This story just didn't work for me. I had a hard engaging. The story was too fragmented. The characters didn't interest me. I love love love Terry Pratchett and this just was not a good story from my view point. It did have some of his humor.
Best line of book - talking about the ocean - my ancestors spent millions of years getting out of the ocean and I'm good with that.
This is neither the normal Pratchett book or a normal sci fi book about parallel worlds. If you're expecting humour, you chose the wrong book. It's an innovative take on a classic sci fi idea, and one of the most well written books in that vein I've read. Hoping sincerely for a sequel.
The authors wrote down every alternate reality they could imagine, an wove it into a story. Big on details, skimpy on plot. But very imaginative.
I'd say the story was interesting, but it didn't really grab me. I can't decide whether I'll continue with the series. I'm not usually a stickler for accents, but the narrator's awful American accents were very distracting to me. It would have been easier to deal with all the American characters having British accents.
For me, the tell tale signs that Terry Pratchett is behind the book that you just read are: an unparalleled humor and wit that summon an audible laugh every few pages, ideas that stretch your imagination to new limits, and being left with a voracious hunger to find the next installment. This title just doesn't contain any of those usual identifiers. In fact I wouldn't have guessed that this was a Pratchett book at all except for a few concepts seem to have been borrowed from past novels, notably "Lords and Ladies" and one passage that almost seems to have been lifted from "Good Omens"
I agree with several other reviewers in that this was a great idea that was poorly executed. The story jumps between too many sets of characters that were so unrelateable that i never really grew an attachment too them. I was ready to be done with this book long before the end and never touch any of the sequels, but the cliffhanger ending does leave me wondering what happens, and thinking that maybe I do care more about the characters than I had led myself to believe. I will probably get around to the next title in the series just no time soon.
not the first authors to explore the concept (Piers Anthony did a series back in the 90's) but I think it's better implemented by combining it with the "2000 Leagues Under the Huckelberry Finn" concept
Indie writer (Dana Reynolds - Wardenclyffe Trilogy, Rides Eyes of Ghost).
I was disappointed because this didn't live up to Pratchetts usual wittiness although it had its moments. The premise was interesting but unresolved. Then again Pratchett at his worst is better than most!
I never thought I'd be bored by a Terry Pratchett novel. This however is a great exception to that rule. After listening for four hours and still no sign of a plot I am calling it quits. No doubt it's the Baxter influence and not Sir Terry's fault.