About Word Count

In this new age of e-publishing, page count has become obsolete. At Underground Book Reviews, we calculate the length of a book by its word count, which the literary industry has done for ages. If you're unfamiliar with this method, check out some classics to get your bearing:
20-40k: Old Man and the Sea & Of Mice and Men
40-60k: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy & Lord of the Flies
60-80k: Catcher in the Rye & The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
80-100k: The Hobbit & To Kill a Mockingbird
100-120k: Gulliver’s Travels & Sense and Sensibility
120-140k: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn & A Tale of Two Cities
140-160k: Oliver Twist & Uncle Tom’s Cabin
160-180k: Grapes of Wrath & Catch-22
180-200k: Great Expectations & Little Women
200-300k: Moby Dick & East of Eden
300-400k: Middlemarch & Anna Karenina
400-600k: Gone With the Wind & Atlas Shrugged

Indie Books in the 80-100k Range:

Detective Hiroshi Shimizu investigates white collar crime in Tokyo. When an American businessman turns up dead, his mentor Takamatsu calls him out to the site of a grisly murder. Hiroshi scours Tokyo’s sacred temples, corporate offices and industrial wastelands to find out why one woman would be driven to murder.


Magnus Drinkwater is close. Close to harnessing enough power to fuel his modified pocket-watch and stop time. Yet, someone with altogether darker machinations is busy working to their own design. And they’ll do whatever it takes. No matter the cost. Two scientists. Two ambitions. One bloody adventure…


A young man experiences hallucinations throughout his life that are also seen by his loved ones, leading him to doggedly pursue the clues left in his path so that he may find out the answers.


A decadent and eccentric tableau of theatre and treachery, old secrets and betrayals; exploring friendship, guilt and obsession … slipping between characters to gradually reveal a century-old mystery.


Fahrenheit 451 x Divergent. Award-winning first book in the Divided Elements series. A dystopian tale of identity, debauchery and revolution set in a post-apocalyptic Paris.


Rick Collins participates in a virtual world populated by avatars controlled by participants at home computers all over the world. Online, he meets and romances an anonymous sexy woman who blackmails him into industrial espionage. Rick realizes his family is doomed unless he can identify Joan and her whereabouts soon.


Lehigh Carter never asked to be sheriff. And he sure never wanted to arrest his new father-in-law for murder.


It’s time for Poppy Parker to try some new hats on for size. In the process, she uncovers long-buried family secrets and a chance at true love if she is brave enough to take it.


When Cate is pulled from 1972 to 2043, she’s shocked to find herself trapped in a walled city for accidental time travelers. An Irish boy named Angus wants to help them both find a way out. But then he reveals a startling secret that changes everything…


A peculiar explorer and downtrodden acrobat span the globe on a building-sized hot air balloon, in search of a precious artifact and the murderous treasure hunter who seeks it.