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2022-04-15 2:26:01 PM  
Perhaps I should read a book.
 
2022-04-15 2:26:36 PM  
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2022-04-15 2:35:20 PM  
I would submit the second (first published) edition of Orwell's Down and Out in Paris and London, which is at about 200 pages, before the extensive postscript he added to make the publisher happy.

Capote's Answered Prayers is one of my favorites.
 
2022-04-15 2:46:10 PM  
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/I would recommend a  few months of moderate to heavy psychedelic usage prior to reading (the latter of which should take the better part of an afternoon)
 
2022-04-15 2:51:59 PM  
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2022-04-15 3:11:17 PM  
The only reason True Allegiance isn't on this list is because it has 272 pages. That's the only reason.
 
2022-04-15 3:19:57 PM  
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2022-04-15 3:36:22 PM  
glad to see mirakami on the list.
 
2022-04-15 3:38:58 PM  
200 pages?  That's just getting started in some books.
 
2022-04-15 3:39:12 PM  
If you make the pages really big and the print really small then War and Peace could fit on 200 pages. So I nominate that.
 
2022-04-15 3:40:55 PM  

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/I would recommend a  few months of moderate to heavy psychedelic usage prior to reading (the latter of which should take the better part of an afternoon)


Filed under: Books So Bad They're Good?
 
2022-04-15 3:42:43 PM  

Braggi: 200 pages?  That's just getting started in some books.


iLonger than you think, dad.
 
2022-04-15 3:42:52 PM  
I'll throw in plugs for Prosper's Demon and the Murderbot series, especially the first Murderbot.  There are a couple of follow ons to Prosper's Demon as well, although they aren't quite as good.

A missed one if they're willing to do serious shorts: N.K. Jemisin's Emergency Skinruns about 40ish pages.
 
2022-04-15 3:44:17 PM  

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Such a great book.
 
2022-04-15 3:45:09 PM  
Make the font size small enough, and even War and Peace could be under 200 pages.
 
2022-04-15 3:45:17 PM  
Murderbot books <3
 
2022-04-15 3:49:17 PM  
Anthem by Ayn Rand is the go-to book report novel during high school; it only has 99 pages.
 
2022-04-15 3:50:13 PM  
I've read a few of those. Highly recommend Ring Shout for an absolutely wild mashup of fantasy, history, demons, and the Klan.

Will have to check out the Becky Chambers novella. Really enjoy her cozy sci-fi style for when I want a more chill book from my usual fare.

Bookmarking for later. Nice find, subby.
 
2022-04-15 4:07:06 PM  
Only 127 pages:
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2022-04-15 4:14:52 PM  
"There once was a sausage named Baldrick and he lived happily ever after. The End."
 
2022-04-15 4:17:16 PM  

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Really good book, but overshadowed by The Haunting of Hill House. Takes the themes of The Lottery and expands on them.
 
2022-04-15 4:28:50 PM  
Come to think of it, The Great Gatsby should at least make honorable mention for that list. Google tells me it's 208 pages, but that's close enough.
 
2022-04-15 4:34:59 PM  
124 pages:
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2022-04-15 4:37:38 PM  
192! Just made it:
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2022-04-15 4:37:46 PM  
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One of my favorites that clocks in at about 136 pages.
 
2022-04-15 4:51:37 PM  
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20 pages.
 
2022-04-15 5:05:59 PM  
160 pages. The Will Smith movie is an abomination.

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2022-04-15 5:13:20 PM  
128 pages

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2022-04-15 5:34:11 PM  
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112 pages
 
2022-04-15 5:40:11 PM  
Two Years Before the Mast is TWO great books and should make this list as well.
 
2022-04-15 6:21:15 PM  
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So reasonable in length I think it's officially a "novella". Great read if you've never read it, even better if you've never read it but you've seen Apocalypse Now(ironically quite a long film, ever longer in the 'redux' version).
 
2022-04-15 6:37:28 PM  
I'm sure there's a couple of Muriel Spark's books could be in that list, her novels were never especially long but they got remarkably short in the late 60s/early 70s. Likewise they were always a bit odd but got very odd indeed during this period.
 
amb
2022-04-15 7:17:49 PM  
First one to come to mind

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I think I'll go find it and read it again this weekend.
 
