Standalone Science Fiction & Fantasy | Recommending…

In which I discuss my favorite science fiction and fantasy standalones…

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charity yoder says:

FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS. Ahhhh!!!!!! I don’t think I can thank you enough for recommending that particular book because Persuasion is my favorite of Jane Austen’s works. And a retelling, particularly a sci-fi retelling, was absolutely beautiful and needed. I loved it. Thanks again and I’ll just stop gushing now =)

Kevin Croake says:

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is one of my favorite books.

Abby Reading says:

Vicious is very good. Highly recommend

Meredith Billington says:

I read Wicked a few years ago, and I definitely enjoyed learning more about the Wicked Witch of the West. She was more of a tragic hero in the book because she born different. I have thought about reading the second book to learn more about what happened to her son.

Liyanna Norling Åslund says:

The Martian, Cloud Atlas, The Humans!

skylar frances says:

The Long Way has a direct sequel coming out next year if you’re not aware!

IL Eck. says:

“Of Fire and Stars” by Audrey Coulthurst is a fantasy standalone about two princesses falling in love, and it’s really really good. Also, “Graceling” by Kristin Cashore is kind of a standalone (there are two other books that are connected to it). It’s fantasy, and it follows a girl who have a gift for fighting and killing, and it’s one of my favorite novels ever.

Mariela Silva says:

Did you read The Child Thief by Broom? It was so good! is a dark retelling of Peter Pan. It is also a stand alone.

Jonas says:

Some of my favorites are
1.More Than This by Patrick Ness
2.Vicious by VE Schwab (this was a standalone but recently victoria announced that there will be a sequel!)

sarah pennington says:

Definitely should add the Martian by Andy Weir. It’s an amazing, funny introduction to science fiction.

sella blah says:

Lets start: The Night Circus. OH HELL YES I LOVE YOU.

Denise Harwood says:

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pully had a surprisingly sweet friendship/romance and I thought the way it dealt with knowing the future was really great.
Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson is probably my favorite of hers I’ve read, about dealing with being the least powerful member of a celestial family and a father that has mysteriously disappeared.
The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord is a travelogue / character study as a woman helps the ambassadors of refugee aliens try to find people to help them shore up their colony. It reminds me of a more tightly focused Small Angry Planet.

AlexisReads says:

Just wondering have you ever read the thousandth floor. Its a thriller set in a futuristic New York and i think it’s really underrated and I loved it.

Tamara Woods says:

Ugh, I caught this too late to see the alert for the SFF Awards Liveshow! *throws self on bed and sobs*

Reading Addiction says:

I still need to read the night circus what am I doing with my life.

Lauren Maree says:

The Long Way To A Small and Angry Planet has been on my TBR since I heard about it but I haven’t read it because I thought it was a series. And now you’re telling me that it is a standalone but with companion books? THANKYOU

Jennifer S says:

How do you get the white paperback editions of Brandon Sanderson if you live in the US

Andrea Hestand says:

I love Wicked. I have read Wicked. I had a friend that recommend me to read it. I am glad that he did. I went to the library to get the book. I read it, and couldn’t put it down. I really loved it. Now I have other books that came from that series. I now own Wicked. I really do recommend this book too for everyone else to read it.Amazing book. But great book to read that is awesome.

Beatrice Prior says:

hey Sam! 🙂 My favourite standalone that I would personally classify as fantasy is Coraline by Neil Gaiman. I would highly recommend it if you enjoy dark Tim Burton-esque fantasy!

Linda H says:

As for science fiction I also highly recommend Radiance by Catheryne M Valente, it’s beautiful, smokey, and athmospheric, and also has a lot of mystery vibes. As always with Valente, it’s beautifully written, though it is a bit of a slow burn!

Books and Looks says:

I need to get to Uprooted. but yesss to the Night Circus….keep talking about it all the time!!!!

sandyreadsalot says:

I didn’t realize Warbreaker was a standalone! That motivates me a bit more to pick it up haha xD I recently bought The Forbidden Wish and I can’t wait to read it!

Anonymous says:

I have been wanting to read the night circus for such a long time!! I don’t really know why I haven’t picked up yet but I really need to.

Thoughts on Tomes says:

Love SFF? The Booktube SFF Awards Liveshow is going to be here on my channel tomorrow (6/25) at 3pm EST!

tpstps85 says:

Hi Sam!! I love your favs videos, so much fun!! Speaking of standalones, have you read Hunted by Maegan Spooner? Beauty and the Beast retelling with a bit of russian folklore… got a feeling you could like it 🙂

Ef Pendergraft says:

For fantasy, I recommend The Last Unicorn. There are technically followups to it, but the novel can be read on its own. I’d also recommend Endymion Spring, Brave Story, and The Book of Heroes.

Samantha P says:

I literally finished night corcus last night. But thanks for reminding my to llok up your review and possible gush so I can watch without fear of spoilers.

Charlie Book Fanatic says:

When you say dark and twisty, I immediately think of Grey’s Anatomy. It’s great.

Joseph Fernandez says:

Did you read “All the Birds in the Sky” by Charlie Jane Anders? I thought it was just okay but it’s a highly regarded standalone that just won the Nebula award. As far as SF goes, Neal Stephenson has a lot of good standalone books. Warning though if you’re mostly a fantasy reader he might be hard to get into. Seveneves is highly regarded but I thought the second part was vastly inferior to the first. I’m currently reading (listening to actually) his new novel collaboration with Nicole Galland “The Rise and Fall of DODO” and I find it a lot easier to get into then any other Stephenson book I’ve read.

La Hormiguita Lectora says:

First, your make up is on point. I LOVE IT. Second, I am currently reading the Night Circus. It’s good, but I’m finding a bit hard to get into it, but I’m sure I will end up loving it. Third, I love your videos in general. You are definitely one of my fave booktubers. Have a nice day!

Toni Wi says:

Great book recs!!! Feel the same about Wicked, it definitely grows on you over time!

thejordanjournals says:

I don’t think I’ve ever read a standalone fantasy before, but my favorite standalone science fiction would definitely have to be The Martian by Andy Weir. That book was incredible and still one of my favorites.

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