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The Long Earth: (Long Earth 1) [Kindle Edition]

Terry Pratchett , Stephen Baxter
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1916: the Western Front. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong, and the wind in the leaves in the trees. Where has the mud, blood and blasted landscape of No Man's Land gone?



2015: Madison, Wisconsin. Cop Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive (some said mad, others dangerous) scientist when she finds a curious gadget - a box containing some wiring, a three-way switch and a...potato. It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way Mankind views his world for ever.



And that is an understatement if ever there was one...


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    "By turns thrillingly expansive, joyously inventive and utterly engrossing *****." (SFX magazine)

    "An absorbing collaborative effort from two SF giants...a marriage made in fan heaven - Pratchett's warmth and humanity allied to Baxter's extraordinarily fertile science-fictional imagination...there's much to enjoy...a charming, absorbing and somehow spacious piece of imagineering" (Adam Roberts GUARDIAN)

    "The idea of parallel Earths is one of the most enduring that science fiction has given us, but rarely has it been explored with quite so much gusto as in this new novel by two of the giants of British speculative fiction...a triumph...accessible, fun and thoughtful" (David Barnett INDEPENDENT)

    "***** Literary alchemy...In the hands of Pratchett and Baxter, the possibilites are almost infinite...a story that revels in big ideas...you can sense the excitement of the authors as they toy with the labyrinthine possibilities of their premise, and it's infectious...thrillingly expansive, joyously inventive and utterly engrossing" (SFX)

    "[Pratchett] succeeds in working seamlessly with Baxter...adding a welcome shot of fun to the world of science fiction" (Alison Flood SUNDAY TIMES)

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    Now in paperback - The Long Earth - the first novel in an astonishing, mind-bending new series by the combined talents of the UK's bestselling novelist and a giant of British science fiction.

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    220 of 232 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Hardcover
    4 1/2 stars.

    The Long Earth is the first of a planned trilogy by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. If you were looking for two of the most unlikely authors to collaborate, you'd be hard pressed to choose better candidates than these.

    Pratchett, as pretty much the entire world knows, predominantly writes humorous fantasy, and while it's true that his work has evolved from its beginnings as pure humor to take a much deeper, more profound look at the world through the medium of fantasy, his major appeal is still the humor.

    Baxter, on the other hand, is the hardest of hard science fiction authors. His books are meticulously researched, and his speculation is firmly rooted in bleeding edge science. Like Pratchett, Baxter has evolved, in his case to include more believable, rounded characters with real stories. But when you approach a Baxter book you do so for the science fiction. (Even in his alternate history Northland series, Baxter follows the logic of his premise with a sharp, unyielding, scientific focus.)

    If you approach The Long Earth expecting to find something matching either Pratchett's or Baxter's usual output, you are going to be coming at it all wrong. This is a genuine collaboration, and between them they have produced something quite different from their normal works.

    In the year 2015, mankind suddenly discovers the existence of possibly infinite alternate worlds, differing only marginally (but progressively, the further out they are) from our own, which can be reached by the means of an electronic device that anyone can easily assemble. But there is one thing that is different about all of these worlds: humanity hasn't evolved on any of them.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    By Big Ben TOP 1000 REVIEWER
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    The collaboration between two of my favorite authors is a scary event for me.
    The possibilities are wonderful, but they raise expectations that might be disappointed, so it was with a mixture of trepidation and gleeful anticipation that I opened The Long Earth for the first time.
    No need to worry!
    The writing is assured, and the central topic is based on science rather than Discworld Magick - one might assume that this is down to Stephen Baxter rather than Sir Terry Pratchett, but Sir Terry is also responsible for the remarkable Science of Discworld series that combines entertainment, humour, fantasy and proper science in a number of (highly recommended) volumes.
    Laugh as you learn, indeed.
    The Long Earth is all-new in both concept and execution.
    Nothing of other works by these two excellent authors was detected in it. It brings the infinite worlds view of the universe screaming into the 21st century with the aid of a potato.
    Yes, you can tell that Terry Pratchett is involved! But the potato is there for a solid scientific reason.
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    At one stroke the two authors have created a vast canvas on which to display their skills, and the characters depicted on that canvas do them justice. One of the more interesting characters is no longer wholly human, which adds greatly to the possibilities.
    The old Hollywood blockbuster maxim was something like "Start with an earthquake, then build to a climax", this book starts with the deconstruction of human society as we know it, and yes, it does builds to a climax that left me wanting more.
    The Long Earth is the first of a trilogy (at least) since there are now three books in the series, I'm about get in the queue to buy them.
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    114 of 125 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Judgement suspended 24 Jun. 2012
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    Like most of the reviewers, I looked forward to this collaboration of two of the greats of sci fantasy. Now I have finished the book I am in two minds as to what to think of it.

