Updated: 04 Sep 2014 – Caine

If you are curious, here some samples. The numbers are approximate and should omit indexes, appendices and stuff not directly belonging to the text itself.

To have a vague idea of possible pagecount you can use this model:
100k = 250 pages
200k = 500 pages
400k = 1000 pages

Discrepancies are often due to the fact that Microsoft Word consider “it’s” like one word, instead my data is measured considering it as “it is”, so two words. This can usually add a +5-10k compared to “official” wordcounts.

Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien (revised to be in line with the rest)

The Fellowship of the Ring: 187k
The Two Towers: 155k
The Return of the King: 131k

Total: 473k

Wheel of Time – Robert Jordan

The Eye of the World: 305k
The Great Hunt: 267k
The Dragon Reborn: 251k
The Shadow Rising: 393k
The Fires of Heaven: 354k
Lord of Chaos: 389k
A Crown of Swords: 295k
The Path of Daggers: 226k
Winter’s Heart: 238k
Crossroads of Twilight: 271k
Knife of Dreams: 315k

Total: 3M 304k (official count)

New Spring: 121k

Brandon Sanderson takeover

The Gathering Storm: 300k
Towers of Midnight: 325k
A Memory of Light: 350k

Total global: 4M 400k (official)

Stormlight Archives – Brandon Sanderson

The Way of Kings: 380k
Words of Radiance: 400k

A Song of Ice And Fire – George R. R. Martin

A Game of Thrones: 298k
A Clash of kings: 326k
A Storm of Swords: 424k
A Feast for Crows: 300k
A Dance with Dragons: 422k

Total: 1M 770k

Malazan Cycle – Steven Erikson & Ian C. Esslemont

Malazan Book of the Fallen – Steven Erikson

Gardens of the Moon: 209k
Deadhouse Gates: 272k
Memories of Ice: 358k
House of Chains: 306k
Midnight Tides: 271k
The Bonehunters: 365k
Reaper’s Gale: 386k
Toll the Hounds: 392k
Dust of Dreams: 382k
The Crippled God: 385k

Total: 3M 326k

Kharkanas Trilogy – Steven Erikson

The Forge of Darkness: 295k
Fall of Light: ? (September)

Bauchelain & Korbal Broach novellas – Steven Erikson

Blood Follows: 22k
The Lees of Laughter’s End: 24k
The Healthy Dead: 23k

Crack’d Pot Trail: 51k
The Wurms of Blearmouth: 42k

Total novellas: 162k

Ian C. Esslemont:

Night of Knives: 88k
Return of the Crimson Guard: 278k
Stonewielder: 237k
Orb Sceptre Throne: 222k
Blood and Bone: 230k
Assail: 209k

Total: 1M 264k

Total global: 5M 047k

The Second Apocalypse – R. Scott Bakker

Prince of Nothing Trilogy

The Darkness that Comes Before: 175k
The Warrior-Prophet: 205k
The Thousandfold Thought: 139k

Total: 519k

The Aspect-Emperor Trilogy(?)

The Judging Eye: 151k
The White-Luck Warrior: 202k
The Unholy Consult: 300k~ tentative

Solar Cycle – Gene Wolfe

The Book of the New Sun

Shadow and Claw: 197k
Sword and Citadel: 197k

The Urth of the New Sun: 117k

Total: 511k

The Book of the Long Sun

Litany of the Long Sun: 210k
Epiphany of the Long Sun: 270k

Total: 480k

The Book of the Short Sun

On Blue’s Waters: 130k
In Green’s Jungles: 127k
Return to the Whorl: 153k

Total: 410k

Total cycle: 1M 401k

The Acts of Caine – Matthew Stover

Heroes Die: 209k
Blade of Tyshalle: 289k
Caine Black Knife: 128k
Caine’s Law: 142k

Total: 768k

The First Law – Joe Abercrombie

The Blade Itself: 194k
Before They Are Hanged: 200k
Last Argument of Kings: 236k

Total: 630k

Best Served Cold: 230k

The Heroes: 207k

Red Country: 172k (official)

