children's Book

I used to have an illustrated picture book that was about a native american tale. Honestly it has been a long time, so the story is a bit fuzzy. The art was spectacular, very colorful. Desert with ...
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Need help finding book about a runaway kid who lives in a hollow tree

I found a survival-story chapter book in the library. I read the book, and loved it. Now I've moved, and the library is hours away and I can't remember the name of the book. I remember the following ...
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80s? Infected Man trapped in an Office tower with people trying to kill him

Paperback Probably from the 80s. Cover may have had the exterior short of an office tower (~20 floors) with a man suspended on a rope swinging outside. Man goes to his companies office in the tower, (...
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Short Story about Lady (Teacher?) caught skinny dipping by kids

I recall long ago hearing or reading a story, (30-40 years ago?) (maybe a short story, or a tale or joke told in a story) Country setting: Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn or Little House on the Prairie type ...
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Trying to track down two war story books (world war two)

I'm trying to track down two books from the same collection that I read back in 2004 (they may have been published many years before then however) I vaguely remember the series being called "Armada ...
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Is “Hyperdimension Warp Record” parodying/referring to a particular anime?

The short story "Fandom For Robots", written by Vina Jie-Min Prasad for Uncanny magazine,1 concerns a robot entering into the fandom of a particular anime TV series. As a member of an online sci-fi/...
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Looking for a Hispanic book where everyone has the same name?

(I remember borrowing a physical copy of the book at the library, but I never got to finish it before returning it.) The name is Hispanic, and in the novel some key scenes happen early on: A kid runs ...
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Looking for a Fiction Book where One Vote Decides the Result of the Election

I'm looking for the title and author of a book. I believe the action takes place in XXth century's USA, in an alternative history. Statistical and political analyses made huge progresses, to the ...
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Children's book with a picnic list including tongue

I'm looking for an early childhood book - something around the age range of the Frog and Toad books - 1st-2nd grade (US). I actually thought for a long time that it was in the Frog and Toad books but ...
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Told from the point of view of an old man who lives alone and rarely goes out, written by a Scandinavian author

The chapters are days in his life. He's old, lives alone in a basement apartment, his health deteriorates as the book progresses and it's more and more difficult for him to get out. One story I ...
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YA book with a girl on horseback almost getting hit by a train

The book had a scene where a girl and her friend are riding on horseback through the woods when they come across a train bridge. They decide to ride on it despite one of them not wanting to. The ...
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Looking for a historical fiction book set in England, possibly about the War of the Roses

I was homeschooled, and we studied a lot of history through historical fiction. I was pretty young at the time, so I can't remember them all, but a few have stuck out to me. Unfortunately, I can no ...
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Maximou - female warrior in Greek literature?

Who is the female warrior Maximou? Is it true that she never lost a battle? Was she a typical Amazon who lacked beauty? Read about her in a magazine which called her a relative of someone called ...
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Children book with two main characters exploring Fibonacci sequence, Golden ratio

I'm looking for book I've came across aprox ten years ago, I think it was fairly recent book (certainly the edition was). It had two main characters (boy and girl, I think) that were on some kind of ...
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Story about a man who wins three bets with the devil

I read a story in my reading book in third or fourth grade about a man who got tricked into agreeing to three bets with the devil because the man was a great gambler. The man won all three bets and in ...
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Novel about a woman who becomes a prostitute to pay for her husband's sins

I think this is a novel. The main character whose name is Charlie (I think) goes on a Europe trip, and he ends up in France with a friend of his. Now I am not too sure it was set in France but it ...
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Which Chesterton story is alluded in Childhood's End?

In Arthur Clarke's Childhood's End, there is a small allusion to a Chesterton story when the characters Stormgreen and Van Ryberg discuss their theories about the nature of the Overlords (Chap. 4): ...
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Leonid Andreyev novel about man pretending to be crazy in order to get away with murder

I have read a story by Leonid Andreyev many years ago. I would like to read it again but I don't know where / how to find it. The story is about a guy that one day decides to kill his friend. His ...
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Story about a free falling submarine

I remember reading an interesting snippet somewhere about this story of a submarine. It gets entangled in some time loop and proceeds to fall/descend into the ocean at a constant rate. There was some ...
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Identifying a story described within an Agatha Christie book

About 3/4 of the way through Agatha Christie's 'And Then There Were None' (pub c.1940), is this paragraph, describing a book, or maybe a story in some other kind of format: She broke off, went on: "...