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"Hidden" *epic-length* stories

sunkuwan

For quite some time, I only read epic-length stories. Anything above 150-200k words or 1000kb.

But surely, I overlooked some great stories that are over the threshold but cut up into shorter segments.

Looking through the Universe and Series categories is tedious and not always successful. Also, I want a somewhat coherent series that has an overarching plot or consistent cast. So, something like "Naked in School Universe" wouldn't fit.

Replies:   AmigaClone  tphile2
gruntsgt

"Florida Friends" series by DualWriter

letternumberunderscore

Are you looking for any long stories at all, or can you narrow it down a bit to genres and tags you're interested in? Because there are alot of 1000kb+ stories out there, and it would be easier to recommend something good if you tell us something more than that series and universes should be coherent. If you don't care about what kind of story you read, I can just make a long list, but I wouldn't personally recommend some of them. Like you, I much prefer to read 1000kb+ stories, but I've found myself running out of those I find interesting.
Until you post some more specifics of what you're looking for, I'll just throw out some of my favourites.

Bowling for Hearts by Rare Dream
http://storiesonline.net/s/41850/bowling-for-hearts
http://storiesonline.net/a/Rare_Dream

Regan Riley and Andy Drayton by Jay Cantrell
http://storiesonline.net/series/1279/regan-riley-and-andy-drayton
http://storiesonline.net/a/Jay_Cantrell

Sea King universe by colt45
http://storiesonline.net/s/44463/sea-king
http://storiesonline.net/s/51360/quest-for-knowledge
http://storiesonline.net/a/colt45

Runaway Train by Jay Cantrell
http://storiesonline.net/s/13709/runaway-train
http://storiesonline.net/a/Jay_Cantrell

Replies:   sunkuwan
AmigaClone

@sunkuwan

If you enjoy the concept of NiS, then cautron and Don Lockwood both have several stories involving the same group of people. The three completed NiS stories by cautron have the same main character, while those by Don are centered around a group of friends, and at least some plots start in one story and continue to the next.

Replies:   JohnBobMead
JohnBobMead

@AmigaClone

If you enjoy the concept of NiS, then cautron and Don Lockwood both have several stories involving the same group of people. The three completed NiS stories by cautron have the same main character, while those by Don are centered around a group of friends, and at least some plots start in one story and continue to the next.


Also, Don Lockwood is the one who came up with the Partners concept in NIS; previously you were completely on your own.

sunkuwan

@letternumberunderscore

That's exactly what I don't want. I can search for big stories, like the mentioned, just fine.

I want to know big stories that are big or epic but not easily found as such, because they are divided into parts.

Let's take @gruntsgt recommendation Florida Friends. (I know about it, but not read yet.) It has over 20,000kb divided over a dozen smaller stories. If someone was looking for stories above 5,000kb, he/she would not easily find it.

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
sunkuwan

And genre or tags are irrelevant. I was surprised by the stuff I enjoyed over the last years and the stuff I can't stand anymore. It is fluid.

Ernest Bywater

@sunkuwan

I want to know big stories that are big or epic but not easily found as such, because they are divided into parts.


Then you may need to be looking in what's listed as a series. My Clan Amir series is a mix of short stories, novellas, and novels for 41 individual stories totalling 349,198 words of action. I've a few stories where there are sequels like Survivor and Survivor: Moving On, the Chaos Calls series of stories. Some of the stories in the Rivers Region series link in together, while most don't - some future stories will link in further. I also have some sequels planned for other stories, too. There are a number of authors who do that, and most have set up a Series or Universe within the Sol system.

Replies:   sunkuwan
sunkuwan

@Ernest Bywater

But is your Series a coherent continued story with an overarching plot or a set cast of characters?
Like I said, looking at the Series and Universes is easy, finding the right type of story, not.

So, Series/Universes like MORFS, NiS, Swarm, Blues, etc. are not what I want.

More like Florida Friends, AWLL, OSL, etc. but are harder to find because the individual stories are under 1000kb.

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@sunkuwan

But is your Series a coherent continued story with an overarching plot or a set cast of characters?


Most of the stories focus on events in the life of the one main character, but there are a couple of chronologically earlier events that deal with his grandparents, parents, and a mentor.

tendertouch
Updated:

If you haven't read SeaLife's World of Light stories (starting with The Light Behind the World) then I'd suggest that. It sounds very much like what you're thinking of, though some of the stories aren't *that* short to begin with.

Celtic Cowboy's Love West of the Pecos stories.

Brian in the Dark's Dizyntk Imperium stories.

EzzyB's Chaos stories

Lordshipmahem's Manetee Bay stories may not add up to that length all total but they are coherent and contain many of the same characters.

Oyster50's Smart girl universe are mostly well connected (except Nina)

helmut_meukel

"Smart Girls" by Oyster50.
I added the sizes of all 13 Smart Girls stories and got 10,527 KB. Three of the stories are still in progress.

I thought of todd_d172's "Tales From The Shack" but it's only 727 KB.

HM.

Jay Cantrell

Let me toss out Argon and his amazing series. You can get lost for weeks in his tales.

pigs41

Have you tried "Playing the Game" trilogy by Rev.Cotton Mather

http://storiesonline.net/series/1235/playing-the-game-parables

Although this is an older story(2007-8), in my opinion it has withstood the passage of time better than the two well known and highly regarded "coming of age" stories of the same era.

JohnBobMead

Having just reread the OP, yes, Wes Boyd's stuff should be a good fit.

hiltonls16
Updated:

Lazlo Zalezac's Jade Force series http://storiesonline.net/series/1106/jade-force-of-misera also seems to fit - book 14 now being published.

edit - or maybe not, at 2200kb for the 13 completed stories it is shorter than requested. Even so it is a consistent series which I find is a good read.

madnige

sometimes series overlap in the way Jay Cantrell's do

-actually the overlap can be rather more intimate than that, for instance the last chapter of Square One covers the same meeting as appears in the first chapter of Hiding Patty, from a different viewpoint.

At about 4MB, The Bec Series by BarBar is worth a look.

In dead-tree, C.J.Cherryh's Foreigner series, 18 books so far at about 700-800KB each (a new book every year or so) with the same main characters and a developing political situation

Jim S
Updated:

Lubrican has a series of interconnected stories that can be considered one story titled Making Of A Gigolo. The 16 individual stories total over 4,100 kb and fit your original requirements.

helmut_meukel
Updated:

In dead-tree,

David Weber's Honor Harrington series, the first 2 books are in Baen's Free Library;

Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series;

Bernard Cornwell's Richard Sharpe series (20 books), set in the napoleonic era;

HM.

sunkuwan

I already read Honor Harrington, really great series.

tphile2

@sunkuwan

Frank Miller Sin City series of graphic novels and the movies are a great example of storylines that intersect various characters and places like the bar that Nancy Callahan dances at. what happens in the background in one comic is the main thing in another and so on.
George R R Martins Wild Cards series of novels is also a good read

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