Could someone recommend a great new “one of” novel in sci-fi, horror, or fantasy?

I’m really tired of series/serials right now.

Could someone recommend a great new “one of” novel in sci-fi, horror, or fantasy?

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  • I’m a compulsive reader so either new or obscure preferably.

  • The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula LeGuin is a great, shorter read that is such a beautiful piece of sci-fi!

    • You can read her new Spinning Silver. Same genre. Different characters and setting. I loved it even more!

  • Skyward by Brandon Sanderson is due out in November. If a trilogy is okay, The Reckoners is a pretty awesome series already out, same author.

  • Tigana, Madwand, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, The Day after tomorrow (short and a product of the decade it was written in but fun all the same).

  • Anything by Joe Hill, particularly NOS4A2. The Fireman and Heart Shaped Box are great too. All of his stuff is. He’s different from his dad, some echoes there but he’s his own as well.

    • Lol sorry I’m from Belfast in Northern Ireland. If something is ‘cracker’, it means amazing, explosive, brilliant, awesome. It has a really good connotation

  • Fuzzy Nation, by John Scalzi
    Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

  • It’s technically a quartet, but is easily a stand alone – the Earthsea Chronicles?

  • Its not quite any of your three genres but if you like post-apocalyptic/disaster-y fiction I recommend Station Eleven! It feels like the author could potentially extend, but so far it’s a lone book and it was a great read

  • Too Many Curses – A. Lee Martinez, Lamb – Christopher Moore, Gail Levine – Fairest, Zombies vs Unicorns – Black vs Larbalestier

  • Fantasy and SciFi seem to run a large percentage to sequels or series.

  • Hard-boiled Wonderland and The End of the world by Haruki Murakami

  • Neil Gaiman has quite a few stand alone novels you may enjoy. My favorites are Stardust, Neverwhere, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

    • My favorites are Neverwhere and American Gods. Such a great suggestion to read Gaiman!

  • It’s not new but my favourite standalone fantasy book is The Barbed Coil by JV Jones. Also slightly less fantasy, more historical fantasy maybe, is The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay. These two are amazing books.

  • Naomi Novik’s two most recent books are totally stand alone, but both are based on fairy/folk tales. Spinning Silver and Uprooted. No commitment to the other book.

  • Riptide by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child one of their few stand alone books. About a search for pirate treasure on a booby trapped island

  • Anne McCaffrey’s Crystal Singer Trilogy (but available in one volume) is really well imagined, you can really feel the crystal ranges singing back at you in the early morning sun, my absolute secret pleasure book that I read when I’m sad.

  • If you enjoy post-apocalyptic novels, perhaps The Road and/or The Girl with all the Gifts?

  • Anything by Neil Gaiman, but my favorite of all of his is The Ocean At The End Of The Lane. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline was also excellent.

  • I loooooved An Unkindness of Magicians – it was sort of the Harry Potter, Magicians remix I always wished for with smarter protagonists and concepts but still modern day magic in a realistic NYC.

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