This historical mystery set during New Zealand’s 19th-century gold rush has really grabbed readers’ attention: It’s so long! The author is so young! and, most importantly, it’s received such rave reviews! Described as beautiful, exuberant, and complex, even at over 800 pages The Luminaries is un-put-downable. While you wait for this 2013 Man Booker Prize winner, consider trying some of these great titles. -Markrid I.