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
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.
There is no sanctuary!
enjoyed the human behavior assessment. plot was heavy on character introspection. hooked enough for book two.
I love the ambition of this work - having read all of Pratchett's Discworld and knowing his fascination with the multiverse theory and it's implications, this is clearly him letting his mind run wild with possibilities. It just gets weirder and and more wonderful, setting up the series for a huge array of plot rabbit holes.
The protagonists stumbling almost disastrously into 'the Gap' - a possibility I started thinking of as soon as the multiverse of the Long Earth was explained.
I loved Sally's cynical pragmatism.
Explore the far limits of the probability tree!
This audiobook was just barely good enough to keep me listening until the end. I will not be reading any more of this series.
In the interest of full disclosure: I have never liked Terry Pratchett, but Stephen Baxter has written some stuff I've really liked, so I took a chance hoping that there would be more Baxter here than Pratchett. Also, many other reviews indicated that Pratchett's fans felt that this was not what they expected from him, which gave me further reason to hope.
Unfortunately, I guess that even a little Pratchett is too much for me.
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