Originally Posted by Pulpmeister
Typically, Agatha Christie novels runs to about 80,000 words. Alistair MacLean's Where Eagles Dare, 77,000 (Maclean typically ran to 80,000 approx.) DeFoe's Robinson Crusoe, 120,000 words; Huxley's Brave New World, 65,000; Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, 115,000. Arthur C Clarke Rendezvous With Rama, 70,000 roughly. Dick Francis probably 80-90,000 words. Hammett's The Maltese Falcon 70,000.
Thanks. This was useful input.
Interesting that all the serial writers, Christie, MacLean, Clarke, Francis land around 80000. Interesting that Heinlein runs to 115000.
Be also interesting to see how many words other classics run to, say Jane Austen (almost a serial writer), Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, Elisabeth Gaskell. How about Harold Robbins and, say, Dan Brown? Well, no, Dan Brown, like John Grisham, writes film manuscripts thinly disguised as books. What about J K Rowling? Her output seemed to increase for every book.