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Jesse Morgan (JesseMorgan) | 2 comments This is my first post anywhere on Goodreads, so please forgive any noobish mistakes!

I really love books that go on for a very, very long time. I appreciate being able to get lost in a vast and detailed world. Which is something I'm really needing at the moment, but I'm afraid I don't know what to pick up.

So I'm looking for recommendations for such books. I do prefer sci-fi and fantasy books, but I don't mind venturing outside that for a good read.

Some I've read that I enjoyed and are on the fairly long side: Dragonriders of Pern series, Song of Ice and Fire series, Tolkien's works.

I honestly do not mind if a series is dozens of books long, as long as it's a good one. :)

Thanks in advance to anyone who offers up a recommendation. :)

Cate (The Professional Fangirl) (chaostheory08) | 199 comments How about Robert Jordan's book series "The Wheel of Time". :) I'm currently in the middle of A Song of Ice and Fire right now and I absolutely love it.

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Roseann | 38 comments Not too long, but I loved Kim Stanley Robinson's "Mars" trilogy Red Mars Green Mars and Blue Mars. I was also going to mention "The Wheel of Time" series as it is quite long. For fun I love the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and I have been told the Larry Niven's "Ringworld" series is very good, I just haven't gotten to it yet. Also there are the Dune books and Arthur C. Clarke's "Rama" series.

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Andrea Jackson (paperbackdiva) Steamy romance and paranormal worlds with lots of details, JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series and Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series.

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Lyn Horner | 24 comments Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series: long, historical/time travel romances, absolutely wonderful!

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Heidi Angell (HeidiAngell) | 211 comments Have you read the Ender Series by Orson Scott Card? There are (I believe) 13 books in the series and Card does an amazing job of weaving the tales together. Some are about Ender, some are about the other characters he meets. All are brilliant and I love reading the series over and over. (Read it three or four times now.) I am hoping that this year my boys are old enough to read it together as a family. *fingers crossed*

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Jesse Morgan (JesseMorgan) | 2 comments Thank you all! I actually own the Mars trilogy and the Ringworld series, but haven't read them yet.

I've thought about picking up The Wheel of Time series, but with the Author's death, I was afraid perhaps it was left unfinished. But after looking it up, it seems another author has picked it up. However, that isn't always a good thing. I'll give it a shot though!

I've tried getting into the Dune books before, but... there is just something about them that doesn't quite draw me in. As much as I really, really want to like them. I do like Arthur C. Clark and have never picked up his Rama series, so I'll definitely put it on my list. :)

I have read all the Hitchhiker books. I love them. :)

I've never heard of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series or the Immortal After Dark series, so I'll definitely look them up and give them a try.

I know I have the first book of the Outlander series around here somewhere, but haven't yet read it. I do have a soft spot for historical fiction, so I'll dig it up from wherever I've put it.

I admit I've never read the Ender series. But I've been meaning to for some time. I had no idea there were so many books in it, I thought it was only 2 or 3. Now knowing it's much longer has probably bumped it up to the top spot of my reading list.

Thank you all so much!

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Andrea Jackson (paperbackdiva) Check out my newsletter for some recommendations. Read Worlds of Fantasy Update on Love dark, big, steamy, and sexy.

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Heidi Angell (HeidiAngell) | 211 comments Oh, I am so glad I shared this with you, because in going to look up how the whole Ender series flows (There are only three or four that follow Ender and then the rest are follows on characters you meet through Ender's travels, so I can see how you didn't realize that the series was so big) But back to my point, looking it up , I found out that A NEW BOOK HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE SERIES!!! It was released this year! I am so excited, I am like a giddy little school girl!!! YAY!!!! Off to order it!

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Amy I haven't finished the Wheel of Time series yet, but my brother has read one of the books that the "new" author wrote after Robert Jordan passed away, and he said it was still good! He said there were a few difference you could tell, but they're working extra hard on the last couple books to make it sound like RJ. It's a great series!!

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Razmatus | 241 comments Malazan book of the fallen by Erikson would be the top choice IMO... there is the main series of 10 books, then there are like 4 side books with like 2 more to come by Esslemont... and Erikson has already started on Kharkanas Trilogy (the story of the ancient Tiste), with first book, Forge of Darkness, freshly come out :P

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Claude Dancourt (Claudedancourt) | 32 comments I second (third) the Wheel of Time. If you like Mystery/Horror, maybe you can also have a look at the Penderghast series by Preston&Child. Each book is independant, but the global plot covers all of them.


Mary: Harry Dresden's Love Slave (HarryDresdensLoveSlave) Some of these were probably mentioned but:

Pern books by Anne Mccaffrey
Harry Dresden books by Jim Butcher (up to around 13 now I think)

Mystery series:

Lucas Davenport/Prey books by John Sandford (20+)
Hamish MacBeth or Agatha Raisin by MC Beaton (funny both 20+)

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Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

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Janie Johnson Laurell K. Hamilton has a very long series involving vampires and were creatures, necromancers etc. It is her Anita Blake series. Absolutely love it. I have like 3 more to read. Last count I had was 16 books, but I think she is still adding to them.

