Updated: 16 Jan 2015 – Updated how the totals are calculated with a more common standard, so numbers are slightly smaller across the board.

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

Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien

The Fellowship of the Ring: 186k
The Two Towers: 154k
The Return of the King: 130k

Total: 470k

Wheel of Time – Robert Jordan

The Eye of the World: 301k
The Great Hunt: 261k
The Dragon Reborn: 244k
The Shadow Rising: 386k
The Fires of Heaven: 346k
Lord of Chaos: 395k
A Crown of Swords: 289k
The Path of Daggers: 223k
Winter’s Heart: 239k
Crossroads of Twilight: 265k
Knife of Dreams: 314k

Total: 3M 263k

New Spring: 121k

Brandon Sanderson takeover

The Gathering Storm: 296k
Towers of Midnight: 325k
A Memory of Light: 355k

Total global: 4M 360k

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: 295k
A Clash of kings: 322k
A Storm of Swords: 419k
A Feast for Crows: 298k
A Dance with Dragons: 415k

Total: 1M 749k

Malazan Cycle – Steven Erikson & Ian C. Esslemont

Malazan Book of the Fallen – Steven Erikson

Gardens of the Moon: 204k
Deadhouse Gates: 267k
Memories of Ice: 355k
House of Chains: 302k
Midnight Tides: 267k
The Bonehunters: 358k
Reaper’s Gale: 382k
Toll the Hounds: 389k
Dust of Dreams: 370k
The Crippled God: 380k

Total: 3M 274k

Kharkanas Trilogy – Steven Erikson

The Forge of Darkness: 293k
Fall of Light: ? (September)

Bauchelain & Korbal Broach novellas – Steven Erikson

Blood Follows: 21k
The Lees of Laughter’s End: 23k
The Healthy Dead: 23k

Crack’d Pot Trail: 50k
The Wurms of Blearmouth: 41k

Total novellas: 158k

Total Erikson: 3M 725k

Ian C. Esslemont:

Night of Knives: 86k
Return of the Crimson Guard: 275k
Stonewielder: 234k
Orb Sceptre Throne: 218k
Blood and Bone: 227k
Assail: 207k

Total: 1M 247k

Total global: 4M 972k

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: 195k
Sword and Citadel: 195k

The Urth of the New Sun: 117k

Total: 507k

The Book of the Long Sun

Litany of the Long Sun: 203k
Epiphany of the Long Sun: 259k

Total: 462k

The Book of the Short Sun

On Blue’s Waters: 128k
In Green’s Jungles: 123k
Return to the Whorl: 148k

Total: 399k

Total cycle: 1M 368k

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: 191k
Before They Are Hanged: 196k
Last Argument of Kings: 231k

Total: 618k

Best Served Cold: 225k

The Heroes: 201k

Red Country: 172k (official)

A Land Fit for Heroes(?) – Richard Morgan

The Steel Remains: 141k
The Cold Commands: 165k
The Dark Defiles: 243k

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

The First Chronicles

Lord Foul’s Bane: 163k
The Illearth War: 177k
The Power That Preserves: 166k

Total: 506k

The Second Chronicles

The Wounded Land: 184k
The One Tree: 182k
White Gold Wielder: 182k

Total: 548k

The Last Chronicles

The Runes of the Earth: 231k
Fatal Revenant: 277k
Against All Things Ending: 263k
The Last Dark: 237k

Total: 1008k

Total Cycle: 2M 62k

The Wars of Light and Shadow – Janny Wurts

Curse of the Mistwraith: 226k
Ships of Merior: 200k
Warhost of Vastmark: 152k
Fugitive Prince: 214k
Grand Conspiracy: 228k
Peril’s Gate: 292k
Traitor’s Knot: 212k
Stormed Fortress: 239k
Initiate’s Trial: 243k
(last two books yet to come out)

Total: 2M 6k

Dune – Frank Herbert

Dune: 188k
Dune Messiah: 60k
Children of Dune: 148k
God Emperor of Dune: 138k
Heretics of Dune: 164k
Chapterhouse Dune: 141k

Total: 839k

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: 123k
The Waste Lands: 173k
Wizard and Glass: 256k
Wolves of the Calla: 241k
Song of Susannah: 129k
The Dark Tower: 279k

Total: 1M 256k

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

– 354k

Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace

– 545k (484k without notes)

Parallel Stories – Peter Nadas

– 550k

Chinese Classics

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

Indian Epic

The Mahabharata: 2M 539k (free english version)

3 Comments

  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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