If you’ve looked around my blog, checked into my other social media places or just know me in reality, you will know that I am a true book lover and an avid and prolific reader, but nothing makes me happier than combining my love of reading with a truly large book; give me a read over 600 pages, a spot to read and you will lose me for hours, if not days. Because I so enjoy epic reads, I thought that I would share some with you that I have read, or am currently enjoying, in the hopes that maybe you too will be tempted to dip a toe in the water of large books:
Title – 2666
Author – Roberto Bolaño
ISBN 13– 978-1433290855
Page Count – 912 pp
Publisher – Picador
Description – Three academics on the trail of a reclusive German author; a New York reporter on his first Mexican assignment; a widowed philosopher; a police detective in love with an elusive older woman–these are among the searchers drawn to the border city of Santa Teresa, where over the course of a decade hundreds of women have disappeared.
Comments – Will be reviewed at a later date
Title – The Passage (The Passage #1)
Author – Justin Cronin
ISBN 13– 978-0345504975
Page Count – 785 pp
Publisher – Ballantine Books
Description – An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy–abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl—and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape—but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.
Comments – Currently reading, review to come in November
Title – The Sunne in Splendour
Author – Sharon Kay Penman
ISBN 13– 978-0345363138
Page Count – 944 pp
Publisher – St Martin’s Griffin
Description – A glorious novel of the controversial Richard III—a monarch betrayed in life by his allies and betrayed in death by history.
In this beautifully rendered modern classic, Sharon Kay Penman redeems Richard III—vilified as the bitter, twisted, scheming hunchback who murdered his nephews, the princes in the Tower—from his maligned place in history with a dazzling combination of research and storytelling.
Born into the treacherous courts of fifteenth-century England, in the midst of what history has called The War of the Roses, Richard was raised in the shadow of his charismatic brother, King Edward IV. Loyal to his friends and passionately in love with the one woman who was denied him, Richard emerges as a gifted man far more sinned against than sinning.
This magnificent retelling of his life is filled with all of the sights and sounds of battle, the customs and lore of the fifteenth century, the rigors of court politics, and the passions and prejudices of royalty.
Comments – My all time favourite book of Richard III
Title – The Winds of War (The Henry Family #1)
Author – Herman Wouk
ISBN 13– 978-0316952668
Page Count – 896 pp
Publisher – Back Bay Books
Description – A Masterpiece of Historical Fiction-The Great Novel of America’s “Greatest Generation” Herman Wouk’s sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America’s most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk’s spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events-and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II-as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war’s maelstrom.
Title – The Reality Dysfunction (Night’s Dawn #1)
Author – Peter F. Hamilton
ISBN 13– 978-0330340328
Page Count – 1223 pp
Publisher – Orbit
Description – Space is not the only void…
In AD 2600 the human race is finally beginning to realize its full potential. Hundreds of colonized planets scattered across the galaxy host a multitude of prosperous and wildly diverse cultures. Genetic engineering has pushed evolution far beyond nature’s boundaries, defeating disease and producing extraordinary spaceborn creatures. Huge fleets of sentient trader starships thrive on the wealth created by the industrialization of entire star systems. And throughout inhabited space the Confederation Navy keeps the peace. A true golden age is within our grasp.
But now something has gone catastrophically wrong. On a primitive colony planet a renegade criminal’s chance encounter with an utterly alien entity unleashes the most primal of all our fears. An extinct race which inhabited the galaxy aeons ago called it “The Reality Dysfunction.” It is the nightmare which has prowled beside us since the beginning of history.
Comments – I will be re-reading this book and reviewing it at a later date
Title – The Naked and the Dead
Author – Norman Mailer
ISBN 13– 978-0312265052
Page Count – 736 pp
Publisher – Picador
Description – Hailed as one of the finest novels to come out of the Second World War, The Naked and the Dead received unprecedented critical acclaim upon its publication and has since become part of the American canon.
Written in gritty, journalistic detail, the story follows an army platoon of foot soldiers who are fighting for the possession of the Japanese-held island of Anopopei. Composed in 1948, The Naked and the Dead is representative of the best in twentieth-century American writing.
Title – From Here to Eternity
Author – James Jones
ISBN 13– 978-0517223000
Page Count – 864 pp
Publisher – Delta
Description – Diamond Head, Hawaii, 1941. Pvt. Robert E. Lee Prewitt is a champion welterweight and a fine bugler. But when he refuses to join the company’s boxing team, he gets “the treatment” that may break him or kill him. First Sgt. Milton Anthony Warden knows how to soldier better than almost anyone, yet he’s risking his career to have an affair with the commanding officer’s wife. Both Warden and Prewitt are bound by a common bond: the Army is their heart and blood . . . and, possibly, their death.
In this magnificent but brutal classic of a soldier’s life, James Jones portrays the courage, violence and passions of men and women who live by unspoken codes and with unutterable despair. . .in the most important American novel to come out of World War II, a masterpiece that captures as no other the honor and savagery of men.
Title – The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1)
Author – Patrick Rothfuss
ISBN 13– 978-0756404079
Page Count – 662 pp
Publisher – DAW Hardcover
Description – Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king forms a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. A high-action story written with a poet’s hand.
Title – The Night Angel Trilogy (Night Angel #1-3)
Author – Brent Weeks
ISBN 13– 978-0316201285
Page Count – 3323 pp
Publisher – Orbit
Description – For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art – and he is the city’s most accomplished artist.
For Azoth, survival is just the beginning. He was raised on the streets and knows an opportunity when he sees one – even when the risks are as high as working for someone like Durzo Blint.
Azoth must learn to navigate the assassins’ world of dangerous politics and strange magics – and become the perfect killer.
Comments – Review posted on June 17, 2013
This is by no means an exhaustive list, and many may feel I have left some off that really should have been included, but these are a few I felt were worthy of bringing to the attention for the reader who may not have discovered them yet.