I love fantasy, but fantasy series are kind of nefarious for some… problems.

Series that drag on to reach an arbitrary number, creating a number of filler books. (8/9/10 of a certain series comes to mind for “filler books” )

Series that keep going for so long and lose the thread, straight up making what happened in previous books seem silly and irrelevant.

Books that vary wildly in quality (book 10, shout out to you again)

Series that aren’t finished (GRRM fans, you might get your books if he lives long enough. King Killer chronicle fans… I’m sorry, but the author is dead even if the man remains).

I just really wanna try a bunch of fantasy standalone novels from different authors. But I can’t for the life of me find a website that’ll let me do that. Amazon will say after clicking on it “book 1 of x”, so like the information is there, but I can’t find any website that let’s me search for it. I can find websites that list like “Top x standalone novels of the year” but those are usually really click baity.

“Finished series only” filter would be sick as well.

Anyone have any ideas?

  • @ericbombOP
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    182 months ago

    gasp

    And there are even recommended tag mashes for different genres! I have found my people who have been similarly hurt by picking up a book that they thought was a standalone, then running right into a cliff hanger wall and an unfinished series.

    • mesamune
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      32 months ago

      Once you find some, feel free to put some reviews on bookwyrm.

    • mbfalzar
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      22 months ago

      I also am glad to have this tool but am responding to you in particular to find out what the certain book series is where 8/9/10 are filler novels, because I hate read things sometimes

      • @ericbombOP
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        12 months ago

        If you google “which wheel of time can I skip” you will find many discussions about it.

        You’ll also find fan edits where for a ton of chapters are skipped and instead gives a small update of anything important that happened.

        Famously, despite women being incredibly powerful and it having tons of female characters that talk to one another, he gives a lot of them quirks that get brought up all the time.

          • @ericbombOP
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            12 months ago

            Spot on!

            I remember in middle school when I was given the series I was hooked after reading the first book!

            Then as I was getting more through the series it was more a sense of stubborn wanting to see it through than anything.

            • @[email protected]
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              12 months ago

              I tired reading it and just couldn’t get into it at all. Which is a shame because I’ve heard good things

              • @ericbombOP
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                12 months ago

                By not falling in love with book 1 you saved yourself some pain, so don’t fret too much.