Compiled List of Novels by Word Count

The Stand (Unabridged) (Signet) by Stephen King (464, 218 words; 1,168 pg.)*

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (464, 234 words; 1,312 pg.)

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson (1,168 pg.)

Shogun by James Clavell (1,210 pg.)

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien ( Approximately 470,000 words; 1,200 pg.)

War and Peace Leo Tolstoy 560,000 words (Wikipedia) 1,456 pages.

A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth 591,554 words (Wikipedia)

Out on the Cutting Edge Lawrence Block 88,550 (Approx)*

A Ticket to the Boneyard Lawrence Block 95,700 (Approx)*

War of the Worlds H.G. Wells 63,293*

The Stainless Steel Rat Sings The Blues Harry Harrison 82,401 (Approx)

The Main Trevanian 130,746 (Approx)

The Loo Sanction Trevanian (Hardcover) 114,774 (Approx)*

The Summons John Grisham (Paperback) 125,856 (Approx)

Sole Survivor Dean Koontz (Paperback) 144,210 )Approx)

NOTE. (Approx) means that I have counted average words per line, lines per page and created a (very) approximate word count. Actual word count on these books could vary by as much as plus or minus five thousand words. Due to imponderables like dialogue, paragraph breaks and chapter headings. Please take into account that I cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of the other of counts on this page, either since anyone could have provided them. Such is the internet. All of the above should not be considered hard and fast rules as such, but more a series of guidelines. Books marked with an * are really good, and you should read them.

Another note I started compiling this list when I found I wanted to know whether my book was long "enough" as you can see, there is no "enough" merely stories that need to be told, for one reason or another. I am past 100K on one, and at 84K on the other, or 93% and 60% respectively, If you must know, Peter. :)