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Old 10-20-2012, 09:38 PM   #101
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Thanks. I looked it up, and it looks interesting!

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Old 10-21-2012, 06:55 AM   #102
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Not a totally happy ending, but Mark Helprin's Winter's Tale is excellent.

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Old 10-21-2012, 12:10 PM   #103
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What are some good stand alone fantasy novels?

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Old 10-21-2012, 02:50 PM   #104
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Artemis Fowl
Wolf Brother
Percy Jackson
Kane Chronicles
Leven Thumbs
Sebastian Darke

They are fun and entertaining adventures, mostly for younger readers (as Harry Potter is). There also a book called Shadowmancer, but it's a little bit heavier.

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Old 10-21-2012, 03:42 PM   #105
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Can't go wrong with Mieville's standalone stuff, particularly The City & the City and King Rat.

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Old 10-21-2012, 07:59 PM   #106
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Good standalone is Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie.

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Old 10-22-2012, 07:53 AM   #107
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Good standalone is Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie.
It's only sort of stand alone, it's actually much better to have read the "first law" trilogy first.

Personally I would recommend "Elantris" and "Warbreaker" by Brandon Sanderson, both are great books imo.

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Old 10-22-2012, 02:44 PM   #108
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What are some good stand alone fantasy novels?
I had to really think about this one. Standalone fantasy novels are not common these days.

The Pattern Master by Octavia Butler
The Alchemist by Paolo Bacigalupi
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin
Two Hearts by Peter S. Beagle
Graceling - Kristen Cashore

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Old 10-22-2012, 03:05 PM   #109
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The King Killer Chronicle is really good.

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Old 10-22-2012, 03:58 PM   #110
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Elantris sounds good. Thanks guys . The Alchemist, too

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Old 10-22-2012, 06:41 PM   #111
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What are some good stand alone fantasy novels?
Hey, I can recommend Guy Gavriel Kay again! Almost all stand-alone novels (his original Finovar trilogy and the two Sarantine Mosaic books are the only exception).

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Old 10-22-2012, 09:00 PM   #112
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I hate to shamelessly spam, but I'd really appreciate it if some of my fellow Hypesters, who have the same passion for fantasy as I do, to help support a fellow Hypester and check out my book, if you so choose, on both Kindle and Nook:

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/math...=2940015540826

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Mathion-Mavond.../dp/B009EVSYX6

See the reviews it's gotten from readers on both sites. Not all of them are positive, but that's why they're there. If you like your fantasy to be rich and detailed, with a solid foundation of backstory and mythology, give my book a try. You may like it.

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Old 10-23-2012, 08:49 AM   #113
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I hate to shamelessly spam, but I'd really appreciate it if some of my fellow Hypesters, who have the same passion for fantasy as I do, to help support a fellow Hypester and check out my book, if you so choose, on both Kindle and Nook:

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/math...=2940015540826

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Mathion-Mavond.../dp/B009EVSYX6

See the reviews it's gotten from readers on both sites. Not all of them are positive, but that's why they're there. If you like your fantasy to be rich and detailed, with a solid foundation of backstory and mythology, give my book a try. You may like it.
Read the story synopsis on Amazon.com, I was sold at 'barbaric hordes of werewolves'. I will definitely check this out, added it to my wish list which I use as a reminder list. Good luck with your writing.

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Old 10-24-2012, 02:25 AM   #114
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Read the story synopsis on Amazon.com, I was sold at 'barbaric hordes of werewolves'. I will definitely check this out, added it to my wish list which I use as a reminder list. Good luck with your writing.
Ha! Thanks brother, much appreciated. It's my own take on the origins of werewolf folklore and Atlantis mythology all in one, so I hope you enjoy it!

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Old 10-24-2012, 05:21 AM   #115
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I'm currently reading "The Dragon and the George" by Gordon R. Dickson



My biggest problem with the story, the hero has to rescue his fair maiden. We only get to meet 2 other gals in the book and 1 doesn't even get a page of dialog and the other does little better. Seriously, I prefer books where women have a bit more depth than that.

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Old 10-24-2012, 03:58 PM   #116
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I'm currently reading "The Dragon and the George" by Gordon R. Dickson



My biggest problem with the story, the hero has to rescue his fair maiden. We only get to meet 2 other gals in the book and 1 doesn't even get a page of dialog and the other does little better. Seriously, I prefer books where women have a bit more depth than that.
Well, you have to think about it, that's pulp-style fantasy (aka Golden Age), so those stories were all about manliness and heroism, women were either the prize or just there.

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Old 10-25-2012, 08:26 PM   #117
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Just started Name of The Wind. Loving it.

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Old 10-26-2012, 01:52 PM   #118
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How about The Wheel of Time series? Heard nothing but great things

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Old 10-27-2012, 04:46 PM   #119
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My Scifi/Fantasy Lit. Professor in college knew Robert Jordan. He was visibly upset the day he died, and from what I here WoT is on par with LotR in terms of scope.

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Old 10-28-2012, 01:15 PM   #120
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Really? People usually complain about some of the later books--the story crawls to a halt in books 9 (Winter's Heart) and 10 (Crossroads of Twilight). 10 is probably the worst offender--I think literally absolutely nothing happens in any of the myriad storylines (these are books with a ton of characters, similar to George R. R. Martin in that respect). And yet it's still not really skippable, unfortunately (at least book 9 has a very big ending that's very important--10 has basically nothing going on and yet I don't think you can skip it. Maybe next time I reread them I'll see if it's possible...)

However, book 11 (Knife of Dreams) was much better, and the new ones by Brandon Sanderson have been wrapping the story up quite well and are very eventful and exciting. The earlier books are also very good--the first three are great (although the first one is pretty cliche high fantasy), and the series really hits its stride in books 4 (The Shadow Rising), 5 (The Fires of Heaven), and 6 (Lord of Chaos) when Jordan really started to show his ability to write very original, revolutionary fantasy. His ability to combine the high fantasy of Tolkein with the sort of political maneuvering more associated with Martin or Kay are why I think he's so successful. I still remember Books 4 and 5 and 6 very fondly--if I hadn't read any of the other ones, I may have considered my life complete, but books 4 and 5 and 6 are incredibly good and I think if you like fantasy absolutely essential. Of course, you can't really just pick them up in the middle (well, I never tried--maybe you can), so read the whole series. The first six, at least, are universally lauded, even if people are split on the later volumes.


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Old 10-28-2012, 04:40 PM   #121
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I loved the first 6-7 books of WoT but the rest of them sucked until Sanderson took over and revitalized the series. The main problem with some of the books imo was that they focused on uninteresting characters and one of them didn't even have a single chapter about the dragon reborn... I'd still recommend reading the series, the good definitely outweighs the bad.

Another series I can recommend is "Night angel" series by Brent Weeks, a very good series though with a bit darker tone than WoT. I also just finished reading the first book in his new series and found it to be even better than his earlier work

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Old 10-28-2012, 05:04 PM   #122
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Is Weeks' new series set in the same world as Night Angel?

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Nope, completely new one. I´ll admit that at first I was disappointed that he didn't continue with the Night angel universe but after reading the new one I´m not at all disappointed.

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and one of them didn't even have a single chapter about the dragon reborn...
Yeah, that was Crossroads of Twilight. It also committed the sin of not having any of the other main characters accomplish a single thing, either.

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