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Subject: 500 + page books
Date Posted: 7/5/2010 6:37 PM ET
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I LOVE books that have more than 500 pages to them.   The thicker, fatter, and more pages the better.   I hate getting through a good story book in less than a week.   So I was wondering how can you find these type of bookss.    I looked through book tags and there is no such book tag...like.....500 + page book.    And putting in a search for 500 + page books does not work either,  Any suggestions?

Date Posted: 7/5/2010 8:17 PM ET
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Even under the advanced search tab, there is no way to search for a book by number of pages.  The only thing I can suggest is to start tagging books you know are very long.  Hopefully, you can get others to start tagging books that are longer, and then you'll be able to search by tag.

Here.  I did one to get you started: Wraeththu by Storm Constantine

Date Posted: 7/5/2010 8:32 PM ET
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Lists of suggestions for longer books show up often under the Hidden Gems forum.  Here is one  In Search of 800+.

Date Posted: 7/5/2010 10:14 PM ET
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Maybe we can get a group going to tag the longer books.  I love long books, too.  I also tag books for other things that are informational to others.  So I'll start adding tags about page length - just give me the words you want to see used as the tag so we all know what we're doing.

Ruth

Date Posted: 7/6/2010 1:02 AM ET
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I posted this in the 800+ pages forum, but figured I'd post it here too.

George R. R. Martin writes some good fantasy, and they are ~1000 pages.

Robin Hobb has some long books that have great character development. They are a bit slower paced, but if you like world/character development and are patient, they are a wonderful read. The one I just read by her was roughly 800 pages. If you like fantasy, check out her Farseer Trilogy and Liveship Traders Trilogy. The Farseer Trilogy is 600-700+ pages for each book and the first book of the Liveship Traders is about 800 (haven't read the rest yet).

Date Posted: 7/6/2010 9:29 AM ET
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Thanks to all of you, I am checking these books out.    Hope to get more suggestions here toocheeky

Date Posted: 7/6/2010 10:43 AM ET
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A lot of HF has 500+ pages.  Check out Sharon Kay Penman, Iain Pears, Margaret George, Diana Gabaldon.  We've started a list called Essential Historical Fiction and a lot of the books on it are "doorstoppers".   In fact, if you do a search on "doorstoppers" you'll come up with quite a few to add to your list.



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Date Posted: 7/6/2010 2:27 PM ET
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lol 'doorstoppers'.  I remember dropping in on Diana Gabaldon's site before Echo in the Bone came out and someone commented that they were going on vacation after the release and was looking forward to a nice, book-shaped bruise on their breastbone from reading at the beach, thereafter nicknamed the 'Gabaldonian bruise'.

Anyway, back to topic, I would suggest creating an open list like Christa & co did with historical fiction.  Perhaps post it in this thread and also in the Hidden Gems forum asking others to contribute.

Subject: doorstoppers
Date Posted: 7/6/2010 6:55 PM ET
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I did a 'doorstoppers' search in the PBS search box.....and they had no idea what I was talking about...no matches.    So where do I do this DoorStoppers search?

Date Posted: 7/6/2010 7:59 PM ET
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Use the Forum search boxes....you should see a row of them at the top of this thread

 

Click on Search All Forums and you'll get a search menu.  Search for "doorstopper" and/or "doorstoppers"   You'll get a different list of forum threads with and without the s at the end.  Then you can pick through those threads and see which books are being referred to as "doorstoppers"...our own friendly euphemism for "too-dang-big"! 

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Date Posted: 7/6/2010 8:04 PM ET
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i just got my copy of the host by stephenie meyer  a little over 600 pages.

that is the only one in my stack of books that is looking big :)

rpc
Date Posted: 7/6/2010 10:55 PM ET
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I love long books too, and I wonder if the fact that they are so long makes it necessary for them to be very, very good in order to be published.  I find that I'm much less often disappointed by long books than short ones. 

 

Ann, if you like historical fiction and haven't already tried Diana Gabaldon, I really suggest you do!  I also have Maragret George's Memoirs of Cleopatra on my TBR and have heard very good things.  I think pretty much all of her books are superhuge.

Date Posted: 7/7/2010 8:50 AM ET
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The Outlander series is enormous, IMO. 

Date Posted: 7/7/2010 8:58 AM ET
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try a google search for "very long books"

I haven't read it, but have mailed out one copy of Santmyer's "And the Ladies of the Club".

At 1184 pages, I think it is the thickest mass market paperback I've seen yet.

Date Posted: 7/7/2010 9:30 AM ET
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Click on Search All Forums and you'll get a search menu.  Search for "doorstopper" and/or "doorstoppers."  

Also, search for "doorstop" -- you'll get a slightly different list.

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Date Posted: 7/7/2010 11:18 AM ET
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The Outlander series is enormous, IMO.

lol it's beyond enormous... and I still can't get enough smiley

Date Posted: 7/7/2010 11:22 AM ET
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Diana Gabaldon's A Breath of Snow and Ashes mmpb has 1410 pages.  I just looked at it.  I'm thinking it will be hard to read and keep from cracking the glue.

Ruth

Date Posted: 7/7/2010 11:30 AM ET
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Oh, don't even bother trying to read Gabaldon in mmpb- I don't even know why they bother publishing them that way!  She herself calls them a "book brick" on her website, because they're almost as thick as they are wide!  Go for the trade pb or hb versions, much easier to handle.  SO worth it- what a great series!  And, to the OP, even in hb or trade pb, most of them are 800+ pages.  Unbelievably, I read the first 5 of the series in 2 months- they are that good!

Date Posted: 7/7/2010 11:46 AM ET
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I'm thinking the same thing, Lesley.  THe publisher of Robin Hobb's newest book insisted on publishing it in 2 parts.  I've read the first.  I can only think the publisher wanted to sell more books, because it wouldn't have been unusually long as one book.  Readers and Hobb fans didn't like the first book

 


The  Dragon Keeper (Rain Wilds Chronicles, Bk 1)
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The Dragon Keeper (Rain Wilds Chronicles, Bk 1)
Author: Robin Hobb
ISBN-13: 9780061561627 - ISBN-10: 0061561622


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Book Type: Hardcover
Publication Date: 2010
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It has 620 + pages in HC and 550+ in mmpb.  The second book has about the same number in both formats.  But the smaller format does make it easier to handle even though it does the story no favors at all.

Ruth


 

Date Posted: 7/7/2010 12:39 PM ET
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I have to agree with all on the Gabaldon Series...Fantastic Uber long series!!!!

Also, Sara Donati Into the Wilderness 9780385342575, 896+/- pages (Jamie and Claire are mentioned in this book! ALmost wet my pants!)

JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood Series..just read the entire series...there are 8 books in that series...