Wordcount of popular (and hefty) epics

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If you are curious, here some samples. The numbers are approximate and should omit indexes, appendices and stuff not directly belonging to the text itself.

Discrepancies are often due to the fact that Microsoft Word consider “it’s” like one word, instead my data is measured considering it as “it is”, so two words. This can usually add a plus 5-10k compared to Microsoft Word wordcount.

Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien (revised to be in line with the rest)

The Fellowship of the Ring: 187k
The Two Towers: 155k
The Return of the King: 131k

Total: 473k

Wheel of Time – Robert Jordan

The Eye of the World: 305k
The Great Hunt: 267k
The Dragon Reborn: 251k
The Shadow Rising: 393k
The Fires of Heaven: 354k
Lord of Chaos: 389k
A Crown of Swords: 295k
The Path of Daggers: 226k
Winter’s Heart: 238k
Crossroads of Twilight: 271k
Knife of Dreams: 315k

Total: 3M 304k (official count)

Stormlight Archives – Brandon Sanderson

The Way of Kings: 387k (official count)

A Song of Ice And Fire – George R. R. Martin

A Game of Thrones: 298k
A Clash of kings: 326k
A Storm of Swords: 424k
A Feast for Crows: 300k
A Dance with Dragons: 422k

Total: 1M 770k

Malazan Book of the Fallen – Steven Erikson

Gardens of the Moon: 209k
Deadhouse Gates: 272k
Memories of Ice: 358k
House of Chains: 306k
Midnight Tides: 270k
The Bonehunters: 365k
Reaper’s Gale: 386k
Toll the Hounds: 392k
Dust of Dreams: 382k
The Crippled God: 385k

Total: 3M 325k

Forge of Darkness series/Trilogy:

Volume 1: 292k (very tentative)


Night of Knives: 88k
Return of the Crimson Guard: 278k
Stonewielder: 237k

Prince of Nothing (and rest) – R. Scott Bakker

The Darkness that Comes Before: 175k
The Warrior-Prophet: 205k
The Thousandfold Thought: 139k

Total: 519k

The Judging Eye: 151k
The White-Luck Warrior: 200k~

A Land Fit for Heroes(?) – Richard Morgan

The Steel Remains: 146k
The Cool Commands: 171k

The Wars of Light and Shadow – Janny Wurts

Curse of the Mistwraith: 233k
Ships of Merior: 206k
Warhost of Vastmark: 156k
Fugitive Prince: 220k
Grand Conspiracy: 235k
Peril’s Gate: 300k
Traitor’s Knot: 220k
Stormed Fortress: 248k

Total: 1M 818k

The Night’s Dawn Trilogy – Peter F. Hamilton

The Reality Dysfunction: 385k
The Neutronium Alchemist: 393k
The Naked God: 469k (!)

Total: 1M 247k

Baroque+Crypto – Neal Stephenson

Cryptonomicon: 415k

Quicksilver: 390k
The Confusion: 348k
The System of the World: 387k

Total: 1M 540k

The Dark Tower – Stephen King

The Gunslinger: 55k
The Drawing of the Three: 128k
The Waste Lands: 178k
Wizard and Glass: 264k
Wolves of the Calla: 251k
Song of Susannah: 131k
The Dark Tower: 288k

Total: 1M 295k

Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace

– 575k

Updated: 27 Oct 2011

Toll The Hounds in Mass Market

Transworld site updated today.

The Mass Market UK edition of Toll the Hounds is coming out the 9 April, meaning that it will likely be available on Amazon and retail a few days earlier.

Not only this is great news because I like to watch at a nice stack of 8 books all in the same format, but also because with this version should also come the prologue to “Dust of Dreams”, aka the beginning of the end.

The page count of this book is exactly like the previous, so 1280 pages.

Books at my door – Early March

Two from amazon.com to add to the reading pile:

Drood – Dan Simmons – 775 pages
I bought these two books from US Amazon because the UK editions aren’t as pretty. Usually it’s the opposite, UK has passable covers, while US has bad ones. In the case of this book the UK edition is passable, but the US one is just too good. And still not as good as the inaccessible limited edition. The one I have is the hefty hardcover. Quite a big book with rather thick pages. On the internet there are already plenty of reviews, the book came out less than a month ago so it’s “hot”. In general I read very positive comments. The story is like historical fiction. It’s about the last mysterious years of Charles Dickens and his obsession with someone named “Drood”. Story told from the point of view of his literate friend who actually existed and wrote at the time. Dan Simmons researched all this extensively so that it could be as plausible as possible, but at the end it’s a psychological horror/ thriller, made to grip the reader, and quite successful at that if you believe the reviews. Starting in typical fashion:

My name is Wilkie Collins, and my guess, since I plan to delay the publication of this document for at least a century and a quarter beyond the date of my demise, is that you do not recognize my name.
So this true story shall be about my friend (or at least about the man who was once my friend) Charles Dickens and about the Staplehurst accident that took away his peace of mind, his health, and, some might whisper, his sanity.

Viriconium – John M. Harrison – 462 pages
This was a suggestion to be intended somewhat like a challenge after I said on a forum that I liked Steven Erikson because of the way he experiments with the writing. This book is OLD, the bulk of it written 25 years ago. It’s a collection of shorter novels and novellas set around or about the same mythical weird city (Viriconium). Foreword filled with praises written by Neil Gaiman. It is known especially because it is supposed to have a very good prose and because it’s quite unconventional. In fact for a book this old and still so praised by everyone, it’s weird that it’s almost unknown to the largest public. I’ve read it as also an attempt to overthrow the way in Tolkien’s world everything is precisely determined and charted to the smallest detail. Viriconium is like a dream city, that changes and transforms, where character reappears by being someone else, and where plot makes more sense on a symbolic level than plain one. I only read 10-20 pages so I don’t know how much the book fulfills the premise, but it’s quite intriguing. The setting is about the “other kind” of fantasy. Instead of old medieval world we are here projected in the future after the fall of an advanced empire. Technology exists but considered alike magic as the new populations forgot how to make things and only know how to operate whatever is left. I guess the closer comparison is style and intent is Gene Wolfe. This edition of the book is very good, from the embossed cover to the irregular edge of the pages (exactly like the beautiful edition of the Fountainhead). One of those books I like to own as it may be another gem.

The next order is going to be slightly weirder than usual :) In the meantime I should try to review Godkind’s Wizard’s First Rule, since I’ve finished it a while ago, and already about 150 pages from the end of The Colour in the Steel. Still undecided about what to read next. I should go with Martin or Abercrombie, but I’m always more intrigued to read stuff from a completely (to me) new writer. So I start all these series and then leave them behind even if I loved them, while losing the timing and some of the enjoyment.

There’s also the fourth book of Steven Erikson that calls me. In about (or within) a month we should have the prologue of the beginning of the end (Dust of Dreams, as the prologue is usually included in the mass market edition of the previous volume, coming out in April). I can’t really read it to avoid spoilers, but I’ll chase all kind of feedback from other readers. Expectations are high.

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