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PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 8:47 am 
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My longest read novel is "Shogun" by James Clavell at1245pp, followed by "The Journeyer" by Gary Jennings at 1219pp.

And my longest unread are "Harlot's Ghost" by Norman Mailer at 1374pp and "Whirlwind" by James Clavell at 1343pp. The latter was bought for me as a birthday present by a friend who'd seen me reading "Shogun" and not bothered to ask if I liked it. To make matters worse he'd also been considering buying me "It" but plumped for the Clavell as he hadn't seen me reading any King :cry:

I have "Battlefield Earth" somewhere, but have never got around to that one either.

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Thanks Mike, I shall look forward to a new MJ Harrison (Nova Swing was 2006).

Pete, I can heartily recommend Harlots Ghost, truly one of the best books I've ever read. Another long one of Mailer's which is VG+ (I'm not a bookseller describing the condition of books) is Ancient days. But I've never managed to do the Executioner's Song though. Did Mailer do Marilyn (as in Monroe) which was another long one which was also very good? Although I find the best idiosyncratically American writer is Richard Russo, anything by him is well written and entertaining.

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Cheers Paul for the heads up on "Harlot's Ghost", though it's a book stashed away for the day when review copies stop coming in and I have a chance to catch up with all the titles in the TBR mountain.

I've read quite a few by Mailer, including "Ancient Evenings" and "The Executioner's Song", both of which I remember liking very much, especially the former. And you're right about the Marilyn Monroe book. Mailer wrote several biographies, though I never got round to reading any of them.

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