Hi guys, I'm about to start my re-read of WoT to get ready for the 8th of Jan, however I want to break it up by including some nice lighter reads in between books. I was hoping you wonderful people would be able to suggest some books for me, I'm keen for something easy to read but also easy to put down, 300-400 pages long preferably standalones. I generally read epic fanasy (obviously not really an option here), military sci fi and dystopian fiction however I will give pretty much anything considered speculative fictin a go. Please let me know anything you think would be enjoyable to read, the only restriction is I need to be able to get it in print in Australia as I do not have an E-Reader.
The Alloy of Law is a fairly short read, and while it's sort of a sequel to the Mistborn trilogy, it can be read as a standalone. It's the only one I can think of right now, but I'm sure I'll think of more at some point, though whether I remember to post them here...
The Princess Bride by William Goldman is my favorite book in the world, and it's quite short and really fun. Even if you've seen the movie, I'd definitely still recommend the book. Goldman pretends to be abridging a much longer work by S. Morgenstern and inserts all these comments about why he cut the scenes he did, but in actuality he wrote the entire book. It's just a very clever, witty, fun fantasy adventure.
"Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." (Couldn't resist )
Oh oh oh, and The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly is AMAZING. I feel like nothing that I say about it can really do it justice, but it's one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read. The story follows a young boy who stumbles into a world of fairy tales, but these fairy tales have often become dark and twisted. This one is definitely much less lighthearted than The Princess Bride, but really just a wonderful, wonderful book.
Check out some of Frank Tuttle's work. They're nice little light side-pieces, especially some of the early novels. Yes, Markhat is a series, but they stand alone very well. For a taste of his work, try Wistril Compleat--it's fantasy--a bunch of shorts that all deal with the same wizard and his apprentice. Most of Frank's stuff falls into cozy fantasy--definitely not epic. Wry wit, good plots, great atmosphere and characterization. The first couple of Markhat books (Dead Man's Rain and... Cadaver something) are short novels. Some of the later ones are a lot longer.
For "harder" fantasy or sci/fi look at short stories by Nancy Fulda, maybe.
That's all that comes to mind off the top of my head...
Frank Tuttle has a new novella out--it's in the same world as his All the Paths of Shadow (which is a kind of steampunk urban fantasy). The novella is called Saving the Sammi -- good little adventure. I'd definitely say it's on the cozy side and in some ways I enjoyed it more than the novel! But then, going back and "visiting" with old friends is the hallmark of a good cozy read.