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Enjoyable and evocative,
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.