Thursday, March 22, 2012

Feature and Follow Friday #13


Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly social blog hop between book bloggers. There are two regular hosts: Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read, and two special guest hosts every week. If you want to join in, click on either of their blogs to get the details. The FF question of the day is: 

Q: What is the longest book you've read? What are your favorite 600+ page reads?

 

  My favorite 600+ read is JONATHAN STRANGE AND MR. NORRELL, by Susanna Clarke.  It was published in 2004, and I've been waiting ever since for Clarke to write another novel. The length of this novel is key to its success. It's so complicated and rich that the story simply couldn't be told in less than the 800 pages it clocks in at.


I gravitate towards longer books, because if I like the book, greater length means I get to stay in the book's world longer. But it's pretty rare that I come across a book that's 600+ pages.  The only book other than JONATHAN STRANGE that comes to mind is Diane Gabaldon's OUTLANDER (no doubt the rest of the books in the series are equally long, but I only read one or two after OUTLANDER). 

At least, that's what I thought until I did a bit of digging. A number of my favorite novels, like MIDDLEMARCH (900 pages) and ANNA KARENINA (872), are well over 600 pages long. The things you learn on Feature & Follow Friday!

 

25 comments:

  1. I've never read it! I'll have to check it out since it's one of your favorites of all time!

    Amanda @ Letters Inside Out - My FF

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    1. It really is that good--if you're into fantasy, alternate histories, magic, faeries, etc.

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  2. I haven't heard of this one before. (I feel stupid if I should know it).

    New follower.

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    1. No, I don't think it's one that EVERYBODY and their dog knows ;) But it is good!

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  3. I haven't read either of these before though I do intend to read Outlander. Thanks for sharing!

    Old follower

    My FF.

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  4. I haven't read those books either. I tend toward shorter books though! New follower! happy Friday!

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  5. Hopping through. I really want to read Jonathan Strange. I've heard great things about it.
    My Hop

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    1. If you're like me and stay up late reading something you get into, I'd recommend starting on a weekend!

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  6. Hi there :) just hopping through...I like the look of Jonathan Strange

    I'm an old follower :)

    Here is my choice...

    Feature & Follow

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  7. I tried to read Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel twice, but couldn't get into it. Perhaps I'll give it another go some time. New follower! Here's mine: My FF

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    1. Yeah, I can see that. It's definitely a book that picks up as it moves along.

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  8. Never read these books! Seen one of them around before though! Never enough time to read all these awesome reads!

    Here's my Friday Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. So true about there never being enough time! That's why I'm militant lately about not finishing anything that I'm not into.

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  9. I have Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell, but I have not finished it. I think I need to try it out again, I'm so glad you picked this and reminded me! Great picks. I have not read Outlander or Anna Karenina yet either, but both are books on my bucket list! New follower:)

    My FF

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    1. It's funny to compare Outlander to Anna Karenina, since they're both love stories, but obviously one has a happy ending and the other a not-so-happy. If I hadn't already read Anna Karenina, I don't think it'd be at the top of my list. It's wonderful, but so depressing.

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  10. Not read either of these, will have to look out for them.

    New follower!

    Vikki @ V's Book Life

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    1. Yeah, they're both very good, in totally different ways!

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  11. Ditto Outlander choice. Check out my post: Here's my Follow Friday Jonathon Strange is one I've seen getting great reviews. Need to put on my list. Thanks!

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    1. Outlander is one that I didn't think I would like, but really did!

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  12. If you consider the fact that the version of The Lord of The Rings I read was the one that’s one book with the 3 parts inside (1202 pages in the brazilian version), that would be the longest book I’ve ever read. But if you consider series to favorite 600+ page reads, hands down, Harry Potter. Not so much for the story, but for the feeling it brings me every time I think about it.

    I'm a new follower, btw!

    Maeva
    Murphy's Library

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    1. Oh, I didn't even think of that one! I read it when I had pneumonia one time; it was such a good book for being endlessly confined to bed.

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