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The Long War (The Long Earth) [Hardcover]

Terry Pratchett , Stephen Baxter
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20 Jun 2013 The Long Earth (Book 2)

A generation after the events of The Long Earth, mankind has spread across the new worlds opened up by Stepping. Where Joshua and Lobsang once pioneered, now fleets of airships link the stepwise Americas with trade and culture. Mankind is shaping the Long Earth - but in turn the Long Earth is shaping mankind ... A new 'America', called Valhalla, is emerging more than a million steps from Datum Earth, with core American values restated in the plentiful environment of the Long Earth - and Valhalla is growing restless under the control of the Datum government...

Meanwhile the Long Earth is suffused by the song of the trolls, graceful hive-mind humanoids. But the trolls are beginning to react to humanity's thoughtless exploitation ... Joshua, now a married man, is summoned by Lobsang to deal with a gathering multiple crisis that threatens to plunge the Long Earth into a war unlike any mankind has waged before.

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (20 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857520113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857520111
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the combined talents of the UK's bestselling novelist and a giant of British science fiction comes the sequel to the phenomenal No.1 bestseller The Long Earth...

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The Long Earth is open. Humanity now spreads across untold worlds linked by fleets of airships encouraging exploration, trade and culture.

But while mankind may be shaping the Long Earth, the Long Earth is, in turn, shaping mankind - and a collision of crises is looming.

More than a million steps from our original Datum Earth a new America has emerged - a young nation that resents answering to the Datum government.

And the trolls - those graceful, hive-mind humanoids whose song once suffused the Long Earth - are, in the face of man's inexorable advance, beginning to fall silent . . . and to disappear.

It was Joshua Valiente who, with the omniscient being known as Lobsang, first explored these multiple worlds all those years ago. And it is to Joshua that the Long Earth now turns for help. Because there is the very real threat of war . . .

. . . a war unlike any fought before.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A rather boring read 17 July 2013
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Usually I can't put a Terry Pratchett book down as they are page turners that have me hooked, however, Long Earth was ok, but this sequel was just so boring, numerous sub plots that did not culminate in an ending.
I think this book was trying to be too clever and failed. And we still don't know if Lobsang is Time indulging himself in the affairs of Humans.
This book with certain words and phrasings appears to be aimed at the American market which to an Englishman is annoying but not as annoying as the story which was just plain boring.
I love the Discworld books and to my mind TP is THE greatest living author, however this collaboration is not up to the usual standard of a Discworld story and I certainly won't be buying a Steven Baxter book anytime soon.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A poor sequel to a great opener 11 July 2013
The problem with creating a science fiction "opportunity" such as the one the Long Earth presents is that you need a space opera to do it justice. When "The Long Earth" came out with its Pratchett notion of a potato inspired device (quickly forgotten in this latest because it was a tad too ridiculous) that gave rise to an infinite series of earths for humanity to expand into, it created a vast series of options for the authors to explore.So vast, in fact, they've fallen short with this latest, directionless effort. All it has done, in truth, is show the brilliance of the idea (though rehashed somewhat - see Greg Bear's 'Eon') and the incapacity of the authors to deal with it. The reality is the concept needs Peter F Hamilton to do it justice. The vastness of the new world of Datum East/West requires more words than these authors are prepared to throw at it and this sequel flounders in a mire of nothingness.
Part of the problem is Joshua Valienté's weary inclusion - it's almost as though the character isn't interested; part of the problem is the character of Sally - she's intensely dislikeable; part of the problem is that Lobsang's not in it enough; the whole of the problem is nothing gets the detail it deserves. We've too many threads fighting for four hundred pages of large print space and no one's a winner. As a reader I want to investigate more about the culture of Trolls, of Kobolds, of Beagles; I want a thorough story following Capt. Maggie on her personal starship Enterprise with the Cat; I need Joshua to be kicked in the backside to show some enthusiasm; I want the gifted Roberta and her Chinese expedition to get ten times the airtime. The whole East twenty million voyage is begging for a juicy hook to yank the reader.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A sadly disappointing follow-up 23 July 2013
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Having enjoyed The Long Earth, I'd been looking forward to reading this - however, I struggled to finish it, it was such a disappointment.

