Andrew, the computer-counted numbers from the Word file shows my average word length to be 4.7 characters per word. I've made it a practice for decades
You can't go wrong with Jim Butcher's Codex Alera or anything by Brandon Sanderson, especially Mistborn and Elantris.
*rubs hands together* Time to do some comparative maths:
161k against 136k would have suggested an average word length of...
SORRY. That should be 116K. One hundred SIXTEEN! I've corrected the initial post.
136k, No (idly so).
161k, No (seriously so).
I'm sure someone (coughKatGcough) will quickly point out that there is no hard and