Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 7 years ago

Good stand alone fantasy or sci fi novels?

I really enjoy Brandon Saunderson, Terry Goodkind, Piers Anthony, anything like that.

With an amazing author and story line please!

7 Answers

  • S
    Lv 7
    7 years ago
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    The Link below is to a website which contains information about published books and authors. One of the interesting aspects of the site is if you visit the web page for an author, below the data concerning the author's listed books, there is often a section titled '(name of author) recommends', or 'Similar Books by other authors...', with numerous book titles and the associated authors presented. There is also a rectangle titled 'Visitors to this page also looked at these authors'. These are ways to discover other authors who write in the same genre and their work.

    Some of the authors on the following list write stores similar to the names included in your question while others write from a slightly different fantasy viewpoint. Included some of the Fantasticfiction links you might visit to read descriptions of these authors and the books.

    Terry Brooks - Magic Kingdom of Landover series

    Trudi Canavan - all series

    Giles Carwyn & Todd Fahnestock - Heartstone Trilogy series

    James Clemens - both series

    Charles De Lint - urban fantasy - consider reading 'Moonheart'

    Jennifer Fallon - all series

    C.S. Friedman - Coldfire series & Magister series

    Mitchell Graham - Mathew Lewin series

    Simon R. Green - Nightside series & all the rest

    Robin Hobb - Farseer series & Tawny Man series

    Russell Kirkpatrick - Fire of Heaven series

    Tom Lloyd - Twilight Reign series

    Fiona McIntosh - all series

    John Marco - Eyes of God series & Tyrants and Kings series

    Karen Miller - all series

    Robert Newcomb - both series

    Douglas Niles - Watershed series

    Patrick Rothfuss - Kingkiller Chronicle series

    Michael A. Stackpole - DragonCrown War series & Age Of Discovery series

    Eldon Thompson - Legend of Asahiel series

    Lawrence Watt-Evans - Obsidian Chronicles series

    Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman - all series

    Angus Wells - Kingdoms series, Godwars series & Exiles series; also Lords of the Sky

    Michelle West - Sun Sword, House Wars & Sacred Hunt series

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  • 7 years ago

    If you are really serious about reading a good sci fi novel and your not just saying something to say something check out Gardens and the Warrior of Heaven seriously.

    Up to you

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Read 1984 yet? If so, good! don't forget the classics. There is the "Where the Green Star Calls" series by lin Carter. Hmm, more old books. Then there is anything by Ben Bova, the most realistic sci-fi author I know. Hmm, can't think of any more off the top of my head.

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  • 7 years ago

    The first book from most series can be read as a stand alone book.

    Actually most books within a good series can be read independently, they are just better when read in context / sequence. The beauty of a good series is that if you enjoy the first book you can continue following along with the character / characters in the next one.

    In SCIENCE FICTION, here are some I (Fittings Doc) would recommend:

    “Old Man’s War” (2005) by John Scalzi

    (first book of the “Old Man’s War” series)

    (Hugo Award nominee 2006.)

    This is totally a stand alone book as the following books take place far in the furure.

    “Rendezvous with Rama” (1972 / 252 pages) by Arthur C. Clarke CLASSIC

    (won the Hugo and Nebula Awards)

    "The Forever War" (1974 / 236 pages) by Joe Haldeman

    (Won the Hugo and Nebula Awards.)

    Deals with the effect of time dilation, on those involved in an interstellar war.

    "The Left Hand of Darkness" (1969) by Ursula K. Le Guin CLASSIC

    (Won the Hugo Award)

    “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968) by Arthur C. Clarke

    "The Einstein Intersection" (1967) by Samuel R. Delany CLASSIC

    (won the 1967 Nebula award)

    “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” (1968) by Philip K. **** CLASSIC

    (Nominated for the Nebula Award)

    The source for the “Blade Runner” movie.

    “A Canticle for Leibowitz” (1959 / 320 pages) by Walter M. Miller, Jr. CLASSIC

    (Won the Hugo Award)

    A post apocalyptic tale, set in a Roman Catholic monastery in the desert of the Southwestern United States after a devastating nuclear war, the story spans thousands of years as civilization rebuilds itself.

    “Tool of the Trade” (1987 / 248 Pages) by Joe Haldeman

    (TWO other novels by Haldeman Won the Hugo Award, and THREE Won the Nebula Award)

    Nicholas Foley, a Soviet sleeper agent and a survivor of the World War II siege of Leningrad, is a scientist and technological genius quietly working in American academia. He develops an ultrasonic gadget with which he can undetectably control the minds of others.

    "Farmer in the Sky" (1950 / 216 pages) by Robert A. Heinlein

    (Retro Hugo Award, 1951)

    "Glory Road" (1963 / 319 pages) by Robert A. Heinlein CLASSIC

    (Nominated for the Hugo Award.)

    "Have Space Suit-Will Travel" (1958 / 255 pages) Robert A. Heinlein

    (Nominated for the Hugo Award in 1959.)

    "Starman Jones" (1953 / 252 pages) by Robert A. Heinlein

    "Starship Troopers" (1959 / 263 pages) by Robert A. Heinlein

    (Won the Hugo Award)

    “Stranger in a Strange Land” (1961) by Robert A. Heinlein CLASSIC

    (Won the Hugo Award)

    “The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress” (1966) by Robert A. Heinlein CLASSIC

    (won the Hugo Award)

    “Uller Uprising” by H. Beam Piper

    FREE eBook

    “Up the Line” (1969) by Robert Silverberg.

    A novel about time traveling tourists.

    (Nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Awards)

    In FANTASY, here are some I (Fittings Doc) would recommend:

    "The Hobbit" (1937 / 310 pages) by J. R. R. Tolkien

    At the suggestion of the wizard Gandalf, Bilbo Baggins helps some dwarves steal treasure back from a dragon. The PRECURSOR to "The Lord of the Rings"

    "Legend” (1984) by David Gemmell (The MASTER of Heroic fantasy)

    (first book of the “Drenai Saga”)

    Hell EVERYTHING by David Gemmell is worth reading!!!

    He is a master at character development and readability.

    If you like HEROIC FANTASY, You’ll find you cannot put his books down.

    In HISTORICAL Fiction, here are some I (Fittings Doc) would recommend:

    “Brian Boru: Emperor of the Irish” (1990) by Morgan Llewellyn (IRISH historical fiction)

    Source(s): 40 Years a Sci-Fi / Fantasy Fan
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  • 7 years ago

    Red Shirts by John Scalzi

    The red shirts have noticed that if they go on an away mission with one of the 5 officers, they have a high chance of dying.

    Cory Doctorow Little Brother

    Terrorists attack a bridge and Homeland Security cracks down. Teenage hackers fight the system.

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  • Jack
    Lv 6
    7 years ago

    The internet has made some of these things easy. Search for "Fantasy and Science Fiction authors."

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  • 7 years ago

    Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

    ~Dr. B.~

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