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Andy Andersen
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1000+ pages long. It has to grab me by the ba.... collar and not let go.

Preferably a paperback so it can fall gently upon my chest while I go to sleep.

Help.
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Battlefield Earth, L. Ron Hubbard.
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Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

The Stand by Stephen King

or if you need something from this century, The Name of the Wind by Pattycake Rothfuss
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Chapter 1:
"The Moon blew up without warning and for no apparent reason."
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kuhrusty wrote:
Battlefield Earth, L. Ron Hubbard.


Indeed! 1072 pages or so, IIRC. But it gets better... you can listen to the book's sound track - composed by the author (and founder no less)! Space Jazz... it's a groovy thing!
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Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen series.

# Title Approximate Word Count Pages (Bantam Paperback)
1 Gardens of the Moon 209,000 768
2 Deadhouse Gates 272,000 960
3 Memories of Ice 358,000 1200
4 House of Chains 306,000 1040
5 Midnight Tides 270,000 960
6 The Bonehunters 365,000 1232
7 Reaper's Gale 386,000 1280
8 Toll the Hounds 392,000 1296
9 Dust of Dreams 382,000 1280
10 The Crippled God 385,000 1200
Approximate Total: 3,325,000 11,216


Frigging awesome books all of them.
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Ash: A Secret History by Mary Gentle. 1120 pages good enough for you? So big the original US publication (and maybe the current US publication) is in 4 separate books. Word-count is hard to judge from number of pages but I think the word-count here is higher than A Storm of Swords or A Dance With Dragons or any one volume of the Malazan Cycle.
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How about Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace? It's pretty daunting.

Stephen King's unabridged The Stand is pretty epic.
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Once an Eagle by Anton Myrer, it is a war novel and 1312 pages long. An excellent read in my humble opinion.
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I'll repeat what's already been listed since they're all pretty amazing in their own way.

Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
A giant disjointed novel that will take a few reads to really make sense. Think of it like a heavy game where by the end you think you have some idea of what just happened, but you'd need to experience it again to be sure. I'm looking forward to my third read of this in another year or two.

The Stand - Stephen King
A giant novel that's almost the exact opposite of IJ. You can pretty much turn your brain off and soak up the story.

Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry
Who knew cattle rustling in the middle of nowhere could be so enthralling?

And sure, why not throw in any Neal Stephenson you haven't read? Seveneves was a good take on hard(ish) scifi. The Baroque Cycle covers the early days of the Royal Society. And Reamde was pretty much a tech-thriller movie in book form.
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A way of kings by Brandon sanderson
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I'm two thirds of the way through The Legend of Sigmar by Graham McNeill and enjoying it far more than I have any right to. Birth of a King, an Empire, a God . . .
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Gee Whiz wrote:

The Stand by Stephen King


Pugnax555 wrote:

The Stand - Stephen King



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futhee wrote:


Stephen King's unabridged The Stand is pretty epic.
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Some outstanding selections. I've read some, known of others and am not aware of most.

Gives me something to chew on. Thank you all
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AvidHunter wrote:
Gee Whiz wrote:

The Stand by Stephen King


Pugnax555 wrote:

The Stand - Stephen King



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futhee wrote:


Stephen King's unabridged The Stand is pretty epic.


It's just that good!
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Gee Whiz wrote:
AvidHunter wrote:
Gee Whiz wrote:

The Stand by Stephen King


Pugnax555 wrote:

The Stand - Stephen King



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futhee wrote:


Stephen King's unabridged The Stand is pretty epic.


It's just that good!


I've read it and may have to re-read it now.
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1Q84 by Haruki Murakami.

The 900+ pages whiz by.
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1Q84 by Haruki Murakami.

The 900+ pages whiz by.

I almost suggested this in my original post (I finished the book last week). While it was an entertaining read and fun to watch the story come together, it ultimately fell pretty flat for me. Well-written, decently-executed, but overall, meh.

Worth a read if you're into Murakami. Probably not the best place to start if you're not.
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I may just string all of Asimov's Foundation series books together and re-read those, although The Stand is sitting ominously on my bookshelf.
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Gene Wolfe's The Book Of The Long Sun, which is published in two volumes: Litany of the Long Sun and Epiphany of the Long Sun.

It starts out being a story about a priest ministering to the desperately poor in a forgotton neighborhood of a minor city, and ends up being an epic tale of war, politics, theology, history, and interstellar travel. (And something that might be vampires, and might not.) All the while it reads like Tolstoy trying his hand at one of G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown stories. There's Nabokov in there too, and Melville.

(Gene Wolfe is America's greatest living novelist, but even a lot of people who read science fiction haven't read him.)
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If you want to go old school, how about Middlemarch by George Eliot? The exact length depends on the printing, but it's close to 1000 pages. Life in a small town of 19th century England, with an emphasis on unhappy vs. happy marriages.
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Tad Williams Otherland (4 volumes of one story about 700-800 pages per book I think)
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If you're into history, I'd suggest Herman Wouk The Winds of War and War and and Remembrance. 1200 or so pages each, and not one wasted. It's not quite the love story the 70's mini series made it out to be, while using all theatres of World War 2 as a backdrop, from Moscow, to The Pacific, and including a bone chilling account of life inside the Nazi concentration camps. When I first retired, I read the both novels in just over a week.
If history's not your thing, I will be the fourth(or was it fifth?)to recommend Stephen Kings The Stand.
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jp21763 wrote:
If you're into history, I'd suggest Herman Wouk The Winds of War and War and and Remembrance.


I still remember the first time I read these. Amazing books. I've read all of Wouk's books.
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