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The Long Mars: (Long Earth 3) (The Long Earth) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Baxter , Terry Pratchett
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2040-2045: In the years 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 . . .

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    "Here they come again, Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter, skipping along their quantum string of planets like giddy schoolboys - and what a joy it is to have them back . . . it's a thrilling and ceaselessly entertaining ride." (SFX magazine)

    "Imaginative, sense-of-wonder SF at its best . . . thrilling stuff from the masters." (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)

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    From the combined talents of the UK's bestselling novelist and a giant of British science fiction comes the dazzling new chapter in the extraordinary and bestselling Long Earth sequence.

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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Rather Disappointing 31 July 2014
    By DJF
    I have been a Terry Pratchett fan for many years & very much enjoyed his first book with Stephen Baxter "The Long Earth". This is the third in the series.
    In this book Sally Linsay meets up with her Father Willis, the inventor of the stepper box, and they head off to Mars. Maggie Kauffman is on her own trip through Long Earth joined by Snowy the Beagle and Joshua is helping Lobsang with some super intelligent humans who have evolved.
    This is a very bitty book with the result that I just could not get a grip on the story. Sally's trip to Mars was not particularly interesting. Sally, Willis & Frank head off on their gliders and rush through a series of Long Mars worlds. This allows the authors to give free reign to their imaginations & a series of unusual worlds and creatures are created. There are some interesting interactions between Sally and Willis but not enough to enable this section of the story to hold my attention. Joshua & Maggie's stories are intertwined with Lobsang & the super intelligent children. This has the makings of a very interesting idea but there just isn't enough of a story to it. By putting both of these large concepts in one book neither is allowed to develop fully and produce an interesting and gripping storyline. The result is two half finished stories which I struggled to engage with fully and left me feeling rather disappointed.
    Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter are both excellent authors with vivid imaginations and good writing skills.They can write clever and entertaining books both separately and together. This book, however, just didn't work for me. There were some gems of good ideas but they just didn't come to life properly. The characters that we have already met weren't developed further and I never felt that I got an opportunity to get to know anyone new.
    This was a disappointing book in a series which showed so much potential at the start.
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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars The long, long book 20 July 2014
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    I'm a big fan of both pratchett and Baxter and have stuck with this series since it started, but this one left me frustrated and unsatisfied. The humour of the first novel seems to have been abandoned in Earth west 1, the tension of the second fell into the gap and really I'm struggling to find any redeeming points from this third instalment. Despite taking us to earth west 250,000,000 and various joker mars', ironically the plot didn't go anywhere. The idea of super intelligent children is far better realised in baxters time series, poor old lobsang seems to have been an afterthought. If there is a fourth part, I would like to see the seeds sewn here developed into actual threads and some pay off for the hours I lost reading this.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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    The third “Long” novel from this collaboration is an improvement on the second effort. The content and style of it seems to be more Baxter than Pratchett – the latter’s hand is clear in the Lobsang episodes but it seems the waning powers of the author have meant Baxter has taken a lead on this latest effort. It is heavier on the science fiction, with lighter touches on brow-breaking philosophy…a subject matter Pratchett indulged in with his last Discworld novel – Raising Steam.
    This novel is all about “Evolution”. It takes three main routes post Yellowstone super-caldera: the first a decision for the inaugural Unites States of Step-wise America to head to East 250 million; the second a change for Sally and her dad, Willis, to fly over to Gap Mars and then step a few million Mars East; the third the spasm of evolution that is the “Next” – think ‘Tomorrow People’ or a proper Homo Sapiens if you will. The rest of us all are just dimbulbs, after all.
    The first effort is a chance for us to follow the author’s own Star Trek notion. This time Captain Maggie is off with the cat Shi-mi, Mac, and Snowy the Beagle to discover more and more bands of worlds dominated by crustaceans, purple algae, and acid-developed life-forms amongst many other matters. It’s a true voyage of discovery for those who love the whole “Captain Cook” nature of these novels.
    The second effort means we follow the unlikeable, dour Sally as she floats off with her Dad and Frank to Gap Mars, then heads East to find a Joker Mars with a civilisation.
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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    It follows very much the vein of the previous two books but the repeated concept is beginning to become rather tired (various worlds are travelled through, not much happens other than imagining the alien quality of the world repeat). The voice of Terry Pratchett is also something lacking from this book as, whilst that voice was quite minimal, the humour which occasionally appeared and the hint that Pratchett played a role is definitely not noticeably evident, this may be due to Pratchett's unfortunate medical situation but this does definitely feel that it is a Baxter book.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read, but not great 29 July 2014
    I'm kind of at a loss as to what to say about this third book in the triology.
    I read the first part and was massively impressed with the concept of the Long Earth...loved the idea of it.
    I even loved the characters that TP and SB started to fill the story with.
    But I was left ploughing through chapter after chapter just like the airship stepping through earth after earth...constantly moving on, but with pretty much nothing happening. And then, abruptly, part one ended. Oh...was that it? Maybe part two will explain/enhance/improve on things.
    So I read part two...and felt exactly the same thing - that the story just constantly felt like it was building up and building up and building up to something big...something to make me go "wow" but then book two ended. And I thought again oh..was that it?
    And now I'm a third of the way through book three - and STILL it feels like it's all building to something...all plot points and stories and set pieces building to something big. A slow burn maybe...a very slow burn...
    But to be honest, I'm struggling to finish it. I know I will because it's TP and it deserves to be finished. I just wish something would happen...
    It's well written, highly descriptive, a great concept...but it just never seems to go anywhere. Never seems to get going.
    If the rest of book three continues along similar lines I think I'll call it a day, even if there is a part four and five.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars The Long rehash
    This book largely repeats what we've already seen, with several characters taking long jaunts across multiple versions of Earth and Mars. Read more
    Published 2 days ago by Mattwho81
    4.0 out of 5 stars Far from perfect but still an enjoyable read
    Four stars is a little generous, three stars would be rather mean, three and a half isn't an option unfortunately! Read more
    Published 2 days ago by Mr. I. Wilson
    4.0 out of 5 stars and the remains of dead and lost civilisations without any real...
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    Published 4 days ago by M. Yon
    2.0 out of 5 stars Nope.
    Too long. Too convoluted. Too many plots. A brilliant idea of the Long Earth completely wasted
    Published 7 days ago by Piotr Lipski
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    I have the other books in this series so needed this one
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    Great read.
    Published 10 days ago by N. Elliott
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great twist on the long-Earth story.
    Bet book of the three. I could not put it down.
    Published 11 days ago by Jane Doran
    4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
    A wide ranging survey of possible earthy and mars and lifeforms as a continuation from the long earth series of books.
    Published 15 days ago by Richard White
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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    Published 17 days ago by mr paul hibberd
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