I seem to need BIGGER BOOKS. The last few I brought home barely kept me disconnected from annoying reality for more than a day. Something like The Baroque Trilogy but hard sf would be nice. Gregory Benford have anything over 1,000 pages lately?
A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of the idea. John Ciardi
Within hard SF there aren't nearly as many books of that length. And I haven't really been keeping up with most of the authors in that genre. Two that might be worth checking out are Peter Hamilton's The Reality Dysfunction and sequels, and Alastair Reynolds' Revelation Space and sequels. I don't think any of the volumes are over 1000 pages, but they're at least half that, and each series as a whole is well over a thousand. I haven't read them, but I've heard good things, and thought that someone should try to answer the question with a hard SF answer. (Though I don't know if either is as hard as Benford.)
As far as fantasy is concerned, I'd recommend George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones and sequels before Robert Jordan's books. Or Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrel has garnered a lot of praise recently. [ November 15, 2007: Message edited by: Jim Yingst ]
He he, I know that feeling. Every once in a while I want to find a book/series that takes me to another world, leaving the reality far behind
The books that quickly come to mind are Dune series, LOTR and other books by Tolkien, Asimov's Foundation series, the Ender and Ender's shadow series by Orsan Scott Card.
Revelation Space books Alistair Reynolds kept me pretty busy for a while, but after the 4th book or so, I started to get tired of the whole 'Space Opera' business.
Talking of long books, Have you read Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke? I wasn't sure I'd like it, and it looked awfully long, but it is a real fun read, definitely recommended.
Let me walk out to my book shelf, and see what else is there -
Hyperion books by Dan Simmons - Really good, but first 2 books are much better than the last 2.
And Vernor Vinge; If you haven't read his books, you got to. Really good stuff. One thing rather rare in SF is aliens that are really, fundamentally different from how humans are. Vinge does that well IMHO. Liked his Fire Upon the Deep and A Fastness in The Sky. Still waiting for the local borders store to get more of his books.
And finally the Uplift books by David Brin, and the Galactic Center books by Gregory Benford. If you read all books in the series in a go, it should keep the reality away for a while