Customer Review

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and evocative, 27 Jun 2012
This review is from: The Long Earth (Hardcover)
Most reviewers seem disappointed by the lack of Pratchett in this novel, but it's certainly there in both the characters (one of the main players is pure Pratchett humour), and the premise. Any readers of the Science of the Discworld novels will recognise here Pratchett's fascination with both human evolution (physical and social), and with the "many worlds" theory. Having said that, there are no places where the seams between the writer's work can be noticed, so you're left with a flavour of Pratchett all the way through the cool, clear and evocative writing style. The Long Earth is a Tardis of a book, leaving a great impression of space and fresh air in the mind of the reader. This is perfect for the subject matter, millions of parallel earths bereft of the touch of humanity. It does feel a little like the wide, dull prairies described within, however; as there're quite a lot of places in the story where the pace slackens and the book becomes a little bland. The characters, in particular, never seem to be in any meaningful danger despite their pioneering journey. Character interaction could have also used a little more depth, although the tensions and struggles of groups of people are well fleshed out.

Overall, I really enjoyed the story. The book is a credit to the collaboration, and pleasantly full of potential. It's a book very proud of its amazing setting, which is thrust to the forefront at all opportunities. As this is the set-up for a series (potentially), the characters inevitably have to take a backseat to the masterful construction of the sets and backdrops of a multiverse primed for infinite exploration. Hopefully in future books we can delve further into the deeps of both the Long Earth itself, and the burgeoning rifts in human society.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

3.5 out of 5 stars (578 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (186)
4 star:
 (147)
3 star:
 (91)
2 star:
 (88)
1 star:
 (66)
 
 
 
Used & New from: £0.01
Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: Bath, England

Top Reviewer Ranking: 185,341