(This post is a week overdue.)

Last week I finished reading the second book in the Hellhole trilogy and discovered that, apparently, the third book isn’t out yet. Darn.

So I started something I have been wanting to read for at least three-quarters of my life, the quintessential Really Long Book, War and Peace. I have never been put off by the length. I’ve read lots of long books. I like long books. It was just one of those things that I hadn’t got around to yet.

All I can say at this point is that I’m not bored yet. The Kindle status line shows that I am 14% of the way through the book, which means that I’m averaging 2% per day. The first part was about vapid aristocrats. Now I’m into the war part of the book. The vapid aristocrats were more entertaining. I’m generally not attracted to books about war unless there are spaceships involved. But I’m hanging in there. I’m thinking we might eventually get back to the vapid aristocrats.

By the way, here’s a list of longest novels. It shows that War and Peace in paperback is 1440 pages. I have read novels by James Michener that were over 1500 pages.

6 thoughts on “Reading

  1. CGHill

    On that chart, by someone’s count, “War and Peace” runs 587,287 words.

    We will not mention that “Fallout: Equestria,” an actual My Little Pony tale, its post-apocalyptic setting notwithstanding, checks in at 607,282.

  2. Lynn

    Me too. I found the first Hellhole book on a list of “Kindle Books for Under $3.99. That’s how they get us hooked.

  3. fillyjonk

    Probably most people with an average-sized vocabulary could write a very wordy book. The trick is to write one where all of those words are actually NECESSARY.

    (She says, after grading a student paper that could have been half the length it was and still conveyed the same amount of information)

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