- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Harper; First Edition, First Impression edition (19 Jun. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062067753
- ISBN-13: 978-0062067753
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 827 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Long Earth Hardcover – 19 Jun 2012
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"Stay tuned for the next episode of a very old-fashioned sf quest yarn (think Jules Verne and 2001) that, since Pratchett is involved, is crammed with scientifically informed amusement."--Booklist
"In this thought-provoking collaboration, Pratchett (the Discworld series) and Baxter (Stone Spring) create an infinity of worlds to explore... fascinating premise..."--Publishers Weekly
"The writing is elegant and witty...The worlds of the Long Earth are all richly rendered, and even the walk-on characters are deftly imagined...and the potential seems endless not just for the characters, but for Pratchett and Baxter as well."--Tor.com
" The Long Earth is the solid start of a series with infinite potential."--Shelf Awareness
"The Long Earth is a brilliant Science Fiction collaboration with Stephen Baxter: a love letter to all Pratchett fans, readers, and lovers of wonder everywhere... This novel is a gift to be shared with anyone who loves to be amazed."--Io9
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The possibilities are endless. (Just be careful what you wish for. . . .)
1916: The Western Front. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong and the wind in the leaves. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of no-man's-land gone? For that matter, where has Percy gone?
2015: Madison, Wisconsin. Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive--some say mad, others allege dangerous--scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson find a curious gadget: a box containing some rudimentary wiring, a three-way switch, and . . . a potato. It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way humankind views the world forever.
The first novel in an exciting new collaboration between Discworld creator Terry Pratchett and the acclaimed SF writer Stephen Baxter, The Long Earth transports readers to the ends of the earth--and far beyond. All it takes is a single step. . . .See all Product description
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Long Earth starts well with an intriguing premise and I was greatly enjoying it up until about halfway. However it doesn't really develop either plot or character so I was increasingly forcing myself to finish it. It. Characters (or lack of them) is a big problem Joshua and Sally will feel to familiar to Pratchett readers.
Also like so much modern writing it becomes clear that this just the set up for a series. What Clarke or Asimov might have dealt with in a short story now so often seems to require the literary equivalent of a box set.
This was never going to be a laugh a minute, and there were going to be some fairly heavy themes from what I read about Baxter, but in the 200 pages I got through, the plot didn't go anywhere, the characters were not very engaging and the themes were bland. I will point out that it took me a year of putting down and picking up to get that far, but only because i felt i had to give it the benefit of the doubt, this was Pratchett after all. One of my literary favorites for the last 20 years.
Would i recommend it? probably not. Would i talk someone out of reading it. No, its not my mug of brown, but I'm sure there is someone out there who would enjoy it.
Buy this if you like Cold, Hard Sci-Fi and want to commit to all of the books. Don't buy this if you like fast action, adventure and warm pork pie.
Our lead character Joshua together with a humanoid character Lopsang (isn't that a kind of tea) travel , taking millions of "steps" in some sort of dirigible across variant versions of the U.S. For diehard TP fans they do meet lots of trolls and other creatures but these are unrecognizable compared to those living in Ankh Morporth.
Clearly this is the first of a series and so I look forward to reading the next, but it was a cruel way to deal with the pleasant town of Madison at the end (or was it a Stepford?). Let's hope everyone there "stepped" out in time.
So people start stepping - one, two, 100 steps, a million - hence the Long Earth of the title. The further they go, the more things change.
I'm not familiar with Stephen Baxter, but I think I will go and have a look at his books sometime. Terry Pratchett I know and love, and I dare say a lot of the quirkiness in this book belongs to TP. This is the first of three, and perhaps it is spread a little thin - it might be better as a single volume, editing out some of the characters who don't appear so relevant. Perhaps I need to read the other two volumes first...
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