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Offline EDB77

Stand alone novels.
« on: May 29, 2012, 08:01:44 PM »
I hope this isn't one of them there newbie threads that has been done to death.

Any recommendations for stand alone fantasy or historical fiction (swords, not guns) novels? I'm trying to read a wide range of authors, so looking for one off reads.

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Offline Francis Knight

Re: Stand alone novels.
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2012, 08:16:55 PM »
You know, I wish there were more stand alones, I love them

Curse of Chalion? Technically there is/are followups, but it works superbly on its own. Based in part on medieval Spain though it's second world. One of my fave all time books.

I'll try to recall some more, but so many are starts of series....
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Offline Ashes

Re: Stand alone novels.
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2012, 08:45:48 PM »
James Jackson's standalone novel Pilgrim was a good story set in the crusades. I enjoyed it, also he has a few more standalones that I havn't gotten around to reading yet. Blood Rock and Perdition also in the crusades and Realm set in 1588 Spanish Armada.
And Bernard Cornwell's Azincourt.
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Re: Stand alone novels.
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2012, 09:38:27 PM »
JV Jones - The Barbed Coil. One of my favourites.
Tad Williams - War of the Flowers. Standalone, but feels long enough to be a trilogy. :)

Looking at my shelves, all too many are parts of a series, so I'll have to get back to you with others...
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Offline THElewisdix

Re: Stand alone novels.
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2012, 09:42:27 PM »
The Swordbearer by Glen Cook.

Elantris or Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
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Offline hyptonize

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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2012, 09:44:25 PM »
Stephen King - 11/22/63 is a great read, and it's a bit of historical fiction

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Re: Stand alone novels.
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2012, 09:53:50 PM »
How about Guy Gavriel Kay? He has done some great stand alones.
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« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2012, 11:40:33 PM »
Patricia McKillip has written a lot of stand-alones.  I haven't read all of her stuff, so quality may vary, but what I have read has been really good.

I second Kay as well.

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Re: Stand alone novels.
« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2012, 12:56:24 AM »
Ah Ed, we meet again. I've got a few. Someone mentioned The War of the Flowers, flat out awesome, it's not historical, but it is great. For the more historical bent you could try Parke Godwin's Firelord, it is the best retelling of the Arthur legend I've read, not as he was was, but probably as he should have been. There is a sequel about Guinevere after the fall of Camelot, but it's entirely self contained. The other one is Katherine Neville's The Eight. It's set both now(ish) and back in the time of the French Revolution. It's about chess, the French Revolution and the secret of eternal life. Absolutely brilliant book. She did write a sequel a few years back, but the less said about that the better. Truly awful book, if I didn't have a thing about desecrating books I would have burned it, which considering it's called The Fire would have been a rather apt fate for it.
The three I've mentioned, Ed, currently occupy spaces on my all time top 10, so I do think highly of them, ymmv.
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Re: Stand alone novels.
« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2012, 01:01:15 AM »
Windhaven by George RR Martin and Lisa Tuttle and Morningstar by David Gemmil both spring to mind. Also Magician by Raymond E Feist can be read as a stand alone.
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Offline missoularedhead

Re: Stand alone novels.
« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2012, 06:27:49 AM »
I'll second Neville's The Eight. One of my annual re-reads. And although it's not technically fantasy, Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum Both of them have the same sort of take on the world as Dan Brown's dreck of a novel, but are both much, much smarter, and neither has plot holes you could drive a train through.
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Offline Ashes

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« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2012, 12:41:57 PM »
The_hound mentioned David Gemmell's Morningstar, theres also his Dark Moon, Echos of a great song and his Knights of Dark Renown.
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Offline Mark Lawrence

Re: Stand alone novels.
« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2012, 01:31:54 PM »
Quite a few part 1s of trilogies & series can be read as satisfying stand-alones. Less common with book 2's and 3's. Just because there _is_ more story doesn't mean the story in book 1 can't be enjoyed on its own.

I would say Among Thieves stands well on its own.

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Re: Stand alone novels.
« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2012, 01:49:59 PM »
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Gates of Fire by Stephen Pressfield
The Desert of Souls by Howard Andrew Jones
Pride of Carthage by David Anthony Durham
The Count of Montecristo by Alexander Dumas
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Offline AnneLyle

Re: Stand alone novels.
« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2012, 03:01:11 PM »
Tim Powers (fantasy): The Anubis Gates, The Drawing of the Dark, On Stranger Tides. Three of my all-time favourite books.

I used to think he only did standalones, but his recent novel is a sequel :o

On the historical front, Sarah Dunant's In the Company of the Courtesan and The Birth of Venus are also standalones, set in Renaissance Italy.
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