The Long Cosmos (Long Earth 5) Paperback – 18 May 2017
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My only criticism is that the first fifth to a quarter is a bit slow, setting up the different character threads, reiterating the principles and state of the long earth, after this however I could not put the book down, finished it in a day.
Also a TP's last full published book its a good send off for him too as The Shepherd's Crown was, I have yet to read any more Stephen Baxter but I look forward to it.
I've always thought that this series held much potential, but as I progressed through the series the probability that the potential would materialise slowly evaporated. So here I sit at the end feeling cast adrift with no real idea of what has happened. Sure I know what happened but I don't know what it means. The whole series is a loosely linked series of wanderings with no clear outcome.
Notwithstanding the weak ending, what really grates is that I should have seen it coming and abandoned the series at book 2.
I never expected the Long Earth series to be as imaginative and engaging, but was pleasantly surprised by the first book. By this point though, the story has, sadly, become a little stale.
The plot appears to be merely recovering the same ground as it has in the previous books, and attempts to be novel (pun intended) by employing unfeasible fantasies. You'd expect that to be fine in a fantastical story, yet somehow it seems a little half-hearted.
For me, what's missing is TP's humorous insight which mirrors reality, the feature that made Discworld so enticing. I fear that, in TP's later days, the franchise must have been almost completely penned by Baxter. Whilst not a criticism in itself, it means you're always waiting for something which never arrives.
This is the only Terry Pratchett book that I've not read in just a day or two. I've had it a few weeks and am yet to finish.
Nothing was really as it seemed, there was always more to the Long Earth than appeared and so it was.
Let down only by the child stowaway, SB obviously read Send for Johnny Danger, and watched-the Pathfinders as a child, and maybe even the Kemlo series, nonetheless this is a fine conclusion.
Read immediately after the others, and lose yourself in the Long Earth.
One question - where can I get a Stepper Box, please?
This edition is an unusual tall narrow format and the text is too far into the fold of the book. Makes for unpleasant reading.
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