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Beatrice Masaluñga (beatricemasalunga) Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine

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Andrew Lawston (AndrewLawston) | 42 comments Given you're a fan of science-fiction and fantasy and love Hitch-Hiker's Guide, I'm slightly surprised that no one's yet recommended the Discworld series to you. I've lost count of the number of books but it must be over 30 now in the main series, plus spin offs for younger readers and the "Science of Discworld" books.

I'd begin with Equal Rites (nominally the third book in the series, but the point where it's generally agreed Terry Pratchett hit his stride), then read through, going back for The Color of Magic and The Light Fantastic a bit later.

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Rhianna Clawson You might like the Obernewtyn (Obernewtyn Chronicles, #1) by Isobelle Carmody series if you like fantasy.

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Tabitha | 3 comments Laurell K. Hamilton has another series that is the Merry Gentry series and if you like fantasy and sci fi this series is a good one. I am just finishing Divine Misdemeanorsand I love it.

Kelly armstrongs other world series is another really long great series.

I am not sure what Janet Evonavich is considered but her Stephanie Plum series is fantastic and has 22 at last count books and short stories.

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Huw Evans (DocHuw) | 140 comments I would recommend War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy and A Dance to the Music of Time 1st Movement by Anthony Powell. Neither is fantasy/scifi but they are extraordinary reads and totally engrossing once penetrated. Isaac Asimovhas written many books that may not be series but all dovetail together nicely.

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Karen M Isaac Asimov - Foundation Series - 7 Books
Stephen R. Donaldson - The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant - 10 Books

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Cookie (Cookie8) | 43 comments I second the recommendation for Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders series for science fic/fantasy type books starting with Dragonflight (Pern, #1) by Anne McCaffrey . If you like mysteries, Anne Perry's William Monk series is great series that is still ongoing starting with The Face of a Stranger (William Monk, #1) by Anne Perry

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Sarah Bahn (sarahleithbahn) | 2 comments Absolutely love One For The Money and the series!

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Kat (Katmandingo) | 4 comments I agree with the Discworld series! Also another favorite of mine are the Xanth novels by Piers Anthony!

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Chris (bibliophile85) | 26 comments All of my favorites have already been mentioned at one point or another :) But I will repeat them, just to verify that they are indeed worth your time.

Discworld (39 books)
The Wheel of Time series (13 books)
The Sword of Truth (12 or 13 books)
The Dresden Files (13 and counting...)
The Dark Tower saga (8 but well worth the time)

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Sonya madden | 436 comments I agree with the Dark Tower series

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Zoe Dudack (dancer91499) | 4 comments I haven't met a single person who doesn't like this series, even if they are aimed for teens. The Maximum Ride series by James Patterson is great, even if it is sort of "out there". I've also enjoyed the Series of Unfortunate Events. I found that series to be exciting and it made me feel a lot luckier about my life. It's very sad, but very entertaining and they aren't very thick books so you can finish about one every two days or less. There are thirteen books in the series, plus an extra book.

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Zoe Dudack (dancer91499) | 4 comments Cat wrote: "Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket"

I love this series!!! I own all of them!!

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Jasmine | 10 comments Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent. Love them! :D

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ZaraS  *book reviewer Christopher wrote: "All of my favorites have already been mentioned at one point or another :) But I will repeat them, just to verify that they are indeed worth your time.

Discworld (39 books)
The Wheel of Time serie..."

I just realised that Discworld is written by Terry Pratchett who is an new author I've discovered who writes funny books. I currently have one of his which he co-wrote with someone else. That book is called Good Omens . Thank you for mentioning this series. Now that I know who wrote it I've added them to my TBR list and I'm not usually a reader of series. Thanks again.

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Tammy | 53 comments It's not really what you said you like, but the Mitford series by jan karon is a pretty good series of books. I think there are 9 or 10 of them and is about like in a small town called Mitford and the central character is father Tim. It's very well written and has a lot of interesting stories throughout the series.

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Sue  Pilski (bubbasbookmama) The House of Grey....series of 6 books.

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Stephen Pearl (StephenP11) | 19 comments The Dresden files by Jim Butcher are brillant.

Jim Butcher

Storm Front Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1) by Jim Butcher

Storm front is the first and I think he's pushing twenty in the series now. I lost count.

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Nicolas Wilson | 20 comments Second the Robert Jordan recommendation. Also, that series was finished by another author, Brian Sanderson, who has a trilogy out that's great. Sanderson writes very subtle political fantasy.

Another one you may enjoy is Tad Williams. His writing takes a while to get going. The series' aren't many books long, but they are dense and have a massive wordcount. His world-building is(according to my fiance) second to none, once you've gotten past the beginning sections, and his characterization is superb and nuanced.

She also recommends looking up David and Leigh Eddings. They've written 20 or so books, and she says it's not especially groundbreaking, but it's decently well done fantasy.

