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Offline AlmightyZael

Short *Fantasy* Novels? (200 pages or less)
« on: August 04, 2014, 04:35:16 PM »
So, I'm wondering if there are any books which you lovely guys and gals would recommend that are around the 200 page mark?

It doesn't strictly HAVE to be fantasy, but that would be preferred - I know there are lots of sci-fi books around this mark, but I'm interested to see what authors can do with a fantasy environment with such little space.

As much as I'm sure we all love the great big door stops of our genre, let's get some love in here for the shorter kids!
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Re: Short *Fantasy* Novels? (200 pages or less)
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2014, 04:44:28 PM »
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman is the first one to come to mind. I'll try to think of some more.
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Re: Short *Fantasy* Novels? (200 pages or less)
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2014, 04:48:49 PM »
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman is the first one to come to mind. I'll try to think of some more.

Oooh! Neil Gaiman! Why am I not surprised to see his name here ;D I'll give it a looksie!
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Re: Short *Fantasy* Novels? (200 pages or less)
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2014, 05:01:30 PM »
Hmm. Andrez Bergen's Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat is just a tad over 200pgs. More Sci-Fi than fantasy, though.
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Re: Short *Fantasy* Novels? (200 pages or less)
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2014, 05:44:37 PM »
Hmm. Andrez Bergen's Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat is just a tad over 200pgs. More Sci-Fi than fantasy, though.

I'd read that because of the name, I think...
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Re: Short *Fantasy* Novels? (200 pages or less)
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2014, 05:57:51 PM »
You should check out Steven Brust, especially his Jhereg novels.  They tend to be shorter, maybe closer to 300.  The first bunch of books are out in collections, but they are mostly standalone stories.
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Re: Short *Fantasy* Novels? (200 pages or less)
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2014, 06:29:30 PM »
[How are you, Arry!? :)
Pretty good. Glad to see you back!  ;D

Alright, I just sorted my books in Goodreads by number of pages. Skipping over graphic novels and sci-fi, the fantasy books I have in this range:

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (215 pages)

Legion by Brandon Sanderson (88 pages, so a bit short)

Poison by Sarah Pinborough (as well as Charm and Beauty - Poison is 202 pages)

The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin is the longest I'll mention. It's at 264 pages.


And I've not read this one, but The Gunslinger by Stephen King is showing as only 231 pages.
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Re: Short *Fantasy* Novels? (200 pages or less)
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2014, 06:32:52 PM »
[How are you, Arry!? :)
Pretty good. Glad to see you back!  ;D

Good to be back :)

I have Earthsea!
And I just finished Gunslinger for the second time - it's one of my favourites, and it's actually the book that gave me the idea for this thread ;D

I didn't realise Legion was so short :O Might have to give that a go!
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Re: Short *Fantasy* Novels? (200 pages or less)
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2014, 10:35:01 PM »
I just got into reading Pratchett's Discworld novels, and at least the first three (The Colour of Magic, The Light Fantastic and Equal Rites) have been below 200pages in the e-book editions I've got.
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Re: Short *Fantasy* Novels? (200 pages or less)
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2014, 12:05:07 AM »
I mostly think of older work, for some reason they were shorter, mind you they tended to pack more story into their 200 or so pages than many modern writers can fit into 300 or more. Poul Anderson's The Broken Sword is nearly 300 pages, but it's damn good and epic even though it's barely the length of one modern fantasy epic volume. Fritz Lieber's Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser books were mostly novellas that were collected into larger books, same with some of the early Harold Shea Incompleat Enchanter books by Fletcher Pratt and L. Sprague De Camp. Most of the early Stainless Steel Rat books by Harry Harrison are quite short. In fact my copy of The Stainless Steel Rat is only 158 pages, be warned they are quit addictive. As M.G Boronha said a lot of Terry Pratchett's books are shorter. Not just Discworld, but his Bromeliad trilogy, his Johnny books and The Carpet People, although they are mostly written for younger readers, but like most Pratchett's they can be enjoyed by all ages. Sarah Pinborough's fairytale trilogy: Poison, Charm and Beauty, are also very short, but have a lot in their few pages.
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Re: Short *Fantasy* Novels? (200 pages or less)
« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2014, 05:43:20 AM »
These are all great guys :) Thanks! Gonna go and look at the blurbs of these and see what catches my interest :)

I remember trying to read Guards, Guards but found it peculiarly hard to understand. I suppose I should try again and get used to the world he's created really.
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Re: Short *Fantasy* Novels? (200 pages or less)
« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2014, 12:52:03 PM »
These are all great guys :) Thanks! Gonna go and look at the blurbs of these and see what catches my interest :)

I remember trying to read Guards, Guards but found it peculiarly hard to understand. I suppose I should try again and get used to the world he's created really.

I've read the first three and I am now halfway into the fourth, Mort, and it has been the best one so far - these things are highly subjective, of course  ;)
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Short *Fantasy* Novels? (200 pages or less)
« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2014, 06:17:44 PM »
I'm almost positive that The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Cat Valente is under 200 pages, and that might be my favorite book of all time. Just a wonderfully whimsical book that I think could be fun for probably anyone to read.
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Re: Short *Fantasy* Novels? (200 pages or less)
« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2014, 12:08:00 AM »
Something else you could try is anthologies. They have a bunch of bite sized stories and some have novellas. You can also get them on all sorts of themes.
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« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2014, 05:23:31 PM »
Something else you could try is anthologies. They have a bunch of bite sized stories and some have novellas. You can also get them on all sorts of themes.

Hey doesn't Fantasy Faction have it's own Anthology coming out soon?  Why, it's available for pre-order on our front page! 
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