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Date Posted: 6/12/2010 11:30 AM ET
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im looking for fiction novels that are 800 plus pages any suggestions?

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Date Posted: 6/12/2010 1:31 PM ET
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Don't know what kind of books you like (or why you want them to be 800 pages plus), but here are some on my bookshelf (some I've read; the others I plan to read):

Bradley - The Mists of Avalon

Clarke - Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

Dostoevsky - The Brothers Karamazov

Dickens - Our Mutual Friend, Bleak House, Little Dorritt

George - The Autobiography of Henry VIII, The Memoirs of Cleopatra, Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles

Gillespie - The Light Bearer

Jennings - Aztec

Kaye - The Far Pavilions, Shadow of the Moon

Michener - The Source, Chesapeake, Centennial, Hawaii

Penman - The Sunne in Splendour

Rutherfurd - London, Russka, Sarum

Seth - A Suitable Boy

Tolstoy - War and Peace

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Date Posted: 6/12/2010 4:44 PM ET
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 Deb has a good list above, here are a few more I recall:

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

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Rowling

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Date Posted: 6/12/2010 5:41 PM ET
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Oh goodness. I have so many books that are very long, that's why it's taking me so long to get through my TBR pile! Off the top of my head and what hasn't been mentioned so far:

The Winds of War, and it's sequel War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk (World War II epic)

American Gods by Neil Gaiman (awesomely unusual, contemporary fantasy)

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley (King Arthur from another perspective)

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

The Physician by Noah Gabaldon


I'll go digging for some more...

Date Posted: 6/13/2010 1:34 PM ET
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If you want to enjoy reading your doorstop: The Executioner's Song

If you want to enjoy reading your doorstop with some effort: The Baroque Cycle

If you want to rue the day you were born: Infinite Jest

Oh and PS: while not novels, you could do a hell of a lot worse than reading through the collected stories of Kafka or Borges

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Date Posted: 6/13/2010 3:14 PM ET
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thanks for the suggestions. love to hear more.

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Date Posted: 6/14/2010 7:25 PM ET
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The longest books I read last year were:

The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams (829 pages)

Under the Dome by Stephen King (1,074 pages)

Date Posted: 6/15/2010 10:52 AM ET
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Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor

It's 976 pages! It's on my TBR pile but I have yet to attempt it. cheeky

Date Posted: 6/15/2010 5:23 PM ET
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Going through my bookshelf and not repeating titles already listed I get:

The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas -- 1426 pages, and all of them wonderful.

Kushiel's Dart, by Jacqueline Carey -- 812 pages, but while I love this series to death, there are a LOT of caveats to recommending it (sado-masochistic sex, homosexuality, polyamory, prostitution as a sacred act, and a TON of politics)(If the only one of those things that bugs you is the sado-masochism, you can start the series instead with Naamah's Kiss, just out in paperback and 800 pages exactly.)

The Reality Disfunction, by Peter F. Hamilton -- 1226, but I haven't read it, and he has a reputation as a very HARD SF writer.

The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkein -- 1008 pages, and if you haven't read this, what rock have you been hiding under?

Date Posted: 6/15/2010 9:07 PM ET
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I knew I had some long books but didn't realize I had so many until ya'll listed them all.  It is going to take me forever to finish my mountainous TBR pile.

Date Posted: 6/15/2010 9:22 PM ET
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So Shaun . . . inquiring minds want to know - why are you looking for long novels??? Trying to get more bang for your credit :-)

Honestly, I love a good, long book. And, after reading several 800+ pages novels, I occasionally feel like the shorter novels are short on character development and depth.

Date Posted: 6/16/2010 12:28 PM ET
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sheila , i enjoy the longer books better. i find if i enjoy the book i dont want it to end.

Date Posted: 6/16/2010 7:18 PM ET
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And The Ladies of the Club by Helen Hooven Santmyer - 1,184 pages in paperback

Several of Diana Gabaldon's books:

  • Voyager - 880 pages
  • The Fiery Cross - 1,856 pages
  • Drums of Autumn - 896 pages
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes - 992 pages
  • An Echo in the Bone- 848 pages

Some of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series.

Eldest by Chris Paolini 1,056 pages in paperback

Brisingr by Chris Paolini 800 pages in paperback

Date Posted: 6/18/2010 12:03 PM ET
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Brent Weeks:   Night Angel Series are all over 800 pages.

The Crimson Petal and the White:   by Michel Faber

Elizabeth Moon:   The Deed of Paksenarrion

A Distant Mirror:   Barbara Wertheim Tuchman     only 700 but very worth mentioning.  An incredible 700 pages.

 The Explorers: The Australians :: William Stuart Long

Kushiel's Dart (Kushiel's Legacy, Bk 1) :: Jacqueline Carey

Wally Lamb's books:   The Hour I first believed and I Know This Much is True.  I really loved these two books.  Lots of folks didn't love them but I love a good HEA novel.

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Date Posted: 6/18/2010 5:53 PM ET
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The First Man in Rome (896 pages) and The Grass Crown (894 pages) both by Colleen McCullough.

These are historical fiction in B.C. Roman Empire.

Date Posted: 7/1/2010 9:57 AM ET
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Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts, 800 plus pages and I never wanted it to end. Semi-autobiographical novel set in Bombay. I've never read anything like it.

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Date Posted: 7/1/2010 4:59 PM ET
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Conrad Richter's three novels were published individually at first, but finally put together in ONE volume.  The three novels, in sequence, were: The Trees, The Fields, and The Town, and when you look for the single-volume work, look for The Awakening Land.

Date Posted: 7/6/2010 12:42 AM ET
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I agree about George R. R. Martin. He 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 4:27 PM ET
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I saw Shantaram at the book store and put it on my reminder list.  I'm glad you enjoyed it Vivian.

Date Posted: 7/6/2010 9:00 PM ET
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Neal Stephenson has written some historical fiction/speculative sci fi/cyberpunk behemoths: Cryptonomicon, Anathem, and the Baroque Cycle trilogy (which has been republished as 8 books): Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World.

Date Posted: 7/6/2010 10:38 PM ET
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The Awakening Land

+1   I read this the first time when I was 14.  again at 47.  incredible historical fiction.

Date Posted: 8/2/2010 10:05 PM ET
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Shantaram...check it out.



Date Posted: 8/12/2010 7:33 AM ET
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Swan Song by Robert McCammon.  956 pages.  It's along the lines of The Stand by Stephen King, but, and I say this as a huge SK fan, I think it's better.

Date Posted: 8/12/2010 1:40 PM ET
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Any of the paperback of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series

Date Posted: 8/12/2010 1:40 PM ET
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Any of the paperback of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series