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Subject: Stand Alone books
Date Posted: 5/16/2010 9:28 PM ET
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My friend and I was having a discussion today that so many books today are part of a series. It is tough to pick up a new book that is not part of series especially mysteries, fantasy, scifi, evanhistorical fiction is more series.  Anyone have a recommendation for stand alone books that have come out within the last 10 years?


Date Posted: 5/16/2010 11:06 PM ET
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I just finished Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. They were both excellent!

Date Posted: 5/17/2010 4:49 PM ET
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Midnight Downs  by Adrian Hyland...a terrific murder mystery set in the Australian Outback.

Date Posted: 5/18/2010 12:17 AM ET
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Ooh, I have Midnight Downs on my Reminder list! That one is going on my next round of TBRs.

Date Posted: 5/18/2010 4:59 PM ET
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Anything by Robin McKinley tends to be a stand-alone, and she's well worth reading. She plays around with a few different genres, but her work generally falls into the sci-fi/fantasy category. Two of her best (and very different from each other) are Beauty and Sunshine, but I'd recommend any of hers. Read a few book descriptions and see what strikes your fancy :-)

If you like fantasy, Sherwood Smith's Crown Duel is also excellent. It's technically two books (Crown Duel and Court Duel), but it's published now as one.

Date Posted: 5/19/2010 10:53 AM ET
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The Time Traveler's Wife

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Date Posted: 5/19/2010 3:04 PM ET
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The Secret Room of Morgate House, by  Elissa Grandower.  Really a good mystery.  Plain and simple, kind of old fashioned, and you can guess at the outcome, but a real good read.

Date Posted: 5/19/2010 5:40 PM ET
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Jonathan Strange and Mr Norell.  

Was going to say Sunshine by Robin Mckinely but someone else has!

Date Posted: 5/21/2010 2:00 AM ET
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The Help by Kathryn Stockett and I second the recommendation for Water for Elephants

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 5/21/2010 6:51 AM ET
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I have the help haven't read it yet. I read Water for Elephants for my book group it was quite good. Here next book the Ape House is comign out in the Fall.


Date Posted: 5/21/2010 1:21 PM ET
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Anything by Paullina Simons.  All her books are stand alone.  I just read "Lily" and loved it.  I read "The Help" and although it was a good book, IMHO it was not the greatest I have read.  It got a little "high-schoolish" for my taste.

Date Posted: 5/22/2010 9:27 PM ET
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I would recommend "Messiah", by Boris Starling.  Excellent serial killer book.  The book was so good that I have found myself reading less books from this genre because they pale in comparison to Messiah.  If you like these kinds of books, you have to read this one!!!!

Date Posted: 5/23/2010 2:06 PM ET
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Blindness (Harvest Book)
Blindness (Harvest Book) :: Jose Saramago
ISBN-13: 9780156007757 - ISBN-10: 0156007754
Copies Available: 3
I would highly recommend this book I just finished it.  Rivals the road and really makes you stop and think.  

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Date Posted: 5/25/2010 9:51 PM ET
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Broken Wing by Judith James.  Ordinarily listed as romance but it is so much more.  I would venture to say that if you like historical fiction with a touch of a love story, you will like this book. 

The Year of Wonders and People of the Book, both by Geraldine Brooks are also stand alone and great reads.

Date Posted: 5/26/2010 12:14 AM ET
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"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society"  by Mary Ann Shaffer (the author died, so there will sadly be nothing else like it)

"The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" by Jamie Ford

"Moloka'i" by Alan Brennert

"Neverwhere" by Neil Gaiman

"The Ladies Auxiliary" by Tova Mirvis

"Garden Spells" by Sarah Addison Allen

"The School of Essential Ingredients"  by Erica Bauermeister

Date Posted: 5/26/2010 3:33 PM ET
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If you like quirky science fiction/fantasy,  all of A. Lee Martinez books are stand alone.  I really like "The Automatice Detective" and "Divine Misfortune."

Neil Gaiman also writes stand-alones.   "American Gods" and "The Graveyard Book" are excellent.  His collaboration with Terry Pratchett, called "Good Omens" is one of my favorites.

Date Posted: 5/26/2010 5:22 PM ET
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I second "Molokai" and "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet". Both excellent examples of historical fiction!

Date Posted: 5/29/2010 1:45 PM ET
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Pretty much anything by Ursula K. Le Guin aside from The Earthsea Series, her young adult fantasy series. The interesting thing about her is that many of her books fit together in the same universe (the Hainish universe, for example) but are still completely independent. She's really quite fabulous.