Madison, Wisconsin, 2015. Cop Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some said mad, others dangerous - scientist when she finds a curious gadget: a box containing some wiring, a three-way switch and a potato. It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way Mankind views his world forever. And that's an understatement if ever there was one....
The Long Earth is the first novel in an exciting new collaboration between the creator of Discworld, Terry Pratchett, and the acclaimed SF writer Stephen Baxter.
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By Rob on 14-08-12
Reflections of Rama
I enjoyed this book a lot.It reminded me quite a bit of Rendezvous with Rama. Much of the book is about a journey through multiple Earths and the speculations of the protagonists about what they see: the geography and wildlife. There's discussion of how some of the creatures might have evolved, some socio-political comments on the possible impact of people being able to travel between worlds and a robot.Hard to see how to go wrong there.
Some of the stuff on evolution is a little bit dodgy, but generally forgiveable. There isn't a great deal of action, but the story is about the journey: of both the protagonists and Earth societies in general. The book asks you to think about what changes might occur if many of us could suddenly travel between millions of Earths.
The book isn't written in Pratchett's style, but his contributions are evident. There is humour, insight, some sentimentality and a yearning for knowledge, which looks to me like the product of a strong collaboration. And since Baxter is involved, there's an inevitable reference to urinating in a space suit.
The narration is very good too. Don't expect this book to be entirely Pratchetty and don't forget that some Baxteritude is hardly a bad quality. I think it's a good result of a worthwhile collaboration and an interesting book with lots to think about.
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By Martin on 10-03-13
I have enjoyed reading and listening to books by both of these Authors and was excited by the possibilities of the 2 writing one book. Most of the negative reviews seem to be from people who expected a Terry Pratchett book and did not get what they were after. This is a Science fiction story which is what I expect from Stephen Baxter, with the quirky characters and places I expect from Terry Pratchett. So for me, this book is fantastic and gives flavours of both these great authors. The book is more of a Baxter Sci Fi story than anything you would usually expect from Terry Pratchett, which for me is not an issue at all - I wish there were more of titles available on Audible from Stephen Baxter. I dont know if the character Lobsang is written by entirely by Terry Pratchett, but he does come across very much like he is, I hope he remains a constant in the trilogy. This book is part one in a trilogy - so again if you dont want to have wait for a follow up or expect an ending in this book maybe avoid it till all are available, hopefully these will become available on Audible on release. My only grumble is that I have to wait for the sequels! If you like Sci Fi you will very likely be delighted with this book.
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By Amy W on 28-06-12
World and not Character Building
I own all of Terry Pratchett's books and this book was a huge disappointment. The Long Earth is obviously meant to be part of a series, and this novel was full of pointless information that did not add to the story, and there was very little character development or humor. The first half of the book should have been edited down to an introductory chapter. This book in no way resembles a book written by Terry Prachett but science fiction fans who enjoy books such as Larry Niven’s, The Ringworld will enjoy it.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
By ktkat1949 on 29-06-12
Was expecting a lot more
Like Shirley I own all of Terry's books. I was very disappointed in this one. Way too long and draggy. Did not live up to the advance publicity or even what I thought it was going to be about. I would not recommend nor will I bother with the rest of the series. I will wait patiently for the next Discworld novel to arrive.
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