The possibilities are endless. Just be careful what you wish for....
The Western Front, 1916. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong and the wind in the leaves. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of no-man's-land gone? For that matter, where has Percy gone?
Madison, Wisconsin, 2015. Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some say mad, others allege dangerous - scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson find a curious gadget: a box containing some rudimentary wiring, a three-way switch, and . . . a potato. It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way humankind views the world forever.
The first novel in an exciting new collaboration between Discworld creator Terry Pratchett and the acclaimed SF writer Stephen Baxter, The Long Earth transports readers to the ends of the earth - and far beyond. All it takes is a single step. . . .
©2012 Terry Pratchett, Lyn Pratchett, and Stephen Baxter (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
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.
As has been well noted here, this is not a traditional Terry Pratchett book. It's a sci-fi fantasy book with a bit of a Stephen King feel. Terry Pratchett's "Voice" is nowhere to be found, and if it's wry humor you're looking for, don't bother.
The Long Earth is absolutely full of innovative premises. The set-up is well done and a stable of interesting characters are introduced. Even when implausible, the writers have lent an air of plausibility which is good enough to get by, or at least made the premise fascinating - for example the Tibetan motorcycle mechanic/monk reincarnated as a computer. I was drawn in and, for the most part, entertained through most of the book. Tension is built, unrelated characters begin to interact, more is revealed.
Then it ends. It was bizarre. It was abrupt. Like others, I thought I had a bad download. Absolutely nothing was resolved. I'm certainly OK with a few dangling threads - perhaps an ambiguous romance left in the air, or the future of humanity. But these authors wrote a setup, not a book, then forgot to write the book. Every character is left hanging, or simply dropped from the narrative. Major geopolitical movements, brought in near the end of the book, bring the world(s) to the brink - then nothing. The reincarnated motorcycle monk reappears - in the last sentence. If you appreciate being hung out to dry, this is your clothesline.
For a well written and thoughtful review, see Pete Lamonica's review dated 7-3-12. Astute and on point.
I am and have always been an avid reader and listener of books.
I have listened to the book three times now. Gets better very time.
Only book like this so far as I know and I have been reading sifi for a long time now.
For the author to make sense.
just about everyone
The story jumped around, mid sentence. Jumbled and mixed up. Sorry I read many many books and this one was just WRONG.
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