It had great potential and I was mystified when it ended. What happened to Terry Pratchett?
I'm actually a day old tart, filled with maple custard. Perhaps, this reads as a rational introduction to others, and you are deliberately misreading it, because, come on, maple custard.
It's probably best to remember two of Pratchett's first novels, which had a rocky reception; The Dark Side Of The Sun, and Strata. Reviews complained they were way too busy with information.
This book feels like a return to that 'what if' of probability theory with forty years publishing experience and the co-authoring of Stephen Baxter, a famous Science Fiction writer. It is a very enjoyable read, slower paced, and not as chock-full of puns as the Disc-World series. There is humor there, and an absence of abhorrent horror, which I find standard with a lot of Pratchett's work. Pratchett has been inventively spoon-feeding a lot of the theories laid out in this novel throughout his Disc-World series, often with hilarious repercussions (i.e. the Trousers of Time), and this audible is a science fiction heavy read. It was fun hearing about the creative changes developed by the different earths, and the main characters are well rounded and interesting. I will never look at nuns the same way, or probably trust to turn my back on one.
This book is certainly a collaboration, and the writing styles of both Stephen Baxter, and Terry Pratchett merge through Michael Fenton-Stevens masterful narration to tell us a story of the human condition, evolution, many worlds interpretation, cultural disparity, and it's reflection on personal integrity.
Fair Warning: M. Stevens shouts for a while mid-way through part 2, be ready to turn your ear buds down.
On a second listen, I found this to be very disappointing. It is a plodding and pedantic listen, with very little of Pratchett's sparkle and humor. Narrator does a fine job with so-so material. That's all too bad, because the underlying story idea is at least interesting.
Long story short: Read this book, but don't expect Terry Pratchett. The plot idea was fascinating - infinite Earth's you can travel between. This book is really akin to Larry Niven's, "Ring World" than it is Disc World. There are a few humorous lines here and there, but it's mostly hard science fiction. Great! Entertaining! Makes you think. It's a great start to a series and I can't wait for the next.
It is an interestng concept, but it is never fully developed to any real degree. It is almost as if the author had an idea an then just started writing with no real outline for the story.
The reader was ok but the story pivots around Madison Wisconsin. I am from Wisconsin and none of the characters sounded like they were from Wisconsin. The reader had a British accent for starters.
Not really, it was an interesting concept but it didn't really get going in this book.
Inventive ideas which were well fleshed out...I enjoyed the story, and although I can't give it 5 stars on a category, compared to the trash out there this is well worth it. Spend the $, you won't be disappointed.
The Long Earth
I would compare the Long Earth to the TV show Sliders with a twist. I know it's not a book, but it is similar.
No, only books by Stephen Baxter
ok. ok. ok.
I bought it because I love Terry Pratchett. I can't believe he had any input into the book except for perhaps the "long earth" premise. Otherwise, nothing about it read like Terry Pratchett.
Where's the climax?
Nothing stands out
I don't usually trash a book. I know how hard the creative process is but with all the writers trying to get their books published out there its hard to believe this one slipped through. I bought this book after reading the synopsis thinking that it sounded interesting. The main characters were moderately appealing but ironically this story of two characters who cross a million worlds was like a road trip that never really went anywhere. I kept waiting for something to happen and then it just ended.. at least i think it ended. When i finally reached the end I thought there must be some chapters missing because it just fell flat. Definitely not worth the credit and time i invested.