The book laboured over re-establishing the characters and re-visiting the plot, and had none of the freshness and wonder of the first book. Indeed, the old characters seemed washed-out and uninteresting, while the new ones really didn't establish themselves.

On the basis of this sequel, this doesn't feel like an idea with legs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather downbeat - read it carefully 9 Aug 2013
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I had not originally intended to buy this. The first volume was not, in my opinion, the best possible longer treatment of the original short story. Then I changed my mind.
I would quibble about the description of "a generation after..." the previous volume.
It reads like the second volume of a trilogy, very downbeat, one of the very first-met characters of the original dies off. There are lots of loose ends left and lots of newish characters who don't seem to be doing very much in this volume.
Like some of Bujold's stories, the details that really matter may be only a short sentence - missed if you read it too fast, as I always do (the first time) - and then whole chunks of the following story don't quite make sense.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm II 8 Aug 2013
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Worth ploughing through The Long Earth to get to the second book. Much more fast paced, more characters which were fleetingly introduced in The Long Earth playing a much bigger part all with connecting stories going on..... I was just a little disappointed by the end, one minute each of the stories were in the thick of the action then it was all wrapped up. It reminded me of doing an exam when the teacher gave a 10 minute warning to the end of the exam & you tied up all the lose ends as succinctly as possible...... Worth a read but not something I would be actively recommending.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Epic fail from two great writers 5 Aug 2013
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The long Earth was a good, a brilliant idea at least with a somewhat poorer execution. The Long War on the other hand... it's simply poor. In every aspect. The infinite possibilities of worlds needed a "Hamiltonish" (referring to P.F. Hamilton for those who don't get the term) handling, a (much) vaster book (even.... books) and more working with characters. It's a pity such a great idea "goes down the drain". Seems like the authors "pulped it down" for 'American' readers.
Summarizing: If you are a fan o Terry Pratchett, of course you 'll buy it, it's a common fate (when Sir Terry publishes even his shopping list, we all pre-order it in Hardcover). If you are a fan o Baxter, perhaps you may find the critical mass of strength of character needed to avoid it. If you are neither, find something better to do with your money.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Long Earth 2
Not quite as spellbinding as the first book, but still a good read. Will certainly be buying the next in the series.
Published 2 days ago by J M White
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the long earth
the sequel to the long earth the long war carry s on the story of multi dimensions, millions of versions of earth. Read more
Published 4 days ago by JK
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing sequel
Enjoyed "the long earth" but bored with this one and gave up third way through. Terry pratchetts humour not in evidence
Published 8 days ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
Not quite as good as the first one, but a hell of an effort to fill those gigantic shoes. Preordering The Long Mars immediately
Published 15 days ago by Matt Scullion
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic sequel
Love Terry Pratchett but as far as I am aware have not read any Simon Baxter and on these books will now. This book is a fantastic sequel to book one which I have in paper copy. Read more
Published 16 days ago by gayemarie crane
3.0 out of 5 stars No improvement on The Long Earth
The same characters appear for a second time and they don't meet my "do I care about them" - no I don't if there is a third book I won't buy it. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Nick Green
4.0 out of 5 stars Second part
Took longer to get into a lot more questions than answers. Need to read third part. New twists ahead all change
Published 18 days ago by Edel Hayes
4.0 out of 5 stars good
A bit slow to get going, but a good read. I did prefer the first one though. In fact with both, they don't explore the possibilities as far as they could.
Published 1 month ago by Jack Trethewey
5.0 out of 5 stars I am a big Fan of the Long ****
I really enjoyed this audio book. I got hooked from the first one, the Long Earth and i got the Long War immediately. I like the characters of Joshua, Lobsang and Sally. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars An explanation of USA domestic policy
In typical Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter style, this book explores in some detail the national character of US Domestic policy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hugo Minney
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