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Yesterday at work I finished listening to Dawn of Wonder: The Wakening, and I am now in need of a new audiobook to listen to. Other fantasy novels that I've loved include LOTR, The Kingkiller Chronicle #1-2, and The Stormlight Archive #1-2. I now, however, have too many novels in which I am waiting for the next book to be released. So what novel should I consider reading next that is a stand alone?
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Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton - dragons do Trollope.
The Last Light of the Sun by Guy Gavriel Kay - historical fantasy with Norse and Anglo-Saxons.
On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers - secret history with pirates, voodoo and the search for immortality.
The Dragon Waiting by John M. Ford - a very alt history of the War of the Roses with vampires and other stuff.
Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin - vampires and steamboats
Beauty by Sheri Tepper.
Tam Lin by Pamela Dean
Imajica by Clive Barker.
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
Black Opera by Mary Gentle.
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Well, I'm gonna break the rules right away by suggesting things that are not stand alone novels. They are, however, old, completed series, which it sounds like is the the real issue here.

I love the books on your list, so these may well be up your alley:

Riddle of the Stars (trilogy) by Patricia McKillip. Music, magic, and transfiguration affect a reluctant hero who has no time for prophesy.

Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Leguin (series, although all of the first three books really stand up as single novels.) Better than LOTR if you ask me.

But if I must pick an actual stand alone novel, it's gotta be:

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. Required reading if you are a human being.
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The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. Required reading if you are a human being.

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I agree with the Earthsea novels. Also you could try some Tad Williams. He has some stand alone and some trilogies which are already finished.
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Gee Whiz wrote:
Well, I'm gonna break the rules right away by suggesting things that are not stand alone novels. They are, however, old, completed series, which it sounds like is the the real issue here.

I love the books on your list, so these may well be up your alley:

Riddle of the Stars (trilogy) by Patricia McKillip. Music, magic, and transfiguration affect a reluctant hero who has no time for prophesy.

Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Leguin (series, although all of the first three books really stand up as single novels.) Better than LOTR if you ask me.

But if I must pick an actual stand alone novel, it's gotta be:

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. Required reading if you are a human being.
I second the rec of UKL, and I also enjoyed them more than LotR.
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oddtime wrote:
Gee Whiz wrote:
Well, I'm gonna break the rules right away by suggesting things that are not stand alone novels. They are, however, old, completed series, which it sounds like is the the real issue here.

I love the books on your list, so these may well be up your alley:

Riddle of the Stars (trilogy) by Patricia McKillip. Music, magic, and transfiguration affect a reluctant hero who has no time for prophesy.

Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Leguin (series, although all of the first three books really stand up as single novels.) Better than LOTR if you ask me.

But if I must pick an actual stand alone novel, it's gotta be:

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. Required reading if you are a human being.
I second the rec of UKL, and I also enjoyed them more than LotR.


I wonder if I should reread these as an adult. All I remember from my young teen reading of these is a general dislike towards Ged.

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Jonathan Strange and Me Norrel - super good
Night Circus
Good omens (pratchett and Gaiman)
Most everything else by Gaiman
Anything by China mievelle (though his stuff wears me out)

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Warbreaker or Elantris from Brandon Sanderson

Warbreaker is available in print or you can read it for free from his website.
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Laudwic wrote:
Warbreaker or Elantris from Brandon Sanderson

Warbreaker is available in print or you can read it for free from his website.


I was about to say the same thing. These are both fantastic standalone novels.
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andyl wrote:

The Last Light of the Sun by Guy Gavriel Kay - historical fantasy with Norse and Anglo-Saxons.


Seconded! (Or anything else by Kay.)
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In re: Earthsea:

riddlen wrote:
I wonder if I should reread these as an adult. All I remember from my young teen reading of these is a general dislike towards Ged.


Of the six books, only the first one is really about Ged. He is an arrogant little berk that grows up, faces his own darkness, and learns humility over the course of the first book. I think you are supposed to recognize yourself in him and dislike what you see.

Or... You may still not like them.yuk
 
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On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers - secret history with pirates, voodoo and the search for immortality.


This book was ostensibly the source material for the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, but the only actual connection is the macguffin of the search for the "Fountain of Youth". In the book the voodoo and fountain are seriously creepy, while Disney toned all that down for the film. I liked the book a lot, and recommend you give it a listen.
 
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Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
All of the Discworld books by Terry Pratchett can be read as stand alone, though I feel they are better read as a series. The truly stand alone ones would include Mort, Pyramids, Eric, Moving Pictures, Reaper Man, and Small gods.
The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison
Watership Down by Richard Adams
The Folding Knife by K. J. Parker
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
And my personal favorite fantasy novel The Once and Future King by T. H. White

Also I will also second The Last Unicorn.
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Grand Ellipse by Paula Volsky. It's sort of "Around the World in 80 Days", but with zeppelin racers and steampunk fantasy. The writing was really good and it made me wish that there was a sequel. But no.

