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[Books] Good "One and Done" Fantasy?

Fruitbat

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The Good Fairies of New York, urban fantasy about a pair of scottish punk fairies who end up getting lost in New York. They... cause problems.
 

Old Scratch

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Since it hasn't been mentioned MAR Barker's "Man of Gold".
I had forgotten to mention that one. Saw it on my shelf and thought I'd mention it. An interesting book, not the first choice for introducing someone into fantasy, but a great recommendation for someone looking for something other than bog standard fantasy. It draws upon non-Western influences so it makes for a very different read than your typical fantasy novel. Flamesong, a related book was alright, but not as good as Man of Gold.
 

Quasar

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Wouldn't The Odyssey be disqualified due to being part of a series? It was the sequel to the Iliad, after all.
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Though I might be alone here, I'd suggest The Golden Ass by Apuleius. I'm quite a fan of that fantasy story, on multiple levels.
 

Khyron

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Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede: Technically it starts a series, but it seems to stand on its own legs well enough.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
 

JustJo

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Sword in the Stone by T H White (technically part of a trilogy but reads fine on its own, and is a classic. Also lots of bizarre detail about falconry.)
 

mindstalk

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Sword in the Stone by T H White (technically part of a trilogy but reads fine on its own, and is a classic. Also lots of bizarre detail about falconry.)
Trilogy? _The Once and Future King_ is just a single large book to most of us, I think. And also worth mentioning.
 
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