Other fantasy authors who are known for maintaining plentiful arcs in the same world.... R.A Salvatore, Mercedes Lackey, Piers Anthony(Though the fiance says to read him with a grain of salt, since his sexism shows in his writing) Margaret Weiss and Tracey Hickman.

Let me know if you want more specific suggestions. I'm not as much of a fantasy-genre fan, but the lady is a huge one, and follows series' pretty closely.

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Robyn Brown | 6 comments J wrote: "This is my first post anywhere on Goodreads, so please forgive any noobish mistakes!

I really love books that go on for a very, very long time. I appreciate being able to get lost in a vast and de..."

The Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind series
The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
The Riverworld Series by Phillip Jose Farmer
also by Farmer: The
The Shannara books by Terry Brooks
The Myth Books by Robert Asprin are amusing
and of course anything by Crichton or Koontz~ Enjoy!!

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Robyn Brown | 6 comments Robyn wrote: "J wrote: "This is my first post anywhere on Goodreads, so please forgive any noobish mistakes!

I really love books that go on for a very, very long time. I appreciate being able to get lost in a v..."

oops The World of Tiers series by Farmer!

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Pavithraa swaminathan | 2 comments i feel nothing can ever beat the twilight series and this is also a big hit with readers all over the world...
a series of four books with immensely crafted characters and suspense which is in a way addictive and obsessive...the books are
new moon
breaking dawn

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Joanne | 3 comments Terry Goodkind's Novels By Terry Goodkind, including Wizard's First Rule, The Pillars Of Creation, Stone Of Tears, Naked Empire, Blood Of The Fold, Temple Of The Winds, Soul Of The Fire, Chainfire, Faith Of The Fallen, Phantom (sword Of Truth), Debt Of Bones by Hephaestus Books are fabulous! Fantasy, but not TOO fantastical. Although, come to think of it, there is a dragon in there somewhere.... A magical sword, wizards, evil villains - they have it all! Another good series is S. M. Sterling's Emberverse series, beginning with Dies the Fire (Emberverse, #1) by S.M. Stirling. It's a richly written dystopian/post-apocalyptic series with some fantasy elements (magic sword). I just finished the latest, which was I think the ninth in the series - with at least another one to follow. Happy reading!

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Raven (fallenravenqueen) I recommend the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K Hamilton currently at 22 books. The Nightside Series by Simon R Green currently at 12 books. Then there is also the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris which is currently on book 12. I enjoy all of these series and find it hard to wait for the next books to come out. Hope this helps

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Ayla (thestackscat) I recommend the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher!

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Dee | 6 comments Somebody beat me to Eddings.
Robin Hobb is another great author. The Farseer Trilogies (now 13 in total) is great. She also has a few books under a pen name.
For humor, you can't beat Terry Pratchett, and another suggestion would be Christopher Moore.

Charlotte (Buried in Books) | 10 comments I'm surprised no-one has mentioned the In Death series by J.D. Robb (crime novels set in the future), there are about 40 books in the series so far starting with Naked in Death.

Great fun.

I'll second the recommendation for Tad Williams as well, the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy was fantastic (I still can't bring myself to read the final book because I don't want it to end).

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Alexandra (AlexandraWiky) | 1 comments How about Vampire Academy???
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1-6) by Richelle Mead
It's amazingly hot and lovely =D

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Heather James (makexbelieve) | 6 comments The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare is getting pretty long: five books currently, a sixth on the way, and a spin of series with another three. It is YA, but they're really good fantasy stories, with a detailed world and a lot of humour too.

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Anne (CrazyBakingMom) | 724 comments Since someone already suggested David Eddings, let me throw another good one at you. Have you considered the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan?

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Tracy (tracesoftracy) | 2 comments Evermore (The Immortals, #1) by Alyson Noel Blue Moon (The Immortals, #2) by Alyson Noel Shadowland (The Immortals, #3) by Alyson Noel Dark Flame (The Immortals, #4) by Alyson Noel Night Star (The Immortals, #5) by Alyson Noel Everlasting (The Immortals, #6) by Alyson Noel my favorite series!(:

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John Runge | 1 comments Hey there,

So I would have to say that anything by Brandon Sanderson would be a great read. His books are super detailed and will keep you thinking, they are not predictable.

The Mistborn series
The Way of Kings Series

I would also recommend a book series by Jeremy Robinson

The Last Hunter

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Nicholas | 3 comments Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion series.

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Adam Littleton (TheAscendedWalrus) The Warhammer 40K universe will provide multiple series if you like to read dystopian sci-fi. The universe is very well developed and complex. I have just recently started reading the Horus Heresy series which is essentially a detailed history of the 40K universe. To get a quick idea of what it is like, look up "Warhammer 40K Lore in a Minute!" on Youtube.

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James M. (JamesMC) | 1 comments No mention of the 12 volumes of the "History of Middle Earth" series ?

Strongly recommended:

C. S. Lewis' Space Trilogy

E. R. Eddison:
The Worm Ouroboros
Mistress of Mistresses
A Fish Dinner in Memison
The Mezentian Gate

- The last three are a trilogy, TWO is introductory.

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