November 20, 2018, 05:51:36 PM

Author Topic: Fantasy-Faction Book Battles: Favourite Fantasy Standalone Bracket & Discussion  (Read 16540 times)

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Makes me a little sad, displays the problems I have with the genre, the lack of enthusiasm to escape the trilogy/series mould. They're great and fantastic and I love them too but I just don't understand why there isn't more produced from the genre. Feel like if there were more standalone's it would be a bit more accessible, increase the originality and diverse the stories too.

Although I feel like I will get yelled at for saying this.

P.S. Jonathan Strange has been spelled wrong in the bracket. :D
I totally agree with you, but when people read about character/s, a world, etc... they get invested and want more using those things. People like sequels.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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I can't believe both Gaimans went out in the first round.

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I can't believe both Gaimans went out in the first round.
People probably believed there would be too much gaiman anyway and so didn't nominate much....

And then he got hard pairings.
And American Gods isn't that good. The Ocean at the end of the Lane is one of the best books I read in the last five years - as is the non-discworld Pratchett novel Nation - but both don't seem to be known much here.

Maybe book club reads? ;)
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I can't believe both Gaimans went out in the first round.
People probably believed there would be too much gaiman anyway and so didn't nominate much....

And then he got hard pairings.
And American Gods isn't that good. The Ocean at the end of the Lane is one of the best books I read in the last five years - as is the non-discworld Pratchett novel Nation - but both don't seem to be known much here.

Maybe book club reads? ;)

Ocean received two nominations and Graveyard got 3 but I removed it to put another non-Gaiman in there...which happened to be The Princess Bride.

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Very close semi finals
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I just noticed that I didn't remember to vote for Good Omens last week. If I had, it would still be in the battle.  :-[
Oops.
Everything I wrote above is pure conjecture. I don't know what I'm talking about.

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I just noticed that I didn't remember to vote for Good Omens last week. If I had, it would still be in the battle.  :-[
Oops.

And then I would have voted for it, instead of abstaining in that bracket.  :)

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Oooooh it's the pillory for AAV >:(

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Oooooh it's the pillory for AAV >:(
Nooooooooooo! Not the pillory!
I humiliate myself in public enough even without it.  8)

I just noticed that I didn't remember to vote for Good Omens last week. If I had, it would still be in the battle.  :-[
Oops.

And then I would have voted for it, instead of abstaining in that bracket.  :)
Why?  ???   I'm not seeing your logic.
Everything I wrote above is pure conjecture. I don't know what I'm talking about.

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Oooooh it's the pillory for AAV >:(
Nooooooooooo! Not the pillory!
I humiliate myself in public enough even without it.  8)

I just noticed that I didn't remember to vote for Good Omens last week. If I had, it would still be in the battle.  :-[
Oops.

And then I would have voted for it, instead of abstaining in that bracket.  :)
Why?  ???   I'm not seeing your logic.

 :o    D'oh.  Unclear demonstrative.  I meant if Good Omens had made it through in a tie with Best Served Cold, so that there were three options this round (Night Circus, Best Served Cold, and Good Omens), I would have voted for Good Omens in this round.

My vote in GO vs BSC wouldn't have changed.   8)



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Oooooh it's the pillory for AAV >:(
Nooooooooooo! Not the pillory!
I humiliate myself in public enough even without it.  8)

I just noticed that I didn't remember to vote for Good Omens last week. If I had, it would still be in the battle.  :-[
Oops.

And then I would have voted for it, instead of abstaining in that bracket.  :)
Why?  ???   I'm not seeing your logic.

 :o    D'oh.  Unclear demonstrative.  I meant if Good Omens had made it through in a tie with Best Served Cold, so that there were three options this round (Night Circus, Best Served Cold, and Good Omens), I would have voted for Good Omens in this round.

My vote in GO vs BSC wouldn't have changed.   8)
Oh, I see. Now it makes sense. (Should have made sense even earlier.)  :)
Well, sorry that I made you abstain.
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I find the idea of a "Pricess Bride" vs. "Best Served Cold" final to be very amusing.
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Oh boy... Talk about complete opposites.

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I totally agree with you, but when people read about character/s, a world, etc... they get invested and want more using those things. People like sequels.
I don't. In fact, I have become really really annoyed a few times when I found out a book I liked as a standalone had a sequel. Most memorable case-in-point was Richard Morgan's The Steel Remains. I thought it was brilliant, and I don't feel it needed a sequel, let alone a trilogy. I'm still going to read the third one, mind...

Anyway, where was The Curse of Chalion on this bracket? Who's in charge of this brewery piss-up?

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I totally agree with you, but when people read about character/s, a world, etc... they get invested and want more using those things. People like sequels.
I don't. In fact, I have become really really annoyed a few times when I found out a book I liked as a standalone had a sequel. Most memorable case-in-point was Richard Morgan's The Steel Remains. I thought it was brilliant, and I don't feel it needed a sequel, let alone a trilogy. I'm still going to read the third one, mind...

Anyway, where was The Curse of Chalion on this bracket? Who's in charge of this brewery piss-up?

IIRC Rurse of Chalion was part of a series.
I liked it a lot, but it's not a standalone, I think.
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