It's 2045-2059. After the cataclysmic upheavals of Step Day and the Yellowstone eruption, humanity is spreading farther into the Long Earth, and society, on a battered Datum Earth and beyond, continues to evolve.
Now an elderly and cantankerous AI, Lobsang, lives in disguise with Agnes in an exotic, far-distant world. He’s convinced they’re leading a normal life in New Springfield - they even adopt a child - but it seems they have been guided there for a reason. As rumours of strange sightings and hauntings proliferate, it becomes clear that something is very awry with this particular world.
Millions of steps away, Joshua is on a personal journey of discovery: learning about the father he never knew and a secret family history. But then he receives a summons from New Springfield. Lobsang now understands the enormity of what’s taking place beneath the surface of his Earth - a threat to all the worlds of the Long Earth.
To counter this threat will require the combined efforts of humankind, machine and the superintelligent Next. And some must make the ultimate sacrifice....
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"Great Series of four stories"
I am a big fan of audio book as I am dyslexic and so I find it hard to hold the story in my head in a paper book. This is a great book/series and well worth the listen.
I love the bazar nature of stepping and that it would offer a host of future opportunity
All of it.
You could listen in one sitting but it would be an all day listen.
"The end of something wonderful"
Yes - it is comletely immersive and absorbing and I will be listening to all 4 of them again and no doubt again. An original concept beautifully told.
Without giving too much away I would say the unearthing of Joshua's family history. It was a wonderfully conceived story which, if I am not mistaken, could open up a whole new storyline.
Has to be Lindsey keeping a load of bandits bottled up in an isolated shack chatting with Joshua inbetween the taking the occasional potshot. The interaction between these two is beautiful.
Both laugh and cry - and in order to avoid spoilers I am not going to say where in the book.
So long Sir Terry and thank you for the laughter and tears ... but especially the laughter. You brought alot of pleasure in mine and my families life.
Great characters, great concept great story. I hope Terry left some notes so that this could be continued.
At first I thought it would be a step to far as a series, it has left it open for more but I think this should be the last
"Looks like the series isn't over yet."
Enjoyed the book and whilst it was not too surprising I do want to see where the story goes next.
"Excellent addition to the series"
This is one of my favorite TP sci-fi book series.
This book continues the series and lobsang starts to address the fact he might be mad. It also brings aliens into the story.
The narration is great and empathetic to the characters.
This is a great addition to the story, but it does leave you a bit cut-short. This was written with another book planned, hopefully Stephen Baxter has enough of TPs notes to be able to make a the last book in line with the previous few.
"Weakest so far"
It failed where the previous books succeded in drawing you into the story. Some of the arcs were compelling whereas the main only started to get really interesting towards the end
the main arc was interesting however there was not as much suspense as I would have hoped.
Yes, I think there are some loose ends that would be deserving of being tied up
"utopia not live as we know it"
yes like the story can see the appeal of just stepping away from the life you had to just travel not needing todays documentation
first contact and the realization that world was being spun out of existence
the rich voice I can listen to time and again
the new life for ben
this again is terry pratchett at his best what more is there to say
"A good book at the end of the series"
Probably the 2nd best book of the series after the 1st one.
Managing to give endings to many of the characters as well as using a inventive and original story.
"the fat lady has sung"
It's a shame it had to end but this is a good conclusion to the series
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