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The Long Earth: A Novel | [Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter]

The Long Earth: A Novel

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.
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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

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    Kevin Boulder, Colorado 07-15-13
    Kevin Boulder, Colorado 07-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Surprised - in a good way!"

    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.

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    UncleHammy Towanda, KS United States 05-08-13
    UncleHammy Towanda, KS United States 05-08-13 Member Since 2011

    UncleHammy

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    "Lots of words for not much action."
    What did you like best about The Long Earth? What did you like least?

    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.


    Did Michael Fenton-Stevens do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    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.


    Did The Long Earth inspire you to do anything?

    Not really, it was an interesting concept but it didn't really get going in this book.


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    Douglas Grand Junction, CO, United States 04-29-13
    Douglas Grand Junction, CO, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This collaboration works well!"

    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.

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    Jeffery GRANT CITY, MO, United States 02-19-13
    Jeffery GRANT CITY, MO, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A Multi-dimensional listen"
    If you could sum up The Long Earth in three words, what would they be?

    The Long Earth


    What other book might you compare The Long Earth to and why?

    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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 01-18-13
    Amazon Customer United States 01-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "What a stinker!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one.


    Has The Long Earth turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, only books by Stephen Baxter


    What three words best describe Michael Fenton-Stevens’s voice?

    ok. ok. ok.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Melgar 01-10-13

    Doctor Science

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    "A promising story that fell flat"
    If you could sum up The Long Earth in three words, what would they be?

    Where's the climax?


    Would you ever listen to anything by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter again?

    No


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing stands out


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 12-27-12
    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 12-27-12
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    "Did not enjoy"

    Normally, I enjoy time travel stories but this one was a bit tiring. Purchase it at your own peril.

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    S. Wolf SF Bay Area 12-17-12
    S. Wolf SF Bay Area 12-17-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Should be called "Loose Ends""
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie MONCURE, NC, United States 12-09-12
    Leslie MONCURE, NC, United States 12-09-12 Member Since 2014

    I am and have always been an avid reader and listener of books.

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    "Totally different twist to this sifi novel."
    Would you listen to The Long Earth again? Why?

    I have listened to the book three times now. Gets better very time.


    What other book might you compare The Long Earth to and why?

    Only book like this so far as I know and I have been reading sifi for a long time now.


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    John F. Mccoy 11-27-12 Member Since 2014

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    "WTF?"
    What would have made The Long Earth better?

    For the author to make sense.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter again?

    NO


    What does Michael Fenton-Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    NO


    What character would you cut from The Long Earth?

    just about everyone


    Any additional comments?

    The story jumped around, mid sentence. Jumbled and mixed up. Sorry I read many many books and this one was just WRONG.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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