A Land Fit for Heroes(?) – Richard Morgan

The Steel Remains: 146k
The Cool Commands: 171k
The Dark Defiles: 247k (tentative)

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever – Stephen R. Donaldson

The First Chronicles

Lord Foul’s Bane: 165k
The Illearth War: 180k
The Power That Preserves: 168k

Total: 513k

The Second Chronicles

The Wounded Land: 188k
The One Tree: 185k
White Gold Wielder: 186k

Total: 559k

The Last Chronicles

The Runes of the Earth: 236k
Fatal Revenant: 284k
Against All Things Ending: 270k
The Last Dark: 243k

Total: 1033k

Total Cycle: 2M 105k

The Wars of Light and Shadow – Janny Wurts

Curse of the Mistwraith: 233k
Ships of Merior: 206k
Warhost of Vastmark: 156k
Fugitive Prince: 220k
Grand Conspiracy: 235k
Peril’s Gate: 300k
Traitor’s Knot: 220k
Stormed Fortress: 248k
Initiate’s Trial: 250k
(last two books yet to come out)

Total: 2M 68k

Dune – Frank Herbert

Dune: 192k
Dune Messiah: 74k
Children of Dune: 151k
God Emperor of Dune: 139k
Heretics of Dune: 166k
Chapterhouse Dune: 143k

Total: 865k

The Night’s Dawn Trilogy – Peter F. Hamilton

The Reality Dysfunction: 385k
The Neutronium Alchemist: 393k
The Naked God: 469k (!)

Total: 1M 247k

Baroque+Crypto – Neal Stephenson

Cryptonomicon: 415k

Quicksilver: 390k
The Confusion: 348k
The System of the World: 387k

Total: 1M 540k

The Dark Tower – Stephen King

The Gunslinger: 55k
The Drawing of the Three: 128k
The Waste Lands: 178k
Wizard and Glass: 264k
Wolves of the Calla: 251k
Song of Susannah: 131k
The Dark Tower: 288k

Total: 1M 295k

Lymond + Niccolò – Dorothy Dunnett

The Game of Kings: 205k
Queens’ Play: 195k
The Disorderly Knights: 230k
Pawn in Frankincense: 232k
The Ringed Castle: 235k
Checkmate: 273k

Total Lymond: 1M 370k

Niccolò Rising: 224k
Spring of the Ram: 220k
Race of Scorpions: 244k
Scales of Gold: 223k
The Unicorn Hunt: 269k
To Lie with Lions: 264k
Caprice and Rondo: 242k
Gemini: 307k

Total Niccolò: 1M 993k

Total Lymond + Niccolò: 3M 363k

Imajica – Clive Barker

– 369k

Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace

– 557k (500k without notes)

Parallel Stories – Peter Nadas

– 563k

Chinese Classics

Dream of the Red Chamber/The Story of the Stone: 850k (rather inaccurate)
Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 700k (rather inaccurate)


  1. Yo. You don’t say how you came about these word counts – could you explain where they came from?

    I’m interested because I’m trying to quantify the lengths of books I’m reading and I’ve been using page count but wanted to improve on it. At first I thought I’d just use word count but, apart from the difficulty in finding them, it seems they’re highly variable anyway, depending greatly various choices made in order to make them.

    Personally I’ve basically been counting the words manually on one page and then multiplying by the page count (I’m a bit more anal than that – I flick through and count the blank pages too – but you get the idea). But then of course I have assumed the whole book is as dense as whatever page I choose to use, and pages vary a lot in word-density…

    Anyway, finding posts like this – with a list of word counts – is easy but you rarely get told what you really need to know: where they come from.

  2. Easy – just use an ebook and some program for counting words, such as UNIX command ‘wc’. You convert the ebook to plain text and then just run “wc -w ebook.txt” and it produces a number of words in that book. For example, I have War and Peace here from http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2600 and that comes out to 565450 words.

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