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"Out of the Ordinary" Fantasy Literature

What do I mean by "out of the ordinary?" I mean books in the fantasy genre that aren't as derivative of Tolkien. That have a distinctly "non-D&D" take on what fantasy is. Please add your suggestions to this list!

The Knight: Book One of The Wizard Knight by Gene Wolfe

The Knight: Book One of The Wizard Knight [Gene Wolfe] on Amazon.com. FREE shipping on qualifying offers. A young man in his teens is transported from our world to a magical realm that contains seven levels of reality. Very quickly transformed by magic into a grown man of heroic proportions

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin

Amazon.com: A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle) (9780547773742): Ursula K. Le Guin: Books

Gilded Chain: A Tale Of The King's Blades by Dave Duncan

Swords-and-sorcery fans aren't always proud. At times, they're left feeling a little embarrassed when they get a fix for their "pulp" addiction, maybe even sheepishly admitting that the genre isn't always that... sophisticated. Well, with Dave Duncan's The Gilded Chain, no apologies are necessary.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: A Novel by Susanna Clarke (A fantasy set in Georgian England--pitch perfect in its ex...

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: A Novel [Susanna Clarke] on Amazon.com. FREE shipping on qualifying offers. At the dawn of the nineteenth century, two very different magicians emerge to change England's history. In the year 1806