The years 2040 - 2045: After the cataclysmic Yellowstone eruption, there is massive economic dislocation as populations flee Datum Earth to myriad Long Earth worlds. Sally, Joshua, and Lobsang are all involved in this perilous work when, out of the blue, Sally is contacted by her long-vanished father and inventor of the original Stepper device, Willis Linsay. He tells her he is planning a fantastic voyage across the Long Mars and wants her to accompany him. But Sally soon learns that Willis has ulterior motives....
Meanwhile U.S. Navy Commander Maggie Kauffman has embarked on an incredible journey of her own, leading an expedition to the outer limits of the far Long Earth. For Joshua, the crisis he faces is much closer to home. He becomes embroiled in the plight of the Next: the super-bright post-humans who are beginning to emerge from their 'long childhood' in the community called Happy Landings, located deep in the Long Earth. Ignorance and fear are causing 'normal' human society to turn against the Next - and a dramatic showdown seems inevitable....
©2014 Terry and Lyn Pratchett and Stephen Baxter (P)2014 Random House Audiobooks
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"More Baxter than Pratchett?"
No, it jumped around all over the place and had no narrative drive.
This series yes: the characters have lost their sense of identity and drive and now see to wander aimlessly from scene to scene.
He's great - accents, complex dialogue, emotion, all there and brilliantly executed.
No, too long.
For me this is the last episode of the Long Earth series. A stunning start, but the momentum has gone and I'm not sure we care about any of the characters enough to pick up the next volume
"Nothing new really."
Not going to write much, but for me the story seems to have lost direction now and is becoming a bit repetitive and if I am honest it is getting a bit boring, the whole thing is starting to seem a bit pointless and endless, there are just too many avenues to go down.
"very simple, so much story"
In part what i like the most is how these books have developed over the series. Each one develops the plot and introduces new and fascinating aspects.
I have no idea why, it is not the best or most important scene, but Lobsang servicing Agnese's motor bike. It says so much about the character.
He is not the best i have heard, but there is something about his voice that really does suit these books, and there is something just right about his interpretation of Lobsang.
Not one go, you do have to allow yourself to take all of this in. There is as i said, a lot of story.
"A decent follow up"
I think this is another consistent entry in the series that continues the long earth story
"OK as far as it goes, not the best in the series"
Yes, and I have done. However the narration isn't the best - some vary strange accents used for some of the characters. If you are familiar with Baxter & Pratchett's work individually you can see the mix in this series well. Unfortunately, in the later books Baxter's way of slipping into long narratives (which serve to paint a great picture of 'everyday' life in the particular universe - or universes in this case!) doesn't really do anything to add to the story. I started & finished this (and bought the 4th in the series) but no way as good as the first which I feel had much more suspense and more of the Pratchett twists & turns and, of course, gentle humour.
Not what you'd call 'gob smacking'
For me, MFS isn't best suited to this genre - however I understand that there are many who will feel he's done a great job on this - its just personal.
No, not really. I bought the first (The Long Earth) in hard back format - couldn't put it down, and just thought the concept and writing were great - nice humour too. I passed it on to my nephew as I thought he'd love it, being a big Pratchett fan, and wanted to introduce him to the Baxter Pratchett cooperative! I didn't bother to recommend the Long War, and certainly won't with the long Mars.
"more an idea think tank"
easy listening. no suspense. no thrill. the whole series is like a selection of people's ideas and ideals about what is and what could be out there.
"great s usual"
always audio is by far more enjoyable
Kevin hearne chris fieldwater kim harrison John Ringo and other writers have great books to read
great it is far from easy to carry across such books
no idea sorry
A fabulous writer sad we no longer have him to brighten our lives. read kim harrison, and chris fieldwater, these are two great new writers
"really interesting ideas, lacks pace"
I love the idea and the setting. but there's no real narrative or resolution to the story, and the characters were pretty superficial. it's only a part of a bigger story amdtdmdp not stand blood.
"long (time to get to) Mars"
like interlaced storylines? this is a good book: keeps you guessing as to the next.
"The Long Mars : Longing for more"
I would most certainly recommend this book, the series have been so entertaining. I pre-ordered this book having enjoyed the first two.
Difficult to choose one thing. Each story thread has its own fascination. I loved the uncovering of the divergent evolutions on Earth and Mars.
Everything, he is one of the best narrators. All the characterisations are so distinct.
In parts, but mostly I felt like I was a fly on the wall observing. Willis` arrogance was irritating. Missed not hearing Lobsang so much.
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