Thursday, July 17, 2008

Big Book for Long Flight

So I'm traveling to Japan on Sunday and I'm looking for recommendations for a really long book for the flights. The kind of book that is fun and rewarding but might be intimidating to start due to its length. Basically, the kind of book you need to take a running start at.

Can anyone offer any suggestions?

Keep in mind that I'm looking for something that's fun and that will keep me riveted. I'm certainly not trying to fill in one of the many gaps in my reading of the classics (no Proust, thank you very much). The book also shouldn't be so huge in size that it doesn't pack well.


  1. I think you've read some of these, but here they are anyway:

    Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)

    Little, Big (John Crowley)

    The His Dark Materials trilogy (Philip Pullman) -- though that's quite riveting without the concentration of the mind that comes from a long plane flight.

    Cryptonomicon; The Baroque Cycle (Neal Stephenson)

    Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (Susanna Clarke)

    Perdido Street Station; The Scar; Iron Council (China Mieville)

    Foulcault's Pendulum (Umberto Eco)

    If you're looking for something a bit lighter but long, you might enjoy Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel series (Kushiel's Dart is the first one, then Kushiel's Chosen, then Kushiel's Avatar. She's into a second Kushiel trilogy now, but I haven't started that one yet.)

  2. Oh, and 1491; non-fiction, but really riveting.

  3. Anonymous1:34 PM

    I know you're there already, but how about the Otori series to keep you in a Japan frame of mind?