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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (19 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857521748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857521743
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3.6 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DJF on 31 July 2014
Format: Hardcover
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason William Barratt on 5 Jan. 2015
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The second book in The Long Earth was just so difficult to get through. The Long Mars however was enjoyable to get through. Nothing in the series will hold the same charm as the first book, but The Long Mars comes close. Bit of a spoiler warning for those who haven't read it yet from here on;
Readers are treated to two journeys, as the Neil Armstrong 2 and its crew push the limits of the explored Long Earth, in search of how far it really goes. Meanwhile Sally is contacted by her father, and with him and the astronaut character mentioned in The Long War, goes off and explores the Long Mars in search of something her father is looking for, and finds the Long Mars works different to the Long Earth in that the Gap found in the first book and the Mars of the Gap are about the only place where a Long Mars connects to the Long Earth, and the joker worlds of Long Mars are the only place where life exists in seeming contrast to the otherwise uninhabitable jokers of the Long Earth.
Meanwhile, Joshua and Lobsang put differences aside long enough to sort out the issue with the next step of humans; The Next.
The writers have also set things up for the future, with the discovery of a unique Long Earth in this book, an Earth orbiting another planet, and the disappearance of the scientists left there to explore it. This could be the main point in the next offering from The Long Earth series, and something I eagerly look forward to now that The Long Mars has reversed the downfall of the series that The Long War seemed to do!

In all, a good read and doesn't drag itself out longer than needed for no delivery of the promised title, in contrast to The Long War which ended without the titular war.
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