Friday Flashback: Novel Ideas

Novellas are customarily said to range 17,500 or 20,000 to 40,000 words. The implication is that anything longer than that is a novel, but these days if you look up the definition of novel you’re told that the length of a novel, like a man’s legs in Abraham Lincoln’s famous joke, is however long it needs to be. Fair enough, but that’s a lot harder to build a flashback around. I figured I’d just to a list of “novel-length” stories on the site in excess of 40,000 words, except… we actually have 65 of those, amazingly enough. To narrow the field a bit I upped the threshold to 60,000 words (34 stories), and from those I picked some favorites and some comparative obscurities. Of course, this being Metabods, not all of our technically novel-length stories are anything like complete, but some of the ones chosen below are less gapingly unfinished than others, and a few even have endings.

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Posted: 14 May 2021

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