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Initial post: Apr 19, 2012 9:11:13 AM PDT
Thomas Head says:
I've heard legends of these beasts, but so far science has produced little in the way of hard evidence.... mostly grainy film footage and questionable eyewitness testimony. Can anyone produce a link so the matter can resolved conclusively?

Posted on Apr 19, 2012 1:25:37 PM PDT
Mrs. Garside says:
Now that you mention it, I can't think of any either! The series seems to be the accepted (or expected) format.

Posted on Apr 19, 2012 3:26:06 PM PDT
Lannister says:
I nominate Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay. Fabulous book.

Tigana

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2012 10:39:40 PM PDT
Thomas Head says:
Thanks, Lannister - just bought it... awesomeness so far.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2012 10:40:40 PM PDT
Thomas Head says:
Lol ... I guess Tolkien set the standard?

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 12:30:39 AM PDT
Bruise Bane says:
The Lord of the Rings could be considered standalone, as Tolkien wrote it as a single novel. It was the decision of his publisher to split it into a trilogy.

Not sure if you'd consider The Last Unicorn an epic, but it's a lovely book.

American Gods is, in my opinion, outstanding. Not sure how much longer it will be a standalone: Gaiman, it appears, is working on sequel -- even so, this books till stands alone.

Mythago Wood is a dark fantasy set in a forest where myths come to life. Granted there are other books in the "Mythago Cycle" -- but this one does stand alone.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

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Posted on Apr 20, 2012 12:44:13 AM PDT
Ben says:
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 1:01:17 AM PDT
Stant Litore says:
I'd count Frank Herbert's Dune. Sold as science fiction but also a star of the epic fantasy genre. Yes, there are sequels, but most readers read Dune as a standalone.

Gene Wolfe's The Wizard Knight would qualify (and it's very good) except that it was published in two volumes.

Richard Adams' Watership Down, maybe?

I'll give some thought to this. :)

Stant Litore

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 7:58:05 AM PDT
Thomas Head says:
American Gods... Oh man, I forgot about that. UTTERLLY FANTASTIC. And JS & MN too. Thanks Shadow...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 7:59:55 AM PDT
Thomas Head says:
Warbreaker.... sounds exactly like what I'd lik. thanks Ben. I'll pick that up.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 8:00:59 AM PDT
Thomas Head says:
Thanks Stant.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 1:48:15 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 20, 2012 1:48:37 PM PDT
Mrs. Garside says:
Quite a list. I'm writing some things down.

I had forgotten 'Watership Down'. Shame on me, it's one of my favorite books. We can also put Adams's 'Shardik' on the list.

I always wondered if Frank herbert planned any sequels at all to 'Dune'. It's so much better than any of the subsequent books.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 1:55:24 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 20, 2012 1:55:46 PM PDT
The first three SHANNARA novels by Brooks are all stand alones, the second of which, THE ELFSTONES OF SHANNARA, being a masterpiece in my opinion. MAGICIAN by Raymond Feist is also stand alone and quite good. DUNE is fantastic, of course. Loved THE MISTS OF AVALONG too. Recently, there hasn't been many stand alone epic novels, sadly.

You can always try my novel, THE DARK THORN. I'm Brooks's webmaster. The book is an urban/high fantasy hybrid of sorts and most certainly stand alone. Reviews have been positive on Amazon. You can read an excerpt before purchasing too and proceeds go to my cancer treatment health care. Visit http://www.grimoakpress.com for more details about the hardcover or visit the Amazon Kindle page at The Dark Thorn. Happy Searching!!

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 1:57:43 PM PDT
D. Atkinson says:
I'd add Mary Gentle's Ash; it was broken into 4 parts for the US release, but was one volume in Britain, and I believe was the longest single-volume fantasy published up to that point.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 2:11:25 PM PDT
Snoweel says:
I thought War of the Flowers by Tad Williams was outstanding. It's in a world of faeries and goblins but there is some modern technology too so it might stretch what you call epic fantasy. Along that line (but in a more traditional faerie world) Faerie Tale by Raymond Feist is worth a read.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 2:13:05 PM PDT
Forgot about WAR OF THE FLOWERS. Great book.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 4:34:51 PM PDT
Thomas Head says:
Neat. Thank you Shawn.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 4:36:00 PM PDT
Thomas Head says:
I'll have to try Ash too - GRUNTS was the stuff man... read it like three times.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 4:38:53 PM PDT
Thomas Head says:
Thanks Mrs Garside!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 5:44:27 PM PDT
Got some good ideas? :)

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 5:57:38 PM PDT
Warbreaker (Tor Fantasy) by Brandon Sanderson as mentioned above, and also Elantris, are both stand alones, yet they are technically written in the same universe as all of his work. The "Cosmere" is home to his Mistborn series and his new, massive series of projected 10 books, Stormlight Archive.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 7:34:58 PM PDT
Stant Litore says:
Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey was originally written as a standalone novel. The sequels and the series came later.

A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs - same thing.

Does Stephen King's The Stand count? Sold as horror, but definitely structured as an epic fantasy.

Stant Litore

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 7:51:08 PM PDT
(waves at Mrs. G.)
And speaking of Stephen King, "The Talisman" is another stand-alone that I would classify as fantasy. Co-authored with Peter Straub, I believe. It's one of my favorites.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 7:52:31 PM PDT
Stant Litore says:
Haven't read that - thanks for the tip!

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 8:25:04 PM PDT
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