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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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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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YA 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 ...
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Canadian NRI aunty shares her living experience with her niece and nephews

I remember reading this story in my primary school curriculum and it had some impact on my thinking. It's about an NRI aunt coming to India to visit her niece and nephews while they are curiously ...
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Where can I find this short-story extended from the traditional recursive “Antonio, tell us a story!”?

There is an interesting oral tradition that goes something like: It was a dark and story night, and the brigands were waiting in the dell. And the men said "Antonio, tell us a story!". And ...
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A Science Fiction story in which everyone on earth has a moment of empathy

Vague recollection: There is the usual war and conflict on earth and some unknown agent or technology misshap causes a mass event where everyone on earth gains a clear empathy for and understanding of ...
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English short story where a wife makes an investigation officer eat the murder weapon

I remember reading this English short story during my school days; it was part of our English curriculum 18-19 years ago. Plot: It starts with a wife killing her husband with turkey or chicken or ...
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Chekhov story involving a “peeping tom” priest and a newly married couple?

The story takes place on a ship and involves the priest spying on the newlyweds couple in their cabin. Can't remember the title though. (It was re-published in one of his short story collections in ...
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The Merchant of Venice

İs there any short version of the merchant of Venice to play? We are going to play it in our class but the problem is that the story is too long and we don't have enough time for all of it. I need a ...
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What's the name of that short story written by C.S. Lewis about female vanity?

There's a short story written by the Christian author C.S. Lewis concerning the vanity and solipsism of women, but, for the life of me, I cannot remember the name, and a Google search proved fruitless....
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Book about a kid that encounters a foreign girl during holidays and invents a new language

I am searching for a book I read around 10 years ago (in French). The story was about a family going on vacation (I remember a sort of camping, near the sea). The protagonist was a young boy (8-12 ...
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Trying to remember a book about a kid with powers

A long time ago I remember reading a book about a kid who fights some enemy (aliens I believe) but not much else. The only key fact I remember is that one of these enemies picked up a coin and bent it ...
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Title of young adult basketball book from before 1974

I read the book in 8th grade (1974) but it was set definitively in the late 40's though no dates were ever given. It was about a selfish, calculating basketball player entering a junior college to ...
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Poem about bedtime story for witch's child

I read this poem in the 5th or 6th grade or so, so that'd be 2012-2014 (somewhere in there). It was out of some packet copied out of a book for this language arts extension thing (I remember the book ...
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Help finding poem about a red tide coming in which mentions “memory”

I'm trying to find a poem. I thought it was a Mary Oliver poem, but I can't find it when searching the few words I know along with her name. The poem talks about a red tide coming in. There is a part ...
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Help finding poem about a red tide coming in [duplicate]

I'm trying to find a poem. I thought it was a Mary Oliver poem, but I can't find it when searching the few words I know along with her name. The poem talks about a red tide coming in. There is a ...
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Book involving the president-elect dying in a horse accident and electoral college shenanigans

I think I read this one in early 2000. It was a novel length hardback, I think with a white cover. The President-Elect has won the election and is riding a horse in some parade when it gets spooked. ...
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Trying to re-find a horror/suspense short story involving a painting [closed]

I remember in high school our class read a horror/suspense story involving a man who finds a painting at a garage sale. I can't remember many other details about it but would like very much to read it ...
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Identify book where mother is in shampoo commercials

I am trying to find a book I once read, but I do not know the title. The only thing that I remember is that the main character is a boy in high school whose parents are divorced. He lives with his ...
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British Victorian Trials identification

Some time ago I read about a series of paperback books, published at the time (perhaps victorian period) that were popular amongst the upper classes which contained unusual or dramatic British court ...
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80s-90s Female Cat Burglar accepts only Sapphires as payment

Read at least 30-40 years ago. Was in English read in USA. Basics of the story is following the career of a Female Cat Burglar in Europe(?) (I think she was French) She travels from country to ...
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Children's book: Fanch, art thieves, Gilgamesh statuette, sailing in the Morbihan, Locmariaquer

With keywords like this, how could I fail to find the book? But I did... I think this was a Penguin/Puffin paperback book in the 1970s, or possibly even in the 1960s. Fanch is about 10 years old, ...
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Looking for book about a person who was given plastic surgery to look like a super weapon creator

I recently read a fiction book about a British person who woke up in a hotel room looking like a completely different person. He was drugged and given plastic surgery so that he would resemble a ...