2022-04-15 7:37:41 PM  
Based on the lack of votes, I feel many of you have not read Notes from Underground. I encourage you all to read it if you have the opportunity. It perfectly encapsulates the mind of your average Farker. Here is the opening paragraph, I feel you can get the general sense of where the book is going from here:

"I am a sick man.... I am a spiteful man. I am an unattractive man. I believe my liver is diseased. However, I know nothing at all about my disease, and do not know for certain what ails me. I don't consult a doctor for it, and never have, though I have a respect for medicine and doctors. Besides, I am extremely superstitious, sufficiently so to respect medicine, anyway (I am well-educated enough not to be superstitious, but I am superstitious). No, I refuse to consult a doctor from spite. That you probably will not understand. Well, I understand it, though. Of course, I can't explain who it is precisely that I am mortifying in this case by my spite: I am perfectly well aware that I cannot "pay out" the doctors by not consulting them; I know better than anyone that by all this I am only injuring myself and no one else. But still, if I don't consult a doctor it is from spite. My liver is bad, well-let it get worse!"
 
2022-04-15 7:41:51 PM  

Tman144: Based on the lack of votes, I feel many of you have not read Notes from Underground. I encourage you all to read it if you have the opportunity. It perfectly encapsulates the mind of your average Farker. Here is the opening paragraph, I feel you can get the general sense of where the book is going from here:

"I am a sick man.... I am a spiteful man. I am an unattractive man. I believe my liver is diseased. However, I know nothing at all about my disease, and do not know for certain what ails me. I don't consult a doctor for it, and never have, though I have a respect for medicine and doctors. Besides, I am extremely superstitious, sufficiently so to respect medicine, anyway (I am well-educated enough not to be superstitious, but I am superstitious). No, I refuse to consult a doctor from spite. That you probably will not understand. Well, I understand it, though. Of course, I can't explain who it is precisely that I am mortifying in this case by my spite: I am perfectly well aware that I cannot "pay out" the doctors by not consulting them; I know better than anyone that by all this I am only injuring myself and no one else. But still, if I don't consult a doctor it is from spite. My liver is bad, well-let it get worse!"


Dostoyevesky is just so dense. I've tried again and again to get through Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov and I... just can't do it.

People have told me Notes from the Underground is secretly Dostoyevesky's best work though, so what the hell I'll throw it on my list.
 
2022-04-15 7:59:31 PM  
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2022-04-15 8:48:05 PM  
Was this an ad?
I appreciate not listing the usual classics....but none of them?
 
2022-04-15 8:53:43 PM  
There are any number of Sir Terry Pratchett's works that may exceed 200 pages, but believe me, they read way faster that that.
 
2022-04-15 9:03:02 PM  
The Time Machine, H.G. Wells
 
2022-04-15 9:14:48 PM  
Just started the The Wasp Factory last night after finshing another book. I had to put it down after a few pages because I could tell it was going to be good and it was too close to my bedtime to start that kind of thing.
 
2022-04-15 11:37:00 PM  
Not an ironic bookmark
 
amb
2022-04-15 11:51:31 PM  
I think The Hobbitis just a little over 200 pages. You can read it in about the same amount of time as watching the first movie of the stretched out trilogy.
 
2022-04-16 1:35:52 AM  
I'm disappointed by the lack of Chuck Tingle.

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2022-04-16 2:01:52 PM  
think this qualifies
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2022-04-16 2:41:40 PM  
Warhammer novels by Chris Wraight tend to be short, sweet, and flavourful. I'd recommend the Lords of Silence to anybody.
 
2022-04-16 3:51:06 PM  
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182 pages. If you read this and it doesn't become your favorite short work of fiction, don't tell me. I don't want to know.
 
2022-04-16 3:55:32 PM  
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200 pages on the nose. What a pro.
 
2022-04-16 4:00:09 PM  
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160 pages by that daft bugger Spike Milligan. As strange a book as Spike was a comic.
 
2022-04-16 4:10:17 PM  
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148 pages. This must be the small print edition, so I suspect that other printings will be longer. The descriptive word for it is "blithe". Is there a comparative "blithest"?  It is also unfortunately very silly. Dreadful story time. A friend was looking for something to tide her over through a terrible illness. I immediately gave her this book, but she returned it after less than a week. Too silly.
 
2022-04-16 4:14:07 PM  
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172 pages. Good intro to George Smiley.
 
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