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:

A gender-inverted retelling of Beauty and the Beast, THE ROSE QUEEN follows the story of Princess Mirabella as she uncovers the secrets of her family’s past. But the clock is ticking down even as she searches, and the answers she seeks may come too late to save her.


From New York Times bestselling author Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, a new private detective series featuring Gina “Tinkerbell” Miyoko, who must go undercover in the Mexican jungle to hunt down a mysterious antiquities dealer.


A great cozy mystery with a fabulous cast of characters that will appeal to anyone, but especially to readers of a “certain” age.


Finally Brooke Adams feels her life is perfect. She has a bright future in front of her until she is attacked and buried alive. Recovering she finds herself in a web of lies and death stretching back over thirty years, putting the lives of her and her friends in danger.


Half the Child unfolds over four consecutive summers in the lives of Michael Mullen and son Benjamin, who ages from 2½ to 5½. Through separation, divorce, a custody battle, and a heart-wrenching abduction, Mike refuses to consider life apart from Ben. Ultimately, father and son write their own love story.


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.