    One the one hand, it starts off with a good premise and two promisingly individualistic characters. Locations are well described and it gets off to a good start. On the other, once you get into the third chapter it just meanders along going nowhere very much and just as it seems to be picking up speed and getting really interesting..it ends. It doesn't quite say "To be continued", but it might as well.

    I could have done with fewer tediously idyllic or uneventful alternate earths and more characterisation and action. For Pratchett the style is closer to "Nation" than Discworld. This is no bad thing - Nation is a great book, but the main "human" hero - Joseph Valiente - is downright boring. Lobsang has a lot of potential to be truly fascinating but after a few quirks of humour in the beginning, he fades into the background to become an annoyingly omniscient presence. Yes I am going to buy the inevitable follow up, but I have a feeling that I'll be disappointed. I hope I am wrong.
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    30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Pratchett a bit thin on the (long) ground 31 Oct. 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Long time Pratchett fan, I bought this to read on holiday, but found it quite heavy going. I didn't find enough of Terry's humour, which is my main reason for reading his stuff, and his strategy for sneaking subversive ideas into his reader's heads. The whole tone is much more Stephen Baxter, where, even when describing some great triumph of humanity he gives me the distinct impression that it will not be a good thing for the Universe. The main disappointment for me is that none of the main characters seem to develop as a result of their experiences. During the whole narrative we are waiting for some important revelation; the Traveller is a useful plot device, but is hardly the "Meaning of life, the Universe and Everything". I got the impression that a sequel may have been intended, but I'll not have any problem waiting.
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    2.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming
    This was recommended to me so I had high hopes. I'm not usually a huge Terry Pratchett fan but I gave this a go as it was reported very different from his other books and I enjoyed... Read more
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Pratchett never fails to deliver a great read
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    5.0 out of 5 stars I wish there was much more to this series!
    Amazing book! Totally gripping from the first page, and now I'm hooked on the series!
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting ideas, a bit lumbering not the discworld
    This is not the discworld. The style is very different. This explores several big ideas from the nature of spirituality, the economy of the planet and the pioneers of US. Read more
    Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
    3.0 out of 5 stars Great promise that failed to deliver - a real missed opportunity
    A setting that promised so much by two of the greats but ultimately it failed to deliver any thrills or real character development. Read more
    Published 15 days ago by Peeley
    5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
    A very very well written book, with good characters and good storyline I'm never dissapointed when I read a book from the late Terry pratchett
    Published 1 month ago by Abbi G
    3.0 out of 5 stars It's good but Pratchett would have been better to have used ...
    Possibly the longest introduction in world history - several hundred pages. It's good but Pratchett would have been better to have used the time for another Discworld book. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Saffland
    5.0 out of 5 stars gripping and fascinating sci fi adventure
    brilliant and inventive narrative, a reflection on 18th and 19th century development of the USA I suspect, with clever scientific twists
    Published 1 month ago by JJ
    5.0 out of 5 stars Mind boggling
    excellent read good ideas and concepts.
    Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Lesley S. Williams
    5.0 out of 5 stars So glad to have got here at some point
    Here we have an exquisite melding of great minds, the intrigue and feeling of exploration is boundless. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by ScoobTheNoob
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