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User Topic: Ideas for very long, very involving books?!
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Default  Posted: 3:50 AM, August 13th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage


I'm a prolific reader and have always loved James A Michener.

From Wikipedia:

James Albert Michener was an American author of more than 40 titles, the majority of which were sweeping family sagas, covering the lives of many generations in particular geographic locales and incorporating historical facts into the stories. Michener was known for the meticulous research behind his work

I loved the fact that so many of his stories were based around real events and people.

The Source, Centennial and Hawaii are my favourites. All are around 1000 pages!!!! So they'l keep you busy!!

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Default  Posted: 5:01 PM, August 17th (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Cast another vote for East of Eden by Steinbeck.

And I agree, too, with I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb. (I read She's Come Undone by Lamb first, and was amazed at how well he wrote female characters. That's another great read, but not very long.)

I love almost everything Larry McMurtry. The Lonesome Dove series will keep you reading for a long time, and I especially love the Moving On/Terms of Endearment/Evening Star trilogy (for which there is allegedly a new book coming). Moving On was his first book, not published until after others gained popularity. I adore it. I don't re-read many books, but there's something about it that I just love. His character development is wonderful.

Another loooong historical novel I loved was And Ladies of the Club by Helen Hooven Santmyer.

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Default  Posted: 12:19 AM, September 2nd (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Billed as a young teen series but its very good: The Chronicles of Pyrdain by Lloyd Alexander. It's based on the mythology of the Welsh people.

The Book of Three
The Black Cauldron (not like the Bad animated movie)
The Castle of Lyrr
Taran Wanderer
The High King

I've retread this series between seven and ten times.

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Default  Posted: 7:49 AM, September 2nd (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Lots of good ideas. You might want to look at the Goodreads site. It's awesome for readers and recommendations too.

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Hillary mantel Cromwell series: wolf hall, bringing up the bodies

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Default  Posted: 4:22 PM, October 10th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

winds of war followed by war and remembrance (800 page book and 1300 page book. so good I read them both in one week =) )

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Default  Posted: 10:52 AM, October 25th (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I loved the fact that so many of his stories were based around real events and people.

The Source, Centennial and Hawaii are my favourites. All are around 1000 pages!!!! So they'l keep you busy!

^^^^^^Definitely Michener!!

Just about every novel starts with the beginning of the earth, so there's lots of history going on. And the characters are incredible. LOVED Hawaii - still one of my all-time favorites! Loved Centennial! Really, anything he wrote, but those two especially.

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Late late late to the party, but I have to recommend The Dovekeepers. Long book, challenging read with weaving story lines, historical (biblical times)... just so good.

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Default  Posted: 7:18 PM, April 9th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Now would be a great time to start some Marquez since there's likely to be mention of him in the news lately.

I loved "Love in the Time of Cholera" and have "100 Years of Solitude" in my to read queue.

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If you're at all curious about Australia, Robert Hughes "The Fatal Shore" is excellent and riveting.

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