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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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Book by eastern European author about small house toys including a dog called Floki

I vaguely remember one book from my childhood, which I would be glad to have around. I do not recall much, but I think that it was written by (possibly) Slovenian author, or Slovak. Perhaps even Czech ...
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Historical/Romance/Fantasy: Orphan Girl with Magic becomes ward of a mage

I am trying to find a book that I probably read 15-25 yrs. ago. I have tried AbeBooks, Reddit, Goodreads and wrote to the New York Library (just did that today), Library of Congress (They acknowledged ...
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What are the hand signals based on Kipling's books?

I'm listening to "Lucifer's Hammer" and more than once book mentions hand signals based on Kipling's books. Something along the line of this: one person is manning a barricade, another man in a hide-...
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Short horror story I read two years ago about a Jack-in-the-box

About two years ago I read a short story about a Jack-in-the-box that is unused. I believe that he was at the bottom of the toy box and where he came from was unknown. In the house were a bunch of ...
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Time traveling teen gets lost in the stone age

I am looking for a book I read when I was young on the recommendation of my father. While I read the book in the mid 90's I believe that it was published in the 60's or 70's. It is about a teen who ...
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pre-Meji Japanese book/essay about Strategy

Years ago I had a book in my fingers that was somewhat similar to the Art of War by Sun Tsu, but it was from Japan, and focussed in part on specific combat situations and what to do then. So maybe it ...
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What is this children's short story about an expat English girl who wants to pick primroses on her birthday?

I remember reading as a child a fictional short story about the difficulties that an English girl had fitting in after moving to America. The children at her school make fun of her using words like "...
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Story about a military agent sent in to kill or retrieve a female spy from behind enemy lines

The story is about a military agent with an incident in his military record (Something about a hostage situation if i remember correctly) that indicates he's soft and is not fine with mindlessly ...
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Name of Shakespeare play in which a woman both saves and punishes a man

I'm trying to remember a quote I read from a Shakespeare book, but it has been at least 10 years so my memory of it is quite low. The little I remember is a man that is trying to hide enters a woman'...
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Identification of an American short story about a horse that can't carry two train robbers

I apologize in advance if the details I'm about to provide are too poor or distorted by my memory. My father told me once of a short story which (if memory serves) is made up of the following plot: ...
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Who made the cartoon where the ping pong champion got beat by a kid, and can you share an image?

I saw this cartoon a couple decades ago and I believe it was from The Far Side but I am not certain. It showed a cowboy-style theme where the champion ping pong player (a king of the mountain) was ...
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Anyone know a book about a coat with rainbow square patterns?

I have a vague memory of a book my mum read to me before she passed away when I was very young. I think it was a book for young readers but it was decently thick. I'm from Australia, but I'm not sure ...
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Kids book from the 90's: Illustrated “solve the mystery” book I can't remember the name of

I remember part of it had the inside of an airplane and you had to look around at all of the people on the airplane for clues. I think another part had a big mansion you were looking for clues in as ...
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What is the story of the woman who collected valueless things?

In G. K. Chesterton's Father Brown short story, The Blast of the Book, he makes two references to a story (presumably allegoric) about a woman who collected valueless things. The references are not ...
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70s or 80s Novel, Low IQ man finds/rescues young woman adrift at sea

Probably read in 70s or early 80s. Probably set in the Caribbeans or Florida Coast, or Gulf Coast. The book may have been a mystery or thriller/adventure type story. It was in English A low IQ man (...
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Does anybody know who wrote this poem, or where it is from?

I saw a poem on my friend's desktop background on his laptop, and took a screenshot of it because I thought it was cool. In fact, it was a poem. Does anybody know who wrote it, or where it is from? ...
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What work is titled “Distresses of the Industrious Population”?

From George W. M. Reynolds' The Mysteries of London (1844–1845): "Ah!" said the bookseller, after a pause; "nothing now succeeds unless it's in the comic line. We have comic Latin grammars, and ...
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Looking for the title of a folklore which was about moon princess being jealous of her sister sun princess

I read this short story back in middle school during my literature class when we were studying about folklore. It was about a moon princess being jealous of her sister sun princess so much that she ...
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Looking for an O.Henry story where a young man from the country working in the city marries a socialite and then goes for a visit to his home

The young man in the question takes his bride to his home in the countryside to meet his family. The author describes the following scene in exquisite detail:- It's night and the entire family is ...
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Tan/Brown graphic novel about family in a beach and kid with frog/toad head

I'm trying to find a comic/graphic novel I once saw, but do not remember its name nor author. Here are some things are remember (or think I remember): It was monochromatic, but instead of the normal ...
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Children's story set in Pompeii

The story I'm looking for I read in the first half of the 2000's, I'm fairly certain the title had the word "Vesuvius" in it, but I'm not absolutely sure. It was a short novel, not more than an inch ...
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Book about an artist/musician couple who move to a new cottage

Looking to place a book read circa 2000 about a couple who move to a cottage in the country, where the woman was an artist and the man was a music producer (I think, bit vague now), and the man has a ...
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2nd grade 1970s child's story with illustrations including an injured fox and another animal being scolded

The story I am thinking of appeared in my 2nd grade (73-74) reading textbook and was set in winter and featured a group of animals. It was heavily illustrated and showed an injured fox bleeding from ...
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Short story read c. 1960: boy unhappy with his family, dreams of being picked up by his “real parents”

One of the short stories in my elementary school reading book (late 50s or early 60s) was about a young boy who was unhappy in his home and family. He constantly fantasized about his "real parents" ...
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Story about someone who inconveniences themself in order to maintain awareness of every moment of their life

I remember a story (possibly an anecdote or parable within a larger work, a la The Grand Inquisitor) about a person who goes about their life in an intentionally unpleasant way so that they can remain ...
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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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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 ...