Questions tagged [story-identification]

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Identify an Archaeology Romantic Suspense or Mystery Novel - with nymphomaniacs! Well, one

In this novel, a girl goes to (northern England? southern England? Cornwall? The UK somewhere). I think she's looking for her father, who was/is an archaeologist. The dig is looking for (Roman? Bronze?...
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Short story on British radio about fish gutters turned contract killers

One weekend evening in late 2010, I heard a short story on British radio (probably BBC Radio 4) whose main characters were two women (I think Scottish?), one of them the first-person narrator. The ...
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Short (possibly children's) story set in Norfolk glorifying the English Countryside

I have been trying to recall a short story for a while now, one which I read in 2009-2010 but is possibly older (it was part of a children's story collection whose name I cannot recollect, although I ...
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Info about “Wisdom is One” by Benjamin Williams Huntsman?

Ran across a title. Out of curiosity, tried trolling the internet for more info. No joy. Does anyone know anything about a book titled "Wisdom is One" by Benjamin Williams Huntsman ...
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Story about a European captain marrying a tribal woman, part of the plot similar to *The Count of Monte Cristo*?

I am trying to find the name of a story. The plot is set in the age when Europeans were sailing to the Americas and contacting the local tribes. My memory is vague but here are some of the points I ...
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Novel with a spy/assassin who helps the grand-daughter of a Nazi hunter, speaks Basque from learning it from a book, escapes a cave through water

I'm pretty sure I read this just a few years ago, but that it is an older story, maybe from the 60s or the 70s. I think it starts with the main character descending into a cave with someone else ...
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Story About a Boy Lost in the Wilderness

Many years ago (late '60s to '70s), I read a story about a boy with a group of hikers on a ridge who get caught in a lightning storm. They all run off the ridge, and, apparently, the boy went down the ...
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Identify a detailed-prose book of Aesop fables

At a school I no longer go to (Sydney, Australia, early 2010s, the book was in English), I read this book in the library that was a collection of Aesop's fables. The author had this very distinctive ...
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Young adult fantasy book about a girl with gray eyes and powers related to metal

I read this book about 10 years ago in either late elementary/middle school. It was a light fantasy novel (perhaps YA) and I'll try to summarize all the main points I remember. The main character was ...
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Sentient manta rays living in Jupiter?

I am trying to remember a science fiction story I read that involved a civilization of sentient manta rays living in Jupiter. The book starts with the main character, a human, being given a body to ...
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Identification of an American comics strip about mathematically shaped pancakes

When making crèpes for my children this morning, I recalled a comics strip I would like to identify. It is American, contemporary and I saw it a few years ago. It features a father who is about to ...
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Book involving a child whose mother breaks into his piggy bank to bail out his brother, and he imagines waiting in his room until his body regenerates

I think I read this in the early 1990s as a book checked out from the library in Ashland, KY. I didn't get very far into it, but an early scene made a huge impression on me. The protagonist wakes up ...
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Trying to find novel about a woman who goes into deep introspection while stranded away from home

The woman is upper-class British, stranded I believe somewhere in the Middle East late 19th century or so (she's waiting for an often-cancelled train). While stuck there alone, she starts to realize ...
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Short story about humans that portrays them as savages

I am searching for a short story that my 7th grade social studies teacher told me many years ago, and that I have never forgotten. Below is what I remember from the text. I recall it being written ...
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Popular informal physics book containing a quote from Lewis Carroll

It was a book from 1970s or 1980s about physics written in a popular informal way. It described relative motion by example of shooting an arrow from the back of a train, it described the Michelson-...
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In what story of Régnier does a man commit suicide without understanding the reason?

In the suicide note of Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, he talks about a story by Régnier: No one has yet written candidly of the mental state of one who is to commit suicide. This may be due to the self-...
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Insight into a Book Similar to “To steal an ancient melody”

I am looking for a book such as the title "To Steal an Ancient Melody", or a book that uses the phrase "To steal an ancient melody". I am interested to see the story as it discusses what befalls the ...
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Trying to find a Horror book involving a book that when read the reader believes they are a character in that book

The story is about a book that comes out of nowhere (the author is dead and connected to cults). Whenever a person reads the book they believe they are a character within that book and they attempt to ...
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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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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 but he forgets about it when at school but remembers when he arrives home?

I read the story in a Learning To Communicate English Textbook by Oxford Printing Press about 10 years ago. Story description: The 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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Story identification: protagonist creates the bumble-bee from clay

I'm trying to identify a story that I once read when I was at primary school nearly 30 years ago. All I can vaguely remember is some character in the story who was given the chance by God to create a ...
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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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