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The Long Dreary Earth,
This review is from: The Long Earth (Hardcover)The Long Dreary Earth.
This is a brief note for the benefit of those who are delighted by Terry Pratchett's books and also those who respect Stephen Baxter's writing: forget this book. Pretend it never existed. It is a disappointment in every way.
What is wrong with it? It is Dull, Dull, Dull. The storytelling is pedestrian and the characters are little more than place-fillers camouflaged with a few warmed-over and recycled personality traits. The 'plot' is rudimentary and unoriginal. There is not an original idea anywhere within these covers. Worst of all, it is old-fashioned, and it has all those features of SF from the doldrum years when SF had lost its drive and cyberpunk had not yet opened up new ground. From other writers you might suspect it was made to cash-in, to make some money out of undiscerning fans. But it is not even a pot boiler: it is that pot that gets left beside the stove for just a little too long. Shall I heat it up, to kill any mould/bacteria? Is it worth it? Am I that hungry?
I love books, I love reading. I was hungry enough and now I feel queasy.
I can't go on listing its bad points. I love SF and it is utterly sad to see such an empty, inane piece of work coming from such writers.
Sadly, it will sell. It will sell much better then it deserves, because fans will be unable to believe that there can possibly be a book of 344 pages by such writers without any redeeming feature. Hell, I'd probably buy it myself, even fore-warned, just because I wouldn't believe it could possibly be so poor.
If you MUST have a look, borrow it from the library or wait until some unscrupulous person sells it to a second-hand bookshop. My copy is going in the bin: I refuse to spread such mediocrity.
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Initial post: 7 Aug 2012 16:56:52 BDT
Mr. R. P. Corbishley says:
Where is your bin kept please?
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Nov 2012 23:54:07 GMT
Well said Mr Corbishley; after you please.
Posted on 7 Jan 2013 14:06:05 GMT
I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it - I thought it was a great idea, very well written and kept me thinking for weeks after I finished.
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