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Heavy Reads
« on: May 13, 2010, 03:06:30 pm »
My sister is taking a trip to India this summer, and she wants something to read on the plane.
So anyone have suggestions for books that take a while to read? She said, not just thick books that are easy to read, but something like Les Mis which took her nine months to read. Any suggestions?

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Re: Heavy Reads
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2010, 03:11:20 pm »
When I went to India, eons ago, I reread David Copperfield.
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Re: Heavy Reads
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2010, 03:17:43 pm »
Asimov's "Foundation" series.
Brothers Karamozov?
Johnathon Strange & Mr. Norrell?
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« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2010, 06:00:54 pm »
Well, there's the entire Wheel of Time series from Robert Jordan, which is up to, what, 12 books before it ends? I don't know that I'd recommend that unless she can get ebooks though... wouldn't pack light!

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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2010, 07:05:44 pm »
5000 year Leap
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Re: Heavy Reads
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2010, 07:46:50 pm »
Jane Yolen's  "Briar Rose"  It's actually quite small, but very intense.  Possibly nightmare inducing.  A combination of the Sleeping Beauty tale and  WWII. 

Charles de Lint.  Anything by him.   

Ursula Le Guin's "Always Coming Home"  Thought provoking postapocalyptic - either collection of short stories and poetry or a novel.  Hard to tell which.  Good book either way.  I like giving it as a gift to thoughtful people who like to argue.

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« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2010, 06:49:15 am »
Oh! Anything by Tad Williams. If she likes modern stuff, his Otherland series is wild. I've only managed to get through book 1, but keep meaning to go back and read the rest. It's set in a near future world in which the Net is a complete virtual reality. And people keep getting sucked semi-permanently into it.

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Re: Heavy Reads
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2010, 07:27:19 am »
Well, not knowing Les Mis (apart from title and selected quotes, and having seen bits of the movie) just a few wild suggestions:

James Herbert's Dune (which I thought to be as dry as its title).
J. R. R. Tolkien, naturally.
Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy, not heavy heavy, more like a space soap with lots of characters to keep track of.
William Horwood's Wolves of Time, still need to read the second book, dark fantasy. The Wolf's Rain anime reminded me a bit of that.

If she likes horror, King's The Stand. Not really heavy either, but sizeable.
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Re: Heavy Reads
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2010, 07:35:06 am »
Space opera with lots of characters would also encompas Lisanne Norman's "Sholan Alliance" series; lots of characters to keep track of, and in later books, it gets really twisty with added elements pursuing their own agendas.
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« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2010, 01:57:23 pm »
K.J. Parkers books fall under heavy reading for me. Very dense text full of layers. Takes me very long to read but they are very enjoyable. I have only finished the scavenger trilogy(Shadow, Pattern and Memory) so far. I liked those a lot.
Also Günther Grass, his book "Mein Jahrhundert"  is also of heavy reading.Sorry,I don't know what it is called in English.




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Re: Heavy Reads
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2010, 02:15:10 pm »
Anna Karenina by Tolstoy or War And Peace. I love Tolstoy and those are really thick books with a lot of plot and a variety of characters. 

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Re: Heavy Reads
« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2010, 01:31:06 am »
I just got out a couple of Pauline Gedge's - Lady of Reeds and House of Illusion, a duology set in ancient Egypt. For really heavy going, there's George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series, the Malazan novels, which I highly recommend, and Alexandre Dumas's Vicomte de Bragelonne - all three parts of it - which cured my insomnia.
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Re: Heavy Reads
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2010, 04:29:03 am »
Who wrote the Malazan novels?
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« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2010, 05:23:54 am »
Steven Erikson. The first one is Gardens of the Moon, and he's almost finished with the series (10 books).
Beyond the farthest shore
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Re: Heavy Reads
« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2010, 05:45:15 am »
Thanks.  :)
Dear Lord, be good to me.  The sea is so wide, and my boat is so small.

You let a wolf save your life, and you pay and you pay, and you pay...