Your Top 3 stand alone epic novels

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  1. Gin Buckets

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    I honestly don’t know what #3 would since mine technically don’t work. What are yours?

    1. Shantaram
    2. Shogun
    3. I want to say Lonesome Dove or Pillars of the Earth as I think both were initially written as stand alone only for the author to realize their popularity and write follow-ups later.
     
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  2. The Blackfish

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    11/22/63
    Anna Karenina
    The Count of Monte Cristo

    Not necessarily in that order
     
  3. RegimentML

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    I'm not really sure what fits the criteria of epic but these are all stand-alone novels that I would consider in my favorites list:

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    Watership Down
    The Kite Runner
     
  4. Gin Buckets

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    I think I should add Cutting for Stone as my third since my other 2 aren't technically stand alone.
     
  5. TC

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    Grapes of Wrath
    East of Eden
    Cloud Atlas
     
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  6. Truman

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    Siddartha
     
  7. Shiggityshwo

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    I'm not sure how much of what I've read would count as an epic, but Shantaram's absolutely my favorite book of all time
     
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  8. Cornelius Suttree

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    Blood Meridian
    The Brothers Karamazov
    Crime and Punishment
     
  9. Irush

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    Grapes of Wrath
    Cloud Atlas
    House of Leaves

    Honorable mention to Crime and Punishment
     
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  10. Fargin' Icehole

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    Reading Cloud Atlas due to this thread. I'm only about 1/4 the way in and man it's got me on the ropes. I really dig it but have zero idea where the hell it's going.
     
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  11. Truman

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    All I can say is keep on trucking. Its been 5-6 years since I’ve read it. I still can’t decide if I loved it or hated it.

    However it was a challenge to read, and I was proud of myself for finishing it.
     
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  12. TC

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    Which story are you on? The second one (letters to zedelgheim) is where it really picked up for me. Robert Frobisher is one hell of a character. I remember practically needing a thesaurus at some points in the first story, pacific journal of adam Ewing
     
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  13. Fargin' Icehole

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    That's my favorite story so far too. I'm on Timothy Cavendish now. I read it on my phone and it's nice to just be able to highlight the word and instantly get the definition. Still confuses my phone every so often though. Fancy ass words.
     
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  14. Fargin' Icehole

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    Cloud Atlas was fucking awesome. Can't put it in my personal top 3 but it may be some of the finest writing I've consumed. Worthy of it's own the thread for discussion IMO. Appreciate those who listed it above and turned me on to it.
     
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  15. TC

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    I knew I liked your house and beer, but your taste in books is also impeccable sir :thumb:
     
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  16. Gin Buckets

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    A Son Of The Circus
    The Fountainhead
    One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
     
  18. The Blackfish

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    A wild Ayn Rand appears
     
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  19. Fargin' Icehole

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    Just finished Shantaram and really liked it. I couldn't put it down for the last 3rd of the book. It's funny but I have no desire to read the sequel, I'm content to let the story end where it did.
     
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    Liverpool

    Brothers Karamazov
    Infinite Jest
    To Kill a Mockingbird
     
  21. One Knight

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    Great seeing the love for Brothers Karamazov, makes me want to re-read, haven't since high school.
    Great Expectations
    Tale of Two Cities (there's others I like more but I can't think of them)

    Lonesome Dove would be on here but I don't consider it a stand alone, though someone said earlier it was intended that way, I wasn't aware of that.
     
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