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Alright, lets get this party started.  Our next book battle will cover your favorite fantasy standalones.  We will take nominations until Friday, October 23rd with the intention of going live with the first round on Sunday, October 25th.  The initial goal will be to have a 16 book bracket but if we get enough to justify going to 24 or 32 we will make that happen.  The guidelines:

1) The novel must be a standalone.  If a book is currently a standalone but may get a sequel in sometime in the vague future (i.e. Sanderson's Elantris or Warbreaker) we will accept that entry.  If there is a sequel thats in the works then it will be be accepted.
2) Shared world standalones may be nominated.
3) Please limit nominations to a max of 15 books.  If you go over by a couple it won't be a big deal but having 25 nominations per person last time got a little unwieldy for me.  With the nomination please include author and title.  Also, if you want to add additional books to your list later one, please make a new post instead of editing the original one.

If I'm forgetting a point (and it feels like I'm forgetting one) let me know.

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Re: Fantasy-Faction Book Battles: Favourite Fantasy Standalone Nominations
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2015, 06:47:41 AM »
I'll kick this off then! There's only one fantasy standalone that I really loved, and I'm not even sure if it's allowed.

The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson - It's only 175 pages long. Does it have to be novels or can novellas be included?

That's the only five-star standalone that I've read. There are only two four-star ones as well, so I guess I might as well nominate them too:

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
Clariel by Garth Nix

I only gave Elantris and Warbreaker 3 stars each, so they don't really deserve nominations from me. No doubt they'll get some from others though!  :P
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Re: Fantasy-Faction Book Battles: Favourite Fantasy Standalone Nominations
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2015, 07:07:16 AM »
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell!
By Susanna Clarke
I will get it in this time :P


Oh and:
Stardust
By Neil Gaiman

Howl's Moving Castle (if it counts)
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Re: Fantasy-Faction Book Battles: Favourite Fantasy Standalone Nominations
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2015, 07:52:45 AM »
Folding knife, K J parker

The Night Circus,Erin Morgenstern

City of Silk and Steel, Mike Carey, Linda Carey, Louise Carey

The Girl with all the Gifts,M.R. Carey

Rise and fall of a Dragon King, Lynn Abby

Bridge of Birds,Barry Hughart
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Re: Fantasy-Faction Book Battles: Favourite Fantasy Standalone Nominations
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2015, 10:43:13 AM »
This is without SF, right? (Otherwise I'd add Ready Player One and A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet)

Erin Morgenstern - The Nightcircus

Diana Wynne Jones -   The Homeward Bounders

China MiƩville - Kraken

Charlie Human - Apocalypse Now Now

GRRM - Fevre Dream

Guy Gavriel Kay - The Lions of Al-Rassan

Terry Pratchett - Nation (non-Discworld)

Terry Pratchett - The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld)

Terry Pratchett - Monstrous Regiment (Discworld)

Neil Gaiman - The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Neil Gaiman - The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman - Neverwhere
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Re: Fantasy-Faction Book Battles: Favourite Fantasy Standalone Nominations
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2015, 11:24:19 AM »
Guy Gavriel Kay - Tigana

Mikhail Bulgakov - The Master and Margarita

JRR Tolkien - The Hobbit

Joe Abercrombie - Best Served Cold
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Re: Fantasy-Faction Book Battles: Favourite Fantasy Standalone Nominations
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2015, 11:36:44 AM »
The Gracekeepers - Kirsty Logan

The Heroes - Joe Abercrombie

The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman

American Gods - Neil Gaiman

Good Omens - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman

Tigana - Guy Gavriel Kay

The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov

Throne of the Crescent Moon - Saladin Ahmed

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke

Uprooted - Naomi Novik

The Bees - Laline Paull

The Quick - Lauren Owen

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami



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Re: Fantasy-Faction Book Battles: Favourite Fantasy Standalone Nominations
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2015, 06:13:48 PM »
I'll post mine when I'm home, looking at my shelves hehe
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Re: Fantasy-Faction Book Battles: Favourite Fantasy Standalone Nominations
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2015, 09:26:31 PM »
I'm a bit like Bea, have to scan the shelves. The problem will be keeping it down to just 15.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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Re: Fantasy-Faction Book Battles: Favourite Fantasy Standalone Nominations
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2015, 09:39:30 PM »
Hmmm. Most of the books on my shelves are part of series. Oh well, here's a few standalones:

Elantris - Brandon Sanderson

Warbreaker - Brandon Sanderson

The Hobbit - J R R Tolkien

Best Served Cold - Joe Abercrombie

The Heroes - Joe Abercrombie

Red Country - Joe Abercrombie

Guns of the Dawn - Adrian Tchaikovsky

I'd also say First King of Shannara (- Terry Brooks) is standalone, since most of Shannara is divided into trilogies.