The Element of Fire by Martha Wells. Court intrigue, sorcery, betrayals, and an element of humor.

The Golden Key by Melanie Rawn, Jennifer Robertson, and Kate Elliot. A neat idea, where an artist makes portrait paintings that contain magic spells that can affect the painter's subjects.

The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma. Another fantasy take on the H.G. Wells time travel scenario.
 
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Mimedestroyer wrote:
The Folding Knife by K. J. Parker
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley


Mists of Avalon is part of a fairly big series. But I would second the other two although they are very different.
 
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The Element of Fire by Martha Wells. Court intrigue, sorcery, betrayals, and an element of humor.


Another series I'm afraid. The Ile-Rien is up to 5 books so far.

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The Golden Key by Melanie Rawn, Jennifer Robertson, and Kate Elliot.


Melanie Rawn has done a prequel to this.
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War of the Flowers by Tad Williams. The premise sounds kind of cliche...a guy gets transported to a faerie world, but the socially stratified faerie society is really interesting, and Williams really writes fantasy races well. I particularly liked how he did the goblins. ("Every goblin story has a hole in it.")
 
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The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

Very different from your normal fantasy trope.

A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

Part of a series really but it can be read stand-alone. Awesome book.

Ancillary Justice/Ancillary Sword/Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie

A series, I admit. But the books are quite thin and a great read. Also very different from your "normal" sci-fi.

Finally, Neil Gaiman has written several amazing stand-alone novels as some people here have already mentioned.
Neverwhere
The Graveyard Book
Stardust

American Gods (even though it's continued sort of in Anansi Boys).


Edit: I realize you wrote fantasy and I suggested mostly sci-fi, still my suggestions stands.
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Mimedestroyer wrote:
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
All of the Discworld books by Terry Pratchett can be read as stand alone, though I feel they are better read as a series. The truly stand alone ones would include Mort, Pyramids, Eric, Moving Pictures, Reaper Man, and Small gods.
The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison
Watership Down by Richard Adams
The Folding Knife by K. J. Parker
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
And my personal favorite fantasy novel The Once and Future King by T. H. White

Also I will also second The Last Unicorn.


Hard to read MZB and feel good about it considering the sexual abuse and rape of her children she was accused of.

As for The Once and Future King by T. H. White, I thought it was immensely slow and boring.
 
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So this is a stand-alone novel set in the world of GW's Warhammer Fantasy Battle so it's an edge case, but my suggestion is Beasts in Velvet by Jack Yeovil (Kim Newman). It's a fantasy/crime thriller with some obvious film shout-outs. Very well paced.
 
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andyl wrote:
Mimedestroyer wrote:
The Folding Knife by K. J. Parker
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley


Mists of Avalon is part of a fairly big series. But I would second the other two although they are very different.


Last time I looked it was a standalone novel, but that has been a long time. I will have to check the series out.


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Hard to read MZB and feel good about it considering the sexual abuse and rape of her children she was accused of.

As for The Once and Future King by T. H. White, I thought it was immensely slow and boring.


I am sure plenty of people feel that way about MZB and other situations along those lines. I personally don't ever think/consider the author/creator/etc. of the books/games/etc. that I partake in. In fact I had to look up the name of the authors of all those books I recommended aside from Terry Pratchett and T.H. White. If the story is compelling and enjoyable I will enjoy it and recommend it to others. I definitely respect people that feel and act differently and take those things into account though.

As for The Once and Future King, it does seem to be one of those books that you either hate or love. People find it slow and boring as you have, or love the slow pace and way the story unfolds at that speed.
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Mimedestroyer wrote:
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The Folding Knife by K. J. Parker
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley


Mists of Avalon is part of a fairly big series. But I would second the other two although they are very different.


Last time I looked it was a standalone novel, but that has been a long time. I will have to check the series out.


The second book in the series The Forest House was published in 1993, as an uncredited collaboration with Diana Paxson. The last of the Avalon books credited to MZB was Priestess of Avalon in 2000 but in truth Diana Paxson had done most of the heavy lifting on that one. Paxson has continued the series after MZB's death.


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A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge


Sooooooooo good!
 
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I second Tim Powers. Last Call is my favorite.


Thirded, and The Anubis Gates is my favorite.

Guy Gavriel Kay has been mentioned, and is a good choice. I like Tigana.

Little, Big, by John Crowley

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