Co-authored with Stephen Baxter this Terry Pratchett book is humorous at times but lacks the normal wit usually associated with his work. At eleven ..Show More »hours and thirty minutes the story jumps around at first with many different characters being intoduced then moving on quickly from one to the next; and at times the whole story drags. Kudos to those who could read the entire book in a day. It???s a story about parallel worlds where people learn to ???step??? from one world to another by a simple devise that can be made from parts found at Radio Shack and a potato. The main character Joshua discovers that he can ???step??? without using the devise and meets up with a former Tibetan motorcycle repairman now reincarnated as a super-computer that sometimes resides in a coke machine, and has been legally declared a human due to Tibetan religious beliefs. These two soon set off on a journey of exploration of the millions of parallel worlds ???to see what???s out there.??? The story has some other interesting characters including, some really tough nuns, a robotic cat, the strange inhabitants on the other worlds, one very annoying character named Sally, some strange troll creatures, and elves that kill for sport, but I never felt really engaged in the story. The narrator, Michael Fenton Stevens is okay but at times drawls on and is just plain boring. A very strange ending which makes it seem this probably is book one in a series.
I own all of Terry Pratchett's books and this book was a huge disappointment. The Long Earth is obviously meant to be part of a series, and this nove..Show More »l was full of pointless information that did not add to the story, and there was very little character development or humor. The first half of the book should have been edited down to an introductory chapter. This book in no way resembles a book written by Terry Prachett but science fiction fans who enjoy books such as Larry Niven’s, The Ringworld will enjoy it.
If I had to sum it up in one word it would, unfortunately, be "disappointing".
I understand that a five book deal has been signed for the Lon..Show More »g Earth series but I'm not sure if it was the authors or the publishers who came up with that number, if the pacing of this book is anything to go by it was the publishers. I still like the basic premise of this universe but this book really felt like filler with a little bit of setup for the next book...s?
Most everyone's back from the first book, with a few new additions, but generally the assorted sub-plots don't actually go anywhere, or do anything more than circle around so they're ready to kick off at the start of book three, like everyone was in a holding pattern for no particularly good reason.
There are flashes of interest, you can pick out Pratchett's dialog and plot contributions (although they felt startlingly lacking in this volume) and the ideas that Mr Baxter brings are reasonably obvious and interesting when they appear (usually in some monologue form) but the whole thing never gels. It was an incredibly frustrating read, made more so by these little sparks that appear here and there defining the bones of what could have been a stupendous, much longer, book.
This is also how I felt about a previous collaboration between Stephen Baxter and Arthur C Clarke, perhaps he just shouldn't collaborate, or perhaps he needs a better editing team, more willing to request changes from these two very well established authors.
I'm not going to be able to not read the next installment, but I wouldn't recommend this book to any but the most die-hard completist.
On the audio side, Mr Stevens did a bang-up job continuing on from the first book and I greatly enjoyed the way he read this, excellent personification!
These are two of my favorite authors and the team up works really well. I rarely have time for audible books due to the number of podcasts I listen t..Show More »o but this was one that I couldn't put down.
If you're considering this one, you've read the other two already. No? Go read The Long Earth--now.
The Long Mars was as enjoyable and intere..Show More »sting as the two books that came before it. I always feel a series of connections to my own life, starting with the setting in Madison (sort of) where I used to live. I love that the authors talk about specific locations and connect their world to mine.
I had a little more trouble than usual following the timeline in this one, but I think I was distracted, maybe. I kept confusing which ship we were following on which trip. However, it didn't seem to matter much and I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
I really enjoyed the earlier books in the series, but the plot (and worse, the constant exposition) is really getting pompous. The original stories lo..Show More »oked at a million ways society would change given the sudden ability to "step." But as the series progresses, it becomes less of the interesting "what if" and more outlandish and self-important. The performance is excellent, as usual, but by halfway through, I couldn't stop rolling my eyes at the storyline.
I have referred to the Long Earth series as comfort food. Even though none of the subsequent books in the series matched the first, happens all too o..Show More »ften, I still thoroughly enjoyed the ride.
And not being as good isn't necessarily a bad thing. Book one may have got an 8 out of 10. A 7 for the subsequent books still isn't that bad.
But this final chapter in the series gets a 6 I'm afraid.
All of the elements are there. Excellent narration, familiar characters. But as readers, and listeners, we're looking for something. We don't necessarily want the real world, or as its presented to us, we want something more.
A fictional work is the perfect platform to make assertions about existence that may not be well received by those who are asleep at the wheel. They don't read this stuff anyway.
This series felt as though it was building to something, but in the end did not take the risk.