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Re: Fantasy-Faction Book Battles: Favourite Fantasy Standalone Nominations
« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2015, 09:50:05 PM »
Here goes:

The Plague Dogs by Richard Adams

The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

The Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll

The Circus of Dr. Lao by Charles G. Finney

Replay by Ken Grimwood

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

The War of the Flowers by Tad Willams

Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton

Weaveworld by Clive Barker

Faerie Tale by Raymond Feist

It by Stephen King

The Eight by Katherine Neville

Gil's All-Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

I hope that the contest expands peoples TBR lists and encourages them to look outside the series concept.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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Re: Fantasy-Faction Book Battles: Favourite Fantasy Standalone Nominations
« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2015, 10:02:33 PM »
A lot of Neil Gaiman will end up in this battle :P he is the king of quality fantasy standalone really isn't he?

Also early lead for Master and Margarita, Jonathan Strange and Night Circus, my work here is done. *flies away*

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Re: Fantasy-Faction Book Battles: Favourite Fantasy Standalone Nominations
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2015, 02:50:15 AM »
 
Have not read many genuine standalones and have deliberately excluded choices from Discworld because I am biased strongly towards it and want to consider others in this Battle quite separately.

Perdido Street Station - China Mieville - shared world of Bas Lag

The Golem and the Djinni - Helene Wecker

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell- Susanna Clarke

Tigana - Guy Gavriel Kay

Stardust - Neil Gaiman

Good Omens - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

The City and the City by China Mieville *

* Edited to add the last one, very happy to support Victoria Hooper's nomination, but not quite sure if this is really Fantasy and not SF.



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Re: Fantasy-Faction Book Battles: Favourite Fantasy Standalone Nominations
« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2015, 02:42:07 PM »
Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman  *
The City and the City, China Mieville
The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
The Princess Bride, William Goldman
Dracula, Bram Stoker
The Lions of Al-Rassan, Guy Gavriel Kay
The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
Poison, Chris Wooding
Some Kind of Fairytale, Graham Joyce
Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury
Howl's Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones (is this a standalone in a shared universe? It feels more that way to me than it does a series)  *
The Folding Knife, KJ Parker
The Last Unicorn, Peter S Beagle
Best Served Cold, Joe Abercrombie
Small Gods, Terry Pratchett  *

* Is there any way we can add our vote behind an author? For example, I love all Diana Wynne Jones standalones, as well as Terry Pratchett. But I didn't want to clog my list with a lot of the same author when I only get 16 choices, so I've nominated my personal favourites of theirs. But if, say, Homeward Bounders by Diana Wynne Jones gets a few nominations but not enough to get into the competition, I would prefer my vote for Howl's Moving Castle to be transferred to Homeward Bounders in order to push it into the competition. Same with other Terry Pratchett standalones. Does that make sense?  :)  I've put a little * next to those authors in my list.

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Re: Fantasy-Faction Book Battles: Favourite Fantasy Standalone Nominations
« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2015, 05:20:02 PM »

  • Lawrence Watt-Evans's The Misenchanted Sword

       This is the first of his Ethshar novels, but none of the characters are repeated in the other dozen or so novels in the "series", most of which take place hundreds of years later.  It's also a very, very cool story that sets the pattern for the rest of the Ethshar books -- take a basically decent and common-sensical PoV character, stick them in a somewhat cliched fantasy story setup, and see what happens when the PoV character *isn't* a fantasy hero cliche character.

       Can't recommend this enough.  Or the second book, With a Single Spell -- but that protagonist appears periodically in several other books, including getting another PoV, so I think it's not eligible for this.

  • William Goldman's The Princess Bride
       It's not quite as unforgettable as the movie, but it's still really good.
  • Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland
       Not sure if Through the Looking Glass makes this ineligible, but if it doesn't, it's a spectacular classic.
  • Greg Maguire's Wicked: Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
       Very cool retelling of a story we all know from the other side.  (Note: The musical came *after* the book.)
  • Terry Pratchett's Small Gods
  • J.R.R. Tolkein's The Hobbit
  • Neil Gaiman's American Gods
  • Ken Grimwood's Replay
       Thanks to Elfy for reminding me of this one.  I remember loving it -- but somehow in my head it got filed as "hard SF", which is silly, but how I think of "exactly our world with this one change" fiction.  But it makes much more sense to think of this one as fantasy.
  • Stephen King's Salem's Lot

Several nominees already that are in my TBR pile... Howl's Moving Castle and Tooth and Claw most prominently.

Might edit later on to add more as I think of them (or others do and nominate them later).  Still thinking about classics like Dracula and Peter Pan...

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