In Need of Standalones

There once was a time in which I only tried to find standalone novels to read. I didn’t want to be sucked into a long series that would take forever to get through.

At some point that philosophy went right out the window. Though I do currently have quite a few standalone novels, I’m looking for more. Why? Because I don’t think it’s necessary for an author to devote multiple books to the same character in order to write quality stories.

I think a good mix of standalone and series books helps equalize one’s reading. So tell me, tell me! No genre or author limitations.

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12 thoughts on “In Need of Standalones

  1. One of my all time favorite stand alone works is “Iron Chamber of Memory” by John C Wright

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  2. I like standalone books too. The problem is, they’re harder to sell to publishers. I have a standalone written before my published series, but I can’t seem to sell it though to me it’s of equal if not better quality. However, if you want standalones, early Chris Brookmyre books are mostly all standalone, a couple of recurring characters, but they aren’t a series. Similarly, early Simon Kernick, though the recurrence of his characters does make them slightly more serial in nature, my favourite is “The Sacred Art of Stealing”, that is absolutely brilliant.

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    • I bet. One of my favorite authors began his published career with quite a few standalones. Then tried a couple series. And I think recently released more of them. I will look up the ones you mentioned.

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  3. Aaahhh it depends on your tastes, right? If you tend to like more genre fiction like crime, fantasy, etc. then it’s like it is mandatory to write a series. However, general and literary fiction tend to be standalones. What sort of thing are you looking for?

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    • Yes. But I’ll pretty much read anything, though I guess my preferred genre would be crime fiction. I think most of the ones I already have would be literary fiction? I think. And those have been sitting on my shelves for years now.

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      • I see your problem and I’m here to tell you that… you should probably grab one of those that have been waiting for ages. Ill try to think of a literary one that has a mystery in it for you.

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      • You’re probably right. I really should. I have a bunch of classics. Not sure I really want to tackle any of them.

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