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Re: What would you consider a big book ?

Post by Topcho » 30 Oct 2015, 13:29

anonanemone wrote:
PashaRu wrote:One which, when dropped from less than eight inches above the floor, can kill a medium-sized cockroach.
So we're talking at least an unabridged and illustrated War and Peace here? :lol:
Lol, but those things can be pretty hard to kill!

Anyway, I consider a big book one with more than 500-600 pages. But again it depends on many other things. Font and size for one thing - I have one volume of 400 pages that actually would be somewhere near 700 if it was printed with normal size letter. Thus us one of the reasons I haven't read it yet - I have the feeling my eyes are about to bleed after a page ir two.
Theme and genre also matter. I have in my TBR romance and YA novels that are well beyond 700 pages but are so light and easy to read, I don't actually count them as big books.
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Post by irongator15 » 03 Nov 2015, 16:52

At least 500 hundred pages

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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 04 Nov 2015, 22:04

I have read several BIG BOOKS, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, Far Pavilions by MM Kaye, Chesapeake by James Michener, Shogun by James Clavell, Sarum by Edward Rutherford, And Ladies of the Club by Helen Hooven Santmyer among others. I can no longer remember how many pages they have just that they were really thick with very small fonts. I'm sure, though, that they have more than 500 pages each.

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Post by MARich » 05 Nov 2015, 10:53

Anything over 500 pages personally

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Post by Taylor Hagen » 08 Dec 2015, 15:11

550+ pages :idea:

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Post by greeneyedlady » 08 Dec 2015, 22:01

700 plus pages.


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Post by jk385506 » 11 Dec 2015, 09:13

I agree with a lot of you- I think anything over 500 pages is a big book!

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Post by k_green » 11 Dec 2015, 16:00

Growing up, I always saw Les Miserables in the library of our grade school and thought it was the largest book I had seen. I now realize that, as large as that book is, there are plenty of larger books out there. I would say that anything over 500 is considered a very long book!

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Post by veronicam101 » 11 Dec 2015, 19:10

I will agree with most of you guys. A will consider a book containing over 500 pages to be big, however there are those books and novels that simply captures the reader, and you never want it to end, and when it does it all seems so brief. For instances Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, a 1032 page novel with its capturing plot and speculative ending has left millions of readers, including myself desiring more.

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Post by donaldzlotnik » 12 Dec 2015, 04:55

I absolutely LOVE big books that are well-researched and the characters are developed. Allan W. Eckert's, "A Sorrow in our Heart" about the Indian Tecumseh (1068 pages with notes) and the book "That Dark and Bloody River" are superb. Mary Renault's "The Persian Boy" and of course, "War and Peace" the classic BIG book. They inspired me to write my masterpiece saga that went over 1,000 pages in manuscript. My opinion is those who can write a "big book" are the master craftsmen of literature.

I've seen a couple of books posted here, one in particular that was 52 pages long! That is a CHAPTER in a big book!

I was in my early teens before television was popular and reading; comics, magazines and books was my escape route from poverty. I cannot imagine anyone who loves to read NOT wanting to immerse themselves in a BIG book from a genre they love.

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Post by madelinexf » 18 Dec 2015, 01:49

A book with however the largest number there is as a page.

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Post by okocha ifeanyi » 18 Dec 2015, 03:38

The number of pages a book has depends on the content and the font size in which it is printed. 500 pages for me is not big if the font size is above 12.

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Post by Deystorm » 18 Dec 2015, 04:42

I consider it big if a book has 500+ pages.
That's too much for me, although I want to try it once... :P

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Post by GreyCat » 18 Dec 2015, 12:16

Hmm a "big" book for me has to be 400+ up as anything 600+ just turns me off reading.

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Post by TracyThomas81 » 18 Dec 2015, 23:30

I'd consider a big book to be 650 pages and up.

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