Single volume fantasy recommendations

BAYLOR

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The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers
Declare by Tim Powers
Jack Faust by Michael Swanswick
Typewriter in the Sky by v L. Ron Hubbard
 

picklematrix

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Watchtower by Elizabeth A Lynn is a fantasy that's a liitle bit different from the norm due to the in depth sociopolitical allegory.
Not to everyone's taste but potentially worth a try. I barely remember it, as I read it so long ago, but I may read it again soon
 

BigBadBob141

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" The Anubis Gates " & " On Stranger Tides ", both by Tim Powers, both highly recommended!
 

EdLincoln

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Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
Red Moon Rising by Peter Moore
The Element of Fire by Martha Wells
 

Galactic Bus Driver

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Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett)
Neverwhere
Stardust
American Gods
Coraline
Anansi Boys
The Graveyard Book
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
 

soulsinging

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Has anyone read The Battle Mage by Peter Flannery? I'd never heard of the author until a different one of his books was recommended to someone else in another thread, but this is apparently a standalone fantasy with a more traditional classic story set up, and is pretty highly rated. That said, I've grown highly suspicious of fantasy ratings (I made a thread about it here) and it has an unusual number of reviews on Amazon for a relative unknown (more reviews than Abercrombie's First Law, almost as many as Lies of Locke Lamorra). This forum is pretty reliable for finding the best of the new and there's not a single mention of this book here despite its apparent success on Amazon (by comparison, Sullivan's Theft of Swords was self published, took off on amazon and has been mentioned here multiple times yet has far fewer reviews than this book I never heard of).

This makes me wonder if this is like Blood Song, another fantasy novel with off the charts reviews that nobody seems to have actually read and has me convinced there was some significant marketing weight/gamesmanship driving the superlative reviews. I'm also trying to convince myself not to believe the hype because I already have too many unread books on my shelf!
 

tachyon

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OT since it's a series, but I have actually read "Blood Song" and found it a competent, if not inspiring or original, fantasy coming of age type story. If I'd read it earlier in my life I might have loved it but I've seen the same basic story too many times. Haven't read any of the sequels.
 

Avelino de Castro

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@Galactic Bus Driver Apart from Coraline, which I have not read, I thought these were all very good.
I totally disagree, as much as is possible. Those are some of the most diverting, outstanding works of fiction I've ever come across. Particularly Neverwhere. Neil Gaiman is a brilliant writer with stellar skills. His book Anansi Boys is another outstanding stand alone book.
 

Matteo

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Would second The Worm Ouroboros and no-one's mentioned The Stone and the Flute by Hans Bemmann.
 

tegeus-Cromis

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I totally disagree, as much as is possible. Those are some of the most diverting, outstanding works of fiction I've ever come across. Particularly Neverwhere. Neil Gaiman is a brilliant writer with stellar skills. His book Anansi Boys is another outstanding stand alone book.
You disagree as much as is possible that these were all very good?
 
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