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Kate S | 6164 comments Mario Vargas Llosa, a prolific author, was one of the presenters at the National Book Festival in 2012. Read any book by an author who has published at least 20 book-length titles (100+ pages) of either fiction or nonfiction, or a combination of the two mediums.

Please post any questions, comments, or suggestions about task 20.3 in this thread.


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Bryony (bryony46) | 247 comments I’m trying to find a task to fit The Three R's by Ruth Beechick. She is shown as the author of 30 books on Goodreads. 16 of them meet the 100+ page requirement, a few are less than 100 pages, but many of the other books don’t have page counts shown on Goodreads. Can I do anything to verify whether enough of the other books are 100+ pages, or will this not work for this task? Thank you!


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 12409 comments I can see about getting page counts for you. Can you give me some titles to look at?


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Bryony (bryony46) | 247 comments Thank you! These are some of the titles that are missing page counts (and also one that has a page count of 0 which I assume is incorrect!).

World History Made Simple: Matching History with the Bible

Teaching Preschoolers: It's Not Exactly Easy but Here Is How to Do It (I’ve borrowed this from the library before and I’m almost certain it’s over 100 pages)

Three R S-Set of 3 Gr K-3

Parent Teacher Guide for the Original McGuffey Readers (the most popular edition doesn’t have a page count but another edition is 100+ pages)

Teacher's Handbook of Instant Activities (this has 0 as the page count)

The Man Who Was Reading and Other Bible Stories

Songs for Young Children

The Story of David and Other Bible Stories


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 12409 comments Bryony wrote: "Thank you! These are some of the titles that are missing page counts (and also one that has a page count of 0 which I assume is incorrect!).

[book:World History Made Simple: Matching History with ..."


I was able to add page counts for nearly all of these. Unfortunately only 3 of them had at least 100 pages.

However, if I may be permitted to observe: you are in the lead for Most Strategic. Not all of the scores are in, but I think it is unlikely that someone else will pass you. You might consider how you can write a tasks that would include this book.


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Bryony (bryony46) | 247 comments Thanks so much for checking all of those Elizabeth. So only one book short of prolific status!

I will definitely think about that if nobody overtakes me for most strategic reader. Perhaps that will be my reward for reading those long books this summer. Well, actually my reward was that I discovered a new favourite author and really enjoyed all the books I read this season, but this would certainly be a nice bonus!


message 7: by Deedee (last edited Sep 07, 2020 12:41PM) (new)

Deedee | 1926 comments Would Henry James fit? Here's Wikipedia Henry James Bibliography. Looks like it, with 19 novels, plus 2 posthumously published novels, and many shorter works that have been combined into various short story collections.

Update: I missed The Outcry, that would make novel #20. :) So I've answered my own question.


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 12409 comments Good, Deedee. It would have surprised me if he were not eligible for this task.


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Valerie Brown | 2495 comments I'm wondering if Aristophanes fits the bill here. It looks like his surviving plays and datable non-surviving plays add up to 22.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aristop...


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 12409 comments Valerie wrote: "I'm wondering if Aristophanes fits the bill here. It looks like his surviving plays and datable non-surviving plays add up to 22.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aristop..."


I'm going to say no to this one. Some of his non-surviving plays have not been published separately, so there is no way to check if they meet the page requirement.


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Valerie Brown | 2495 comments Elizabeth (Alaska) wrote: "Valerie wrote: "I'm wondering if Aristophanes fits the bill here. It looks like his surviving plays and datable non-surviving plays add up to 22.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aristo..."


Oh right. No harm in asking!


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Karen Michele Burns (klibrary) | 4600 comments Could you check John Boyne, please? I get 20, but that includes one that is exactly 100 pages.


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 12409 comments Karen Michele wrote: "Could you check John Boyne, please? I get 20, but that includes one that is exactly 100 pages."

Without checking page counts, Wikipedia lists only 19 titles. Is it missing something?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Bo...


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Karen Michele Burns (klibrary) | 4600 comments I don't see 50 very short stories, The Dare or The Second Child (100 pages). Also, I had missed Beneath the Earth and Next of Kin. I think that will put it over 20. Do you have a fast way you use to check page numbers? I just put it in Goodreads page number order and counted up from The Second Child and that's how I missed Beneath the Earth and Next of Kin as the top edition on both didn't have page numbers, so I had to look at the editions.


message 15: by Elizabeth (Alaska) (last edited Sep 08, 2020 07:53AM) (new)

Elizabeth (Alaska) | 12409 comments Karen Michele wrote: "I don't see 50 very short stories, The Dare or The Second Child (100 pages). Also, I had missed Beneath the Earth and [book:Next of Ki..."

That'll do it, Karen. No, I don't have a quick way of checking page counts, which is one of the reasons I use Wikipedia for some things. Books listed as novels I just assume full-length, poetry and plays I'll check over here.


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Karen Michele Burns (klibrary) | 4600 comments This was the first time I tried the sorting by page numbers to check, and it seemed efficient except for missing the ones without page counts. I also use fantastic fiction for this task. It works similar to Wikipedia.


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 12409 comments I have also used Fantastic Fiction - but I don't expect to see nonfiction there, which would be part of the prolific count.

Goodreads isn't very good for things like this and very prolific authors who haven't published series.


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Rachel | 539 comments I'm not sure how to check on Tennessee Williams...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenness...

Here's the wiki link but the goodreads page is a mess of all the works he has anthologized in as well as the foreign language editions.

He's got more than 20 plays but sometimes plays are under 100pgs.

Thanks for the assistance!


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 12409 comments Rachel wrote: "I'm not sure how to check on Tennessee Williams...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenness...

Here's the wiki link but the goodreads page is a mess of all the works he has anthologized in a..."


