The list is a bit mind-blowing personally in light of just how many pages of the series on this list I've read. (Did I really read nine thousand pages of Pern? How many hours is that?) It's also eyebrow-raising in that the series that top the list aren't necessarily the ones I would have guessed.
I've lifted the first twenty results and posted them below for the sake of discussion, but, before you peek, try guessing which series made it into the top ten. Drop a comment below to let us know how many you got right.. Read the entire list at Walk into Mordor, and make sure to give Stanciu a head nod in the comments for this great bit of innovation.
|1||Discworld||38 books||13674 pages|
|2||The Riftwar Cycle||26 books||11873 pages|
|3||Wheel of Time||14 books||11362 pages|
|4||Xanth||33 books||11480 pages|
|5||Valdemar||26 books||10592 pages|
|6||Saga of Recluce||16 books||9696 pages|
|7||Malazan Book of the Fallen||10 books||8981 pages|
|8||Dragonriders of Pern||24 books||8980 pages|
|9||Shannara Universe||20 books||8976 pages|
|10||Sword of Truth||12 books||8784 pages|
|11||Anita Blake Vampire Hunter||19 books||8192 pages|
|12||Redwall||21 books||8081 pages|
|13||The Three Worlds Cycle||11 books||7926 pages|
|14||Realm of the Elderlings||11 books||7749 pages|
|15||The Legend of Drizzt||20 books||7243 pages|
|16||Deverry Cycle||15 books||6912 pages|
|17||Wars of Light and Shadow||9 books||6281 pages|
|18||Kushiel’s Legacy||8 books||6192 pages|
|19||The Dresden Files||14 books||5771 pages|
|20||Crown of Stars||7 books||5264 pages|
Against all rationality, I'm actually a little upset by the realization that The Wheel of Time doesn't come in at the top of the list. I completely would have pegged it as the single largest series by volume. And, while I shouldn't be upset by that, seeing as this isn't a contest, I am. Even if the next two books in the series are the largest in the series, Wheel of Time wil be stuck at number two.
What makes me smile, though, is that, if Jim Butcher really is serious about his Dresden Files series running thirty books long, it may eventually rise to the third or fourth spot, even given the growth of other series in the intervening time.
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