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Subject: Recommendations?
Date Posted: 12/31/2010 5:09 PM ET
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I'm somewhat of a quick reader, so normal-sized books go by really fast for me. I would like to read some books that are lengthy, so the experience is drawn out a bit. Does anyone have any good recommendations for books that are 500 pages or more? (Individual books, please, not the sum of a series.) I read pretty much any genre of fiction besides war novels, if that helps.


Date Posted: 1/1/2011 2:44 AM ET
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I love long books! Here are a few:

Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry

 Homeland - John Jakes

 The Stand - Stephen King

 A Game of Thrones - Martin

 A Clash of Kings - Martin

 Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand

 The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova

 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

 Anna Karenina - Tolstoy

 Don Quixote - Cervantes

 Gone With the Wind - Mitchell

London and Russka  by Rutherford

War and Peace by Tolstory

The Count of Monte Cristo - Dumas

James Michener, Steven King, and Ken Follett tend to write lengthy novels

There was a post in the Hidden Gems forum for books 800+ pages in length. You will find more ideas there.

Subject: long book rec's (PS)
Date Posted: 1/1/2011 3:26 AM ET
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Each book of Madison Smartt Bell's Haitian trilogy  is substantial (and superb). You could read All Soul's Rising and go on to the other 2 if you like the first. (Not sure if you'd consider this a "war novel," though.)

I read and loved Matthiesson's "Watson" novels before he combined and revised them into Shadowlands Shadow Country, which supposedly is even better.

Little, Big by Crowley & Sarah Waters' Fingersmith & The Little Stranger are over 500 pages, as are a couple of Wilkie Collins' lesser-known works, Eliot's Middlemarch and Steinbeck's East of Eden.

Also, most of Gore Vidal's historical novels seem to run 400-600 pgs & are pretty dense. And of course, there are several Dickens novels to choose from.

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Date Posted: 1/1/2011 11:11 PM ET
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For contemporary fiction, THE CORRECTIONS by Jonathan Franzen (around 600 pages)

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 7:46 PM ET
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I second the Lonesome Doveseries by Larry McMurtry.  

I never thought I could enjoy a "western", but I will never part with my copies!

Mary in KY

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 8:33 PM ET
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I know Mary, I loved it way more than I thought I would :-)

Date Posted: 1/11/2011 4:12 PM ET
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Subject: older books
Date Posted: 1/15/2011 7:09 PM ET
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Although they are older books, most of Irving Stone's novels meet your page requirements. He thoroughly researched a subject, then wrote a book that made the subject fascinating. Some of his books were: Lust for Life about Van Gogh, The Agony and the Ecstasy about Michelangelo, The Passions of the Mind about Sigmund Freud (fabulous).  Go to http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/s/irving-stone/  for a complete list.

James Michener was another author who researched meticulously before writing the comprehensive novel.  These are books that read just as well the second time around.  He won a Pulitzer for his first book, Tales of the South Pacific. Others include: Hawaii (from the arrival of the first humans on the islands to the present at which Michener wrote it - covers over a million years), The Source (a survey of the history of the Jewish people), Chesapeake (takes place in and around Chesapeake Bay. Each chapter begins with a different voyage, beginning in 1583 and ending in 1978).  

All 3 of Stieg Larsson's "girl who" blockbuster crime novels set in Sweden are over 500 pages. 

The Matthew Shardlake books by C.J. Sansom are about a lawyer in the time of Henry VIII who happens to have a hunchback (kyphosis, more correctly).  They make Henry & Cromwell & all the other characters seem alive.

Some people didn't like them, but I found Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth  and World Without End fascinating depictions of life in 12th and 14th century England fascinating. They certainly meet your length requirements. I got Fall of Giants  for Christmas & it is in my TBR pile.

Date Posted: 1/20/2011 3:14 PM ET
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Atlas Shrugged-Ayn Rand

IMHO everyone needs to read this at least once in their lifetime.


Date Posted: 1/28/2011 12:29 PM ET
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The Physician by Noah Gordon--follows a boy from 11th century England through his life and through his experiences and training to become a medical doctor.  About 700 or so pages long--one of the books that stayed with me LONG after I finished it.  If interested, there is a sequel named Shaman.

Subject: Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth
Date Posted: 2/10/2011 6:45 PM ET
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I am halfway through Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth.  It comes in at just under 1000 pages.  I find it hard to put down.  I definitely recommend this one.

Subject: Follett's Fall of Giants
Date Posted: 2/10/2011 6:48 PM ET
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I'm sorry. I meant Follett's Fall of Giants, not 

Pillars of the Earth. Pillars of the Earth. 

 rs of the Earth.  


Date Posted: 4/28/2011 11:00 AM ET
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I second the Atlas Shrugged recommendation. Excellent book, and one I think every reader should experience. I may be a bit bias however. I'm a big Ayn Rand fan. have been ever since I read Anthem in 7th grade.

Date Posted: 5/5/2011 8:36 PM ET
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Roses by Leila Meacham

Date Posted: 5/5/2011 10:03 PM ET
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The Last Ship by William Brinkley.  Great novel.


Subject: Recommendations
Date Posted: 5/20/2011 1:08 AM ET
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Just read The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton.  Loved it!

Date Posted: 5/26/2011 8:33 PM ET
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Dont know if this is what your looking for but,its taken me forever to read.




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