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I was just getting ready to ask whether "big" meant sales or pages.....
But for long books, I'd say Lonesome Dove, Gone with the Wind, Game of Thrones (which is really one continuing story in several books), and some Michner novels. I like a good book to be long; 1000-plus pages, fine by me---if its good!.
Shogun by James Clavell 5stars
The Passage and The Twelve by Justin Cronin 4stars
The Dome by Stephen King 4.5stars
Knight In Shining Armour by Jude Deveraux 4stars
The Physician and Shaman by Noah Gordon 5Stars
Gone with the Wind was my first great big novel
The Far Pavilions By MM Kaye
War and Peace and Anna Karenina
Lord of the Rings
Dune (first book in series).
Kristin Lavransdatter series by Sigrid Undset
Watership Down (long for rabbits)
The Three Musketeers (I've never read Count of Monte Cristo!)
Suttree by Cormac McCarthy
East of Eden by Steinbeck
I'm going to be reading Middlemarch soon! 880 pages.
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as far as big books being intimidating, I have to admit, at the risk of upsetting any purists out there, that I worked my way up to the unabridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo. When I first read the book (I think in high school) I chose the abridged version (approx. 600 pages as opposed to 1100 or so) and still enjoyed it immensely, and eventually bought the unabridged version (the one translated by Robin Buss) many years later, and still have it in my library.
I think this is the abridged version I read (tho it's no small book either :) !), still one of my faves: http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/0553213504
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