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Trying to find a fantastic fantasy book that isn't part of a series

Discussion in 'Sci-Fi, Fantasy, & Horror Books' started by AlphaOmegaX, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. AlphaOmegaX

    AlphaOmegaX New Member

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    I haven't posted here in ages and I know that my request probably sounds weird. But, As the title says that's exactly what I'm looking for.

    I have all of these books recommended to me, George R.R. Martin, Etc etc, but all of these books are in a series of like ten books.

    I'm trying to just find one book. One book that is good and doesn't need ten thousand pages to tell it's story.

    Help?
     
  2. AlphaOmegaX

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    Harder than I thought it would be.

    Still hoping for some suggestions.
     
  3. scooter13

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    "The Amadeus Net" by Mark Rayner
    "A Song for Arbonne", "Tigana", and "The Lions of Al-Rassan" all by Guy Gavriel Kay. All separate, stand-alone novels.

    "Elantris" by Brandon Sanderson.

    "The Curse of Chalion", though the first books of a series, can be read as a stand-alone. It's by Lois McMaster-Bujold.

    There are many more out there, but I am not very knowledgeable about them. I will PM you with some more info.
     
  4. sparkchaser

    sparkchaser Administrator and Stuntman Staff Member

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    How about some Neil Gaimen?
    American Gods
    Anansi Boys
    Neverwhere

    Or were you looking for high fantasy?
     
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    dele New Member

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  7. Mathius

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    I second Elantris.

    Also, technically Sword of Shannara, Elfstones of Shannara, Wishsong of Shannara and First King of Shannara could all be read separately. They DO continue into each other, but it's not for generations later. They're written by Terry Brooks

    The Talismans, Scions, Elf Queen, and Druid series actually continue in the same timeline, so don't take any of those.

    Any Terry Pratchett book can be read independently.

    The Last Dragonlord was awesome, but I can't recall who the author is.

    The Misenchanted Sword by Lawrence Watts is awesome.

    Stephen King's "Eyes of the Dragon" was good.

    Can't think of any others off the top of my head. I usually read in series. Most of my books are in storage, so I have nothing to go off of.

    Mathius
     
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  9. Fantasy11

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    To Mathius

    I just want to get a hold on those books, especially the Last Dragonlord.
    I write fantasy, but haven't read any in that genre, so I do everything from my own world of imagination. But as I now have embarked on my second book, I will try to get in touch with the one mentioned above.
    Great that You send these tips. One book that I like, the way it is written, is The Sorcerer and the Dragon by Ralf Chevalie, perhaps I mentioned it earlier, however, I like the story and so on.
    Well, we all love a certain writer, whoever attracts our way of thinking or our imagination. But I've found out, that when I write, there's different ways to tell the story, and as a writer you chose one way that is your way, and sometime you stretch it further into a depth of extra colour. Not everyone will like you, but some may, and it's for those you write.
    Tolkien I do not comply with totally, it's very fairy-tale in some parts, and the way he leave you to imagination is not to my fancy, although he is by far one of the best there is, and I would be a fool to tell otherwise.


     
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    Charles de Lint's novels feature occuring characters and settings, but from what I've heard you don't need to read them in order to understand what's going on. I also second the EOTD and Terry Pratchett recommendations.
     
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    terry brooks

    the shannara books by terry brooks are very good, they can be read as stand alone or read in the series, i also like how his new series( and old Word) now intermingle with the older shannara charactrers.

     
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    question AND ansawer!


    The 3 stigmata Of Palmer Eldritch - Philip K Dick

    made me feel paranoid , sign of a good book????I think soooo! good mix of sci-fi and creepiness
     
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    There are a few Steven Brust books that are stand-alones, like The Sun, The Moon, and the Stars, and Agyar. He's fantastic and his stand-alones are great.
     
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    Oh gosh, I'd forgotten I loved these books! The Last Unicorn was my favorite movie as a child, and I read the book when I was 23 and still loved the story. And also, A Fine and Private Place was such a good read. Peter S. Beagle has a way with words, that's for sure. :)
     
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    Did nobody suggest "The Hobbit"?! For shame!

    Errr... How about "The Hobbit"?
     
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    Lud-in-the-mist, Hope Mirrless. It's a very unusual fantasy book, but very rewarding. Neil Gaiman seems to love it a lot since he wrote the introduction for it.
     
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    Ooooh! Thanks for the suggestion.
     
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    Maia by Richard Adams
    Shardik by Richard Adams
    The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
    The Innkeeper's Song by Peter S. Beagle
    Jurgen by James Branch Cabell
    Don Quixote by Cervantes
    Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke
    Hart's Hope by Orson Scott Card
    Little, Big by John Crowley
    The Little Country by Charles De Lint
    The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue
    Angels of Destruction by Keith Donohue
    The King of Elfland's Daughter by Lord Dunsany
    The Worm Ouroboros by Eddison
    One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (It's called magical realism. Whatever. I call it urban fantasy.)
    Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin
    The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
    Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
    The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip
    Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia McKillip
    Winter Rose by Patricia McKillip
    Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
    Nobody's Son by Sean Stewart
    Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
    The Once and Future King by T.H. White
    The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams


    Almost everything by Peter S. Beagle, James Branch Cabell, Charles De Lint, Guy Gavriel Kay, and Patricia McKillip is fantasy and not part of a series that has to be read in order.
     

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