Suggestions please for a chunky book?

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I am a fast reader and am looking for a challenge. Any suggestions for an epic read? I loved The Stand but have exhausted all Stephen King books. I just want something I will finish in one sitting..grin

MollyMaDurga Sat 11-Apr-15 20:18:52

A song of fire and ice?

stevienickstophat Sat 11-Apr-15 20:19:14

The Goldfinch.
Americanah.

vvviola Sat 11-Apr-15 20:19:35

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth.

Bought for me one Christmas by my DM who went into the shop and asked "what's the thickest book you have". It lasted me all the way to New Years Day. grin

It's also a pretty good book, although more historical/literary fiction than Stephen King-esque.

MollyMaDurga Sat 11-Apr-15 20:24:43

Just checked my kindle, I've got the Hyperion cantos bundle lined up, 2605 pages. I kid you not. Dan Simmons.

toothlessoldhag Sat 11-Apr-15 20:29:19

'The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay' by Michael Chabon - set in New York about the early days of the comic book from the 1930s to the 1950s. You can see the review and read the first chapter on this page - https://www.nytimes.com/books/00/09/24/reviews/000924.24kalfust.html

In fact, it's worth browsing other Pulitzer Prize winners here: www.pulitzer.org/bycat/Fiction

Another excellent door stopper I've read in recent times is The Children's Book by AS Byatt www.theguardian.com/books/2009/may/09/as-byatt-childrens-book. If you've ever visited the V&A there's the added bonus of the many scenes set in it.

Tollygunge Sat 11-Apr-15 20:32:19

Luminieres is very chunky. I've also just caned and loved and cried through 'the narrow road to the deep north', won the Booker last year. One of the most beautiful books I've ever read.

This Thing of Darkness

Have you read King's Dark Tower series?

The Lord of the Rings?

Southeastdweller Sat 11-Apr-15 21:01:03

I second The Goldfinch. Not one word on all 880 pages is wasted.

thelittlebooktroll Sat 11-Apr-15 21:04:39

The Signature of all Things by Elisabeth Gilbert.

SprungHasSpring Sat 11-Apr-15 21:09:01

Anna Karenina

tealover1985 Sat 11-Apr-15 21:11:04

Pillars of the earth

AnnaBegins Sat 11-Apr-15 21:16:52

Thirding The Goldfinch, I've not finished it yet and I'm a very fast reader.

NuggetofPurestGreen Sat 11-Apr-15 21:18:38

Justin something or other, the Passage. And there's a sequel too.

mmmminx Sat 11-Apr-15 21:21:45

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LBOCS Sat 11-Apr-15 21:23:24

Outlander. And all 6 books which follow it...

Also, Pillars of the Earth plus sequel. And the other trilogy by Ken Follett - about the wars? Something centuries, I think.

LBOCS Sat 11-Apr-15 21:24:48

I'm so fucking lazy, my kindle was right next to me.

It's called The Century Trilogy.

yogabird Sat 11-Apr-15 21:32:34

Another vote for This Thing of Darkness - an amazing book

And Pillars of the Earth

But I hated The Goldfinch, the last third of it got so tedious and in fact I didn't finish it - left about the last 30 pages :-0

HappySpills Sat 11-Apr-15 21:36:47

Dune etc.?
River God etc.?
The Culture series?

Yes to, 'The Passage' and its follow up, 'The Twelve.' They are by Justin Cronin.

'Pillars of the Earth' is a fatty and is quite diverting, but not terribly well written. I thought the follow up to it, which I have forgotten the name of, was awful though.

I'm currently enjoying Pillars of the Earth. The sequel is World Without End. Equally massive.

Ah yes, River God. Big but quite easy reads IMHO.

Margaret Atwood's books all seem rather weighty?

HappySpills Sat 11-Apr-15 21:48:57

Anything written by Salman Rushdie seems to last me aaaages.

HappySpills Sat 11-Apr-15 21:50:37

Ooh. Foundation books? Childhood's End etc.? 2001 etc.?

HappySpills Sat 11-Apr-15 21:55:40

Sorry not Childhood's End, I'm getting confused. There are the Robot books too.

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