>>6327582 I didn't mean to imply that you require experience, just that you'd have little trouble with Malazan if you've already spent a bit of time reading stories in made up worlds. Malazan is only "hard" because it is epic in scale (lots of characters, large-scale conflict, long-running history behind the world), and Erikson starts the series in the middle of things and doesn't stop to explain the setting in detail. It gets more detailed as you go forward, so you ought to do fine regardless.
Do you mean in the epic fantasy sub-genre, or in fantasy generally? In epic fantasy you have a hard time finding something shorter than a trilogy. "The Worm Ouroboros" comes to mind as a standalone that I think fits well into epic fantasy. Then there are some series, e.g., Kearney's 5-volume "Monarchies of God" which would actually fit into ~1½ Malazan/WoT/ASoIaF novels. Trilogies are not infrequent.
>>6327851 >The Book of the New sun is 4 novels No it is not. It's one novel in 4 volumes. Dividing it in 4 is just to make it physically easier to publish dead-tree books. (There are dead-tree editions with only two volumes, and ebooks often come as just one file.)
>>6327906 OK. You should be able to find quite a few trilogies then, if you dislike the really long series!
> I recently read Weaveworld, American Gods, and Blindsight; thoroughly enjoyed all of them. Any suggestions for standalones based off that?
Sorry, not really. I haven't read any Barker, wasn't terribly impressed with American Gods (I did like Neverwhere, though), but I did think Blindsight was a heck of a good book. The nearest recommendation to that in fantasy isn't a standalone, but Watts's fellow Canadian author R. Scott Bakker's Prince of Nothing epic fantasy trilogy (and which, in turn, is part of an unfinished larger series by Bakker). Also, you know Watts wrote a semi-sequel called Echopraxia?
These aren't tailored to you, but Guy Gavriel Kay (e.g., The Lions of Al-Rassan), Tim Powers (e.g., The Anubis Gates, Declare), China Miéville (e.g., The Scar), K. J. Parker (e.g., The Folding Knife. Also, fuck yeah KJP) have lots of good standalones. Barry Hughart's Bridge of Birds, while part of a three book "series", effectively reads like a standalone too.
I'd also highly recommend something by Jack Vance. Tales of the Dying Earth for example; specifically, the two Cugel books within it.
>>6328033 >Echopraxia I've heard of it, but wasn't the general consensus that is was pretty sub par?
Also, thanks for that list anon, it'll be very useful. What are the odds of getting caught downloading an ebook from BookZZ? Sorry if that's a stupid question, I'm a bit paranoid and just started reading again.
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