Yay! thanks for the Wikipedia link. I was able to spot check to find 20 titles. I'll add him to the prolific list.


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Rachel | 539 comments Elizabeth (Alaska) wrote: "Rachel wrote: "I'm not sure how to check on Tennessee Williams...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenness...

Here's the wiki link but the goodreads page is a mess of all the works he has an..."


Thanks! You're the best :)


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Owlette | 485 comments David Macaulay has more than 50 books on the GoodReads list, but when I counted ones with more than 100 pages, I did not quite reach 20. Need someone else to check, please. Thanks.


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Rachel | 539 comments Can you also check Beckett for me?
OR! Clarify which books/works are acceptable? Is it meant to be how they were originally published as opposed to second editions that may have combined plays and poems?

Thanks!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_...


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 12409 comments Rachel wrote: "Can you also check Beckett for me?
OR! Clarify which books/works are acceptable? Is it meant to be how they were originally published as opposed to second editions that may have combined plays and ..."


I'm sorry, I can't get to 20.


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Valerie Brown | 2495 comments He looks like he may have 20.... Thomas King

Do you think so??


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 12409 comments Valerie wrote: "He looks like he may have 20.... Thomas King

Do you think so??"


We'll give him the edge with the books he has edited.

Don't forget to include him in 20.10!


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Valerie Brown | 2495 comments Elizabeth (Alaska) wrote: "Valerie wrote: "He looks like he may have 20.... Thomas King

Do you think so??"

We'll give him the edge with the books he has edited.

Don't forget to include him in 20.10!"


Yes, thanks Elizabeth! I happened to notice his birth year when I was trying to figure out how many books he was responsible for!


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 12409 comments Mary wrote: "Are we counting edited books? I am interested in Politics and the Papacy in the Modern World by Frank J. Coppa

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_J..."


We have counted them when it was only 1 or 2 to make the 20 minimum. This is too far a stretch.


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Mary | 877 comments Elizabeth (Alaska) wrote: "Mary wrote: "Are we counting edited books? I am interested in Politics and the Papacy in the Modern World by Frank J. Coppa

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_J..."



Thanks. I appreciate the help


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Owlette | 485 comments Requesting approval for Bernd Heinrich. Twenty-one books on this Wikipedia list for 1975-2017 plus the 2018 one I'm reading now, so about 22, I think: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernd_H...
Thanks.


message 31: by Connie (last edited Nov 10, 2020 10:43PM) (new)

Connie G (connie_g) | 1414 comments Could you please add A.N. Wilson to your list of prolific writers?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._N._W...


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 12409 comments Connie wrote: "Could you please add A.N. Wilson to your list of prolific writers?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._N._W..."


Be glad to!


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Connie G (connie_g) | 1414 comments Thanks, Elizabeth.


message 34: by Owlette (new)

Owlette | 485 comments Could you add Bernd Heinrich to your list? I think he wrote 22 books.


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 12409 comments Owlette wrote: "Could you add Bernd Heinrich to your list? I think he wrote 22 books."

Yes, I'm sorry I didn't post a response earlier.


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Owlette | 485 comments No problem. Thank you!


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Valerie Brown | 2495 comments I'm wondering if Charles Dickens fits the bill. He wrote ALOT, but it isn't clear to me if they all meet the page count requirement.


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 12409 comments Valerie wrote: "I'm wondering if Charles Dickens fits the bill. He wrote ALOT, but it isn't clear to me if they all meet the page count requirement."

His novels combined with short story collections appear to be enough.


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Valerie Brown | 2495 comments Elizabeth (Alaska) wrote: "Valerie wrote: "I'm wondering if Charles Dickens fits the bill. He wrote ALOT, but it isn't clear to me if they all meet the page count requirement."

His novels combined with short..."


Oh, ok good! I'll adjust my task post when I get home.


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Kathleen (itpdx) (itpdx) | 1418 comments I have a hard time sorting out books that qualify. Does China Miéville qualify?


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 12409 comments Kathleen (itpdx) wrote: "I have a hard time sorting out books that qualify. Does China Miéville qualify?"

Yes. I think this is one of the things Goodreads doesn't do as clearly as other sites. I used the titles at Fantastic Fiction, including collections but not counting Novellas and children's titles.


message 42: by Kathleen (itpdx) (new)

Kathleen (itpdx) (itpdx) | 1418 comments Thank you


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Denise | 1554 comments Philip K. Dick bibliography

"44 novels, 121 short stories, and 14 short story collections"


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 12409 comments Denise wrote: "Philip K. Dick bibliography

"44 novels, 121 short stories, and 14 short story collections""


Definitely!


message 45: by Elizabeth (Alaska) (last edited Nov 15, 2020 05:11PM) (new)

Elizabeth (Alaska) | 12409 comments Margaret Laurence squeaks in at 20 full-length publications.


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 12409 comments Connie wrote: "Would Dolores Hitchens qualify?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolores..."


Very much so!


message 48: by Ann (last edited Nov 26, 2020 07:48AM) (new)

Ann (lit_chick_77) | 405 comments Do all the names an author writes under count towards the total? I just started The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher , the adult-book pen name of Ursula Vernon

(ETA - And if so, does this author meet the criteria? )


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 12409 comments Ann wrote: "Do all the names an author writes under count towards the total? I just started The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher , the adult-book pen name of [author:Ursula Verno..."

Yes. All of them. Even if they published under a 1/2 dozen names. ;-)

I'll add T. Kingfisher to the list. Will you need Ursula Vernon too?


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Ann (lit_chick_77) | 405 comments Elizabeth (Alaska) wrote: "Ann wrote: "Do all the names an author writes under count towards the total? I just started The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher , the adult-book pen name of [author:..."
Just Kingfisher for me, thanks!


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