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Old 03-27-2020, 03:17 PM   #46
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Old 03-27-2020, 07:52 PM   #47
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I thoroughly enjoyed Hubbard's Battlefield Earth. I also enjoyed his Final Blackout (not a chunky book, but a standalone). I read his Mission Earth series though and disliked it, a lot.
So maybe try Battlefield Earth and leave it at that?

As for Fantasy, Brandon Sanderson has his 10th Anniversary eidition for his Elantris. I read the original back in '06 and really enjoyed it. He added a bunch to the 10th Anniversary Edition, not sure how much though.
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Old 03-27-2020, 08:03 PM   #48
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Some of the Pournelle/Niven best sellers have been pretty hefty - Mote in God's Eye, Lucifer's Hammer and Footfall. Lucifer's Hammer was nominated for a Hugo, as was Footfall as was Mote in God's Eye. Hum, maybe it's time to re-read those books. It's been a while.
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I really enjoyed Footfall too...
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Some of the Pournelle/Niven best sellers have been pretty hefty - Mote in God's Eye, Lucifer's Hammer and Footfall. Lucifer's Hammer was nominated for a Hugo, as was Footfall as was Mote in God's Eye. Hum, maybe it's time to re-read those books. It's been a while.
I have all in printed form, excellent! I met Jerry a couple of times at the San Francisco Computer Faire many years ago.
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Try Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive series. The first book is about 1100 pages or so.

Stormlight Archive
1. The Way of Kings (2010)
2. Words of Radiance (2012)
2.5. Edgedancer (2017)
3. Oathbringer (2017)
4. Rhythm of War (2020)
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It was suprisingly difficult to find stand-alone stories. I didn't realize that so many sci fi and fantasy books I love are parts of a series. Anyway, some of my faves are:
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
Earth by David Brin
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Spinning Silver and Uprooted by Naomi Novik (not a series)
Shadowdance by Robin Wayne Bailey
Anthem by Ayn Rand
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
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I have a fantasy recommendation
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8 thick books in two series in the same universe.
Tarrin Kael's Sennadar Universe by Fel (James Galloway).
The books are available for download here
http://www.weavespinner.net/worlds_of_fel.htm
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I thought we were supposed to be recommending stand alone books?

The Stormlight Archive is anything but stand alone. There are scheduled to be 10 books, only 3 of which are published, and then they also are part of his Cosmere universe which incorporates many other books of his.

The Weavespinner looks like 8 books across two series. Are they a single continuous story? I doubt it with two series.
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Never fails. Someone says standalone, and you're lucky to get 4 or 5 posts in before people start working series in.
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A book I highly recommend is The Once and Future King by T.H. White.

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nce upon a time, a young boy called “Wart” was tutored by a magician named Merlyn in preparation for a future he couldn’t possibly imagine. A future in which he would ally himself with the greatest knights, love a legendary queen and unite a country dedicated to chivalrous values. A future that would see him crowned and known for all time as Arthur, King of the Britons.

During Arthur’s reign, the kingdom of Camelot was founded to cast enlightenment on the Dark Ages, while the knights of the Round Table embarked on many a noble quest. But Merlyn foresaw the treachery that awaited his liege: the forbidden love between Queen Guenever and Lancelot, the wicked plots of Arthur’s half-sister Morgause and the hatred she fostered in Mordred that would bring an end to the king’s dreams for Britain—and to the king himself.
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I thought we were supposed to be recommending stand alone books?

The Stormlight Archive is anything but stand alone. There are scheduled to be 10 books, only 3 of which are published, and then they also are part of his Cosmere universe which incorporates many other books of his.

The Weavespinner looks like 8 books across two series. Are they a single continuous story? I doubt it with two series.
The problem is that (at least in science fiction) there aren't really that many big, chunky, standalone books. The publishing end, want to make them into either series or cut them down.
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Another recommendation is The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. While it is three books, it was originally meant to be one book. The publisher made it into three books.
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