A book that feels like it is several hundred pages longer than it needs to be is prolix. The word simply means that something has too many words and goes on too long.
To avoid being called prolix, we'll keep this short. Prolix means using more words than necessary. For a less formal word choice try wordy, verbose, long-winded or drawn out.
adj tediously prolonged or tending to speak or write at great length
long-winded, tedious, verbose, windy, wordy
using or containing too many words
pleonastic, redundant, tautologic, tautological
repetition of same sense in different words
marked by a ready flow of speech
expressing much in few words
aphoristic, apothegmatic, epigrammatic
terse and witty and like a maxim
concise and succinct
compact, compendious, succinct, summary
briefly giving the gist of something
crisp, curt, laconic, terse
brief and to the point; effectively cut short
having a puzzling terseness
characterized by extreme economy of expression or omission of superfluous elements
concise and full of meaning
having the style of a telegram with many short words left out
habitually reserved and uncommunicative
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