Friday, August 15, 2008

Prosperity Be Thy Page Count!

Book pages
Over the past few months our inbox has had the fair share of questions about the new book: when is it going to be released, which character is the book about, what is the plot, and so on. Well, we know The Sign of the Sinister Sorcerer is due out this October, it features Lewis Barnavelt, and that Amazon.com says the book is 176 pages.

Ah-ha! This caught our eye. We tend to collect odd tidbits about the books and, after adding the page length to our database, we found that this becomes the overall 7th longest book in the Bellairs/Strickland canon:
  1. The Curse of the Blue Figurine (200 pages)
  2. The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring (188 pages)
  3. The Trolley to Yesterday (183 pages)
  4. The Dark Secret of Weatherend (182 pages)
  5. The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn (180 pages)
  6. The House with a Clock in its Walls (179 pages)
  7. The Sign of the Sinister Sorcerer (176 pages)
  8. The Face in the Frost (174 pages)
  9. The House where Nobody Lived (173 pages)
  10. The Spell of the Sorcerer's Skull (170 pages)
If you look at only those books with Strickland’s name attached to them (the four completed novels and the nine solo works) then The Sign of the Sinister Sorcerer becomes his longest book.

On the other end of the spectrum, The Secret of the Underground Room (127 pages) and The Tower at the End of the World (146 pages) remains each the shortest work by each author in the Lewis, Anthony, and Johnny series – not counting, of course, all 79 pages of The Pedant the Shuffly.

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