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Okay, the usual disclaimer first: Everything I say is true only for the most common, average case. In publishing, everything is possible. The more it deviates from the norm, the rarer it will become. But that does not mean it is impossible. There are one volume editions of the Lord of the Rings or the Bible. This is proof that big fat books of over a ...


This sounds closest to The Lord of the Rings, which is one enormous story split into three physical volumes. Each volume contains two parts which Tolkien labelled books, but Tolkien himself thought of it as one work, not three (or six). GRRMartin's fourth book of A Song of Ice and Fire (aka Game of Thrones) got so unwieldy that he split it into two, A Feast ...

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