This was a fantastic story. Not typical Pratchett whimsy, but highly imaginative. My only gripe is with the narrator. He's really not too bad, but this is a story full of American characters and he's British. As I got deeper into the book, the bad dialects started to wear on me and I became painfully aware of the miscues. I wouldn't do well voicing 15 different British characters either. The main character is named Joshua and somewhere around the 50th time you hear it pronounced "Joshu-er" it's irritating.
When a scientist discovers how people can "step" into parallel worlds, he puts the schematic diagram on the internet to prevent any government from monopolizing the technology. Soon, a slew of new problems arise that governments around the world must deal with. Some people, like Joshua Valiente, find they can step without the stepper box. Joshua and Lobsang, a Buddhist computer program that was ruled by a court of law to be human, set out on a journey to see just how many iterations there are on the long earth. The story was humorous in places, but at times I found I had to force myself to continue reading. I read other books by Terry Pratchett that I thought were very good, but I would have to rate 'The Long Earth' as just average.
This is original SciFi. It tells a unique story and really does some interesting things with it, but the story does often drag in terms of length. I'm not sure if I'll get the next one in the series, but I'm not thoroughly opposed to it.
This is different to anything else Terry Pratchett has written, but the humor in his writing jumps out at you. Yes there is suspension of disbelief, but before long you are carried away into the Long Earth. However they split the writing this is a great book. Waiting for book 2 coming July 2013!
So glad to finally be finished with this book
Thoughtout the book I found the technical aspects of jumping from world to world confusing.
The characters were all wooden. The one thing I hated about the book is that no characters grew closer as the story evolved, The story moved at a snails pace and you could pick it up any point and really not miss anything. Aside from the story idea, I don't know how it was rated so high by the sci-fy community.
It shouldn't, but it probably will. This is a lifeless story.
This was a good story, if not Pratchett's best effort. (I was not familiar with Baxter before this book, so can't comment on that.) I'm a huge Discworld fan, and this was a departure from that style. I only had one big problem. I don't mind the ending leaving you hanging. Fans knew there would be a sequel.
However, I think the American characters created a problem for the British authors. Throughout the book, there were words and phrases used by the American characters that were clearly British. (And this was compounded by British pronunciations by the narrator of words that Americans pronounce differently, e.g. "garage".) It should have been copy-edited by an American (I assume it was not). Some of these oversights could have been caught and fixed. For British readers, it may not be noticeable. But for me, it was distracting. Given Pratchett's medical condition, I feel like maybe this book was rushed to print, and enough time wasn't taken in copy editing.
Regardless, it was a wonderful, thought-provoking story, and quite enjoyable. I will still read the sequel, and anything else Terry Pratchett is able to bestow upon us in the time he has left on this earth.
As a long time fan of Terry Pratchett, I can tell you that this isn't a Terry Pratchett book. At least, there is little that would cause a Pratchett fan to think so. There's no humor, no amusing human element, no charm or wit. It's a fairly flat narrative, in fact. It's a sci fi that deals with time travel and other dimensions - hardly original stuff, but not bad either. In my opinion, there are better sci fi works out there.
I would, it was a good story and the performance was fantastic.
None really come to mind. Though the changing worlds and craft remind me of Number of the Beast by Heinlein.
Really all were good.
Delightful vintage Pratchett! I really enjoyed this book, it's my favourite genre (science-fiction) but with a sprinkling of humour from one of my favourite authors! The way it read was somewhat reminiscent of Good Omens (another Pratchett collaboration, with Neil Gaiman) in the way that the obviously Pratchett one-liners popped out of the text but it's obvious that it's not just one-liners Pratchett provided. This is very obviously a collaborative effort and the Pratchett additions to the plot and story are reasonably obvious. I've not read anything by Stephen Baxter before, but I've just added his trilogy to my [To Read] list as a result of reading this book.
A lot of the enjoyment I got out of this book was the humour, the plot was interesting, although I have to admit that one of the pivotal plot points really didn't make any sense and there are definite inconsistencies throughout the book, especially when it comes to the grand finale (as much as part one of a series can be said to have a grand finale) which don't really allow the book to function very well as sci-fi, certainly not hard sci-fi (which I believe Mr Baxter is renowned for).
I went into this knowing that it was part one of a series, if I hadn't known that I would have been very, very upset with the ending. Don't start reading this if you don't like unfinished stories as The Long War won't be released until at least 20th June, 2013!
All in all, treat this as open-ended light sci-fi/comedy and you'll be alright!
Mr Fenton-Stevens did an excellent job and there are no annoying audio "features" added to the narration.
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This was a good story and a good read.
It stretched my mind a little too far. I am not a sci-fi fan at heart, but it WAS a good story and I would recommend it for all.
It is a fine book for young people and it does get one to thinking.